Rome Film Fest: Former NYFF Head Richard Pena Joins Selection Committee

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Richard Pena

The 10th edition of the festival will take place October 16-23.

The Rome Film Fest has reinvented itself continuously over the years.

In its tenth year, it’s returning to the basics, going back to its original name, dropping the “international” from its title.

As previously announcedAntonio Monda will replace Marco Mueller as the festival’s director and Piera Detassis will serve as the new president of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma.

The fest has also signed up some top names to its curatorial board in the upcoming addition, including former New York Film Festival director Richard Pena. The film professor has taught in universities including Harvard and Columbia, and was also co-founder with Antonio Monda of Open Roads, the annual showcase of recent Italian cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Joining Pena are Giovanna Fulvi, an expert in Asian film who has been a programmer for both the Toronto and Rotterdam festivals, Hollywood Party journalist Alberto Crespi, Columbia University academic Alessia Palanti, and journalist Francesco Zippel.

The festival is scrapping its competition this year so as to no longer compete with Venice. Similar to the New York Film Festival, Rome is intent on being a pure celebration of cinema. They will also announce various events throughout the year to mark Rome as the center of film in the country.

The next edition is confirmed for Oct. 16-23 and will again be held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica as well as in select venues throughout the city. 

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