New Italian Cinema

New Italian Cinema is presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco (IIC) and New Italian Cinema Events of Florence, Italy (N.I.C.E). In 2017, the festival will screen seven dramas by up and coming directors, competing for the City of Florence Award; four award-winning documentaries; and five new dramas by veteran directors.

The Italian Cultural Institute (IIC)

Founded in 1978, the Italian Cultural Institute (Istituto Italiano di Cultura, or IIC) of San Francisco is an official branch of the Italian government, dedicated to the promotion of the Italian language and culture in the United States through the organization of cultural events.

New Italian Cinema Events (N.I.C.E.)

Based in Florence, Italy, N.I.C.E. is a non-for-profit cultural organization founded in 1991 by a group of film professionals. It has grown into one of the most important expressions of Italian cinema abroad, fulfilling its goal of promoting Italian films and filmmakers, through a series of film festivals and cultural exchanges. For 21 years N.I.C.E. has been the co-presenter of New Italian Cinema in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute.

The City of Florence Award

Each year, seven dramatic features by up-and-coming directors are screened at the festival and compete for the City of Florence Award. This year the City of Florence Award, which honors a first or second feature by an Italian director, will be decided by audience ballot in San Francisco and announced at the Closing Night presentation on Sunday, November 12.