Gianni Nunnari Tapped as Producer of the Year at Ischia Global Fest

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The 11-year-old event released its full lineup, including plans to honor "Winx Club" creators Rainbow as European studio of the year.

ROME – The Ischia Film & Music unveiled its full lineup Monday, revealing its producer of the year and European studio of the year honorees, adding to a star-studded guest list already announced that includes actors Samuel L. Jackson, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Redgrave, producer Arnon Milchan and director Baz Luhrmann.

The picturesque island festival, off the coast of Naples, will honor Iginio Straffi’s Rainbow, creators of the animated Winx Club franchise, as European studio of the year. During the Cannes Film Festival, Straffi was honored by the Ischia fest as Italian filmmaker of the year, an award presented by actor Christoph Waltz.

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Additionally, the event will honor Gianni Nunnari, whose production credits include 300, Seven and The Departed -- as producer of the year.

Fashion icon Kenneth Cole and Italian directors Marco Bellocchio, Giuseppe Tornatore and Cristina Comencini also are expected to attend the event, the most high-profile guest list yet for the 11-year-old event.

Among the lineup highlights are the Kennedy family documentary Ethel from Rory Kennedy, Roman Polanski’s La Venus a la fourrure (Venus in Fur) and Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby -- all set to screen at the festival’s signature lagoon screening venue.

More than 60 films will screen at the July 13-21 festival, spread among four venues on the island.

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