California Arts Council

State of California

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Italian Film FestivalFilm

The popular Italian Film Festival presents outstanding movies from Italy. Originally started as an informal, one-time only presentation of Italian movies in a college lecture hall, the Italian Film Festival of Marin County has grown over its 35 years into a perennial favorite in the San Francisco Bay Area. From the beginning, it has been a labor of love for its longtime director, Lido Cantarutti. Under his direction the program has included appearances from Italian film directors and composers, dignitaries of the Italian and Italian-American communities, and an authentically Italian atmosphere at every presentation. The centerpiece, however, is always top-quality Italian cinema.

Over its history, the Italian Film Festival's formula has proven quite successful as sell-out audiences are normal. For many, attendance at the Festival is motivated by the chance to savor the Italian experience, as much as by the opportunity to see a great movie! As a result the Festival has made many friends over the years. Devoted fans of the Festival include members of the Italian Consulate General in San Francisco. Recent Consuls General and Italian Cultural Institute management have provided strong support for the program through promotion and publicity, and official recognition from the Italian government in Rome.

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Occurs in: October; November

Festival Location: Marin Showcase Theatre

Contact Information:
Marin County
3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 499-6800

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