Jury and staff 2020

Antonio La Camera

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Antonio La Camera was born in Castrovillari, Cosenza (Italy) on 18 May 1990. After graduating with honors in Cinema and Visual Arts at the Roma Tre University, he attended courses in directing and screenwriting at the film school “Sentieri Selvaggi ” in Rome.

His shortmovies have been screened at over 100 international and national festivals including the British Film Institute “Future Film Festival” (UK), “Braunschweig Film Festival” (Germany), “Ischia Film Festival” (Italy), “Fabriano Film Fest “(Italy), Al-Nahj International Shortfilm Festival (Iraq),” CinemAmbiente – Enrivomental Film Festival “(Italy),” Terre di Cinema – International Cinematographers Days “(Italy) and was among the authors of Italian short films that represented Italy at the “RIFF – Russia-Italy Film Festival” (Russia). He has won important awards such as the award for best director awarded by the “Pázmány Film Festival” organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of Budapest and the prize for the best international short film at the Turkish festival “Hak-İş Short Film Festival”.

He is the artistic director of the shortmovie distribution company “Gargantua Film” and the founder and artistic director of the “Castrovillari Film Festival”.

FRANCESCO SOTTILE

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Francesco Sottile was born in Castrovillari (Italy) on January 10th, 1991.
Composer and multi-instrumentalist, approaches music during adolescence as a self-taught electric guitarist.

In August 2016 he was admitted to the pre-academic course at the school for composers Gotlands Tonsättarskola (Gotland School of Music Composition) in Visby, Sweden. Here begins the writing of his first chamber works which are performed by ensembles such as Norbotten Neo Ensamble, Musikkonservatoriet Falun, Uppsala Kammarsolister, Gotlandsmusiken.
His works Introspezioni Immaginarie and Calma Ricercata are used by director Antonio La Camera in the shortmovie Nel Ritrovo del Silenzio (In the Place of Silence), in which he also has the role of leading actor.
In 2019 with his composition Ornitottero, performed at CaMu – Casa della Musica di Arezzo, he obtained a commission from the Compagnia Virgilio Sieni Cangoi which will have its premiere in spring 2020.
He is currently a student of composition at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and artistic director of the Castrovillari Film Festival.

ROSSELLA INGLESE

JURY MEMBER, PRESENTER

Rossella Inglese, born in 1989, screenwriter, editor and director, she graduates in screenwriting at the Nuct Film and Television School of Rome under the direction of Laura Bispuri, Anna Pavignano and Daniele Cesarano.
Later, she graduated at the Sae Institute of Milan in Digital Filmmaking under the teaching of the director Mirko Locatelli and screenwriter Luca Vendruscolo. The first short films as a director are “Sara” and “Vanilla”, the latter selected for the 31st edition of the International Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival.
A year later she produced “Denise”, selected in various international film festivals (Calgary Int. Film Festival, St. Louis Int. Film Festival, Wimbledon Int. Short Film Festival) and in the major Italian festivals (75th Int. Festival del Cinema of Venice, Young Italian Authors, European Film Festival), winning numerous awards (Cico Dorico-Nie Wiem Award, Aphrodite Award, Best Director of the Roma Creative Contest, Emidio Greco Award, Best Editing and Best Actress at Valdarno Cinema Film Festival).
He is currently developing his first feature film, “L’Origine del Mondo”.
The director puts teenage characters at the center of her films, struggling with the exploration of their own sexuality.

ANDREA GATOPOULOS

JURY MEMBER

Andrea Gatopoulos (Pescara, Italy 1994).

He’s a film producer, director and cinematographer. He moved to Rome at 18 and graduated in Modern Literature at Sapienza Università di Roma with a score of 110/110 cum laude with a thesis entitled “Virtual reality and image culture in the civilization of entertainment”. During the university years, he founded his publishing house and production company called Il Varco and produced 11 short films, 1 feature film and the edition of 4 books. He’s the artistic director of “Il Varco – International Short Film Festival”, one of the most important indie festivals in Italy. He also founded the monthly screening Short Days in Rome and the Abruzzi’s most important screening “New Abruzzi Cinema” in Pescara. His film productions were featured in more than 110 festivals all around the world including Oscar Qualifying and EFA Qualifying festivals.

ANDREA BENJAMIN MANENTI

JURY MEMBER

Andrea Benjamin Manenti, born in 1991, is an Italian director of photography, photographer and emerging director.
After graduating from the Bergamo Art High School, he studied directing and digital filmmaking at the SAE Institute Milano, under the guidance of director Mirko Locatelli.
Moved to Rome, he was selected at the Experimental Center of Cinematography, where
he studied photography under the teaching of cinematographer Giuseppe Lanci AIC.
With the director Rossella Inglese is founder of “Fedra Film”: they make together the short film “Vanilla”, in official selection at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and “Denise”, which has received several prestigious awards.
He works as a cinematographer, collaborating with numerous emerging directors and his short films has been selected in more than 100 festivals around the world (St. Louis Int’l Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Silver Ribbons, Golden Globes , Rome Film Festival).
In 2018 he began his collaboration with director Giulia Grandinetti, signing the co-direction of the short film “Guinea Pig” and working on the long-term photographic project “Sentimental Odyssey”.
He is currently preparing his debut at the feature film “The Origin of the World” by director Rossella Inglese as director of photography and his second short film as a director, “Majoneze”.

ANTONIO ROMAGNOLI

JURY MEMBER

Antonio Romagnoli is a director, screenwriter and writer, born in Castrovillari on 13/06/1992.

Study first at the Lyceum Classic and later “Arts and sciences of entertainment” at La Sapienza in Rome. Work as a critic film from 2013 to 2016 at “icinemaniaci” (Kijiji award for best cinema web site of the year 2014) attending the most important film festivals such as Turin and Rome.
He is also director of editorial staff of Il Varco, on which he publishes works in prose and verse.
In 2015, after several short films amateur, creates “Memories of a Traveler”, written and directed by him and in which he collaborates with Alessandro Haber.

In 2020 he completes the filming of his first feature film “Polvere” (adapted from a theatrical text by Saverio La Ruina, multi-award-winning author of the UBU award) which sees in the cast Saverio La Ruina and Roberta Mattei. In the same year he directs the short documentary “A Useless Tale” starring his grandmother.

From 2019 is artistic director of the “Pollino Film Fest”.