This year, RIFF pays tribute to its spectators introducing the Audience Award.
The audience, the recipient par excellence and essential pillar of the cinema, will judge the films in competition.
Spectators will be called directly to express their opinion on a special sheet of paper delivered at the beginning of the film. The vote will affect the sections of documentaries, italians and foreigners, which always have been the flagship of the Festival. The initiative aims to make the experience in the room more interactive and engaging, allowing the authors to receive direct and immediate feedback.
Vincenzo Alfieri was born in Salerno on February 6, 1986. He began as an actor at the age of 12 and at the same time made some short films from a very young age. He studied acting and directing in Italy, New York and Los Angeles. He graduated in Economics and after in Political Science.
After a career already started as an actor in films and series that give him notoriety as Nessuno può fermarci ed Incantesimo, he embarks on his career as a director, directing the web series Forse sono Io in which is also the protagonist, that gets an excellent feedback on the web, thus becoming one of the few lucky web series to be then destined to the television audience. The second season reaches on the web over 3 million views on Facebook. Immediately after the release of the series he is noted by the automotive company Ford that entrusts him at the direction of the advertising campaign of the new Ford Ka for the web as well as being also the testimonial. In 2016, after having made some short films winning several awards in Italy and abroad, he made his debut “I peggiori”, a comedy action produced by Federica Lucisano for Italian International Film, distributed by Warner Bros Italia, where he plays alongside Lino Guanciale. In 2018 he made his second film, “Gli Uomini D’oro”, un crime noir, starring Fabio De Luigi, Edoardo Leo, Gianmarco Tognazzi and Giampaolo Morelli, which will be distributed in November 2019. Together with his sister Rossella he is also founder of the film production company Guinesia Pictures, with which he produced several short films and videoclips.
Salvatore Basile was born in Naples but lives and works in Rome. He has written more than forty fiction, among which we “Ultimo”, “San Pietro”, “La cittadella” (remake), “L’uomo sbagliato”, “I fantasmi di Portopalo”, “Il sindaco pescatore”, “Sotto copertura”, one and second series of “Il commissario Ricciardi” coming up next on raiuno. He’s the creator and screenwriter of the series as “Il giudice mastrangelo”, “Un passo dal cielo”, “Il restauratore”. He directed, for Raiuno, episodes of “Don Matteo 8”, “Un passo dal cielo 2”, “Il restauratore” and the miniseries “L’uomo che cavalcava nel buio”. He also published, with Garzanti, the novels “Lo strano viaggio di un oggetto smarrito” e “La leggenda del ragazzo che credeva nel mare”.
Bernd Brehmer studied literature and history of art in Munich but spent most of his time at the Filmmuseum where he received his éducation cinématographique and soon started working in the technical department. That led him to participate at Werkstattkino collective, legendary and still operating underground cinema. With his enthusiasm in collecting films he relevantly expanded their archive of missing believed lost and ignored treasures of film history. During the 1990s he established „24” film magazine and was CEO of „Exit Film Distribution”, that focused on documentaries and independent film productions. Since then he also regularly contributed texts on film and literature for the „Süddeutsche Zeitung” and works as programme advisor and curator for several international film festivals. In 2006 he founded Munich based “Underdox Film Festival” for documentary and experimental films that is still (co-)directed by him.
Tatiana Covor, of Romanian origin, graduated in modern languages, settled in Italy in 1976 where she began to work in communication and marketing projects. Collaboration with the EU for PHARE projects began in 2000. She also becomes correspondent of the Romanian Press Agency AM Press. As a member of the Foreign Press Association in Italy, she has been involved for several years in organizing the “Globo d’Oro” film award, which this year reaches its 60th edition. She is the author of three novels. Herself, she says I go home” both when she leaves for Bucharest and when she returns to her Roman house with garden.
Diego Petrecolla is an American/Argentinian musician and journalist living in Rome. For years he was part of the Buenos Aires independent and underground music scene with groups such as Furies and SOMBRERO. He also worked for Infobae, Argentina’s main digital journal, where he collaborated for different sections such as music and culture. Diego studied Documentary Production in Buenos Aires and Music for Film in Rome, and has participated in several movies and short films as writer and composer. Right now he acts as a freelance journalist and has recently started operations with BUDEN, a collective of musicians, sound designers and OST composers who create soundscapes for audiovisual projects.
Stefano Ratchev was born in Rome in 1984, son of the opera singer Delia Surratt and flutist Nikolay Ratchev. At a young age, starts playing piano and cello. Has been member of the Sistin Chapel Choir directed by Domenico Bartolucci and then studied at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome with M. Maurizio Cambini and M. Dante Cianferra. Has been first cello of the Youth Orchestra of the Arts Academy in Rome and has worked with various national orchestras. He began composing at 19 years old for commercials and theater and started a duo, Ratchev & Carratello with whom co-writed several feature and TV film scores.
Has worked with the following directors: Gianni di Gregorio, Giuseppe Piccioni, Kim Rossi Stuart, Francesca Comenicini, Roan Johnson, Claudio Noce, Eugenio Cappuccio, Wilma Labate, Antonio Manzini, Antonio Gagliardi, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Elisa Amoruso, Leonardo D’Agostini and many others.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, on April 10, 1981. Film critic and journalist, screenwriter, translator, university teacher of film history. For many years, she coordinated the program of the Kiev IFF Molodist and IFF Contact. Find inspiration in the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder, in the tap, in the foam coffee, in the travel and in her dog named Julie Andrews. She believes that studying cinema is a great pleasure and telling of cinema is a true happiness. The favorite quote: “nobody’s perfect”.