FilmItalia, UniFrance team for young talent

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ROME -- Italian cinema promotion body FilmItalia and French counterpart UniFrance on Tuesday launched a program aimed at the cross-development and -promotion of young acting talent in both countries.

The launch took place at Rome's historic French embassy in Italy, Palazzo Farnese, with eight young actors from each country on hand for the event.

"Many of these young actors are going to leave their mark on the business in the future, and it can only be a good thing for them to get to know each other and learn from each other now," FilmItalia president Irene Bignardi said in an interview.

The event was held on the sidelines of the 10-day RomaCinemaFest, which concludes Saturday.

This is the third year UniFrance has co-sponsored such an initiative, after last year's joint venture with England announced at the London Film Festival, and the 2005 initiative with Germany unveiled at the Munich Film Festival.

Bignardi said that Italy is mulling its own version of the program and will consider establishing its own joint venture with another European country next year.
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