EXPO is a global event established 163 years ago. It is a non commercial initiative (therefore it is not a fair, but rather a Universal Exhibition of Arts and Knowledge that is held every five years). EXPO's ultimate goal has always been to spread knowledge, in all of its shapes. Since the first edition, held in 1851 in London, a large visibility was given to the development of Science, the progress of technology and the understanding of the collective challenges that the contemporary society has to face. Every EXPO edition is dedicated to a theme of universal interest. Milan hosted EXPO in 1906. The last edition of EXPO was held in Shanghai in 2010. In 2015, Italy and Milan will be the stage of EXPO once again.
The International organization that regulates the frequency, quality and development of the exhibits is the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE); it was set up thanks to an international convention signed in Paris in 1928. Today, 157 nations are part of BIE
Fondazione Cinema per Roma is an institution that produces events for the dissemination and the appreciation of the cinematographic culture, with the goal of promoting cinema from every perspective, on a local and global scale, to the wide audience and the industry, from an artistic to a professional and entertainment point of view. Every year, starting from 2006, Fondazione Cinema per Roma has been organizing the Rome Film Fest and its Film Market.
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, together with Scuola Nazionale di Cinema, is the most important institution in Italy for teaching, research and experimentation in the field of cinematography, a cultural meeting point where different professions merge together: actors and directors, producers, photographers, screen-writers, set designers, musicians, costume designer, sound technicians, experts of digital cinematography, teachers, scholars and students from all over the world.