Italo pic forum set

Event skedded for June1-2 on the Lido

ROME — A Forum on Italian film organized by the Venice film fest’s parent organization, the Biennale, will take place June 1-2 on the Lido.

Event will be presented by Venice fest head Felice Laudadio, mayor of Venice Massimo Cacciari, recently appointed Biennale president Paolo Baratta and Vincenzo Vita, Italy’s undersecretary for post and telecommunications.

Veteran Italian director Carlo Lizzani will chair the two-day event, with deputy premier Walter Veltroni giving the closing address.

The forum will cover film legislation issues, the Italian sector’s relationship with the European and international industries, the state of the national marketplace, the formation of talent and problems of production and financing.

Building bridges

The aim of the confab also is to consolidate stronger links between the various cultural institutions and professional associations that support national film production.

In a related matter, Italy’s Banca Nazionale del Lavoro has announced the establishment of a cash prize for Italian filmmakers of 50 million lire (just under $30,000) to be presented during the Venice fest’s closing ceremony. The BNL prize is open to all titles screening in the Meridiano Italiano national film sidebar and will be voted by the fest audience.