The Venice, Rome and Turin film festivals have forged a collaboration agreement that is being bandied about as the first step of a peace pact between Venice and Rome.
But while it may result in less friction between the two fests — which unspool one month apart, in September and October, respectively — the agreement does not resolve the dates issue that put Venice and Rome on a collision course, prompting Venice topper Marco Muller in September to call for a Rome date change.
“We haven’t decided that yet,” Rome director Giorgio Gosetti told Daily Variety.
Gosetti said even if there were to be a date change, Rome would not push its current Oct. 13-21 slot more than a few days forward.
Brokered by Italo culture czar Francesco Rutelli, the pact, inked by Venice Biennale prexy Davide Croff, Cinema per Roma foundation topper Goffredo Bettini and Turin fest prexy Davide Rondolino — as well as the mayors of those three cities — does indicate a major effort to get Italy’s top three film fests operating in sync, each with a distinct identity, to avoid “the risk of overlap and conflict,” said a statement.
Venice this year was a more elitist event just for world preems, Rome more populist and with a market. Turin, which takes place in November, has always been for first works and cutting-edge fare.
Pact also includes plans for a joint effort to coordinate the promotion of Italian cinema at all three events.
“We want to give audiences three months of great movies,” Rutelli said in the statement.