Gallio Film Festival

The FAU Italian Program contributes to the success of the Gallio Film Festival "Opere Prime" - that for more than 26 years has been showcasing recent debut works by Italian filmmakers. During the last week of July, a Jury composed of prestigious members of the Italian film industry and young artists meet the audience in engaging conversations.  Many directors invited to the Festival have since become famous, such as Emanuele Crialese ( 2006 Academy Award  Best Foreign Film nominee for Nuovomondo) or Alice Rohrwacher ( 2014 Grand Prix of the Jury at Cannes Film Festival for Le meraviglie ). 

FAU Italian program has a long standing relationship with the Festival. Dr. Ilaria Serra has been the academic expert in residence at the Festival and the official presenter for the last decade. During the Festival, her volunteer work includes moderating the cultural meetings between audience and filmmakers, conducting interviews with the filmmakers and actors, and coordinating the final prize presentation. After the festival, she organizes an artist’s invitation to South Florida for the Michele D. Serra New Italian Cinema Series.

Watch a short video of the 25th festival edition and taste the special atmosphere.

Students and friends can join us in Asiago or sponsor an artist invitation. For information, write to .

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The beautiful Asiago plateau is the festival's location and place for excursions among World War I battlefields and Asiago cheese farms. Photo by Donata Carelli.


Austin Sanniota Edwards (MA in Italian at FAU), Ilaria Serra, Sergio Samburgaro (the soul of the festival) and Emanuele Pettener in front of the quaint Cineghel theater in Gallio.

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Actress and filmmaker hold the prizes, carved stone slabs of the Asiago plateau, surrounded by Jury members.

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Discussions and interviews with the artists.

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The audience of the small but crowded cinema.


An article on L'Altopiano. La Voce dei 7 Comuni, August 6 2022, on the relationship between Gallio and FAU.