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All films will be in Italian with English subtitles. If you purchase a VIP ticket (either through single ticket or ticket packages), VIP amenities include preferred seating at film screenings and admission to the Aperitivo Receptions prior to the four evening screenings. The four evening Aperitivo Receptions take place from 5:30-6:45pm at Lonnie Green Park (130 First Street, Sugar Land, TX 77478), roughly one and a half hours before the film screenings, and directly adjacent to the Sugar Land Auditorium.

My Italy
La mia Italia)
Film Synopsis │ Trailer
*American film premier
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 7pm 
Sugar Land Auditorium │ MAP 
Maternity Blues 
(Il bene dal male)

Film Synopsis │ Trailer

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7pm
Sugar Land Auditorium │ MAP 

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Greenery will Bloom Again
(Torneranno I Prati)
Film Synopsis
Friday, September 29, 2017, 7pm
Sugar Land Auditorium │ MAP 

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Like Crazy 
(La Pazza Gioia)

Film Synopsis │ Trailer
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 3pm
Sugar Land Auditorium │ MAP 

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The Gospel According to Mattei
(Il vangelo secondo mattei)
Film Synopsis │ Trailer
*Worldwide film premier
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 7pm
Sugar Land Auditorium │ MAP 

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I Have Friends in Heaven 
(Ho Amici in Paradiso)
Film Synopsis
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 7pm
Sugar Land Town Square │ MAP

This is a FREE public screening
Italian Race 
(Veloce come il vento)
Film Synopsis

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2pm
Sugar Land Auditorium │ MAP 
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Title: Framing Italian Cinema, An Educational Seminar
Tickets: Free Ticketed Event | Register for Single Tickets Here
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce │

The Art of Sound Effects
Topic: ​Passion for technology combined with a musical ear is what makes a sound artist.  Matteo Bendinelli, an Italy-based sound designer started with a background in music and evolved into a leading cinema professionals.  Matteo will discuss his work in sound as a represenative of the Italian Association of Sound Creators.
About Matteo Bendinelli│Speaker Biography
A Screening of 'Beyond' and Conversation with Adrian Pacini 
Topic: Sugar Land resident, and Clements High School sophomore, Adrian Pacini, will screen his award-winning stop-motion short film entitled Beyond. Join the seminar for the screening as well as a discussion about the art of short film creation.
About Adrian Pacini│Speaker Biography
The Art of Filmmaking with Sergio Carvajal-Leoni
Topic: The making of the celebrated Texan-Italian Film Tiramisu for Two, a
comedy by Tiburon Transmedia, a Texan production firm with an Italian heart.
Learn the ins and outs of filmmaking, and how to master telling stories through film.
About Sergio Carvajal-Leoni │Speaker Biography


Umbria in Sugar Land Awards is a celebration of talents on the Italian and International film scene. This year seven films will be competing for the Umbria in Sugar Land Awards in 4 categories: Best Film, Best Screen Play, Best Cinematography and Best Directing.
Award winning writer/actor/director from Milan, Mr. Max Leonida, will serve as a Chair of the 2017 Award Committee, with Co-Chair Ana Villaronga Roman and Honorary Chair Mrs. Donatella Cocchini, founder and organizer of the  Festival del Cinema di Spello e dei Borghi Umbri. Together with 4 well respected film industry professionals, festival programmers and critics from Texas, the jury panel will chose the final winners from the list of the selected films.

Donatella Cocchini, Honorary Chair
Festival del Cinema Città di Spello ed I Borghi Umbri

Max Leonida, Chair
Film Director | Writer | Producer

Ana Villaronga Roman, Co-Chair
Museum Director | Curator

Marian Luntz
| Film and Video
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Sandra Celli-Harris
Lecturer | Academic

Kim LeBlanc
Production & Community Relations Specialist
Texas Film Commission

Clifford Pugh
Culture Map

For sponsorship opportunities, and to become a partner of Umbria in Sugar Land, contact:

Juliette Nessmith, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (281) 566-2161


Media Contact: Trisha Mohle

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For more information about Umbria in Sugar Land or Sugar Land's Cultural Arts Program, call 281.275.2969 or email



The City of Sugar Land is hosting a multi-day film festival called
Umbria in Sugar Land at locations throughout Sugar Land. The festival is an international project produced by the International Film Festival of Spello, also known as Festival del Cinema Città di Spello ed i Borghi Umbri. The sixth edition of the festival was presented at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in September 2016.

The film festival features both Italian and European films at historic Sugar Land Auditorium, a public screening of a film in Sugar Land Town Square, and additional cultural events and seminars. It is a festival dedicated to the promotion of cinematographic culture and the Umbrian region’s contributions to art, culture, food, wine and craftsmanship.
Umbria in Sugar Land is a way for Sugar Land, Fort Bend County and the surrounding Houston region to enjoy the region of Umbria’s culture, while promoting local tourism and economic activity.

This project is a partnership with the City of Sugar Land, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, the 
Festival del Cinema Città di Spello ed I Borghi Umbri, the Region of Umbria, and the City of Spello. 





Sugar Land Auditorium

226 Lakeview Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77498 │ MAP 

Sugar Land Town Square
2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479 │MAP

Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
445 Commerce Green Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77478 │MAP

Lonnie Green Park
130 First Street, Sugar Land, TX 77478│



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