After obtaining a degree in psychology he made his directorial debut with the documentary “Peppino Impastato: Storia di un Siciliano Libero”.
For years he worked in cinema as assistant director. In 2005 he founded Demetra Produzioni, then following the documentary “Crimes of Peace” (on the disasters of the Augusta petrochemical center) of which he is author and director, he was invited to be part of the scientific committee of the ten-year sustainable development education (DESS) of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO.
In 2007 with “A Pirrera” he was asked to hold a series of seminars on Italian documentaries in numerous prestigious American universities including Harvard University in Cambridge and Tulane in New Orleans.
In 2008 he collaborated with Rai Educational in the making of two documentaries for “La Storia Siamo Noi”: “Terre in Moto” and “Cronache di Mafia”.
In 2009 he created the SiciliAmbiente Film Festival with Demetra Produzioni, of which he is still artistic director.
In 2010 he returned to directing with two works: “Uno di Noi”, a collective film made for the prestigious Franco-German TV Artè and “A Tutto Tonno” film with which he returned to address environmental issues. In 2012 he made the documentary film “The Black Saint” with which he addresses the issue of immigration.
In 2013 he co-directed a new collective film for Artè entitled “No Man’s Land”. In the same year he co-authored of the film “Tutti le Scuole del Regno” by Marco Bechis.
In 2014 he is executive producer of the film “La Musica di Calatafimi” written and directed by David Riondino.
In 2015 he is one of the founders of Diritti a Todi Human Rights International Film Festival.
In 2017 he directed the documentary film “La Corsa de L’Ora” produced by Marvin Film and Demetra Produzioni, with which he won the Nastri D’Argento award for best Docufilm in 2018.
Also in 2018 he co-authored the documentary “Prospettiva Ballarò”.
My name is Sheila, I am 35 years old, and since I was 20 I have been working in events and audiovisual productions, in the world of social and cultural innovation, and in urban regeneration and community creation through culture. I have always divided myself between the world of cinema and that of social activism.
I believe in inclusion, sharing, mutual respect for differences, and common constructs to achieve a “sustainable lifestyle” for everyone.
I am against all kinds of borders and constraints, and I believe that the right to free movement should be included among the fundamental ones.
Since 2009 I have been working for the SiciliAmbiente Film Festival, first as an organizer, and since 2010 as Project Manager.
Currently, in addition to SiciliAmbiente, I collaborate with Mediterranea Saving Humans, I am Vice President of the Coordination of Film Festivals in Sicily and a member of the Board of Directors of AFIC (Association of Italian Film Festivals).