President of the Jury
Antonello Faretta was born in 1973 in Potenza. A director, producer and photographer, for several years he wrote for Filmmaker’s Magazine. He has collaborated with Abbas Kiarostami, Saverio Costanzo, Peter Del Monte and Babak Payami. Among his works are Lei lo Sa, Da Dove Vengono le Storie?, Il Vento, la Terra, il Grasso sulle Mani, Nine Poems in Basilicata, Transiti and Il Giardino della Speranza. His films have been screened at international film festivals, art galleries and museums throughout the world, such as Centre Pompidou, Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona, Cannes Film Festival, Galerie du Jour Agnes B., Rotterdam Film Festival, Hot Docs Toronto and Pen World Voices Festival New York. In 2002 he founded the independent production company Noeltan Film, where he makes all his works and produces debut films by up-and-coming international authors. After seven years spent in the ghost town of Craco, in 2015 he finished his first feature film Montedoro, whose World Premiere was presented at the Atlanta Film Festival and, among many, at the Montreal Festival des Films du Monde and Annecy Cinema Italien.
She started her career in the early 2000s, appearing on stage and in the Canale 5 sitcom Due per tre, starring Johnny Dorelli. Next, she moved on to Melevisione, a children's programme shown on RAI 3. In 2007 she made her feature film debut in La giusta distanza by Carlo Mazzacurati, Valzer by Salvatore Maira and Penso che un sogno così, a film by Marco De Luca which premiered at the Los Angeles Italian Film Fest. In 2008 she joined the casts of Sanguepazzo by Marco Tullio Giordana, Amore, bugie e calcetto by Luca Lucini and Riprendimi by Anna Negri. On the same year she co-starred in the Rai 1 TV series Rex and successfully performed as Stefania in the TV series Tutti pazzi per amore, a role that she also played in the second and third season. In 2011 she starred in Manuale d'amore 3 by Giovanni Veronesi and in 2012 she took part in Woody Allen’s film To Rome with Love. In 2013 she starred in the films Si può fare l'amore vestiti? and Pazze di me, the latter directed by Fausto Brizzi. In 2015 Sergio Castellitto directed her in Nessuno si salva da solo. She joined Filippo Timi on stage in Il popolo non ha pane? Diamogli le brioche (2009), Amleto (2011), Amleto 2 (2012), Don Giovanni (2013) and La Sirenetta (2014). In 2013 she started the artistic partnership with the director Andrée Ruth Shammah in Ondine, then renewed in 2014 and 2016 with Gli Innamorati and in 2015 with Una Casa di Bambola.
British film curator and festival coordinator, her research interests include Middle Eastern and North African cinemas, their European audiences and short film exhibition. After obtaining an MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation from the University of Edinburgh, she worked across the UK in arts and festival management, including with one of the biggest literary events in the world, the Edinburgh International Book Festival. As well as serving on Bristol’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival’s selection committee, she has curated short film programmes for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. She has recently moved to Bologna to work on a cultural exchange project.