Canton to chair Capri fest


ROME -- Mark Canton has been selected as chairman of the 12th annual Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival set for Dec. 27-Jan. 2 on the scenic Mediterranean island of Capri.

Canton, whose production credits include Zack Snyder's historical drama "300" and Andy Fickman's yet-to-be-released remake of 1980s musical "Fame," takes over a festival that last year handed out more than three dozen prizes, including a movie of the year award to Will Smith starrer "The Pursuit of Happyness," the first Hollywood feature from Italian director Gabriele Muccino.

The theme at this year's event will be Italian cinema and its traditions, according to a statement.

With screening locations scattered around the island off the coast of Naples, the "Capri, Hollywood" event -- funded by a combination of Italian governmental sources and private Italian sponsors -- is the only international film festival in the world that starts one year and concludes the following.