The Cinema Per Roma Foundation, which runs the Rome Film Fest and its Mia mart, is a year-round org now also in charge of the Rome Fiction Fest, dedicated TV series, and many other initiatives, all meant to boost historic ties between moving images and the Eternal City.
At its helm is Piera Detassis, a former artistic director of the Rome fest who has held prominent roles there since its inception and is also editor of top Italo mainstream movie mag Ciak. This year Detassis will also run the film fest’s smaller sister event dedicated to TV skeins which has been placed under the foundation’s purview.
“I am convinced that Italy has more festivals than it needs, and festivals in themselves, in their current forms, are starting to become obsolete,” she says.
“But despite all this Rome is still Italy’s city of cinema and this reverberates throughout the country,” Detassis adds.
That’s why the foundation she heads works year-round as a driver for quality movies within the city with a panoply of initiatives events including onstage conversations, screenings programmed in youth venues, and ties with other Roman events.
The Rome Fiction Fest, now at its ninth edition, serves the vital purpose of injecting innovation into Italy’s growing but still thematically static TV production sector and bringing international shows to local auds in an effort to broaden their horizons.
The ninth edition of the Rome Fiction Fest will run November 11-15.