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CET Florence: Film Production

CET Florence staff and students

NYFA & CET Faculty

Your film courses will be taught by NYFA. The instructors are experts in their field and come from NYFA’s US campuses. They believe in learning by doing, and will teach you the ins and outs of filmmaking by guiding you as you make your own films.  Your Italian courses will be taught by CET. Our professors hold degrees in Italian as a second language or Italian language and literature.

Full-Time, Bilingual, On-Site Staff

CET staff help you get the most out of the program. They handle housing, excursions, and day-to-day logistics, and are trained in emergency prevention and management. Got an idea for an activity? Need to see a doctor? Just want someone to talk to? The CET staff are your best resource.
Emiliana Caldarelli
A native Italian, Emiliana earned a Laurea in Political Science in 1996 and a Post Graduate Master in Mediterranean Studies and Islamic Finance in 2013 from the University of Florence. In 1994, during her graduate studies, she was awarded a scholarship from Rutgers University in New Jersey where she conducted a research study about the financing of political campaigns. After returning to Italy, her work has focused on educating American students in Italy. She served as coordinator for the Rutgers Study Abroad Program in Florence, and from 1997 until 2002, taught classes on Italian culture, politics and history in US university programs in Florence such as Rutgers Junior Year in Florence, Richmond College, Portland Community College and University of San Diego-Law School. Emiliana has been involved with the CET programs in Italy since their inception. She began as the CET Siena Resident Director (2001-2003), continued as the CET Florence Resident Director (2003-2004), and has served as Italy Programs Director since 2004.

Emiliana Caldarelli

Director of Italy Programs

Anna DiBiase
Anna received a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 2006 and an MA in Italian Language and Linguistics from the Middlebury College School in Florence, Italy in 2007. She is an Italian-American dual citizen and has spent many years studying and working in Italy, with Georgetown University where she served as the Resident Coordinator, with The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai where she served as the Housing Coordinator, and with CET, where she has served as Resident Director for the Siena Program and Assistant Director for Academic Affairs. Anna adores her adopted country and all of the opportunities that it has afforded her.

Anna DiBiase

Assistant Director for Academic Affairs

Laura Giovannoni
Laura graduated in 2014 with a BA International Relations (emphasis on Political Science) and started to work as an intern for CET shortly thereafter. She is now Housing and Facilities Manager for the CET Florence program, and loves showing students the true beauties of Italy and Italian culture. As much as she enjoys traveling and seeing the world, Laura believes that there is nothing better than taking a stroll in her stunning hometown of Florence.

Laura Giovannoni

Housing and Facilities Manager