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Ischia Fest to Fete Iginio Straffi

Italo animation mogul Iginio Straffi will be feted by the Ischia Global Film Festival, which Cannes fest juror Christoph Waltz is expected to attend, along with other expected guests in a stellar roster.

Straffi is topper of Rainbow Animation, in which Viacom holds a stake, creator of the “Winx” movies and TV series aired globally. He is also maker of 3D feature “Gladiators of Rome” to be released by Paramount Stateside. Straffi will receive Ischia’s Filmmaker of the Year Award.

Arnon Milchan and Samuel L. Jackson will both be receiving Ischia Legend Awards, as previously announced.

Titles screening at Ischia will include the European premieres of Dito Montiel’s “Empire State,” Amanda Eliasch’s “The Gun The Cake and The Butterfly,” Omar Ynigo’s “Marcelo,” Shari Singer Berman’s “Girl Most Likely” and Rory Kennedy’s docu “Ethel.” Shawn Levy’s “The Internship,” produced by Milchan, will have its Italo preem.

Informal fest will run July 14-21 on the Italo isle off the coast of Naples.

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