In March, the San Diego Italian Film Festival lost its founder Victor Laruccia to an aggressive form of stomach cancer. He was 80 years old. The festival will celebrate his life with a screening of the Italian film "Mine vaganti/Loose Cannons" at the Museum of Photographic Arts. Victor Laruccia was a big teddy bear of a man, and like a teddy bear h...

Those who knew Victor Laruccia describe him as larger than life. “Everything was big about him,” said his stepdaughter Jennifer Davies. “He had a big heart, he was generous with his time and his thoughts, he had big hugs — everyone knows the big Victor bear hug — he had a big laugh, a big smile, and most of all, he had a big brain.” The 80-year-old...

San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) will return to the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas on Sept. 30 with the sharp comedy “Figli” (Kidz), directed by Giuseppe Bonito and starring Paola Cortellesi and Valerio Mastandrea. La Paloma Theatre has been SDIFF’s North County home since 2012 when the Film Festival expanded on its success in downt...

Fri, June 18, 2021. 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CEST. ONline event. Organized by the Italian Cultural Center of San Diego. SDIFF Artistic Director Antonio Iannotta will be in conversation with "Luca" director Enrico Casarosa (of Pixar's 2011 Oscar-nominated short "La Luna), producer Andrea Warren ("Lava," "Cars 3"), actor Marco Barricelli (voice of Massimo i...

Toward the end of 1958, Federico Fellini found himself facing unexpected career roadblocks. He had already won two Academy Awards, for “La Strada” and “Le Notti di Cabiria,” but no producer wanted to make his newest project: a story with the title “La Dolce Vita.” Only one person, Giuseppe Amato, who had produced several Italian films, understood t...

From Monday, December 28, 2020 to Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Time: At 6:00 pm PDT. Organized by IIC Los Angeles in collaboration with San Diego Italian Film Festival. Entrance: Free. See the trailer. US Premiere - Released in celebration of the centennial of Federico Fellini's birth the documentary explores for the first time, “the hidden world”...

Tuesday, December 8, 2020. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PDT. Presented via Zoom Webinar. $25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 Reduced / SIFF Member. Registration fees offered at a sliding scale; proceeds support both the instructor and SIFF Education programming.  Excellence in film and food have always been associated with Italy and Italian culture. From post W...

The San Diego Italian Film Festival announced Monday that it will host a Q&A session with Leonardo D’Agostini, director of the award-winning film “Il Campione.” The Q&A, which is a part of the organization’s series of online programs, will take place Sunday. Film Festival ticket holders can watch the film beginning Thursday. The film tells the stor...

San Diego Italian Film Festival held a rescheduled online Zoom meeting last night to make up for the one on Sunday that had been disrupted by uninvited attendees. The secure online discussion was lively and lasted an hour with festival organizers engaging with its members and talking about the film "Latin Lover." "Everybody was really engaged," Sai...

Ciao a Tutti, there is no keeping Italians down and the San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) is proving it! While we are at home they are offering ways to enjoy the best of Italian film and culture online. Mark your calendars for weekly appointments with SDIFF: 1) Every Wednesday the SDIFF will release a short film from the roster of its recent...