A workshop hosted by Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking and lectured by Giulia Amati, Nicola Guaglianone and Menotti, who are visiting Cape Town to present their films at the ITALIAN FILM FOCUS, which will be showcasing some of Italy's recent and acclaimed movies at Cinema Labia on Orange November 22-24.
The topics will be:
From concept to completion, how is Italian film made in Italy.
Stories, cartoons and special effects: the new language of cinema.
Documentary and mockumentary, is there boundary between reality and fiction
Giulia Amati (director of Shashamane) is an Italian-French filmmaker. After gaining a degree in philosophy from The University of Roma La Sapienza, she moved to New York in 2005 where she continues her studies at The New York University attaining a diploma in Digital Video Production. She has directed several ads and commercials for corporates, NGOs and International organisations such as FAO and Caritas International. In 2010 she co-directed, with Stephen Natanson, the feature-length documentary “This Is My Land... Hebron”, which won more than twenty awards, including the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, the Festival International du Film des Droits de l’Homme de Paris, The Buenos Aires Human Rights Film Festival and the Italian foreign press association’s Golden Globe Prize. The film also earned a special mention at the Nastri D’Argento, it was a finalist for the David di Donatello Award and was selected by the Human Rights Watch Film Festival for their festivals in London, New York and Chicago. “Shashamane” is Amati’s second feature-length film.
Menotti (scriptwriter of They Call Me Jeeg Robot) is a Rome-based screenwriter and comic book artist. He studied art in Bologna, semiotics in Berlin and filmmaking in New York. He co-created the award-winning graphic novel Europa and worked for several Italian comic magazines. He wrote TV series, short films and feature films, including Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot, nominated for best screenplay and winner of seven David di Donatello Awards in 2016. He is currently working on a new international crime TV show as well as an action-comedy feature to be shot in Rome in 2017.
Nicola Gualianone (scriptwriter of They Call Me Jeeg Robot) is a screenwriter for film and television. He worked for several production companies - including Magnolia, Palomar, Publispei - developing and writing TV series or as a story and script editor. He signed screenplays for short films such as Basette (Italian: sideburns) and Tiger Boy, both directed by Gabriele Mainetti. Tiger Boy, winner of the Silver Ribbon in 2013, was also selected among the ten finalists for the Oscar nomination - category " live action short "- at the 86th annual Academy Awards.
In 2014 he wrote the story and screenplay for the feature film They Call Me Jeeg, produced by Goon Films and RAI Cinema and nominated for best screenplay and winner of seven David di Donatello Awards in 2016.