For the seventh consecutive year Intesa Sanpaolo – the première bank of Italian cinema and international promoter of the “Made in Italy” brand and of Italian image and culture abroad – is supporting the Los Angeles, Italia Festival organized by Istituto Capri nel Mondo together with the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and ICE, the Italian Trade Agency. It is to be held from 3 to 9 March. The 2024 Festival, chaired by producer Raffaella De Laurentiis and by the director Michelle Danner, will honor director Matteo Garrone for the Academy Award-nominated international feature “Io Capitano”. The event, which introduces the famous night of the Oscars and promotes Italian cinema around the world, has a varied and very full program, which includes an “Italian Masters” section by Intesa Sanpaolo. Director Lina Sastri is the Italian Master being celebrated at the 2024 edition of the Festival, with the world premiere of her work “La casa di Ninetta” being screened on March 3. The famous artist will be in attendance and will introduce the film to the audience in the hall.

Italian Masters by Intesa Sanpaolo will present also other films directed by legendary masters of italian cinema as “La quattordicesima domenica del tempo ordinario” by Pupi Avati, “Rapito” (Kidnapped) by Marco Bellocchio, “L’ordine del tempo” by Liliana Cavani and “Il ritorno di Casanova” (Casanova’s Return) di Gabriele Salvatores, all financially supported by Intesa Sanpaolo as well as “Paradox Effect”, “Martedì e Venerdì”, “Addio al Nubilato 2”, “Mameli – il ragazzo che sognò l’Italia”, that are included
in the Festival program. Through its specialist Media & Culture Desk, Intesa Sanpaolo is a leader in the national audiovisual market with €2.6 billion disbursed to the sector since 2009 and has financially supported the production of more than 600 national and international films and TV series and over 170 commercials, factuals and TV formats. Italy’s leading banking group is a fundamental partner for national and international operators, and its specialist support is important to operators in both the project structuring phase with an advisory service focusing on various financial aspects and in the implementation phase with financial support. The Italian audiovisual industry has consolidated its national and international productivity, ranking among the leading European markets. Last year, Intesa Sanpaolo made an additional €5 billion available to Italian cinema and audiovisual productions, a significant intervention that is in line with the Group’s total support of €410 billion towards achievement of the NRRP objectives. In line with the NRRP Culture 4.0 objective, Intesa Sanpaolo intends to foster the consolidation of a solid Italian audiovisual industry, to support the sector with international development, to communicate and promote film projects and to
ensure the economic growth of the direct and indirect supply chains throughout the audiovisual sector. Through strong relationships with leading international operators (majors, independent studios, OTT platforms), Intesa Sanpaolo also promotes foreign executive productions to be shot in Italy, an important incoming activity that has a positive impact on the community in terms of jobs and social relations, in addition to driving professional growth in the sector. Various foreign executive productions have been supported in recent years (Fast and Furious 10, Indiana Jones, Equalizer 3, Gossip Girl, 007 and White Lotus). The most recent of these include the film Ferrari directed by Michael Mann and the TV series Those About To Die directed by Roland Emmerich – productions for which Intesa Sanpaolo has signed co-funding and syndicated loan agreements with the American bank Comerica.