Rome indie fest casts wide net

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ROME -- The Rome Independent Film Festival on Tuesday announced that its seventh edition will include 80 projects from 30 different countries, including an emphasis on films from France, Greece and Spain.

Not be confused with the RomaCinemaFest, which will hold its third edition in October, the Rome Independent Film Festival, or RIFF, screens and promotes nonstudio projects and encourages participation from the community.

This year, the festival will screen 20 full-length feature films, 18 documentaries and 30 short films. It awards prizes in eight competitive categories.

Last year, Nick Lyon's cult film "Punk Love" took home the top prize. Previous winners have included Monty Lapica's "Self Medicated" and "The Garden of Earthly Delights" from Lech Majewski.

On tap for the April 18-24 festival will be Ilmar Raag's "Klass" (The Class), an honorable mention selection at Karlovy Vary last year, and "Bajo las estrellas" (Beneath the Stars) from Felix Viscarret, which was nominated for eight Goya Awards this year, winning two. Italian productions include "Ossidiana" from Silvana Maja and Tony D'Angelo's "Una notte" (One Night).
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