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Italy has a long and deeply rooted artistic tradition. Even in the Neolithic Age, the inhabitants of Italy produced beautiful artefacts. Many influences from different European regions have enriched the country over the centuries and left Italy with what is possibly the largest collection of artistic treasures in the world. While many regions of Italy have developed independently after the fall of the Roman Empire, the Italian Renaissance represents the pinnacle of the art scene. Artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and later Bernini and Caravaggio have left an unparalleled artistic legacy to humanity.

In modern times, Italian art has expanded its influence and includes interior and fashion designers, music artists and performers whose art has achieved new levels of beauty and sophistication and is admired around the world.

The Italian Cultural Center promotes and supports Italian arts and culture in the Twin Cities. Our partnership with the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Opera and the Minneapolis Institute of Art is a testament to our continued commitment.

We are proud to bring a variety of interesting cultural events certain to entertain and delight our members and friends. We invite you to sign-up for these events and keep the Italian artistic tradition alive in Minnesota.

Upcoming events

    • 19 Dec 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis MN 55403
    • 3

    ombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition.

    Join Ileana Tamberlani, native Italian from Rome, for a fun night of Italian Holiday Traditions! Tombola is the most traditional Christmas game in Italy, everybody plays it with their family and friends over the holidays. We will  be playing the Neapolitan version, that adds character and fun to the game. No knowledge of Italian is required. Numbers and words of the game will be in Italian (and Neapolitan dialect) and in English. Have fun playing this game while enjoying a glass of Prosecco with pandoro and panettone, two Italian cakes that are a symbol of Christmas in Italy. Prizes will be awarded.

    Minimum number of participants: 12
    Maximum number of participants: 16

    Contact Tiziana, at, with your questions.  

    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.

    WHEN: December 19th 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
    WHERE: The Italian Cultural Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    PRICE: Member - $15 & Non-member - $20

    • 22 Feb 2018
    • 6:00 PM (CST)
    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 11:00 PM (CST)
    • St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

    Italian Film Festival

    2018 Sponsorship Package

    Dear Members & Friends of the Italian Cultural Center,

    We are thrilled to announce the 10th anniversary of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis-St. Paul  (IFF). Organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis-St. Paul in partnership with the Film Society of MSP, this year’s festival opens at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis on February 22, 2018. Over four days, the IFF will screen the best current Italian cinema from fast-paced Italian comedies to socially-relevant documentaries. Alongside contemporary Italian premieres, the festival showcases Italy’s cinematic history by screening a classic Italian film each year, like Sergio Leone’s breathtaking Western, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Vittorio De Sica’s timeless neorealist masterwork, The Bicycle Thieves.

    This year we commemorate a decade of contemporary Italian cinema in the Twin Cities, and for the first time ever, the IFF will offer two award opportunities for the best short films made by emerging filmmakers working and living in Italy and Minnesota. Filmmakers will submit their films to the IFF and an esteemed panel of jurors will select two—one from Italy and the other made right here in Minnesota. The winners of the “Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards,” will visit the festival and have the opportunity to screen their films and discuss their craft. This year’s theme asks filmmakers to consider the relationship between place, memory, history and change. By drawing on personal and collective memory, focusing on significant events in the past or present, considering important or forgotten histories, and/or highlighting the ways that places have changed over time, the IFF’s “Building Bridges” awards encourage filmmakers to find connections between the diverse communities and landscapes that they call home.

    We are committed to our local community and the festival offers an opportunity to give back by creating dialogue between Minnesota and Italy through visual arts. In order to continue doing this important work, we rely on the support of our community partners and sponsors and hope that you will consider playing a sponsorship role. By sponsoring the IFF, your organization will reach our well-established and growing audience as well as our local, national, and international partners. Additionally, your support makes the festival possible, as sponsorships help us cover the event’s many costs including screening fees, filmmaker travel, and community outreach. On the pages that follow, we’ve detailed some of the ways that you can become a sponsor for this year’s IFF, but we also look forward to working with you on your organizations particular interests and goals. Please be in touch with any questions.

    Thank you for your time. We look forward to discussing more soon!

    Michelle Baroody
    Festival Director

    Sponsorship Level



    Produttore Esecutivo





    Assistente di Produzione




    Aiuto Regista


    VIP party at festival

    Commercial included before each screening

    Sponsor both Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards

    Sponsor one Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards

    Company logo on poster and mention in festival advertisement and press

    Opportunity to introduce opening night film

    Still ad included in festival pre-reel before each screening

    Recognition in film introductions

    Promotional materials available at the festival

    Reserved seating

    Recognition on social media

    Logo in festival trailer

    Logo appears on IFF website

    Logo appears in printed program

    Winter party tickets*







    Number of festival passes







    *The Italian Film Festival Winter Fundraiser will be held at the Tek Box (528 Hennepin Avenue • Suite 215 • Minneapolis • 55403) on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Therefore, only sponsors who commit to sponsorship before February 1, 2018 will receive tickets to the party. 


    Individual film sponsorships are available for $150. If you sponsor an individual film, your name / organization will be listed on the website and in the festival program alongside the film. You will also receive two tickets to the film. For more information on this year’s films, please contact Michelle Baroody ( or Peggy Hansen (


    In addition to traditional sponsorships, we also offer a variety of options for organizations and businesses to advertise at the IFF. Advertising space is available in the printed festival program, available before and throughout the festival. There are also opportunities to advertise your business onscreen in the pre-reel that plays before every screening. The cost for each ad is $300 and it should be delivered as a .jpeg or .tiff file.

    Details and specifications bellow.

    Ad Size



    full page


    4.8 in x 7.5 in

    2/3 page


    4.8 in x 4.8 in

    1/3 page


    4.8 in x 2.4 in


                All ads should be delivered ready for print as .pdf or .tiff files.


    There are also opportunities to advertise your business onscreen in the pre-reel that plays before every screening. The cost for each ad is $300 and it should be delivered as a .jpeg or .tiff file.

    *If you’d like to place an ad in the program and pre-reel, please be in touch to discuss details. 


Past events

07 Dec 2017 EF17 Aperitivo & Cards. Last chance to learn how to play Scopone Scientifico with Luisa & Ileana!
02 Nov 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro. Presentation and live performance
27 Oct 2017 We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!
12 Oct 2017 EF17 Torneo di Scopone Scientifico / Scopone Tournament (no previous experience needed)
12 Oct 2017 EF17 Meet Zoe Cinel, an Italian Artist from Florence
24 Sep 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini
21 Sep 2017 EF17 Wine Tasting: Scrumptious Sangiovese
14 Sep 2017 EF17 Aperitivo and cards. Last session before the GRAN TORNEO! Don't miss it!
06 Sep 2017 EF17 NEW! Italian Higher Education - A Comparative Analysis
12 Jun 2017 Sardinia. The Footstep of the God
21 May 2017 Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That? National Tour
18 May 2017 ES17 Preview: the new Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker!
13 May 2017 La Boheme - Discounted tickets for MN Opera La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini
04 May 2017 ES17 SOLD OUT! Mia tours series: Italian Renaissance & Baroque Art Guided Tour
30 Apr 2017 ES17 ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT! Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta
27 Apr 2017 ES17 IT'S TONIGHT, join us! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
07 Apr 2017 Neorealism’s Casualisation of Labour - Lecture at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
06 Apr 2017 ES17 “By Italians, for Italians”: Italo-American Movie Theatres
06 Apr 2017 The Cinematic Life of Petroleum - Workshop at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
29 Mar 2017 ES17 Music and Mathematics: an Italian Perspective
26 Mar 2017 ES17 Make & Take Class: Gnocchi
20 Mar 2017 IL VOLO: Notte Magica World Tour
16 Mar 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Mia tours series: Ancient Greco-Roman Art Guided Tour
12 Mar 2017 CW17 Festa italiana in pizzeria! Italian Pizza Party for Families
03 Mar 2017 Issues of Translation: published translations of books by noted contemporary Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi
26 Jan 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
19 Jan 2017 SOLD OUT! EW17 Donna Leon and Venice: The Tale of Two Cities
11 Jan 2017 Cinema! The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
08 Jan 2017 EW17 Viva l'Italia! From our friends of Opera on Tap
01 Dec 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "Visualizing Sanudo's Diarii. The Multimedia Festival in Renaissance Venice"
13 Nov 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: Special Concert Performance "¡Sacabuche!: Venetia 1500"
11 Nov 2016 CONSORTIUM CARISSIMI: Early Italian Baroque Meets Jazz
01 Nov 2016 Ferrante Night at Moon Palace Books
27 Oct 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "A Knight of the Italian Renaissance: Pietro Bembo and the Order of Malta"
20 Oct 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "The Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean: Trade in a Transitional Time"
15 Oct 2016 EF16 Discover the Caponi Art Park
10 Oct 2016 BORDERS (OF THE HUMAN): Naoki Sakai and Sandro Mezzadra: A Winton Chair Cornerstone Event (Oct 10-12, 2016)
19 May 2016 EU16 The Italian Experience in Minnesota - An Overview, Thursday, May 19, 2016
15 May 2016 SOLD OUT! EU16 Make & Take Class:Tagliatelle – Sunday, May 15, 2016
10 Apr 2016 ES16 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi – Sunday, April 10th
30 Mar 2016 ES16 Travelogue: A student in Perugia – Pictures and memories
24 Mar 2016 ES16 Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Formation of Italian Identity - Thursday, March 24, 2016
03 Mar 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Puccini’s Tosca – Thur. 3/3
11 Feb 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Modern Art Guided Tour
09 Feb 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Carnevale di Venezia - Tuesday, Feb 9
28 Jan 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Baroque Art Guided Tour
22 Jan 2016 EW16 Wine Tasting series: Wines of Southern Italy
14 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT! Taste the Regions: Puglia (Apulia)
10 Dec 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Mia tours series: Italian Renaissance Art Guided Tour - Thursday, December 10
19 Nov 2015 SOLD OUT! EF15 Mia tours series: Ancient Roman Art Guided Tour
07 Nov 2015 EF15 Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di ricotta & spinaci @ American Swedish Institute
24 Oct 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di zucca @ Nonna Rosa’s
15 Oct 2015 EF15 Taste the Regions/Cities: Rome, the eternal city - October 15th
05 Oct 2015 RED DESERT (1964) A film by Italian Director Michelangelo Antonioni
19 Aug 2015 ES15 Cocktail Reception at Historic Clifton House
07 Jul 2015 ES15 SOLD OUT! - Symposium - Leonardo Da Vinci: the Scientist, The Inventor, The Artist: Legacy of the Ultimate Renaissance Man.
22 May 2015 Eurochannel Short Films Tour
25 Apr 2015 University of Minnesota Event
24 Apr 2015 EN15 U of M Film, "Refugees in Cinecitta"- Friday, April 24
19 Feb 2015 ENW15 SOLD OUT! Walker Art Center - “Arte Povera” Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers
03 Jan 2015 Brunello Cucinelli: A humanist enterprise in the world of industry
01 Nov 2014 EF14 Welcome Reception for Isabella Dalla Ragione
30 Oct 2014 EF14 Walker Art Center- Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers -- Thursday, October 30
24 Oct 2014 FREE Screening – Men of the Cloth – Friday, October 24
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
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