The San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) and the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project (SMOP) held a special Earth Day fundraiser screening of Bella Vita, starring local professional surfer Chris Del Moro. The film follows Chris’ journey of self-discovery as he explores his Italian heritage. Italian wine and appetizers were served at a pre-screening party. Over 300 people attended the fundraiser, which raised approximately $3,000 in support of SDIFF and SMOP.

“The Surfing Madonna is a beloved work of art in Encinitas,” said Tiffany Noel Froese, Communications Director for SDIFF. “SDIFF is always looking for community partners for the films we show, and when we decided to show Bella Vita, SMOP seemed like the perfect community partner to approach because of the mosaic’s connection to Italy, and the film’s surfing, environmental, and community themes.” Learn more at and