DIRECTORS

MAX BLOMAARD

BIO

 

AFTER TELLING STORIES THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YEARS MAX BLOMAARD SHIFTED HIS CREATIVE FOCUS TO THE WORLD OF CINEMA. HE RECENTLY GRADUATED AS A FILM DIRECTOR FROM THE ROYAL INSTITUTE FOR THEATER CINEMA AND SOUND IN BRUSSELS. ALTHOUGH ORIGINALLY HAILING FROM AMSTERDAM, HE SOUGHT TO ABSORB AS MUCH KNOWLEDGE AS POSSIBLE FROM THE NOW THRIVING BELGIAN FILM SCENE. MAX’S JOURNEY INTO FILMMAKING IS EPITOMIZED BY HIS GRADUATION PROJECT, ‘A PLACE OF OUR OWN.’ THIS FILM SERVES AS A QUINTESSENTIAL REPRESENTATION OF HIS ARTISTIC VISION: SMALL FILMS ABOUT HUMANE THEMES, TOLD IN A SUBTLE AND MINIMALISTIC WAY BUT WITH A LOT OF ATMOSPHERE.
FILMOGRAPHY
2023
A PLACE OF OUR OWN (Drama, 21', NL)
2021
LA GRANDE DESCENTE (Thriler, 9', NL/BE)

GIULIA CAFAGNA

BIO

 

GIULIA CAFAGNA IS A DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER OF ITALO-BRAZILIAN DESCENT. SHE GRADUATED IN 2022 FROM THE MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI FILM ACADEMY, PRESENTING HER FICTIONAL SHORT FILM “PADRE,” A ROCK AND ROLL MUSICAL, AS HER THESIS, WHICH IS CURRENTLY IN DISTRIBUTION. IN 2019, SHE GRADUATED IN DOCUMENTARY DIRECTING AT CIVICA LUCHINO VISCONTI, WHERE SHE MADE “LA NAVE DAVIDÒ,” A SHORT FILM SELECTED AT THE MY ART FILM FESTIVAL AND AMONG THE FIVE FINALISTS AT THE DOCUCITY FESTIVAL. THIS PROJECT WAS IN COLLABORATION WITH MUDEC, MUSEUM OF CULTURES IN MILAN, IS AN EXHIBITION SPACE THAT EMBRACES ANTHROPOLOGY AND CONTEMPORARY ARTS TO GIVE VOICE TO THE DIVERSE CULTURES OF THE WORLD. SHE HAS BEEN A STUDENT AT THE QUELLI DI GROCK ACTING SCHOOL FOR FOUR YEARS, AND HAS ACTED FOR THEATER AND CINEMA.
IN RECENT YEARS, GIULIA HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY INVOLVED IN FILM PRODUCTION, WORKING ON VARIOUS SHORT FILMS (BOTH FICTION AND DOCUMENTARIES) AND FEATURE FILMS. ADDITIONALLY, SHE HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN THE WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL ADVERTISING PRODUCTION, DEVELOPING HER ROLE IN DIRECTORIAL RESEARCH.
FILMOGRAPHY
2023
PADRE (Musical/Drama, 12', IT)

YURI CASAGRANDE CONTI

BIO

 

BORN IN MILAN WHERE HE TRAINED AS AN ACTOR, HE CONTINUED HIS STUDIES IN LOS ANGELES. WHILE WORKING CONSTANTLY IN THEATRE, HE PLAYED THE PROTAGONIST IN THE MOVIE “L’ASSOLUTO PRESENTE” BY F. MARTINA, “L’ULTIMO SPEGNE LA LUCE” BY T. SANTAMBROGIO AND “LE RAGAZZE NON PIANGONO” BY A. ZULIANI. “COME NEI RAMI LA PIOGGIA” IS HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT.
FILMOGRAPHY
2023
COME NEI RAMI LA PIOGGIA (Drama, 20', ITA)

RICCARDO COPRENI

BIO

 

DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER OF SEVERAL SHORT FILMS SCREENED ALL OVER THE WORLD. HE IS FOUNDER OF ECLETTICA, PRODUCTION COLLECTIVE BASED IN MILAN. HE LIKES MUSICALS, PIRATE MOVIES AND 007.
FILMOGRAPHY
2023
154 (SCI-FI, 20', ITA)
2022
ADDIO, PER ADESSO (EXPERIMENTAL, 7', ITA)
2022
IL DIO DEI GATTI É IMMORTALE (Drama, 20', ITA)
2020
OSCAR (Drama, 20', ITA)

GIULIA DI MAGGIO

BIO

 

GIULIA DI MAGGIO WAS BORN IN PALERMO IN 1995. IN 2016 SHE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PISA IN COMMUNICATION AND ENTERTAINMENT. FOLLOWING HER BACHELOR STUDIES, SHE MOVED TO ROME AND WORKED AS AN EDITOR’S ASSISTANT, FIRST AD, SECOND AD AND CASTING ASSISTANT, WRITING AND DIRECTING SEVERAL FICTION AND DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS IN HER FREE TIME. IN 2022 SHE GRADUATED AS A DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER FROM THE EXPERIMENTAL FILM SCHOOL IN PALERMO “CENTRO SPERIMENTALE DI CINEMATOGRAFIA” WITH THE FILM “ONCE MORE”, SELECTED BY VISION DU REEL 2023, VISIONI ITALIANE 2022, AND WINNER OF THE NEW TALENTS PRIZE IN VISIONI DAL MONDO FESTIVAL 2022. GIULIA IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING HER DEBUT FEATURE FILM.
FILMOGRAPHY
2023
LE FENNE (Drama, 15', ITA)
2022
IL PERIODO (Archive film, 3', ITA)
2021
Una volta ancora (Doc, 17', ITA)

FEDERICO FASULO

BIO

 

FEDERICO FASULO IS A YOUNG WRITER, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER BORN IN MILAN. AFTER GRADUATING AT THE MET FILMSCHOOL BERLIN IN 2016, HE WROTE AND DIRECTED FOUR SHORT FILMS: “WILL THERE BE ENOUGH WATER?”, “DORSIA”, WITH WHICH HE WON THE BEST DIRECTING AWARD AT THE TENTH EDITION OF THE ASTI FILM FESTIVAL, “BICCHERI”, SHOT ON 35MM, AND “ZUM SEE”. HE IS CURRENTLY PART OF THE ECLETTICA PRODUCTION COLLECTIVE, AS DIRECTOR AND SENIOR PRODUCER, FOLLOWING PROJECTS FROM DEVELOPMENT TO PRODUCTION AND POST-PRODUCTION. HE ALSO WORKS AS 1ST AD AND LINE-PRODUCER ON DIFFERENT INDEPENDENT SHORT FILMS, COMMERCIAL PRODUCTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS. HE HAS BEEN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND CASTING ASSISTANT TO MIGUEL LOMBARDI, ON THE FEATURE FILM “GLI SDRAIATI” AND THE BRANDED FILM “THE LEGEND OF RED HAND” BY STEFANO SOLLIMA. HIS INTEREST FOR ART IS COUPLED WITH THE ONE FOR PHILOSOPHY, WHICH HE STUDIED AT THE UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF OSLO.
FILMOGRAPHY
2023
ZUM SEE (Romance, 9', ITA)
2022
BICCHÈRI (Drama, 6', ITA)
2020
DORSIA (Drama, 12', ITA)
2018
WILL THERE BE ENOUGH WATER? (Drama, 20', DE)

JEROEN KOOISTRA

BIO

 

JEROEN KOOISTRA, BORN IN 1997 IN THE NETHERLANDS, INITIALLY HARBORED ASPIRATIONS OF BECOMING A JAZZ PIANIST, A DREAM THAT TOOK ROOT DURING HIS FORMATIVE YEARS. HOWEVER, AS HE MATURED, HIS ARTISTIC HORIZONS EXPANDED TO ENCOMPASS A DIVERSE ARRAY OF CREATIVE DISCIPLINES, INCLUDING PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITING, AND TEXTILE DESIGN. HIS DIRECTORIAL JOURNEY COMMENCED IN 2019 WHEN HE BEGAN CRAFTING MUSIC VIDEOS FOR DIVERSE MUSICIANS, HONING HIS SKILLS IN VISUAL STORYTELLING. IN 2022, JEROEN DIRECTED AND WROTE A POIGNANT 5-MINUTE SHORT FILM TITLED “HET KORT GEDING.” SIMULTANEOUSLY, WHILE IMMERSED IN THE PROCESS OF DIRECTING AND SCRIPTING “HET KORT GEDING”, JEROEN KOOISTRA EMBARKED ON THE CREATION OF “TRIPTYCH,” A PROJECT THAT REACHED ITS FRUITION IN 2023.
FILMOGRAPHY
2023
TRYPTICH (Drama, 14', NL)
2022
HET KORT GEDING (Drama, NL)

THOM LUNSHOF

BIO

 

THOM LUNSHOF GRADUATED WITH THE SHORT FILM “HARMONIA” IN 2020, A FILM ABOUT A MASS BURN-OUT EVENT AT A PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY. HE ALSO CO-WROTE THE SCREENPLAY, A ROLE HE ALSO TOOK ON FOR HIS FUTURE PROJECTS. HE IS CURRENTLY IN THE PRE-PRODUCTION OF HIS FIRST FEATURE “FLOWER STONE”.
FILMOGRAPHY
2023
LEAF (Drama, 20', NL)
2020
HARMONIA (Drama, 25', NL)

ANI NOVAKOVIC

BIO

 

ANI NOVAKOVIC WAS BORN IN ST. POELTEN, AUSTRIA IN 1992. SHE DISCOVERED HER PASSION FOR STORYTELLING AT THE AGE OF 14 WHEN SHE WROTE A TEXT ABOUT HER MOTHER, WHICH INEVITABLY LED TO DOMESTIC TURMOIL. ANI DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL AT THE AGE OF 17 AND MOVED TO LOS ANGELES A YEAR LATER. DURING HER TIME LIVING IN CALIFORNIA FROM 2010-2014, SHE HONED HER WRITING SKILLS AND PENNED A SATIRICAL NOVEL ABOUT HER UPBRINGING. UPON HER RETURN TO VIENNA, SHE OBTAINED HER HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA WHILE WORKING TWO JOBS. SHE PURSUED HER PASSION FOR STORYTELLING BY STUDYING SCREENWRITING AND DIRECTING AT THE FILM ACADEMY VIENNA FROM 2017-2021. CURRENTLY, SHE IS PURSUING DUAL MASTER’S DEGREES IN THESE FIELDS. IN 2022, SHE RECEIVED A SCREENWRITING GRANT. ALONGSIDE HER STUDIES, SHE WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER.
FILMOGRAPHY
2023
I/ME (DRAMA, 24', AT)
2022
CRANBERRY JUICE (Drama, 30', AT)

JULIA PATEY

BIO

 

JULIA STARTED HER FILMMAKING CAREER IN CANADA AT THE AGE OF 6, MAKING FAKE COMMERCIALS WITH HER SIBLINGS ON THEIR FAMILY CAMCORDER. SHE THEN RECEIVED A BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, WHERE SHE STUDIED PHILOSOPHY AND FILM PRODUCTION, EXPERIMENTING WITH VISUAL STORYTELLING AND PHOTOGRAPHY. IN 2013, SHE LEFT HER HOMELAND BEHIND AND SET OFF FOR BERLIN IN PURSUIT OF NEW INSPIRATION. JULIA’S WORK AIMS TO CREATE A SENSUAL EXPERIENCE FOR THE VIEWER USING IMMERSIVE CINEMATOGRAPHY AND ASMR-LIKE SOUND DESIGN. HER AIM IS TO GET UNDER THE VIEWER’S SKIN, TO SHOW THE FAMILIAR IN A WHOLE NEW WAY, AUGMENTING REALITY BY FOCUSING ON THE DETAILS. FOR HER, STORYTELLING IS THE DANCE BETWEEN THE WHOLE AND THE PARTS, THE WIDE AND THE MACRO, THE OBJECTIVE AND THE SUBJECTIVE. THE GOING MOTTO : DO NOT GET COMFORTABLE.
FILMOGRAPHY
2023
THE TREE OF DELIGHT
2023
ONCE UPON A TIME IN DELIGHT
2023
LETTUCE NEVER GIVE UP
2023
MUM (Drama, '18, DE)
2022
KEEP LIVE ALIVE
2021
WOMEN IN MEDIA
2021
ELEMENTAL
2020
NO EXIT
2018
SP(L)IT
2017
ENTR'ACTE (Erotic)
2015
JUICE PORN (Erotic, '1)
2014
JUICE: CHAPTER 1
2014
I'VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE
2013
THE GREEN DESERT (Doc)
2012
FROM BARBARA TO TXI (Doc)
2012
SWIM

ANGELO RAAIJMAKERS

BIO

 

ANGELO RAAIJMAKERS (1992) IS A DUTCH WRITER AND DIRECTOR. HE GRADUATED IN 2015 FROM ST. JOOST – SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN WITH HIS SHORT FILM SAD SPIRIT. IN 2017, HE DIRECTED THE PORN FILM CORN FOR VPRO’S DIRTY FILM DOCUMENTARY SERIES, VIEWED BY OVER 500,000 PEOPLE. AFTER THAT, ANGELO DIRECTED THE SHORT FILMS WHEN I EXPLODE AND I, ADONIS. HIS WORK SCREENED AT FESTIVALS SUCH AS UPPSALA, NASHVILLE, TORONTO AFTER DARK AND GRIMSTAD, WAS FEATURED ON OMELETO AND NOMINATED IN COMPETITIONS LIKE THE SILVER LYNX COMPETITION AT FEST – NEW DIRECTORS, THE MÉLIÈS COMPETITION AT IMAGINE FILM FESTIVAL AND THE F3 COMPETITION IN BOGOTÁ. ANGELO RECENTLY COMPLETED HIS SHORT FILM A PERFECT NIGHT, WHICH WAS PART OF THE CINESUD ‘TALENTS TO CANNES’ PROGRAM AT THE 76TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL.
FILMOGRAPHY
2024
A PERFECT NIGHT (Drama, 18', AT)
2021
I, ADONIS (Horror, AT)
2020
WHEN I EXPLODE (Drama/Dark Comedy, 7', AT)
2017
CORN (Erotic, AT)
2015
DROEFGEEST (Fantasy, 10', AT)

REZA RASOULI

BIO

 

REZA RASOULI, BORN IN MASHHAD, IRAN, IS A DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER. SINCE HIS CHILDHOOD HE HAS BEEN ACCOMPANIED BY A GREAT PASSION FOR THEATER AND CINEMA, ALREADY DURING HIS SCHOOL YEARS HE IS ACTIVE IN THEATER AND REALIZES HIS FIRST OWN CINEMATIC PROJECTS. AFTER GRADUATING FROM SCHOOL, HE IS ACTIVE IN FILM IN TEHRAN AND REALIZED HIS OWN SHORT FILMS. SINCE THE END OF 2019 REZA RASOULI LIVES AND WORKS IN AUSTRIA, WHERE HE STUDIES DIRECTING AT THE FILM ACADEMY VIENNA SINCE 2021.
FILMOGRAPHY
2024
LASAGNE (Drama, 12', AT)
2022
CHARLOTTE (Doc, 12', AT)
2022
DU RIECHST GUT (Drama, 11', AT)
2021
KÖNNTEST DU ENDLICH STILL SEIN, BITTE (Drama, 5', AT)
2021
ANKOMMEN (Drama, 14', AT)

ALESSANDRO ROCCA

BIO

 

ALESSANDRO ROCCA WAS BORN IN MILAN. HE’S A DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE VIDEO PRODUCTION DESTINATIONFILM. HIS DEBUT SHORT FILM “AGOSTO IN PELLICCIA” WON THE BEST DIRECTOR AWARD AT VISIONI ITALIANE 2022 AND BEST SHORT FILM AT RIFF 2023 AND CINÉ OFF. HIS SHORT FILM SANS DIEU IS CURRENTLY DISTRIBUTED AT FESTIVALS AND ALESSANDRO IS WORKING ON HIS THIRD AND FINAL SHORT FILM WITH THE PROVISIONAL TITLE “KROLIK!”.
FILMOGRAPHY
2024
SANS DIEU (Drama, 10', IT)
2022
AGOSTO IN PELLICCIA (Drama, 20', IT)

ANDREA SBARBARO

BIO

 

ANDREA SBARBARO, BORN IN CERNUSCO SUL NAVIGLIO IN 1998, MADE HIS DEBUT IN 2018 WITH “HYPOCHONDRIA”, A SHORT FILM IN MIXED TECHNIQUE. IN 2020 HE DIRECTED THE SHORT FILM “HIKIKOMORI” WITH WHICH HE GRADUATED IN FILM AND TELEVISION DIRECTION AT THE CIVICA SCUOLA DI CINEMA LUCHINO VISCONTI. IN 2021 HE MADE “THE HUMAN IMPLANT”, A SHORT FILM STARRING GIOVANNI STORTI AND TERESA ACERBIS, PRESENTED AT THE RIFF ROME INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL AND IN 40 OTHER FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD. IN 2022 HE CO-DIRECTED WITH RICCARDO COPRENI THE SHORT FILM “FAREWELL FOR TODAY”. IN 2023 COPRENI AND SBARBARO RETURN TO THE SET TO DIRECT THEIR SECOND SHORT FILM TOGETHER: “154”, A SCI-FI MOVIE STARRING GIOVANNI STORTI AND GIULIA BELLU. SINCE 2021 HE IS PART OF THE ECLETTICA COLLECTIVE AS DIRECTOR AND EDITOR ON SHORT FILMS AND ADVERTISING PRODUCTIONS.
FILMOGRAPHY
2023
154 (SCI-FI, 20', ITA)
2022
ADDIO, PER ADESSO (EXPERIMENTAL, 7', ITA)
2022
VAE VICTIS (DRAMA, 6', ITA)
2021
L'IMPIANTO UMANO (COMEDY, 11', ITA)
2020
HIKIKOMORI (Drama, 20', ITA)
2018
HYPOCHONDRIA (Drama, 20', ITA)