The Tropicana Hall in the Italian Pavilion is crowded with people for two events: the presentation of the New Cinecittà Development Plan and the presentation of the decrees for implementing the new Cinema Law. The minister Dario Fransceschini opens with the observation that the attempted creation, 20 years ago, of a mixed private and public entity did not work out. “The fact that Cinecittà is being made public again can seem a contradiction but the new project does not exclude working with private subjects. “We should not only cherish the memory and prestige of Cinecittà, we also need to invest resources for the future of our audiovisual system, and for new talents, for internationalizing the product. It is not only a question of better management of what we already have –stated the minister – we also must aim at implementing a broad project for the cultural enhancement of spaces, for supplying services to audiovisual productions, for creating an international creative hub, with exchanges and residencies, attention to new technologies and an important museum of Italian cinema. A place next to the historic Istituto Luce and the Teche Rai, in which to permanently maintain the memory of our great cinematography tradition –said Franceschini – A space for multimedia and technology that may attract the younger generation and at the same time be useful for teachers and students of the Centro Sperimentale di Cienematografia and those studying disciplines such as the arts, music and entertainment. The new Cinecittà will be all these things: past, present and future of our cinema.”

The president of Cinecittà, Roberto Cicutto, reminds us that the year 2017 is important not only because it is the Cinecittà’s 80th anniversary, but also because of the introduction of the new Cinema Law. “This is the setting for the rebirth of Cinecittà as a creative center and multitasking hub where public cinema and Luce Cinecittà will merge, mixing with the industrial vocation of the studios in Via Tuscolana”. Aside from the creation of new theaters, the MIAC (Italian Museum of Audiovisual art and Cinema) will be born, with a permanent collection and a laboratory on cinema professions. We will focus on the use of new technologies, we will implement a favorable price policy for those producing first and second works, we will reopen the Laboratory for Development and Printing –says Civutto – We are not in competition with other subjects, on the contrary our wish is to collaborate with different entities, and transform Cinecittà into a place frequented by those who have a know-how. To achieve this we have planned a two year period of investments, what we are calling Cantiere di Cinecittà, and a third year will be of break even.”

Enrico Bufalini, Director of Human and Legal Resource, illustrates the Development Plan 2017-2021 approved at the end of July by the Administration Board. Three kinds of activities are scheduled within the plan: the Historical Activities of the Istituto Luce; Historical Activities of the Istituto Luce Cinecittà; Historical Activities of the Cinecittà Studios/CDE/CDF (rental of studios, scenery, executive production, events, Cinecittà si mostra, Caffè di Cinecittà and Post Production); New activities, specifically MIAC, Erasmus and Cinema Crafts, in collaboration with CSC, Videogame area, Incubator for Creative and Cultural Enterprises, a crafts workshops street, the development of a new editorial activity that will be parallel to the one currently carried out by ILC. 26 million euros will be invested divided as follows: 14.5 million for the development of two theatres, 6 million for extraordinary complex maintenance, 2.5 million for creating the MIAC, 2 million for restructuring the craft workshops, 800 thousand euros for Communication, 600 thousand for the Videogame Incubator Area, 120 thousand for setting up Cinecittà si mostra.