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Discover the profiles of the five filmmakers selected for phase three of “Grandi Speranze”, the film training project joining Locarno with Lombardy, organized with the Filmidee association and supported by Fondazione Cariplo.
The project “Grandi Speranze”, a training pathway from Lombardy to the Locarno Film Festival and back – organized by the Locarno Film Festival with the Filmidee association and supported by Fondazione Cariplo – has already featured many memorable moments. Phase one brought fifteen young critics and filmmakers from Lombardy to Locarno74, where they tried their hand at producing video essays on Alberto Lattuada. The journey continued back in Milan, where two of the videos were screened as part of the Locarno a Milano program in the city’s season of festival re-runs, Le Vie del Cinema.
Now that the initiative has reached its third and final phase, the time has come to learn more about the five filmmakers from Lombardy. They will enjoy an opportunity to take important steps towards completing their own film projects. From 28 November, they will be taking part in a major training experience that will get underway with an encounter with the artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival, Giona A. Nazzaro.
A graduate in economics for art and culture, Santambrogio studied film at Milan’s Civica Scuola di Cinema, and at CSC and EICTV. He has worked with Werner Herzog and Lav Diaz, and his short films (Escena final and Los océanos son los verdaderos continentes) have screened and picked up awards at festivals worldwide (Sydney, Palm Springs, Moscow, Barcelona, Cork and, Havana, among others). Both films were presented in 2019 at the Venice Film Festival, in the I Love GAI and International Critics’ Week sidebars. His latest short, L’ultimo spegne la luce, was selected for the official competition at the Venice Critics’ Week in 2021. He has recently finished shooting of Taxibol (2022), with Lav Diaz acting in the lead role, and is currently engaged in preparations for his first full-length feature, based on his short Los océanos son los verdaderos continents, produced by Rosamont and developed during the 6th edition of the Milano Film Network workshop In Progress.
A graduate in visual arts from the Brera Academy in Milan, who also has a diploma in direction from the ZeLIG School for Documentary. His films to date include Nuova Zita (Turin Film Festival 2016), De Sancto Ambrosio (Ji.hlava IDFF 2018, Movie People prize at Filmmaker Festival 2018), Il passo dell’acqua (Festival dei Popoli 2019, Thessaloniki IDFF 2020, Dok.Fest Munich 2020, Beldocs IDFF 2020, Trento Film Festival 2020, best Italian film at Cervino Cinemountain 2020, best documentary at Festival Mente Locale 2020, shortlisted for the David di Donatello Prize 2020). He co-founded the cultural association Tafano, which organizes film seasons, workshops and, audiovisual production. He is currently engaged in script development and pre-production for a full-length fiction feature on Pope Celestine V, provisionally titled C and produced by Start.
A graduate in entertainment and visual arts from IUAV University in Venice, Ferrari took a diploma in documentary filmmaking from the Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti in Milan. She was selected for the Milano Film Network workshop In Progress, where she developed her first short film La gabbia, mentored by director Michelangelo Frammartino, which won the Movie People prize at Milan’s Filmmaker. The film was also selected for other festivals, including Visions du Réel, Lovers Film Festival, and Shorts International Film Festival. She went on to gain a second diploma in directing/project development at the ZeLIG School for Documentary, where she also made, with director Alessandro Rossetto as supervisor, Il villaggio, selected for Festival dei Popoli, and Lo spazio delle corde, selected for Filmmaker Festival in Milan and screened at the Filmclub theater in Bolzano. At present, she is an assistant director, with her credits to date including the films Non mi uccidere by Andrea De Sica and Atlantide by Yuri Ancarani. She is currently working on her next fiction short feature, Lilith, produced by Federico Minetti with Effendemfilm.
Giacconi studied fine arts at IUAV University in Venice. His works have been shown in various venues, including the Grazer Kunstverein (Graz), ar/ge kunst (Bolzano), MAC (Belfast), WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims), tranzitdisplay (Prague), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin) and the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. He has completed art residencies at the Centre international d’art et du paysage (Vassivière, France), Lugar a dudas (Cali, Colombia), MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, La Box (Bourges, France) and Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen (Innsbruck, Austria). He has presented his films at various festivals, including the New York Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, IFFR in Rotterdam, Visions du Réel, and FID Marseille, where he won the Grand Prix in the 2015 International Competition. He co-founded the collective listening festival Helicotrema and the audio storytelling studio Botafuego. His first full-length feature, Occhiacci di legno, produced by Emanuela Buono of Slingshot Films, is currently in production.
After graduating in philosophy at Milan State University, Campara studied documentary filmmaking at Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti. She has worked in publishing (Corriere della Sera) as well as in independent film development and production (project selection, production coordination, assistant directing on documentaries). She has co-directed films selected for Italian and international festivals, while her first full-length fiction project, Lessons of Love, was selected for the Biennale College Cinema program and presented at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. She co-directed the documentary miniseries ARIA, shown on the RaiPlay platform in 2020, and the audio-guided theater performance FASE 9 Assolo urbano. In 2021 she took part in the Locarno Filmmakers Academy at the 74th Locarno Film Festival. Her latest documentary project, Il pane di Christine, produced by Francesca Zanza of Kon-Tiki Film, is currently in script development.