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Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival (NCIFF) presents the most artistically significant 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 Southeast, U.S.A, promoting Italian arts, language and culture.

2018 Festival Poster


Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival (NCIFF), in partnership with the College of Charleston, announce the 12th edition of the four-day film festival celebrating contemporary Italian cinema and culture with film screenings, conversations with directors, and special events, opening Thursday, October 25, concluding Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St, Charleston, South Carolina. 

Produced by DELALUZ Global.
Poster Design by Ivan Lima Design.


ARCI Movie Opens Window to Naples

Arci Movie, an organization based in Naples that presents films, manages special projects and runs education programs, started an important collaboration with Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival in Charleston in the middle of 2017. The collaboration was born of a common cultural mission to promote Italian cinema, from the popular to lesser-known films, with particular attention to the quality works by young Italian directors who often cannot find distribution for their films. Arci Movie recognizes in the activities of the Charleston festival a fundamental strategic opportunity to make Italian cinema known, in particular because of the festival’s university setting, and to emphasize the sort of educational outreach that Arci Movie has been practicing for almost 30 years. This collaboration is a source of pride for Arci Movie.

In the 2018 edition of the Charleston festival, Arci Movie helps define and curate a “Neapolitan Cinema Window,” inspired by the quality of Neapolitan cinema — its famed directors (Paolo Sorrentino and Mario Martone) and its new auteurs making short film, animated films and documentaries. It’s a filmmaking lava flow that circles the city of Naples and, in recent years, lures important filmmakers who are not from the region, such as Ferzan Ozpetek, the Manetti Bros., and Gianni Amelio. The perspective the festival offers its audience this year can restore to the big screen the strong suggestion the beautiful images of Naples made in recent years can reverberate around the world.

Roberto D’Avascio


For this year’s festival, the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre will be the venue for all events on the festival schedule.