After raising $37K for UNM Children’s Hospital in 2015, the NM Italian Film & Culture Festival comes roaring back Feb 16-21, 2016, celebrating the best of Italian cinema and culture while again benefiting UNM Children’s Hospital! Join us at Albuquerque’s Guild Cinema for local premieres of 7 recent, award-winning, and highly acclaimed Italian films (English subtitles) from comedy to drama to romance. Visit www.italianfilmfest.org for tickets and details of our 9th annual Festival, also featuring a Kickoff Reception, “Dine & Donate” options, and a Festa Finale Cena (dinner). We extend a warm invitation to explore a taste of la dolce vita in the Land of Enchantment!
The NM Italian Film & Culture Festival has been delighting audiences and gathering fans since 2007 when its founder, Ronaldo Patrizio-Steiner staged a four-day celebration of Italian cinema as a benefit for the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. That first festival featured 12 films and a buffet. It was declared a huge success both as an artistic and a fundraising endeavor. It became Ronaldo’s passion and his annual gift to the community. When Ronaldo moved out of state after the 2012 festival, he left it in the hands of Italian Festivals of New Mexico, the non-profit organization he had established in 2010. Members of that organization, all volunteers dedicated to the cause of the Children’s Hospital and to showcasing Italian cinema and culture in New Mexico, stepped forward to continue the tradition. Thanks to those volunteers and to the enthusiastic and enduring support of our patrons and sponsors, the festival has become the largest, most significant Italian event in the state.
Now in its 9th year, the 2016 NM Italian Film & Culture Festival brings to The Land of Enchantment another strong line-up of recent, award-winning and highly-acclaimed Italian films in their local premieres. All films are in Italian with English subtitles and include a great mix of genres, from comedy to drama to romance. You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy this unique opportunity to explore contemporary Italy through the eyes and insights of celebrated Italian filmmakers. Join us!