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About 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 2016, the festival will screen seven dramas by up and coming directors, competing for the City of Florence Award; three award-winning documentaries; and five new dramas by veteran directors. There were many people writing papers on the basis of this event, even those who would usually prefer to buy college research paper didn't miss the opportunity to share their thoughts on the films presented there.

About The Italian Cultural Institute (IIC)

Founded in 1978, the Italian Cultural Institute (Istituto Italiano di Cultura, or IIC);in 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.

About 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 20 years N.I.C.E. has been the co-presenter of New Italian Cinema in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute.

About 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. 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 a Closing Night presentation on Sunday, November 20.

Staff list

N.I.C.E. Director: Viviana del Bianco
Director, Italian Cultural Institute: Paolo Barlera
Festival Manager: Nancy Fishman

San Francisco
Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco: Manlio Gullotta
Publicity: Karen Larsen, Vince Johnson, Laura Molinari
Designer: Julie Ann Yuen
Program Notes: Nancy Fishman
Copy Editor: Pam Grady
Marketing Coordinator: Michela Natolli
Volunteer Coordinators: Ninfa Dawson & Bev Thorman
House Managers: Brad Robinson & Gino Caputi
Technical Consultant: Hal Rowland
Vogue Theatre: Adam Bergeron, Daven Hayes, Junior Perez, Chloe Ginnever, Kathy Nims
Ticketing: Mitch Vaughn, Box Cubed


Executive Directors N.I.C.E.: Maya Breschi  and Alberto Di Mauro
International Relations: Sabina Viti
Press Office: Giulia Gasparrini
Marketing and Fundraising: Antonio Napolitano
Organization: Elena Casamassima Giraffa
Selection Members: Stefano Albertini, Diego Garuffi, Nancy Fishman, Naum Kleiman, Camilla Toschi
Santa Clara County, Province of Florence, Italy, Sister County Commission: Joanne Anderson
Santa Clara University Vari Italian Studies Initiative: Marie Brancati