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Italian Virtual Short Film Day – Dec. 20-21

Date 12.19.2020

This year the annual Short Film Day goes virtual: a selection of recent Italian shorts is presented online by the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles to celebrate the shortest day of the year, December 21!

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National Italian Exam 2021 for Middle & High School Students

Date 12.17.2020

The NIE Committee is delighted to announce the opening of the registration for the NIE 2021 and the launching of their new website.  On the NIE website, teachers and parents will find site step-by-step instructions and video tutorials on how to register their students and administer the exam (in person or remotely) as well as other important information. 

 What is the NIE? 
It is a web-based proficiency and performance assessment that measures written and aural interpretation skills in alignment with the ACTFL Performance Descriptors and the 2012 ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. The National Italian Exam is part of the larger family of national language examinations offered by other language associations (AATG, AATSP, AATF) and is now included in the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principal) National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2020-2021.

Who can participate?
Middle school and high school students in the USA can participate in the contest. Home-schooled students, students who have studied Italian outside a traditional school setting, and college students could also participate in the competition but should contact the NIE director to determine the exam level ( More information on this page. 

What are the conditions to participate? 
Teachers should be AATI members in good standing. Non-members could also participate, but with a higher fee. Visit this page to become/renew your AATI membership.
For the 2021 school year, the NIE can be administered remotely following a proctoring protocol. Learn more here. 

What do I need to know before registering my students?
Before registering students, teachers should familiarize themselves with the structure of the exam, in particular, they need to consider the exam levels and categories, as well as the typologies of students that are participating Visit this page. 

How do I register for the exam?
The NIE is delivered electronically on the web platform Lingco. Teachers and students need to register on this platform to participate. Visit this page.

What is the fee to participate in the contest and how do I pay for the fees?
Teachers and schools can pay online with credit cards / Paypal, or using checks. For more information on fees and payments, visit this page.

How will our students be awarded? 
AATI offers an extensive regional and national prize program that consists of monetary prizes, study-trips to Italy, medals, and certificates to award students of all different language proficiency to celebrate their accomplishments. Visit this page. 

If you have any questions,  do not hesitate to contact The NIE Committee at

Italian Language in the United States Video

Date 12.17.2020

Each year thousands of students in the U.S. learn Italian in high school, college, or with Fondazione Italia! Italian is the language of art, music, science and business. Check out this wonderful video made but the Italian Embassy in Washington to celebrate students learning Italian language and how it connects them to future opportunities.

Buon Hanukkah!

Date 12.14.2020

Jews first arrived in Rome in 160 B.C. Read article, “Guide to Hanukkah in Italy” from Italy Magazine for interesting information on Italian Jewish history and culture.
Menorah carved in stone is from oldest synagogue in Europe located in Ostia, Italy

Support the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles! Auction ends Dec. 15

Date 12.14.2020

Bid to support the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and complete your holiday shopping from the safety and comfort of your home! Virtual auction features something for everyone on your list, from wine and spirits to skincare, art, and vacations! Your transaction is secure and your information is private. You also have the option of purchasing items at a fixed amount, or “buy it now” price. Winning bidders will be notified via email and the items will be shipped directly to the address you provide.

Please Register Online to get started – Auction closes December 15 at 2:00 pm PST. Thank you for supporting the IAMLA!

National Italian American Foundation Scholarships 2021 Applications Now Open!

Date 12.14.2020

NIAF’s scholarship applications are now open! NIAF offers 29 different scholarships with various criteria, ranging from $2,500-$12,000, in the fields of Italian language & culture, medicine, engineering, business, law, music & more!

Applicants must…

  • Be enrolled in a US accredited institution of higher education on a full time basis for the Fall 2021 semester
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent). (Some scholarships require a lower GPA for eligibility. Students in a pass-fail system are also eligible.)
  • Be a United States Citizen or permanent resident alien.
  • Have Italian American ancestry. To be considered Italian American, the student must have at least one ancestor who has immigrated from Italy
  • Have an active NIAF Membership. Student may use their parent, guardian or grandparent’s membership. Become a member here.

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2021

Learn more about available scholarships.

Apply Today!

Dual-language teacher shares remote-learning approach

Date 12.08.2020

Online breakout rooms are helping a class of 25 second-graders keep up with their studies in Spanish and English, says dual-language teacher Jocelynne MacKay. The Massachusetts educator acknowledges the challenges of distance learning, but says she’s learning to use various technology tools to support students, such as programs that allow students to record videos of themselves while reading and practicing their language skills.

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Free Webinar: Etruscan Civilization in Ancient Italy – Dec. 13

Date 11.19.2020

Who were the Etruscans? Where did they come from? What role did they play in the Italian peninsula and what was their relationship with the Romans? What influence did they have in forging the future Roman civilization? Join Fondazione Italia for this FREE virtual seminar with maestra Antonella presented in English to explore this fascinating, yet mysterious, civilization that left a strong legacy of its own. Registration closes on December 12 at 5:00 pm (PST).

Sunday, December 13 @ 10:00 am (PST)

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Cinema Italian Style – Dec. 10-17

Date 12.03.2020

Cinema Italian Style is bringing the best in new Italian cinema right to your home in 2020 with a virtual 12th edition! Featuring work from established masters and new voices, pre-recorded filmmaker Q&As, and films spanning the country.

Passes on sale now! Full lineup and tickets will be released on December 3 at

Co-Presented by SIFF and Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association and with Istituto Luce Cinecittà with the Istituto Italiano Di Cultura Los Angeles and Istituto Italiano Cultura SF and under the auspices of Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles and Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, Cinema Italian Style Los Angeles and Cinema Italian Style SF.

Lunchtime Opera Series: Learn About Don Giovanni – Dec. 9 – Jan. 13

Date 12.02.2020

Almost two centuries ago, three musical icons joined forces in New York’s first Italian opera, “Don Giovanni,” at the Park Theatre on Park Row in lower Manhattan. One of these individuals was the opera’s famous librettist and one of New York’s first Italian immigrants Lorenzo da Ponte. Learn the history behind one of Mozart’s most exciting dramatic operas and how Lorenzo da Ponte influenced and was influenced by it.

Instructors Ashley Galvani Bell (Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, Sarasota Opera) and Anton Armendariz Diaz (Rioja Forum, Principal de Castellón, Festival de Cine de Barcelona) come from a background of operatic performance and directing, and their passion is likely to ignite yours.

Registration fee: $25 per class

Italian Opera Series Classes:
December 9: Barber of Seville by Rossini
December 16: Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti
January 6: La Traviata by Verdi
January 13: La Bohème by Puccini