The 12-day San Diego Italian Film Festival showcasing the latest cinema and culture of Italy begins on Wednesday.

The 11th annual festival run from Oct. 4 to  Oct. 15 with romantic comedies, independent films, dramas and documentaries. Most films will be screened at the Museum of Photographic Arts and other Balboa Park venues.

Highlights of the 11th annual festival are two independent films, “My Country” and “Tiramisu For Two.” The directors of the films will be onsite for panel discussions following the screenings.

“It’s never been a better time to become part of the celebration of life and culture that is our ‘feStivale,’” said event president Victor Laruccia. “Every year our feStivale proves once again that San Diego Italian Film Festival is about more than just movies.”

“It is about history, identity, and a shared appreciation of great Italian cinema and culture, for a diverse audience of film lovers and those who appreciate Italian culture,” he added. “This year we’re especially proud to add tow independent films to our lineup, and hope to do more to support indie films in the future.”

Ticket packages range in price from $45 to $200, with discounts for festival members. Individual movies are $12.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.