http://blog.moviefone.com/media/2006/05/deniro.jpgRome wasn't built in a day, but it sure didn't get help from New York City. So why does the Rome Film Festival, which kicks off its first edition next month (Oct. 13 - 21), need the assistance of NYC's Tribeca Film Festival? It probably doesn't, but nonetheless, as Martha reported last month, a partnership between the two was made. Today there was an official announcement of the union, as Mayor Bloomberg welcomed Rome's Mayor Walter Veltroni and RFF CEO Carlo Fuortes to his city. They joined with TFF founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff to reveal the films Rome has selected for their Tribeca-conjunction showcase. They are Akeelah and the Bee, The War Tapes, The Bridge, The Lew Rudin Way, The Mist in the Palm Trees (La Niebla en las Palmeras) and The Yacoubian Building. Additionally, a few other films that played at Tribeca this past Spring are already on Rome's slate of films, including Driving Lessons, I'm Reed Fish, Just Like the Son and Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project. Next year, Tribeca will likewise borrow some of this year's RFF titles for a similar showcase.

Rome will also be presenting its first "Steps and Stars Award" to the Tribeca Film Festival, in recognition of its significant contribution to the film industry. De Niro will accept the award on the TFF's behalf while at Rome previewing 20 minutes of his new film, The Good Shepherd.