Bergamotoons Festival, a new three-day animation festival, launches this month in the northern Italy city of Bergamo.
The festival, comprised of screenings, symposiums, and exhibitions, will be headlined with a keynote address by Simpsons veteran producer and Monsters Inc. co-director David Silverman. The event is the brainchild of Federico Fiecconi, who is the event’s artistic director.
The theme of the inaugural event is humor, which is a key trait of the festival’s other headliner, Italian animation legend Bruno Bozzetto, who is also the event’s honorary president. A newly restored version of Bozzetto’s classic feature Allegro non troppo (1976) will be shown at the Donizetti Theatre on June 22, with both Bozzetto and the film’s star Maurizio Nichetti in attendance. The Donizetti Theatre is an apt location for the screening because that is where Bozzzetto shot the original live-action scenes for the film.