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* Below is a list of the participating decision makers for the 2022 ICFF Industry Day (Italian Delegation).
The Italian Delegation is brought you to by the ITA – Italian Trade Agency, Toronto.
DNC Entertainment Factory
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I have been in the entertainment market since 1996 working on co production and distribution of films, documentaries and TV series, offering consultancy services supporting companies from all over the world in the development of brand extension through a hub for the production of videos, photos, podcasts and various kinds of activities to tell their story and their value both nationally and internationally. I also have a strong experience in the production of theatrical live shows and events.
Head of International Sales, Illmatic Film Group
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Born in 1984 in Trieste, Francesca Delise is an Italian cinema industry professional. Her studies include a Degree in Economics and Management for the Arts and Cultural Activities at the prestigious University Ca’ Foscari of Venice (2008) and a Master’s Degree in Production and Filmmaking at the University of Trieste (2010). Her experience includes film and TV production, film festival organization and International Sales. She is currently working at Illmatic Film Group as Head of International Sales.
Head of Project Development, La Sarraz Pictures
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Head of Project Development at La Sarraz Pictures, an independent production company set in Turin, Italy, committed to the production of fiction films, creative documentaries and animations. The company was founded in 2005 by Alessandro Borrelli. Since 2010 La Sarraz Pictures has set up another department for the distribution of creative documentary films in theaters. On an international level it is acknowledged as one of the most dynamic production companies, particularly thanks to its openness to experimentation. The La Sarraz work team is very diverse, and includes many different professional figures that join the company on a rotation basis depending on the type of project.
Managing Director of Summerside Media
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– Looking for distributors and completed North-American films interested in international sales
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Started her career as IP lawyer (media law and international contracts). Francesca has held a position as head of acquisitions and sales of film and television rights for Italy and worldwide, and is a film producer, co-producer and international distributor of world cinema and documentaries. She was VP of a prominent film company until 2015 and a registered member of ManagerItalia until 2015. In 2016 she set up Summerside Media, a film production, distribution and international promotion company. Member of Europa International, European Film Promotion, Vice President of UNEFA (ANICA’s Union of Italian Film and Audiovisual Exporters). She was one of the experts appointed by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to join the Boards of Higher Education Institutions of Art, Music and Dance. From 2016 to 2018 she was Board Member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lecce. She was born in Lecce. She lives between Lecce and Rome.
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Manuela Metri co-founder and partner of Padre Productions based in NY and producer for Mediterranea Productions, Rome Italy, for the Tv series S.P.S. Director Producer and Talent of the stage production of Menopause The Musical among many other Theatre shows. In the past 30 years Manuela’ s career has been spanning between Italy and the US. Her first company RedBox Productions, has played an important role as a liaison between both countries in co-production projects and scouting and promoting new material for stage and Tv, trought the years she also spent time in Canada working with different Talents. She is a Strasberg alumni and in Italy she graduated at the Gigi Proietti laboratorio di arti sceniche , completed UCLA marketing and Production course as well as NYU Tisch school of Film and Tv essential and Pasek & Paul Songwriting for Musical Theatre. Currently she is working on her International Tv series written with American Award winning screenwriter Louisa Burns Bisogno.
Delegate Producer – International Productions, K+
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Francesca attained a Master-level Degree in Communication Science studying both at the University of Bologna and at UCSB (University of California – Santa Barbara). She has extensive experience as executive across film acquisitions, sales/distribution, feature films and audiovisual production, having worked both in Italy and in UK for Hardy Pictures, DocLab, P.F.A. Film, Todos Contentos Y Yo Tambien, Paco Cinematografica. For Minerva Pictures Group she worked as Head of Development and Consultant for TV Serials and Documentaries. For Minerva Pictures Group, she worked as Head of Development and then as Consultant for TV Serials and Documentaries. She currently works as a Film and TV Consultant, and at K+ as Delegate Producer, having recently worked as Delegate Producer on feature film “Olimpia’s Way”, premiered at the Venice Days ’22.
Gabriele Moratti is the Head of Marketing and Sales at Pegasus, with a pluriennal experience in the media / Entertainment business first as marketing manager, and then as business development and general manager for multinational companies.
Producer, AntropicA srl
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Parsifal Reparato is a producer, filmmaker, anthropologist and journalist. From 2011 to 2017, Reparato worked on several international projects as a producer and director, among them: Mas allá de la Santería (producer, director), Villa villa Vigna (co-director), Rezeki (co-director), My dreams will vanish again (director), Underground Harvest (co-director), and Nimble fingers (co-producer and director) which was most awarded documentary movie produced in Italy in 2017. In 2018, he directed the Italian unit for El camino de Santiago, and in 2020 co-produced and directed The town crier. In 2021, he co-produced Il Cristo che trascende la fede, a Brasil-Italian co-production, about the Rio de Janeiro Christ statue.
Founder/Administrator, Groucho cinema srl
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Raffaele Schettino is an Italian actor, director, writer and producer. In 2006, he founded the “Groucho Teatro” theatrical company, and in 2014 he founded the Groucho Cinema srl, a production company of cine movies. He filmed documentations of many musical encounters; directed, filmed and edited the several acclaimed short films. Il Mondo Magico (The magic world) is his first feature-length, for which he gained a Platinum Remi Award at Houston WorldFest 49th ed.; a best directing merit award at Rome Web Award. He also worked on the multi-award winning film, “Due donne al di là della legge” (Two women over the law) as co-writer, director and producer.
ITA – Italian Trade Agency is the Governmental agency that supports the business development of our companies abroad and promotes the attraction of foreign investment in Italy. With a motivated and modern organization and a widespread network of overseas offices, ITA provides information, assistance, consulting, promotion and training to Italian small and medium-sized businesses. Using the most modern multi-channel promotion and communication tools, it acts to assert the excellence of Made in Italy in the world.
The audiovisual office of ITA is engaged in:
– Promoting the internationalization of the Italian audiovisual industry and is committed to growing the value of Italian film exports, supporting the presence of Italian films and TV products at festivals and markets such as Cannes Marché du Film, Berlinale/EFM, TIFF- Toronto International Film Festival, MipCom, Hot Docs and Mifa among others;
– Supporting the Italian Film Commissions in attracting film and TV inward investment, and in promoting Italy as a filmmaking destination, and the Italian technical industries as a partner of choice;
-Fostering co-production projects by helping to connect Italian filmmakers (producers, writers, directors) with international counterparts;
-Helping Italian film and TV festivals to grow internationally by inviting to Italy buyers, producers, broadcasters, commissioning editors and other foreign representatives of the audiovisual sector.
ITA works for the promotion of the Italian audiovisual industry in close connection with ANICA (National Association of Italian cinematographic, audiovisual and multimedia industry), APA (Association of Italian Audiovisual producers), Doc/It (Association of Italian Documentary Producers), Cartoon Italia, and with Cinecittà and the Italian Film Commissions. Through its engagement in the internationalization of the Italian audiovisual sector, ITA also promotes worldwide the “Made in Italy” image and the Italian lifestyle, indirectly contributing to the development of other important Italian production sectors (tourism, food, fashion, furniture, culture). More recently ITA has opened up its activity to the promotion of the Italian videogame industry in cooperation with IIDEA (Italian Interaction Digital Entertainment Association) considering videogames as a very innovative sector that integrates technology and creativity, with strong international growth potential.
Director, Coordinator Emilia-Romagna Film Commission
Born and raised in CATANZARO, married, two children. Graduated in Performing Arts at the University of Bologna, with a thesis in Organization and Economics of Entertainment. In addition to the Emilia-Romagna Region, where he also dealt with entertainment, youth policies and training, he worked for the Municipalities of Sasso Marconi (cultural operator), Baricella (Librarian and Director of Institution Personal Services) and Bologna (Responsible for Entertainment, Free Forms of Association and Young Artists). He has also held institutional and associative positions: in the City Council of Bologna, in the integrated academic Senate of UNIBO, in the Council and the Municipal Council of Casalecchio di Reno, and in other bodies, foundations, associations.
Director, That Dirty Black Bag
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Mauro Aragoni is a director and writer know for That Dirty Black Bag (2022) an AMC original series and S’arena. A Tale from Nuraghes (2016) . He was born in 1988 in Sardinia. Throughout his career he worked with actors such as Travis Fimmel , Dominic Cooper , Aidan Gillen , Douglas Booth , Richard Sammel , Giancarlo Giannini , Anna Chancellor , the rapper Salmo and many others.
Producer / Distributor
Stefano Bethlen is Film Distributor and Producer who worked in theatrical distribution launching more than 350 films in Italy over a period of 15 years from 2003 to 2019. He worked on the development and production of 5 local productions and 2 documentaries for The Walt Disney Company Italy and has produced an independent film with his company MTF. In 2021 and 2022 as GM of legendary Italian film Studios TITANUS has worked to reboot film and TV series production through the company’s production unit Titanus Production.
Andrea Biscaro is the Co-Founder and Producer at Bmovie Italia and Borotalco TV, where he has worked on more than 200+ projects. His work includes successful films, TV shows, documentaries, and music videos produced and distributed in almost 30 different countries. Throughout his 20+ years of career, Biscaro has worked with international filmmakers and studios to produce content distributed globally. His recent filmography, of both films and TV series, includes: “Across the River and Into the Trees”, “Niente di serio”, “Hagane no renkinjutsushi”, “The Girl from Nagasaki”, “War Games”, “Africanus”, “El Coraçon de l’impero”, among many others.
Director, CEO & Founder @Nefid
Filippo has a background as strategy & innovation consultant working with global consulting companies. Filippo has always been driven by new technology passion which brought him to disrupt influencer marketing sector introducing the most advanced computer graphic technologies. From that standpoint, he co-created the First Imperfect Virtual Woman Nefele launched officially in December 2021. He then structured his business creating a company called Nefid to expand initial service offering including Digital Twinning and Tailor-made avatar creation process focused on B2B providing the Next Gen of hyper-realistic, metaverse ready and sustainable digital humans. He spoke at TEDx Bergamo in September 2022 and at We Make Future Festival in Rimini in June 2022. Back in 2018, he achieved his MBA at ESCP Europe.
Davide Cavuti, is a cinema and theater composer for directors such as Michele Placido, Lino Guanciale, Giorgio Pasotti, Ugo Pagliai, Edoardo Leo, Marco Bocci, Giorgio Albertazzi, Arnoldo Foà and Pasquale Squitieri. He has worked with Ennio Morricone, Luis Enriquez Bacalov, and Nicola Piovani, and he received the Carlo Savina Award for film music in 2017. In 2019, he received the Award of Excellence for his direction of the film Lectura Ovidii, which had its international debut in Toronto. He created and directed the biopic A Martian Named Ennio, based on the biography of Ennio Flaiano, which premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in 2021, winning the World Italian Cinema Day Award and the Flaiano Award. He was also a finalist for the Silver Ribbons in 2022.
Head of International Office, Minerva Pictures
For over 20 years she managed the identity of OSN and NBC Universal and was awarded important International prizes as Creative Director. In the last few years she moved in distribution, and in Minerva Pictures she manages the International office, in particular the International sales.
Domenico Ciolfi is an Italian film director. His artistic work spans the fields of television, cinema and theatre, ranging from long films to documentaries, from musical videos to adverts and even writing for the cinema and television. He has realized many productions for the main broadcasters and television companies: Rai, Mediaset, Ballandi Entertainment, DeaKids, and Sky among others. He is known for directing the televisions show “Viva Radio 2 minuti” with Rosario Fiorello and Marco Baldini, and the live television specials of “Viva Radio 2”. His debut in cinema direction was marked by “Passaggio a Vuoto” in 2000. In 2003 he founded a production company for cinema and television Mr. Arkadin Film, with whom he has created and produced features films, TV formats and series. Among his most famous films, The Pantani Affair (2020).
CEO Minerva Pictures Group
He is the President and CEO of Minerva Pictures Group. From 1997 to 1999, he co-produced the San Marino film festival “Cinema e storia,” whose artistic director is Carlo Lizzani. He produced and directed the Reggio Calabria Film Fest, an Italian film festival, from 2005 to 2010. He is the artistic-editorial consultant for the Bellaria Film Festival in 2010. Gianluca is the founder and CEO of Minerva Pictures as well as the Minerva-rarovideo publishing business. He was named CNA’s national president in February 2019, and he was confirmed to lead the organization for the following four years in October 2021.
Virtual Production Supervisor, Producer
Pasquale Croce is the co-founder of EDI (Effetti Digitali Italiani) based in Milan, Italy. After working in the United States in the area of visual effects primarily in film and advertising, Pasquale Croce created EDI in order to develop specialized and advanced technology using visual effects of the highest quality in Italy. He has collaborated with renowned directors such as Gabriele Salvatores and Carlo Virzi, and has created well-known TV shows and films (e.g., Primo Re, Romulus, L’Isola delle rose, Freaks Out, The Nevers) using Virtual Production. After many years of experience and success, Pasquale Croce has mastered high quality technology using visual effects, and has become respected and recognized internationally due to his talent, artistry and innovative approaches. He has helped change the reality of filmmaking and the use of visual effects in Italy and worldwide.
Visual and Media Artist, Art Director at the Williams Institute
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Sandro Del Rosario’s films and installations are inspired by places, feelings and memories of feelings, distilled through a labor intensive animation process that transforms still images, photos, paintings and collages in moving, imaginary spaces. Born in Italy, Del Rosario came to the U.S. with a Fulbright Scholarship in 1998. He received an MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. His work has been awarded and exhibited in many festivals and venues worldwide, including at the Annecy Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Berlinale Talent Campus, the MoMa, the Lincoln Center and the Hong Kong Film Festival. Over the past fifteen years Del Rosario has been a fellow in residence with his work at a number of prestigious foundations in Europe and in the U.S, at the Bogliasco Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Santa Fe Art Institute among the others. Based in Los Angeles, California, where he currently works as Art Director, he also traveled extensively as a Visiting Artist and Visiting Assistant Professor at non-profit foundations and universities across the United States.
Barbara Di Mattia started her career as a print model in Milan. Around the same time, she began attending an acting school. Soon after, she was working as an actress for numerous commercials for international brands such as Nutella, Barilla, Johnson, etc. She starred in various TV movies and TV shows. In 2004, Barbara moved to Los Angeles where she studied production for film and television and where she worked on different TV shows, web series and documentaries. In 2003, she produced the documentary La legenda del lago Fucino, and in 2005, she produced the documentary Valigie di Cartone (The Italian Dream) and many others. In 2018, she produced the show Annunciazione Annunciazione! in honour of Massimo Troisi. In 2019, she produced the play Troisi Poeta Massimo. In 2020, she produced the film Starting Tomorrow I’ll Get Up Late with John Lynch and Gabriella Pession. In 2022, she produced the documentary The Postman – Il Postino – A Look Inside (1994 – 2022).
Director – Foreign Market Offer, RAI Italia
Fabrizio Ferragni began his career as Deputy Head of the Press Office of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. He then worked at TG3, where he operated as a political-parliamentary informant for the internal editorial staff. In 1990, he was assigned to the political editorial staff of TG1 where he was promoted to Editor-in-Chief. In 1998, he was appointed head of the Regional Editorial Board for Lazio and in September 2000 he was appointed Deputy Director of Journalism. In 2002 he was appointed Deputy Director of TG1. In 2016 he was appointed Head of the Institutional Relations Department, within the Communication, External Relations, Institutional and International Relations Department. In 2019 he was assigned directly to the Chief Executive Officer and, in the following month of July, he was appointed Director of the institution’s Thematic Channel. In 2020 he was appointed Director of the Channel in English and since January 2022 he has been Director of the Foreign Offer Department.
Ambassador of Italy to Canada
He graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Rome and entered the foreign service in 1990, with an initial assignment to the Legal Affairs Bureau, Treaty Law Division, and subsequently to the Press and Information Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An initial posting to Kuala Lumpur in 1992, where he headed the Trade Office of the Embassy, was followed by an assignment to Budapest in 1996. He returned to Rome in 2000, serving in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs until 2004, when he was posted to Beijing as First Commercial Counsellor. In 2008 he was named Ambassador of Italy to Qatar. He returned to the Ministry in 2012, to the Directorate General for the Promotion of the Sistema Paese and later to the Office of the Minister, where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff. In 2014 he became Deputy Director General of Political Affairs and Security, and Central Director for the United Nations and Human Rights. In 2016 he was named Italian Ambassador to Cuba. As of May 3, 2021, he is the Ambassador of Italy to Canada.
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Silvia Giulietti, director and producer, spent her adolescence on the sets and stages of Cinecitta in the early eighties, heyday of the studio, volunteering for Gaumont Italia on the production movies in the camera department. She learned her trade from a master cinematographer of Italian neo-realism, Armando Nannuzzi. She was an innovator in the use of HD technology and more recently has directed and produced award winning documentaries. She loves directing documentaries about cinema. She produces and directs documentaries, with her own independent production iFrame.
Iervolino is an Italian-Canadian producer who, since the age of 16, has produced, financed, and distributed over 60 films and has won several international awards and recognitions. In 2013, Iervolino co-launched AMBI Media Group that, since then, has been producing several award-winning films. He also produces animation with his company Iervolino Studios, amongst them the latest work, Puffin, a cartoon voiced by Johnny Depp. Iervolino was awarded Best Producer at the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival and was named filmmaker of the year for his role as producer of In Dubious Battle at the Capri Hollywood Film Festival 2016.
Andrea Italia graduated in Entertainment Management from the Catholic University of Milan and then specialized in Film Production at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is the Film Producer of Èliseo Entertainment and the creative producer of “THE PALACE” directed by Roman Polanski. He produced “LONELY VOICES”, awarded with New Directors Grand Jury Price at Seattle International Film Festival, “HAPPY NEW YEAR, JIM,” in competition at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs of the Festival di Cannes, “INCHEI”, that won Best Film and Best Director at International Film Critics’ Week of the Venice film festival, “THE WHITE WALL”, in competition at Clermont-Ferrand festival, Italian premiere at Giffoni Film Festival, finalists of Nastri d’Argento and “MAGIC ALPS”, that premiered at the Clermont-Ferrand film festival, was nominated for a David di Donatello and won awards in the most important short film festivals in the world (from Aspen Shortsfest to AFI Fest).
Executive, beQ Entertainment
Cristian Jezdic is the Founder of beQ entertainment, a production house specializing in series and animated feature films, as well as the vice president of Cartoon Italia, the Italian Ambassador of the European Animation Awards and a member of the Roman MIA’s animation sector team. Senior film animation producer and CGI/VFX manager and supervisor, Jezdic has over 26 years of experience in the field. He works in the VFX/CGI and production world contributing to projects and managing his research, liaising with various divisions, formulating media reports and participating in group project meetings. Backed up by valuable experience, and a specialist in working in classical and new media, TV, cinema, the web, including advertising, fashion, sports, art and museums and music concerts, he is also the Vice President of Cartoon Italia, the Italian animation producers’ association.
Director, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto
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She has dedicate most of her career to the promotion of Italian culture and language around the world. After completing her law degree, she started as a junior lawyer with the Studio Legale Monti & Partners in Milan. After moving to San Francisco in 1991, she was appointed Director of International Projects with the National Center for Employee Ownership Foundation. In 1999 she started to work for the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in San Francisco as Project and Cultural Events Coordinator. In 2007, she was confirmed Cultural Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome and, since 2012, she has been directing the Istituto Italiano di Cultura first in Singapore, then Strasbourg, and now Toronto.
Italian Trade Commission- Senior Trade Analyst Audiovisual Sector
Benedetta Marassi is the Senior Trade Analyst/Project Manager at ITA, the Italian Trade Agency. Marassi has been working with the Italian Trade Agency for over 20 years, overseeing the Editorial Arts & Agrifood Sector, and coordinating external communications.
Film Festival, Executive Producer, Journalist, Consultant
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Valentina Martelli is an Italian American executive producer, television journalist and entertainment strategic consultant. She is also the founder, CEO and Creative Director of ITTV FORUM&FESTIVAL and Tech In Entertainment. In Italy, she has worked as an investigative reporter and anchorwoman for RAI Italian National Television. She went from reporting on the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, as war correspondent, to hosting the Daily News for Children and the noon news edition.
She moved to the U.S. in 2005 and since has been the Correspondent on camera based in Los Angeles, for RAI. In the U.S., she also founded IbiscusMedia, Inc., an Entertainment and Media Company, that focuses on international documentaries, film and television series. In 2019, she started Good Girls Planet the company behind ITTV FORUM&FESTIVAL and the Showrunner Lab. She is Board Advisor for Ecoflix, the first not-for-profit media group dedicated to saving animals and the planet.
Since 2002 she produces and directs documentaries, tv formats, videos, and curates design exhibitions. In 2009 she founded MUSE Factory of Projects, a production company based in Milan. In 2016 she documented the US election for La Casa Bianca [The White House], a TV program, Rai3. In 2012 she received the Award for Innovation assigned by the President of the Italian Republic, and the Compasso d’Oro honorable mention. In 2013, the Cathay Pacific Award for women entrepreneurs. She’s a contributor to Vogue and Casa Vogue Italy, GQ, Elle Decor, IlSole24Ore; and the author of the book Oggetti d’impresa [Objects of Enterprise], Carocci, 2016. In 2017 she has curated with Maria Cristina Didero SuperDesign, a film about Italian Radical Design, promoted by R&Company Gallery and produced by MUSE. In 2022, she released her latest documentary about Renzo Piano Workshop that was presented at 11th edition of ICFF.
Annamaria Morelli is a producer with many years of experience in both the TV and film industries. She started working as a story editor for Rai and continued her career with a long collaboration with Mediaset, producing many successful Italian TV series. As a producer, she worked on several award winning films with Mediatrade and Cattleya, among others. She is best known for having curated the film debuts of Italian directors such as Paolo Sorrentino with L’uomo in piu’, Dario Albertini with Manuel and Phaim Bhuyian with Bangla (David di Donatello 2020 for Best New Director). From 2017 to 2019 she served as board member and head of production and co-production for TimVision. During this time she :is Italy’s commission editor for the series, Killing Eve and she co-produced, among others: Skam Italia, Dark Polo Gang, and My brilliant friend. She is currently CEO of Elsinore Film.
Virtual Production Supervisor, EDI Effetti digitali Italiani
Pasquale Croce born and bred in Rome, with a strong passion for technology – especially the computer graphics – he coded programs and decided to enrol in engineering to perfect himself even academically given the self-taught approach. A short experience, though as he left the studies to start working for Alitalia producing technical drawings for the aircraft manuals. Rome became too small for him and he decided to move to Paris in 1995 where he worked for BUF COMPAGNIE, still today, an industry leader in visual effects. 1998 is the year of London, he contributed to the making of some music videos such as: “Hey boy Hey Girl” The Chemical Brothers; “Goin’ Down” Melanie C; “Word up” Melanie B. In 2000 he returned to collaborate with BUF in partnership with Virgin Digital to strengthen the US advertising market, he moved then to Los Angeles. Lots of ambition as well as the experience gained: this combo fuelled his return to Italy. In 2001, together with his partner Francesco Grisi, he founded EDI Effetti Digitali Italiani Srl, a leading company in Italy in visual effects in advertising and cinema, which collaborates with world-renowned Italian directors such as Gabriele Salvatores, Carlo Virzì, Gabriele Muccino, Alessandro D’ Alatri, Matteo Rovere.
Marco Pollini is with Ahora Film, a production and distribution company with offices in Verona, Lecce, Italy. They have a catalogue of 4, 500 songs of different genres, 360 music videos, 25 feature films, 12 documentaries and 1, 500 web videos. Our recent feature film won more than 10 festivals and is distributed worldwide. We have a young team of scriptwriters and producers and can help you find all you need for production in Italy. Recent pre-production includes an animation feature film and 2 new features.
Journalist, Film Critics
Angela Prudenzi is a film producer and most known for her 2020 film, With or Without You. She is also a journalist, film critic, and a selection committee member of the Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia / Venice film festival. For a long time she was the programming curator and special events consultant at the National Film Archive in Rome and has worked as a programmer for many Italian film festivals such as PesaroFF, Festa di Roma and TaorminaFF. She has written books and essays about Sergio Leone, Raffaello Matarazzo, Silent erotic cinema, Vittorio De Sica, Italian short films of 90s. She’s regularly working for Fred Film Radio.
Trade Commissioner at Italian Trade Agency – Ice-Agenzia
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Marco Saladini manages the Toronto and Montréal offices of the Italian Trade Agency, tasked with developing trade and investment relations between Canada and Italy in a wide range of industries, ranging from industrial machinery to food and wine. Marco has extensive overseas experience and holds a Master’s degree in Political Sciences and a Certificate in Emerging Markets.
Nicola Serra is Managing Director and Partner of Palomar, one of the oldest and most successful Italian television and cinema production companies. He worked as a producer on many productions both in TV and feature films. One of his recent works for TV is the Emmy nominated “Montalbano”. He’s currently involved in the production of two new international productions: “The Name of the Rose”, from the novel of Umberto Eco and “Gaddafi”, about the life of the Libyan dictator.
Massimiliano Siccardi is a world-renowned Digital Artist. He is the precursor and inventor of the usage of technology, video, animations and projectors, for the development of immersive experiences. In 1996 he brings this new approach to art to the world and continues his production for nearly three decades on a global scale. In 2018 he co-founded, with the high profile Italian choreographer and director Marco Realino, the production company Visioni Eccentriche. Together they merged multidisciplinary arts and techniques, such as theatrical drama, dance choreography, animation, video art, cinematic effects, with state-of-the-art technology, developing a new genre with the Immersive Emotional Exhibitions. They developed and inaugurated with huge success a new version of Siccardi’s Van Gogh immersive experience in Toronto, starting in North American a new market that will be emulated by over six new companies. After Canada, the featured exhibition will then move to Chicago, San Francisco, New York and will be presented in a total of twenty-one venues only in the main North American cities.
Producer, Director, Writer, Film Critic, Journalist, Executive
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Marco Spagnoli is an Italian journalist, film critic, writer and director, and currently the Deputy Director and Head of Doc & Factual at MIA. Spagnoli has been steadily working in the entertainment and media industry since he was 20 years old and in his current position, he collaborates in several film and TV events across the country. As a documentary director, he has been nominated three times for Italian Academy Award and won a Silver Ribbon with his documentaries on cinema history. Many of his works were awarded at International Festivals. He wrote and directed several podcast series: Interno Giorno (Amazon Audible); Volare! and Sophia – Voce di una Diva (Rai Radio3). Spagnoli is the editor of Il giornale dello Spettacolo, the most respected trade magazine in Italy. He teaches “Documentary” at the Writing Master, Luiss Business School, in Rome and has his own course on Domestika e.learning platform.
Head of Special Projects Internationalization Min Cult. at Cinecittà
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Roberto Stabile is the Head of International Relations of ANICA (Italian Film Audiovisual And Multimedia Industries Association). He has established a network of information and representative desks for the international audiovisual industry relations with Italy, set up in major global markets and with the most important cinematographic foreign authorities. At the moment there are two permanent offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai, and a series of information desks in the major cities around the world.
CEO, Producer, Red Film
Mario Rossini is the CEO of Red Film, an Italian production company based in Rome, with 40 years of experience that produced many feature films, TV series, docufictions and documentaries. The company deals with TV rights distribution as well.
– ANGELO ANTONUCCI
Director, Actor and Screenwriter, EGI- Elite Group International srl
He started as a volunteer assistant in various productions including “Un commissario a Roma” with Nino Manfredi. After attending Ermanno Olmi’s “Ipotesi Cinema” Institute, he made the film “Strade – le scelte della vita”. “Sotto il cielo” (2001) marks his debut as a film director. Antonucci’s most recently produced films are: “Camminando nel cielo” (2020), “Con tutto l’amore che ho” (2016), and “Impepata di nozze” (2011). In 2009 he founded “Elite Group International srl” which is a film production and distribution. It currently has three feature films in production: “Fantastici animali da circo”, “Goffredo e l’italia chiamò” and “Tobia e i colori del mondo”.
– ERIKA BARUFFALDI
Erika Errante Baruffaldi takes her first steps as a filmmaker, production assistant and assistant director on music videos, commercials, short movies and movies. In 2007, she won the “Torino Capitale Mondiale del Libro” contest with three scripts. In 2008, her short film “EartHeart” was selected in the SFC section of the Cannes Film Festival and screened at various national and international festivals. From 2014 to today, she made about 160 music videos between Italy and abroad with dozens of independent and major labels and artists: Third Man Records, Universal, Woodworm Label, Sony Music, Island, La Tempesta, etc.
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– GIULIA CAMPAGNA
Head of Production and Grant Coordinator
Giulia Campagna is the Head of Production at Zalab Film (Italy) and Government Grant Compliance Manager in the audiovisual sector, with responsibilities in human resources management, financial, content development and relations with clients and institutions. Since 2012, she has worked in film production, first on set and in production companies, then as development consultant and responsible for managing public funds for cinema and television. She also works as an executive producer and production manager, with a passion for documentaries. Over the years, she has collaborated with some of the most prestigious Italian production companies including: ZaLab Film, Wildside, Eurofilm, World Video, Marvin Film, Nightswim, Tangram Film. Since 2018, she has been collaborating with ZaLab Film Srl. From June 2019 to June 2020, she was the Vice-President of Doc/it – Associazione Nazionale Documentaristi Italiani.
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– GIORGIO CIANI
Giorgio Ciani is an Italian movie producer with several years of experience in the field of consumer products, in the areas of sales, purchasing, marketing, external, internal and institutional communications, events organization and media relations, and movie production. In 2016, he found Futura Film, an Italian production company, and in 2019 he started working as a producer for Genoma Films, the Italian production and distribution company founded by Paolo Rossi Pisu together with Antonio Pisu and Marta Miniucchi.
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– PAOLA CORVINI
Paola Corvini is the CEO of the Rome-based company Intramovies. A totally independent company, established over 40 years ago as the helping arm for creative producers and new directors. Intramovies has remained mainly and foremost an international film distributor of quality films from all over the world. Intramovies also boasts a catalogue of over 500 titles of international renown, with classics by directors such as Fellini, Visconti, Antonioni, Pasolini, De Sica, Bertolucci, Comencini, Rosi, Argento and others.
– FRANCESCA CUALBU
Producer, Grøenlandia Film
Francesca Cualbu started her career in 1999 producing short films and documentaries . Some of her first works are: “Lucia” directed by Sara Pozzoli and “Miguel” directed by Salvatore Mereu. She worked from 1999 to 2003 in “Lucky Red”. Over the years she has held the position of Marketing and Advertising Manager, Assistant to CEO Andrea Occhipinti and Post Production Manager. She gained 20 years of experience in the film industry, and she became a member of the Board of Directors in “Filmauro”. In 2021 she joined “Groenlandia Group” as Chief Operating Officer.
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– DANIELE DI DOMENICO
I was born in Abruzzo, Italy, and I live in Cesena with my wife and two children. I graduated in Natural Sciences and studied as a director and producer at the Cinema Academy of Bologna. In 2007, I founded Kairostudio, an independent production company. I love to experiment in cinematographic languages, with a specific interest in animation and documentaries related to nature, science and culture. As an author, director and producer, I also worked on TV shows such as Geo (RAI 3) and Superquark (RAI 1).
– ELENA DE VARDA
She works between Milan, Berlin, and Poland as a producer, writer, and director. Her independent film production company, FILMLUX, produces documentaries and feature films in coproduction, especially in Italy and Poland; we have an office in Milano and Warsaw, as Wojtekfilms.
Our contents focus mainly on the environment, health, food, new lifestyles, Art and beauty, science, research, and history, through an original and artistic film language. Filmlux and Wojtekfilms are official suppliers of RAI, Italian National television, and TVP, the Polish National broadcaster.
Elena participates in the world’s most relevant film and media markets, always looking for challenging collaborations with universities, research centers, new media platforms, broadcasters, and worldwide co-producers!
– VALERIO GREGANTI
Valerio Greganti is an Italian national graduating from UofT in Drama and International Relations. He has performed in multiple productions in Europe, the US, and Canada. He is fluent in Italian, English, and French and he hopes that his international life experience will contribute to his performance’s success. He has performed in plays by the likes of Radium Girls, Julius Caesar, and Moby Dick, as well as musicals like Oklahoma, Damn Yankees, and 18 Palace Rd. Valerio has worked extensively in the screenwriting and production realm of the cinematic arts as well, as creativity is a multi-faceted force that needs to be tackled from all angles.
– ALESSANDRO GATTO
Alessandro Gatto is an Italian film producer. In 2018, he produced the horror-thriller L’ombra del lupo by Alberto Gelpi, and in 2019 he was the producer of La mia seconda volta, also by Alberto Gelpi, a drama that talks about life and the importance of owning up to one’s mistakes. At the moment, Gatto is working on two projects Va bene così by Francesco Marioni, and Troppa famiglia by Pierluigi Di Lallo.
– MAVERICK LO BIANCO
CEO & Creative Director, Never
Maverick Lo Bianco is the CEO and Creative Director of my Film, Fashion and Fitness brand and he is also an Italian actor. He made a short movie to enhance Italian art and culture that was presented in various international film festivals.
He then went to the Sanremo Festival, the Chamber of Deputies in Rome and he has just been to the ICFF in Toronto and Montreal, receiving a lot of appreciation from those who represent Italians abroad. He was also at the Reggio Film Fest presenting the film for the first time in Calabria.
– SALVATORE LIZZIO
Producer and Director, Revok
Salvatore Lizzio worked on various experimental projects, commercials, documentaries, short films and feature films around Europe, the United States and South Korea. In 2022, he co-produces with the Swiss company Amka film and Rai Cinema the movie Body Odyssey directed by Grazia Tricarico and 100 Preludes directed by Alessandra Pescetta, both films are in post-production. He is currently working on his film as a director, Puro Sangue (Urban Riders), selected in 2021 at the MIA | Film Co-Production Market & Pitching Forum. He is one of the four Italian producers selected for the Alpi Film Lab.
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– ALEXIA MELOCCHI
Producer, Little Studio Films
Alexia is a vital contributor to the Little Studio Films brand, she has been both a sales agent and buyer’s representative for eleven theatrical distributors and is a veteran of the Entertainment Industry for 30 years and counting.
Melocchi has produced 28 feature films and documentaries with acclaimed filmmakers from all over the world with the most recent credit The Pantani Affair. She is in development with the series L’ America about Italians immigrating to the USA and Mama Dallas, the story of Concetta De Gaizo who started the first Soup Kitchens in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC.
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– MANUELA METRI
Manuela Metri is the co-founder and a partner of Padre Productions based in NY, and producer for Mediterranea Productions, Rome, Italy, for the TV series S.P.S. Director, Producer and Talent for the stage production of Menopause The Musical among many other theatre shows. In the past 30 years, Manuela’ s career has been spanning between Italy and the U.S. Her first company, RedBox Productions, has played an important role as a liaison between both countries in co-production projects and in scouting and promoting new material for stage and television. Through the years, she also spent time in Canada working with different talents. She is a Strasberg alumni and in Italy, she graduated from the Gigi Proietti Laboratorio di Arti Sceniche, completed UCLA Marketing and Production course, attended NYU Tisch School of Film and TV essentials and Pasek & Paul Songwriting for Musical Theatre. Currently, she is working on her International TV series written with American Award winning screenwriter Louisa Burns Bisogno.
– LAURA MICALIZZI
Creator, Fantasmi & Spiriti del Giappone Exhibit
Laura Micalizzi is an Interior Designer focused on retail and experiential environments. In 2004 she started her career in Milan as an exhibition and fashion show designer. After moving to London in 2006, Laura worked at several architecture and design practices refining her skills in Interior and Experiential Design. At Imagination, she gained experience with various renowned retail and exhibition projects such as the Ford Global Design Programme. Between 2007 and 2009 she also collaborated with an independent architectural collective known as Orproject.
Following two years working on hospitality interiors for Zaha Hadid Architects, Laura founded her own design studio in 2014 as her next challenge to work independently for private and corporate clients, such as Tenoha, Mariko Mori, Landor Fitch, Dalziel & Pow, Nexus and many others. Laura’s most recent work has focused on creating narrative environments which offer memorable experiences. At the end of 2019 Laura relocated to her home city of Milan and has established her studio in the heart of the city’s design district.
– FRANCESCO PAPA
Producer, Pointmedia Italia
Francesco Papa is a cinema, television, documentary and commercial independent producer, who is expert in Italian and EU movie finance subsidies. He gained extensive experience in the United States. He founded Italia Film Service, a business offering operational and financing advisory services to producers in Italy and abroad.
– MARCO LEONARDI
Marco Leonardi is an acclaimed Italian actor well-known for his role in Cinema Paradiso, one of the most popular international films of all time and winner of an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1989. He subsequently became one of the most sought after actors in Italy and in Hollywood and has gathered critical acclaim for his starring roles in many films such as Like Water For Chocolate and Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Padre Pio. This veteran actor has completed over 20 films in his native Italy and now divides his time between Los Angeles and Rome.
– FRANCESCA PICOZZA
Currently, Francesca Picozza works at the law firm LegalInternational where she manages the firm’s workflow and works on applications for film and audiovisual productions. She also manages the communication and public relations of the studio.
Graduated in Literature and Philosophy at La Sapienza University of Rome, she worked for several years in the audiovisual sector, fine arts and cultural foundations. She lived and worked in Stockholm where she specialized in Northern European cinema and culture, with extensive experience as a performer, author and coordinator of audiovisual projects and on the international film festival circuit.
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– MARCO SPAGNOLI
Deputy Director and Head of Doc & Factual, MIA
Marco Spagnoli is an Italian journalist, film critic, writer and director, and currently the Deputy Director and Head of Doc & Factual at MIA. Spagnoli has been steadily working in the entertainment and media industry since he was 20 and in his current position, he collaborates in several film and TV events across the country. As a documentary director, he has been nominated three times for Italian Academy Award and won a Silver Ribbon with his documentaries on cinema history. Many of his works were awarded at International Festivals. He wrote and directed several podcast series: Interno Giorno (Amazon Audible); Volare! and Sophia – Voce di una Diva (Rai Radio3). Spagnoli is the editor of Il giornale dello Spettacolo, the most respected trade magazine in Italy. He teaches “documentary” at the Writing Master, Luiss Business School, Rome and he has his own course on Domestika e.learning platform.
– CRISTIANA ZONI
Cristiana has been a press agent since 1997. She has been working with the most important Italian talents and major Italian broadcasters’ productions and distributions. Actually, she is head of the press office of several festivals.