Marco Müller

Müller is a film historian and critic. He has written several essays and edited – in Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland – monographs on Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Indian and Central Asian cinema. He is also a film producer, and has produced 11 feature films (in addition to several shorts and documentaries), winning an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and some of the top awards in the most important international film festivals. He has founded and directed the “Ombre elettriche” (Electric Shadows) Festival in Turin (the first comprehensive historical retrospective of Chinese cinema ever set up in a Western country). He has also been director of the Film Festivals in Pesaro, Rotterdam, Locarno, Venice and Rome. During the Sarajevo siege, he co-founded, with Mirsad Purivatra, the Sarajevo Film Festival. He has established and directed three foundations in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy to support film projects developed by new filmmakers. In 2015 Müller was a Selector at the Beijing International Film Festival and Program Director of the Silk Road International Film Festival (Fuzhou). In 2016 he created the International Film Festival & Awards Macao. In 2017 he established (together with Jia Zhangke, Golden Lion winner in 2005) the Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon IFF (in Pingyao, Shanxi), which he currently directs. He is full professor of Film Styles and Techniques and manages the “Filmare l’architettura” (Filming Architecture) module at the Academy of Architecture (Mendrisio) of the University of Italian Switzerland. In nine countries he has received the highest honours awarded by their respective governments to foreign personalities for their cultural contributions. Upon invitation by the President of the Liaoning University (Shenyang, China), he is now planning the establishment of a “Marco Müller Research Centre” at the Film Acade my of the University itself.




Ana Urushadze

Ana Urushadze hails from Georgia and was born in Tblisi in 1990 and graduated from the Shota Rustaveli  Theatre and Georgia State Film University (TAFU) in 2013. While studying, she directed several short films including Ideas (2010) and One Man Loved Me (2012). Scary Mother , Urushadze’s feature film debut, has won her several awards including the Cineuropa Award from the Sarajevo Film Festival and Best First Feature from the Locarno International Film Festival, where it was also awarded the Youth Jury Award and was in competition for the coveted Golden Leopard. It also won the FIPRESCI Award at the European Film Festival in Lecce and has been selected as Georgia’s Official Submission for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category for 2018.



   calopGuillaume Calop      

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, more than 100 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 Film Festival. Since then, he is the general manager of the festival. The three of them are also co-founders of Paris Coproduction Village, a coproduction event taking place during the Champs -Elysées Film Festival, and of FestiCiné, a software for festival management.





   Olena Yershova                                                                   

 Olena Yershova graduated from the Kyiv state film Institute as a film director. Her graduation short film Demoniada competed at Locarno IFF. Yershova has worked for many years as executive director of the Molodist Kyiv IFF (Ukraine) and for two years the development manager of the Eurasia Film Market (Antalya, Turkey). She was an executive producer of the Sergei Loznitsa feature My Joy, that competed at Cannes in 2010. In 2011 Yershova created company “Tato film” which operates in Ukraine and in Turkey. She produced 7 feature film and 2 feature documentaries that have around 130 awards worldwide. Selected filmography includes: Frost by Sarunas Bartas (Director’s Forthnight – Cannes IFF 2017, Human rights award at Istanbul IFF ), Motherland by Senem Tüzen (premiered at Venice IFF Critic’s week, more then 40 awards), Blind Dates by Levan Koguashvili (Toronto IFF, Tokyo IFF, Palm Spring IFF, Berlinale (2014), 19 awards at international festival , including Golden Olive Tree at Lecce European Filn Festival),Volcano by Roman Bоndarchuk (Karlovy Vary IFF, and 7 awards ). She was member of Producers Network at Cannes IFF (2009 – 2013) and EAVE, and is member of Asian Pacific Screen Academy, of European and Ukrainian Film Academies and of European Producer’s Club. She served in a member of the jury in Karlovy Vary IFF, Warsaw IFF, Odessa IFF, Haifa IFF, Kosovo IFF, Antalya IFF…



mezzapesa   Pippo Mezzapesa 

Pippo Mezzapesa (born in Bitonto in 1980) is a director, screenwriter and producer. He has written and directed My Own Good (which screened at the Venice Film Festival as a Special Event within the Venice Days section, and won the Audience Award at the Villerupt Italian Film Festival as well as the Spirit Award at the Pune International Film Festival, 2018) and Il paese delle spose infelici (in competition at the Rome Film Festival, 2011). He has made several short films, including Zinanà (winner of the David di Donatello 2003), Come a Cassano (Special Mention at the Nastro d’Argento Awards 2006), L’Altra Metà (nominated for the David di Donatello and Globo d’Oro Awards and awarded with a Special Mention for Direction at the Nastri d’Argento Awards 2009), Settanta (winner of a Nastro d’Argento and nominated for the David di Donatello 2013), La Giornata (winner of a special Nastro d’Argento for its civic commitment and nominated for the David di Donatello and Globo d’Oro 2017). His documentaries include Pinuccio Lovero – Sogno di una morte di mezza estate (which screened at the Venice Film Festival – International Critics’ Week and at IDFA -Int’l Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2008), Pinuccio Lovero -Yes I can (screening at the Rome IFF–“Prospettiva Italia” section, 2014).







Anders E.Larsson

Anders E.Larsson is a film and theatre critic, journalist and radio producer from Sweden. He also works as a musician and film composer, most recently he wrote the music for the Guldbagge award winning feature film Garden Lane. He contributes to publications such as Point of View and Norrbottens-Kuriren and produces a show with classical music on Swedish National Radio. He is the singer and songwriter in the indie rock band “Slowmotion Club”.  






 Francesco Grieco

Born in Bari in 1982, he graduated in Media Studies in 2005, with a thesis on Brian De Palma, and in Cinema, Television and Multimedia Production in 2012, with a thesis on the style of contemporary American cinema. He is head of the “Festival” section and a correspondent for online magazine Mediacritica and was a film critic for the magazines Lo Spiraglio, Carnage News, BinarioLoco, Cinefilia ritrovata and Filmidee. He contributed to the catalogues of online film magazine “Sentieri nel cinema”, the Asian Film Festival and the Amidei Award, and to the monographs Il cinema francese negli anni di Vichy and Streghe, pagliacci, mutanti–llcinema di Alex De la Iglesia. He has created a website on Michael Mann and was a jury member at the Bobbio Film Festival, Ozu Film Festival and Reggio Film Festival. He was a programme consultant for Biografilm Festival and for the Kinodromo association. He is a selector for the competition of the Presente Italiano film festival.





 Georgios Papadimitriou  

Georgios Papadimitriou studied Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, obtained his Master’s Degree in Professional  Translation at the University of Strasbourg and returned to Thessaloniki, where he had his PhD on Greek film noir. He currently works as a film critic in various newspapers, magazines and web sites in Greece, as well as a freelance translator and a translation and terminology professor both at the French Institute of Thessaloniki and the University of Strasbourg. He has visited numerous film festivals all over Europe as a press correspondent and has served as FIPRESCI Jury member in the framework of the 2016 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.








Stefan Kitanov     

Producer, festival director, distributor, exhibitor. From 1992 through 1999, he was director and programmer of the Cinema House, the leading art house cinema in Bulgaria. In 1997 he founded Sofia International Film Festival, considered as the most important film festival in Bulgaria and one of key film events in Central and Eastern Europe, accredited by FIAPF. Since 1995 with both production companies he founded – RFF International and Art Fest –he has produced and co-produced more than 20 films which received national and international recognition by directors as Rangel Valchanov, Stephan Komandarev,Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens, Levan Koguashvili, Dusan Milic, Nadejda Koseva,Teddy Moskov. Kitanov has released theatrically in Bulgaria more than 100 European films by directors as Wim Wenders, Michael Haneke, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Lars von Trier, Aki Kaurismaki, Terry Gilliam, Dardenne Brothers, Danis Tanovic, Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin, Ken Loach, Margarette von Trotta, Alice Rohrwacher,Andrej Zviagintzev, Cristian Mungiu, Kornel Mundrucso. Kitanov was Bulgarian representative in the Board of management of Eurimages, 1997-2000. He was member of juries in Venice, Cannes, Karlovy Vary,Moscow, Cluj, Wiesbaden, Thessaloniki, Yerevan, Vologda, Komarom, Torun, European Parliament, EFA. He is a member of the European Film Academy.





Stefan Laudyn   

Born in 1959 in Warsaw, he is the director of the Warsaw International Film Festival, which he joined in the mid-80s. In 1990 he was first head of theatrical distribution of Warner Bros. films in Poland. In 1995 he founded the Warsaw Film Foundation, of which he is general manager; in 2000 he founded the Warsaw Screenings, an event promoting Polish cinema abroad; he is coordinator of the Alliance of Central and Eastern European Film Festivals, which he founded in 2001; since 2005 he has been organiser of CentEast Market Warsaw; he is co-founder of the China – Europe Film Promotion Project; since 2009 he has been a jury member of the Nipkow Programme; he is a member of the European Film Academy and brought the EFA ceremony to Warsaw in 2006; he was a member of the EFA Board and of the committee choosing the EFA Discovery Award; he is also a member of the Polish Film Academy, and was member of the Warsaw Council of Culture. He has contributed to the international promotion of numerous Polish films, presented at the world’s most prestigious festivals. He was involved in the production of two feature films: Baby Blues by Kasia Roslaniec (Crystal Bear at the Berlinale 2013) and Imagine by Andrzej Jakimowski, which screened at Toronto in 2012. Laudyn occasionally writes about film; he is a poet and has published nine books as a member of Poetic Group Rebjata; he is also a guitar player, has recorded two CDs of classical music, and is member of The Festival Band. He has been awarded the Gloria Victis medal for merits in culture.




  Stefan Uhrik

He studied scriptwriting and dramaturgy at The FAMU in Prague. From 1983 he worked as commissioning editor at The Slovak Tv, and l ater on he was the Head of Milos Havel ́s Script Foundation and member of the board of RWE Barrandov script fund. He wrote several tv films as well as the feature film Only a Day (1988). In 1992 he started to work for the Karlovy Vary IFF creating The Forum of Independents; he established The Prague Short FF; he was the program director of the IFF Febiofest in Prague. Since 1998 he works also for the Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF, where he was in charge of The Coproduction Meetings and, from 2012,member of The Program Committee. He directed and produced the TV-magazine Filmopolis; he produced: the tv show Filmkompas,two docs: Souvenir by A.Nellis and The Memorial Which Wasn ́t by P.Kerekes, and the short A Wire Free World by B.Tucek; He has the co-producer of Schroder’s Wonderfull World by M.Schorr. As script editor he worked on several Czech movies (f.e.Postel/The Bed directed by O.Reif–the last Czech movie selected for Cannes, or currently The General by J.Cornuau). For other internationally successful Czech movies he coordinated their festival strategies. He obtained scholarships of the Nipkow Program in Berlin and of the Arts Link at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Uhrik lectured about independent cinema at FAMU and at Masaryk University in Brno. He works as expert for Media / Eacea Creative Europe, as well as for Czech Film Fond and Czech TV, and currently returned also to scriptwriting. He was member of several festival juries and he is a member of European Film Academy. He was writing about film for several Czech film magazines and newspapers and also about music He is also a member of the rock group The Festival Band that occasion ally performs at film festivals.



Laura Delli Colli – SNGCI President



Gabriele Guerrieri, Luigi Mello (Liceo Scientifico C. De Giorgi), Claudia Letizia, Federica Manco (Liceo Artistico e Coreutico Ciardo-Pellegrino),Chiara Papaleo, Cecilia Alemanno (Istituto Tecnico Agrario-Professionale Alberghiero Presta-Columella), Andrea Calogiuri, Joele Manno (I.I.S.S. Galilei-Costa-Scarambone),Noemi Seccia, Faza Advjaj (Istituto Tecnico e Professionale A. De Pace),Carmelo Smurro, Marto Cacciatore (I.I.S.S. Francesco Calasso),Sophia Elia, Roberta Gloria (Liceo Virgilio-Redi),Gionata Vuolo, Maddalena Maria Vitti(Liceo Classico e Musicale Giuseppe Palmieri),Stefania Leo, Giorgia Coppola (Liceo Statale Pietro Siciliani),Giovanni De Giorgi, Giulio De Gaetanis (Liceo Scientifico G. Banzi Bazoli),Kaur Arshpreet, Chandran Mathusha (Istituto Tecnico Grazia Delella).




The “Golden Olive Tree” Jury will award the following prizes:






The other awards will be:













Born in Chieti, Barela moved to Rome, where she studied ballet and attended a “Cultural Heritage Restoration Technician” course. She began studying acting with M. Fabbri and C. Merlo, both teachers at the Silvio D’Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts, and then attended B. Bracco’s drama school and several training courses with F. De Sapio. She also studied for two years the “Kristin Linklater Method” with S.Main, meanwhile working in non-mainstream theatres with directors such as M. Cotugno, D. Costantini, S.and P. Scola,P. Di Iorio and R. Cucciolla. She made her film debut in 1998 appearing in Un anno in campagna by M. Di Tillo; in the same year, she took part in Zora the Vampire by the Manetti Bros and in the short TV series Tutti gli uomini sono uguali by A. Capone. In 2001 Barela co-starred alongside Valerio Mastandrea in Maximum Velocity by D. Vicari, which screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival. In 2002 she was part of the cast in Past Perfect , M. S. Tognazzi’s directorial debut. She as among the protagonists of some seasons of TV series La Squadra (2003-7) and Police District(2006-7). In 2010 she starred in the feature Summer Games by R. Colla, screening at Venice. In 2011 she starred in M. Soavi’s Ultimo, l’occhio del falco and took part in season 3 of the series Tutti pazzi per amore. In 2012 Barela was in the cast of A Five Star Life by M. S. Tognazzi, with whom she worked again in Me, Myself and Her . She starred in Rex by the Manetti Bros (2013) and in the French-Swiss film Seven Days by R. Colla (2014), and also appeared in G. Amato’s feature The Minister . She played the character of Marta in the web – fiction Una mamma imperfetta by I. Cotroneo (2013), and appeared in the TV series La Catturandi by F. Costa; in 2016 she wrote and starred in the web -series Noi due (e gli altri), published on the website Since 2018 she has been in the cast of two successful Rai (Italian State Television) TV series:La Porta Rossa by C. Elia and Carlo & Malik by M. Pontecorvo.




 azzollini CORRADO AZZOLLINI     

Corrado Azzollini has been in the film industry for years. He is the founder of Draka Production and Draka Distribution, film production and distribution companies operating in Italy and abroad with a catalogue of more than 30 titles, including national and international productions. In September 2018 he was appointed by the Tribunal of Rome as an Expert Evaluator in the field of cinema, and represented Italian Distributors in the Board of AGICI (General Association of Independent Film and Audio – visual Industries). His latest works include the international co-production Tulipani–love, honour and a bicycle, directed by Oscar- Mike Van Diem; the film, funded by Eurimages, MIBACT, Apulia Film Commission, Dutch Film Fund and Telefilm Fund Canada, was selected for numerous international festivals, including the Toronto IFF. Most recently he produced the TV series L’Arca di Legno, with Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Mingo De Pasquale and writer and mountaineer Mauro Corona. Currently under pre-production with Draka Production is the feature Questa Notte Parlami dell’Africa, based on the novel by Alessandra Soresina and directed by Francesca Muci. With Draka Distribution, a leading film distribution company, Azzollini distributes important nationaland international films, with a particular focus on biopics of 20th-century artists in various fields, such as Gauguin with Vincent Cassel,Egon Schiele with Noah Saavedra, The Pilgrim, an authorized biopic of Paolo Coelho, A Real Vermeer with Jeroen Spitzenberge, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, a Spanish animated movie about the life of the master of surrealist cinema.





Robbiano is an Italian director and screenwriter. He has a degree in Screenwriting from the Film Division of the Columbia University of New York; in 1997 he directed the feature film Figurine, in 2000 A Deadly Compromise, distributed abroad, and in 2001 500!, co-directed with Lorenzo Vignolo and Matteo Zingirian. His latest film was Hermano (2007), with Rade Serbedzija, Paolo Villaggio and Emir Kusturica. In 2012 he wrote the screenplay of Tutti i rumori del mare, Federico Brugia’s debut film. As a television writer,he has written some episodes of Il Commissario Rex and the TV series TF45, starring Raul Bova and broadcast in 2016 on Canale 5 channel. A screenwriter, story editor and script doctor for numerous Italian and foreign productions, he is currently developing the TV series An ordinary citizen. In the late ‘90s Robbiano started teaching at the University of Bologna, and later at the IULM University of Milan and at the DAMS (Faculty of Arts, Music and Entertainment) of the University of Genoa. He was also a professor in France (Evry Val d’Essonne University) and at the FAMU in Prague. Since 2000 he has been a trainer for the EU project Media, contributing to numerous workshops, such as MFI (Greece) and Midpoint (Czech Republic). He is member of the faculty of the FIOFA in Ohrid, Macedonia, and Head of studies at the Docskool script labof Kathmandu, in Nepal. He also held classes at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. From 2015 to 2017 he directed Famu International, a department of the Prague film school for non-Czech speaking students. He has written a book on screenwriting technique: La sceneggiatura cinematografica, published by Carocci in 2000. Since 2013 he has been a member of the European Film Academy.                                          



The “Puglia Show” Jury will award the following prizes:




The other awards will be:



JURY: Annalucia Arnesano, Emilia Caleandro, Linda Jane Capoccia, Francesco Copertino, Simona Curcio,Alessandro D’Elia, Alessia De Blasi, Francesca Dell’Anna, Eliana Durante, Anastasia Giannuzzi,Francesco Leone, Emanuele Levantaci, Grazia Longo, Mariagrazia Marrocco, Alberto Meleleo,Stefania Moscara, Paride Napolitano, Dalila Perrone, Marialuisa Poletì, Antonio Quaranta, StefanoRia, Annarita Risola, Anna Sessa, Alessia Spedicato, Ivan Turrisi.