The first annual Perugia International Film Festival won’t begin until March 22, 2012, but artistic director Karen Arikian and festival president Emanuele Rossi have already begun to shape the festival’s programming.
In an attempt to build early buzz and let audiences know what to expect, the festival will hold a sneak preview in Perugia on October 1st and 2nd with screenings and discussions with artists, including documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus and photographer Bruce Weber. The preview will take place concurrently with the Umbria Jazz Festival.
“Perugia is not only one of the most breath-taking Italian hill towns with a history of artistic achievement and culinary tradition,” remarks Festival Director Karen Arikian, “it is also the dynamic home of two internationally renowned universities and a number of significant festivals. That makes Perugia a very youthful city, but one with an incredible artistic heritage. We intend to work with local as well as international institutions to provide a broad platform for the festival to grow.”
The Perugia International Film Festival is partnered with Stratus Media Group, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and the Umbria Film Commission, as well as the city of Perugia. Artistic director Karen Arikian also serves as executive director of the Hamptons International Film Festival, Perugia’s international partner festival.
Full press release reprinted below:
The new Perugia International Film Festival will launch its first annual Festival from March 22nd to 25th, 2012. As a non-competitive festival, the Perugia International Film Festival aims to present groundbreaking films while also celebrating the art and the craft of cinema. Karen Arikian, Artistic Director for the Festival, is widely recognized as a significant contributor to the international film community. Arikian will work closely with Emanuele Rossi, President of the Festival, in shaping the Festivalʼs program.
The Perugia International Film Festival will present films that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship as well as of aesthetic and technological innovation. An annual focus of the Festival will be to honor the work of the masters behind Costume Design and Production Design – integral, but rarely recognized, disciplines. In addition, the Festival intends to celebrate recent developments in film preservation and will showcase newly restored award-winning films. Moderated discussions and panels will present audiences with an opportunity for an immersive experience in all aspects filmmaking.
The Festival is gearing up for its inaugural edition with a few key events during the fall.
Following Toronto, Arikian and her Festival team will present a “Festival Preview” to the public in Perugia (Italy) on October 1st and 2nd, 2011. There will be a number of screenings and discussions with accomplished international guests including world- renowned documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus and internationally recognized filmmaker and photographer Bruce Weber. Also, since music is a key element to the films that each director will show, the Festival intends to have the active involvement of the Umbria Jazz Festival, Italy’s premier jazz and music festival. The Festival Preview will provide insight in what is to come for next March 2012.
“Perugia is the perfect location for an international film festival where there can be an opportunity for a lively exchange on the possibilities of the medium of cinema,” says Paul Feller, Chief Executive Officer, Stratus Media Group, which conceived the idea for the festival, and is producing the event.
“Perugia is not only one of the most breath-taking Italian hill towns with a history of artistic achievement and culinary tradition,” remarks Festival Director Karen Arikian, “it is also the dynamic home of two internationally renowned universities and a number of significant festivals. That makes Perugia a very youthful city, but one with an incredible artistic heritage. We intend to work with local as well as international institutions to provide a broad platform for the Festival to grow.”
The Perugia International Film Festival is a privately financed initiative by US-based Stratus Media Group. The Festival enjoys the full support of the City of Perugia that has granted wide-ranging access to its cultural and historic venues. The Festival will also closely collaborate with the Umbria Film Commission. Another partner is William Morris Endeavor Entertainment who will provide strategic counsel to insure that the Perugia International Film Festival is a unique celebration of the fine art of films and a destination for industry leaders, directors, producers, actors, artistic directors and film curators.
Arikian will continue to serve as Executive Director of the Hamptons International Film Festival, Perugia’s international partner festival. She is also permanent consultant for European Film Promotion (EFP) on its U.S. initiatives and a delegate for the Berlin International Film Festival and a member of its Competition Selection Committee. She will retain these roles and duties as she heads up the team at the Perugia International Film Festival.