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Italian Contemporary Film Festival

The 5th Annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival

© 2016 Photographs, Article and layout by TorontoArtsandEvents.  Editors please contact us for use.

The 5th annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival [ICFF] was held June 9th – 19th, 2016 in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Vaughan, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City, during Canada’s Italian Heritage month.  TorontoArtsandevents attended and covered events in Toronto.  According to organizers, it is among the most important Italian film festival in the world.  Its mission is to celebrate the brilliance of Italian contemporary cinema and filmmakers from all over the world.

The film festival included:  nine days and nights of cutting edge Italian film & culture, Industry Day with internationally acclaimed filmmakers and producers at Pinewood Toronto Studios, North American premieres, Italian?Canadian independent films, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, actors and academics, Awards, and Glamorous Opening and Closing Galas at Roy Thomson Hall and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, respectively.  The Awards were presented at the Closing Gala.

Mission

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival’s mission is to promote awareness, appreciation, and pride in the diversity of the Italian culture.

“Festival programs are designed to boost young Italian Canadian filmmakers, actors, and producers offering a showcase for their projects. We strive to strengthen consciousness and build knowledge of Italian identity, history, and language, making Italy visible through international productions and high quality movies produced in Italy and presented at the ICFF. We encourage and support independent filmmakers who examine and explore issues related to the Italian culture.

The ICFF seeks to provide an open, inclusive and respectful environment for a diversity of views in our programming, in the films we present, in our audience, and in the dialogue we facilitate. We seek to build bridges to other ethnic and religious communities and expand our member base into other cultures.

ICFF vision is to become the first and most prominent Italian Film Festival in the world.”

Industry Day:

The third annual ICFF Industry Day presented by SIRT (Screen Industries and Training Centre Sheridan College/Pinewood Toronto Studios) and ETV Film Inc was held on Thursday, June 16 at the Pinewood Toronto Studios. Industry Day provided the opportunity to exhibit and to explore Virtual Reality and 360 Filming was the focus of immersive workshops, demos and panels on SIRT’s Stage 10. Canada’s legendary film producer Don Carmody joined numerous industry experts in moderated sessions and panels on successfully navigating today’s complex filmmaking industry. An onsite networking cocktail and an After Party at the Stirling Room in Toronto’s historic Distillery District provided networking opportunities.

Films:

“The ICFF slate is a diverse collection of new and returning voices all linked by Italian culture,” says Artistic Director Cristiano de Florentiis. “This year’s films take a creative and multicultural approach to current events and contemporary issues. We’re also excited to shine a spotlight on features and shorts by Italian Canadian filmmakers.” [www.icff.ca]

Opening and Closing Parties

ICFF has become known in Toronto and the GTA for its great films and the exciting Opening and the Closing parties.  The Opening Party was held at Roy Thompson Hall and the Closing Party at The Ritz Carlton Hotel.  The Opening and Closing Parties featured entertainment, an exquisite culinary experience, and an opportunity to share the passion of cinema.

Opening Film and Gala

The festival opened with a gala at Roy Thomson Hall and was absolutely stunning with its outdoor facilities with Jazz and dancing on the water.  The opening film was the international premiere of the comedy Quo Vado?, directed by Gennaro Nunziante.  This film is the highest-grossing Italian film in box office history. Screenings were followed by Q&A sessions with the Italian comedian and star of the film, Checco Zalone, as well as director Gennaro Nunziante.


Closing Film and Gala

The ten-day festival closed with the feature film, The Correspondence, starring Jeremy Irons, directed by Academy Award Winner Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso, The Best Offer).  The film was screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on June 17 at 6:30 pm, followed by the ICFF closing gala at 9:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

The festival closed with the Correspondence , starring Jeremy Irons, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore on June 17 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Following the closing night screening, the Festival concluded with an Italian star-studded gala at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto. This Gala hosted over 1000 guests at The Ritz for a night of Italian cinema stars, fashion, food and glamour.  This gala was attended by
Italian screen legend Claudia Cardinale, whose film credits include,  Once Upon a Time in the West, The Leopard, The Pink Panther, 8 ½ and Rocco and His Brothers.  Claudia received ICFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award, whose previous recipients include screen legends such as Al Pacino, Oscar winner Roberto Benigni .  Cardinale also presented her latest film, All Roads Lead to Rome. With her onstage was her co-star, Raoul Bova, who has starred in films, Under The Tuscan Sun, Sei Mai Stata Sulla Luna, and The Immature.

Italian Contemporary Film Festival Awards:

The purpose of the ICFF Awards and festival are to “showcase the relevance of Italian Cinema; to boost young filmmakers, actors and producers with an Italian background; strengthen consciousness and build knowledge of Italian identity, history and language, making Italy visible through the international productions as well as the best movies produced in Italy; encourage and support independent filmmakers who examine and explore issues related to the Italian culture.”


The following awards were presented during the Closing Ceremony at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and or at the Closing Gala:

Award of Honour for Outstanding Career in Animation -  Vincenzo Nisco, art director, RainbowCGI

Castlepoint Numa Award -Sergio Navaretta, director, The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship
   
Award of Honour -  Mischa Barton, actress
   
Honour of Recognition as Ambassador of Italian Cinema in the World -  Andrea Iervolino, producer and founder, AMBI Pictures
 
The People’s Choice Award -  Edoardo Leo for his film, Noi e la Giulia.

“We are extremely pleased that our films were so well received,” said Cristiano de Florentiis, artistic director ICFF. “With an average 4/5 rating from guests, Italian contemporary film has resonated with Canadians.”

The 5th annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival [ICFF] was hugely successful in celebrating the brilliance of Italian contemporary cinema and filmmakers from all over the world! Check back here for details about next year’s festival.

© 2016 Photographs, Article and layout by TorontoArtsandEvents.  Editors please contact us for use.

Category: Movies
Start Date: 2016-06-09
End Date: 2016-06-19
Venue: Toronto, Vaughan, Niagara, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City.

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