With the opening of submissions for the competitions, we are happy to announce the renewed selection committee presented by the new co-direction with Alessandro Stellino, artistic director, and Claudia Maci, organizational director: Sandra Binazzi, Alberto Diana, Daniele Dottorini, Ludovica Fales, Roberto Manassero, Daniela Persico, Margot Mecca, Emanuele Sacchi, already at work for the 61st edition of the Festival!

«I’m enthusiastic about the team we have put together, many of whom are extraordinary professionals, capable of moving on different fronts, from teaching and film criticism to directing and producing, passing obviously through longstanding work in Festivals. They are all-round connoisseurs of cinema, with a marked predilection for documentaries but also ecclectic, capable of placing a work in the wider context of contemporary production, outside of all boundaries or genre coding. I believe that the Festival dei Popoli can enhance the great work done so far by those who have preceded us, in order to further open their eyes – and that of the large audience that attends it – and give an account of an international production never so varied and diversified as in recent years. I am convinced that together with the other members of the selection committee we will be able to propose an exciting journey to discover the current documentary panorama and its multi-faceted geographies. In this sense, particular attention will be given to the works of newcomers, a research section such as Doc Explorer will be strengthened, open to the most reckless incursions into the hybridization of languages, and transversal paths will be proposed, capable of crossing the history of documentary cinema in a dizzying way under the guidance of established directors and recognized masters who will wear curatorial robes for the occasion». (Alessandro Stellino)

From 15 to 22 November in Florence, the 61st edition will be held «in the ways and dimensions that we will evaluate in the coming months according to the health emergency. In any case, we will not renounce to pursue what is most important to us: the possibility of making the best cinema a place of comparison and exchange between cultures and people». (Claudia Maci and Alessandro Stellino)

Sandra Binazzi studied Contemporary History in Florence and Amsterdam and obtained a master’s degree in literary translation and text editing. From 2008 to 2010 was in charge of the Festival dei Popoli hospitality office and the programming office of the NYDFF – New York Documentary Film Festival. Since 2011 she has been the curator of the Festival catalogue, carries out the coordination activity and is part of the selection committee. For the Festival dei Popoli, he curated “Born to Be a Writer” (Estate Fiorentina 2015), “The Trades of Cinema: Homage to Wojciech Staroń” (2015) (in collaboration with C. Maci) and the “People for Kids” section. 

Alberto Diana, filmmaker and programmer, obtained the Master en Documental de Creación at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona and worked as an assistant for Jose Luis Guerin’s Academy of Muses. He collaborates with the online magazine filmidee.it and is a member of the selection committee of IsReal – Festival di Cinema del Reale. His documentary short films are presented at numerous national and international festivals and distributed in different European platforms. His latest work, “Fango Rosso”, was presented in 2019 at the Torino Film Festival.

Daniele Dottorini, associate professor of cinema at the University of Calabria, deals with cinema theory and real cinema. Since 2008 he has been selector for the Festival dei Popoli, where he has curated the retrospectives and related critical publications on the cinema of Isaki Lacuesta, Andrés Di Tella, Mary Jimenez, Sergio Oksman. He edited “For a cinema of royalty. Forms and practices of contemporary Italian documentary” (Udine 2013) and is the author of “La passione del reale. The documentary and the creation of the world” (Mimesis, 2019). He has published monographs on the cinema of David Lynch (Genoa 2004), Jean Renoir (Rome 2007), James Cameron (Pisa 2013).

Ludovica Fales, director and researcher, graduated in Theoretical Philosophy in Rome and studied Cultural Anthropology in Berlin. Following a Master in Documentary Direction at NFTS, he has made several documentary films and collaborated with several documentary and human rights festivals, including Sheffield Doc/Fest with Kitchen Sink Collective, IsReal and SalinaDocFest, and taught documentary and experimental cinema in Bosnia and Kosovo. He teaches experimental and interactive documentary and storytelling at UCL.

Roberto Manassero, film critic and journalist, is selector for the International Critics’ Week of the Venice Film Festival and member of the editorial board of the Torino Film Festival. Film critic, he collaborates for the “Dictionary of Films” by Paolo Mereghetti and with the specialized magazines Film tv and Cineforum and the websites MyMovies and Cineforum.it. He is the author of “The Hollywood Family Melodrama” (Le Mani, 2011) and “Paul Thomas Anderson. Fragments of an American speech” (Bietti, 2015). 

Margot Mecca has been collaborating with Festival dei Popoli since 2011, so she is in charge of the professional area and the Campus section, dedicated to emerging filmmakers. She is a post-doc researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), for which she coordinates the production of documentary feature films within the European project Transgang. She is a freelance producer of documentary films and provides consulting services for the development, production and distribution of documentary films. Her first film as a producer is “Mother Lode” by Matteo Tortone, currently in post-production.

Daniela Persico, film critic and programmer. She is part of the Locarno Film Festival’s selection committee and is the curator of the event L’immagine e la parola. He is also part of the selection committee of IsReal – Festival di Cinema del Reale and has worked for the Turin Lovers Film Festival – LGBTQI New Visions. He has written essays for the collective film books of Claire Simon (2008), Wang Bing (2010), Ross McElwee (2013) and Emmanuel Carrère (2014). In 2009 she directed the medium-length film “Et mondana ordinare” and in 2012 she was assistant director for Alina Marazzi’s film “Tutto parla di te”.

Emanuele Sacchi, journalist and film and music critic. He collaborates with “MYmovies”, “FilmTv”, “Filmidee” and coordinates “Hong Kong Express” and “Asia Express”. He is the author, among others, of The New Hong Kong Cinema. Voices and looks beyond the handover” (Bietti, 2014, with Stefano Locati) and “Richard Linklater. The drift of the American dream” (Bietti, 2017, with Francesca Monti). He has contributed to several essays and publications, including “The Visual Obsession. Ridley Scott’s cinema” (Historica, 2013) and “Cinema without end. A film journey through 25 films” (Mimesis, 2014).