Rome Film Fest chooses selectors

Claudio Masenza to be responsible for U.S. films

ROME -- The Rome International Film Festival on Wednesday (Feb. 10) announced the new team of selectors who will help choose the lineup for the fifth edition of the event.

The most visible new member of the team will be Claudio Masenza, who left the Venice Film Festival after six years as a member of the Venice selection committee and the festival's host for many of its most important press conferences.

In a brief interview, Masenza said he left Venice to become artistic director of the first Aruba International Film Festival, which will take place in June, and that he was pleased to join the team in Rome, where he will be charged with reviewing U.S. films for possible inclusion in the Rome lineup.

Other new members of the 10-person team are Elena Pollacchi, who will oversee selections from Asia, and Jenny Scheubeck, who has worked with the festival in the past but will join the selection committee for the first time to oversee selections from France and Germany.

The fifth Rome International Film Festival will take place Oct. 28-Nov. 5.