Italian Film Festival

PORTRAITS - MSC Cruise (Mediterranean Shipping Company) 02/08/2023 ph. Andrea Francolini

A cruisy film festival experience

One of the world’s biggest international cruise lines, MSC Cruises, is one of the sponsors of the Italian Film Festival, an event that will be held at the Palace Cinema in Leichhardt, among other Sydney venues.

MSC is the official cruise sponsor of the events, which runs from September 19 to October 25. The ST. ALI Italian Film Festival, known for its celebration of Italian cinema and culture, will be held at venues across the country.

“We are delighted to join hands with the Italian Film Festival as its official cruise sponsor,” said Michelle Warren, marketing manager of MSC Cruises Australia, who is pictured.

“Italy is not only our spiritual home but also a cornerstone of art, culture, and cinema. This partnership allows us to showcase our passion for our Italian heritage while providing festival attendees with a taste of our unparalleled hospitality.”

As part of this collaboration, festival goers can anticipate a synergy of Italian-themed events, film screenings, and exclusive promotions that reflect the la dolce vita vibe of both brands.

The partnership aims to enhance the festival experience by offering attendees opportunities to engage with MSC Cruises Australia.

MSC Cruises is the world’s third-largest cruise brand and the fastest-growing global cruise brand with a fleet of 21 modern vessels.

The Italian Film Festival was founded in 2000 by Cav. Antonio Zeccola who, in one of Australia’s many migrant success stories, built Australia’s only national boutique cinema network which now encompasses 24 cinemas and more than one hundred screens nationally.

He realised 24 years ago that Australia had other film festivals, but nothing dedicated to Italian cinema, and an idea was born.

In November 2000, in Sydney and Melbourne, the first edition presented 11 features, five retrospective titles and five shorts.

Since then, the festival has grown in popularity to become the biggest public celebration of Italian cinema outside Italy.

Organised entirely by Palace, a 100% Australian-owned independent family business, the festival is approaching its 25th birthday.

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