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About the Festival

Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, established in 2006, has become the premiere red carpet event of its kind in the United States and a unique opportunity in Charleston to view a large selection of the best contemporary Italian movies.

Each year, the festival brings filmmakers to town to discuss their work and interact with patrons and students.

The festival strives not only to entertain, but to educate. For this reason it provides students with opportunities to watch Italian films and interact with Italian filmmakers, and offers those affiliated with a college or university a discount to screenings.


To raise awareness of, and create a fan base for, contemporary Italian cinema and, in so doing, share important aspects of Italian history, culture, art and politics with predominantly American audiences.

Festival Crew

Festival Partners

  1. Società Dante Alighieri
  2. Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  3. Farina Law Firm
  4. Nathan and Marlene Addlestone Foundation Inc.
  5. Olivetti Foundation
  6. Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation
  7. Luce Cinecittà
  8. College of Charleston School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs
  1. The Loutrel Charleston
  2. Charleston Jewish Film Festival
  3. College of Charleston
  4. College of Charleston Women's and Gender Studies
  5. College of Charleston Film Studies
  6. Designs on Travel

Community Support

As a nonprofit, the festival relies on support from businesses, nonprofits, foundations and individuals. We are grateful for the regular support provided by the Yaschik Foundation, Addlestone Foundation, Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Washington, D.C., Luce Cinecitta, College of Charleston, and the Dante Alighieri Society of Charleston. 

Please consider becoming a festival sponsor.