Istituto Luce Cinecittą srl

Istituto Luce Cinecittą srl ( is the state-owned company whose main shareholder is the Italian Ministry for Culture subsidising its activities on an annual basis.

Istituto Luce Cinecittą srl holds one of the most important European film and photographic Archive ( in which are collected and digitally categorized both its own productions, and materials derived from private collections and acquisitions by a variety of sources. It is the largest audiovisual collection concerning the history of the twentieth century, and it has also been candidate by UNESCO - Italy to the membership registration in the registry "Memory of the World" . Istituto Luce - Cinecittà distributes and supports domestically the theatrical releases of Italian first and second time feuture films; moreover distributes films and documentaries made by Italian and European directors and guarantees they are given an adequate release in the national market.

Istituto Luce Cinecittą srl's institutional work includes promoting Italian cinema both at home and abroad by means of projects dedicated to the great authors, actors and personalities of the past and their classic films, as well contemporary ones. These projects are presented in collaboration with the most relevant cultural institutiona of the world: the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, UCLA, University of Berkeley, MoMA, British Film Institute, Institute Lumiere, Cinematheque Francaise and many others.

Istituto Luce Cinecittą srl cooperates with major film festival such as Cannes, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Shanghai, Tokyo, Locarno, New York , London, etc, by organizing national selections, guaranteeing the presence of Italian films and artists in the various festivals, and by providing multifunctional spaces to help the promotion of our cinematography and it is the reference place for all Italian and foreign operators. It is also involved with the direct organization of numerous Film Festival around the world: The Italian cinema festival in Tokyo, Cinema Italian Style in Los Angeles, Open Roads - New Italian cinema in New York, The Festival of Italian cinema of Madrid, London and Istanbul, The Mittelcinemafest.

Istituto Luce Cinecittą srl also owns a film library, Cineteca, containing around 3000 titles of the most significant Italian film productions, subtitled in foreign languages, which serve in promoting Italian culture at major national and international Institutes around the world; also in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for the Foreign Affairs. Restorations and new prints are added every year.

Istituto Luce Cinecittą srl is responsible for editing a daily on-line news magazine: CinecittàNews ( which delivers the latest breaking news on the principal activities involving Italian cinema as well as its developing legislative and institutional aspects.