Founded in 1998, The Los Angeles Italian Film Awards (LAIFA) Festival is designed to promote both Italian and Italian-American films and to build creative links between the Hollywood and Italian filmmaking communities. As part of this year’s 7th annual festival, which runs from April 11 to 15 at Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinemas, seven films and one shorts program will be screened.

The fest kicks off Monday night, April 11 at 8 p.m. with 13 At a Table (Tredici a Tavola), directed by Enrico Oldoini and starring Italian actors Giancarlo Giannini, Paolo Bonacelli and Kasia Smutniak. It’s a romantic comedy about a divorced, middle-age man who returns to his villa in Tuscany to sell the property, only to find that it’s filled with a bunch of wonderful memories.

Other films to be screened throughout LAIFA include Hollywood Flies (Mosche a Hollywood) (April 12, 7 p.m.), Sara May (April 12, 9 p.m.), L’Iguana (April 13, 7 p.m.) and Without Conscience (April 13, 9 p.m.). The closing film for the festival is After Midnight (Dopo Mezzanotte)(April 14, 8 p.m.). An awards ceremony will wrap up the fest on April 15.

Tickets for the fest are $20 for opening and closing night films (which include receptions), $11 per person for general admission to screenings and $9 for seniors and students with valid ID. All films are in Italian with English subtitles, and most of the screenings will be held at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. For tickets and more information about LAIFA, visit the fest’s Web site at

ArcLight Cinemas is located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd. (between Vine and Ivar, with DeLongpre to the south), in Hollywood. Festival parking is $2.50 for four hours with stamp (available at Guest Services). For more information, call Guest Services at (323) 464-1478.