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Films are a big part of the Italian cultural experience and are deeply woven in the country’s fabric. Since the development of the Italian film industry in the early 1900s, Italian filmmakers and performers have enjoyed great international acclaim and have influenced film movements throughout the world. As of 2015, Italian films have won 14 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, the most of any country. 

Every year, the ICC presents a series of outstanding contemporary films in our annual Italian Film Festival. We also offer screenings throughout the year in our CineForum series.

Through the lens of drama, comedies and documentaries, our movies broaden the view of Italy and offer a new perspective on the country and its people. Take a journey to Italy without leaving Minnesota.

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Italian Film Festival

The 10th annual IFF will take place February 22th – 25st, 2018 at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis.



Check events schedule for upcoming films or subscribe to the ICC newsletter "Bollettino," to get the latest information on news and events.

Upcoming events

    • 31 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM (CST)
    • St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414


    Individual film sponsorships are available for $150. If you sponsor an individual film, your name / organization will be listed on the website and in the festival program alongside the film. You will also receive two tickets to the film. For more information on this year’s films, please contact Michelle Baroody ( or Peggy Hansen (

    Italian Film Festival

    2018 Sponsorship Package

    Dear Members & Friends of the Italian Cultural Center,

    We are thrilled to announce the 10th anniversary of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis-St. Paul  (IFF). Organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis-St. Paul in partnership with the Film Society of MSP, this year’s festival opens at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis on February 22, 2018. Over four days, the IFF will screen the best current Italian cinema from fast-paced Italian comedies to socially-relevant documentaries. Alongside contemporary Italian premieres, the festival showcases Italy’s cinematic history by screening a classic Italian film each year, like Sergio Leone’s breathtaking Western, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Vittorio De Sica’s timeless neorealist masterwork, The Bicycle Thieves.

    This year we commemorate a decade of contemporary Italian cinema in the Twin Cities, and for the first time ever, the IFF will offer two award opportunities for the best short films made by emerging filmmakers working and living in Italy and Minnesota. Filmmakers will submit their films to the IFF and an esteemed panel of jurors will select two—one from Italy and the other made right here in Minnesota. The winners of the “Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards,” will visit the festival and have the opportunity to screen their films and discuss their craft. This year’s theme asks filmmakers to consider the relationship between place, memory, history and change. By drawing on personal and collective memory, focusing on significant events in the past or present, considering important or forgotten histories, and/or highlighting the ways that places have changed over time, the IFF’s “Building Bridges” awards encourage filmmakers to find connections between the diverse communities and landscapes that they call home.

    We are committed to our local community and the festival offers an opportunity to give back by creating dialogue between Minnesota and Italy through visual arts. In order to continue doing this important work, we rely on the support of our community partners and sponsors and hope that you will consider playing a sponsorship role. By sponsoring the IFF, your organization will reach our well-established and growing audience as well as our local, national, and international partners. Additionally, your support makes the festival possible, as sponsorships help us cover the event’s many costs including screening fees, filmmaker travel, and community outreach. On the pages that follow, we’ve detailed some of the ways that you can become a sponsor for this year’s IFF, but we also look forward to working with you on your organizations particular interests and goals. Please be in touch with any questions.

    Thank you for your time. We look forward to discussing more soon!

    Michelle Baroody
    Festival Director

    Sponsorship Level



    Produttore Esecutivo





    Assistente di Produzione




    Aiuto Regista


    VIP party at festival

    Commercial included before each screening

    Sponsor both Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards

    Sponsor one Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards

    Company logo on poster and mention in festival advertisement and press

    Opportunity to introduce opening night film

    Still ad included in festival pre-reel before each screening

    Recognition in film introductions

    Promotional materials available at the festival

    Reserved seating

    Recognition on social media

    Logo in festival trailer

    Logo appears on IFF website

    Logo appears in printed program

    Winter party tickets*







    Number of festival passes







    *The Italian Film Festival Winter Fundraiser will be held at the Tek Box (528 Hennepin Avenue • Suite 215 • Minneapolis • 55403) on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Therefore, only sponsors who commit to sponsorship before February 1, 2018 will receive tickets to the party. 


    In addition to traditional sponsorships, we also offer a variety of options for organizations and businesses to advertise at the IFF. Advertising space is available in the printed festival program, available before and throughout the festival. There are also opportunities to advertise your business onscreen in the pre-reel that plays before every screening. The cost for each ad is $300 and it should be delivered as a .jpeg or .tiff file.

    Details and specifications bellow.

    Ad Size



    full page


    4.8 in x 7.5 in

    2/3 page


    4.8 in x 4.8 in

    1/3 page


    4.8 in x 2.4 in


                All ads should be delivered ready for print as .pdf or .tiff files.


    There are also opportunities to advertise your business onscreen in the pre-reel that plays before every screening. The cost for each ad is $300 and it should be delivered as a .jpeg or .tiff file.

    *If you’d like to place an ad in the program and pre-reel, please be in touch to discuss details. 



    Produttore di Elite

    Assitente di produzione

    Andrea & Vittorio Raimondi


    Nancy Azzam

    Astrid Garino & Massimo Costalonga
    Brian Balleria & Joan Bechtold

    Aiuto Regista

    Catherine Allan

    James and Denise D'Aurora

    Elizabeth Fletcher

    Jeff Lotz

    Joseph Pingatore

    Nassim and Federico Rossi

    Dominic Sposeto & Kitty Schneider

    Anthony Tedesco

    Individual Film Sponsorship

    Christopher Beaudet

    Joe and Genie Dixon

    Cynthia & Ronald Curran

    Brian and Jesse Fanciulli

    Michael Harlow

    Christine Imbra

    Joan and Rick Naymark

    Luisa O'Gara

    Marco Pavoloni, Honorary Consul to Italy

    Nancy Schaefer, Honorary ICC Board Member

    Systems4Living Architecture

    Contributors and Supporters

    WCCO-TV news anchor Frank Vascellaro

    Epicurean Garden Catering for the Winter Party by Giada Nucera, ICC Board Member

    Punch Pizza

    Arezzo Ristorante
    Common Good Books

    Nonna Rosa's Ristorante Italiano

    For the Live Auction


    passionate cook

    Emily Mellon, traveling massage therapist 

Past events

07 Apr 2017 Neorealism’s Casualisation of Labour - Lecture at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
06 Apr 2017 ES17 “By Italians, for Italians”: Italo-American Movie Theatres
06 Apr 2017 The Cinematic Life of Petroleum - Workshop at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
14 Feb 2016 Cineforum Series: Film “Matrimonio all’italiana” (Marriage Italian Style)
05 Oct 2015 RED DESERT (1964) A film by Italian Director Michelangelo Antonioni
22 May 2015 Eurochannel Short Films Tour
24 Apr 2015 EN15 U of M Film, "Refugees in Cinecitta"- Friday, April 24
01 Mar 2015 The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate)
01 Mar 2015 Love in the City (L’amore in città)
01 Mar 2015 Italy in a Day (Un giorno da italiani)
28 Feb 2015 South Is Nothing (Il Sud è niente)
28 Feb 2015 Off Road (Fuoristrada)
28 Feb 2015 Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot (Zoran, il mio nipote scemo)
27 Feb 2015 Inside Buffalo
27 Feb 2015 The Art of Happiness (L'Arte della Felicità)
26 Feb 2015 I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto Quando Voglio)
26 Feb 2015 VIP Pass - Includes all films and opening night party
26 Feb 2015 Opening Night Party plus film ticket
24 Oct 2014 FREE Screening – Men of the Cloth – Friday, October 24
07 Oct 2014 EF14 NEW! MEMBER ONLY Appreciation Movie Night! - Tuesday Evening, October 7
08 Mar 2014 Il restauro dei luoghi Verdiani - da Roncole a Sant'Agata passando per Busseto (Restoring Verdi's Places - from Roncole to Sant'Agata via Busseto)
07 Apr 2013 È stato il figlio (It was the son) tickets and sponsorship
07 Apr 2013 La kryptonite nella borsa (Kryptonite!) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 L'estate di Giacomo (Summer of Giacomo) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Un giorno speciale (A Special Day) tickets and sponsorship
05 Apr 2013 Terraferma (Dry Land) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Polvere -Il grande processo dell'amianto (Dust-The Great Asbestos Trial) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Italian Film Festival 2013
22 Feb 2013 CineForum 2013: Blow Up
25 Jan 2013 CineForum 2013: Il deserto rosso
25 May 2012 CineForum 2012: Mio fratello è figlio unico (My Brother Is an Only Child)
30 Mar 2012 Italian Film Festival 2012
10 Jun 2011 La Doppia Ora at Edina Theater
05 Mar 2011 Fundraiser for Italian Film Festival 2011
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
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