organization Art Promotion





President: Luis Minarro Producer, Director

Lou Castel: Actor

Licia Eminenti: Screenplayer, Director

Stefan Kitanov: Festival Director, Producer, Distributor

Jasmila Žbanić: Director



Margarita Chapatte
Gianlorenzo Franzi
Tatiana Rosenstein



Guillaume Calop Les Arcs European Film Festival –General Manager
Valerio Caruso Cineuropa Director
Domenico La Porta Cineuropa Editor




Golden Olive-Tree for the Best Film

Best Photography Award

Best Screenplay Award

Special Jury Award


The other awards are:

5.000€ Award

Best European Actor SNGCI Award

Fipresci Jury Award

Cineuropa Award

Best Supporting Actor Officine Lab Award

Lecce 2019 Audience Award







President: Bruno Torri
Jacopo Chessa
Catia Dottori




CNC Award

 Augustus Color Award

1.000€ awardoffered by the Countess Maria Josè Petruzzi di Pietroforte




Honorary President: Michele Placido
Creator: Donato Ciociola


Premio Cinecibo Award to Best short film or feature in the program in the fifteenth edition Festival

Cinecibo Award for Lifetime Achievement to Carlo Verdone





Born in Barcelona, Luis Miñarro is considered one of the most representatives european maverick filmmakers. As producer, he has been involved in 30 unpredictable feature films receiving more than 80 prices, including Cannes 2010 Palme d’Or for his coproduction Uncle Boonmee… by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Hi has established a coherent film line with new directors and prestigious auteurs like Manoel de Oliveira, Albert Serra, José Luis Guerin, Lisandro Alonso, Marc Recha, Javier Rebollo and others.
His opera prima as director was Familystrip (2009) presented at Karlovy Vary, followed by Blow Horn, both documentaries.
This year he has finished Stella Cadente fiction film premiered at Rotterdam FF, partly shooted in Puglia.
Retrospectives of his work have been held in cities like Paris, Montevideo or Geneva.
He has received the “Ciutat de Barcelona” distinction for his commitment to the Arts.
Locarno, San Sebastian, Buenos Aires FF, have been part of his previous activities in a jury.


Lou Castel was born in 1943 of a Swedish father (who had immigrated to Colombia) and an Irish mother, and had a cosmopolitan education: he was Born in Bogota, and raised in Jamaica, New York, Saint- Paul de Vence ( France) and Stockholm. Then he moved to Rome, where he attended the Experimental Film Centre (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia). He started his acting career when he performed his first lead role in the film by Bellocchio, Fists in the Pockets. Then he worked with the same director on the film In the name of the Father and in The Eyes, the Mouth . Ranging from Italian Art movies and Essay films, and from Italian popular films, he worked in Francis of Assisi by Liliana Cavani. He featured in A Bullet for the General by Damiano Damiani, in Let Them Rest by Carlo Lizzani in Come Play with Me by Salvatore Samperi.
He became a militant activist (joining the Union of Italian Communists Marxist – Leninist Group), and as result of which, he was expelled from Italy. This event interrupted his acting career.
He worked in many films by German director (Beware of a Holy Whore by Fassbinder, The American Friend and The Scarlet Letter by Wim Wenders) and by French directors too (Nada by Chabrol, La Naissance de l’amour and Elle a passé tant d’heures sous les sunlights by Garrel). He performed in Tiresia by Bertrand Bonello, in Heartbeat Detector by Nicolas Klotz, and in El Cantor directed by Joseph Morder. Recently, he starred in the Spanish film Lapidation of Saint Etienne by Pere Vilà.
Now he’s trying to experiment with art performances by combining painting and video techniques.


Licia Eminenti serves as a story editor, creative script advisor, and script development expert for numerous organizations and festivals. Since 2008, she has been involved with the development of thirty scripts and led numerous scriptwriting and pitching workshops around the world. Her work has taken her to the Sarajevo Film Festival, Script East in Poland, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Maia Workshops in Brussels, Moulin D’Andé Emergence and Paris Cinema in France. An accomplished screenwriter and director herself, Eminenti has written and directed three short films: Intimisto (Official Selection, Venice Film Festival, and winner of the Critic’s Award in France for Best Short) La Petite Fille (Selection, Week’s Critics, Cannes Film Festival) and Fraternitas (Brest’s European short Film Festival). She co-wrote Via Castellana Bandiera, by Emma Dante (Competition Venice Film Festival – Coppa Volpi/ Göteborg Film Festival -Bergman Award). Prior to her work in script development, Eminenti has worked as the International Sales Manager for Gemini Films, as an expert reader for Arte France Cinema and as Project Manager for Eurimages, the European co-production Fund with whom she continues her collaboration. A graduate of the University of Florence with a degree in Literature, she collaborated to Arezzo Wave, CineWave, Semaine Dada, Archaos Circus, and the Bottega teatrale dell’attore.



Festival director, producer, distributor, exhibitor. From 1992 through 1999, he was director and programmer of the Cinema House, the most important art house cinema in Bulgaria. In 1997 he founded Sofia International Film Festival, considered as the leading film festival in Bulgaria and one of key film events in CentEast Europe, accredited by FIAPF.
Since 2000 Kitanov has produced and co-produced more than 12 films which received national and international recognition most acclaimed of which is The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner (2008) by Stephan Komandarev (shortlisted for Foreign Language Oscar, more than 30 international awards, sold in more than 100 territories).
Over the last 10 years Kitanov has released in Bulgaria more than 50 European films by directors as Wim Wenders, Michael Haneke, Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin, Lars von Trier, Aki Kaurismaki, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Terry Gilliam, Dardenne Brothers, Danis Tanovic.
He was Bulgarian representative in the Board of Management of Eurimages (1997-2000).
Kitanov was member of juries in Venice, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Moscow, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Thessaloniki, European Film Academy and European Parliament. In 2012 Kitanov received the Award of Europa Cinemas for Best Entrepreneur of the year. He is a member of the European Film Academy and of the internationally acclaimed The Festival Band.




Born in Sarajevo in 1974, Jasmila is a graduate of her native city’s Academy of Dramatic Arts, Theatre and Film Directing Department. Before filmmaking, she also worked as a puppeteer in the Vermont-based Bread and Puppet Theater and as a clown in a Lee Delong workshop.

Her feature debut Grbavica won the 2006 Berlinale Golden Bear (as well as the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Peace Prize), the AFI (American Film Institute) Fest Grand Jury Prize, Grand Prix Odyssey of the European Council and was sold to 40 territories with great success. On the Path, Jasmila’s second feature film, premiered at the 2010 Berlinale, in the Competition section. The film had worldwide distribution on 25 territories and won numerous awards (The German Cinema Award for Peace 2010, Golden Apricot IFF Yerevan – FIPRESCI Prize, Nomination – European Film Award for Best Actress…)

All her films were produced through Deblokada, an artists’ association that she founded.

Her fourth feature film, the romantic comedy Love island co-written with Bosnian-American author Aleksandar Hemon is currently in postproduction.

Jasmila’s films and video works have been displayed at dozens of art exhibitions worldwide such as Manifesta 3, the Istanbul Biennial, Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, New Museum in New York…




Margarita Chapatte lives in Barcelona and co-leads the veteran weekly radio film programme La Claqueta, broadcasted nationally by Radio Marca in Spain. She also is her regular correspondent at all major Spanish film festivals, and often travels abroad for offering her special touch in reporting on diverse international ones for the last 30 years. She regularly participates at Àlex Gorina’s leading film programme in Catalonia’s radio broadcast as well.

Margarita has a long career as a film specialist at the Spanish radio sphere, and as writer and collaborator in diverse film magazines such as Cine y Más or InterFilms, apart for having been a staff writer member at press agency Fax Press for 4 years and a collaborator for the most popular cinema TV programme in Catalonia, Informatiu Cinema.



A Calabrian born, he was born in Lamezia Terme on July 6, 1976: being an omnivore and militant film critic, he prefers the sound of the sea and the triangle Allen – Argento – Verdone. He lives and breathes stirring cinema: he seems touched by Lynch and Polanski, Nolan and Cronenberg, fists in the pocket, red lobs, dear diaries and sunset boulevards. But he was one of the first film critics to become aware (and to write) in a theoretical way about television series and about their inexorable conquest of the big screen. He stills finds time to be a lawyer, but at the end of the day he has to deal with his cinematographic criticism and information TV -magazine, Buioinsala, that he personally created ten years ago and that since then is continuously broadcasted by the cinemas belonging to TheSpace circuit. In 2007, he conceived the Film Festival Esordi D’autore – Ligeia D’argento, of which he is the Artistic Director, he worked for the Film Commission Calabria, and is writing (or wrote) for Film Tv and Nocturno Cinema, Teatro Contemporaneo e Cinema and Rivista del Cinematografo. His film reviews (more than 3,000 movies) are collected in Strade Perdute, a dictionary in seven instalments, with a preface by Carlo Verdone and Pupi Avati. All his obsessions are expressed in his novel We Are The Dead and in his three stories that make up Come in cielo, published by Arduino Sacco Editore. He has a good wife but he got lost in the labyrinths of Lost: he has not yet (re)found himself.


Dr. Tatiana Rosenstein, film critic and historian, has been reporting for German and International press since 2001. Her articles are published in several languages, in titles of RBI to Condé Nast, with their releases from Europe and Russia till China. As a film journalist, she conducts interviews with filmmakers such as Woody Allen, Coen Brothers or Brian De Palma. In addition she has worked in film production as a script supervisor and set-consultant.







After working at the film office for Annecy animation film festival, Guillaume Calop moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to participate to the set up the website Animation World Network ( In 1998, back to France in
Paris, he worked for 7 years at CANAL+ as the internet art director. In 2004, Guillaume sat up Chalet Pointu, a production and DVD publishing company. As of today, about 80 DVD of short films, documentaries and
animation has been release through this qualitative and cinephile label. In 2009, Guillaume Calop founded together with Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin and Jérémy Zelnik, the first Les Arcs European Film Festival. Since then, he is the general manager of the festival.



During daytime, 36 years old Domenico La Porta is a film journalist based in Belgium working as an industry reporter and Editor of the EU co-financed press platform Cineuropa.Org. With more than 40,000 daily visitors, Cineuropa has been successfully promoting European film industry in the world since 2002.
In the evening, Domenico is co-hosting the movie talk show Cine Station on Belgium’s national TV channel RTBF where he works as a film critic.
At night, he’s the founder and managing director of Kweb, a company dealing with Transmedia storytelling, cross-platform movie promotion, crowd strategies, media and a/v production. This new experimenting ground fuels him with all the excitement needed to kickstart the next day.
Formerly a fireman, a lawyer and a marketing consultant, Domenico is today mostly working as a journalist… and as an international consultant in crowdfunding, social media, community building and cross-media strategies for the audiovisual sector… and as a teacher / panelist… and as a writer/producer of a webseries currently in development… and as the conceptor of Movie Hunters, a mobile app for smartphones aiming at bringing communities of people in cinemas all over Europe to watch movies in a gamified experience (to be released early 2015).


Valerio Caruso is director of the web site, a portal about European cinema in four languages, offering news, data bases, services and promoting the European cinema in Europe and outside.

Since 2011, he is Team Leader of the Euromed Audiovisual Programme, a cooperation instrument between Europe and the South Mediterranean countries financed by the European Union.

From 2004 he is also project manager of the Euromedcafe site, dedicated to intercultural in the Euro-Mediterranean region. He organised four short film contests on intercultural dialogue.

He writes articles for Cartoon, the European Association of Animation Films.





Born in Genoa in 1932, he graduated in Economics. During the university, he directed the Cinematographic Centre of Genoa University and began his journalistic activity on Il Lavoro e Il Secolo XIX. From 1960 to 1963 he was secretary-general of the “Rassegna Int. del Cinema Latinoamericano”. Since 1964 in Rome, he founded together with Lino Micciché the “Mostra Int. del Nuovo Cinema” of Pesaro, and he is still a regular contributor. In ’68 he was among the founders of the Unione Circoli Cinematografici Arci, of which he was also President. He was managing editor of the television column Cinema Settanta (’70-’71). From ’72 to ’93 he was Program Director at CinecittàLuce and then General Director at Istituto Luce until ’95. He was among the founders of the National Syndicate Cinematographic Critics (SNCCI). He was a member of the Expert Committee at the Film Festival in Venice and Ministerial Committees of cinema. In the period 2000-2 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Scuola Nazionale.
He contributed articles and essays to several film and culture newspapers and magazines, and to collective volumes. He published the following books: Cinema italiano: dalla realtà alle metafore; Hollywood 1969-1979; Taviani; Il sentimento della forma; Nuovo Cinema (1965-2005).
For Cinema & Film encyclopaedia he wrote all the “entries” concerning Latin American cinema and the industry and economy of Italian cinema during the years after the Second World War.
He was Professor at Roma 2 University, at the Experimental Centre of Cinematography and the New University of Cinema and Television.
Nowadays, besides being President of S.N.C.C.I. and of Scientific Committee of the “Fondazione Pesaro Nuovo Cinema”, he is the editor of the magazine CineCritica, the member of the Scientific Committee of History of Italian Cinema, published by CSC and by Marsilio, the first 8 volumes of which have come out.


Jacopo Chessa (Turin, 1973) has dedicated many years to research in the field of history of cinema, in particular concerning the fifties and sixties in French cinema; he has published two books and several articles, as a teacher he served in the New Sorbonne University and worked with the National Film Archive of the Resistance. In 2010 he founded, with Andrea Spinelli, the film studio Prime Bande, in Turin. In 2011 he directed L’accordo, a documentary on the last working-class struggle in the Fiat Mirafiori plant and produced Torino Hardcore, on the Italian Punk scene of the 90s. From the beginning of 2014 he is director of the CNC – National Short Film Centre, which is a film archive and a promotion agency of Italian shorts.




A costume and set designer, after studying in Genoa, in the 1970s she moves to Rome, where she starts her profession in the Roman avant-garde theater, by signing the scenery and costumes of Franziska with direction by Giancarlo Nanni, that will be then on stage at the MoMa of New York.
Since the 80s and 90s she has worked in advertising. Among the many works, she signs scenery and costumes of advertisements for Japanese products, with the participation of Marcello Mastroianni. She signs also scenery and costumes of the video clip of Gianna Nannini that is shot by Michelangelo Antonioni.
In film she collaborates with the first film by Lamberto Bava Macabre, and signs the films Ultrà and The Escort by Ricky Tognazzi.
She collaborates several times with Pupi Avati and, for The Big Heart of Girls, she is nominated for a Silver Ribbon and wins the Award “La chioma di Berenice”. She works on the sets of Ferzan Ozpetek in The Ignorant Fairies, Facing Windows and Sacred Heart, for which she is nominated for the David di Donatello Award. She receives another nomination for the David di Donatello Award fort the latest movie by Carlo Lizzani Hotel Meina, followed by an exhibition in Los Angeles of her stage sketches.
Many works are signed by her as costume designer, with Liliana Cavani, Leo Pompucci, Aureliano Amadei for 20 Cigarettes, and with Giacomo Battiato, Alessandro De Robilant, Marco Pontecorvo; there are many television series she works for, the last one: Un matrimonio (A marriage) by Pupi Avati.