Inaugural Perugia Film Festival Sets Dates

The event, to take place in March of next year, will focus on premieres of new films and screenings of restored classics.

ROME – Organizers on Thursday announced the creation of the Perugia International Film Festival, to be held in Umbria’s most important city with a focus on premieres of new films and screenings of restored classics helped by the Martin Scorsese Foundation.

The inaugural edition of the festival is set to take place March 22-25, 2012, but film lovers will have a chance to experience the flavor of the event this Saturday when the restored copy of Lucino Visconti’s Senso will screen in the city, the first official collaboration between the festival committee, the Umbria Film Commission, and the Martin Scorsese Foundation, which works to restore classic films.

Perugia, which is located in central Italy, around halfway between Rome and Florence, is already a cultural hotspot: it is home to the 38-year-old Umbria Jazz Festival, the Euro-chocolate Festival, two major universities, a thriving art scene, and top-notch museums and architecture. But its connection to the film world has so far been limited.

Organizer said the festival will feature a competition for new films, screenings of restored classics, as in-depth workshops featuring industry professionals as well as events tied to local history, cuisine, and art.