Rome's film festival shaking things up

Director set to announce name change, new sidebar

ROME -- The third edition of the RomaCinemaFest will have a much more Italian and traditional feel, officials are expected to announce Friday, with name changes for several sections.

Insiders said the festival will have a more traditional jury -- comprising film critics rather than local cinema lovers -- and that the announcement of the festival's lineup could be delayed.

The biggest name change will be to the festival itself, sources said, where the word "fest" -- short for the Italian word for "party" -- will be replaced with the more traditional "festival." The event's version of a market, the Business Street, also will see its name changed to an Italian one, as will several of the sidebars.

An official sidebar dedicated to Italian films will likely be created, but not until the 2009 edition of the event.

Officials have called a press briefing for Friday, in which new director Gian Luigi Rondi will officially present plans for the event.