UNITED STATES/INDIA: ITALIAN SCREENS, the festival that will present the best of Italian cinema abroad in the name of a program of high artistic and cultural value, was born on the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), Cinecittà for the Directorate General for Cinema and Audiovisual of the Ministry of Culture (DGCA-MiC), and the Academy of Italian Cinema’s David di Donatello Awards.
After the first dates scheduled in Miami and Atlanta (October 7–9), the initiative will arrive in India from October 12–15, 2022.
The spotlight will be on six films nominated for the David di Donatello award. David di Donatello is an award instituted by the Academy of Italian Cinema in 1955 to honour the best Italian and foreign films released each year.
The showcase will be inaugurated on October 12 in New Delhi by a special screening, in the gardens of the Italian Embassy, of Ennio by Giuseppe Tornatore, about the legendary film composer Ennio Morricone.
All screenings will take place simultaneously, until October 15, at PVR cinemas in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, and at the historic New Empire cinema in Kolkata, in the presence of the institutions and some of the most famous names in Indian cinema.
The films presented, in Italian with English subtitles, are Il Buco by Michelangelo Frammartino, Sulla giostraby Giorgia Cecere, Qui rido ioby Mario Martone, L’Arminutaby Giuseppe Bonito andAriafermaby Leonardo di Costanzo.
The initiative is part of a wider project of deepening cultural relations between Italy and India, organised by Cinecittà for the DGCA of the MiC to ensure a rapprochement with Bollywood and to stimulate meeting opportunities between producers, distributors, and creatives of both countries.
Ambassador Lorenzo Angeloni, Director General for the Promotion of the Country System (MAECI), said: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has always considered the strategic value of audiovisuals as one of the best ways to portray Made in Italy abroad and promote Italian excellence. We have therefore decided to enhance Italian Screens in India as a celebration of the extraordinary ‘Nation branding be IT’ campaign, with special promotional events relating to screenings in the four Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru.”
“The ‘Be IT’ campaign, launched in November last year, promotes with digital and social tools a new way of representing Italian excellence and Made in Italy, and this occasion with Cinecittà and our diplomatic consular network is an important showcase of visibility towards the Indian public,” he added.
“It is a project,” explains Roberto Stabile, Head of Special Projects of the DGCA of the MiC at Cinecittà, strongly desired by the DGCA of the MiC and entrusted to Cinecittà, which finally makes the sometimes abused concept of “working as a system” effective and the oft-quoted “cultural diplomacy” a reality.
The goal of this action, which is part of the support activities for the internationalisation of the Italian audiovisual industry, is to implement a collaboration between the capillary diplomatic and consular network, the prestige of the Academy of Italian Cinema – the David di Donatello Awards, and the excellences of the national audiovisual industry to promote our cinema at gala occasions created ad hoc in some of the world’s most important and iconic cities.
At the same time, we will hold “business-oriented” events during which we will present all the benefits that Italy offers to foreign operators to co-produce, shoot with us, or distribute our films in cinemas abroad, thereby combining cultural promotion with a more commercial one.
The project, which takes off in numerous locations, will see a tenfold increase in appointments on all continents over the next two years.
The Academy of Italian Cinema’s David di Donatello Awards says, “President and Artistic Director Piera Detassis is honoured to be a partner of the Italian Screens initiative, which emphasises and enhances the work of research, support, and selection of the best Italian cinema composed throughout the year and culminating in the night of the David Awards. It is crucial today to support our talents and to spread our film culture and its cultural specificity abroad. Italian Screens appears to best interpret one of the Academy’s important missions: the education of new audiences, in the name of “the widest inclusion.”
Italian Screens is a crucial opportunity to introduce the protagonists of Italian cinema abroad and to build up an audience that appreciates the great productions of the moment. along with it to present to local operators the best of what the Italian audiovisual system has to offer to encourage co-productions, the growth of the professional quality of our industry, and the internationalization of our cinema.
The event also represents an important networking opportunity to enable industry operators to get in touch with those who can best illustrate the incentive program at the national and regional levels to support the production of those filming in Italy.
After India, the busy calendar of appointments for Italian Screens will stop in Los Angeles from October 31 to November 2, in Sao Paulo from November 4 to 11, and in Berlin from November 8 to 13.
Afterward, the festival will continue around the world until 2023, from Buenos Aires to Washington, New York, Seoul, Tel Aviv, and Bogotà.