JURY

Christian Carmosino



Christian Carmosino graduated in Cinema and has organized cinematography events in Italy and abroad for about 20 years. He worked selecting films for the “Siena International Short Film Festival”, “La Citadella del Corto”, and the “Festival InCURT”. He worked at the Experimental Centre of Cinematography, CinetecaNazionale, and is currently Technical Manager of Audiovisual Production Centre of Roma Tre University.
In 2005, with the help of the City of Rome, he founded OFF!CINE, a film club and production group. With the association OFF!CINE, of which he is president, he has produced numerous projects. In 2010, he created CINEMA.DOC, the first festival/circuit for the distribution of documentaries for first release in theatres. Since 2011, he has been coordinator for the Doc/it Professional Award. As director, he has completed short films and documentaries that have won many national and international awards. He is a member of the National Management of FICC (Italian Federation of Film Societies) and of Doc/it – Italian Association of Documentary Filmmakers.

Libero De Rienzo



De Rienzo was born in Naples in 1977, but grew up in Rome. He has a passion for acting, following his father Fiore De Rienzo, assistant director of Citto Maselli. He performed in the two films of Marco Ponti: “Santa Maradona” (2001), for which he was praised and won the David di Donatello 2002 for Best Supporting Actor, and “A / R + Way Back” (2004), in which he starred with Vanessa Incontrada. He also wrote, directed, and performed in the film “Sangue –La morte non esiste”, which won several festivals, including Biff.
Additionally, he works in television productions, including the TV movie “Più leggero non basta” (1999) directed by Elizabeth Lodoli, the TV miniseries “Nassiriya – Per non dimenticare” (2007) directed by Michele Soavi, and “Aldo Moro – Il Presidente” (2008 ) directed by Gianluca Maria Tavarelli.In 2009, he returned to the big screen in the film “Fortapàsc”, directed by Marco Risi and based on the story of Giancarlo Siani- journalist of Il Mattino who was killed in 1985 by the Camorra. In 2011, he starred in the film “La kryptonite nella borsa” by Ivan Cotroneo.

Cristiano Gerbino



Cristiano Gerbino was born in Padova in 1975. He graduated in Cinematographic Language with a thesis on “Suspension of Belief,” between Rome and Paris. From theory to practice, he moved first to NUCT and then to the Centro Sperimentale (Experimental Center). Later, he studied film production in Buenos Aires.
Today, he combines production work with university research; he writes for Filmmaker’s Magazine, plus teaches “Italian Cinema History” at the Cinecittà NUCT and “Theory and Editing Techniques” at Teramo University. He co-founded the Fake Factory production company, where he is responsible for developing projects. Additionally, he is the producer of two documentaries: “Ragazze la vita trema” by Paola Sangiovanni (Giornate degli Autori 2009) and “Fratelli d’Italia” (Rome Film Festival 2009). In 2010, he created “KINO”.

Michela Greco



Michela Greco was born in Rome in 1976. She is a film critic, journalist, and author of the book “Digital in Italian Cinema – Aestethics, production, language” (Lindau Editions). She is in charge of the Culture and Entertainment section of Paese Sera (monthly magazine and daily online) and collaborates with various magazines, such as CinecittàNews, The Cinema Show, FunMagazine, and the online radio Radio Chianti. She selects the international short films for the Festival Arcipelago.

Lorenzo Hendel



Lorenzo Hendel was born in Florence in 1950. At the end of the ‘70s, he moved to Perugia, where he worked at the regional headquarters of RAI for a documentation project about the local societal realities. He did not lose his interest in researching the language of television and remained committed to video, theatre, and drama. In 1988, he moved to Rome, and kept working in RAI3 as television director. Meanwhile his work as a documentary director led him around the world. He directed “Tepuy: a travel to the origins of the world”, set in Venezuela (1997), “Greenland, the long lasting sunset” (1998), and “Akha, when the wind was blowing”, set in Thailand (2000).
In 2005, he directed his first fiction feature film for cinema, “When children play in the sky”, completely shot in Greenland. This movie won several awards, including Best Feature Film at the Ischia Film Festival, Maremetraggio Festival in Trieste, and Festival Cinemountain in Cervinia. In 2006, he produced for DOC3 “When the hands speak”, and in 2007 “Pio La Torre, the son of the earth”. Since 2008, he has been in charge of DOC3 (Rai Tre) as commissioning editor. He selects which documentaries to buy and co-produce, and together with the writers of the selected documentaries, he follows the development of the projects.

Seeta Indrani



Actor and Director. She made her stage debut as Cassandra in the original London production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s “CATS”. Probably best known as PC Norika Datta, in ITV's “The Bill” (Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Asian Film Academy), Seeta has appeared in many TV and film productions, including “The Order” filmed in Cinecittà and more recently “Doctors” for BBC TV.
She has produced and directed several shorts, which have screened in festivals all over the world. The latest, a full length doco, “The Sweeney- The life and work of Jim Sweeney”, starring Paul Merton and Eddie Izzard, was a sellout in Edinburgh Fringe 2010. Other awards include Asian Woman of Achievement Arts and Culture Award and winner of Celebrity Mastermind 2011!

Lucia Loffredo



Lucia Loffredo was born in Rome thirty-one years ago. She spent the first years of her life, through high school, around the world, including in Africa (Nigeria, Tanzania), Iran, and South America. Her passion for theater, which she views as a comunication tool, began early. She studied at the National Academy of Rome and graduated in Arts at the University of “Roma Tre” with a thesis on the history of Italian theater. In 2000, she started her career in theater and, in 2007, landed a role on the big screen, starring in "Sandrine in the Rain" (with A. Haber, M. and A. Giannini Guerritore).
In 2010, she performed in two films: "The Remains" (alongside Giannini G. and F. Black) and "Sharm el Sheik: an unforgettable summer" (directed by UF Giordani). Her versatile personality allows her to experiment with television; she’s known for the role of Pilar Kempes in "One hundred windows," Meri Adinolfi in "A Place in the Sun" and Ing. Marras in "People of the Sea 3", a collaboration with Gigi Marzullo in "The appointment" and, in 2009, she presented “Innovation” on LA7.

Fabio Meloni



Fabio Meloni has organized film shows and festivals since 1985, including “Immagini del Mondo” (“Images of the World”) and “Immagini Animate” (“Animated Images”). Since 2008, he has been the director of the Nuovo Cinema L’Aquila di Roma. In addition, he is the founder of the Fabian Art Society, a community of multimedia productions and events.

Johnny Palomba



Johnny  Palomba was born in Bogota, Colombia in the late 60's. After a tumultuous life of espionage in every corner of the world, Johnny arrived in Rome and Fandango at the turn of the 21st century. In the capital, he learned the local language and adapted it as a perfect language for journalism. He began to write his "Fences", film reviews in Romanesco, collecting his books by Fandango, in seven volumes. 
His last Fandango book contains, in addition to reviews of the best films of last season, reviews of classic movies. In 2008, he became director of Fandangowebradio. Johnny Palomba hides his identity and only appears to the public wearing a mask. He does this in part for secrecy and in part for healthy modesty.

Claudia Potenza



Claudia Potenza, a young and talented actress, was born in Manfredonia in 1981. Developing her profound passion for acting and singing since she was a child, she moved to Rome to begin an acting career. She graduated with a degree in Literature and Philosophy with a focus on performance from the drama workshop “La scaletta” under the expert instruction of Gianni Diotajuti, a specialization course from Silvio D’Amico, and then diverse work experiences under the direction of Anton Milenin and Doris Hiks. Afterwards, she was part of the performance company “Le belle notti,” which went on stage at the most prominent theatres in Italy. Following that, she worked in various television projects through Rai and Mediaset: the miniseries “Giacomo Puccini,” “Distretto di Polizia” (4th and 7th series), and “RIS Delitti imperfetti.”
She made her cinematic debut in “Feisbum,” an episode directed by Dino Giarrusso, but it was in “Basilicata coast to coast,” the first opera of Rocco Papaleo, that she was really noticed in cinema. In 2009, after seeing her in the theatre, the director entrusted her with the part of “Maria Teresa,” for which she was nominated Best Supporting Actress at David di Donatello 2011. After she finished touring with Checco Zalone, she was seen in the film “Meravigliosa presenza,” by Ferzan Ozpetek, and co-starred in the film “I più grandi di tutti” by Carlo Virzì, and next in the TV series “Il clan dei Camorristi” on Mediaset.

Serena Sostegni



After attaining a degree in Philosophy from the University of Florence, she moved to Rome, where she started to work in the field of literary editing. For the past several years, she has been working for Cattleya's Development Department and focuses, in particular, on monitoring the book market and supervising new projects.

Alexia Roider



Alexia Roider was born in Germany in 1975 and was raised in Cyprus. While experimenting with still photography, she was inspired by the capacity and power of images. She attended the Visual Communication Design course at Kassel University in Germany and continued her education in the UK at the University of the Arts London and graduated in 1997 with a BA (Honors) Degree in Film & Video. In 1998, Alexia returned to Cyprus and began working as a film director for a local production company directing television commercials, corporate videos, documentaries, and special events.
Since 2008, she has worked as a freelance film director. Her short film “STYX” has screened at numerous international film festivals around the world and has received six major awards. In 2009, Alexia received the award for Best Director at the 5th Cyprus Short Film and Documentary Festival. She has worked on numerous independent productions and on four feature films as a 1st Assistant Director. Alexia is currently developing her next film. In 2011, she was appointed Artistic Director of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus.

Rafaël



Rafaël is one of Europe's most highly regarded visual artists with experience performing at festivals, museums, and cultural institutions internationally. In addition to his live performances, which involve video, conceptual art, and experimental music, Rafaël works as a director and photographer. Because his background is in photography, Rafaël builds videos image by image, with impressive results. This year, Rafaël is not only a jury member at RIFF— he is also premiering the new performance project “KYOUL.”
His work can best be describe as Live Cinema- a confluence of many visual arts, all composed and interpreted before live audiences: experimental live music, scratch, appliances, sounds de-constructions, noise and effects... “La Vanguardia” newspaper writes: "In our view Rafael is one of the European stars of narrative performance, always witty, challenging, sensitive andengaging in a way unlike anyone else we’ve ever come across. What more can we say apart make sure you see this.” Nlab @ the Tate Britain 2008

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