Statement by Paolo Ferrari, President of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma
“The Festival that just came to a conclusion brought us satisfaction, emotion, and a sense of achievement – stated the President of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma Paolo Ferrari on the last day of the Rome Film Festival. It is my duty to briefly review the results and I am happy to say they are extremely positive: in ten days, from October 16th through today, the Festival welcomed over 150 thousand movie-goers, film buffs and visitors. I refer to the crowds at the Village but most of all to the theatres, which were always full: at a time when cinema and the traditional movie theatre as a venue to see films are undergoing a crisis, we totalled over 80,000 admissions to the Festival screenings. Credit must be given to the programme, which was varied, well-balanced, and expertly conceived by our Director Marco Müller, who brought interesting, profound and popular but never predictable films to Rome, and was successful in capturing exactly what our audiences expect from today’s Rome Film Festival. This very same audience participated actively, voting for the film they loved best, and had fun with our red carpet, one of the most beautiful in the world, walking it as protagonists, or enthusiastically welcoming the great stars who came as guests: they included two Oscar®-winners such as Kevin Costner and Benicio Del Toro, as well as Richard Gere, Clive Owen, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara, Guillaume Canet, Geraldine Chaplin, and the favourites of younger audiences, Lily Collins, Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin. The media coverage was constant and focused, serving as a megaphone for an event that gives enormous visibility to cinema and as such, can only be good for the entire industry. The film industry professionals themselves participated with great commitment to the event, at a Market distinguished by its wealth of contacts and business deals, as well as conferences and seminars that addressed key issues on the present and future of the seventh art. For years the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, with its valuable staff, has worked with remarkable intensity, attention and passion at an event that must be safeguarded, that is important to the city, but international in its scope. There are few events in Rome that give similar visibility to our Capital city”.