THE 2013 ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL: ONLY FIVE WEEKS LEFT TO OPENING NIGHT!
With the 2013 Academy Awards still fresh, it could not be more appropriate talking a about Italian cinematography. The Italian Film Festival celebrates its seventh anniversary in Atlanta from April 11th to the 14th with a brand new alliance with the Atlanta International Film Festival and a move for the seven films in competition for the Best Film Award to the historical Plaza Theatre located at 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306. Many of you have vivid memories of the gems of the latest Italian production brought to you every year. In its seventh season, the Festival is a creation of Claudio Di Persia. This amazing initiative is the peak of the Italian cultural events in this city. Ciancia has been a proud sponsor of the Festival since year one.
The Festival is now under the great wing of the Atlanta Film. This new status of the Festival calls for new sponsorships and, for the first time, for paid entry, via tickets that will be purchased individually at the event. Passes for the entire festival will also be available, only for Ciancia Members, at a significant discount. While Ciancia is at this time involved in facilitating this transition via new sponsors, we are appealing to your individual support, which can be as easy as marking your calendars from April 11 through April 14. Short of traveling to Italy, this is the best way to remain in touch with the best production of Italian Cinema in Atlanta. We hope to see you in large numbers. This time, there will be a party, on Sunday, after the last show, with location TBA.
Please mark your calendars and plan on attending all or as many as you wish:
FULL PROGRAM AVAILABLE SOON at: www.cinemaitaly.com
NOTES BY THE EDITOR
The artistic director and founder of the Festival, Claudio Di Persia - a true leader and a philanthropist - has been promoting the Festival for years. There are significant changes this year. Without the sponsorship of Georgia State University, whose directors, in all fairness to their international agenda, have chosen to represent other cultures, the Festival is now free to pursue traditional corporate sponsors – an operation which was not possible prior to 2013 due to strict academic regulations. This opportunity in disguise may eventually give the Festival the independence that parallel artistic institutions have conquered over the years. Bear in mind that these are independent institutions: they are not publically financed. They depend on our support. Under the wing of the Atlanta Film Festival, the Italian Film Festival is changing location, from the grand Rialto Theatre to an equally iconic Atlanta theatre: the Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon. This is a more intimate environment, which is expected to enhance the interaction among the participants. However, due to the high costs of production and lack of large sponsors, the Festival is no longer free. Ciancia members will be able to purchase discount passes for the entire Festival – look below for rules and schedule. To our members and to all Italophiles, this is a significant cultural event, if not the most relevant, as it features the best seven films produced in Italy in the past 12 months. It would take a quite expensive trip for us to go see them, and even then, they would be spread over a number of locations. Hungry as I am for cultural involvement, I am typically diving into the festival, from start to finish. Full immersion may not be possible to all of you, but your participation and support of the arts will be rewarded with guaranteed personal enjoyment. I am urging you to mark your agenda right now, April 11-14, and come this year to support this outstanding event! Cinematography is art on the screen, and it must be seen in a theatre. AGP
FESTA DELLA REPUBBLICA 2012