One of the Rome Film Fest's most defining elements - its popular jury - may be set to change if comments made by Leandro Pesci, the regional president of ANEC, Italy's national exhibitor organisation hold true.

Leandro Pesci made comments at a Rome cinema promotional forum yesterday called Cin Cin cinema that focuses on promotional endeavors in the Lazio region aimed at increasing cinema attendance, including the reduction of ticket prices to a single Euro during 'culture week' in April, and the past two years, they participated in setting up the popular jury- something they won't be doing this year.

Pesci said that from 2008, for Rome Fest's third edition, the Fest would feature a regular jury with a president. 'There won't be a popular jury but a jury like the one at Cannes.'

The comment indicates that cinema specialists, not regular cinema-goers - as has been the case in the first two editions - will be the new jury format.

For the last two editions, fifty cinema-goers from Italy and Europe have decided on Rome's main prizes, called the Marco Aurelio Award presided over by director Ettore Scola in 2006 and director Danis Tanovic in 2007.

The Rome Film Fest declined to comment, saying only it is 'too early' to make pronouncements regarding the eventual change - while some expect an official decision to formalized in the upcoming days.

The Rome Fest's third edition is slated for Oct 22-31.