A Florentine, Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale is the founder and driving force behind the film festival and namesake of the coveted annual award honoring the Best Film of Hawai’i European Cinema. Princess Dialta has lived in Honolulu since 1999. In Italy she was the Editor in Chief of the ecological magazine Essere Secondo Natura. She’s written, produced, acted and directed in films including Turtles, a poetic love story, and The Princess and the Rooster, on children's etiquette. Her latest work, Dialta wrote and published "MY MOTHER, MY FATHER AND HIS WIFE HORTENSE" - The true story of Villa La Pietra. The Florentine Love Story is being developed into a screenplay.