Yes because in Italy cinema arrived in Turin on November 7, 1896, less than one year after the first projection for the Parisian audience.
Yes because since that moment the cinema industry has developed in Turin on a big scale, so that the city has become a point of reference worldwide for Italian cinema and the center for exporting its productions to America, Asia and Australia.
Yes because in Turin between 1910 and 1920 countless film propositions blossomed, offering a variety of genres and styles, which still today constitute a historical patrimony for the study of society and customs of the time.
Yes because in 1914 the first Italian mammoth production, Cabiria, by Giovanni Pastrone, was produced in Turin! It is the longest Italian film of the silent cinema era (3h 10min), and definitely the most expensive!
Yes because Turin has always had a core role within Italian cinema criticism: crucible of ideas, fulcrum of debates, as witnessed by the proliferation of publications, discussion centers and university chairs dedicated to cinema. Specifically, AIACE Torino, an association of movie theater managers and owners, viewers, and critics, constitutes the largest European network working around arthouse cinemas.
Yes because the intellectual vivacity of this city since the 80s has provided fertile ground for the breeding of independent cinematographic productions as well as avant-garde shorts, fostering the birth of professionals capable of experimenting with new languages and audiovisual instruments.
Yes because Turin hosts the National Museum of Cinema, one of the most important in the world due both to its valuable patrimony and the range of its scientific and educational activities (3,200 sqm, 5 floors, 20,000 machines, more than 80,000 photos, more than 300,000 posters, 12,000 films and 26,000 volumes).
Yes because Turin counts the highest number of cinema festivals in Italy (Torino Film Festival, Sottodiciotto Film Festival, Festival Cinemambiente, Turin Horror Film Festival).
Yes because, thanks to the Film Commission, in recent years Turin has been the set for more than 1,000 national and international film productions.
Last but not least, yes because in 2016 Shooting Torino is born, a program to learn how to make films while diving into the historical and cultural reality of one of Europe’s most important cities.