Welcome to the eighth edition of Italy on Screen Today - New York Film & TV Series Fest: a week-long celebration featuring live events in Manhattan and online on Mymovies.it.Directed by Loredana Commonara, the festival is set to showcase the pinnacle of contemporary Italian cinema and TV series, made possible through the generous contribution of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism - General Administration of Cinema, with the support of Italian General Consulate of Italy in New York, the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, Casa Italiana Zerilli - Marimò Auditorium/New York University, and Rai Cinema, in collaboration with Italy for Movies and, starting from this year, New York Film Academy.The inaugural event holds significant importance as it marks the unveiling and promotion of the Italian film Io capitano by Matteo Garrone, contending for the honor of representing Italy in the International Feature Film Award category at the 2024 Oscars. Festivities will commence on December 4th with an afternoon press conference at the Consulate General of Italy in New York, featuring director Matteo Garrone, lead actors Seydou Sarrand Moustapha Fall, and screenplay advisor Mamadou Kouassi. Later that evening, at the esteemed Robin Williams Theater, an exclusive venue from SAG-AFTRA foundation in the heart of Manhattan, the film Io capitano will be screened. Following the screening, a Q&A session moderated by journalist Silvia Bizio with the esteemed guests is anticipated, drawing the presence of a special delegation from the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Golden Globe Voters, Critics Choice Awards voters.The festival will unfold at the prestigious Casa Italiana Zerilli - Marimò Auditorium at New York University, featuring unmissable events. In the Corti d'autore section,director Peter Marcias will introduce his film The External Gaze, while actress Lucia Sardo will delve into her featured work, Due mondi separati. The program will also feature the latest masterpiece from maestro Bellocchio, Kidnapped, previously showcased in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. A highly anticipated event is the celebration of the 20th anniversary of La meglio gioventù, Marco Tullio Giordana's seminal coming-of-age film that marked a milestone in Italian cinema of the new millennium. The protagonists, Sonia Bergamasco and Fabrizio Gifuni, will engage in a special conversation during which they will be honored with the Italy on Screen Excellence Award.From December 4th to December 10th, an exclusive program will be available on Mymovies.it throughout the United States. This program will encompass a diverse array of offerings, including works from both established and emerging auteurs, documentaries, and TV series, all available for streaming. New this year is a display featuring the top creations by students from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia: ten short films currently earning awards and acclaim at major festivals around the world. The festival's rich lineup includes American and New York premieres, ensuring a captivating experience for cinephiles of all tastes and preferences.This year again, Italy On Screen Today New York is partnering with Italy for Movies (www.italyformovies.com) , the portal for Italian locations and funding incentives managed by Cinecittà, in collaboration with Italian Film Commissions, and coordinated by Direzione Generale Cinema e Audiovisivo (Ministry of Culture). The portal, available as an app from digital stores, provides a range of useful information on locations and funding opportunities available for productions wanting to shoot in Italy, in addition to industry news, interesting information and itinerary suggestions for cinema lovers who want to visit the locations featured on screen.