Saverio Pesapane

Screenwriter, Distributor

Saverio Pesapane graduated in Architecture in 2006. His degree thesis “Lost Highway” is a documentary on the highway system built between Naples and Caserta with the funds allocated by  the reconstruction law after the 1981 earthquake.

In 2008 he wrote A Water Tale, a short film included in "Stories on Human Rights", a film made up of 22 short films commissioned by the United Nations for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In the same year he wrote Aral Citytellers, produced by Art for the World, a documentary shot in Kazakhstan, on the Aral Sea.

In 2009 he wrote Dubai Citytellers, produced by Unicredit & Art, a documentary shot in Dubai on neo-slavism.

Between 2011 and 2012 he wrote and directed It's countryside, a documentary shot in the Nile Valley and Cairo, Egypt, produced by the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale.

In 2013 he won the Solinas Award - Stories for cinema, with Una Buona Ragione.

In 2018 he wrote and produced Yousef, a short film selected at the 2018 Venice Film Festival and winner of the best editing award in the Migrarti category, in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand 2019 International Short Film Festival and selected in the five finalists for the David di Donatello 2019 award.

Since 2017 he is a partner of Premiere Film, a film production and distribution company, which in 2019 was in charge of the executive production of The Nest, a feature film produced by Colorado Film in collaboration with Vision Distribution.

He teaches at NABA, New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. 

Francesca Schianchi

Journalist

Originally from Parma, after a degree in Literature and a master's degree in Journalism, she first worked in Paris and then in Rome. After many years collaborating with La Stampa, L’espresso, Il Secolo XIX, she became a parliamentary journalist and followed some of the most important political events, from the Italian elections to the French presidential elections. Since 2007 she has been at La Stampa and, for five years of great fun, she has been part of the cast of Gazebo first and Propaganda Live after.

Giovanna Taviani

Director

Born in Rome the 8th of November 1969, she debuts as documentarian in 2004 with I nostri 30 anni: generazioni a confronto, a trip into Italian cinema to tell our and their thirty years.

In 2005 she presented Ritorni at Rome Cinema Fest, the story of three successful North Africans (included Tahar Bel Jelloun) that made it. In 2011 she gets the Premio della Critica at Nastri d’Argento and the Premio Speciale from the jury at Festival d’Annecy with Fughe e approdi (distributed by Cinecittà Luce), a trip to the Eolis islands on the red sail tartan that saw her, as a child, as the main character in Kaos by P. and V. Taviani in 2013. Collaborating with LIBERA – “Associazioni, nomi e numeri contro le mafie”, she covered the theme of Italian prisons through the docu-short Il Riscatto, the story about Salvatore Striano and his redemption through Shakespiere. She’s currently working on the new documentary Cuntami, Sicilia! about the young Sicilian storytellers, produced by Amedeo Bacigalupo in collaboration with Angelo Barbagallo. In 2007 she founded the SalinaDocFest – Festival internazionale del documentario narrativo, that takes place in Salina, in the Eolis Islands, and is part of the calendar of Big Events of Sicily’s Region (www.salinadocfest.it ).

Federico Geremicca

Journalist

He started in Naples on the editorial board of l'Unita', back in 1976. In 1983 he was called in Rome by Emanuele Macaluso, who was director of the PCI's newspaper back then. in 1990 he moves to Repubblica, where he became head of the political editorial board, to then move again - seven years later- to Palermo to lead the newborn Sicilian edition. At the end of 1999 he was called by La Stampa to become vice director and head of the editorial board in Rome. Nowadays he's still one of the columnist of the newspaper.

Elena Lai

General Secretary of CEPI

She is general secretary of CEPI, the largest European audio-visual production network which represent the interest of independent producers (film/tv) from 18 national trade associations, based in Brussels. Here Elena is also responsible of Europe Analytica, a consulting company which specialise in culture and creative industries since 1990. From 2019 Elena is also President of the Advisory Committee at the European Observatory for the audio-visual media, and member of the Pre-Selection Committee at Monte Carlo's TV Festival. On her role she manages the relations with the various Directorates of the Commission and with the members of the European Parliament, monitoring their activities and consultation directed to the trade associations that deal with movies, TV and animation.

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