DOCUMENTARIES AND SHORT FILMS CONTEST JURY


Fulvia Caprara

Fulvia Caprara, born in Rome, raised in Naples, returned to Rome to become a journalist after winning the Fieg-Fnsi scholarship, and writes about cinema and show business in the newspaper La Stampa, as well as a column in the magazine Ciak titled Genres. She is vice-president of the Italian Film Journalists Union, which, among many activities, assigns the Nastri D’Argento awards to Italian cinema. She is part of the David di Donatello Academy awarding jury. Since 2004, for four editions, she was in the selection committee of the Venice International Film Festival directed by Marco Muller. For six years, at La Sapienza University of Rome, she held a course in Entertainment Journalism (Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, course in Publishing and Writing). Occasionally she collaborates with magazines like 8 e mezzo and has written essays for the Guanda Almanac on film and television phenomena. In 2009 she was a member of the commission of experts, at Anica, and in charge of designating the Italian candidate for the 2010 Oscars. She participated in television broadcasts on the theme of cinema, and on La Stampa Tv she has a weekly video blog (Cinesettimana) about new movies.

Agostino Ferrente

Agostino Ferrente (Cerignola, Foggia, 1971) is a director, producer and artistic director. After studying at DAMS in Bologna and attending Cinema Hypothesis by Ermanno Olmi, he produces, with his Pirata Manifatture Cinematografiche, and directs the short films Just over half of zero (1993) and Opinions of a pirate (1994) which received awards in international festivals. Later he created with Giovanni Piperno Interview with my mother (1999) and Il film di Mario (1999-2001). Both receive festival awards and gain some attention. In 2001, together with a dozen accomplices, he founded the group “Apollo 11” in Rome, which saved the historic Apollo cinema-theater from the risk of becoming a bingo hall, and through film reviews, music and writing, it became one of the most lively centers of cultural production in the capital, the first with a continuous program dedicated to the cinema of reality. As part of Apollo 11, he began a collaboration with two masters of independent cinema: Alberto Grifi and Vittorio De Seta and, together with Avion Travel’s Mario Tronco, he created L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, one of the first multi-ethnic bands in the world, of which he recounts his birth with a documentary by the same name, which participated in numerous international festivals, obtaining – among other awards – the Silver Ribbon and the Golden Globe of the Foreign Press. With Annamaria Granatello he created the Solinas Award – Documentary for Cinema. He made two music videos, both awarded at the P.I.V.I. for Ena Andi, from the Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio, and Alfonsina for Tetes de Bois, with the participation of Margherita Hack. In 2013 he directed with Giovanni Piperno Le cose belle, shown at the Venice Festival, which became the most awarded Italian documentary of 2014. In 2019 he presented Selfie at the Berlin Film Festival, which won several awards including the 2020 David di Donatello. He is currently developing his first fiction film.

Violante Placido

Violante Placido, actress and singer-songwriter, made her film debut in 1996 as the female protagonist of “Jack Frusciante left the group” alongside a very young Stefano Accorsi. She continued her acting career in Italy and abroad. The list of directors and actors with whom she has worked is long: Harvey Keitel, Bob Hoskins, Vincent Gallo, George Clooney, Nicolas Cage, Daniel Auteuil, Mathieu Kassovitz, and Pupi Avati, Sergio Rubini, Giovanni Veronesi; from Michele Placido to Francesco Patierno but also the great photographer and director Anton Corbijn who directs her in “The American”. Among the various titles, “The soulmate” with Valentina Cervi, the comedy “Chocolate lessons” alongside Luca Argentero. For television she has distinguished herself in many roles on miniseries such as “War and Peace”, “Pinocchio”, “Killer women” and for SKY she starred in “Moana”, biopic of Moana Pozzi. We also see her in the series made from Luc Besson’s film “Transporter: The Series”, and as the protagonist in “This is my country” directed by Michele Soavi. For the film “The Jungle Book” by Disney, she lends her voice to the she-wolf Rashka, who adopts Mowgli. She co-starred in the film directed by Michele Placido “7 minutes”. In 2017 she was Titania in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” by W. Shakespeare directed by Massimiliano Bruno, followed by a tour in 2018-19. She acted alongside Michele Riondino in the film ‘We remain friends’ by A. Grimaldi, and in the short film ‘Hand in the Cap’ by A. Morelli. In 2019 she starred in the film “Airplane mode” by Fausto Brizzi. On TV, she stars alongside Alessio Boni in “Enrico Piaggio-An Italian dream” by U.Marino.
But Violante also carries on her role as singer-songwriter, and has two albums “Don’t be shy” 2006 and “Sheepwolf” (Mescal). In 2013 she sang in a duet with Bugo in ‘Amore mio infinito’, and with Mauro Ermanno Giovanardi in the historic ‘Bang Bang’.
Currently she has two AIDASTUDIO / CABIRIA productions in the works: ‘Fur Elise’, reading inspired by Beethoven’s muse, and ‘Femmes Fatales’, a show she conceived and wrote with Michele Primi. A jump back in time to tell the tale of 5 icons: Nico, Marianne Faithfull, Patty Pravo, Francoise Hardy and Yoko Ono, through anecdotes and covers sung by her.

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