Director

Cristiano Anania

Cristiano Anania was born in Rome in 1985. He has several short films to his credit, including Languore, presented out of competition at the 61st Venice Film Festival. With his “Pollicino” he has been selected in over 150 national and international festivals collecting about 60 awards and was also nominated in the finalist triplet of the Golden Globe 2012 (the Foreign Press Award to Italian Cinema) as best Italian short film and the Cinemaster Award of Nastri d’Argento the following year. For his next short film, Buon San Valentino, he availed himself of the collaboration of important actors such as Giorgio Colangeli and Alessandro Borghi. For eight years he founded a film distribution company, Associak Distribuzione, engaged in the festival circuit of short films. In 2019 his first feature film, L’eroe, starring Salvatore Esposito, was released in theaters. The film is available on the cinema channels of Sky’s bouquet. He is currently working on his second feature.

Director

Mujah Maraini-Melehi

Mujah grows up between Morocco, Italy and the United States in a family of writers and artists.  She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.  She also studies filmmaking at Boston University, and Acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and The Actors Studio in New York.  Her documentary feature “Haiku on a Plum Tree” marks her debut as a producer/writer/director.

Producer

Xavier Guerrero

Xavier Guerrero Yamamoto is CEO of Cinema Libre and co-founder of Satori Labs, a French production company and innovation startup for the cinema industry, respectively.

He obtained a Masters degree in both Civil Industrial Engineering and Business Engineering in Chile before working in General Electric anddirecting Nueva Imagen, a Chilean audiovisual production company, between 2003 and 2009. He later moved to London and obtained a Masters in Filmmaking at the London Film School. In 2011 he left to Paris where he met Alejandro Jodorowsky and convinced him to return to filmmaking. He was Jodorowsky’s right hand in all matters linked to his cinematic career, producing 2013’s La Danza de la Realidad (The Dance of Reality), 2016’s Poesía Sin Fin (Endless Poetry) and 2019’s Psychomagie (Psychomagic).

Editor & Filmmaker

Alessandro Giordani

Roman, class of 1982. Editor and filmmaker. In 2007 he graduated in Arts and Performing Arts, specialization in Cinema, at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. His main profession as an editor has intersected over the years with various experiences in directing, producing and writing. Since 2002 he has worked as a freelance editor and in 2005 he founded Digital Room Srl, a post-production and production company, where he worked until 2012 as editor and director for video clips, commercials, short films, feature films and documentaries. He has also worked as assistant director for short and independent feature films, also with experience in the USA and with foreign productions, and has signed the writing of short films and documentaries. Among the films made as a director in 2016 he wrote and directed “L’Insonne – Ouverture”, based on the homonymous Italian comic book with funding from MiBACT. He is currently a freelancer and collaborates with Mescalito Film for distribution and production. He is a member of the Board of Directors of AMC, the Italian association of film and television editors.

Journalist

Stefano Coccia

Stefano Coccia, cinema journalist and film critic for more than twenty years, once on the Committee of permanent collaborators of the historic Cinemasessanta, currently collaborates with Sul Palco, CineClandestino, KulturJam and Taxi Drivers.

Screenwriter & Director

Matteo Scifoni

Born in Rome in 1982, he graduated from DAMS with a thesis on the cinema of Paul Thomas Anderson. He is an independent, self-taught screenwriter and director. He has written and directed short films (among others Spaghetti haiku, Mesa Verde and Betty Boop, presented in several international festivals) and the feature film Bolgia totale, presented among others at the Annecy festival and released in Italian cinemas in 2015. A former film critic, he published the novel Strani giorni (2005).

Producer

Victoria Yakubov

Victoria Yakubov is a Director, living in Paris. She was born in Tashkent, Ouzbekistan, former Soviet Union, in 1977. At the age of 13 she immigrates with her family to Israel. In 2002 she leaves Israel to follow her Biggest Dream: carry out her film studies in Paris. She directs several short feature films and theater plays. In 2014 she returns to her homeland by chance, which leads to a short movie called “Menin Kazynam (Treasure). Her first feature film “Olma Djon” was shot through her independent film production company in Kazakhstan in 2016. Today Victoria is preparing her next feature film “Cinecittà”. Living between many countries, she often quotes Jodorowsky: “My homeland is in my shoes”.

Director

Marisa Vallone

Born in Bari in 1986, she began her career as a video artist and multimedia designer attending International festivals and art collectives. After graduating in Multimedia Art (with a thesis in Sociology of New Media) at the Academy of Fine Arts, she graduated in Direction at the Experimental Cinematography Center Foundation in Rome with the short film “La Carna Trist.”.

Starting from 2013 he explores multiple professional experiences working mainly as director, assistant director and casting, author and filmmaker in cinema, commercial and web sectors. Finalist of the Solinas Prize 2017 with the subject “Paramagic”, she is currently working on the preparation of her feature film “La Terra delle donne” (No Potho Reposare).

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