Rome Film Fest Recruits Richard Pena On Selection Committee

ROME — Former New York Film Festival artistic director Richard Pena has joined the selection committee of the recently reconfigured Rome Film Festival, the 10th edition of which will run October 16-23.

Having Pena, who now teaches at Columbia, on Rome’s roster is a smart choice by Antonio Monda, the New-York based Italian journalist and academic, with ties to the U.S. film and literary worlds, who recently became Rome’s artistic director. Monda replaces Marco Mueller, who exited last year after a turbulent three-year mandate.

Monda’s five-member selection committee for Rome, the rest of whom are all Italian, also comprises Giovanna Fulvi, who is the Toronto fest’s Asian cinema programmer; prominent film reporter and critic Alberto Crespi; Columbia University teaching fellow Alessia Palanti; and director producer and actor Francesco Zippel.

The Rome fest has been renamed Festa del Cinema, which translates literally as “Film Party” rather than festival. It will be a non-competitive, slimmed-down metropolitan affair that will mix genres from around the world, including TV series and works on the cusp between cinema and video art. Year-round screenings and master classes will complement the actual event.

Rome’s market component is still being defined but is expected to remain substantial.

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