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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.


Vi aspettiamo
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Click here for Past Italian Film Festival Titles


CineForum

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

Upcoming events

    • 20 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 PM
    • Film Society's Screen #3 at St. Anthony Main Theater , 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414



    We are thrilled to announce the 11th  edition of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis/St. Paul presented in partnership with MSP Film Society! The IFF returns to St. Anthony Main Theater in 2020 and runs from Thursday, February 20 to Sunday, February 23. Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for the best of current Italian cinema from fast-paced Italian comedies to socially-relevant documentaries. 


    CLICK HERE for the Schedule of Events. Tickets available soon. Stay tuned!















    • 20 Feb 2020
    • 6:05 PM
    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 11:00 PM
    • St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Register


    Dear Members & Friends of the Italian Cultural Center,


    We are thrilled to announce the 11th anniversary of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis-St. Paul (IFF). Organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul in partnership with MSP Film Society, this year's festival opens at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis on February 20, 2020. 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. 2020 marks the centennial of Federico Fellini and we are delighted to present a 4K restoration of Lo sceicco bianco (The White Sheik, 1952).


    This time again, the IFF will offer two award opportunities for the best short films made by emerging filmmakers working and living in Italy and Minnesota. The winning films and finalists will screen at the festival. Each winner will receive a 2020 "Building Bridges Award" together with a cash prize and the IFF will cover the director's travel to the festival. This year's theme is WATER (acqua in Italian).
    The "Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards” are dedicated to Massimo Bonavita, former president and co-founder of The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul. Sponsored by KNOCK, Inc. and our generous Give to The Max Donors.


    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. Your support makes the festival possible, as sponsorships help us cover the event’s many costs including screening fees, filmmaker travel, and community outreach.

    Below, 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!
    Tiziana Cervesato

    Festival Director
    events@theitalianculturalcenter.org



    Sponsorship Level

    Produttore
    di Elite

    $10,000

    Produttore Esecutivo

    $5000

    Produttore

    $2500

    Assistente di Produzione

    $1000

    Regista

    $500

    Aiuto Regista

    $250

    VIP party at festival






    Commercial included before each screening






    Opportunity to introduce opening night film


    Sponsor both Awards






    Sponsor one Award






    Logo on poster and mention in festival advertisement and press





    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

    Number of Festival Passes (incl. Opening Night Reception)*

    14

    8

    6

    4

    2


    Tickets for Opening Night Reception and movie






    2

    * The Italian Film Festival Opening Night Reception will be held at Pracna's Fireside Room (117 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414) on Thursday, February 20, 2020.



    INDIVIDUAL FILM SPONSORSHIPS
    Individual film sponsorships are available for $150 ($180 for the Opening Night Movie that includes the Opening Night Reception). 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 Peggy Hansen at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org  

    CLICK ON the REGISTER button (in the upper left blue box)
    to select your film!



    STILL AD IN FESTIVAL PRE-REEL BEFORE EACH SCREENING
    There are also opportunities to advertise your business / organization 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.




    PRINTED ADVERTISEMENTS
    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.

    Ad Size

    Price

    Specifications

    Full page

    $350

    4.8 in x 7.5 in

    2/3 page

    $250

    4.8 in x 4.8 in

    1/3 page

    $150

    4.8 in x 2.4 in


    CLICK ON the REGISTER button (in the upper left blue box) 

    TO CHOOSE YOUR SPONSORSHIP LEVEL!













Past events

15 Dec 2019 BUILDING BRIDGES: Emerging Filmmakers Awards
11 Dec 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Screening: In guerra per amore. EF19
11 Dec 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: In guerra per amore
09 Oct 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Screening: Tutto quello che vuoi. EF19
09 Oct 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Tutto quello che vuoi
11 Sep 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Noi e la Giulia
11 Sep 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Screening: Noi e la Giulia. EF19
11 Sep 2019 Happening in the Community: Year of Italy @ Global Minnesota
14 Aug 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Se Dio vuole
14 Aug 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Screening: Se Dio vuole
10 Jul 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Il Padre d'Italia
10 Jul 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Screening: Il Padre d'Italia
12 Jun 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Latin Lover
12 Jun 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Screening: Latin Lover
08 May 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Basilicata Coast to Coast
08 May 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Second screening: Basilicata Coast to Coast. In Italian only. No English subtitles
05 May 2019 Happening in the Community - Vini d'Italia: Tour 2019
04 Apr 2019 Italian Movies at MSP International Film Festival
13 Mar 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Smetto Quando Voglio
13 Mar 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. First screening: Smetto Quando Voglio.
01 Feb 2019 Happening in the Community - Walker Art Center: Italian Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, dialogue with Scott Foundas + screenings
23 Dec 2018 Happening in the Community: The Trylon presents La Dolce Vita
30 Nov 2018 Happening in the Community: Showcasing Two Digital Projects on Pre-modern Venice
12 Apr 2018 Happening in the Community: free screening of "Io Sono Li", 2011 Italian drama movie
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
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