Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2018

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) is an annual festival that showcases films created by Italian Filmmakers from all over the world. The 7th edition of the ICFF will run from June 14-22, 2018 and take place in Toronto, Vaughan, Hamilton, Niagara, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec City, and Vancouver. This year there will be 107 diverse and acclaimed films; features include shorts and documentaries with a total of 180 screenings – its largest and most ambitious program to date.

There will be a record breaking number of Italian Canadian co-productions, a reflection of the strong bond that exists between the two countries and their shared artistic vision. The seven selected cinematic co-productions will celebrate this, starting with the world premiere of Road To The Lemon Grove, a delightful comedy based on a family history in Sicily and directed by Dale Hildebrand.

Andrea Iervolino, producer, founder and president of AMBI, will introduce Music of Silence, a film that traces the childhood and early days of Andrea Bocelli’s musical career. This co-production will be the closing film of the ICFF’s 2018 program on June 22nd.

ICFF will showcase the best films produced in Italy this year such as: Manetti Bros’ Ammore e Malavita / Love and Bullet, the latest movie by Gabriele Muccino A casa tutti bene / Neverland, and The Place directed by Paolo Genovese. This edition of the ICFF will bring together some of the most influential and prolific actors, directors, producers, and industry leaders from the international cinematic scene. Several special guests are coming directly from Italy to present their latest films to Canadian audiences.

Acclaimed actor and director Antonio Albanese will showcase his box office success, the hit comedy Come un gatto in tangenziale / Like a Cat on a Highway that will open the Festival on June 14 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Albanese will also be presenting his new comedy Contromano / Against the Flow, which he not only starred in but also directed.

Younger audiences will be especially delighted to discover the guest appearance of internet sensation, Italian rapper, singer and actor Fabio Rovazzi who is bringing to Canada his first feature film Il Vegetale / The Vegetable, directed by Gennaro Nunziante.

There will be many special events. The ICFF Industry Day will be dedicated to the the Academy Award winning film The Shape of Water, which boasts a significant Italian Canadian connection. For the first time ever, the ICFF will hold several festival screenings in Ottawa and Italian superstar and actor Claudio Bisio will be present for the screening of Gli sdraiati/Couch Potatoes.

A memorable evening will take place on June 16 at Niagara-on-the-Lake, with an evening dubbed “Tulips in the Vineyard” and hosted by Teo Sisters Vineyards, presenting the film Tulipani (Love Honour and a Bicycle). This lighthearted comedy-drama finds a young Canadian woman named Anna embarking on her own personal journey of discovery to uncover the truth about the past, finding love along the way.

The glamorous Yorkville Village in Toronto will be the set of ICFF Moda, an evening of authentic Italian food and wine and celebration of the historical fashion exhibit. A curated fashion show presentation will involve prominent Toronto retailers as well as fashion collections by three very talented local designers. Included in this lineup is the FASHI-ON movie inspired competition in participation with the graduates of the Ryerson School of Fashion.

This is just a sample of ICFF 2018, you can find the full line up at and tickets are available now.

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