Director’s BIO: Manuele Mandolesi

Short Film BEYOND Playing at the June 29, 2017 Under 5 Minute Film Festival

Director Biography

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Manuele Mandolesi was born in Recanati on the 5th of July 1977. After finishing his degree in Communication studies he moved in Milan to attend a Master in “Digital Film and Television”. Here, he collaborated with a Media Production Studio and the Experimental Theater of Milan before moving to Rome, where he currently lives. In Rome, he approached the field of documetary films working on his first thematic documentary “Il Cammino di Santiago” (Way of St. James). Later he specialized in narrative documentary.
Thanks to his on-field experience, the director has been able to tell stories of conflicts and crisis, developing a reportage/in depth analysis approach in dealing with current events of political and social interest.
As filmmaker he worked on the following docu-movies: “La grande paura” (The Great fear), documenting the presence of xenophobic feeling in Italy. “La vittima e il carnefice” (The victim and his Criminal), dealing with domestic violence against woman. “Napoli vita morte e miracoli” (The life and death of Naples) telling the troubled and tragic every-day life in the Campania region. (broadcasted by Raitre in 2007). “Napoli comincia a Chiaiano” (Naples begins in Chaiano) a testimony of the fight against the opening of a new landfill by Neapolitans. “Alitalia, ultima fermata” ( Alitalia, last stop), on the protest held by employees from the Italian national airline. “Il regno delle due Sardegne”( Kingdom of the two Sardinias), which reports on the elections in Sardinia.
He also collaborated with MTVnews for full coverage of the Italian youth (I ragazzi contro la Monnezza (Youth against garbage), “Gli eroi di Lampedusa” (Heros of Lampedusa), “Milano lontano dal cuore” (Milan far from the Heart), “Il paese dei Trans” (The Land of Trans), “Combattere a 20 anni” (20 years old and fighting), “Costa Smeralda” (Emerald Coast), “Emigranti” (Migrants), “Mamme per caso” (Mother by chance), etc., 2009-2011, http://www.mtvnews.it) and with the newspaper “Corriere della Sera”, working as video-reporter in different areas of Italy affected by conflicts and crisis. On http://www.corriere.it, he used the style of “docu-live” to report the refugee crisis in Lampedusa throughout the entire period, during which he shot the docu-movie “Lampedusa siamo noi” (We are Lampedusa) 2011-2013, ant the short-doc “Libera Espressione” (several award winner)
In 2014, he spent several months on a ship of the Italian Navy to show the life of the first Italian woman Captain involved in the “Mare Nostrum” operation launched by the Italian Government to prevent refugee drowing off the coast of the Island of Sicily. The docu-fiction was broadcasted by Raitre and on the Corriere della sera site as web-serie and won the Flaiano award.
In 2015 he shot the short-doc “Far East”.
He is currently working on a docu-series for Mediaset.

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Get to know the short film: A COUPLE, 4min., France, Relationship

Playing at the Thur. Nov. 24th Film Festival

A COUPLE, 4min., France, Relationship
Directed by David Steiner

Three minutes in the life of a couple.

Project Title (Original Language):UN COUPLE

Film Type:Short

Runtime:2 minutes 57 seconds

Completion Date:July 22, 2016

Country of Origin:France

Country of Filming:France

Film Language:French

Shooting Format:RED

Aspect Ratio:2.35

Film Color:Black & White

First-time Filmmaker:No

Student Project:No

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STEPHEN THE TIME TRAVELLING DOG
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  MOVIE POSTERSTEPHEN THE TIME TRAVELLING DOG, 3min, UK, Comedy/Fantasy
Directed by Kyran Davies

Where’s Stephen?

Film Type: Short

Genres: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Comedy

Runtime: 2 minutes 45 seconds

Completion Date: September 30, 2015

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Country of Filming: United Kingdom

Film Language: English

Shooting Format: Digital

Film Color: Color

First-time Filmmaker: No

Student Project: No

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Audience FEEDBACK: PEOPLE OF NOWHERE, 2min, Israel, Documentary/Music Video

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  MOVIE POSTERPEOPLE OF NOWHERE, 2min, Israel, Documentary/Music Video
Directed by Lior Sperando

Music Video about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way into Europe.

Director Statement:

I have heard and read different opinions about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way in to EU. Then I went to Lesvos. 7 Days on the Greek Island gave me a healthier human perspective on the situation. Seeing in my own eyes the people behind the headlines and feeling their deep struggle, broke my heart.

Is this the “threat” people talk about? All I could see was courages people in a crisis. I also got to meet brave volunteers from all over the world who reach out to help all people regardless of their religion, race or background. That inspired me.

My hope is that this video will shake some of the bad ideas we sometimes feed ourselves with.

Film Type: Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Web / New Media

Genres: Music Video, short short, Ducumentry, world news

Runtime: 1 minute 59 seconds

Completion Date: November 25, 2015

Country of Origin: Israel

Country of Filming: Greece

Shooting Format: 1DC

Film Color: Color

First-time Filmmaker: No

Student Project: No

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  MOVIE POSTERHOWELL, 4min, UK, Horror/Comedy
Directed by Leon Williams

Howell is attending a supporters group meeting, along with others that share his condition. He has many issues…but he is trying his best to find himself.

Film Type: Short

Genres: Black Comedy, horror

Runtime: 4 minutes 35 seconds

Completion Date: November 29, 2015

Production Budget: 500 GBP

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Country of Filming: United Kingdom

Film Language: English

Shooting Format: Digital

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Film Color: Color

First-time Filmmaker: Yes

Student Project: No

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  MOVIE POSTERWALK, 1min, Netherlands, Dance/Experimental
Directed by Nicola Balhuizen Hepp

“The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.” Jean Cocteau

One man’s fear of the relentless aging process and how death catches up with us all.

The video images used to create ‘walk’ were originally shot for ’23 I 73′, an installation/performance by Nicola Balhuizen Hepp, which she directed and choreographed in 2006. She worked with two dancers, separated in age by 50 years, one of them being her father. Her fascination with the aging body inspired her to take a new look at the video material, allowing it to converge into this film.

A film about women and time.

Film Type: Short, Other

Genres: Screendance, Experimental film, Videodance, Dance film, Contemporary dance, art

Runtime: 1 minute 24 seconds

Completion Date: January 10, 2015

Production Budget: 0 USD

Country of Origin: Netherlands

Country of Filming: Netherlands

Shooting Format: digital

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Film Color: Color

First-time Filmmaker: No

Student Project: No

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  MOVIE POSTERCRE-AZIONI, 5min, USA, Drama/Experimental
Directed by Elena Vannoni

A film about women and time.

Film Type: Short

Runtime: 4 minutes 50 seconds

Completion Date: December 3, 2015

Production Budget: 1,500 USD

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Film Color: Color

First-time Filmmaker: Yes

Student Project: No

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