Italy on screen today New York - Film&TvSeries Fest

5. Edition

Italy on screen today New York - Film&TvSeries Fest

where:New York
when:December 23rd - 29th, 2020
Festival takes place Online
address:Via della Giuliana, 27
IT-00195 Roma
tel:+39 06 30893337
email:director.italyonscreen.newyork@gmail.com
website:www.italyonscreentoday.it/

Italy On-Screen Today – New York Film&TvSeries Fest was born to pro-mote Italian contemporary cinema and audiovisual abroad. Produced by the Artistic Soul Association, founded and directed by Loredana Commonara.
Last year we all enjoyed a splendid evening at Lincoln Center, honored by the presence of Marco Bellocchio and Pierfrancesco Favino. We were also joined by Academy-Award-winner James Ivory, Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco, Consul-General Francesco Genuardi, Deputy UN Ambassador Stefano Stefanile, and the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute, Paolo Barlera. With a standing-room only crowd. We greeted each other in this festive atmosphere, with handshakes and family photos. After screening more than twelve films at theaters from New York to Miami, we said our goodbyes.
Then 2020 arrived, a year in which we came to know all too well the multifaceted reality of the absurd, what it has taken away and what it has taught us.
We feel confident that we have found the right balance among the var-ious possible ways this festival could have been held. Thanks to Mymovieslive, the Italian platform that since 2010 has made it possible to stream Italian films, and which this year in particular has accompanied Italian cinema to the top film festivals, the fifth edition of “Italy On-Screen Today – New York Film&TvSeries Fest will be streamed, on an exceptional basis, throughout the United States. We have also selected a new schedule: from December 23 to 29, in order to keep you company during the exceptional Christmas season of this exceptional year.
So here we are ready once again to bring to the United States the very best in contemporary Italian cinema. We have even increased the number of films we are bringing you, almost all of them premiers. But it is not just a question of numbers.
First of all, this year offered us a truly special opportunity to program many brand-new films by top Italian directors which had just been re-leased in the movie theaters. We were also blessed with the first and second films of debut Italian directors. Finally, documentaries, which have also been part of our programming, continue to represent one of the most eclectic genres in terms of experimenting with cinematic lan-guage. We will get a sample of some of the latest developments in Italian cinema, which will be explored in greater depth at next year’s edition. I am referring to films and documentaries dedicated to the environment and pollution at a moment in which global warming and safeguarding the planet have become a collective emergency, and issues on which we have to reflect and that we must engage by promoting appropriate lifestyles and behaviors. This is absolutely new: for the first time we will screen in New York a selection of contemporary Italian TV series, thanks to HBO, SKY, Wildside, The Apartment, Cattleya and Rai Com.
A debut edition that will be further developed and explored next year. The series represents the cutting edge in the audiovisual sector: these films are rooted in the everyday reality of the viewer, and have led to an increase in players and technological support, and have redefined the distribution markets; they are also accompanied by a dedicated school of criticism, specialized in writing and consumption. This is why we wish to broaden our perspective on Italian production to embrace the wider spectrum of audiovisual language. We have great projects in store for next year.
And, of course, we have not forgotten our guests and our prizes, because cinema is socializing and it is above all a festival:
Cristina Comencini, Gabriele Muccino, Rosario Dawson, Luca Guada-gnino, Chloë Sevigny, Saverio Costanzo. Six internationally-acclaimed talents, distinct artistic personalities. We will have the pleasure to hear their thoughts on their films and Series during special Q&A’s, which will be available on our platform together with their films.
The program also contain two panels: casting director’s crucial role in the creation of films and television series, in conversation with Lilia Hartmann Trapani (Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Manuel de Oliveira) and Margery Simkin, (Avatar, Erin Brockovich e Top Gun). The second panel aims to analyze and discuss the international mass production of Tv Series, Showrunning in the tv arena: challenges and opportunities, in conversation with veteran director, producer, show runner Allan Arkush and director Carlo Carlei.
The fifth edition was made possible thanks to the contribution of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities and for Tourism - General Directorate of Cinema and Audiovisual, with the support of Consulate General of Italy in New York, Italian Cultural Institutes of New York, in collaboration with Rai Cinema, Casa Zerilli-Marimò of New York University, Stony Brook University, “La giornata mondiale del cinema italiano” Strategica Communication, with the patronage of Regione Lazio, APA (Association of Audiovisual Producers) and Roma-Lazio Film Commission. As of this year, in partnership with Italy for Movies (www.italyformovies.it), the national portal for production lo-cations and incentives coordinated by the General Directorate for Cin-ema and Audiovisual of MiBACT, administered by the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà in collaboration with the Italian Film Commission, available also on the app which can be downloaded at digital stores.

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