:: FAREWELL TILL THE YEAR 2003
We are looking forward to welcoming you all again to the next edition of the Taormina BNL Film Festival, which is going to take place from the 7th to the 14st of June 2003, and the guest of honour will hopefully be Martin Scorsese. During the final press conference, released by the festival's artistic director Felice Laudadio, great news has been announced concerning the next year's edition, and also a very positive final balance has been drafted. Laudadio expounded, The festival's next edition will be anticipated to the week from the 14th to the 21st of June and, on the inaugural evening, the Nastri d'Argento Awards will be presented at the Ancient Theatre while International stars will be attending the ceremony. Next edition's retrospective will be dedicated to Martin Scorsese, if the director confirms his presence. As regards next year's edition, I again sanction the non-competitive nature of this Festival, thus the serene atmosphere detected, here in Taormina, among actors, directors, and cinematographic producers, that we wish it would continue to stay the same. At the press conference, the artistic director was accompanied by his assistant directors Deborah Young and Steve Klain, the general administrator of Taormina Arte Antonino Panzera, and Mauro Passalacqua, deputy mayor of the town of Taormina and also Tourist Board councillor, who commented," The Festival was really a great success as confirmed by a large attendance both at the Congress Hall and at the Ancient Theatre, with a daily presence of approximately 2500 people and a peak reached on the occasion of the Taormina Arte Diamond Award presented to the actor Hugh Grant. Moreover, during the opening night with the Nastri d'Argento award ceremony, the theatre was full house with approx. 4500 people. The town is grateful to the festival and we are planning to lengthen the schedule of Taormina Arte until Christmas". Felice Laudadio described with satisfaction this new and brilliant festival as an interesting one and much followed by the people, thanks to the accurate job which has been carried out by the whole staff for months. The artistic director has also extended his thanks to all his collaborators and then, he solicited the general administrator Panzera to "reconsider" some of the organisational aspects of the festival, in view of the fact that, during the last years, it has been growing considerably. "It was an amazing festival - Laudadio concluded - a festival attended by a large audience at the Ancient Theatre and also at the projections in the Congress Hall. An event capable of exciting the Press's interest as a consequence of a choral organisation and a cleverly timed promotional campaign". Hence, farewell till next year's edition while we have already been thinking about the 50th anniversary of the Taormina Festival in the year 2004.