News & Events

Il Consolato si Informa: Appointment of new Honorary Consulate in San Diego

Date 01.24.2020

The Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles is thrilled to inform you that the new Honorary Consulate in San Diego is now operative and located at Amici House (250 W. Date Street; San Diego 92101; Tel. +1-619-800.7974; e-mail:

Italian nationals that reside in the area are invited to contact them for assistance in various matters . Please note that presently passport requests must continue to be presented to Consulate General in Los Angeles, but in the near future this service will also be covered by their San Diego extension. Let us all welcome our new Honorary Consul Thomas Joseph Cesarini to our extended family.


International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Guitar Concert by Alberto Lombardi – Jan. 27

Date 01.22.2020

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day,  an annual international memorial day commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust, guitarist Alberto Lombardi will play at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust together with the German duo consisting of Friedrich Edelmann (Bassoon) and Rebecca Rust (Violoncello). Remarks by Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone.

Organized by the Italian Cultural Institute with Consulates General of Italy and Germany in Los Angeles and with the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Date: Monday, January 27, 2020

Time: From 6:00 pm To 7:30 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute with Consulates General of Italy and Germany in Los Angeles and with the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Free Film Screening of “Finding the Mother Lode:Italian Immigrants in CA” at IAMLA – Jan. 26

Date 01.22.2020

Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is pleased to bring you a free and open to the public screening of “Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California” on Sunday, January 26 at 3:30 pm.

Finding the Mother Lode is a film by Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien that documents the experiences of Italian immigrants in California. Italians first settled en masse in California during the Gold Rush. While few made fortunes in mining, they did find a mother lode in farming, fishing, commerce, and wine making. Their contributions shaped the economy and culture of California. Through stories set in seven Italian communities in California, this film examines how Italo-Californians achieved economic and social mobility, and explores how ethnic identity is maintained and transformed as immigrants become assimilated into mainstream America.

Space is limited so please RSVP to reserve your seat.

San Diego Italian Film Festival Monthly Screening Series starts January 16

Date 01.12.2020

The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents monthly screenings of Italian films beginning on January 16.

The program for the first three months of 2020 include the following films:

Museum of Photographic Arts

Jan 16 Tito e gli alieni by Paola Randi

Feb 13 L’ospite by Duccio Chiarini

Mar 19 Figlia mia by Laura Bispuri

La Paloma Theater

Jan 23 A casa tutti bene by Gabriele Muccino

Feb 13 Cinema Paradiso di Giuseppe Tornatore

Mar 12 Come un gatto in tangenziale by Riccardo Milani

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Now Accepting Applications for 2020-2021 K-12 Italian Language Grants

Date 01.10.2020

Public and private K-12 schools that offer Italian in SoCal, NV, NM & AZ can apply for funding to help cover the cost of a teacher’s salary and/or in-class instructional materials including textbooks, workbooks, readers, posters, music, films etc..

Deadline to apply is February 15, 2020.

More Information and Application

Last Day to win a trip to Sardegna

Date 01.09.2020

Today is last chance to support @Italo_Americano by entering their “Sardenia Experience” sweepstakes for chance to win a 9 day trip to #Sardegna! $12 a ticket

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31st Annual Palm Springs Film Festival Opens Jan. 3 with Italian film, “An Almost Ordinary Summer”

Date 01.01.2020

Palm Springs, CA (December 10, 2019) – The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced that the festival’s opening night will be the screening of An Almost Ordinary Summer, directed by Simone Godano, on Friday, January 3.  The festival will close with Military Wives, directed by Peter Cattaneo on Sunday, January 12. Both Godano and Cattaneo are expected to attend.

PSIFF will open with An Almost Ordinary Summer on Friday, January 3.  In this delightful and big-hearted Italian farce, a seaside summer vacation erupts into class and sexual warfare when two middle-aged grandfathers – the rich, cosmopolitan Tony and the hunky, blue-collar Carlo – announce to their big, shocked families their plan to marry. The film stars   Alessandro Gassmann, Jasmine Trinca, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Filippo Scicchitano, and is directed by Simone Godano.   The festival will close with Military Wives on Sunday, January 12. This charming ensemble dramedy is based on a true story about the wives of deployed British soldiers who find harmony in a new base camp choir, where Tears for Fears is part of their repertoire, and become a global sensation. The film stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng and is directed by Peter Cattaneo.     “It’s an extraordinary pleasure to be sharing this year’s festival lineup with the world, my first as Artistic Director,” said PSIFF Artistic Director Lili Rodriguez.  “In tradition with previous years, we’ve looked back at an excellent year of international cinema and cherry-picked some of the best in the circuit, as well as some undiscovered gems. From award-winners and hopefuls to smaller, independent stories that stick with you, this year’s lineup showcases an exciting group of diverse and powerful voices.”   


From the land of beautiful art, rich history, and mouth-watering cuisine, join us as we highlight exceptional Italian cinema.     

  • The Champion (Italy), Director Leonardo D’Agostini (North American Premiere)
  • The Disappearance of My Mother (Italy), Director Beniamino Barrese
  • Martin Eden (Italy/France/Germany), Director Pietro Marcello
  • Simple Women (Italy/Romania), Director Chiara Malta (U.S. Premiere)
  • Sole (Italy), Director Carlo Sironi
  • A Soul Journey (UK/Italy), Director Marco Della Fonte (World Premiere)
  • The Traitor (Italy), Director Marco Bellocchio           

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FI 2020 Language Classes Open for Registration! 10% 0ff

Date 01.01.2020

Fondazione Italia’s new class schedule for kids and adult Italian language classes in WLA and Burbank and online classes is now available on our website at

Registration opens Jan. 1 – 10% discount offer through Jan. 10

Happy New Year – Felice Anno Nuovo!

Date 12.31.2019

Thank you to all our students, friends and families for your support and enthusiasm in support of our mission to promote Italian language and culture in our community!

Now Accepting Grant Applications in Support of K-12 Italian Language Programs

Date 12.18.2019

Under the auspices of the General Consulate of Italy Los Angeles, Fondazione Italia is happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year K-12 Italian Language Grant.

What can the funds be used for?  Grant funds may be used by new or established programs to be applied towards the purchase of Italian text books and work books, didactic materials and to supplement Italian teacher or Italian teacher assistant salaries.

What is the application deadline?  Download the application here and submit it to Fondazione Italia no later than February 15, 2020.

Who can apply? K-12 public or private schools that offer integrated Italian language programs in Southern California, Nevada, New Mexico and Nevada can apply.

What is the approval process?  A grant review committee composed of representatives from Fondazione Italia and the Consulate General of Italy will review each application on a case-by-case basis. A degree of financial participation by the school is expected, especially if you are a continuing school. Funding will only be given to schools that offer Italian to their students during the school day or as an elective class. Grant amounts vary and are subject to availability of funds from the government of Italy. The review committee reserves the right to award the grants at their discretion.

If you have any questions please contact Hilary Stern.