Rome Film Festival to discuss piracy issues

Results to be presented to Ministry of Culture

GENEVA, Switzerland -- The newly rechristened Rome Film Festival will dedicate three days to the discussion of piracy issues and authors' rights, festival organizers said Friday.

The sidebar -- part of a wider program on the state of the Italian cinema industry -- is a first-time event for the 3-year-old festival, which is being re-cast this year with more of an Italian flavor, including a name change (from the RomaCinemaFest) and a greater focus on the local industry.

The anti-piracy and authors' rights event is bring organized with the collaboration of the Ministry of Culture, the cinema and audiovisual association ANICA, along with cinema industry associations AGIS, ANAC, API, ANEM, ANEC and the Hundred Author's Movement.

The results of the round-table discussion will be presented to the Ministry of Culture to help it make its case for new laws and financing for anti-piracy initiatives and projects to help protect authors' rights.