The sixth edition of Filming Italy, Los Angeles

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The sixth edition of Filming Italy - Los Angeles, presented with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, will take place from March 18th to 21st, 2021 in Los Angeles with 90% streaming, in collaboration with APA (Audiovisual Producers Association) and under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles.

Created and organized by Tiziana Rocca, Agnus Dei and Valeria Rumori, Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, Filming Italy - Los Angeles not only promotes Italy as a film set and bridge between Italian and American cultures, but also supports the cultural growth of Italy through its cinema, the internalization of Italian audiovisual products and supports intercultural relations between various directors, producers and artists. The Festival will be introduced by Silvia Chiave, Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles.

"I am very happy to be able to announce that this edition of Filming Italy - Los Angeles will take place, despite all the problems related to this period. Of course, we had to adapt to the extraordinary situation we are experiencing, rescheduling the festival in a digital format," emphasizes Tiziana Rocca, who is also the Festival's Artistic Director. "I wanted this edition to focus on some social issues that I believe are particularly urgent and necessary around the world, without distinction. We'll be tackling themes such as human rights and equal opportunities, with a focus on the enhancement of women in the world of work, especially in the world of cinema, as well as the environmental problems that are afflicting the planet and threatening the very future of young people. And we will also discuss cinema in the many masterclasses scheduled with numerous Italian and international actors, addressing the future of the seventh art, so endangered by the pandemic and lockdown."

"Over the years, this festival has become a much-anticipated event, because it represents a rare opportunity for so many Italian artists to reach a wider audience in an international context," Tiziana Rocca concludes. "Despite the complicated historical period that the whole world has been facing, Filming Italy has continued its run, from Sardinia to Venice, firmly believing in the importance and power of culture, wishing for a prompt rebirth for cinema and its productions."

"The 2021 edition of the long-awaited Filming Italy - Los Angeles is unique, the first digital one and will offer this year an even richer panorama of Italian cinema" - says Valeria Rumori, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles - "It will involve well-known Italian and international artists, with the aim of enhancing and promoting Italy, its language, its art and its territories. Throughout the year, the Institute focuses particular attention to the promotion of Italian cinema, with dedicated initiatives in the Southwest of the United States, presented with Italian and local partners. In Los Angeles, the 700th anniversary of Dante's death will be commemorated with various events organized by the Institute throughout the year, including the original Dante on Film series highlighting the importance of the poet in American cinema".

March 25th will in fact be the official day dedicated to Dante Alighieri in Italy and the world. On this date Filming Italy: Dante 700 will present: a program that will include the screening of the silent film L'inferno by Francesco Bertolini with the Cineteca di Bologna, as well as exclusive Dante readings by special guests of the 2021 edition and past editions. The initiative is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles with Agnus Dei Association under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles. Filming Italy: Dante 700 will also be presented in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture of Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington.

The Honorary President of this edition will be Italian actress Claudia Gerini, who will open the festival with a special streaming masterclass. The Honorary President representing the United States will be the actor Harvey Keitel.

The themes that the Festival will explore this year, through the screenings of films, TV series, unpublished and unedited docufilms, short films and also within the masterclasses, will be human rights, the future of young people, equal opportunities with the advancement of women in cinema and the restart of the film and television products after the lockdown.

Confirmed also this year is a collaboration with Women in Film, TV & Media Italia. Started in Los Angeles, WIF has been supporting women working in the film industry and behind the camera since 1973. Today, WIF organizations around the world are working for a more equitable industry through awareness programs, incentives and legal support. Out of this partnership came the “Woman Power Award”, to support women in the film industry: talented screenwriters, actresses and producers.

Filming Italy Los Angeles, in its digital format, will be held on the streaming platform MyMovies, which will create for the occasion a 1,000-seat virtual hall for the Los Angeles audience, including producers, distributors, departments and film students. To ensure security, online screenings will also be protected with Hollywood Grade DRM and are visible only in the United States.

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