SHORT FILM JURY
Laura Salvai is a psychologist, psychotherapist and sexologist. A great fan of cinema since childhood, she combined her interests in psychology and the seventh art through the creation of the blog www.psicofilm.it (Psychofilm – Psychological Movies and Psychology explained through cinema). Her dedication to her blog has progressively become one of her main professional commitments and has led her to create synergies with different professionals in the cinema industry, with the aim of bringing more cinema into psychology and more psychology and psychologists into cinema. Her collaboration with TUC derives from her interest in the narratives of independent cinema and has grown over the years until she joined the Feature Films jury, so as to offer a psychological look at the films in competition.
Lucio Toma graduated in 2006 at the Dams (Bologna) with a specialization in Cinema, and a dissertation on G.M. Volontè. After he attended the Rosebud Academy in Rome, run by director Giuseppe Ferrara, where he specialized in film direction. He is a recognised author of short films, documentaries, video-art and music videos. Since 2018 he has been involved with short movies distribution of company Quasicinema, through which he organizes events dedicated to short films in various cinema halls.
Armand Rovira, Barcelona (1979), combines his work as director and screenwriter with cinematographic teaching in the Master University Frame that is taught at theLens school in Madrid.
Letters to Paul Morrissey has been his debut in the world of feature films. His experimental works have been recognised at prestigious festivals such as the fantastic Festival of Sitges, Karlovy Vary, BAFICI, European Film Festival of Seville, D’A Barcelona, Fantasia Film Festival, SEMINCI or PÖFF – Tallinn Black Nights.
- Letters to Paul Morrissey (78’, 2018)
- Hoissuru (18’, 2017)
- ¿Qué será de Baby Grace? (12’, 2019)
- La purificación excremental (10’, 2002) El bufón de Belzebú (10’, 1999)
Carlo Conversano (born on September 12, 1992) graduated in 2017 and he is currently studying to earn a Master’s Degree in Cinema and Media Engineering at the Politecnico of Turin.
His multidisciplinary studies allow an all-round knowledge with competence both in the digital technological-practical area and the media, cinema and visual communication field.
As a versatile enthusiast of visual arts, he devotes himself to photography, cinema and painting, as well as computer graphics, virtual reality and 3D animation.
As a consequence of his deep interest in environmental issues and in the relationship between man and nature, in 2018 Conversano created the Ortometraggi Film Festival (OFF), a short films festival in Salento for which he supervises the art direction for the 2019 edition.
Stefano Semeria, born on August 17, 1979 in Sanremo, grew up in Tuscany.
Passionate about cinema for all his life, Semeria writes about it for many Italian and foreign art magazines and online blogs. He also deals with translation and subtitling. Thanks to his keen interest in the independent cinema and soundtracks, he’s always looking for something new and unique.
FEATURE FILM JURY
The president of the Jury of the eighth edition of the festival will be the french film editor Hervé Schneid.
— Neruda (2016), Sognare è vivere (2015), Un Momento di Follia (2015), Lo Straordinario Viaggio di T. S. Spivet (2014), Il principe del deserto (2011), La chiave di Sara (2010), L’esplosivo piano di Bazil (2009), Igor (2008), Nemico Pubblico n.1 – L’istinto di morte (2008), Il colore della libertà – Goodbye Bafana (2007), Zidane, un portrait du XXIe siècle (2006), Una lunga domenica di passioni (2004), Adrenalina blu – La leggenda di Michel Vaillant (2003), Sansa (2003), Il Favoloso Mondo di Amélie (2001), Estovest – Amore libertà (1999), LOUISE – TAKE 2 (1999), The man who cried – L’uomo che pianse (1999), Alien: la clonazione (1997), LEZIONI DI TANGO (1997), La città dei bambini perduti (1995), I RICORDI DI ABBEY (1994), L’OMBRA DEL DUBBIO (1992), Orlando (1992), Delicatessen (1991), Europa (1991)—
Victoria Yakubova Schneid is a Paris based Director, Writer and Producer, originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, ex-USSR.
She immigrated with her family to Israel at the age of 13. In 2002 Victoria moved to Paris to study cinema. Her first feature film Olma Djon marks her return to her homeland after 25 years of exile. Today she prepares her second feature film she will shoot in Rome, Italy. Living between so many countries, she cites Jodorowsky: “my homeland is in my shoes”.
Claudio Di Biagio
Author, director and YouTuber since 2010.
He has directed and produced “Freaks”, the first Italian coming-of-age webseries about a group of teenagers with superpowers set in Rome.
Creator of YouTube and Twitch, he has directed and written for the television (“Romanzo Italiano”, “4 Hotel”, “Illuminate”), and also created and directed with Rai Fiction and Palomar “Lontana da Me”, starring Mirko Trovato and Alessio Vassallo.
First Ambassador of the web in Italy for Netflix, also aiming at educating people on the streaming with the project “Enter the Netflix”, a short film written and directed by him, world benchmark for the platform.
He has written a book, “Si Stava Meglio”, for Rai Libri and sold more than 12,000 copies, and has also directed his first feature film, “Andarevia”, for Rai Cinema with Cinqueesei.
He works together with film schools and universities like Bocconi and Luiss, holding masterclasses and courses on directing and cinema writing.
A director of commercials and a creative author for brands such as Smart, Xbox, Gamestop, Sky, HBO, Amazon, Asus and Tim, he is also active on Twitch, where he entertains the audience with storytelling, interactive RPGs, D&D, gaming and cinema formats.
Claudio Di Biagio
Davis Alfano (Turin,1988) is a director of photography and a teacher of shooting techniques in several professional institutes across Piedmont.
A graduate specialist of the film and television industry, he has created some important commercials and film projects related to the independent cinema in collaboration with important national and international promotional agencies.
Paolo Armao was born in Turin, Italy in 1982. He is a sound designer with experience in creating audio contents, with a particular eye on storytelling and creative solutions in sound effects production. His work extends across a spectrum of visual media, from feature films to interactive performance to dance film and video games. Paolo lectures at the Animation Department at the Italian National Film School, sharing his approaches and creative solutions on sound design to support concept and story development. He is also a founding member and Sound Design faculty at Experimental Film Virginia, U.S. where the focus is to support films that investigate the intersection between sound and movement. Sound experience is a reflection of the world in which we live, or a way at least, to play with our perception of this world. Sound recorder in hand on a daily basis, Paolo is constantly adding to his personal sound library so he can find the perfect sound to bring an onscreen action to life.
Fabrizio Odetto is an actor and voice actor.
He graduated from the Acting School Sergio Tofano of Turin, which is directed by Mario Brusa, a Piedmontese actor also pupil of the great Macario.
He studied at the Actor’s Center of Rome, taking part in many lectures given by Michael Margotta on Actor’s Training & Script Analysis.
He debuted at the Teatro Carignano of Turin with “Le Miserie del Signor Travetti”, also starring Mario Brusa, Mario Zucca and Adolfo Fenoglio.
In 1995, he began a collaboration with the company Torino Spettacoli (Teatro Stabile of Turin), during which he played the great classics of Greek and Latin comedy and tragedy along with Adriana Innocenti, Piero Nuti and Giancarlo Zanetti.
He then worked at the CRT of Milan with Franco Branciaroli in “Gusu” and “Cos è l’amore”, two plays staged by the company Teatro degli Incamminati.
In 2000, he moved to Rome, where he co-starred in several plays along with Carlo Croccolo and Mita Medici, then developing a partnership with the director Emanuela Giordano, for whom he starred in “Alice delle Meraviglie” (with Mascia Musi), “Via Tarquinia 20” (a penitentiary drama project realized in collaboration with the prison of Civitavecchia) and “La Commedia di Orlando” (with Isabella Ragonese and Erika Blanc).
Furthermore, he performed on stage with Lillo & Greg in their play “Intrappolati nella Commedia”.
While in Rome, he also worked as a voice actor in numerous movies, animated films and TV series, among which “Django Unchained”, “Transformers”, “The Hangover”, “The Simpsons”, “Game of Thrones”, “The Borgias” and “CSI: NY”.
He also starred in several TV shows, such as “Non Uccidere” (with Miriam Leone), “Piloti” (with Enrico Bertolino and Max Tortora) and in the TV program “Il Terzo Indizio” (hosted by Barbara De Rossi).
Brusco, who graduated in Screenwriting at the Holden School of Turin, has participated in the drafting of several screenplays of short films that won some international awards, including the latest “Human Element, directed by Alberto Bechis. He works as a story editor at AB Design and is currently working on the upcoming feature film directed by Mauro Russo Rouge.
Graduated in Sociology and Communication at Bicocca in Milan, Claudia Palazzi has been working since 2008 with the major Italian production companies (Endemol, Zodiak Active, Lucky Red) for the main national television channels. In 2009, she decided to devote herself to her greatest passion, that is documentaries on modern society and culture, also testing the direction of different formats such as docu-series, docu-fiction, docu-reality. Her current focus is on issues such as food, culture and human awareness, with a particular interest in distant cultures and issues that can promote a development in people’s lives. Since 2014, she has been collaborating as assistant director of Thomas Torelli in the films “Una Altro Mondo”, “Food ReLOVution” and “Choose Love”. Her latest project as director is a 2018 documentary series entitled “Foodmakers go global!” in collaboration with MDR / ARTE. She has been dealing for two years with independent takeovers and productions for UAM.TV, the new thematic channel dedicated to independent productions and awareness.
Photographer and Graphic Reporter with extensive experience in the audiovisual world.
He has covered breaking news (major international crises, armed conflicts, natural disasters, presidential trips). Specialized in international news.
Currently, through photography he develops artistic, editorial and advertising photographic projects.
Lecturer professor at the European University of Madrid, an Associate professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid and at the Rey Juan Carlos University.
Bachelor of Information Sciences and PhD (European mention) in Fine Arts. Both degrees obtained at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid.
He has written more than 30 publications: books, indexed magazines and high scientific impact and his specialty revolves around the elaboration of poetic meaning through the photographic image (historical memory, science, art …).
Elvira Sánchez López
Elvira Sánchez López (1980) is a Spanish visual artist and documentary filmmaker who lives and works in Turin. She has a degree in Fine Arts specializing in Video Technique, Editing and Visual Effects.
Focusing on audiovisual storytelling and experimental cinema, she produces a filmography of art Cinema in Super 8 mm and animated films with the use of traditional drawing techniques.
She is currently engaged in the teaching of cinematographic language and as a freelance video editor.
Elvira Sánchez López
Zelia Zbogar, Berlinale Talents 2020 and CICAE – ACAM 2020 student, is a screenwriter, story editor and producer. Since 2016 she has worked with Turin-based EIE Film on the development of documentary films and as a freelancer, writing or following the creative process of projects – fiction, documentaries and podcasts.
Producer, director and art director of Religion Today Film Festival. In 2014, together with Lia Beltrami, he founded the production studio Aurora Vision. He produced 30 documentaries that received 25 awards and selections at over 100 film festivals in 25 countries. Morghen also worked with international crews in Israel, Kosovo, Morocco, Uganda, Japan, Philippines, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Albania, Tanzania, Ghana, USA, Mexico, Mozambique and Thailand. In addition to that, he directed five documentaries and two short films.
He is deeply involved in the education of young people through summer camps and workshops concerning cinema production.
Morghen is furthermore president of “Sulle Strade del Mondo Onlus”, a non-profit organization from Trentino Alto Adige that has realized many projects of international health cooperation in Ghana.
Annunziato Gentiluomo (1977), Coordinator of the Documentary Film Jury of Turin Underground Cinefest (http://www.tucfest.com), majored in Communications in 2002 and got his PhD in Communication Science and Project in 2006 at the University of Turin. His academic education continued with a Master’s degree in Health Systems, Conventional and Non-Conventional Medicine from the University of Milan-Bicocca in 2012.
A registered journalist of Piedmont since 2007, his interests include sociology (of communication and health), non-conventional medicine and bio-natural disciplines, of which he is a specialist. He has published many writings both in Italy and worldwide, among which the monography “La qualità televisiva. Definizioni sociali e prospettive di analisi” edited by Aracne.
He is currently teaching at the Primary School Altiero Spinelli of Turin and he is member of the OsMeSa – Osservatori e Metodi per la Salute (Observers and Methods for Health) of the University of Milan Bicocca. He is also lecturer of the Master’s Degree in Health Systems, Conventional and Non-Conventional Medicine, as well as educator of the BIMED, an agency associated with the Ministry of Education and Research. Other than editor-in-chief of the ArtInMovimento Magazine, he is director and host of the international convention Andare Oltre. Uniti nella Luce, co-founder of the Holistic Center Radhadesh of Turin and Head of Press Office and Public Realtions of Turin Underground Cinefest.
An enthusiast of Cinema and Opera, he has engaged himself in culture and visual arts for years. He has also written for two sectorial newspapers, CineBazar and GbOpera.