Salvatore Aloise

Italian but French by adoption, has grown in the north-east of France. He has been living in Rome since 1988 and writes for French newspapers, radio and television.
He is been the correspondent of the Le Monde newspaper since 1991 and of the Franco- German cultural television channel Arte since 1996.

Gianluca Arcopinto

Italian film producer and director. After getting his degree in Italian literature, he graduated in Organization of Production at the Experimental Centre of Cinematography in Rome. In 1998 he founds the Pablo Film, one of the most important production companies in the young independent film Italian scenario. Outsider producer appreciated for its total independence and ability to identify new talent – among them Gaglianone Daniele, Luca Minieri, Paolo Genovese, Vincenzo
Marra, Gianluca Tavarelli, Salvatore Mereu, Munzi Francesco, Gianni Zanasi – he loves to speak clearly and he doesn’t hold back when it comes to denouncing the plight of Italian production. He recently made his debut as director with the documentary “Nichi” portrait of Nichi Vendola, president of Puglia region. In 2010 was named Producer of the Year by the Fice.

Stefano Bethlen

Currently Head Manager of Theatrical Distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, he began his collaboration with the major in 2003 at the Disney Consumer Products department. In the “Disney family” Bethlen boasts of having a rapid and significant career and year after year he has kept holding more and more positions demanding for more responsibility. From 2004 to 2009, he first works as Business Manager and then as Senior Business Manager for Buena Vista International Theatrical Distribution
and from 2009 to 2010 he has been the Business Affairs and Operations Head Manager for the Walt Disney Studios. In 2002, Bethlenshe graduated in “Business Administation”, attended a postgraduate course in Finance at the LUISS University of Rome and in 2005 he also got a Master degree in Media Management and Communication at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome.

Raffaele Brunetti

Director and producer of documentary films. In 1988 he founded the B & B Movies, dynamic production company based in Rome, which produces creation documentary films, ranging from social to historical and environmental issues through co-production agreements with major international broadcasters, including ZDF , Arte, NDR, YLE, SVT, RAI, National Geographic and Al Jazeera. In recent years, Raffaele Brunetti has signed as director documentaries broadcasted in over 160 countries. He recently directed and produced the documentary “ L’Altra Rivoluzione”, “ Gorky e Lenin a Capri. “ His film “Hair India” has been selected in the IDFA official competition (Holland, 2008), Festival dei Popoli (Italy, 2008), Full Frame Film Festival (USA, 2009), Hot Docs (Canada, 2009),
Premio Italia (Italy, 2009), he received the Premio Ondas (Spain, 2009) as the best International program and the Jury Prize at GZDOC (China, 2009). He produced the documentary with Rai Cinema “Housing”, directed by Federico Di Giacomo, selected in 2009 at the Locarno festival, CPH: DOX and Turin, in 2010 for the Festival of Thessaloniki, DoxBox and Reykjavik. He has been a board member of the Association of Italian documentary DOC / IT since 2005 and of the European Documentary Network (EDN) since 2009. He has been directing the Italian Doc Screenings since 2006.

Valentina Carnelutti

She debuted in theater in 1989 and had her cinema debut in 1994. Among others, she has worked with Gianni Zanasi “Nella Mischia”, Cecilia Calvi “ Mi sei entrata nel cuore come un colpo di coltello” Lucio Pellegrini “E allora Mambo!” Ridley Scott’s “Hannibal”, Giovanni Maderna “ L’amore Imperfetto, “Marco Tullio Giordana’” La meglio gioventù “, Vittorio Moroni” Tu devi essere il lupo “ She played in an episode of “ Manuale d’amore II “ by Giovanni Veronesi and she is the main star of “Jimmy della Collina” by Enrico Pau and “Sfiorarsi” directed by Angelo Orlando. Among the recent film “Aldo Moro”, directed by Gianluca Tavarelli and “ Tutta la vita davanti “ directed by Paolo Virzi, “ Un gioco da Ragazze “ by Matteo Rovere and “Coco Chanel” directed by Christian Duguay.
Maselli’s main star in the film “Il fuoco e la cenere” and the Italian teacher in “Mare piccolo” by Alessandro De Robilant. Actress for Radio 3 since 1998, dubber and author together with Angelo Orlando of the screenplay for “Sfiorarsi” and “Casa libera tutti” with Andrea Caccia. In 2010 she shot a film in English for the U.S. television “Via delle Rose” about the Meredith / Amanda Knox murder, in February 2011 was engaged in filming a TV thriller with Claudio Amendola, directed by Monica Vullo and in the theatrical monologue about Alda Merini under the name of “ Tutta la mia confusione.”

Albert "Birdie" de Quay

“Birdie” studied film at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. He founded the Santa Monica Film Festival in 1997 to establish an annual showcase of independent films. Audiences voted on films throughout the year giving way to the Moxie! Awards, awarding the best filmmakers at a weeklong accolade held at top venues in the Santa Monica area. Past awardees include notable Hollywood celebrities such as Spike Jonze, Jason Reitman and Gore Verbinski. Some of the past honorees include Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Manzarek, Dennis Hopper, Matt Stone and Trey Parker (creators of South Park) amongst many others.
The Santa Monica Film Festival also produced monthly outdoor film screenings at the Bergamot Station and the Santa Monica Pier of old film classics such as “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”, which was a big hit each year. At present, Birdie runs a successful new media agency called ChiOri Media based in Venice Beach, California, with a new additional location in Barcelona, Spain.

Maurizio Di Rienzo

Maurizio Di Rienzo, nato a Napoli il 19 settembre 1958, in attività giornalistica dal 1979, è giornalista e critico cinematografico per stampa, radio, televisioni satellitari, ed é consulente e responsabile di sezioni ed eventi per Festival nazionali e internazionali, occupandosi di selezione film, organizzazione e conduzione di convegni, stages, conferenze stampa, premiazioni. E’ nel Direttivo del Sindacato nazionale giornalisti cinematografici italiani (SNGCI) nel cui ambito dal 2000 cura la selezione dei cortometraggi italiani per i Nastri d’argento, ed è nello stesso Sindacato fra i selezionatori delle cinquine finaliste ai Nastri d’argento per i lungometraggi.

Hilmi Etikan

Writer and film critic in 1973 graduated at the Ankara Hacettepe University. From 1973 to 1977 he continued his studies at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinema Francais and at the Sorbonne. He is the manager of the Istanbul International Short Film Festival and of the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival - Short Films Section.
He currently lectures on cinema in many universities and collaborates with several newspapers and magazines. He received many honorary awards and he took part of the jury in several national and international festivals.

Cristiano Gerbino

He graduated in film language with a thesis on “suspension of disbelief”, between Rome and Paris. From theory to practice, he moved first to NUCT and then straight away to the Centro Sperimentale and later on he went to study film production in Buenos Aires. Today, he combines production work to university research; he writes for Filmmaker’s Magazine, he teaches “ Italian Cinema History “ at the Cinecittà NUCT and “Theory and editing techniques” at Teramo University .
He founded with four partners the Fake Factory production company, where he is responsible for developing projects and the sole director and he produces two award-winning documentaries to international festivals: “ Ragazze la vita trema “ by Paola Sangiovanni (Giornate degli Autori 2009) and “ Fratelli d’Italia “ (Rome Film Festival 2009). In 2010 he is the creator of the “KINO”.

Marek Golonko

Cultural and social animator from Poland. From 2008 he is the organizer of the International Film Festival Tofifest and Torun Short Film Festival.
Underground and independent film curator and promoter. Bicycle and vegan food lover.

Jesus Garces Lambert

He was born in the most populated city in the world: Mexico City. He works as documentaries director and writer , commercials and theater in Latin America, USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia, winning major international awards. He has also worked with RAI, BBC, Artè France, Television Espanola, TF1 France, CBS USA, Mediaset, Televisa, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art NY, Soros Foundation and others.
He has been living in Rome, Italy since 1996. In 2003 he founded Appetitofilm Srl, a creative workshop where new talent and established professionals of different nationalities, collaborate together side by side designing and producing documentaries, TV programs and cross-media mobile audiovisual content.

Fariborz Kamkari

Writer and director with Middle Eastern origin. After studying Theatre and Cinema in Iran and Europe he has begun to produce and direct his first short film in 1993. He has written numerous screenplays for Cinema and Television in Iran. In 2002 he wrote and directed his first feature-length film “Black Tape” a docudrama that debuted at the Venice Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize at Cinequest festival and participated in the New Directors New Films in New York in 2003, among many other festivals.
In 2005 he wrote and directed “The Forbidden Chapter” which debuted at the San Sebastian Film Festival and won the prize for Best Director at the Brussels Independent Film Festival, until now the film, a thriller, has participated to over thirty festivals . In 2010 he wrote and directed “The Flowers of Kirkuk” in competition at the Rome Film Festival.

Tamás Liszka

Studied Philosophy and Film at the university in Budapest, his home town. After teaching Epistemology for five years in Hungary and Norway, he co-founded the Anilogue animation festival, initially known as AniFest and now the largest annual animation event in Hungary and Austria, and the independent film company SzimplaFilm Ltd in 2003 with a remit to release foreign arthouse films in his country and promote Hungarian animation worldwide.
Since 2004, SzimplaFilm’s projects have included the international licensing of the Annecy winner “District!” and the Academy Award nominated short “Maestro”. He currently works as the producer of “Egill”, a new Hungarian- Icelandic animated movie.

Roberto Silvestri

Roberto Silvestri is an Italian journalist and film critic. He is responsible for Alias, culture and entertainment supplement of Il Manifesto, and he is also one of the voice of “Hollywood Party”, cinema broadcast on Radio Tre. After studying philosophy at the Università di Roma, in the late seventies he began to write for Il Manifesto, becoming a film critic of the newspaper. At the same time he is one of the founders of the film club “Il Politecnico” and among those who are responsible for the summer event “Massenzio”, supported by Renato Nicolini, expressing a very personal vision on the relationship cinema-world. He collaborates with Adriano Aprà,
Enzo Hungarians, Enrico Ghezzi, Stefano Della Casa, and others, and he works as an exhibitions and festivals organizer on the theoretically path developed by Alberto Abruzzese. He is co-director of “Rimini cinema” and of Belluria Film Festival. He also directs the Illegal & Wanted series for Rarovideo

Serena Sostegni

After attaining a degree in Philosophy at Università degli Studi di Firenze she moved to Rome where she initially started working in the publishing Industry. She is been working for Cattleya’s Development Department for the last years ,
dealing in particular, with the monitoring of publishing market and the examination and evaluation of new projects.

Cinzia TH Torrini

Was born in Florence, graduated in the Cinema Academy of Munich, she is a director and a film and television screenwriter. In 1982 her debut at the Venice film festival with the film “ Giocare d’azzardo “, produced, written and directed by her. In 1986 she shot the film “Hotel Colonial” with John Savage, Robert Duvall and Massimo Troisi. After that, several TV films , often in co-production with Germany, France and Sweden, awarded in various festivals in Italy and abroad. In 2003/4 she has a phenomenal success with “Elisa di Rivombrosa” for Channel 5, the first costume series of 13 episodes ,length of 100 minutes each, made for the television. The series is sold in several European countries and won many awards, including four Telegatti.
In 2005 she received, the title of Knight Officer by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi for cultural and social issues dealt in her film. With her company Cassiopea she made two documentaries, in 2007 the award-winning “ Un incontro con Chiara “ and in 2009 “La Bagnaia - il sogno di Marisa Riffeser” and in 2010 she worked as director and made the miniseries “ Terra Ribelle “ into seven episodes with Albatross Entertainment for Rai Uno. She is currently working on the miniseries “ La Certosa di Parma “ for France 2 and Rai Uno.




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