The Research Centre for Cinema and Narrative was founded in November 1978 by a group of professionals, scholars, executive officers and media workers as a non-profit entity with the aim of promoting cultural initiatives, particularly in the field of cinema.
The main event the Centre organised was the International Prize Efebo d’Oro (Golden Efebo) that overtime has gained its reputation among other national film prizes for its originality and illustrious figures who have participated in the various editions.
The Centre has always directed part of its activities at young people by organizing talks and screenings specially tailored for school students. It has also always promoted Sicilian short and feature films and different cultural events, such as the celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Leopard by Luchino Visconti.
Throughout its long history, the Centre has organized conferences and seminars with the participation of scholars, filmmakers, writers and critics, and it has collected and published documents and proceedings.
The Centre has created a specialized library with over 4000 volumes that has been recently donated to the Regional Library ‘Luigi Pirandello’ of Agrigento, with the aim of preserving the memory of all past activities and to make books and other materials available for scholars and students.
In the last few years, the Centre has started a renovation process by expanding its managing board to include well-known journalists and writers, renowned cultural managers and young people specialized in organizing cultural events.