He was born in 1952. He spent his chilhood in a working-class suburb. He studied History in Clermont-Ferrand University where he was involved in the Cineclub. After a meeting with Jacques Tati, he creaded in 1979 with others students, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, which is nowadays the world’s most important event in the short film circuit. With his colleagues, he established the Short Film Market that runs along the festival and the Auvergne Film Commission. He is still a member of the festival team as volonteer, which also became bigger and is still working as a collective group without a leader. He is working in the international selection committee and he manage the special section Court d’Histoire about the relationship between history and cinema. He directed the short film Lointain, which earned an honourable mention in Oberhausen IFF in 1986.
Norayr Kasper is a cinematographer and a visual artist based in Toronto and Venice. His work stems from a diverse cultural background and multidisciplinary art formation. Kasper has lensed over 40 feature and television films and garnered multiple international recognitions. His art photography installations have shown in various exhibitions including the Venice Art Biennale. He also teaches cinematography workshops and masterclasses in visual storytelling. Member of Canadian Society of Cinematographers, IATSE 667 – International Cinematographers’ Guild.
Pippo Mezzapesa was born in 1980. He got a diploma in classical studies and a degree in law at the Università degli Studi di Bari. He started his career as a screenwriter and filmmaker in 2001 with the short film Lido Azzurro. He went on directing more short films among the most awarded ones in recent history. In 2004, Mezzapesa directed Zinanà, the touching story of a man who plays the cymbals. The film won the David di Donatello Award. Two years later he was awarded with a Special Mention at Nastri d'Argento for the short film Come a Cassano, the story of a little boy and a football star that share the same name. In 2005, he made the documentary Produrre consumare morire that shed some light on the disasters and the casualties caused by the petrochemical industry in Brindisi. In 2008, Mezzapesa directed the documentary Pinuccio Lovero - Sogno di una morte di mezza estate, which had its premiere at the Venice IFF. In 2009, he directed one of the short movies part of a project called Per Fiducia: the title of the film is L’Altra metà, a mini road movie focusing on an elder woman fleeing from a retirement home. His work as director got a Special Mention at the Nastri d'Argento and the Michelangelo Antonioni Award at Bif&st. In 2011, he wrote and directed the feature film Il Paese delle spose infelici based on the novel by Mario Desiati. In 2012, he produced, wrote and directed the documentary Pinuccio Lovero - Yes I Can, the story of an undertaker running for mayor. He went on making another short-documentary called SettanTA, the portrait of a particular day at the ILVA steel industry in Taranto. The film won at the Nastri d'Argento. In 2017, he made another short film called La Giornata: it was based on a journalistic investigation and on official documents in the trial against the new forms of illegal employment. La Giornata won a Special Prize for social commitment at Nastri d’Argento. In 2018, Mezzapesa wrote and directed the feature film Il bene mio (My Own Good).