Held in the US annually for the past 26 years, the N.I.C.E. (New Italian Cinema Events) Festival has witnessed many difficult and delicate events like the tragedy of the Twin Towers or natural disasters like hurricanes and snowstorms. The many people lining up for our shows at the Quad Cinema in New York or at the Embarcadero in San Francisco showed the long-lasting interest of our audiences towards the festival, which has showcased renowned directors and actors over the years, while supporting young authors, supporting their films, and contributing to renewing the image of Italy’s contemporary cinema. Over the years, many of the emerging filmmakers showcased by N.I.C.E. have reached worldwide success, such as Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, Francesca Archibugi, Mario Martone, Paolo Virzì, Alessandro D'Alatri, Marco Pontecorvo, Valeria Golino and many, many more.
As part of its mission, N.I.C.E. has always been committed to guaranteeing adequate space to reflection and discussion, while representing a great opportunity to grasp any creative and cultural changes in the landscape of today’s film industry. Therefore, the festival has become a much awaited event in every country it has taken place, from the USA to Russia, from the Netherlands to Morocco, from China to Ukraine.
N.I.C.E. also constitutes a moment of encounter, an occasion for research and analysis of the new artistic and cultural trends which pays tribute not only to the theatrical experience, but also to everything happening behind the scenes of a film production, celebrating all those key players that are too often neglected (professionals such as editors, writers, operators, critics). In doing so, N.I.C.E. has encouraged the dialogue between different generations and cultures held at some of the most prestigious universities and schools in every country hosting its showcases.
The festival keeps focusing on detecting new trends, creative experimentation, and all aggregations in place in Italy between filmmakers, actors, producers, emerging authors, most of whom have been showcased by the most influential international festivals worldwide, such as Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and have come home with very prestigious awards. Such dedicated work has contributed in increasing the festival’s audiences over the decades, while also attracting the attention of American producers and distributors who in the past few years have started releasing the films showcased by N.I.C.E. or co-producing their remakes.
As a result, there is now a long-lasting bond between the festival’s audience, productions, distributions, and all national and international institutions annually supporting and cooperating with our showcase, all sharing the same perception of cinema as a cultural expression and a cornerstone for every human and political project, becoming crucial in times of crisis and loss of prospects and hopes.
In such times, where we can all feel a sense of cultural impoverishment and where the future of the film industry itself feels uncertain, Italian cinema and its typical unpredictability is still, despite it all, in the limelight.
Viviana del Bianco, Director N.I.C.E.