Rome Film Fest: Antonio Monda to Remain Director for Three More Years

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Antonio Monda

Monda is credited with increased ticket sales and bringing greater star power to Rome.

The Rome Film Fest's artistic director Antonio Monda has been confirmed for another three years after being brought on to take over the reins in 2015. 

Monda had a successful first three years, which saw ticket sales rise and the return of A-list talent to Rome through the Close Encounters series. This year, David Lynch will be honored with the fest's lifetime achievement award and other confirmed guests include Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian McKellen and Vanessa Redgrave. 

Monda is also credited with rebranding the festival as a celebration of cinema, canceling the event's awards jury, with the exception of a People's Choice award. He is a writer and university teacher whose relationship as a curator for the Rome Film Fest dates back to its early years. 

His appointment for 2018-20 was confirmed by the board of directors for the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, composed of Piera Detassis (president), Roberto Cicutto, Laura Delli Colli, Jose R. Dosal and Lorenzo Tagliavanti. 

"I'm very honored and deeply grateful to all those who have reconfirmed their trust in me, from the founding members of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma," Monda said Monday of the announcement. "In the first triennium, we have worked hard to reimagine the Rome Film Fest and give it a clear-cut identity and a specific role in terms of content and programming. Our aim for the next three years will obviously be to outdo ourselves every time by bringing fresh ideas to the event without sacrificing its identity, which we have sought tirelessly but also passionately to create."

This year's Rome Film Fest is set to runs Oct. 26-Nov. 5.