The Festival

N.I.C.E. is a non-for-profit cultural organization that was founded in 1991 by a group of film professionals and which has consequently grown into one of the most important expressions of Italian cinematography abroad. The goal of the organization is to promote New Italian Cinema abroad, through a series of film festivals and cultural exchanges. Every year, Nice organizes festivals in the United States (New York, San Francesco and soon Portland and Charleston CS), Russia (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kursk, Tambov, Vologda, Lipstek, Serghiev Posad, Kazan, Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarks, Soči, Novi Urengoy, Kaliningrad, Perm, Salehkard, Samara, Togliatti), England (Durham) and in China (Pechino).

Every year, the international selection committee of N.I.C.E. including Deborah Young (film critic of “The Hollywood Reporter” and director of the Taormina Film Fest), Rod Armstrong and Rachel Rosen (in charge of the San Francisco Film Society programming), Barbara Corsi (journalist of “Il Giornale dello Spettacolo”), Stefano Albertini (director of the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at the New York University), Naum Kleiman (director of the Museum of Cinema of Moscow) and Lella Scalia (entertainment journalist of “Vogue Italia”), selects seven/eight titles (first or second work) among over 80 films produced in Italy throughout the year. Those films, together with a series of special events and retrospectives dedicated to selected masterpieces of the Italian film history, are screened in public theaters, in the presence of their directors and actors.

The festival in the USA, taking place every November, is the first one to be organized every year and the oldest for Nice. (the first event took place in New York in 1991), followed by the festivals in Russia, held between March and April. During the weeks of each festival, Nice facilitates meetings between the Italian directors in attendance and local international producers and distributors, serving as an crucial trait d’union for the showcase and the access of the best up-and-coming film projects made in Italy and in Tuscany to the international film markets.