Rome's Casa del Cinema exceeded its projected turnover of €250,000 in 2012 according to city culture commissioner Dino Gasperini. The past year was a particularly busy one for the state-of-the-art cinema facility which screened 384 films, 111 documentaries and 272 short films and five television series.
The facility's busy spring schedule has begun with the "Mese del Documentario", which runs until 15 February, and the "Microstoria del cinema per ragazzi", geared towards young people, which runs until 17 March. Starting on 29 January "Scene da un matrimonio" features 10 classic wedding movies, while during February and March there are two Italian cinema festivals. On 11 February Casa del Cinema is planning a tribute to the popular actress Mariangela Melato, a month after her death.
Located in the Via Veneto corner of Villa Borghese, the Casa del Cinema is the city's premier destination for art-house, world and avant-garde foreign and Italian films. It was established in September 2004, with the assistance of then mayor and cinema enthusiast Walter Veltroni, when the city invested €4.5 million in refurbishing the 18th-century former Casina delle Rose building. A further €3.5 million was raised from the private sector; the two main cinema rooms bear the names of their sponsors: Sala Deluxe and Sala Kodak.
It is possible to meet movie directors and actors at the venue which also stages cinematic exhibitions and film festivals such as the annual IrishFilmFesta. All screening and cinema events are free while its day-to-day running is part-funded by profits from the restaurant and bar, part-funded by the city, RAI Cinema and other private sponsors.
Since February 2011 the facility has been under the direction of Catherine D'Amico, previously head of RAI Cinema, who has spearheaded a restructuring of the organisation’s management and administration.