Rome Film Festival's independent sidebar, Alice nella Citta (Alice in the city), co-directed by Gianluca Giannelli and Fabia Bettini and organized by the Associazione Culturale PlayTown Roma, will present a total of 42 films in its 14th edition. The films and special events are geared toward younger film enthusiasts.
Matt Dillon will serve as president of the jury for the Golden Camera Taodue Award, given to a first or second feature. Other jury members include producer Camilla Nesbitt, actress Anna Foglietta, directors Gabriele Mainetti and Claudio Giovannesi and screenwriters Giordano Meacci and Francesca Serafini.
The 10 films in the running for the Taodue prize include Kubo and the Magic Sword by Travis Knight, Captain Fantastic by Matt Ross, My First Highway by Kevin Meul, Boy On the Bridge by Petros Charalambous, Little Wing by Selma Vilhunen, Swiss Army Man by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, 2Night by Ivan Silvestrini, Park by Sofia Exarchou, Kids in Love by Chris Foggin and X500 by Juan Andres Arango.
A competition young adult jury made up of 27 members from all over Italy will award the best film prize among a lineup of 12 films including Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Fatih Akin's Tschick, which recently premiered in Germany.
Out of competition films include two animated films: Storks by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland and Rock Dog by Ash Brannon, and the live-action Max Steel by Stewart Hendler as an international premiere following its U.S. release.
The 10 selections for Alice│Panorama include Sundance best director winner Swiss Army Man by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Nocturama by Bertrand Bonello, Locarno discovery Heaven Will Wait by Marie-Castille Mention, and Once director John Carney's Sing Street.
The Schools for Schools project will screen films in Rome's schools from Oct. 17-21 with proceeds benefiting the school in Amatrice, recently destroyed by the devastating central Italian earthquake.
And finally, Alice nella Citta will present a retrospective for the late Abbas Kiarostami, focusing on films where childhood permeates throughout his work.
Alice nella Citta runs parallel to the Rome Film Festival, from Oct. 13-23.