Plan to Shift Rome Film Festival Dates Hits Road Blocks

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Conflicts with venue and the Turin Film Festival likely mean Rome's move to November will take place in 2013.

ROME – It is likely that the plans to push back the International Rome Film Festival to late November will have to wait until at least next year, after problems with the plan arose in recent days.

The plan change Rome’s dates so the festival could serve as a mid-way point between the end of the Toronto Film Festival in September and February’s Berlin Film Festival was the idea of former Venice Film Festival artistic director Marco Mueller, who is expected to be tapped as Rome’s new artistic director in the coming days.

But the plan has run into road blocks, it was revealed Tuesday, including scheduling conflicts with the Parco della Musica venue that is the centerpiece of the festival and a plea from officials at the Turin Film Festival, where its 30th edition is set to take place Nov. 25-Dec. 3.  The officials said it was too late to reschedule the festival.

Italian newspapers reported that Turin mayor Piero Fassino asked Rome counterpart Gianni Alemanno to postpone the change in dates for the Rome festival until next year. Alemanno agreed.

When former Warner Bros. Italia head Paolo Ferrari was elected the Rome festival’s new president Monday, he said the dates would be unchanged: Oct. 18-26.

But not everyone is convinced: officials close to Mueller said a shift in dates remained a possibility. They said if it does not happen this year the shift will be put in place starting in 2013.

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