The Festival


Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival was established in 2006 in Charleston, SC, a cultural center of the southeastern United States and home to the Spoleto Festival USA. The festival strives to inform and entertain by presenting important new works of Italian film and casting a critical eye on Italian culture. Our mission is to showcase the best in contemporary Italian cinema, giving filmmakers an opportunity to shine and audiences a chance to see past the familiar sites and into the heart of Italy.

The festival is the brainchild of Giovanna De Luca, a professor in the Italian Studies Program at the College of Charleston. We are privileged to receive generous support from the College of Charleston, international, national and local businesses and organizations, private foundations. These donors make the festival possible and we are very grateful. Our biggest thanks is reserved for you, our enthusiastic audience, who make this great fun.


Save the dates: November 2-5, 2017


Welcome to the 11th annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, a four-day festival that showcases this year's most artistically important and beloved Italian films from celebrated directors. With over 12 feature films and special events, Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival is this year's major Italian event in the region. 

In 2016, our exciting and thought provoking lineup included: An Almost Perfect Town by Massimo Gaudioso; I Harlequin directed by Matteo Bini; Un Bacio directed by Ivan Cotroneo; Mia Madre directed by Nanni Moretti; Palio, directed by Cosima Spender; Me, Myself and Her, directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi, Milionari, directed by Alessandro Piva, The Wait, directed by Piero Messina, and Complexity of Happiness directed by Gianni Zanasi. 

Talented filmmaker, Matteo Bini and featured actor, Rimau Grillo Ritzberger were guests of the festival, and engaged with Charleston audiences. Special academic humanities scholar included Dr. John Bruns, a film professor at the College of Charleston.

We are privileged to receive generous support from the College of Charleston, international, national and local businesses and organizations, private foundations and our members. These donors make the festival possible and we are very grateful. Our biggest thanks is reserved for our audience who make this fun. 

Buon divertimento!


Nuovo Cinema Italiano

Giovanna De Luca, Artistic Director

Virginia Tormey Friedman, Executive Director

Marinella Griffith, Operations Director

Sabine Hagn-Ford, Budget Director



Advisory Board 2016

  • Eugene Massamillo, President
  • Grayce Davis
  • Donatella Cappelletti Della Porta
  • Stan Foxworthy
  • Ornella Gebhardt
  • Jackson Holland
  • Kathleen Z. Mangione
  • Ellen Morse
  • Roy Noble
  • Lou Perella


Testimonials from Filmmakers

A fantastic welcome and attention to our work. The effort Giovanna De Luca puts into supporting Italian cinema in South Carolina is moving.
— Claudio Giovannesi
I was pleasantly overwhelmed with lots of questions from the audience. I was extremely pleased to meet students of Italian language and Italian film studies, who asked interesting and profound questions.
— Marina Spada
A beautiful high level festival, cared for in detail by Giovanna De Luca, and attended by a large passionate audience, made up of both students and professionals. It is a festival that gives room for interaction between the North American culture and the Italian one; between filmmakers and students; between local entrepreneurs and made in Italy products. All of this with only one great objective in mind: to promote the passion for Italian cinema.
— Fabio Mollo
The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival in Charleston is an unforgettable experience.

The organization is excellent, thanks to the passion for cinema and the love for Italy, which support the entire staff, starting with the countless, and priceless volunteers. The Sottile Theater is a space of great suggestive atmosphere. The screenings are technically perfect. The master classes, lectures, and meetings with the authors, are a useful enrichment, not only for the large audience, but also for the authors themselves, providing an opportunity to relate with their colleagues.
— Luigi Sardiello

2016 Poster


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2014 Festival Highlights

2013 Festival Highlights

Videos - Trailer, Interviews & Panels

2012 Festival Highlights

Photos Sets

Opening Reception

Friday Night

Meet the Directors

Closing Night

Red Carpet

Charleston Harbor Tour

Italian Food in Cinema Lecture

Middleton Place


2015 Festival Press

Previous Festival Press Clippings

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2013 Festival Press Clippings

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2012 Festival Press Clippings

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Contact Us

Giovanna De Luca, PhD
Associate Professor of Italian
Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies
College of Charleston

Virginia Tormey Friedman

Marinella Griffith

Giovanna De Luca, PhD



Dr. Giovanna De Luca is Associate Professor of Italian at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. Her research interests are Italian cinema, 20th and 21st-century Italian literature, comparative literature, literary and film theory and cultural studies. She won the Best Essay Fellowship from the Grand Marnier-New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center competition (1999). Her articles have appeared in FilmcriticaFilm CommentQuaderni d’Italianistica and Forum Italicum. She is the author of the book Il punto di vista dell’ infanzia nel cinema italiano e francese: rivisioni, which was published by Liguori Editore in 2009, and currently is writing a book on the representations of Mafia in American and Italian cinema. At the College of Charleston, she has organized several popular Italian Film Festivals which draw large audiences and important guest speakers and filmmakers.