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* Below is a list of the participating decision makers for the 2023 ICFF Industry Day (Italian Delegation).
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Claudio Alfredo Alfonsi boasts a diverse artistic journey. Trained by luminaries Susan Strasberg and Lindsay Kemp, he embraces acting and further hones his craft with courses by Robert McKee and Domenico Procacci. Alfonsi graces the screen with supporting roles in impactful films like Marco Tullio Giordana’s “Pasolini: An Italian Crime” and Roberto Benigni’s “Life is Beautiful,” alongside numerous TV dramas. Venturing into direction in 2016, Alfonsi crafts compelling narratives, from family violence in “Marseille Soap” to motorcycle safety in “You Decide!” His poignant work “The Other Half in the Light” receives acclaim at David di Donatello and Cannes. Now, with “I Am Innocent,” Claudio Alfredo Alfonsi takes his first steps into feature filmmaking.
DNC Entertainment Factory is a small universe of great intertwining stories, a factory of ideas and solutions in the entertainment world where the knowledge of professionals, who have been successfully operating in the market for over twenty-five years, takes shape with competence and creativity to meet every need that the ever-changing audience manifests.
They distribute films, documentaries and TV series with a focus on trying to create a bridge in entertainment between Canada and Italy. Furthermore one of their divisions deals with consultancy services supporting companies from all over the world in the development of brand extension and production of live shows in which the performing arts blend with innovation and emotional involvement.
Emotion is our work, passion is the energy that moves us, the world of entertainment is our stage.
Luca Ferrara, who has followed the film’s recent creative and financial development, is a graduate of the Westminster Film School in London. His recent work includes writing and directing the science fiction short Helium (2019), the 16mm action thriller Thieves (2019), and the Lovecraftian WWII sci-fi film From Beyond (2023). He produced the London Film School graduation short film Lo Sguardo in 2021 and the short films Time-lapse, L’olandesa and Dolci Acque in 2023.
DM Communication Producer
Luca Tornatore, a Rome native, began his cinematic journey as a film editor and colorist, making his directorial debut in 2007 with “Hikikomori.” His diverse filmography includes “St@lker” (2014) and productions like “Gasper” (2022) with Mad Studio. Noteworthy as both a director and film producer, Tornatore’s works include “The Lands of Saints” (2015) and “Upside Down” (2021). His executive production credits span music videos and web series, showcasing his versatile contributions to the entertainment landscape. Tornatore’s cinematic legacy is marked by compelling storytelling and impactful collaborations within the Italian and international film industry.
Francesca Cimolai is an Italian producer from Milan. She worked on several documentaries internationally, co-producing with Canada and India, Her projects have been selected to international festivals and pitching events including IDFAcademy, DocEdge Kolkata, BDC Discovery Workshops, BIO TO B. Her latest feature documentary “Beyond Moving”, set in South Africa, was presented at San Francisco Film Festival and Raindance and is currently available on Apple TV. Francesca is the Head of Bloom Docs, a department of Bloom Media House that focuses on the production of creative documentaries through international co-productions. Francesca holds a Master in Business Administration and Marketing Management.
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).
Simone Gandolfo, trained in production and directing at the New York Film Academy (New York) from 2008 to 2009, is a multilingual professional. In 2010, Simone co-founded Macaia Film alongside Manuel Stefanolo, showcasing his commitment to the world of film production and collaboration.
In 2014 he founded the Groucho Cinema srl, a production company of cine movies (production and post-production), in Rome, whose he is the administrator. He filmed documentations of many musical encounters; directed, filmed and edited the short length “A civil choose against the hazard games” and directed and acted a part of “Seconds” with Paola Randi, presented at Rome Web Festival (2015). Il Mondo Magico (The magic world) is his first feature-length, for whom he gained a Platinum Remi award at Houston WorldFest 49th ed.; “Due donne al di là della legge” (Two women over the law), is his second length-feature whose he is co-writer, director and producer. It gained the Gold Remi Award for the direction at the 55th ed. of WorldFest, Houston, and several awards. It has been qualified as “Film d’Essai” by the Italian Minister of Culture (MIC).
Valentina Canclini, an accomplished Animation producer with over a decade of experience in media management, holds a BA degree from London and managed a label in Australia. In 2008, she transitioned to film production, earning a master’s degree in Film Production from UCLA, Los Angeles. The founder and leader of Animoka Studios, Valentina has produced two feature films, four TV series, and five short films, garnering accolades and recognition, including the prestigious Pulcinella Award for the 2022 Best Preschool TV series “MUMFIE.”
He began his career as a comic strip artist working or the most popular European publishers. In the ’90, he moved to Australia at the Disney Animation Studios to work on movies such as, Peter Pan 2, Tarzan 2, Lilo & Stitch 2, The Lion King 3, Brother Bear 2, The Three Musketeers, among others. From 2007 he has joined Rainbow as the Art Director for the CGI part for films and series. Amongst his achievements, Nisco is nominated for the David di Donatello Award for the visual effects of the Winx film “The Secret of The Lost Kingdom”, becoming permanent member of the Italian Movie Academy.
Producer, NvpStudios a Nvp Spa brand
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. Gatto has also been part of two projects in recent years, “Va bene così” by Francesco Marioni, and “Troppa famiglia” by Pierluigi Di Lallo.
Silvia was one of the first women to occupy the roles of camera assistant, camera operator and director of photography in the Italian film industry. She has had a successful career in the Italian and US film and television industries making feature films, TV series and TV movies. She was an innovator in the use HD technology and more recently has directed and produced award winning documentaries. Since 2004 she managed iFrame company as producer.
Barbara Di Mattia produced various Tv shows, plays and films. In 2018 produced the big show Annunciazione Annunciazione! Revuoto 2018. In 2019 produced the multimedia exhibition and the homonymous play entitled Troisi Poeta Massimo achieving a huge success. In 2022 produced along with Rai Cinema the film Starting tomorrow I’ll get up late, inspired by the life of Massimo Troisi, on May 3 it has been screened at the Italian Parliament, and on September 15th at the Italian Senate, in the presence of the highest institutional authorities. In 2023 the film is selected at Giffoni Film Festival – Special Events; also won the prize Premio Charlot – Speciale Cinema 2023. In 2022 Barbara produced the collective exhibition of contemporary art I volti di Massimo Troisi – Palazzo D’Avalos, as part of the program Procida Italian Capital of Culture 2022, achieving a huge success. In the same year she produced the docufilm Il Postino – A look inside (1994-2024).
As an emerging producer and director, Carlo is deeply passionate about bringing the art of the past to life through short films. Exploring the expressive potential of artificial intelligence as a medium for video production has been a defining aspect of his work. His journey in the world of filmmaking began with independent productions, where he honed his craft and developed a unique vision.
Drawing inspiration from historical art, Carlo strives to capture its essence and translate it into captivating cinematic experiences. By delving into the stories of the past, he aims to shed new light on timeless narratives and connect them with modern audiences. It is through this artistic exploration that Carlo has found a perfect synergy between classic inspiration and innovative technology.
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!
Founder of Italia Film Service, Francesco Papa offers operational and financing advisory services to producers in Italy and abroad. With experience in cinema, television, documentary and commercial independent producer his expertise in Italian and EU movie finance subsides gained him experience within the United States. His career spans Italy, the EU and United States including Africa, Asia and Latin America
Angela Prudenzi is a well-respected journalist, film critic and selected committee member of the Venice Film Festival. Prudenzi continues to apply her vast knowledge of Italian cinema within her role at Freed Radio. Her impressive career includes being an author of books and essays, a programmer for Italian film festivals including Festa di Roma, and curator of WICIP, the first project for international promotion of Italian cinema written, produced and directed by women.
Ivo Romagnoli is an actor and producer. Graduate of the world-renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Romagnoli has had success in multiple areas of the film business including theatre tours, Italian television series, film and in international independent films.He is admired and known for his work in The Red Weather, Paolo Rossi: A Champion Is A Champion is a Dreamer Who Never Gives Up and Anna Rosenber.
Alessandro Loprieno, a 33-year-old entrepreneur from Puglia. After studying at the University of Bari – Languages, Literature and Arts, he continued his education at the Bocconi School of Management and recently completed the Y Combinator Startup School. He spent nine years in aviation working as a flight attendant at Ryanair. Today, as CEO of WeShort he works full time on the mission of making short films an everyday choice for the general audience, worldwide.
Alex also founded Lopriadvisor, a consulting firm in technology innovation and audiovisual, holding stakes in major companies in the entertainment and events industry such as Events.com Slated.com and Media Capital Technologies Group. This year Alex gained the cover of Forbes magazine for the success of WeShort.
In October, Alex was selected by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Managers in Italy in a list alongside entrepreneurs and CEOs like Piersilvio Berlusconi CEO of Mediaset, Alessandra Carra CEO of Feltrinelli and more.
Damiano Monaco is a film director and producer. In 2021 it was selected among 15 emerging producers at the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers organized by Hot Docs Canadian Film Festival. In November 2021 he joined the new production company Flash Future as a producer and is currently developing and producing 10 works including documentaries, feature films and web series. In 2022 he was selected as a producer at the Forward workshop organized by the Trentino Film Commission.
Film Festival, Fantafestival
Simone Starace (1984) works mainly as a film producer and distributor. Since 2019, he has also been appointed Artistic Director of Fantafestival (Rome), one of the leading genre film festivals in Europe.
Davide Mogna is an Italian film producer. He works as producer for his production company NewGen Entertainment and Elsinore Film. In 2023 he produced the short film Dive by Aldo Iuliano, in competition at the 80 Venice Film Festival – Orizzonti. He is now committed to the development and production of films written and directed by young authors and he is also a member of the Artistic Direction of Believe Film Festival, a short film festival based in Verona.
Film Festival, ShorTS International Film festival Trieste
Journalist, film Critic, festival Director (ShorTS Intl FF Trieste), Consultant/Programmer (Venice Days, Fice Professional Days, BiF&st Bar, Noir Festival and some others), member of SNGCI Board (italian Association of cinema journalists founded in 1946).
Producer N6 production srl
Pera graduated in 2016 in Entertainment and Communication Disciplines, after a few years of experience in fashion and cinema, she founded a company in Tuscany together under 35 financiers and became Producer and Creative Director of N6 production.
Graduated in Sciences of Entertainment and Multimedia Production, she started in 2015 collaborating with the Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission and worked with key Italian film productions (including Indigo Film, Apnea Film, Fandango). In 2019, she started working with Diero for which she followed, as producer, several short films including Giulio Mastromauro’s “Inverno”. In 2022 she won as a producer, with the director Claudio Casale, the Biennale College Cinema programme with the project “L’anno dell’uovo”, world premiere at the 80th Venice Film Festival.
Executive, Bespoke Group
Joseph currently leads a boutique content innovation and creative consultancy serving global brands, agencies and media companies. Partnering with clients to capitalize on business transformation, drive growth, fuel innovation and create meaningful experiences. Most recently, Joseph held a senior executive role leading North American Growth and Partnerships with S4 Capital / Media.Monks, helping disrupt and transform the traditional agency services and content productions model, shaping innovative digital-first solutions and consulting services across Content, Data, Media, Technology and Virtual / Immersive Reality and AI for global brands.
Growing up in a little town in Italy, he relocated to Australia in 2015, where he managed to score roles both on screen and on stage. At the end of 2018, he finished his Meisner training, which is when he took on theatre directing. During that same year, he successfully won a scholarship at The Atlantic Acting School in NYC. After winning multiple awards and securing distribution with his film short film, he is currently involved in the development of his feature film directorial debut named “Walls Within”, furthermore the writing of a comedy TV Series called “Hotel for No-Hopers”.
Veronica Spedicati graduated from Dams, Roma Tre University. In 2013, she was awarded a prestigious scholarship by UCLA’s Remap department in Los Angeles, contributing to a project in New Media and Non-Linear Storytelling. In 2016, she gained admission to the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, achieving her diploma in directing in 2019.
Her short film “Il giorno della Patata” was in competition at “Alice nella Città” in 2018 and won the Best Comedy Short award at the London World Wide Comedy Festival. In 2019, “Il nostro tempo” competed in the 34th International Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival, earning the Best Director Award. The same short was nominated for the 2020 David di Donatello Awards and featured in numerous international festivals, collecting numerous awards. In 2022, she directed her feature-length documentary, “Come pesci nell’acqua,” produced by Daitona, slated for release in 2024.
Producer, ALCOR srl
Giorgio Gucci graduated from the University of Luiss in Rome with a bachelor and Master degree in Science of Economics. In 2015, he got hired at Warner Bros Italy in the distribution department. He then moved to production and started working on the set of several major Italian films as a PA (Smetto Quanto Voglio II and III). During those years, he graduated at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, where he produced more than 20 short films. In 2019-20 he got hired in “Fandango ” as a Junior Producer. In 2020, after funding Alcor, he also produced his first feature directed by Gipo Fasano “Le Eumenidi ” premiering at the Festa del Cinema di Roma. In 2023 he produced the second film “An Endless Sunday” by Alain Parroni, which won best jury prize in Venice “Orizzonti” and was selected at the TIFF 2023.
Giulia Delvecchio is an Italian young producer. After graduating in Comparative Literature, she started to work in the film industry as a production assistant. She has worked on national and international projects such as “Matrix 4”, “Equalizer 3” and in 2022 she produced her first short movie “One hour only” receiving a special mention at the Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.
Giorgia Pedini graduated in Production and Media Writing and then obtained an MA in Screenwriting and Dramaturgy at the Silvio D’amico National Academy. She worked as a production assistant and script editor in production companies in Rome. Then she moved to Milan where she works as a director of the cinema development department of C41.
Adriano Bassi has more than 25 years of experience in the film industry, where he started as a location manager in Turin, later becoming production manager and line producer. He has worked with nationally and internationally renowned directors such as Paolo Sorrentino, Peter Greenaway, Michael Apted, David Guggenheim and many others. He created LUME as a reference point for prestigious foreign production and to convey new European and international co-productions.
Erika Errante Baruffaldi, an award-winning director and writer, brings eight years of expertise in music videos and short films, showcasing a unique creative vision and strong production skills. A passionate team player, Erika’s artistic journey began at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala dance school, leading to an honors degree in Cinema in 2005. Recognized for winning the “Torino Capitale Mondiale del Libro” contest in 2007, Erika’s short film “EartHeart” was featured in the Cannes Festival’s SFC section in 2008. With 160+ international music videos, recent projects include experimental shorts like “Viscere mie” and “Il Fuoco Grande.” Currently in post-production for the dramatic-surreal short film “Scox,” Erika collaborates on the psychological horror short film “Red Awl” and actively develops their first feature film while seeking production opportunities.
Antonella Maggio holds a degree in DAMS and is currently studying filmmaking at NYFA (New York Film Academy) in Los Angeles, California. Following this educational experience, she seized the opportunity in 2021 to establish her film production company, WALK OF FRAME SRL, with support from Regione Lazio and the European Community. To date, the company has successfully produced two short films featured in various festivals. Collaborating with MIC, Antonella is actively involved in the creation of a short animation movie. Additionally, WALK OF FRAME SRL is in the process of developing a documentary and a feature film.
Producer, 10D Film s.r.l.
Francesca Andriani was born in Taranto in 1991.She obtained a master’s degree in Business Economics and Business Consulting at the Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome. In the years following her graduation from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, she worked in the production and administration fields for movies, TV series and TV programs. She founded 10D Film with Guglielmo D’Avanzo in 2018.
36-year-old producer from Apulia, Italy. In 2018 he began his career in the film industry, gaining a brief experience with a production company in Bari, making 2 short films as Executive Producer, winning several awards. In 2019, he was co-author and Production Assistant for an Apulian TV program. Since 2020 he has devoted himself heart and soul to his training, earning certificates, masterclasses and webinars in Film Schools and Film Commissions, in Italy and abroad. In January 2023 his dream became true, he founded Deadhouse Pictures, a film production company focused on horror films.
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.
Parsifal Reparato, a versatile professional in producing, filmmaking, anthropology, and journalism, has curated impactful projects. In 2011, he directed “Mas allá de la Santería,” addressing HIV prevention in Cuban Santería. In 2012, “Villa villa Vigna” explored biodiversity and alternative lifestyles. The journey continued with “Rezeki” in 2015, delving into gold and stone mining in Sumatra. In 2016, “My Dreams Will Vanish Again” depicted Vietnamese workers in foreign companies. The narrative expanded in 2017 with “Underground Harvest” and the acclaimed “Nimble Fingers,” focusing on Vietnamese women workers. In 2018, he directed “El Camino de Santiago,” addressing the disappearance of Santiago Maldonado. The year 2020 brought “The Town Crier,” exploring art’s role in mental health. In 2021, Parsifal co-produced “Il Cristo che Trascende la Fede,” a collaborative effort on the Rio de Janeiro Christ statue.
Cristina Spina is an Italian actor, writer, and filmmaker based in Rome and New York City. In 2013, Cristina studied at NYU Tisch School in their film program’s Sight & Sound Course. She directed her debut short film So Be It, which won Best Short Film at RIFF, Rome Independent Film Festival. She wrote and directed 500 Calories which premiered at Alice Nella Città in 2020. The film won many awards around the world. Recently Cristina directed Consider the Lilies which will premier at Alice nella Città 2023 and Won The BNL PARIBAS awards Best Short film . She is now developing her first feature film.
Alessandra Mariani is a lawyer with a long experience in big companies. She is specialized in national and European funds and private funds for film production. She is a consultant for many little companies and she has a large portfolio of medium and big companies that support cinema.
Martina Latini holds a degree in Communication and Marketing Psychology, complemented by a Master’s Degree in Audiovisual Production. Over the years, she has collaborated with numerous production companies, contributing to the development and production of feature films, documentaries, short films, television series, and animated works.
Marco Serrecchia is the leading producer at DOPPIO NODO DOUBLE BIND. He has vast international experience in this field and has worked with award-winning directors such as Martin Scorsese, Luca Guadagnino, Jonathan Nossiter and Michelangelo Frammartino. Throughout his career, he has taken the role of line producer, executive producer and producer for projects both fiction and documentary along with TV series.“Il Buco” by M. Frammartino is the first feature film produced by Doppio Nodo Double Bind, winner of the Special Jury Prize at 78th Venice International Film Festival – Biennale 2021. SACRED CREATURES by Frieda Luk is the first feature film Co-produced with Canada.
With thirty years of experience in the industry, Cristian stands out as a senior producer of animations and an authoritative supervisor of CGI/VFX. His deep expertise has led him to specialize in both traditional and innovative media. He has actively contributed to numerous animation and VFX/CGI local and international productions, managing customized research, collaborating with various divisions, and actively participating in project meetings.
In addition to his professional career, Cristian holds prominent roles in various industry associations and initiatives:
Head of Internationalisation of CARTOON ITALIA, the Italian association of animation producers.
Founding member of AVFX, the Italian association of the VFX industry.
President of SARDINIA FILM FESTIVAL.
European Animation Awards (EAA) Ambassador.
Member of the editorial committee for the animation industry at MIA (Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo.