Rome film fest cuts budget, lengthens name

Sidebar names also shift to Italian-language equivalents

ROME -- Out with the RomaCinemaFest and in with the Rome International Film Festival.

The switch to a more traditional name for the Italian capital's three-year-old film event was officially announced Friday, along with news that the budget has been reduced by about 2 million euros ($3.1 million) and that the festival will offer two parallel best film prizes for the main competition.

As reported previously, most of the sidebar names -- Extra, Premiere, Focus -- will switch to Italian-language equivalents because of what new president Gian Luigi Rondi said was his "love of the Italian language."

Festival officials said this year's total budget would be reduced from 17.6 million euros ($27.5 million) to a still-healthy 15.5 million euros ($24.2 million).

The festival also did away with its 50-member citizens jury that selected the main competition winner previously in lieu of two parallel processes: an audience vote and a panel of seven international critics, each of which will select a best film winner that will take home a 75,000 euro ($117,000) prize.