Fiorella Infascelli was born in Rome. She started her career as a photographer for important magazines, such as Mondo and Espresso.
After that she approached the world of cinema and started working as second assistant and then as first assistant director for Giuseppe Bertolucci in Berlinguer ti voglio bene (Berlinguer, I Love You), Pier Paolo Pasolini in Salò e le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) and Bernardo Bertolucci in La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo (Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man).
In the ’80s, she started her career as a director with the film Ladra di Sogni, a silent comedy set in the XVIII century starring Roberto Benigni. In 1988, she shot her first feature film for cinema, La Maschera, a moral tale set in Italy in the XVIII century, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Michael Maloney. It was shortlisted for the award “Un Certain Regard” at Cannes, and won the Public Prize at the Annecy Festival. Other important works ensued, such as Zuppa di Pesce (1992), Italiani (1998), Conversazione Italiana (1999), Ferreri I love you (2000) and Il vestito da Sposa (2003).
In 2011, she made the documentary Pugni chiusi about the workers of the Porto Torres petrochemical plant who, following the closure of the Vinils, decided to lock themselves in the former prison of the Asinara island for a year and a half. The film, screened at Venice in the Controcampo Italiano section, was awarded Best Documentary prize and the Osella prize for Best Cinematography.
Her last film, Era d’Estate, shot in 2015, is about the strange summer spent by Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, together with their families, on the Asinara island to escape an attack. The film was broadcast by Rai Uno in May 2017 and was a success with both critics and the public.
During her career Fiorella Infascelli curated many different projects, including a series of interviews/portraits for various TV channels – including those with Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami, Mario Martone, and Luis Bacalov – two short films and some commercials for Pavesi, Corriere della Sera and Laura Biagiotti.
Michela Anedda is an animator and animation director who is specialized in stop motion.
She graduated in design from DADU in 2011 with a thesis on exaggeration in animation. In 2013 she was awarded a Master of Arts in traditional animation from the College of Art of Edinburgh University and produced Cogas, a short animated film about Sardinia, which has been selected by over 60 national and international festivals.
She is a freelance animator who collaborates with national directors and film production houses.
Director, screenwriter and director of photography, Mario Brenta is active both as a film and documentary maker. His works have been presented at major international film festivals – including Cannes, Venice, and Berlin – where they have won recognition and numerous prizes.
He founded, with Ermanno Olmi, the school Ipotesi Cinema which he directed for two decades. He also worked as a lecturer in the Theory and Techniques of Language in Film at the University of Padova and held courses in film direction at the ACT of Cinecittà, and the G.M.Volonté School of Rome, and at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, the FEMIS in Paris, the INSAS in Brussels, the ISMAC in Rabat, and as a visiting professor at the most important Italian, French and Spanish universities.
Crystal Dawn Jerome was born in October 1983 in the Gesgapegiag community, in East Quebec.
She has worked as an educator and cultural coordinator for 12 years at the Mawiomi Treatment Services for the treatment of substance, drug and alcohol abuse. She has recently qualifies as a Canadian Indigenous Addiction Counsellor.
Passionate about local traditions and cultures, in 2014 she directed her first short film, Megwitetm (I Remember), spoken entirely in her native language, Mi’kmaq.
Dr. Davyth Hicks is a specialist on regional, minoritised and endangered languages, the regeneration of these languages, and on linguistic rights. As Secretary-General and one of the founders of the European NGO for lesser-used languages, the European Language Equality Network (ELEN), he plays a key role in developing language policy and planning at the European, State and local level.
Dr Hicks has initiated and drafted numerous European Parliament and European Commission Reports in the field of multilingualism and linguistic diversity, and worked as the Secretariat for the European Parliament’s Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages.
Over the last 20 years his roles have included: Expert for the Council of Europe’s European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) and Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), Editor-in-Chief for Eurolang (originally part of the European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages), advisor to national and autonomous governments, and non-governmental organisations on minoritised language issues.
While Dr Hicks’ primary responsibility is conducting ELEN’s advocacy work to the EU, Council of Europe, OSCE, the UN and UNESCO, he is also responsible for setting-up and managing EU-funded language projects between ELEN partners (academic and NGO), for example, the Digital Language Diversity Project, as well as keeping the public informed on current language issues via Eurolang.
From Cornwall, Dr. Hicks completed his MSc and PhD in Celtic Studies at Edinburgh University, lecturing in the subject for seven years. Prior to this he worked as a professional rock singer, guitarist and songwriter, touring worldwide with various bands and releasing several albums on Capitol Records and Factory. He is currently based in Brussels.
ELEN represents 45 lesser-used languages with 164 member organisations in 23 European states and has consultative status with the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the UN and UNESCO.
(Milan, 1949). Daniele Maggioni is a producer, director, screenwriter and vocational trainer who has been working in the field of cinema, mainly independent films and film studies for forty years.
He has produced feature films, documentaries and short films which have been selected for national and international festivals, including L’aria serena dell’ovest (The Peaceful Air of the West, Locarno Festival, 1989, New Director New Film N.Y. 1990), Un’anima divisa in due (A Soul Split in Two, Volpi Cup, Venice International Film Festival, 1993) and Le acrobate, Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips, 2000 David di Donatello Award, Directors’ Fortnight/Cannes) directed by S. Soldini. He also produced Forza Cani and Come l’ombra (Venice Days Film Festival, Mar del Plata International Film Festival, 2006) directed by M.Spada, Il mnemonista directed by Paolo Rosa/Studio Azzurro, and La piccola A directed by Salvo D’Alia and Giuliano Ricci (2nd prize at the 2010 Bergamo Film Meeting). He recently produced the documentary Surbiles by Giovanni Columbu (Locarno, 2017).
He wrote the screenplay for M.Spada’s films Come l’ombra (Venice Days Film Festival, 2006) and Il mio domani (Rome Film Fest, 2011).
He also wrote and directed the film based on the life and works of Antonio Gramsci, Nel mondo grande e terribile (with M.G. Perria and L. Perini), which was in competition for the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival and Piove Deserto (with M.G. Perria), which was selected for the 2019 Israel Festival.
He has published several articles about cinema in various festival magazines and catalogues, a monograph about Joris Ivens (with S. Cavatorta) for Il Castoro Cinema and the textbooks Professione Filmmaker (1997), which was published by Mondadori, and Il filmmaker digitale (2008), which was published by Hoepli.
He currently lives in Cagliari, after spending many years in Milan, where he directed the School of Cinema for ten years. He has extensive experience as a vocational trainer in schools and universities in Italy and abroad.
Marco Antonio Pani was born in Sassari but lives in Cagliari. He has been a director, screenwriter, editor and teacher of film direction since 1992. Since then he has taught audiovisual communtication and promoted the region through this work, while also dedicating himself to more personal filmmaking projects.
Some of these projects include the award-winning short films Chinotto, Las Puertas del mundo niño, Panas, and Maialetto della Nurra, the docufiction Els Pintors Catalans a Sardenya, and the biopic Arturo torna dal Brasile. He is the co-author (along with Paolo Carboni) of the feature film Capo e Croce, le ragioni dei pastori (in competition for the 2013 Rome Film Festival and awarded the prize for Best Italian Film, among other awards, at the 2014 Italian Environmental Film Festival in Turin).
He has taught film direction, audiovisual production management, and the direction of actors for over 20 years at various university courses and Master’s degrees programs in Spain. Over the past few years, he has taught workshops for documentary direction and audiovisual literacy at the University of Cagliari.