(AGI) Toronto, June 30 - The 3rd annual Italian ContemporaryFilm Festival has broken box office records in Canada where itopened in Toronto, Hamilton and Vaughan in the province ofOntario and in Montreal and Quebec City in the province ofQuebec. There were 37 short films and 28 feature films,produced for the most part in Italy. Of the feature films,three opened for the first time, three had their Canadianopening and one its international opening. The event beganat the Toronto International Film Festival, in the monthdedicated to celebrations of Ontario's Italian culturalheritage, and opened with Giuseppe Tornatore's "La miglioreofferta" before an audience of over 400 people that includedItaly's Ambassador Gianlorenzo Cornado. Among famous guests atthe festival were Carlo Verdone who presented Canadianaudiences with his "Sotto una buona stella", which he directedand starred in. The film's screening was preceded by a galaevening at Toronto's Italian Cultural Institute, which washosted by Italy's consul, Tullio Guma. The film, whose directorreceived a lifetime award, won the People's Choice Award,having received most votes in the five cities that hosted thefestival. The festival ended with Alessio Maria Federici's"Stai lontana da me", which starred Enrico Brignano, who waspresent during the screening. (AGI). .