Jury 100 Autori short films and animations

100 Autori, the Italian association for the authoriality of cinema and television, is very pleased to participate as a jury in the festival SicilAmbiente 2012, one of the most interesting festivals in Sicily.

The association has constituted 3 specific sections (north, centre, south) and intends to support the regional events with its means and professionalism depending on the local circumstances, which often are far more significant compared to the Roman centralisation. The 100 Autori will support this festival because of its choice of theme which unites the documentary and the environment, and because of its tenacity with which, year for year, despite the financing and fundraising problems, it enriches the panorama of the cultural initiatives of this region.

MAURIZIO SCIARRA
Born in Bari on 15 April 1955. Member of the EFA European Film Award. Between August 2006 and June 2008 he was a board member of the Istituto Luce of Cinecittà in Rome. Since November 2010 he is a member of the executive committee of FEFD (Federation of European Film Directors). Having started his career in photography and in documentaries, he began to work as an assistant director in 1977. The most important collaboration was with Luigi Comencini, with whom he worked for over a decade, making films such as “Cuore”, “La Storia”, “Un ragazzo di Calabria”, and “Buon Natale, Buon Anno”.
He makes his first feature film in 1997: “La Stanza dello Scirocco”, with Giancarlo Giannini and Tiziana Lodato.
2001: “Alla rivoluzione sulla due cavalli”, with Adriano Giannini, Gwaenelle Simon, Andoni Gracia, Francisco Rabal.
2006: “Quale Amore” inspired by the “The Kreutzer Sonata” by L. Tolstoj, with Giorgio Pasotti and Vanessa Incontrada.
Amongst his numerous documentaries are “Malpensa 2000”, an institutional documentary on the opening of the airport Malpensa in Milan, “Chi ruba donne”, on “I cantori di Carpino”, with Eugenio Bennato, “Novecento privato. La collezione Cozzani in casa Cozzani”, “A Cuba con la Due Cavalli”, on the festival of Havana/Cuba realised by Tele+; “Coppi e la Dama bianca. Frammenti di un amore controcorrente”, realised by Lumiere and Tele+, “In viaggio coi pupi”, realised by Lumiere with the Region Sicily, and “Chi è di scena. Il Teatro Petruzzelli torna a vivere”, realised by Lumiere and the commission for the reconstruction of the Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari.
For more than 10 years he has been teaching “Elements of Film Directing” at the “Professione Cinema” in Bologna.

MARIO BALSAMO
Director and writer of films and documentaries.
Filmography:
2008: “I Dreamt of colourful clouds” (www.sognavolenuvolecolorate.com)
Finalist in: Locarno Film Festival 2008; Roma Film Fest 2008; Bellaria Film Festival Premio Casa Rossa; Italia Film Fest – Per il cinema italiano 2008; Filmmaker 2008; Salina Doc Fest 2008; Festival dei Popoli 2008 –library-; Italia Doc 2009; Visioni Italiane 2009.
2006: “Arbëreshë Stories”, on an Italian community of ethnic Albanian origin
2006: “Mãe Baratinha, a Story of Candomblé”, a documentary on a personal experience with the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé (finalist in “Bellaria Film Festival 2006”)
2003: “Under the Sky of Baghdad”, documentary on the people of Iraq under the threat of a new war (finalist in “Premio Libero Bizzarri 2003” and in other 11 festivals).

CHIARA AGNELLO
Born in Palermo, where she starts as an assistant director and video maker. She writes and directs several short films and commercials, works together with various directors such as Marco Bellocchio, Giuseppe Tornatore, Roberto Andò, Andrea Porporati, and others, as a casting director and coach. She lives and works in Sicily and Rome. At the moment she is working on her first feature film.

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