June is Canada’s Italian Heritage Month, with various art installments celebrating a rich culture that has been a part of Canadian history for decades. The Italian Contemporary Film Festival celebrates films of Italian origin from all over the world, showcasing contemporary cinema and the filmmakers who put their heart and soul into making them. Nine days are devoted to ICFF 2014, with films that put a spotlight on Italian culture, history and way of life. Each film is presented in Italian, with English subtitles, and is attended by notable talents from all over the world.
The beauty of the festival is that it isn’t limited to just the city of Toronto. The festival will present it’s line-up in four other cities: Vaughan, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City, extending the reach and celebrations of Italian art. The line-up itself consists of various interesting films, some of which have been presented in English in North America and Europe.
In addition, the festival will be presented at multiple venues. There are 4 venues in the GTA region alone: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Colossus inVaughan, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and the Isabel Bader Theatre.
The festival itself is broken down into many pieces. The primary offerings are of course the wide range of films being presented, some of which are North American premieres. We had the opportunity to watch one of the films earlier this year: The Best Offer, AKA La migliore offerta, starring the very talented Geoffrey Rush. Each film hopes to capture the essence of Italian lifestyle, while also capturing the culture, historical elements, and way of life, and La migliore offerta did exactly that. There are plenty of films to choose from, playing each and every day.
Also, the diverse programming is attended by notable guests from the industry. Artists such as Stephen Baldwin and Vittoria Puccini will be in attendance to promote their films, share insight into the making of their films, and have intimate Q&A’s with audience members.
An Industry Focus
On June 19, the festival will also present it’s Industry Day, where professionals will get an opportunity to network with some notable individuals, and promote future collaborations. The event will take place at the prestigious Pinewood Studios Toronto, a home to major motion pictures and blockbusters in the past decade. A panel discussion will take place, featuring Carlo Verdone, Andrea Iervolino, Nina Marrese and Enrico Brignano, moderated by CMPA’s Lindsey Voderak.