The fourth annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF 2015) held its opening party at Roy Thomson Hall. Founded by Cristiano De Florentis and Maurizio Magnifico, the ICFF is the largest Italian film festival held outside of Italy and Canada’s only Italian Film Festival. It takes place in six different cities across Canada including Toronto, Vaughan, Mississauga, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City.

This year’s opening party theme was “Movie’ing to Italy” and celebrated the opening films, “L’Oriana“, a biopic about journalist Oriana Fallaci, and “Perez”, a neo-noir drama.

It was a beautiful summer night and guests enjoyed dishes from Sotto Sotto, Speducci Mercatto, Buonanotte, The Culinary Studio, Pizza Nova, 10Tation, and Galbani. Some of the favourites included lobster rolls, pork braised in milk, roasted pig, arancini balls, fresh cheeses and, of course, pizza.

The dessert stations featured offerings from Tre Mari Bakery, Euro Desserts, Dolcini, Dolce Bombe Cafe and The Big Cannoli. Among the fabulous pastries were Nutella filled doughnuts, amaretto cookies, mini fruit tarts, tiramisu, a candy bar featuring Ferrero chocolates and cannoli (filled with ricotta or pistachio). It was an incredible feast for any dessert lover. To balance it off, Nespresso provided espresso.

There were several costumed performers who dressed as a hip Tin Man, stars, and triplets. Entertainment included a pianist and a band. It was a wonderful start of an exciting film festival.

The ICFF 2015 runs from June 11-19 and features international films from six participating countries including Italy, France, U.K., Sweden U.S., and Canada. More than 25,000 people is expected to be in attendance.

Some of this year’s highlights include films Italy in a Day, the international premiere of a 24-hour day in Italy recorded on cameras and smartphones; The Invisible Boy, the Canadian Premiere of a film about an invisible boy, Michele; opening film L’Oriana, and much more.

Special screenings include Sei mai stata sulla luna? directed by Paolo Genovese, The Humbling directed by Barry Levinson, Noi e la Giulia directed by Edoardo Leo, Andiamo a quel paese directed by Salvatore Ficarra & Valentino Picone, and much more.

(photos by Sari)