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18th Annual

Nuovo Cinema Italiano
Film Festival

November 14-17, 2024

Queen Street Playhouse, 20 Queen St. Charleston, SC

About the Festival

Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival (NCIFF) presents the most artistically significant films of contemporary Italian cinema from both established and emerging directors. With feature film screenings, special guests and a variety of events, NCIFF is the premiere event in the Southeastern United States promoting Italian arts, language and culture.

The festival is now an independent nonprofit. Please consider becoming a member or making a charitable contribution.

Festival 2023

The 17th edition of the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival took place Nov. 2-5 at the Queen Street Playhouse, featuring the best of contemporary Italian cinema.

Thirteen movies were screened over four days. Our jury prize went to “No Dogs or Italians Allowed,” an animated film directed by Alain Ughetto. Congratulations!

Thanks to our committed patrons, sponsors and donors, the event was a thorough success. We hope to see you again in the spring.

(The 2023 festival poster pays homage to the great Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, who died on Jan. 16 at age 95.)

The Schedule

The following are a few of our featured films for 2023

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The Schedule

News & Announcements

The most recent news and announcements about the festival.

The 2023 Jury Prize for Best Film goes to…

Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival is delighted to announce the winner of the 2023 Jury Prize for best film. A five-member jury of film scholars, critics and industry professionals scored all 13 movies according to defined criteria. The film that…

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Main Festival Sponsors

We’re grateful to our leading sponsors who have been so instrumental in the success of the festival.

  1. Farina Law Firm
  2. Nathan and Marlene Addlestone Foundation Inc.
  3. Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  4. Società Dante Alighieri
  5. Olivetti Foundation
  6. Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation
  7. College of Charleston School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs
  8. Luce Cinecittà