- Premio Enel Best Short Film
- Premio Maremetraggio Best Animation Short Film
- Premio Studio Universal Best Italian Short Film
- Premio Oltre il muro Best Italian Short Film awarded by the prisoners of the Trieste District Prison
- Premio Trieste Caffè Best Short Film awarded by the audience
- Premio AMC Best Italian Editing
- Premio Surf the Web Best Short Film from the website of Il Piccolo
Nuove Impronte Section
- Premio Nuove Impronte Best Debut Feature Film
- Premio Nuove Impronte Best Actor
- Premio Nuove Impronte Best Actress
- Premio Bakel Best Debut Film awarded by the audience
- Premio AGPCI Best Production
- Premio SNCCI Best Debut Film awarded by the National Syndicate of Italian Film Critics
- Premio SweeTS4Kids Best Short Film
Of Armenian-Lebanese origin, after having experienced both the beauty and the constant wars of Lebanon, he moved to France, then to Egypt and finally to Dubai, where he remains to this day one of the most solid and dynamic independent producers. In 2009 he created the NGO Screen Institute Beirut, which he still directs to this day. He manages to provide funds and support to many documentaries originating in the MENA Region through the NGO, paying
greater attention to those from war zones like Syria, Iraq, and now Egypt. To date, SIB has funded over 80 projects, of which more than thirty have been circulated heavily amongst the most popular and recognized international festivals, bagging a lot of awards (among others: Teta Alf Marra, 2010; Uncle Nashaat, 2011; A World Not Ours, 2012; Champ of the Camp, 2013; Roshmia, 2014; We have never been kids, 2015). Paul has produced many shorts and documentaries in the Arab world and his first feature, CHATTY YA DINI - Here comes the rain, the story of those who “disappeared” during the Lebanese war, won the prestigious Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi film festival in 2010.
Born in Rome in 1977, Alessandro’s childhood was split between Italy and Portugal. After graduating in Communication Sciences from the Lumsa di Roma and doing a Master’s in Marketing and Communications, he collaborated with several creative agencies, always working in communications. In 2003, he joined the team of 01 Distribution in the Home Video Marketing department, eventually becoming the Catalogue Manager in 2006. In addition to 01’s library, he managed Titanus’ catalogue and several other special documentary productions for Rai Cinema. In 2011, he joined Rai Cinema and began working in the Debut and Experimental Film Production department as a film editor, which he did until 2015. He is currently continuing with editorial activities for fiction features in the Cinema and Documentary Productions department.
His projects with Rai Cinema, amoung the others, include: Viva l’Italia (2012); Miele, Viaggio sola, Via Castellana Bandiera, Il principe abusivo, La prima neve
(2013); La gente che sta bene, Senza nessuna pietà, Confusi e felici (2014); Vergine giurata, Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot, Se Dio vuole, Banat (2015).
She started acting when she was a teenager, appearing in the TV miniseries Ophiria. However, her true debut came in 1987, when she was in Ettore Scola’s
La famiglia. In 1989 she studied acting at New York HB Studio with Hervert Bergof before returning to Italy and becoming Carmelo Bene’s assistant. She found fame with the first two seasons of the series I ragazzi del muretto (1991-1993). In cinema, she has worked with some of the great Italian directors: Enrico Oldoini, Cristina Comencini, Nanni Moretti, Francesco Nuti, Francesco Falaschi. In 1998, for the role of Sandra in Cristina Comencini’s Matrimoni, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Nastri d’Argento and the David di Donatello, winning the latter. In 2006, she received a special mention at the Nastri d’Argento in the category of Best Female Performer for the Stefano Chiodini short Sotto le foglie, together with Valerio Mastrandea. Music has played a large part in her artistic career. In 1997, she helped pen the lyrics for Niccolò Fabi’s Capelli and Lasciarsi un giorno a Roma.
Elisa Fuksas was born in Rome in 1981, where she still lives and works today. In 2005, she graduated with a degree in Architecture. Since 2007 she has directed
music videos, adverts, documentaries and shorts, including: Please leave a message (Nastro d’Argento 2007); Armani Ginza Tower; the installation video, Artificial Desire, for the new Museum of Design in Barcelona. Her documentaries include: L’Italia del nostro scontento, a reflection on the state of beauty in Italy; FFR: for future reference on the concept of liberty in Chinese and American society, made by the Van Alen Institute, New York; La nuvola. Work in progress, the story of the Nuovo Centro Congressi Italia. Nina (2012) was her first feature film. In 2013 she collaborated with the clothing brand Malloni, directing two spots for the Aurora and Le Reve campaigns. Also in 2013, she was amongst the directors singled out by Variety in the annual “Variety’s ten euro directors to watch” list. In April 2014 her first book, La figlia di, was published, edited by Rizzoli. In the same year, she made the documentary Black Mirror about the artist Mat Collishaw.
With a business degree from Bocconi University, a European Master’s in audiovisual management and numerous experiences of international life, Alessandra started her career in the world of cinema after tasting the world of corporate finance as a financial analyst for a global investment bank. Having joined the team at the Ministry of Culture which drafted law decree 28/2004 in 2004,reforming the Corona Law, she took charge of the creation of the first institutional Research and Analysis Unit in the history of Italian cinema, based at Cinecittà Holding, and of the implementation of all new legal reforms concerning cinema (including the recent internal and external tax credits), becoming a real point of reference for the world of cinema both nationally and throughout Europe. Thanks to her international profile and her European lobbying experience, she was appointed the Italian representative at Media, the European Commission’s fund for the audiovisual sector, and Eurimages, a European Council fund dedicated to film co-production. She stayed there for 6 years, heavily contributing to the revival of Italian cinema in these international funds (among the funded films were films by Sorrentino, Garrone, Emma Dante, etc.).
In 1997, Marco Amenta directed the documentary Diario di una siciliana ribelle, an official selection at the Mostra del cinema di Venezia. The film won 21 international prizes and was broadcast by 30 TV stations from all over the world. In Italy it was a primetime broadcast on RAI 2. In 2005, he directed the docu-fiction Il fantasma di Corleone nominated for Best Documentary at the Golden Globes and the Nastri d’Argento. In 2009, he directed La siciliana ribelle, which was an Italo-French coproduction. The film received two David
di Donatello nominations: Best Debut Film and Best Film David Giovani. It also received a Nastri d’Argento nomination. In 2014, he directed the documentary Silvio mon amour, an social and historical investigation into the effects of “Berlusconismo” in Italy. In 2015, he directed the documentary Magic Island, which was about the young Italian American pop singer, Andrea Schiavelli, son of the famous actor Vincent Schiavelli, returning to his roots in Sicily. The film was selected to the Hot Doc festival in Toronto. He is currently preparing his next film, Polvere rossa, which recounts the tragic events of the Taranto ILVA. The film was written by Giancarlo De Cataldo.
Born in Brittany but with Italian origins, at the age of nine Diane moved to Rome where she began to dabble in acting. Her first film role was in Gabriele Muccino’s Come te nessuno mai (1999). A student at the Faculty of Political Sciences, she was in the TV film R.I.S. – Delitti imperfetti (2006) and the fiction piece La notte breve (2006). She found success, however, playing the role of
Francesca in Daniele Lucetti’s Mio fratello è figlio unico (2007). She then split her time between Il prossimo tuo (2008), Solo un padre (2008) and the Luca Guadagnino’s Golden Globe (best foreign film) nominated Io sono l’amore (2009), alongside actors of such calibre as Tilda Swinton. The following year she turned again to cinema with the film Febbre da fieno (2010), Laura Luchetti’s debut film, for which she won the award for Best Actress at the Hollywood Maverick Awards. In 2011 Carlo Verdone wanted her for his Posti in piedi in paradiso, and the comic duo Ficarra & Picone wanted her for their Anche se è amore non si vede. In the same year, two debut films: L’amore fa male and Nina.
From 1994-1998, Marina was a producer and advertising photography representative at Cymon Taylor Productions in London. Her productions included, amongst others, the Pepsi and Pepsi Max campaigns for BBDO Italia. Two years after beginning her collaboration with Ferragamo, where she started working in Marketing and as a director for special projects, she became director of worldwide communications for the group as a whole. In June 2002, she began setting up Propaganda Italia. She is the network’s spokesperson and looks after business development in Italy, the UK and the Mediterranean area, acquiring clients like Campari, Danone, Diesel and Coca Cola. In 2011, she was the executive producer of the documentary Valdagno, Arizona, which was presented at the Auteur’s Day of the 68th Venice Film Festival. In the two years from 2012-2013, she was the Director of General Operations at Moviemax. In September 2013, she launched Propaganda Italia’s cine-televisual productions department. In March 2016, the first film produced by Propaganda Italia, David Grieco’s La macchinazione, in association with Mountfluor Films and officially coproduced by French TBC Production came out in Italy.
Born and raised in Italy, Federico Spoletti is co-founder and Managing Director of SUB-TI, an international subtitling company based in London, which provides audiovisual translation services all over the world. SUBTI works with more than 30 languages and focuses especially on subtitling for international film festivals. Amongst SUB-TI’s clients are the Venice Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival, the British Film Institute (BFI) in London, and the MoMA in New York. He is also co-founder of SUB-TI ACCESS, a company involved in
cultural accessibility for the hearing and visually impaired, specialising in subtitles for the deaf and audio description for the blind. SUB-TI ACCESS is a partner of ITU, the United Nations Agency for Communication Technology. In 2011, Federico Spoletti launched FRED Film Radio - The Festival Insider. FRED is a web-based radio network which boasts 29 channels, broadcasting in 25 languages, with thematic channels dedicated to specific cinema content such as film education and the film industry.
In 2001, Thomas Travacchi played the role of Claudio in Laura Muscardin’s Giorni. In 2003, he took part in the Lucio Pellegrini film Ora o mai più, alongside Violante Placido. Among his other films are Alessandro D’Alatri’s La febbre and Ago Panini’s Aspettando il sole, released in Italy in 2007, in which he appeared alongside Raul Bova, Claudia Gerini and Vanessa Incontrada. He also played
the role of Leo Fasoli in Richard J. Lewis’ Barney’s Version, a film adaptation of Merdecai Richler’s novel of the same name. He has also appeared in the TV series Medicina generale, playing the role of Dr. Elia Lorenzi.
Adriano De Grandis
Adriano De Grandis
Venice, 1955. As a professional journalist, Adriano first worked as an editor on the Sports Pages, before moving on to the Performance Pages. He has followed the world’s biggest sporting events and most important film festivals in the name of work. He has collaborated on Segnocinema for 25 years, and he worked as a selector for Venice International Film Critics’ Week from 2005 to 2008. He is a great food lover, and he writes for some of the best known gastronomic guides. He is also a singer, and has published a CD his previously unknown songs called Anche I pesci parlano d’amore.
Nicola Falcinella is a chemistry graduate, professional journalist and film critic who has collaborated with dozens of journalistic publications. His current collaborations include: the dailies “Il manifesto”, “L’Eco di Bergamo” and “La Provincia di Como; the Swiss weekly “Azione”; the periodical “Cinecritica”; and the sites “balcanicaucaso.org”, “cinequanon.it” and “filmagazine.it”. He has also collaborated with numerous festivals, and was a selector for the Venice International Film Critics’ Week in 2013 and 2015. He has curated retrospective pieces and homages (including for Charles Burnett, Villi Hermann, Agnès Varda, Alida Valli and Joaquim Pinto), and published the books Agnès Varda. Cinema senza tetto né legge and Alida Valli. Gli occhi, il grido as well as dozens of interviews and essays for magazines, miscellaneous books, catalogues and the Encyclopaedia Treccani, mostly on Balkan, African-American, Argentinian, Iranian, Russian and Eastern European cinema. He has served as a juror for many festivals both within Italy and overseas, and he has organised and led “cinematic walks” around the cinematic locations of Milan and Trieste since 2013.
Giona A. Nazzaro
Giona A. Nazzaro
Giona A. Nazzaro (Zurich, CH) is a General Delegate of the Venice International Film Critics’ Week, a member of SNCCI, a freelance journalist who writes regularly for “Il Manifesto”, “Film Tv” and “Micromega”, and amongst the founders of the film monthly “Sentieri Selvaggi”. He inaugurated the Hong Kong Cinema Studio in Italy with the books Il cinema di Hong Kong – Spade, kung
fu, pistole, fantasmi (Le mani, 1997), John Woo – La nuova leggenda del cinema d’azione (Castevecchi, 2000) and Il dizionario dei film di Hong Kong (Universitaria Editrice, 2005). The book Action – Forme di un transgenere cinematografico (Le mani, 2000) won the Barbaro/Film Critic’s prize. He has published numerous essays and articles, and has collaborated with
the following festivals as an organizer and selector: Turin Youth Cinema, Festival dei Popoli, the International Rome Film Festival. He also collaborates with the Locarno Film Festival, and is part of the selection committee for Visions du Réel in Nyon. The book A Mon Dragone c’è il Diavolo (Perdisa Pop, 2010) represents
his storytelling debut.