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The festival's annual programme includes fiction and documentary features, short films, and moving image artworks. It also host filmmaker conversations, panel discussions, and Q&As. The visionary works in the line-up are distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling.

Remembering Silvana Mangano

As an inspirational muse for Visconti and Pasolini, Silvana Mangano has left an indelible mark on the history of Italian cinema. The festival will pay homage to this legendary actress through the words of her daughter, Veronica De Laurentiis. Actress Blu Yoshimi will inaugurate the festival by reciting a letter from Pasolini to Mangano.


Contemporary Gazes

A screening series that presents contemporary, award-winning films from some of the world's most prestigious festivals – from Cannes to Locarno, from Tribeca to Sundance – all having their Italian premiere. Among the guest filmmakers for this edition will be Francesca Archibugi, Chloé Barreau, Lyda Patitucci, and Valentina Cicogna.


Parallel Visions

Curated by Giulia Magno, Parallel Visions is a screening series that explores the intersection of film and art by placing five iconic cinematic classics in dialogue with the works of five contemporary moving image artists: Elisabeth Subrin, Sharon Hayes, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Michelle Williams Gamaker, and Ayo Akingbade.


International Competition

A platform for emerging talent, the International Competition will feature short films directed by female filmmakers from around the world. The winners will be chosen by a jury chaired by Francesca Archibugi. The films will also compete for the DAMS Award, which will be presented by a panel of students from the University of Turin.


Iran in Focus

One year after the passing of Mahsa Amini, attorney Deniz Ali Asghari Kivage, International Law Professor Ludovica Poli, Donne 4.0 President Darya Majidi, and historian Marcella Filippa will convene to discuss the geopolitical situation in Iran. The talk will be followed by a screening of Maryam Tafakory's Irani Bag.


Talk: Francesca Archibugi

Renowned director and screenwriter Francesca Archibugi will delve into her career through the lens of the relationship between cinema and literature. This connection has permeated her entire body of work, culminating in her series La Storia, an adaptation of Elsa Morante's masterpiece.


Dealing With Bias in AI

The underrepresentation of female professionals in the AI field is the current cause of a strong gender bias in machine learning systems. Join Darya Majidi, Monica Cerutti and Stefania Noiosi (Donne 4.0), who will offer an intersectional look at some of the most pressing issues at the heart of the modern digital ecosystem.


Lights, Camera, Stereotypes

From the heyday of Italian neorealism to the contemporary era, how have female characters transformed over the course of Italian cinema's history? This topic will be explored in a discussion featuring Domizia De Rosa (Women in Film, Television & Media), Elena Testa (National Archive for Industrial Film), and Laura Tedesco (Amleta).


Ending Gender-based Violence

A conversation with three women who have dedicated their lives to supporting survivors of violence and advocating for change. The panel includes Alessandra Kustermann, who established Italy’s first public center for survivors of gender-based violence; criminal defense lawyer Anna Ronfani; and Stefania Doglioli, founder of SAFE.


Pink October

October marks a worldwide campaign dedicated to the awareness of breast cancer, the most common cancer in women across the globe. To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), the festival will organize a panel in partnership with the Piedmont Cancer Research Foundation and the Oncological Institute Candiolo.


Towards a Sustainable Future

The concept of sustainability is frequently associated primarily with the environmental aspect, often neglecting the importance of economic and social dimensions. How can women contribute to shaping an ethical and sustainable future in various ways? We will discuss this with Cristina Vajani and Laura Mercuri (PWN Rome).


Disrupting the Dominant Narrative

In a world where dominant narratives have the power to dismiss and erase those who have historically been marginalized, how can storytelling become an effective tool in the battle against prejudices? This question will serve as the base for a discussion featuring Fabia Fleri, Alessia Alciati and Eleonora Giovanardi.


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