Istituto Luce - Cinecittà is the state-owned company whose main shareholder is the Italian Ministry for Culture subsidising its activities on an annual basis. Istituto Luce - Cinecittà 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 a largeaudiovisual collection concerning the history of the twentieth century, and it has also been inscribed by UNESCO in the registry “Memory of the World”.
Istituto Luce – Cinecittà distributes and supports domestically the theatrical releases of Italian first and second time feature 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 - Cinecittà’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 institutions 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 – Cinecittà 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 Film Festival in Tokyo, Cinema Italian Style in Los Angeles, Open Roads – New Italian Cinema in New York, The Festival of Italian Cinema of Barcelona, London, Istanbul , Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and The Mittelcinemafest. Istituto Luce - Cinecittà 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 - Cinecittà is responsible for editing the magazine 8 1/2
, the national portal for locations and film and audiovisual production incentives Italy for Movies,
and the 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.
Since July 2017 Istituto Luce-Cinecittà is in charge of managing the legendary Cinecittà Studios
and postproduction labs, founded 80 years ago (1937), property for 20 years of a private company. Following the acquisition of Cinecittà Studios, Istituto Luce-Cinecittà takes over responsibility for the management of theatres located in Via Tuscolana, with the production design creations, the executive production, and a variety of fundamental services for the realization of feature films, TV movies, TV series, and the development of new media. The new project incorporates the activities of Cinecittà Digital Factory, the Studios’ digital centre: from post-production to restoration (a lab for analogic production will be reinstated, too) to the conservation of works produced by third parties. Moreover, Luce-Cinecittà takes over the activities of Cinecittà District Entertainment as well: exhibitions, events, touristic reception, and a broad service of production and circulation of merchandising, press and audio-visual materials, all branded Cinecittà.