Documentary Section

International documentary contest, with minimum running time of 30 minutes

Short Film Section

International short film contest (documentaries and fiction) with maximum running time of 30 minutes

Young Jury Award

Delegation of the Student Project: “Siciliambiente
and Arpa a scuola insieme”.

Documentary Jury Section

Stefano Amadio

Stefano Amadio

STEFANO AMADIO is a professional journalist, director of the web journal cinemaitaliano.info and contributor to the magazine CIAK. He recently hosted the 68th edition of the Taormina Film Fest and is a professor of video journalism at the Master’s degree at the Roberto Rossellini Foundation in Rome. He conducted and wrote the texts for the broadcast “Meno di 30”, at the Venice Film Festival, on the Cinecittà streaming channel “Italian Pavilion”. In 2020 he directed and coordinated the making of the short film “Blu Lampedusa” at the end of the Vento del Nord laboratory with the students of the island of Lampedusa, a laboratory that continues in 2021, with a short film on Dante, and in 2022 with a short doc on Pasolini . He has worked in TV for Videomusic, Tmc, INN Tele+, Raisat Cinema.

Marco Antonio Pani

Marco Antonio Pani

Director, editor and teacher in the cinematographic field in business since 1992. After his debut in the commercial documentary, he begins a more personal artistic journey with the award-winning short films “Chinotto”, “Las Puertas del mundo niño”, “Panas” and “Maialetto della Nurra ”, the “Els pintors catalans a Sardenya” and “Arturo returns from Brazil”. In 2013 he signed with Paolo Carboni “Capo and Croce, the reasons of the shepherds”, winner of several awards including, in 2014, Best Italian film at the Cinemambiente Festival in Turin and at Sicilia Ambiente, in which he still participates with the short ” MAIALETTO DELLA NURRA” (2016) and with the documentary “PADENTI/foresta.

Luca Ricciardi

Luca Ricciardi

Luca Ricciardi (Rome, 1975) is an author, producer, and cultural operator. He studied contemporary history and began working on documentaries and public history initiatives in 2003. From 2007 to 2016, he worked as the Head of Development at DocLab, where he developed and produced documentaries and television programs for the Italian and international markets. Since 2009, he has been a board member of the Audiovisual Archive of the Workers’ and Democratic Movement (AAMOD). In 2018, he co-founded the production startup FilmAffair, which focuses on new forms of expression in documentary filmmaking. He has directed 10 editions of the “Visioni Fuori Raccordo” festival and frequently collaborates as a tutor and instructor with film schools, courses, and workshops dedicated to documentary filmmaking.

Sara Serraioco

Sara Serraioco

Sara Serraioco, born in 1990, made her debut as the protagonist in the film Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, winner of the Gran Prix de la Semaine de la Critique at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. For her performance she received the Golden Globe as best actress and the Guglielmo Biraghi Prize as a newcomer.
She is the protagonist of many films, from Enrico Pau’s L’Accabadora in which she is alongside Donatella Finocchiaro and Barry Ward to her It is not a country for young people by Giovanni Veronesi. She also works for the television series and in 2017 she was cast in the series Counterpart by Morten Tyldum. Among the directors you have worked with: Alessandro Capitani, Renato De Maria, Mauro Mancini, Gianni Amelio, Paolo Virzì, Paolo Genovese and Gabriele Salvatores.

Short Film Jury Section

Heinz Hermanns

Heinz Hermanns

Heinz Hermanns was born in Duisburg, Germany. He worked as a social worker in Belfast, Northern Ireland.   In 1981 he founded and directed the Eiszeit cinema during the squaters movement in Berlin . He has been CEO since 1982 and directs “interfilm Berlin – short film festival & distribution”. He co-directed the “Pollicino” short film festival in Catania from 1990 to 1996. He has been the director and co-founder since 2001 of the “Going Underground” short film festival which takes place in the Berlin subway trains. He is also the co-founder and curator of the Zebra Poetry Short Film Festival which has been presenting short films that interpret poetry since 2002. He gives seminars on the language of short films for students and professionals from all over the world.

Simona Malato

Simona Malato

He began his training at the acting school of the Teatro Biondo Stabile in Palermo in the late nineties, then studied dance and the arts. Simona Malato works in dance with Alessandra Luberti in Angelo per Cristiano, from the photographic work of Francesca Woodman. You are an interpreter in the shows of Claudio Collovà (The family, K The land surveyor, The Waste Land). He works in the international production of Womb-Tomb and Hard to be Pinocchio, directed by Simone Mannino. Again for the theatre, in 2023, he works with Rosario Palazzolo in If they are flowers will die. Since 2012 he has been part of the Antigone Project Collective. He also takes care of the direction of Insomnia 6 a. m. girl, a monologue in which he is also an interpreter. He acts in the cinema in The Macaluso sisters, Mercy, The short summer, A female, Spaccaossa and Stranizza d’amuri.

Alessandro Metz

Alessandro Metz

Born in Trieste in 1968, Alessandro Metz is active in social, political and cultural paths. Training in the field, making mistakes and building collective paths for more than thirty years, he is trained together with others within a history of autonomy, critical thinking and cooperation. He has had local, regional and national assignments of various types and levels and begins as an educator, still dealing with addictions, prison, civil rights, housing, income and migrations, therefore with people. At the moment, social shipowner of the Ionian Sea, a ship active in monitoring the Mediterranean Sea for the Mediterranean Saving Humans project. These are his words: “I have acted, together with many others, to force and build new legality and new rights, sometimes we have succeeded, others have tried us and sometimes condemned us. I try to walk on the right side of the wrong road.”

Youth Jury Section

Delegation of students from the schools that took part in the “Siciliambiente and Arpa a  scuola insieme” project.

  • Liceo Archimede di Acireale
  • Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Danilo Dolci di Partinico
  • Liceo Vittoria Colonna di Roma
  • Centro Metropolitano di Formazione Professionale di Castel Fusano
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