358.265 is the number of italian citizens registered at Consulate General of Italy in London, and counting… The estimated number of the Italian citizens permanently or semipermanently living in the UK is 700.000 of which the 37,1% lives in London, and the remaining 62,9% lives in the rest of England and Wales. The Italians who live and work in the Midlands are almost 100.000 and when they want to take part in a cultural event dedicated to their own culture, they need to reach London... But now there's MARCELLO!
MARCELLO is the first international film festival dedicated to the Italian community of Birmingham (UK), the largest in the United Kingdom after London. The first edition took place in 2021 as a digital-only event due to Covid; but in 2022 the festival is back with a bang, landing in Birmingham in September 2022.
Marcello is a multi-faceted event that includes film screenings, conferences, and different events that celebrate Italian culture abroad; the festival aims at showcasing Italian talents abroad, as well as international films that engage with Italy and Italian culture from different viewpoints.
The festival aims to not only be an event for cinema lovers, but also an opportunity for industry professionals to get to know the opportunities for Italian film companies and filmmakers to work in the UK, and vice versa: we will have special guests and industry leaders taking part in Q&A sessions with the public, workshops, and market places - all available via streaming as well.
MARCELLO is organised by Paguro Film Ltd. with the support of the Italian Vice Consulate of Birmingham, and other partners: Film Hub Midland, the National Lottery, the BFI Film Audience Network, The Italian Institute of Culture, FilmFreeway, Filipi - Horror Film Festival Livorno, PremierFilm, Archives Portal Europe and other Italian associations in the UK.
GIADA MAZZOLENI - FESTIVAL FOUNDER
ILARIA DI GIOIA - FESTIVAL HONORARY PRESIDENT
GABRIELE TORESANI - PROGRAMMER
MARTA MUSSO - CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR
ALEX PICCATO - PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
SILVIA MAMMALELLA - PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
FRANCESCA PICCININ - PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
From the West Midlands, Birmingham
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