Bianca Alessandra Ara

Tecniche performative per le arti visive

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Italian and English actress/singer, former student of Gigi Proietti, specialised in physical, emotional, improvisational and clowning.
As a Performer, she ranges through various artistic genres: opera, prose, musical comedy, light theatre, clowning and cinema.
She made her debut in Cyrano de Bergerac with Gigi Proietti, was then one of the three witches in Macbeth directed by Franca Valeri, then Ismene in Phèdre with Mariangela Melato, Charlotte in Anni Felici directed by Daniele Luchetti and Frà Bernardo in De Serpentis Munere directed by Roberto Leoni.
She has performed in International productions in London and New York. She is a renowned Acting coach of Acting in English in prestigious Art Academies throughout Italy. She also runs professional and non-professional intensive acting work-shops. She is a voice talent, dubber and speaker in commercials and documentaries of major National and foreign networks/radios and has created her own bilingual podcast in 2021 “on air” on all digital platforms, “Acting & Co”.

Christian Angeli

Audiovisual and show documentation techniques

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He graduated in Humanities (with a focus on Italian Literature) and has directed several art documentaries for the Italian State broadcaster RAI, including: “Mendini: il Teatro degli Oggetti” (winner of the Best Film On Art Award at the Iffest Document.Art.XXI in Bucharest), “Suite per Palma”, “Nunzio, senza titolo”, “Gilberto Zorio, il viaggio di una canoa”, “Ettore Spalletti: lo spazio che accoglie lo sguardo”, “Le città invisibili di Grazia Toderi”, all of which were written with the art critic Raffaele Simongini. He has also directed documentaries on social issues aired by Rai Tre channel: “Diritto ai diritti” (Spotlight Gold Award), “Lavoratori in corso”, “Ragazzi in gamba” (Special Jury Award at the Libero Bizzarri Documentary Film Festival), “Donne al centro di una periferia”, the latter in collaboration with Stefano Mignucci. He has made over seventy episodes of “Prima della Prima”, a programme on opera that aired first on Rai Tre and then Rai 5. For the theatre he has directed “Il Gioco” by Franca De Angelis, “Doppelganger. Chi cammina al tuo fianco”, a tribute to American noir films, “Gli amici degli amici” by Franca De Angelis, based on the short story by Henry James “The Friends of the Friends”, “Millennium Bug” by Sergio Gallozzi on the political battle by Luca Coscioni, “Il sole di chi è?”, a musical by Silvia Colasanti, “Il club delle piccole morti”, co-directed with Tommaso Capolicchio, who is also the author of the piece. For cinema he has directed the feature film “In Carne e Ossa” (Award for Best Actress to Alba Rohrwacher at the Lecce European Film Festival) and the short film “Fare bene Mikles” (winner of the Italian Golden Globe Award by the Italian Foreign Press Association).


Agnese Angelini

Graphic design 1 - Visual Design 1

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Agnese Angelini is a brand designer and consultant for branding and communication strategy services.
Her professional experience as a Brand Designer has included collaborations with some of Europe’s leading Brand Agencies, such as FutureBrand of Milan and Paris, Landor of Milan and Paris, Carrè Noir of Turin, Cb’a of Paris Saatchi & Saatchi of Rome, Strategic Design of Rome and JWT.

Agnese has designed graphic identities for many Brand Agencies for a wide range of clients including: Original Marines – Fashion Brand, Yas Island at Abu Dhabi, Juventus Team, Artesia – French railways, Angelini Pharmaceutical, Zucchi Bassetti, Coop Supermarché, ABI – Italian Banking Association, Inda, Palatium, Laura Tonatto Parfum, Mazda, Toyota, Agrifood of Verona, Rome Film Festival – first edition, Poste italiane, Enav – National Flight Assistance Agency , IP – Gruppo Api, Ansaldo – Finmeccanica Group.

Some of her projects are featured in international awards such as American Graphic Design Awards 2018 and International Design Awards 2016.

Agnese has worked in Brand Identity or more than 3 decade.
Since 2005 she has been living and working between Paris and Rome.
Today she works as a freelancer and collaborates with important Brand Agencies in Paris, Geneva, Milan and Rome.

Since 2012, she teaches at the MA Visual and Innovation Design Course and also in the Graphic Design BA at RUFA.



Docente Mariangela Barbanente

Mariangela Barbanente


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Filmmaker and screenwriter. She started working in Documentary as production assistant and assistant director with the company Les Films d’Ici (France). Assistant director and second camera in Di Costanzo’s documentaries Prove di Stato (1998) and A scuola (2003), in 2000 she completed her first documentary, “Sole”, which received several awards such as a special mention at the Turin Film Festival the same year and it has been shown on TV in 15 countries. In 2005 she shot the docu-series “Il trasloco del bar di Vezio” broadcasted on the cable channel Planet. In 2006 she collaborated on the screenplay of “The Orchestra Of Piazza Vittorio” by Agostino Ferrente. In 2011, her documentary “Ferrhotel” received the prize UCCA–100 Città at the Turin Film Festival 2011 and the Amnesty International Award at Pesaro Film Festival. In 2013 she co-authored “In Viaggio Con Cecilia” with the Italian famed documentary director dean Cecilia Mangini and in 2015 “Varichina” co-directed with Antonio Palumbo which has been nominated for the Nastri d’Argento 2016. She was the first woman to be president of Doc/it – Documentaristi Italiani (2011-13).


Livia Barbieri


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Livia Barbieri was born in Rome, in 1983, and graduated in Economics from La Sapienza University, Rome (2006), going on to gain a diploma from the Experimental Centre of Cinematography (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia) in Rome, after attending the Film Production course (2006-2008).
Her first job as an organiser, in 2009, was in “Brothers of Italy”, a documentary directed by Claudio Giovannesi, with whom she has since worked in other projects, “Ali Blue Eyes” (2012) and “Flower” (2016) (as production supervisor and production coordinator, respectively).
Throughout 2010 and part of 2011 she worked at a number of different low-budget projects: fashion commercials (“She wolf” and “Passe-partout” by Debora Vrizzi), shorts (“Al servizio del cliente” by Beppe Tufarulo and “Sottocasa” by Alessio Lauria, both of which won the respective editions of the best shorts section of the Solinas Award, “Cargo” by Carlo Sironi, screened in competition at the ’69th Venice Film Festival), music videos (“Under the sun” by Lorenzo Vignolo).
In 2012, she returned to making documentaries with “La Carrera” by Francesco Costabile and Assunta Nugnes, and with “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle” by Davide Minnella, winner at the 2014 RIFF. That same year she collaborated in the preparation, shooting and post-production with Jean Denis Le Dinahet, the producer of the debut film by Fabio Mollo “South is Nothing”, which won the Taodue Golden Camera Award for Best First and Second Film, which recognises the best emerging director and producer, at the 8th edition of the Rome Film Festival.
In 2013 and 2014, she participated in various films as supervisor or coordinator, including the debut film by Claudio Amendola “The Move of the Penguin” and “Me, Myself and Her” by Maria Sole Tognazzi. As organiser, the documentary by Lorenzo D’amico de Carvalho “Terra de Fraternidade” and Gianclaudio Cappai’s debut film “Leaving No Trace”.
In 2015 and 2016, as an organiser: the 5-part web series “AUS – Adopt a Student” by Antonio Marzotto, winner of the Solinas Award in the Bottega del Web contest, screened on the Rai website; the short “Le futur” by J.P.Baumerder, featuring Jacques Perrin; the feature film “L’indomptee” by Caroline Deruas, in competition in the Filmmakers of the Present section at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival. Meanwhile, she continued to work in the coordination of the film “Banat” by Adriano Valerio, Claudio Amendola’s second film “Il permesso”, and “Looking for Oum Kulthum” by Shirin Neshat (previously winner of the Silver Lion at the 66th Venice International Film Festival for “Women Without Men”).
Currently she is working with Giovanni Pompili of Kino Productions on two projects for documentaries (co-productions with Switzerland, namely “Devil’s Gold”, directed by Michele Pennetta, and France “Women Photographie” directed by Esther Sparatore) and a feature film (a Belgian co-production “Coureur”, directed by Kenneth Mercken).

Chiara Bardelli Nonino

Foto Editing: le immagini e la sequenza

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Lecturer of the module Photo Editing: the images and the sequence in the RUFA x Leica Akademie advanced training course: Immagine fotografica per il cinema e i nuovi media.

Chiara Bardelli Nonino graduated with a master’s degree in Philosophy with a thesis on post-mortem photography.
È Visual Senior Editor of Vogue Italia e L’Uomo Vogue, editor of the Vogue.it photography section and curator of the Photo Vogue Festival, where fashion is explored from a socio-political point of view in exhibitions such as Reframing History, All That Man Is – Fashion and Masculinity Now, Italian Panorama, Fashion & Politics in Vogue Italia, The Female Gaze.

With a focus on contemporary photography, she also works on independent editorial and curatorial projects and juries. Recent projects include the exhibition The Edge Effect at Marselleria, the project My Queer Blackness My Black Queerness and the co-curation of Aperture Summer Open: Delirious Cities. She served on the jury of the 2020 edition of the Hyères Festival and curated the largest monographic exhibition on Paolo Roversi’s work entitled “Paolo Roversi – Studio Luce” and the art book of the same name designed by M/M Paris.She has collaborated with, among others, wtih Foam Magazine, Aperture, The British Journal of Photography, PHmuseum, The Photocaptionist, Flash Art Italia, Looking on, Canon Student Development Programme, Metronom Gallery, Red Hook Labs, Marsell Paradise, Creative Review.

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Sergio Basso

Sergio Basso

Film-making 1; Cinematografia 1;

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Sergio Basso is a movie and theatre director, a screenwriter and game design consultant.
He was Gianni Amelio’s assistant director on his last production in China, “The missing star”.
His films – e.g., Elementary love (2014), Sarita (2020) – got selected and won awarded in many major international festivals (e.g. Locarno, Nyon, Annecy, Beijing, Turin).
He is the author of several TV series (“Marta&Eva” and “POV2”).
He co-worked with UN, OSCE, NOKIA, SONY, RAI & RAICinema, TELECOM Italy, Save the Children, Oxford University, the MAAXI Museum in Rome.
More recently he devoted himself to developing crossmedia platforms for the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera and to experimenting the contribution of animation in documentary film-making, winning Annecy International Film Festival.
In 2014 and 2016 he shot documentaries for the prime time of the Chinese state TV, CCTV 6, and won the China Award 2016.
He is script-doctoring the next videogame by 101 Percento company, Aftermath, for PS4.

Mario Bellina


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Mario Bellina is a specialized television writer and screenwriter for cartoons (Super SpikeBall, Arctic Friends, Nefertina sul Nilo), sit-coms (Meg & Bianca Fashion Friends, Sara & Marti), Children TV shows (Rob-O-Cod, Albero Azzurro, Selfie Show) and family movies (Christmas Thieves).
He has worked on various TV shows (Sconosciuti, Ci vediamo in tribunale, Fratelli d’Italia) as an author, screenwriter and director.

He is a consultant for the major Italian animation and cross-media festivals including Cartoons on the bay (of which he is part of the scientific committee) and Romics. For some time he has been involved as a game writer in the conception and design of apps and interactive products for children.

He has written various books including humorous, for children, and essays on cinema and animation, the latest of which: Scrivere per l’animazione published by Dino Audino.

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Alessandro Bencivenni


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He begins his career in writing in the field of comics with Topolino, he then goes on to write for the movie industry with the director Neri Parenti alongside Domenico Saverni (with which he establishes a long professional collaboration) and the couple Benvenuti-De Bernardi: it is the group with which he created various films starring Paolo Villaggio. In 1991 he contributes to Lina Wertmuller’s Io speriamo che me la cavo. With Saverni and Oldoini he conceives the successfull TV series Don Matteo. Since 2006 he dedicates himself to the so called saga of cinepanettoni and participated in Mario Monicelli’s Le rose del deserto, nominated as best screenplay at the Nastri D’Argento. Since 2000 he also began to teach as a professor at Accedemia dell’Aquila, Università di Terni-Perugia, LUISS’s Writing School and Scuola Volontè. He is the author of several monographies on Luchino Visconti, Peter Greenaway and Hayao Miyazaki and the book Ricordare, sognare, sceneggiare. He won for ten times the Chiavi d’Oro: prize awarded to the best successes of the year. He has also published the story in rhymes L’amore non è incluso.

Maria Pina Bentivenga


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She moved to Rome in 1991 , graduated from the Fine Arts Academy of Rome in 1995 when she also started researching engraving techniques and participating in several important exhibitions in Italy and abroad. In 2000 she started teaching Special Graphic Techniques and Print Making at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts.

In 2002, she received an honourable mention at the 7th International Engraving Biennial of Ourense, Spain.
In 2003, she joined the Association of Veneto Engravers. In 2008, she edited Cammini Inquieti, with a text by Rainer Maria Rilke, for the Trieste publisher Trart Edizioni.
In 2008, she edited Specchi, with a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, for the publisher Pulcinoelefante based in Osnago.
Since 2010 she teaches Engraving Techniques at the S. Giacomo School of Ornamental Arts (Scuola d’Arti Ornamentali) run by the local authority of Rome.
In 2011, she was awarded the Graphic Designers Prize at the 15th Massenzio Arte Awards in Rome; she worked on Sovenir, an artists’ book with a text by Fabrizio Napoli, for the Rome publisher InSigna.
In 2012, she held a workshop for engraving and book arts at the EASD in Zamora (Spain); that same year she developed a project as a resident artist in Romagna, at Montefiore Conca (Rimini) – Un Castello per le Arti (A Castle for the Arts).
In 2013, she joined the Association of Contemporary Engravers, sitting on the board, and is a founding member of Associazione InSigna of Rome, an organisation engaged in the creation and dissemination of Artists’ Books and Print Making; she participated in the Divertissement project/residence, organised by Maison 22 of Bologna, in collaboration with Opificio della Rosa and Atelier della Luna at Montefiore Conca (Rimini); she made the artists’ book Fragili Orizzonti (Fragile Horizons), published by InSigna – Rome.
In 2014, she held numerous workshops on letterpress and artists’ books, in collaboration with other artists and illustrators, edited the artists’ book Buchi, with a text by Fabio Palombo, published by InSigna – Rome.
In 2014, the Albertina in Vienna purchased her graphic work Deux, while the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica of Rome purchased 7 prints, 4 drawings and an artists’ book.

Her works can be found in numerous public collections in Italy and abroad: the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica of Rome; the Collections of the Albertina Gallery in Vienna; the Cabinet of Ancient and Modern Prints of the Commune of Bagnacavallo (Ravenna); the Alberto Sartori Print Collection – Mantova; the Contemporary Art Museum of Villa Croce – Genoa; the Museum of the Pellicano Trasanni CXultural Foundation – Urbino; the Bertarelli Civic Collection of Milan; the Municipal Collection of Modern Prints of the Commune of Cavaion Veronese; the Caixanova Collection of Prints in Ourense – Spain; the Collection of Prints of Acqui Terme (AL).



Gianna Bentivenga


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In 1995 she moved to Rome and enrolled in the Fine Arts Academy there, graduating in Painting in 1999. In the 1998/99 academic year she won an Erasmus scholarship to study at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten of Antwerp, in Belgium, where she had the opportunity to further her studies in engraving techniques. During the same period, she was admitted as a guest student at the Frans Masereel Centrum for the graphic arts in Kasterlee (Belgium). In 2006, she won a residency at the Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin.

Since 2000, she has participated in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad. In 2000, she won the second prize and, in 2004, an honourable mention at the 6th International Engraving Biennial of Ourense, Spain. In 2007, she published an engraving in the Icons folder of the series “AMICI”, as a tribute to Alexsander Solzhenitsyn, which was later purchased by the Albertina in Vienna; in 2013, she received the Alvaro Becattini Award at the 18th edition of the “VACA libri mai mai visti” competition in Ravenna.

Since 2012, she has has regularly carried out projects as artist-in-residence: 2012, Un Castello per le Arti, Montefiore Conca (Rimini); 2013, Divertissement, Montefiore Conca (Rimini); 2015, Atelier Empriente, Luxembourg; 2016, Zagorie ob Savi, Slovenia.

Since 2013, she is a founding member and President of Associazione InSigna of Rome, an organisation engaged in the creation and dissemination of Artists’ Books and Print Making. Since 2016, she coordinates international projects for the Renate Herold Czaschka Foundation.

Her works can be found in numerous public collections in Italy and abroad.


Massimo Berruti

Documentazione fotografica

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Professional since 2005 he was invited to become a member of AgenceVU in 2008. He works as a photojournalist for the most prestigious international media, such as National Geographic Magazine, TIME and the New York Times. Many of his recognitions are the result of his long work from Pakistan, during its involvement in the War on Terrorism. It was here that, thanks to the support of the Carmignac Foundation, he worked on the subject of his first monographic book, The Lashkars. Berruti has won numerous awards including 2 WORLD PRESS PHOTO and 3 POYi, a Visa d’Or Award, the Magnum Foundation EF, the Carmignac Photojournalism Award and the Fellowship de W. Eugene Smith Award, among many others. His images are part of the Carmignac collection, the MAXXI museum in Rome and the Farnesina Collection.
In 2017, he left AgenceVU to participate in the foundation of MAPS, a collective that brings together a leading internationally renowned photographers and creatives.

Lorenzo Bolzoni

Graphic Design - COMIC BOOK ART

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Lorenzo Bolzoni (1981) graduated in Industrial Design at Politecnico University of Milan and attended training courses of comics, typography and type design. Since 2009 he is Senior Designer for the comic book publisher BAO Publishing.
He teaches graphic design at the RUFA University of Rome and at the International School of Comics in Milan.
In 2020 he was part of the project team for the reprint of the book Alfa-Beta, by Aldo Novarese, entirely financed with a successful
crowdfunding campaign.

He signs all his works with the pseudonym Officine Bolzoni.


Daniele Bonomo


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An author of humorous stories, cartoons, strips, short stories and graphic novels. He works at SkeletonMonster and is one of the five creators of ARF! a Comics Festival in Rome . To date, he has published the following books: Tutti possono fare fumetti, La notte dei giocattoli (based on texts by Dacia Maraini) and the children’s comic series Timothy Top, all published by Tunué. Since 2001, he teaches comic book art in schools.


Beatrice Bulla

Art Printmaking

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She was born in Rome in 1994 from a long generation of art printers, whose roots go back to Paris in 1818.
From a young age she assisted her father Romolo and aunt Rosalba in the family print shop, helping them in the production of lithographic and woodcut limited editions of contemporary artists. In 2013 she moved to London where she graduated from Middlesex University in the Media and Performing Arts department.
In 2017 she returned to Rome to manage the family archive and co-curate the exhibition ‘Litografia Bulla. A two-hundred-year journey between art and technique presented in the rooms of Palazzo Poli of the Central Institute for Graphics in Rome in 2018. In the same year, together with her sister Flaminia and Alessandro Cucchi, she opened ‘O’, a residency project within Litografia Bulla aimed at emerging artists called upon to produce a limited edition artist’s book.
In 2020 he takes the reins of the printworks together with her sister Flaminia with whom, in addition to producing commissioned editions for artists, galleries, foundations and museums, she opens the second residency project ‘Passaggi’ where she co-curates exhibitions in the first rooms of Litografia Bulla of national and international artists, invited to produce graphics and multiples within the printworks. In the same year Litografia Bulla works together with the main artist-run spaces in Rome for sponsorships and commissions.
In 2021 Beatrice became co-president of Club Taverna, an initiative of Spazio Taverna by Ludovico Pratesi and Marco Bassan.

Paolo Buonaiuto

Graphic Design 2

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Paolo B. has been working as an art director and visual designer for over 25 years. His projects are signed art-bit.design&c., a visual design and communications studio dealing with the visual communication production process, from the brand design to the coordinated image, throughout the promotion of identity values within institutional, museum, cultural and product communications, in particular signage & wayfinding.
Coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts in “Design for Humans” and Professor of Graphic Design and Color at RUFA (Rome University of Fine Arts).
Professor of Design and Tourism at Roma Tre University in the Master in Tourism Languages and Intercultural Communication.
He collaborated with Villa Médicis – Académie de France à Rome for the exhibition “Thursdays at Villa Medici” within the program “Graphic Lessons”. He held colour lectures at LUISS – Free International University of Social Studies “Guido Carli”, Rome. As a trainer, Paolo taught in the Perception, Light and Matter course and the Colour Design course for Cosmob S.p.a., Pesaro, Italy.
He has been a lecturer in the “Visual Communication for Companies” course organized by the Rome Institute for Entrepreneurial Training in collaboration with the CNA – the Italian Confederation of Crafts and Small-medium enterprises based in Rome.
Regarding institutional positions, he has been Director of the Lazio Delegation of AIAP – the Italian Association of Visual Communication Design, from 2010 to 2012, then Secretary from 2013 to 2015. In 2016 he started his career at AIAP in Lazio, and eventually became Advisor of the AIAP board for 2019- 2021 biennium.
Responsible as designer of the visual communication between Aiap and Confcommercio – Businesses for Italy – Professions.

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Emanuela Camacci

Visual Art Techniques and Technologies; Sculpture Techniques

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Emanuela Camacci was born in Rome, she graduated in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Once she graduated she attended a specialization in mosaic art at the studio of Costantino Buccolieri.
She has participated in numerous temporary exhibitions and land art interventions in Italy and around the world, including GNAP Italy – Global Nomedic Art Project, 2019. She has undertaken many international residencies, such as the Sculpture Symposium in Santiago de Chile in 2017 and the Yatoo International Artist in Residence in South Korea in 2018.
In Italy she has won several awards and competitions for works of art in public spaces, such as the Montesacro East Fire Station in Rome, with the work “Mani” in Roman travertine, or such as the sculpture “Bubbles of air” at the permanent collection of the Cantina Producers Cormòns of Gorizia. A determining factor in her research has been the collaboration with artists and professionals from various backgrounds, experiences that offered her the opportunity to live life with a different perspective from an artistic-intellectual and human point of view.

Her evocative language is rooted in representations of emotional life, in the link between sculpture, architecture and the environment, in the exploration of the limits and possibilities of various materials.

Ideas are only fully realized in an appropriate context.
“the work changes meaning in relation to place and space.”

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Simone Cametti


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Sculpture and installations are a key part of his poetics, alongside other media, such as photography, audio and video art. Simone Cametti begins by observing materials and their physical characteristics: marble, iron, organic elements. He investigates their colour, mechanical properties, brightness, form, with the precise will to disguise the original material and change it completely. A subtle game used by the artist to silently, and almost invisibly, tell unheard of stories, little fragments of daily life preserving the memory of the functional past of the objects they once were. Recently, he has turned his interest to the study of landscapes and performance, keeping the material transformation of space at the core of his investigation. Literally shifting the focus on the change of perception resulting from the physical transformation of the context by the artist himself.


Cinzia Capparelli


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Cinzia Capparelli is a photographer specialising in fashion, portraiture and advertising.
She works with a continuous tension for experimentation, attention to light and vision, in search of a meditative empathy with the subject.
She has published her photo shoots in magazines such as Vogue, L’Officiel, Elle, Vanity Fair, Skira and Manfredi Editore.
She produces advertising campaigns and portraits for celebrities. She shot the pride 2021 campaign for H&M and collaborated with brands such as Fendi, Bulgari, Emporio Armani, Laura Biagiotti, 20th Century Fox, Mercedes-Benz, De Agostini Editore, Sky, Enel, Dolce & Gabbana, Veja, Pftizer, Intersport, Kiko, Crodino, Campari, Foreo.
In 2022 she founded Moonel, a production and representation agency for artists, models and talent.
In her professional experience she has also focused on the photography of luxury events, perfecting her propensity for reportage and listening to the relationship between space and body.
She is an academic teacher of design photography and advertising photography.

Emanuele Cappelli

Brand Design; Graphic Design 3

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Emanuele Cappelli is the creative director and founder of Cappelli Identity Design. He has been teaching Visual Communication since 2004, at Sapienza University in Rome, and since 2011 at RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts. After graduating with honours in Industrial Design and serving as creative director in a number of companies, he founded Cappelli Identity Design, a design firm that provides branding and communication strategy services to important Italian and international companies. Acknowledged as one of the best pioneers of the concept of dynamic branding, his experimental approach has earned him 35 international publications and prestigious positions, such as artistic director of international cultural events.


Marianna Cappi


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Afters studying Communication Sciences in Bologna and journalism in Brussels, she graduated in History of Cinema in Bologna (Alma Mater Studiorum) and in screenwriting at the National Film School (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia) in Rome (2001-2003). She has written short films with and for Susanna Nicchiarelli (“La Madonna nel frigorifero”), Francesco Lagi (“Passatempo”, Selection Corto Cortissimo Venice International Film Festival, 2004), Stefano Accorsi (“Io non ti conosco”, David di Donatello 2014). In 2007 she wrote and shot the documentary “Tomaso Monicelli. Un intellettuale in Penombra”. She has worked as a screenwriter for RAI, Mediaset and Discovery Channel (“Il Commissario De Luca”, “Gente di Mare”, “Vivere”, “Love Dilemma”). She has held scriptwriting courses and workshops in Gorizia, Mantua, Bologna, Ramallah, Bellinzona, Pistoia, Rome (CSC). She has written the feature film “Amori Elementari” directed by Sergio Basso (CSC Production, Rai Cinema, Zori Film, 2014). For theater she has made the Italian adaptation of the Broadway musical “Priscilla – Queen of the desert” and Alil Vardal’s “Clan des Divorcées”. She’s a film critic for the newspaper Voce di Mantova, the web portal MyMovies.it and the weekly magazine Film TV. In 2020 she was selected and appointed by MiBact as Expert Trainer of the National Cinema and Images Plan for School.

Aureliano Capri

Information Design

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Roman by birth and cosmopolitan by adoption, Aureliano Capri is a multidisciplinary designer and reality observer. Graduated in Systemic and Communication Design at ISIA Rome. he actively collaborates with Studio Azzurro to design interactive narrative multimedia environments and with Iperdesign to design and product digital systems. He carries out didactic activities at the ISIA in Rome, and educational and creative workshops for high school students in the PCTO of the MAXXI Museum. In his developing design philosophy, he queries the roles of design and communication as methods for promoting culture and participation. Constantly looking for the right tone of voice to spread content, his main inspiration comes from J.M. Basquiat’s “Boom For Real” to catch insights from reality and rub off on it with original syntheses and mixed languages.

Alessandro Carpentieri

Digital Video and Video Editing; Photography (for Visual Arts); Photography 1

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After graduating from secondary school in Aeronautical Engineering, in 1983, he dedicated himself to photography and cinematography working as a cameraman for a small Rome-based agency. In 1989, he followed a course of advertising photography, but it was street photography that kept him away from the film studios. Between 1990 and 1999 he travelled in Europe and the United States, collaborating as a freelance photographer with important Italian daily newspapers (La Repubblica, L’Unità, Il Manifesto, Il Messaggero) and making several documentaries. In the same period, he worked as assistant photographer in 3 feature films and 2 RAI programmes by Silvano Agosti (“The Bullet Man” 1993, “The Second Shadow” 1998, “Pure Reason” 2000 – “Thirty Years of Forgetfulness” 1995, and “Nobel sarà lei” 1999 featuring Dario Fò). Since 1999, he has collaborated with several music magazines and publishers (Musica Jazz, The WIre, Rai Trade, Rudi Rec), which published his photographs. Since 2004, he teaches at RUFA in the academic courses of Photography, Digital Video and Video Editing and Cinematography. In 2009, he curated the photo-story in the book “Quelle voci dal vuoto “by Guido Tassinari, published by Iacobelli.
He has founded the photography group “Benaco12”

Vincenzo Caruso


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Costume and fashion designer, he now lives and works and in Rome. He has been cultivating his passion for costumes and fashion for twenty-five years. He is a pupil of the master Gaetano Castelli and graduated in Set Design from the Fine Arts Academy in Rome, and in Fashion and Costume Design from the Koefia Academy of High Fashion and Costume Design in Rome.
He started to work in the world of entertainment aged sixteen, at the Biondo Repertory Theatre in Palermo. After this debut in the theatre, he moved on to the worlds of cinema and fashion, working in Italy and abroad, where he created set designs, costumes and garment and accessory collections. He also worked on the set designs and costumes for various theatrical productions, working with directors such as Maurizio Scaparro, Franco Zeffirelli, Ilaria Drago, Pino Ferrara, Roberto Gandini, Sharoo Kharadmand, and many more moving from drama to opera, from ballet and dancing to the cinema. He has created fashion and accessory collections for his own line called Atelier Baalbek, but also collaborates with many fashion houses, such as Valentino, D&G, Christofer Chronis, etc.. He has also worked for companies, such as “Mazzini Eventi”, organising fashion shows for the designers Brioni, Corneliani, Furstenberg, Gai Mattiolo etc.. He has also been invited to sit on juries for fashion competitions in Italy and abroad. Today he works primarily in producing art creations and installations for costumes and high fashion garments.
He currently teaches “Costumes for Performing Arts” at RUFA Rome University of Fine Arts, at the Fine Arts Academy, where he has published a study on costumes for performing arts called “La Magia del Costume” (Magical Costumes). He organises art and cultural events on fashion and costumes, has held a number of meetings and conferences on costumes for performing arts, also working with Gabriella Pescucci, Lina Nerli Taviani, Giancarlo Nanni, Ilaria Drago etc.. He is an eclectic professional and artist who has always found himself at ease in the magical world of fashion and costumes.

Silvia Cassetta

Storia del Design 1

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Architect, after having worked in Milan and London, is based in Rome, where she opens her office as a designer and performer. She is focused on the relationship between dance and architecture, and she attends the 2nd Biennium in Composition at the National Academy of Dance in Rome. In 2022 she was a guest performer at the “KM278 Demanio Marittimo” Festival, curated by P.Ciorra / C. Colli. In 2020 she collaborated with Prof. L. Prestinenza Puglisi at RUFA, for the History of design course. Among her most important projects: a show room in Abu Dhabi for the Brand Bespoke Italia, interiors for private clients and in 2014 she patented an innovative tool for food design: “Pipoliva”. This project was selected for the “ROMA DESIGN LAB 2014”. In 2013 she was selected for the “FUORISALONE” with the “Dancing Shape” project. In 2008 she obtained a Master in Interior Design at the Polytechnic School of Design in Milan. From 2008-2009 she worked in Design International in London, a company that carries out large retail design projects. In 2005 she graduated with 110 cum laude at the Faculty of Architecture of Ascoli Piceno. Since 2007 she has been enrolled in the Order of Architects of the Province of Bari and she also has designed various projects in Puglia, her homeland.

Maria Chiara Castelli


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Since 1997 Maria Chiara Castelli, graduated with honours in set design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, began her career by passing a selection of Rai as an assistant set designers. After a series of collaborations with some set designers she joined the Castelli studio, where she still works today. Since 2010 she went from being an assistant to a set designer. Among the customers: Rai uno, Mediaset, Sky, Tv2000, Arcobaleno tre, Stand by me. From 2000 she started her teaching career; she collaborated with other institutes such as the Academy of Costume and Fashion and IL CSC (experimental centre of cinematography). In addition to her interest in TV set design, she is always strongly involved in painting and drawing, especially in the creation of her portraits. In recent years she has been working in teams for the realization of projects both for TV and private companies, such as restyling the restaurant “Il Lanificio” with her colleague Alessia Petrangeli. The team with which she collaborates is made up of set designers and designers. The coordinator of the group is: Manuel Bellucci.


Andrea Cavallari

Web Design 1; Web Design 2

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Andrea Cavallari, a partner of Iperdesign since 2008, works in the fields of development, analysis and programming.
Over the years he has developed websites using WordPress CMS, for clients such as the Evangelical Lutheran Churc, Enel Rete Gas, LifeShield, and applications for iOS and Android smartphones, for clientssuch as DaleCarnegie, Hausmann&Co, Rezza Immobiliare, WWF, Abbott, Bracco, Cangene and PaesiOnLine.
He is an expert programmer in various languages, including iOS, Android, C#, Pascal, Java, PL/SQL, Oracle, TomCat, XML, HTML, Javascript, VB.NET 2.0, Visual Basic 6.0, ASP 3.0, and ASP.NET.
His achievements include a workflow system for Johnson&Johnson, the development of a CRM for Sistemia, of a Project Management System, and a software for managing shares, bonds and securities for Cedacri, as well as a participation in the Pegasus Project (a software for managing auction, seizure, mortgage and certification services).

Docente Alice Cellupica

Alice Cellupica


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I graduated right here at Rufa in Visual and Innovation Design. Shortly before obtaining my Master’s degree, I joined PwC’s Experience Centre in Rome. Now I’m a designer with 7 years of experience working on Visual Design, User Experience, User Interface, Motion Graphic, Motion UI and Illustration across different industries such as Retail, Energy & e-Mobility, Transportation and Financial Services. I collaborate with clients designing new digital user experiences, co-creating customer journeys with different stakeholders, facilitating workshop sessions, creating digital video material, creating Design Systems and visual guidelines and finally managing the art direction of websites and mobile apps used by millions of users every day.


Guenda Cermel


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Head of Fashion with significant experience in the retail sector at an omnichannel level.
Guenda Cermel is a 360-degree professional who blends creativity and strategy, from design (collection design) to operations (buying and merchandising), negotiation (worldwide sourcing), and numbers (budget, purchase, and sales). She has eventually grown a wide and solid managerial experience in leading fashion companies.
Guenda graduated in Art history, then she began working in the fashion industry as an Assistant Designer at Stefanel, and later as an Assistant Buyer and Brand Manager in the Coin Group, becoming responsible for the design, development, buying, and sales of three Coin-owned brands. Afterward, she became Category Manager for 3 Fashion categories, assuming a key managerial and strategic role supervising the Group’s 50 department stores. In 2018, she joined as Head of Fashion HSE24 TV, the Italian branch of a German ‘shoppertainment’ company among the leaders in the sector with branches in five countries. She has recently earned a Master’s in Philosophy, and she is now undertaking her MA degree in Integral Ecology.
Guenda has been appointed as the Academic Coordinator of the BA in Sustainable Fashion Design at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts.


Irene Cerrati


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Irene Cerrati was born in 1965 and, after graduating from high school, she trained as a model maker at the Ida Ferri school, graduating in ’89 with top marks. She began her professional training at the Gattinoni atelier and then continued working as an external workshop for several years. At the same time, she began teaching in the technical sector of Fashion, i.e. modelling and tailoring, at various Design and Fine Arts Academies based in Rome. She collaborates as a model maker for several fashion houses and as a teacher with the Italian Institute of Fashion in Rome from 2000 to 2019 and with the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome from 2012 to the present. She has modelling skills both in the industrial sector using cad systems and in tailoring using moulage and TR method techniques, skills that she tries to pass on to her students in the courses she teaches.

Anna Cianca


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Trained at the Laboratory of Performative techniques in Rome, directed by Gigi Proietti (academic year 1983/85) and under the direction of Proietti himself, she made her debut in the theater with the show “Cirano” by E. Rostand. Later she worked in the companies of Paolo Ferrari, Lando Buzzanca, Giuseppe Pambieri and Lia Tanzi, Flavio Bucci, Anna Mazzamauro and with directors such as Coltorti, Lucchesi, Carafoli, Frattaroli and Scaccia, dealing with texts from both the classical and contemporary repertoire. She alternates the theatrical activity with radio: “Il Consiglio Teatrale” (Rai3) “A doctor in the family”, “Maria Montessori” (awarded as best TV film in the first edition del RomaFictionFest). From 2003 to 2005 she was an acting lecturer at the “Cinema Profession” school in Rome, founded by Giulio Scarpati. In 2013 she participates as a teacher of text analysis at the “Stage al Castello”, an event promoted by the Piedmont region and which offered seminars and workshops held by nationally and internationally renowned teachers such as Bruce Myers, Michael Margotta, Danny Lemmo. Since 2018 she has been collaborating with RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts, holding acting and text analysis workshops for the Cinema courses.


Alessandro Ciancio


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Graduated in design at ISIA in Rome and with a diploma in graphic design at the “Scuola DI Arti Ornamentali di Roma”, he worked for eight years in the studio of architect Michele De Lucchi where he completed his training in exhibit design. He supervised various exhibition projects at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome (Burri e i maestri della materia, Dürer e l’Italia, Filippino Lippi e Sandro Botticelli nella Firenze del ‘400, Tintoretto) and the layout of museum structures such as the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), Palazzo Barberini (Rome), the Roberto Capucci’s Foundation (Florence) and the Gallerie d’Italia (Milan).

He collaborated on the design of the Italian pavilion at the International Expo in Zaragoza and supervised the new layout of the Central Archaeological Area in Rome (Colosseum, Palatine and Roman Forum).
Since 2013 he’s a freelance professional and he designs booths and scenography, continuing to design exhibitions and museums, such as the series of contemporary art exhibitions “The Making Of” or the setting up of the museum structure “Interpretation Center of Erbil Citadel” (Iraq) on behalf of UNESCO.

He collaborates with the most important Italian communication companies designing layouts for events of international companies such as BNL, Assicurazioni Generali, ENEL, Poste Italiane, FCA, Audi, Renault, TIM, and many others.
Since 2015, he has been teaching at the Rufa Academy holding an Exhibit Design course in the second and third year of design courses, a subject where he combines students’ experiences in both interior and product design.


Anne-Riitta Ciccone


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Anne-Riitta Ciccone, Film Director and Writer. Born in Helsinki (Finnish mother and Sicilian father) she lives now in Rome. Graduated in Philosophy, during the University years she also carried out a long and patient apprenticeship in Theater and Cinema, then attended the Course RAI / Script training and specialization for screenwriters. At the same time she continued to deepen her preparation in writing and shooting techniques (two MEDIA program screenwriting development workshops held in collaboration with Columbia University in New York, an intensive Mentoring as Script Doctor held by Sources2; in the meantime she attended workshops on the use of new technologies, digital and stereoscopic 3D). She debuted as Director in 2000 with her first feature film “Le Sciamane” (“The Witch Doctors); “L’amore di Màrja”(“Marja) released in 2004 was the first independent-movie box office of the year and won numerous awards including the Golden Globe of the Foreign Press as “Outstandig Director”; “Il Prossimo tuo” (“Thy Neighbour”) released in 2009 was selected at “Rome Film Festival – Extra l’Altro Cinema”. Since 2010 she has specialized in 3D, making the first Italian 3D short film, “Victims”, selected for the European Prize “Mèlies d’or” for the best fantasy short film. She made the first feature-length film in 3D live action directed by a woman, “I’M endless like the space”, selected as Special Event during the “Venice Days” of the 2017 Venice Film Festival, later released in Italy with the title “I’M infinita come lo spazio” acclaimed by the Press, she won the “Best Director” Award at “Festival dei due mondi” in Spoleto in 2018. “I’M infinita come lo spazio” is also a novel, published in Italy by the Publishing House Il Foglio Letterario, book which Anne-Riitta wrote as a spin-off during the multiple drafts of the film’s script. The novel was selected for “Premio Strega” Award. In 2020 the Publishing House “Resh Stories”published her Handbook “The Director’s Journey”. Over the years, she has worked as Script Doctor for screenplays and as Tutor for young directors, the last experience in September ’19, at the Cinecampus Terre di Cinema, international cinematographers days. Currently the film “Gli Anni belli” by Lorenzo d’Amico de Carvalho (written by Anne-Riitta Ciccone and Lorenzo d’Amico de Carvalho) is in post production.

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Pietro Ciccotti


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Pietro Ciccotti was born in Rome in 1976. After some rather erratic educational career choices, which took him from the faculty of communication sciences to a school of comic drawing, from the study of graphics to film-making, in 2005 he ended up in Turin, at the Experimental Centre of Cinematography (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia).
There he learnt new skills and especially the focal point of it all: animation.
He graduated in 2006 and returned to Rome, where he founded mBanga Studio, with Harald Pizzinini. The studio’s mission is to create and design animations and animated graphics from a blank sheet of paper to the final rendering, ranging from intros and title sequences to animated logos, video clips, series, shorts or feature-length films.
Clients include: Cartoon network, Boing, Rai, la7, Venice Biennale, Colorado film, Fao.

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Alessio Cimato

Light design 2

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“Light connects us with the outside world more directly than any other vehicle of information. It is our richest and most complete research and knowledge tool “. Cit. by Andrea Frova
Design is the perfect union of various consequential themes, form – light – perception.
In 2020 he obtained the 1st Level Master in Lighting Design at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome. In 2018 he was the tutor of the Master in Lighting Design at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome; activity that allowed him to interact with prominent professionals in the field of Lighting Design. In 2017 he obtained a 1st Level Diploma in Design at R.U.F.A. – Rome University of Fine Arts. Since 2017 he has been collaborating with several Roman studios. This allows him to deal with different design realities and to grow professionally by fully living the profession of Interior and Lighting Designer, contributing to architectural and lighting design. Since 2019 he has been responsible for the communication activities of the Master in Lighting Design MLD, starting and curating the cultural column “High Light In”. In 2017 he participated in the design workshop with the international light artist Yann Kersalé. In 2010 he collaborated in the realization of the sets for the opera “Terzo Tempo” at the Sala Uno Theater in Rome and in the realization of the “Group Therapy” sets at the Trastevere theater in Rome.


Stefano Cipolla

Visual Design 2; Visual and Innovation Design 2 B

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Stefano Cipolla is an Italian art director, graphic designer and journalist.

He always worked in the editorial field: in the 90’s he started collaborating with magazines as a freelance and in 2001 he lands at the daily “Il Manifesto”, a newspaper with an important graphic design tradition.

There, in the year of the terrorist attacks at New York’s twin towers and of the Genova G8, he realises that news and their visualization will become his professional future.
In 2004 he arrives at the daily newspaper “La Repubblica”, being in charge of designing sections and special projects of the paper (La Domenica di Repubblica, R2, libri di Repubblica) and two graphic restylings (2007 and 2014).

From February 2018 he’s the Art Director of the weekly “L’Espresso”.

He teaches Editorial Graphic Desgin, Infographic and History of Communication Design. He taught for 15 years at the roman Istituto Europeo di Design.
Now he is at the Scuola di Giornalismo di Urbino, MiMaster in Milano and he holds conferences and workshops.
He is also a Domestika teacher and his course “Foundamentals of Editorial Graphic Desgin for Magazines” is online since May 2022.

His job is his passion: he believes working with images is the greatest luck you can have, and that is what he tries to convey to his students.

Emiliano Coletta


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Emiliano Coletta is a sculptor, specialised in modelling and casting, as well as the use of rubber and plastic resins, and a skilled ceramist. He was one of the founding members, in 1999, of Mazzone Srl, associated painters and sculptors, an artistic firm specialising in the production and implementation of works and projects using visual arts techniques and technologies.
Since 2000 he is a member of the group of independent artists com.plot S.YS.tem.
He teaches Plastic Decorating at the School of Ornamental Arts of Rome, where he also teaches Plastic Techniques and Modelling.
Since 2010, he teaches various sculpting techniques – modelling, technology and typology of materials – at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts.

Stefano Compagnucci


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He was born in Rome in 1975. In 1999 he graduated in photography from the Higher Institute of Photography and Integrated Communication, and embarked on a professional career, initially conducting research work in the field of portraiture and specialising in the field of advertising photography. He has collaborated in various national and international campaigns, working with a number of advertising agencies, including McCann Erickson, Young&Rubicam, J.W.Thompson, Ogilvy&Mather, Saatchi&Saatchi, Leo Burnett, Armando Testa. He has exhibited his works in Italian and foreign galleries, as follows: 2007 Galleria Social Gallery (Florence), 2008 Galleria Minima (Rome), 2009 Wine Museum (Monte Porzio Catone), 2010 Fototeca de Veracruz (Mexico), 2010 Scuderie Aldobrandini (Frascati), 2011 Scuderie Aldobrandini (Frascati), 2012 Ethnographic Museum (Belgrade). In 2008, he published the photographic book “75 cl” dedicated to the world of wine and wine-making in the area of the Castelli Romani. In 2008, he was designated as a member of the jury for reading portfolios, at the Festival of Travel Literature open to photographers and held at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. In the 2008-2009 academic year, he served as Deputy Director of the Rome School of Photography.



Stefania Conti


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After secondary school, in 1980 Stefania Conti graduated in Set Design, from the Rome Fine Arts Academy (Accademia di Belle Arti) and from the Hotech Academy. She has also participated in the activities and attended the courses in Engraving and Graphics at the National Graphics Institute (Istituto Nazionale della Grafica) in Rome. During the same period, she started collaborating as an assistant set designer, with the studio of the Art Director Misha Scandella, developing fundamental knowledge and experience in the opera theatre sector. She then built up a long experience in television set design and, in 1989, designed the sets for a number of TV programmes in Italy and abroad. She has also designed  trade fair and convention spaces and collaborated with the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (Istituto Italiano del Commercio Estero), as well as sets for theatrical productions and concerts, and designs for the refurbishment of public and private venues and spaces.


Riccardo Corbò


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Journalist, expert in youth culture and curator of exhibitions on pop icons from the world of comics.
After a few years as an editor and translator for comic publisher and as a press office for Comics festivals, in 1997 he began collaborating with the Radio Rai programs as an expert in comics, video games and cartoons. In 2001 he started his work with Rai Net, where he is responsible for the Portal and the Community until 2007. For Rai Net he curated the Italian edition of “Food Force”, a video game created by the United Nations WFP. He is the editor of Vincenzo Mollica’s book of interviews “DoReCiakGulp” (2006) for the Eri Rai editions.
Since 2011 he has been working on Tg3, his TV reports are for the “Tg3 Agenda del Mondo”, “Tg3 Mondo” and “Tg3 People” programs. For Rai Isoradio, from 2014 to 2017 he conceived and conducted the programs “Comics with wheels” and “The night, a video game? “.
He is the curator, together with Vincenzo Mollica, of the exhibition “Spider-Man, the most human of super-heroes” at the Museo del Vittoriano in Rome; of the exhibition at Palazzo Bufalini, in Città di Castello, “Batman, Darkness and Light”; of the exhibition “Batman, 80 years of Technology” at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan and of the tifernate exhibition “Simone Bianchi: Amazing Talent” at Palazzo Vitelli.
Since 2007 he is a professor in the “Master in Journalistic Criticism for Theater, Cinema, Television and Music” of the National Academy of Dramatic Art “Silvio d’Amico”, for “Morphology and criticism of paraliterature (comics, videogames and cartoons).

Andrea Costantini


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He started his production career at a very young age, working on the production of feature films and TV series, collaborating with many Italian and foreign directors. He later founded his production company with which he produced and co-produced several films in Italy. (nominated for the David di Donatello as Best Producer 2008). Since 2009 he has been primarily focused on his direction work for tv series and feature films for cinema. He published his first novel with Edizioni Robin . He regulary holds acting classes for professional actors.

Daniela Cotimbo

Teoria e metodo dei mass media

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Daniela Cotimbo is an art historian and independent curator based in Rome. Her research is focused on problematic issues of the present, investigated through different expressive means, in particular new technologies. She recently founded and curated the Re: Humanism Art Prize dedicated to the relationship between Art and Artificial Intelligence, later becoming a cultural association of which she is president. Daniela has curated exhibitions in various galleries, museums and festivals, including MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Arts, AlbumArte, Colli Independent, Operativa Arte Contemporanea and Romaeuropa Festival.
She writes for numerous contemporary art magazines such as Inside Art, Flash Art, NERO and has curated or taken part in a series of panels for institutions such as Palazzo Te (Mantua), Cubo Unipol (Bologna), Manifattura Tabacchi (Florence), Maker art (Rome), Brera Academy of Fine Arts (Milan), Ca ‘Foscari University (Venice), John Cabot University (Rome). Since 2021 she is co-founder of Erinni, a curatorial collective that combines transfemism and media languages.

Alessio Cremisini


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He graduated in 2004 in Product Design from I.S.I.A., in Rome, with an experimental thesis on Photovoltaic Bus Shelters, in collaboration with the Design Office of A.T.A.C. S.p.a., the public transport operator of Rome. He then went on to collaborate with various design, architecture, multimedia and set design firms, furthering his knowledge of and experience in 2D/3D modelling software and graphics and compositing techniques for the realistic rendering of projects.
In 2011, he curated the development of the Great Theatre at the “Magicland” theme park in Valmontone.
He has a passion for Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Comics, Design, Modelling and Videogames, and, since November 2011, teaches “Virtual Architecture” and “3D Digital Modelling Techniques” at RUFA in Rome.

Rosella Cuppone


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She was born in 1963, in Neviano (Lecce), but moved to live in Rome after secondary school, where she graduated in architecture from Sapienza University, specialising in the protection and recovery of heritage-classified buildings.
After graduating from university she worked for several architecture and engineering firms, while studying to become a practising architect, eventually qualifying from the Faculty of Architecture of Sapienza University in Rome.
At present, she works as a professional architect, in the private building sector, and teaches at Rufa Rome University of Fine Arts.

Dario Curatolo


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Dario Curatolo, architect, graduated at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he specialized in Theory of Architecture.
He works with architecture, design and visual communication. He was a member of the Scientific Committee of the Triennale Design Museum, member of the ADI national steering committee as the Aiap Lazio Delegate. He was Art Director of the Italian Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale and is currently Creative Director of Four in the Morning and art director for a number of companies and institutions. From 2018 to 2022 he’s appointed as “Italian Design Ambassador” for the Italian Design Day organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Bruno D’Annunzio


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In the first years of his activity he collaborated in theoretical-practical seminars related to the History and Criticism of the film of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Subsequently he made short films of various types: industrial, scientific, educational, etc.
The anthropological and ethnographic documentaries, which he shot in different parts of the world, have ensured  that his name was mentioned in the “History of Italian Cinema” (Mario Verdone, Tascabili Economici Newton, Rome 1995). From 1999 to 2018 he taught Editing with Digital Techniques and Direct Sound at the “Nuova University of Cinema and Television ”of Rome. Since 2000 he has collaborated with the Rossellini family and the Maiori Film Festival Association in the creation of the
Roberto Rossellini Film Festival @ Maiori. In 2008 he taught “Image and Sound Analysis” to a select group of police officers State, Postal and Communications Police Service of the Department of Public
Security, collaborating with the C.N.C.P.O. (National Center for the Fight against On-line Child Pornography). In 2008 he was commissioned by CANON Italia, with which he has been collaborating for years on the occasion of the Roberto Rossellini Film Festival @ Maiori, as head of the Video Portfolio within the event PHOTOGRAPHY ’08 in Milan. Since 2008 he has been a lecturer at the
“Rome University of Fine Arts” in Rome and, as part of the Diploma course in Cinematography, teaches the following disciplines: Editing Techniques, Shooting Techniques, Sound Design, Audiovisual Documentation Techniques, Digital Video and Video Editing.

In 2011 he was commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to receive and optimize the art videos of the 89 Institutes Italians of Culture (IIC) in the world, to be included in an installation of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale of Venice. With his students of the Audiovisual Documentation Techniques course of the RUFA School of Cinema makes a film, addressed to all IICs in the world, on the inauguration of the Italian Pavilion and the Venice Biennale.
In 2012, with his students of the RUFA he created a commercial for the State Police-Police Railway. In the following years, in addition to the normal teaching and always for the RUFA, he
leads Shooting and Editing workshops in the context of PCTO training projects.


Veronica D’Auria

Cultura visiva e media

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Veronica D’Auria graduated with honors in Historical and Artistic Sciences, address Curator of artistic and cultural events, at the University of Rome Sapienza.
In 2009 she co-founded C.A.R.M.A. – Center for Applied Multimedia Arts and Research – in which she is the coordinator of the curatorial group. In this context she organizes exhibitions and events of contemporary arts, dedicating particular attention to video art, computer art, multimedia installations, experimental music and intermediate theater in prestigious spaces in Italy and abroad (M.A.C.RO., MAXXI, mu .B.A., White Box Museum of Art, M.L.A.C., Centrale Montemartini-Musei Capitolini, G.A.M.C.).
In 2018 she co-founded the record label Handmade Supernova and from 2020 she is Communication Manager for Strangis Realities, a software house of games and applications in virtual reality.
She collaborated with institutions, festivals, associations, non-profit organizations, foundations.

Sergio D’Innocenzo

ANIMATION 1; Character Animation

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Afterart high school his first work experiences began, especially in the field of comics and illustration. He created, among other things, a 25-page color story of “Radar”, a superhero of the “Phoenix” universe written by Giorgio Lavagna, and a complete cycle of illustrations for the role-playing game “Lex Arcana” published by Dal Negro.

Immediately after he began working in the field of graphics and advertising communication, an experience that he developed between the late 80s and 2006 when he became the art director of the studio he co-founded “Plan B Communication”, working for clients such as CAPITALIA, POSTE ITALIANE, ANSA, CONFITARMA.

In the early 2000s he discovered 3D graphics and attended courses both in Italy and in the UK, that allowed him to integrate more and more CGI in his work.

In 2008 he attended a character animation course at Escape Studios in London. From here his passion for animation exploded.

Soon he began his collaboration with the animation studio TeamTO (France), which lasted 4 years. He initially worked on television productions, some of which were very successful, such as PJMasks (Superpigiamini), Angelo Rules, The new adventures of Babar, and then also feature films (Yellowbird).

Other studios and other productions have followed since then including: Gladiators of Rome (Rainbow CGI); Jungle book (MPC); Zombillenium (Pipangai); Trash (AL/1); Ricky Zoom (Maga Animation).


Lorenzo d’Amico de Carvalho


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Born in Rome in 1981, his work ranges between screenwriting (I’M endless like the space 74° Mostra d’arte Cinematografica di Venezia – Venice Days) documentaries (Terra da Fraternidade; Sulle tracce del mito; L’Aquila: la cultura rinascente), and short film (Pausa Pranzo, 2005 Centenario CGIL Cinema e Lavoro award, 4FilmFestival oficial selection; Nouvelle Vague, 2004 DAMS film festival Roma award, Milano Film Festival oficial selection) .
He also works as a theatre director (A bright room called day 53° Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto; Partita spagnola, Quartieri dell’Arte, Viterbo).


Docente Franca De Angelis

Franca De Angelis


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Since 1995 Franca has written for both cinema and television. She has collaborated with directors such as Carlo Lizzani and Giuliano Montaldo. Her short film Senza Parole (Without Words) was nominated for an Oscar in 1997 and won the David prize at the Donatello Awards, Italy’s BAFTA’s. She also wrote the film La Vespa E La Regina (The Wasp And The Queen) with Claudia Gerini. For television she has written numerous miniseries including Nobody Excluded (Italy Award); Maria José – The Last Queen (Grolla D’Oro); The Five Days of Milan; Of War Friendship; Handsome Antonio; Exodus – The Dream Of Ada (nominated for Best Screenplay at the Magnolia Festival Shanghai); Don Zeno – The Man From Nomadelfia (Signis award) and Sissi. She was co-creator and head writer for four seasons of the popular series A Doctor In The Family. For theatre she has written about ten plays that have been successfully represented in Italy and abroad.


Massimiliano De Blasi

Elementi di produzione video:Cinema

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For 20 years in Sales & Marketing for several multinational companies, since 2021 I have been following and implementing marketing strategies and tactics for many different industries as a consultant at Publicis Sapient.
My passion and study of marketing, combined with my daily, hands-on experience in campaigns for prospects and clients, has led me, for many years now, on a path as a trainer in the automotive, pharmaceutical, retail, electronics and film industries.
I firmly believe that what can make the difference today in customer relationship management is continuous innovation; being able to combine data and heart, technology and creativity, so as to transform traditional funnels into individual, seamless journeys; all based on a data-driven approach aimed at designing authentic CRM experiences… guided by heart and emotions, because the brand remains as the memory of the emotion and experience we bring to our customer.

Docente Francesco Del Grosso

Francesco Del Grosso

Direction of Photography

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Francesco Del Grosso was born in Rome in 1982. After graduating from DAMS he began his career as a director directing commercials, short films, TV series and documentaries, the latter selected in numerous international festivals and winners of various awards, including “Stretti al vento ”,“ In the Eyes”, “The Penalty”,“ Friendly Fire”, “Never Look Back” and “On the Front Line”. Parallel to the work behind the camera he works as a film critic, collaborating with magazines and sites in the sector.


Fabrizio Dell’Arno


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Fabrizio Dell’Arno was born in Sào Gaetano do Sul (Sào Paulo, Brazil) in 1977.

He graduated in “Advertising and Communication” at IMES University (SCSul) in 1999, he attended the postgraduate course in art history at the FAAP (SP) faculty. He began his teaching career in the teaching staff of the “Pueri Domus Un.Jardim” Lyceum in Santo Andre (SP) as a professor of history of art and painting. He worked as a professor of artistic drawing at the IMES-SP University, Brazil. He obtained the specialization in scenography in the “cenographic espago, J.C.Serroni”, working in the scenographic sector in theater, cinema and TV projects. In 2003 he moved to New York, where he studied painting and drawing at the SVA (School Visual Arts), returning to Brazil he attended the painting studio of Master Rubens Matuck, in Sao Paulo. In 2005 he obtained his master’s degree in Sculpture from RUFA, where he currently works as a professor of painting technology in the academic course and professor of the free course of painting and drawing.

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Fabrizio Des Dorides


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Fabrizio des Dorides was born in Rome in 1987. He began working as a cartoonist in 2012, drawing the number 17 of the last season of John Doe (‘Questa lunga storia d’amore’). Afterwards he collaborated with: Aurea Editoriale (Lanciostory and Skorpio); Villain Comics (Brutti Sporchi e Cattivi); Cosmo Editoriale (Battaglia-La Figlia del Capo, John Hays-Brutti Sporchi e Cattivi); Edizioni Starcomics (I Maestri dell’Orrore-Dracula); Sergio Bonelli Editore (Dylan Dog, Orfani- Nuovo Mondo; Orfani-Sam).
He currently works for Sergio Bonelli Editore and Editions Soleil.

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Genny Di Bert


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Art historian and critic. Her activities include journalism, criticism, curating and research, which focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of different art forms as well as their relationship to society and new philosophical and scientific developments. She is on the roll of the National Order of Journalists and Court Art Experts. She publishes catalogues and monographs of artists, articles and essays; she edits art video-documentaries, and collaborates with art foundations, organisations and institutions. She is a lecturer at RUFA, having taught at NABA, Università Cattolica, Università di Bologna, Accademia di Brera and Accademia Palermo.

Luca Di Cecca

Tecniche di modellazione digitale - computer 3D 1

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Luca Di Cecca is a director, screenwriter, 3D artist, animator.
He studied in Rome where he graduated in Industrial Design and in Historical-Artistic Studies at the Sapienza University with top marks. He studied animation, drawing and anatomical studies for artists.
Since 2010 he has been working at Light & Color in Rome as a director and CG supervisor, where he participated in the realisation of several projects including Buonanotte, a short animated film that won the MigrArti MiBACT competition and was selected in several festivals such as Giffoni Film Festival, Corti d’Argento, Biennale di Venezia; Youtopi (Berardo Carboni’s film), supervising the realisation of 12 minutes of CGI animation; Giù dal Nido (2 Rai Kids TV series, CGI supervisor and editing), Come foglie al vento (Rai Gulp Special, co-director).
Winner of the MiBACT ‘Direzione Generale Cinema’ 2018 call for tenders for the subject and screenplay of the animated short film ‘Argo and Odi’, currently in production and for which he also signed the direction.
Arturo e il Gabbiano, distributed in festivals by Premiere Film, is his first project as a director.
He has lectured at RUFA, the Quaroni Faculty of Architecture, Sapienza, and at Cine-Tv Rossellini.

Nicola Di Cosmo

App Design

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Nicola Di Cosmo, co-founder of Iperdesign, is a Project Manager of the Web and Mobile area of Iperdesign and coordinator of activities at the Rome office.

User Experience and User Interface Designer for Mobile Applications on behalf of clients such as Abbott Nutrition, WWF Italia, Dale Carnegie USA, Hausmann & Co, Cangene Bio Pharma, Croma Pharma User Experience and User Interface Designer for Web Applications on behalf of clients such as Enel Rete Gas, Smarter Agent, Lifeshiel Security, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy, Cangene Bio Pharma.

He graduated from the Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche (Higher Institute for Art Industries) in Rome (1999) with a thesis on  “Matter – in – formation, maps for a new hyperdesign of digital products”, in which he looks into the techniques and opportunities offered by digital technology for creating, using and sharing contents.

He has worked as Multimedia Designer in New York, at Material ConneXion, where he coordinated presentations for Nike, Puma, Steelcase, Hermann Miller, Mattel.


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Valerio Di Nitto

Special Effects

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Nuke Compositor and 3D Generalist, Valerio Di Nitto was born in Rome in 1992. His studies led him to leave the hometown and move abroad in UK, there he graduated in BA Hons Computer Animation (2016) at the University of South Wales (UK). Back home he specialized in the field of VFX earning a University Master in Visual Effects at the Quasar Institute (2017), marking the beginning of his career. He has worked at Metaphyx, Digimax, Direct2Brain, Frame by Frame. Currently he is covering the role of digital compositor at Lightcut Film VFX, working on Italian and foreign productions.


Giorgio Di Noto


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Born in 1990 in Rome (Italy). He studied photography at Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia A.Adams and learned Darkroom and Printing techniques working with some master printers in Italy. He started in 2011 a research about the materials and languages of photography, studying the relationship between technical processes and the contents of images.
In 2012 he self-published a limited edition artist book “The Arab Revolt”, which is mentioned in “The Photobook, A History Vol.III” by Gerry Badger and Martin Parr.
In 2013 he has been selected by British Journal of Photography as one of the “Ones to watch”. The education experiences continued after being selected for the Reflexion Masterclass and the Joop Swart Masterclass (World Press Photo), where he focused and developed interactive projects through the experimentation of different printing processes. In 2017 he published “The Iceberg” (Edition Patrick Frey) and received a special mention at the Author Book Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2018. His projects have been exhibited in several festivals and events in Europe.


Caterina Di Rienzo

Psicologia dell'arte

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Caterina (Katia) Di Rienzo is a PhD in Philosophy and Theories of Human Sciences (Roma Tre). She deals with aesthetics and phenomenology of the arts, and with theories of dance, body and performance. She has carried out didactic and teaching activities at the Roma Tre University, and at the School of Higher Education in Art and Theology of the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy in Naples. Among her publications, the volumes “L’esito della pittura nell’ultimo Merleau-Ponty” (Mimesis) and “Per una filosofia della danza. Danza, corpo, chair” (Mimesis); the essays “Danzare fuori dal corpo. Estetica contemporanea e ‘nuova’ danza italiana”, (Ephemeria) and “Potresti cadere nell’aria. Nijinsky, i diari di una salvezza impossibile” (Ágalma, n.44); the translations from the French by Michel Bernard, “Della corporeità come “anticorpo” o del sovvertimento estetico della categoria tradizionale di corpo” (Ágalma, n.35) and by Guy Debord, Note sulla “questione degli immigrati” (Ágalma, n.34).
She is editor-in-chief of the journal of cultural studies and aesthetics Ágalma, founded and directed by the philosopher Mario Perniola. She has worked with various publishing houses including Castelvecchi and Elliot.
In parallel with her academic and teaching activities, she carries out the professional artistic activity of a dancer, performer and choreographer, training in Caserta, Rome, Montecarlo. A double field that marks the direction of her research and her poetics, currently working on the relationship between dance and visual arts.
She is Alto Esperto in ANVUR evaluation for the AFAM sector.


Antonin Joseph Di Santantonio


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He graduated in Architecture from Sapienza University of Rome (Supervisor: Prof. Arch. Paolo Portoghesi). A member of the National Professional Association of Architects of Rome, he has qualified to practice the profession. He has gained a Master in designing interactive spaces for communication from the Faculty of Architecture of Sapienza University, Rome, and attended specialisation courses in set designs for performances.

After several experiences in the construction industry, he furthered his professional career at RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, the Italian state broadcaster, which he joined in1983, and where he held various production positions, from Supervisor to Organiser, participating in no less than 65 TV fiction programmes and events. From 1994 to date, he works in the Set Design sector, where he has held a number of positions: from Manager of the RAI set design sites and laboratories, coordinating the teams of Builders, Decorators, Construction Workers, Graphic Designers, Model Builders, Modelling Operatives, and Special Effects designers, supervising about 200 set designs; to manager and coordinator of the set planning and design sector and now of the Project evaluation office of the Set design sector of RAI.

Stefano Dominici

Web Design and User Experience

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He started his career as a graphics designer in 1988. His career initially revolved  around graphic design and publishing projects development and, starting from 1998,  web related activities.
In 2004 he establishes UtLab aka Usertestlab, now called UtLab, the company that helps other organizations understand the choices, behavior and ways the clients get in contact with them and assists these companies in implementing human-centered design processes.

Stefano is a university professor at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts and IULM (University Institute of Modern Languages) and a conference speaker at the Italian Summit on Architecture and Information, World Usability Day and other conferences in Italy. Furthermore, he is a founder of UXUniversity, specializing in professional training, and of a publishing firm UXU Edizioni.

He is also member of the Italian Association for Design and Visual Communication (AIAP).

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Davide Dormino


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My work is expressed in scuplture and design. I seek new forms by favouring old-fashioned systems for working on materials such as marble, bronze and iron. The entirety of my artistic research is entrusted to the grandeur of a creative process rooted in fundamental human issues. I dialogue with size, working in every physical scale, in order to represent an idea and insert it in the most suitable vessel. Every artistic expression becomes a fertile terrain with which to estabish exclusive and incisive relations with an external environment. Flux, vectors, bridges, and works both great and small: materials transformed without artifice but shaped by a will to become the timeless interpretor of the Spirit of Art.

Born in Udine in 1973, Davide Dormino lives and works in Rome. His art pieces are divided between public and private works, whose size can vary from tiny to gigantic. Primarily a sculptor, works sometimes with marble but mostly with iron. His research focuses on the formal relationship with the material, folded up to the distorting nature to meet their needs of expression.




Meltem Eti Proto

Product Design | Design

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She graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Interior Architecture Department. She has a first Level Master from the University of Mimar Sinan Institute of Science and the Proficiency in Art from Marmara University Institute of Social Sciences. She is a professor at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Interior Design Department, Istanbul. She was the director of the Department between 2006-2019. She has played several roles within the University; as the Erasmus Coordinator of the Department, President of the 6th International Student Triennial Organization Board, Member of the Administrative Council, Member of the Research Council for the foundation of the Italian University in Turkey. She works on the relationship between art and design. She has carried out many projects for  hotels, offices, homes, cafes, furniture design, curatorial exhibitions, jewellery design.



Andrea Fabiani

Sound design

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Andrea Fabiani, born on 31 December 1974, is a renowned Italian Sound Designer and Music Production Manager. After earning a Higher National Diploma in Audio Engineering at S.A.E. London his professional career started in 1999, when he worked as part of the In-House Audio Team at the Royal Albert Hall in London, taking care of the sound set-up for live events. He took his first steps as a Sound Engineer at Forward Studios where he contributed to the production of recordings for Fabrizio De Andrè, Pino Daniele, Andrea Bocelli, Michele Zarrillo, Ivano Fossati, Giorgia, Valeria Rossi and Claudio Baglioni.
Over the years, he has accumulated important awards and credits for his work, including the soundtrack for Roberta Torre’s film ‘I Baci Mai Dati’ in competition at the 67th Venice Film Festival in the Controcampo section and at the Sundance Film Festival. This recognition led him to be interviewed on Cinematografo by Gigi Marzullo.
In addition to being a music consultant for the You Tube channel of the Vatican Museums, he has held the position of Music Supervisor and Sound Designer at Clonwerk S.r.l., contributing to audio post-production for museums, multimedia projects and live events, collaborating with many realities including Filmaster. Since 2010 he has also been a composer and music producer for Rai S.p.a.

Daniele Falchi

Regia Multimediale

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Daniele Falchi is a young artist, critic and curator who focuses his research in the field of cinema and new media art.
He completed his studies at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts, where he continues to teach as a Teacher Assistant for the chair of “Contemporary art and new media”. He currently teaches “Video Production Elements” and “Digital Video” at DAM Academy in Rome. Since 2019 he has collaborated with Dancity Festival, organizing talks, exhibitions and meetings on contemporary culture. In 2020 he participated at Romaeuropa Festival with the installation “THE POST-FUTURIST CAVE”, as part of the Digitalive exhibition. His latest publication, “Techno-maenads. From the classical world to the contemporary West” is contained in “Electronics is Woman. Media, bodies, transfeminist and queer practices”, published by Castelvecchi in 2022.

Giulio Fermetti

Graphic Design - Comics

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My name is Giulio Fermetti and I was born in Rome, on 16 March 1965. I have been working as a professional graphic designer since 1989.

Over the last 30 years, I have built up so profound a knowledge of the Adobe software suite [Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop first and foremost] as to hold training courses, specialising in editorial graphics, branding and coordinated image, illustration and infographcis.

You may find a portfolio of my more recent work at issuu.com/essegistudio/docs/essegistudio_roma.

Regarding by editorial graphics projects, I began by joining the studio of the great Piergiorgio Maoloni, creating layouts for the daily newspaper “il manifesto” [including the supplements], “Sfera”, “Eupalino” and more besides.

From 2002 to 2009, I worked at studenti.it [which has now merged with Banzai Media], as“ CMYK guru”, i.e. chief project, making and printing officer of all the group’s paper magazines [“Yet-Studenti.it”, “Tribu” and “Studenti Magazine”], developing the diaries, calendars and various advertising pages, for self-promotion and other purposes.

In 2014, with Essegistudio [a small but very active graphic design studio, which I founded in 2006], we won a nationwide competition organised by Telecom Italia Media, for creating the logo (and related brand book) of the newly-established holding company “Persidera”.

Since 2007, I also work for the “Formiche” Foundation, creating the layouts for and illustrating their two monthly magazines “Formiche” and “Airpress”, involving 170 printed pages per month.

I have worked for a number of daily newspapers [“Europa”, “Il Romanista”, “Il Clandestino”], building up an in-depth familiarity with the work of editorial offices and their stringent deadlines.

I work with Quark XPress since release 3 [1990] and Adobe InDesign since release 1.0. For illustration work, I prefer vectors [Adobe Illustrator], although I am fully skilled in airbrushing, photomontages, corrections, etc. with Adobe Photoshop.

I have also been working in the field of infographics on an almost daily basis, for a number of years now, at the editorial offices of the daily newspaper “Europa”, and for a studio providing infographics for the Italian news agency Agi – Agenzia Giornalistica Italiana.

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Francesco Fidani


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Illustrator and graphic designer based in Rome. He studied industrial design at ISIA in Rome and the Hochschule in Mainz (DE), complete his studies at ISIA in Urbino in illustration. He works in different fields of communication: publishing, branding, institutional and performance, creating still or moving illustrations by several media: digital, collage, painting and handmade printing or sculptures made of paper. He’s a founder of the project Tothem Tour, a travelling workshop format that aims to communicate the identity of the territory through cutting and printing technique as public performances. Among his clients: Donna Moderna, Il Foglio, Quotidiano Nazionale, Confcooperative, Mondadori, Zanichelli. He won the 15th edition of the Tapirulan Award, Termini d’Identità in 2018 and has been selected several times in the Annual of Autori D’immagini. He is an AIAP member and tutor of the image laboratory at ISIA in Rome.


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Aleksandra Filipovic

Tecniche di modellazione digitale - computer 3D per la moda 1

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3D pattern maker, Architect, PhD at Sapienza University of Rome. Active for years in teaching and research between Rome and Belgrade dedicated to the formation of space, in particular on how a construction system creates it, producing several scientific articles and monographs (such as “Tradition and experimentation in Serbian architecture of the second half of XII century”, Florence University Press 2020). Since 2016, the digital presentations of the monuments have been accompanied by a new field of study and profession, still emerging at the time, that of digital fashion design.
The targeted union of many years of experience has offered the possibility of creating new work systems and being able to transmit them in the teaching of 3D fashion modeling (with the patented system of the same MAM school, Maiani Accademia Moda in Rome).
As an integral part of GLEA, since 2020, it focuses on the transitions from virtual to reality by creating tailor-made products that do not need testing. For ALTORICAMO, becoming co-founder in 2022, she continues to create the prototypes of eco-innovative wedding dresses, and takes care of the entire 3D design system.

Francesco Filosa


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Graduated with honors in Set Design from RUFA and teacher of Set construction 2, he immediately collaborated, as an assistant, in a prestigious studios such as Stefania Conti and Studio Castelli’s, for RAI, Mediaset and Sky events and television programs. In 2018 he founded, with other former university students, the production company “Threeab “, signing the scenography of many short films presented at international Festivals such as Cannes and Venice. At the same time he curates events, short films, theatrical performances and television programs as a set designer. In 2019 he signed the XIII Ambassadors’ conference for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Auditorium Parco della Musica, collaborated for the broadcast Tu si que Vales and curated the external sets of Alessandro Siani’s Sky Christmas show. In 2020 he worked on various projects including the Italian FIFA and Pes championship, the construction of a conference room for the public, media & legal affairs company “Utopia” and the Sanremo Junior 2020 at the Ariston Theatre.

Filippo Foglietti


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He graduated from the then 5th Art School (currently Giorgio De Chirico) in 2003. He attended the painting course at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2005.
He then attended the C.S.C. – Department of Animation in Piedmont in the three-year period 2006-2008. After graduating from the experimental centre, he began his professional experience between 2009 and 2010; initially as a 3D animator for a mixed technique short film, and then moved on to storyboarding, which will characterise most of his professional experience to date. From the first RAI TV series “Spike Team”, moving on to other RAI productions such as “The Qpiz” – “Spike Team 2” – “Adrian”- initially with Mondo TV and later with Clan Celentano and Movimenti. He worked for a period on the TV series “Bat Pat” again with Movimenti until “Dixiland 2” currently in production. In addition to the animated TV series, he works as story artist on other projects: video clips and video promos in animation, live action and mixed media. He also works as a visualiser with Clonwerk, for competitions and events related to various brands and trademarks, including Enel, Siemens, Fiat, Maserati.

Lara Forgione

Culture digitali

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She graduated in Saperi e Tecniche dello spettacolo at the “La Sapienza” University in Rome and continued her studies by obtaining two Master’s degrees, “3D animation, compositing, animation techniques in performance” and “Virtual Reality”.
She started working in 2015 as a lecturer collaborating with different Italian institutions and universities.
Constantly balancing between two worlds that are only apparently distant, the humanities and computer science, and interested in every contemporary artistic expression, she gives students a better understanding of the combination of both technical and theoretical skills. She is convinced that the present imagery will take shape the future reality.

Lucia Forte

Disegno tecnico e progettuale per la moda

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Fashion designer, during her career she has gained significant freelance experience in the field of design and creative direction of women’s pret-a-porter and luxury accessories collections, as well as the entrepreneurial activity of her brands ‘Lucia Forte haute coutur’ and ‘aquaforte pret-a-porter’.
A complete professionalism that has been able to creatively set new collections and inspire new fashion trends thanks to her knowledge of exclusive tailoring techniques and constructions.

After her academic studies of fashion and costume in Rome, she began her work experience at the Maison Valentino as assistant and head designer in charge of the creative studio and relations with suppliers; she took part in the planning of the fashion shows in Rome, Paris, New York and Tokyo. Her career path continued in Milan as artistic director for “Trussardi”, where she designed the women’s, men’s and accessories pret-a-porter collections and supervised the presentation of the fashion shows for “Loewe” (Vuitton Spain Group); she curated the women’s luxury pret-a-porter night collection with accessories and Bijou; for the brand “Krizia” she curated the “poi by Krizia” collection of knitwear and fabrics, and collaborated in the organisation of the Milan défilé; for the brand “genny” of Ancona she designed and supervised the creation of women’s pret-a-porter knitwear for the Milan défilé. For “ethic” she was responsible for the style and foreign production (India) of women’s, kids and accessories collections.

She designs exclusive fabric prints and embroideries for some of the most prestigious Italian textile companies, such as “Sisan”, “la gattolla” and “Scotland house”. She is the entrepreneur of her own women’s pret-a-porter brand ‘aquaforte’, presented at the Milan collections fair, for which she has completely taken care of the image, style, packaging and distribution.
She feels it is her duty to pass on her solid professional knowledge to young students and to direct them to face the competitive ‘fashion planet’ of Made in Italy with the right awareness.

Emanuele Frascà

Web design 1

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Emanuele Frascà worked in the Web, UX/UI, Graphics and Communication fields for over a decade, including great attention to the evolution of techniques and technologies during his design process.
For every project he is facing, a simple but well-structured vision is applied: functionality first, not in contrast but rather in collaboration with the visual.
This rule of thumb leads him to design different typologies of websites: landing pages for marketing or feeds collection, multilingual eCommerce, eCommerce for nonprofit, News website, and much more – projects all developed with great care of layouts, interfaces, using all the UI/UX best practices to design an all-around (comprehensive is better?) product.
Influenced by his many side interests, like photography, music and art, Emanuele Frascà actively uses his cultural background to create projects that can create an impact on people’s lives, thoughts and emotions.

Donatello Fumarola

History of Cinema and video

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He studied music in Milan and philosophy in Bologna. Since 1999 he is one of the authors of the Rai 3 TV program “Fuori Orario”. For years he has written about cinema for the monthly “filmcritica”, for the newspaper “il manifesto”, for the weekly magazine “nòva / il sole 24 ore”, holding a monthly column in the rock magazine “Blow Up”. In 2013 he wrote “Sentimental Atlas of Cinema for the 21st Century”, with Alberto Momo (with whom he founded, in 2015, Zomia, an independent film society that released in Europe films by Lav Diaz, Pedro Costa, Tariq Teguia, Julio Bressane), winning the Limina / FilmTV award for the best movie book of the year. He has collaborated – as producer, actor, musician or director of photography – with Amir Naderi, Jean-Marie Straub, Enrico Ghezzi, Tonino De Bernardi, Ado Arietta, Luis Fulvio. He directed two episodes (the first and the last) of the tv-series “Zaum” (broadcasted on Rai3 in 2011). He is co-author of the script for the film Monte (2016) directed by iranian master Amir Naderi, winner of “Contenders 2016” at the MoMA in New York.

Lucia Furfaro

Scenotecnica 1

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Master Degree in Architecture, University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Thesis: Set Design for Film.
Her professional experience goes from concept to building and ranges from Great Sports Events (XX Olympic Games in Sochi -RU- Olympic Closing Ceremonies and Paralympic Opening – Set Designer) to Great City Events (Santa Rosa Machine-Ali di Luce-Set Designer Architect) from Opera (collaborations with Franco Zeffirelli, Ezio Frigerio and Hugo de Ana-Set Designer Architect) to Exhibition (Faberge’-Set Designer) from Television (La Botola RAI-Scenographer Set Designer Architect) to virtual Set design (Impariamo la TV RAI – Set Designer Architect).
She’s been lecturer for Stagecraft and Scenography (Faculty of Architecture of Rome) History and technique of Scenography (Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of Palermo) Design’s electronic elaboration (ABA dell’Aquila and Reggio Calabria) and has held seminars of Real and Virtual Scenography (Giffoni Film Festival).


Gian Luca Gentili

Design 2 (Interior); Design 3 (Interior)

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After finishing his studies, Gentili collaborated for three years with the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, giving a significant contribution to the  “Architectural Design” course. In 1997 he became professor of “Methodology of Design” at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro. In the same years he has participated in numerous public competitions including the International Architecture Competition “New York Central Park” and the Competition “Expansion of the El Prado Museum” in Madrid; he has exhibited in major Italian museums such as the Palazzo delle Esposizioni and the Palazzo Ruspoli; he has written for magazines such as Mondo Arte, Marmor and Controspazio. Since 1998 he has been working as a freelancer, dealing with the redevelopment and interior design of prestigious hotels, restaurants, wine bars, discos and stores in the capital. He conceives interior architecture in a new way: rigorous and easy, sophisticated and pleasant at the same time. Since 2011 he is a teacher of “Design” at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts, where he teaches his students his “know how” and the valuable skills acquired over the years.


Docente: Alessandra Giacomelli

Alessandra Giacomelli

Copywriting for ADV; Copywriting 1; Copywriting 2; Copywriting 3

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Specialized in Advertising, conceptual strategy and identification of narrative lines, she has been practicing as a Copywriter for 32 years.
After graduating in Advertising / Copywriting he worked as a Copywriter in various advertising agencies and later as a freelance.

She has been teaching Copywriting at RUFA since 2011.


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Silvia Giambrone

Tecniche dei nuovi media integrati

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Silvia Giambrone (Agrigento, 1981), who both lives and works between Rome and London, works about both the physical and invisible evidence of the strong connection between violence and the ‘subjectification’ process. She won the 2019 VAF Award, the most important prize for young Italian artists. She was an ambassador for Kaunas European City of Culture 2022.
Some of her most recent shows include: W Women in Italian Design, Milan Triennale (2016); Time is out of Joint, La Galleria Nazionale, Roma (2017); VII Premio Fondazione VAF, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germania (2019); Nobody’s room. Anzi, parla, Museo del 900, Milan (2020); Io dico io, La Galleria Nazionale, Rome (2021); Hall of Shadows, Dior show FW2021, Versailles Castle (2021); Reclaiming and Making: Art, Desire, Violence, Museum
Of Sex, New York (2022); Sexually explicit content, Padiglione Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2023).
She works with Richard Saltoun Gallery in London, Prometeo Gallery in Milan, Stefania Miscetti Studio in Rome.

Docente Ilaria Gianni

Ilaria Gianni

Museography and new exhibition concepts

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Ilaria Gianni is an independent curator, art critic and lecturer. She is co-founder of IUNO, and of the itinerant Magic Lantern Film Festival, both in Rome. She has curated exhibitions and independent research projects in museums, institutions, project spaces, such as Palazzo delle Esposizioni, MACRO, MAXXI, FOROF, and National Gallery, Rome; Matadero, Madrid; MOA, Seoul; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Kadist, Paris, and GAMeC, Bergamo. She was guest curator at the American Academy in Rome (2016–23), and co-director, and curator at Nomas Foundation (2009–16). She has collaborated with contemporary art fairs, including ARCOmadrid (2018–19), and Artissima (2019–21). Between 2015–17, she co-founded and curated the independent art fair Granpalazzo. She teaches at John Cabot University, RUFA, and IED, Rome; and NABA, Milan. She is a regular contributor to Flash Art and has contributed with texts to various catalogs and magazines such as Arte e Critica, Artforum, Cura, Domus, Mousse, and NERO.

Francesca Gollo

Exhibit Design

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Francesca Gollo is a multimedia designer and professor of Multimedia Exhibit and Multimedia for Cultural Heritage at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts. She works for public and private institutions in the field of multimedia design and enhancement of cultural heritage.
She graduated in Communication Design at the Politecnico di Milano in 2008. From the beginning she has oriented her research and production around multimedia design and the effects that these languages have on the body and space. She worked with Studio Azzurro where she realized editorial and multimedia graphic production for museums and exhibitions including “Fabrizio De André. The exhibition “,” Laboratory Museum of the Mind “,” Sensitive City – Expo Shanghai 2009 “.
She moved to Rome in 2011, she was founder and project manager of “Aye Aye. Interactive Experience “, with whom she carried out research on the narrative and communicative possibilities offered by multimedia language, creating for example the installation” Grande Cavallo Blu “(2014), Nerola – Interactive Memories, (2013 ) an exhibition dedicated to the memories of the village.
From 2013 to 2020 she worked at Museo Laboratorio della Mente ASL Roma 1 for the Educational Services, she organized cultural events and she curated exhibitions by national and international artists, including Jaswant Guzder, Canadian psychiatrist and artist, Sarah Bennett, artist English and Gea Casolaro, Italian artist.
She taught Multimedia Languages at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples.

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Alessandro Gori


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Alessandro Gori was born in Rome in 1969. After attending art high school he graduated from the faculty of architecture in Rome “Sapienza” where he taught  in the architectural design courses of Prof. Maurizio Moretti, and in the Interior Architecture course of Prof. Adolfo Sajeva. He starts his activity as a designer at ITALFERR s.p.a. Since 2003 he has collaborated with the Rome University of Fine Arts where he has carried out and carries out teaching activities in the courses of Furniture, Decoration, Design and Scenography. As a freelancer he has conceived and implemented various projects for public and private clients, ranging from Interior Architecture, to accommodation facilities, to temporary and permanent exhibition installations. Among all: Palermo Metroferrovia, Catania node, for Italferr s.p.a .; ROME d + international expodesign; Art for Africa; The art of costume; On behalf of the Franz Ludwig Catel Foundation, at the Order of Architects of Rome he created the installation of: Sensibly Rome-contemporary sculptures. He has developed technical projects for the creation of the sculptures “H2O”, “XYZ”, “DNA”, “O2” by the artist Alfio Mongelli, on the occasion of international events in China and the Shanghai Expo. For Pietro Vannucci Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia, with the design team he oversaw the permanent setting up of the plaster cast gallery and art gallery. As a pupil of Maestro Tullio De Franco, he deepened the study of drawing and painting by placing architecture in a constant exchange relationship with the visual arts.

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Docente Filippo Gualazzi

Filippo Gualazzi

Audiovisual Performance and Multimedia Installations

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Graduated in New Technologies of Art and specialized in Multimedia Arts & Design. During his three-year studies he undertook a multidisciplinary path ranging from graphic design, photography and video production, disciplines that have allowed him to work immediately with some of the best known companies in the Pesaro area and to experiment with different techniques in the creation of music videos. Attracted by the audiovisual experimentation in the field of performances and installations, he later dedicated himself to the development of multimedia projects that had the opportunity to be presented at various national and international festivals. He currently works as a freelancer, specializing in interaction design and videomapping, disciplines that have allowed him mainly to create projects for museums and events. Active in several collectives and associations in which he carries out his artistic experimentation and conscious use of new media.


Giulio Antonio Gualtieri


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Professional author since 2009. He has published subjects and screenplays for Topolino (Panini), Dylan Dog, Dampyr, Tex and La Divina Congrega, of which he is series co/creator (Sergio Bonelli Editore), Editoriale Cosmo, Tiwi, Star Comics, Stand by me srl, Giunti, and Aurea Editoriale. In 2018 he scripted We Race, a webcomic produced by Scuderia Ferrari. November 2020 saw the release of the TV series I cavalieri di Castelcorvo, of which he co-wrote all the subjects and scripts, the first Italian production distributed on Disney +. He also collaborated on the scripts of Halloweird, a RAI production aired in October 2021, and is one of the authors of Chi si ferma è perduto, an animated series broadcast by Sky Arte in November 2021.
In 2022, he co-wrote the comic book version of 1793, a Swedish novel with more than 300,000 copies sold domestically, for the Scandinavian publisher Bokforlaget Forum.

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Marco Guarna


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Trained in INSEAD Paris, IMD Lausanne, HYPERISLAND Stockholm, LUISS Roma, Marco served as c.e.o. in the Italian branch of the multi sector Hamburg based engineering provider euro-engineering, he also was Managing Director of the i.t. services provider MODIS Italia and Managing Partner, deputy for the branch of Rome, for the leading Italian startup incubator Digital Magics. Marco also directed “Magic Wand Sustainability” the acceleration program of impact startups.
Marco is currently teaching “Entrepreneurship and new ventures finance, cases and applications” at the Management Department, of La Sapienza, University of Roma.
At RUFA Guarna teaches Design for Circular Economy and Service Design (Master in Design Management).
Marco is a member of the faculty in several business schools: Mylia, Tack TMI, Cegos, Skillato, mainly teaching “Circular Economy” and “Desing for Circular Economy” to professionals and managers.

Pietro Francesco Guinea Montalvo

Digital technologies and applications: User experience design

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As Director of Operations at Accurat, Pietro Guinea Montalvo oversees the company’s day-to-day processes, ensuring seamless operations and effective team management. His role includes strategic work with different teams and clients on multiple projects.

After his Master of Science in Communication Design from the Politecnico di Milano, Pietro joined Accurat in early 2013. By specializing in interaction design and data-driven design, Pietro has transitioned from leading hybrid teams of designers and developers to managing the operational aspects of the studio.

In recent years, Pietro has had the privilege of working with esteemed clients such as Unicredit, JPMorgan Chase, Infratel Italia and the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Enterprises and Made in Italy, Aeon Collective, Black Knight Financial Services, Systematica, World Economic Forum, and various research and governance agencies of the European Union. Each time bringing a novel and data-driven approach that would further enrich his experience and broaden the studio’s reach.


Luigi Iacobelli


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Luigi Iacobelli, known as Gino, was born in Rome on April 7, 1959, a city to which he is united by a deep love. He worked from a very young age in the family’s graphic arts company, alternating studies with work. He studied advertising graphics at the Cine TV and worked in the meantime, as well as in the family business, also at the Accademia (correspondence school) as a layout designer. At the age of 15, he began working in some publishing houses and embarked on a valuable collaboration with the Alternative Press and with periodicals referring to Italian counter-information, both as a journalist and as a graphic designer, thus entering the sphere of publishing activities. He founded many editorial initiatives together with various partners; among the most famous, the editorial Malvarosa and the current Iacobelli publisher. For 40 years he has worked in the sphere of communication, mainly as a typographer, layout designer and editor, but he has also developed short experiences as a journalist. Among the most famous products he created: the periodical LA TOVAGLIA and the guide L’AGENDA DELLA NOTTE.

Docente Lorenzo Iervolino

Lorenzo Iervolino

Digital Copywriting

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Digital Copywriter, SEO strategist, Content creator, and UX Writer for several Italian Communication and Design agencies. His daily job is to cooperate with teams engaged in the creation of digital products for the web and digital platforms. Non-Lorem-ipsum-lover, he prefers a team job (with designers, developers, video artists, marketers, accounts…) to better communicate the appropriate values, and commit the project goals. As a writer, he published a few books in Italian languages only, so far: “Un giorno triste così felice” (2014) about life and revolutions of Brazilian football player Sócrates; and “Trentacinque secondi ancora” (2017) a biopic centered on the athletes Tommie Smith e John Carlos, who challenged the world rising the black-gloved fists in the 1968 Olympic stage, against racism. Both books are for 66thand2nd publishers. In 2021 a biography of Italian writer Gianni Rodari will be given to the paper machine. He’s a member of TerraNullius collective.



Francesco Paolo Incantalupo

Computer graphic

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Visual and information designer, partner of Intorno design, member of Aiap (Italian Association of Visual Communication Design) since 2020 and promoter of s.w.a.we (Students Workshop Activities Week).
He teaches at RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts, at the Bachelor of Arts course in Graphic Design. He graduated from RUFA in the Visual and Innovation Design course with the thesis ‘An Info-Graphic Journey’, data visualisation and interactive storytelling of personal perceptions in New York. He graduated from RUFA in the Graphic Design course with the thesis ‘Partire da Zero’, social graphics, migratory phenomena, strategic design and visual identity of the CivicoZero Onlus cooperative. He won the Bronze Prize at the European Design Awards 2020 / Student Project with the collective project Riso 02.
He believes that the most beautiful project is always the next one and is aware of how important is communication and the craft of graphic design for the society we live in.



Massimo Intoppa


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Massimo Intoppa begins to work as a free lance photographer but after a few years he leaves the still image for the moving one, first as an assistant cameraman, then as a camera operator and finally in 1989 as Director of Photography he participated in more than 140 films, TV series, commercials, documentaries, short films of both Italian and foreign production.

Among the directors with whom he has worked: G.Battiato, D.Argento, F.Zeffirelli, F.Fellini, T.Gilliam, J.Skolimonsky, E.Scola, D.Lucchetti, N.Moretti, A.Grimaldi, M.Vullo, A.Albanese, L. Gaudino, A.Swetty, A.Benvenuti, M.Risi, G.Manfredonia, E.Scaringi, j.Boorman, F.Amurri, C.Lizzani, U.Gregoretti, A.Inturri, A.De Sica, G.Tirabasssi and many others.

He took care of the Photography of two short films that won Nastro D’Argento and David di Donatello.



Claudia Ioan

Storia della fotografia e dell'immagine | History of photography and image

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Lecturer of the module History of photography and image in the RUFA x Leica Akademie advanced training course: Immagine fotografica per il cinema e i nuovi media.

Claudia Ioan was born in Rome, where she graduated with honours in Political Science with a Political-International focus at La Sapienza University; she has twenty years of university teaching in Language Mediation and Translation behind her; she lives in Perugia.

She is a professional music and stage photographer Certified By Leica | Leica Camera Italia and works as official photographer for important music organisations including Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica ONLUS, the third largest music organisation in Italy in the Ministry’s ranking. As a photographer, she conducts personal and artistic research for publishers and galleries. She is a contributor to important national and international newspapers and magazines, including Style Magazine – Corriere della Sera and Financial Times. She teaches Photography and History of Photography at Leica Akademie Italy.

She is a university lecturer in History of Photography, Photography I and Photography III (Theory and Practice) at the IID – Italian Institute of Design in Perugia. She writes articles and critical texts for photographic publications. She is Director of the Educational Department (DiD) of the FIAF (Italian Federation of Photographic Associations). She is a member of the Organising Committee of CIFA – Centro Italiano della Fotografia d’Autore, which works together with the Scientific Committee in organising important exhibitions (Nino Migliori and Carla Cerati in 2023) and cultural activities. She is a member of Commissions and Organising Committees of important national projects; the most recent is Obiettivo Italia, Censimento Fotografico degli Italiani (Objective Italy, Photographic Census of Italians), in collaboration with ISTAT, which collected 20,000 portrait photographs in two days all over Italy and processed 320,000 data on the subjects portrayed; on 8 December 2023 an installation was inaugurated in the Immersive Room of Gallerie d’Italia in Turin. She is an accredited FIAF Portfolio Reader. She is particularly dedicated as a photographic tutor and independent curator to assist photographers in the conception, construction, editing and sequencing of photographic projects. She is editor of the magazine Timeline. She is co-founder with Massimiliano Tuveri of Officine Creative Italiane, a cultural and photographic association and Creative Communication Laboratory, of which she is President. As an author, her works have been acquired by the Sistema Museale della Valle del MedAniene; she has numerous solo and group exhibitions to her credit, including at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, at the Nuvola di Fuksas in Rome and at the ICP – International Center of Photography in New York, May-December 2020, selected by curator David Campany. She is included as an author in the publication entitled #ICPConcerned by the ICP- International Center of Photography in New York, edited by David Campany; Paesi, edited by Lina Pallotta; Scolpite, edited by Paola Riccardi and critical text by Gigliola Foschi.

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Alessandro Izzillo

Alessandro Izzillo

Comunicazione pubblicitaria - Art Direction for ADV

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Creative Director, Professor, Graphic Designer.
He started his career as Junior Art in Naples and then moved to Milan in 2001. He worked for McCann-Erickson, Publicis, TheName, Lowe Pirella, Ogilvy, M&C Saatchi, Publicis and Mission To Heart. Since 2009 he has been teaching Art Direction at IED, AANT in Rome and IUAD in Naples. During his career he won several awards in Italy and abroad such as the Bronze at the Cannes Lions Festival 2017. He is currently Co-Founder and DC of Wataround App.


Jurgen Janku


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I am Passionate about music, technology and design. Since I was a child I have been intrigued by objects and their functioning. I disassembled and reassembled any type of appliance to learn about materials, utilities and possible other applications. I started by restoring and customizing guitars and basses as a hobby, from which I learned a lot about woods and processes, then moving on to the electrical part that encouraged me to create experimental electronic systems.
The interest in design led me to choose the profession of the designer as a lifestyle. After art high school I obtained the Bachelor of Arts in design at the Rome University of Fine Arts, in which I expanded my knowledge in new technologies and interior and product design. During the academic career I signed my first contract as a designer in 2014 through the internship in Rometti with the creation of the “Mystère” ceramic, I started experimenting and deepening the world of virtual reality and wrote a thesis on the up-cycling of high density polyethylene for the creation of furnishing accessories for the outdoors.
After graduating, I started my career collaborating with architecture firms and communication agencies creating virtual guides for museums, projects of outdoor spaces for events, VR experiences for interior projects and curating design product presentations.

Marta Jovanovic


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Marta Jovanović is a performance artist and educator with a mission to promote and facilitate further progress of the discipline. Founder of the Performance Art Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, artist in residency at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 2017, Jovanović is also the subject of the multiple award-winning documentary “Born Just Now”, by the American director Robert Adanto. Her works, among which the most notable ones are “Pionirka”, “It is My Body”, “Love”, and “Motherhood”, are in important private and museum collections. The performance “BelgradeMermaid” opened the Belgrade Biennale in 2018, while its continuation “Mermaid’s Tale” became a performance in Virtual Reality the following year. Curator Kathy Battista wrote a survey of the artist’s early works titled “Marta Jovanovic: Performing the Self”, which was published by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center of City University of New York, while in the book New York New Wave, Battista positions Jovanović among the most urgent New York City contemporary feminist artists.

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Docente Cem Kanyar

Cem Kanyar

Artistic Anatomy

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Cem Kanyar was born in Istanbul. He started studying Visual Arts in Isik University and then he transferred to RUFA where he graduated in Sculpture. He was always fascinated by all the various mechanisms of nature and all its components. So in his works as well he uses any medium available to him. Although his main mediums are concept and narration for above all else he is a storyteller. Since his graduation in 2019, he has collaborated with many artists, either as their assistant or by participating in events and exhibitions. Being a person who is always in search of knowledge and practicality with different kinds of materials, he currently collaborates also with a skilled craftsman and mason.



Federico Landini

Sound Design

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Born in Livorno, Federico Landini studied Piano and Composition at the Conservatory of S. Cecilia in Rome, along with jazz and improvisation; at an early age he started composing the music score for theatrical performances, collaborating with various directors, such as Antonio Calenda, Maurizio Casagrande, Claudia Poggiani, Alberto Bassetti. His career as music composer and sound designer continued with over 300 advertising campaigns: Adidas, LiuJo, AGIP, ENI, McDonalds, Ferrero, Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Sony, Telecom, BLU, ENEL, Diadora, Honda, Jaguar, Morellato, BNL, Banca Intesa, Armani, Bulgari, Pepsi.
He has written the music scores for numerous films: “Una donna X la vita / A Woman for Life” (Maurizio Casagrande, Neri Marcorè), “Smile” (an Italian-US co-production), “Lista Civica di Provocazione”, “Classe Mista” (by Federico Moccia); for the Rai fiction series “7 vite”, for several documentaries (Folco Quilici…) and TV programmes.
In 2002, he founded PARCOSUONI, a recording studio where he produces most of his music. Federico Landini is also very active as a music scout. In 2011, he created WASABI, a record label scouting for new talents from around the world. Dott Reed, a young international artist, was the first songwriter produced entirely by Wasabi.

Docente Emilio Lecce

Emilio Lecce


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Comic artist, illustrator and colorist, born in Rome in 1983. He starts working in comics in 2006 with small works for Edizioni Bd, Cut-up publishing, Tunué, Comics Provider and in ads for Sky, Studio Universal, FIGC, Ministero delle politiche agricole, Ferrari Spa, Scar Film and Ministero dei trasporti. In the following years he works in Italy for Aurea editoriale (Galaxy Lion, Garibaldi), Editoriale Cosmo (Le nebbie di Caporetto), Panini comics (Il ragazzo invisibile), TIWI (We Race comic: Ferrari, Tintoretto: un ribelle a Venezia), Tunué (7 Crimini), Sergio Bonelli editore (Attica). In the US he works for IDW Publishing (DRIVE, G.I. JOE), BOOM Studios (Sons of Anarchy); he works on Space junkies for the indian market and on Ash airways for the irish market. He is one of the founder members of the Skeleton Monster collective, which promotes several events in Italy and produces indipendent comics and magazines (WRONG, Inchiostrato non mescolato). With Round Robin editrice he is the artist for the “e lui che mi sorride”, which wins the Siani award in 2011 and Bulletproof Diaries: Afghanistan, written by reporter Barbara Schiavulli. Both books got a new edition by PaperFirst in 2020. In the Illustration industry he worked with Regione Lazio (Festa del Cinema di Roma) and Rizzoli Libri (Lercio). Since 2020 he teaches comics classes.


Gianluca Lera

Metodologia della progettazione

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Tuscan by birth and Roman by adoption.
His passion for fashion began in his mother’s small linen workshop.
He graduated in ‘Fashion Design’ at the I.E.D. in Rome. His creative path began in Fausto Sarli’s Haute Couture Atelier located in the centre of the Capital near the Spanish Steps. He continued his path as head of RTWM ‘first lines’ for important brands such as Valentino, Prada and Fendi.
From 2006 to 2009 he was in charge of the project – Bulgari Accessori-, where he was Creative Director.
His experience and curiosity led him to collaborate with major companies in Italy, including Huski, Coccinelle, Borbonese, and abroad, especially in the East, where he was able to express his style, which earned him the title “Italian Touch”.
He came to the fore in the OTP project, with the ‘Swing Bag’, a bag designed with ‘movement’ in mind, the idea of restarting, as a reaction to the static, immobility of the pandemic period.
From this project, a small collection of bags signed “LERA” was developed, which aims to emphasise the concept of quality, of “made well”, the importance of Italian craftsmanship, and therefore of Made In Italy.

Guido Lombardo


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A communication designer, he is a founding member and creative director of Intorno Design. A designer and explorer of the various areas of visual communication. He teaches at RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts, at the Bachelor of Arts course in Graphic Design. He also acts as Tutor for interns and Erasmus students in the same course. At RUFA, he is also in charge of the Visual Communication Office since 2013. He graduated from Isia in Rome and specialised, in 2008, in Systems Design with the thesis “Sémen, a methodological system for urban regeneration”. He then completed his training at the University of Applied Sciences of Mainz (Germany). For Intorno, design is an open set, an opportunity for collective and social growth and improvement.
Awards: Red Dot Communication Design Award 2016 / Gold price – EDesign Awards 2016 / CGT 80 “Investiamo nel domani” (Investing in the Future) Award / Questione di Etichetta 2014 Award, Il Mosnel, in partnership with ADI and Fedrigoni / Shortlisted at the Golden Compass International Award in 2015 and 2013.

Gianluca Lorenzini

Phenomenology of image

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Gianluca Lorenzini holds a BA in History of Art and an MA in Philosophy. He collaborates as museum educator with “Chiostro del Bramante” for which he conducts leads guided tours and facilitates workshops designed to allow the general public to familiarize themselves with the language of contemporary art. He has translated and revised academic articles concerning philosophical, art-historical and sociological nature, in both English and Italian, as well as having published and been a peer reviewed fot the journals ‘Estetika – The European Journal of Aesthetics’ and ‘Pli – The Warwick Journal of Philosophy’. His main fields of interest concern contemporary visual art, analytic aesthetics and the relationship between visual arts and non-visual arts.

Davide Luccini

Digital personal branding

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Davide Luccini is a graphic designer born in Rome in 1998. He graduated from RUFA in the three-year degree course in Graphic Design in 2020 and obtained a specialisation in Visual and Innovation Design in 2022 with a thesis that focuses on the narration of the territory and the interaction of signs and words. In February 2023 he joins the Espresso graphics office, where he takes care of the layout and graphics of the weekly magazine. AIAP member, passionate about publishing and branding, he deals with design and visual communication and since 2022 he has been part of the open set of Intorno Design.

Docente Manfredi Lucibello

Manfredi Lucibello

Film-making 3

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Born in Florence in 1984, graduated from DAMS at the University of Bologna, and from the two-year master’s degree Officinema – La bottega dei mestieri organized by the Cineteca di Bologna. In 2010 he wrote and directed the short film “Storia di Nessuno”, that received numerous international awards. Winner of the Young Italian Filmmaker Award in 2013, organized by the Italian Institute of Culture in New York and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2011 to 2013 he writes and directs “Centoquaranta, La strage dimenticata”, a documentary about the massacre of the Moby Prince: previewed at the 54th Festival dei Popoli, it won first prize at the 32nd Bellaria Film Festival and the Silver Lily at the 65th Cinema Fedic, it was a finalist at the 20th edition of the Ilaria Alpi award and it eventually landed on prime-time TV on LA7. In 2014 he directed the documentary “Il Paese Perduto”, an idea of Ernesto Galli della Loggia, produced by Madeleine with Rai Cinema and Istituto Luce. In 2018 he wrote and directed his first theater movie “Tutte Le Mie Notti” produced by Mompracem with Rai Cinema. Premiered at Rome’s Cinema Festival, it was released in theaters in March 2019. The movie obtained several awards, included the Silver Ribbon to Benedetta Porcaroli as a revelation actress. In 2020 he directs the documentary “Borromini” for Arte, RSI and RAI.



Massimiliano Maggi


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Massimiliano Maggi is a Director of photography and Light Cameraman who has worked in the audiovisual production sector for over than thirty years. He started working as photographer during college and from 1986 he started his professional carreer, first as Camera Operator and than as Director of photography. He cooperated with a number of production houses and national television broadcasters as: R.A.I., MEDIASET, LA7, SAT2000, REALTV, NATGEO, LA3. In particular he oversaw the realization of a numbers of music videoclips, short movies, television programs in the studio or outside, Commercials, Documentaries. He is specialized in making ”social” and “art “ documentaries.

In particular:
– “60, ieri, oggi, domani” by G.Treves, Finalist at the David di Donatello Award 2017 as best documentary and Globo D’Oro Award 2017 as best documentary;
– “Diritto ai Diritti” by C. Angeli, Gold Award at the Spot Light Documentary Film Award;
– “Il Teatro degli Oggetti” by C. Angeli, Best Film on Art at Iffeste Documentary of Art in Bucharest 2014;
– “Bellissime, part II” by G. Gagliardo, Finalist at the David di Donatello Award 2007 as best documentary;
– “Ragazzi in Gamba” by C. Angeli, Special Jury Prize at the documentary festival Libero Bizzarri;
– “Le vie della Recherche” by G. Treves, I Roma Cinema Fest inv XX FIPA in Biarritz; Inv Museo Naz del Cinema di Torino, XXV FIFA Montreal (Ca), Inv . I.N.H. A. of PARIS, Inv Grinzane Cinema di Stresa Award, IX Settimana della Cultura Mibac, Inv. Lumiere 2010 Grand Lyon Film Festival, Inv. 43° Fest. Int. Du Fil m de La Rochelle, Cinemateque de France.

Valeria Magistro

Tecnologia dei nuovi materiali per la moda

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Fashion Stylist & Designer, she graduated from the Silvio D’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art and continued her studies at the Copenhagen Academy of Fashion Design in Copehnagen until completing her academic career with a Master’s degree in Accessory Design – Leather goods, shoes, eyewear at the Academy of Costume and Fashion in Rome and a qualification in Textile Design at the ITS Sistema Moda in Syracuse.
Since 2003 she has worked as a costume designer and assistant theatre director. She is in charge of stage sets for theatre shows including Satyricon directed by Giorgio Albertazzi with Michele Placido, and other comedies. Since 2009 she has been working as Fashion Design Support for several brands including F/W S/S 2013/2018 by Mini Rodini, Petit sofie schonnor, Lodental.
Since 2016 she has been styling artists and influencers for TV.
Lecturer in Fashion Design and textiles at several Academies in Rome, including RUFA, the G. Carducci Technical Institute Sistema Moda and the Leon Battista Alberti Technical Institute Sistema Moda in Rome. Lecturer in Fashion Design & Accessories at UniRoma5.
Editor/contributor at the technical/scientific fashion systems magazine Technofashion. Among other printed publications: 101 reasons why men marry bad girls (Newton Compton Editori). She also writes “Streptease…l’equivoco!” directed by Patrick Rossi Gastaldi, and “La Perfetta Seduttrice, da Cenerentola a Pretty Woman” (Bruno Editor).

Emiliano Mammucari


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Designer, writer and illustrator. He began making comics in 1998, with a graphic novel entitled Povero Pinocchio, published by Montego, the publishing house he helped create. Later, among other things, he made the first issue of John Doe (editorial Eura), and then began the collaboration with Sergio Bonelli. Editor: Napoleone, Jan Dix and Caravan are the series he collaborated on. He also oversaw the covers of the latter.
In October 2013 he brought Orfani, the first monthly color series of the Sergio Bonelli Editore, to the newsagent of which he also drew the number 1, 12, and the first number 1 of Orfani: Ringo, series of which he is also cover artist. With Orfani: Terra, the narrative arc of 2017, also passes to writing. His are also the drawings of The new dawn of the living dead, revisitation of the first famous issue of Dylan Dog. In 2018 he published the book Spiritual lessons for young cartoonists.


Gianfranco Manzo


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Born in Rome in 1961, in 1985 he started photo editing images using Crosfield/Dicomed, eventually moving on to the Autographix workstation and, finally, Apple and Adobe Photoshop. He has collaborated and collaborates with the top agencies in Rome, Milan, Turin and Bologna for photo editing work, along with creative and graphic window exposition work for Fendi stores in Italy and worldwide.
He has worked in press/poster campaigns for: AAMS, Acea, Ail, Alenia, Alfa Romeo, Alitalia, Anlaids, Aprilia, Avis, Bistefani, BNL Paribas, Bulgari, Buffetti, Centrale del Latte, Chicco, Coca Cola, COOP, Dahlia TV, Dea Kids, Ellesse, Enel, Eni, Fendi, Feudi di S. Gregorio, Fiat, Ford, Fox, General Motors, Halls, History Channel, Good Year, H3G, Honda, Illy, Iveco, Lancia, Land Rover, Lete, Lexus, Lloyd Assicurazioni, Lottomatica, Manetti-Roberts, Mastercard, Mercedes, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Labour, Madre Museum, National Geographic, Nissan, Nokia, Peugeot, Pfizer, Philip Morris, Play Station, Poste Italiane, Procter & Gamble, Q8, RAI, RDS, Renault, Region of Campania, Region of Lazio, Region of Umbria, Rocchetta, Saab, Santa Croce, Sat 2000, Smart, Snai, Studio Universal, Tamoil, Telecom, TIM, Telethon, Toyota, Trenitalia, Unilever, Valtur, Veratour, Vodafone, Volvo, Warner, Wind, WWF.

Giorgio Marcatili


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Giorgio Marcatili was born in Rome in the past century, although he doesn’t look his age and can still boast a head of hair of its natural colour. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering and gained a Master in Business Administration, and has an deep passion for the sea and for building things. As a child he would tear apart anything he could get a hold of (of course, never putting them back together again), for the delight of his parents, who must have spent a fortune on mixers and other equipment  sacrificed to knowledge. His passion for the sea led him first to serve as a naval officer, then to practise surfing and, finally, kite surfing, around the world, which he still engages in with some rather good results. Last but not least, the need to keep his head above water convinced him to accept the job as technical director of the family business, where he was responsible for supervising construction sites all over the country, although he later set up his own business producing semi-finished and finished products for the nautical sector, specialising in the automated production of boards for surfing and kite surfing, and similar frivolities. He has always had an interest in all things mechanical and electronic and in programming, designing his first numerical control machine at an early age, for windsurf fins. This passion never abandoned him and, later on in his life, manufacturing automatic machines became his raison d’être. His products are all strictly digitally designed, and machine made, because he believes that manual labour weakens rather than strenghthens man, so it’s best to make a machine do all the hard work. Dragged into Rufa unaware, he has found, instead, that teaching is a marvellous experience! Of course, not being up to teaching literary or historical subjects, they locked him in a small room with lots of automatic machines to pass the time with: from there he transforms the students’ ideas into projects and tangible innovation, trying to transmit to them both a healthy creative passion and an entrepreneurial and practical approach to the job market.

Take it easy… but not too much, and looking forward to seeing you in the labs!

Alessandro Marinelli

Video Editing

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Alessandro Marinelli is a director and editor.
He graduated first in Editing from NUCT (New University of Film Making of Rome), and then in Film Making at RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts, with honours.
Since 2003, he has been working as editor and director of documentaries, feature films, spots and video clips. He likes to experiment with different languages and genres. In 2006, he collaborated with the Manetti Bros as assistant director and assistant film editor of the film The 17th Floor.
As editor, he has collaborated with Gabriele Albanesi in the films The Last House in the Woods and Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show. Since 2009, he has dedicated himself to making documentary films, as a result of his great interest in the reality. He collaborates with Digital Studio, Clipper Media and Rai Cinema productions, editing documentaries and feature-length films, and working with several directors, including Luca Archibugi (Rome – Gerusalemme, Abuna Michele), Francesca Muci (Siamo tutti vecchi, Alessandra, the Power of a Smile, La Santa, Love is Not Perfect, Children’s House), Andrea De Fusco (Gleason’s Gym, Big Apple Juice, In Aquis Fundata), Barbara Cupisti (the Exiles Trilogy: Exiles The War, Exiles Tibet, Exiles The Environment, Womanity) and with Simone Aleandri (Sono Cosa Nostra).
In 2014, with the documentary Pino Masciari – the Story of an Entrepreneur from Calabria, written and directed by him, he won various prizes and awards, including the Ilaria Alpi Award for Best Documentary.
In 2016 he made the documentary Fragments of freedom, on the experience of Atletico Diritti, a football team made up of ex-prisoners, political refugees and university students, participating in various festivals including Terra di Siena Film Festival, Human Right Film Festival, Todi , Est Film Festival, RomAfrica Film Festival. In 2018 he wrote and directed Basileus the school of kings, the documentary set in the Federico Fellini school in Rome, tells about the training courses for a group of teenagers and what it means to be teachers in uncommon contexts such as those in the suburban schools. Released in Italian indipendent cinemas, it has received a lot of interest from the public and critics, obtaining various prizes and awards, including participation as the only Italian film in the 46th Edition of the Giffoni Film Festival – International Documentary Competition, participation at the Doxa Documentary film festival in Canada, (in a selection that includes the best Italian documentaries of the season), the Best Documentary award at the Civita Cinema Festival and the Best Feature Film Award at the MonFilmFest. In 2020 with Quarantine Mood, written and directed by him, he won various prizes and awards, including the Audience Award at the Corona Short Film Festival, the Award for Best short film at the Urban Visions confined Film Festival, and participating in the international ShortShort Film Festival & Asia in Japan.



Mario Marrone

Editing techniques

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After graduating in Communications he gains a diploma in film editing from the National School of Cinema (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia) in Rome.

The movie “Et in terra Pax”, presented at the Venice Film Festival (Giornate degli Autori), marks his debut as film editor.

In the following years he works as film editor on several feature films, among which “Il Contagio” (“Tainted Souls”) by Botrugno & Coluccini, presented at the Venice Film Festival, and the debut films “WAX- We Are the X ” by Lorenzo Corvino (nominated as Best Debut Director for the David of Donatello award) and “Metti una notte” by Cosimo Messeri (“Alice nella città” prize at Rome Film Festival 2017).

He also works as a film editor on several full-lenght documentaries: “Alfredo Bini, unexpected guest” wins the Silver Ribbon award in 2016, “Arrivederci Saigon” (“Goodbye Saigon”) by Wilma Labate and “No filters. The unconventional cinema of Claudio Caligari” are both presented in Official Selection at Venice Film Festival and both nominated as Best Documentary for the David of Donatello award.

After working on “Sogni di grande nord” (“Big North”), distributed by Nexo Digital, he makes his debut as a TV-series editor with “L’Alligatore” (“The Alligator”), an 8-episodes noir-crime series directed by Daniele Vicari & Emanuele Scaringi, produced by Fandango and Rai Fiction.

From 2015 to 2019 he has been member of the board and Office Manager of A.M.C. (National Association of Italian film editors).


Alberto Mascia


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Director, screenwriter and videomaker, graduated with honors from the University of Padua in Communication in 2005. His thesis, focusing on the Coen brothers’ cinema, won the Fernaldo Di Giammatteo prize and was published by the Cadmo publishing house (“In Search of Meaning: Cinema and Philosophy in the Work of the Coen Brothers”).
Subsequently, he earned a degree in Directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome in 2008. He wrote and directed several short films that were selected and received awards at national and international film festivals. Among these were “Un giorno ideale” (in competition at the Turin Film Festival) and “L’uomo dei sogni” (Best Short at the Rome Independent Film Festival). During the same years, he also worked as a videomaker, creating numerous documentaries, video reports, and music videos.
In 2021, he wrote and directed his first feature film, “Ipersonnia” (Hypersleep), a dystopian thriller starring Stefano Accorsi, produced by Ascent Film and Nightswim in collaboration with Prime Video and Rai Cinema. The film was presented in the official selection at the 40th Turin Film Festival (2022).

Alida Massari

Alida Massari


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Alida Massari was born in Rome where she qualified in art at high school and then went on to complete a specialization in illustration at the European Institute of Design.
After her studies, she started working in the art field creating backgrounds and pictorial animations for tv, interactive games, cd rom and cartoons.
From 2001 she has been working ,exclusively, as an illustrator.
She has illustrated many picture books, pop up books, covers, games, cards, calendars, tales for magazines.
She collaborates with many international publishers among which:Lion Hudson, Usborne, Harper Collins, Salariya, National Geographic, De Agostini, Rusconi, Rcs, Kar Ben Publishing, Coppenrath Verlag, and many others.
Her books, have been translated in numerous countries.
Moreover, over the years, she has taken part in many collective illustration exhibitions in Italy and abroad.

Francesca Romana Massaro

Film script-writing / Sceneggiatura cinematografica ENG

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Journalist and screenwriter who graduated in Communication Sciences, she studied screenwriting with Heidrun Schleef and John Truby.
She wrote the book “Il cinema come nessuno ve l’ha mai raccontato”. Her second book “L’età d’oro. Il caso Véronique” inspired the film “L’età d’oro” by Emanuela Piovano, with Laura Morante, Stefano Fresi and Giselda Volodi, for which she wrote the screenplay.
Her third book “Cinematografia organizzata” is based on the FBI’s declassified archive, concerning the mafia’s infiltration into the film industry. She was press officer for the films “Dietro gli occhiali bianchi” by Valerio Ruiz with Lina Wertmüller; “Succede” by Francesca Mazzoleni; “Il primo Re” by Matteo Rovere with Alessandro Borghi.
She wrote the movies: “Rido perché ti amo” by Paolo Ruffini with Enzo Garinei, Nicola Nocella and Daphne Scoccia; “Useless mouths” directed by Claudio Uberti with Lorenza Indovina and Margot Sikabonyi; “Il viaggio di Dantino” tv animated series supervised by Enzo D’Alò.
On development: “La signora dei numeri” by Susi Laude. “Non siamo in un film” by Alessandra Gonnella. “Forse” by Renato Zero.

Alessandra Mauro

Alessandra Mauro

Photographic exhibition: setting up an exhibition

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Lecturer of the module Photographic exhibition: setting up an exhibition in the RUFA x Leica Akademie advanced training course: Immagine fotografica per il cinema e i nuovi media.

Born in Rome, journalist, Alessandra Mauro has a degree in Literature.
She is artistic director of the Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia of Milan since its creation (2005) and editorial director of the Contrasto Publishing house in Rome. She was responsible (2000-2003) for the programming of photographic exhibitions at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni of Rome.

A former professor of Theory and History of Photography at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University Institute in Naples, she teaches Photography at the DAMS of the Roma 3 University, is head of the Master in Photography at the Raffles School in Milan and lecturer in Photography and Photojournalism at the School of Journalism of the LUISS in Rome and the Mercatorum University.

She collaborates with RAI – Radio Tre (Wikiradio programme) on a series of episodes dedicated to the authors, techniques and themes of international photography (to date, she has made 25 different broadcasts).

She collaborates with the Vatican Museums, Contemporary Art Collection, in the creation of the Museums’ photographic collection.

She is also a member of the Women’s Council of the Pontifical Council for Culture, desired by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.

As a curator, independently or for Fondazione Forma, she conceived and organised several retrospective photographic exhibitions, including: Sebastião Salgado – La Mano dell’Uomo; William Klein – Roma; Mario Giacomelli – La figura nera aspetta il bianco; Mimmo Jodice – Perdersi a guardare; Gordon Parks – Una storia americana; Sebastião Salgado – In cammino; Gianni Berengo Gardin e Elliott Erwitt – Un’amicizia ai sali d’argento; Walter Bonatti – Fotografie dai grandi spazi; Gianni Berengo Gardin – vera fotografia e tante altre.

As editorial director of Contrasto, she has conceived and edited many books. She is the author of, among others, the volumes: Photoshow. Le principali mostre della storia della fotografia, 2014 (ed. italiana: Contrasto; ed. inglese: Thames&Hudson); Ombre di Guerra. 90 fotografie dai principali conflitti del mondo per dire basta al dramma della guerra, in collaborazione con la Fondazione Umberto Veronesi – Science for Peace (Contrasto 2009); I custodi dei fratelli. Quando i fotografi denunciano i diritti violati – ed. internazionale: My Brother’s Keeper. Documentary Photographers and Human Rights (Coedizione Contrasto – UTET, 2002); Lo sguardo da sud (Napoli, L’Ancora del Mediterraneo, 1999).

Stefano Mavilio

Design Methodology

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Degree in Architecture 1987; specialization in Theories of Architecture 1988; contract teacher for: Typological and morphological characters of architecture; Composition and Architectural Design, Interior design. In 2000 organizes the first Master in Church Design of which he is Scientific Coordinator. Publications: Guide to the sacred architecture of Rome – 1945, Electa – 2005; The architecture is a staircase Perugia – 2014; Handbook for Young Architects, Amazon – 2022. Partner of In-Area Strategic Design; Chief Executive Officer of Concept Design 1991-95; partner of T-Studio 2000-05. Enrolled in the Register of Architects of Rome since 1990.
Realizations: the Sala della Pace in the monumental complex of S. Rita in Cascia 2009; the parish complex of S. Bernardino in Lecce 2013; the parish complex of SS. Peter and Paul, Rome 2014; the restoration of the church of S. Monica Rome 2022.

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Andrea Mennella

Fashion design sostenibile 2

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Andrea Mennella, born in Rome on 20/12/1973, has always pursued the dream of fashion.
He took his first steps in the world of television, initially as a runner at ‘Pearson Television’ until he became producer Thierry Ventouras’ right-hand man.
He then began working for Francesca Assumma. He followed all the characters in their stable and it was there that he introduced a novelty, namely that of dressing all the clients who were hosted in the various television programmes. In 2002, he met Francesca Neri at the height of her career and became her personal stylist for more than 10 years.

At the same time, he collaborated with “Photomovie”, an agency in Milan, for photo shoots for magazines such as “Io donna”, “GQ”, “Tu Style”, “Natural Style” and working with the most important photographers of the time, such as Leibovitz with whom he shot Francesca Neri in Fendi. From 2012 to 2015 he returned to TV as a collaborator and author. He worked with several production companies such as Ballandi, Endemol and La Fascino.

In 2016 he started working for an international agency in Rome that deals with the endorsement of actresses/actresses and luxury brands such as Valentino, Dior, Balmain, Schiaparelli, etc.
He has dressed Italian actors of the calibre of Isabella Ferrari, Vittoria Puccini, Margherita Buy, Pierfrancesco Favino, Beppe Fiorello, Valeria Golino, Matilde Gioli and many others.
In 2018, he met Laura Pausini, it was love at first sight and he became her official personal stylist, accompanying her around the world: a World Tour, the Grammys, Latin Grammy, Billboard, three Sanremo, the Golden Globes, until May 2021 with the Oscar nomination, David di Donatello and the filming of the first DocuFilm, in collaboration with Amazon Prime.

He followed the styling of Mara Venier for Domenica In (2022/2023 season).
Since January 2022 he has been The Jackal’s stylist and followed the styling of Ciro Priello and Fabio Balsamo for the 4th season of the Sky programme “Name That Tune – Indovina La Canzone”. He has collaborated with ‘Grazia’ magazine on ‘Vote the Look’ and is stylist for: Chiara Francini for the 73rd edition of the Sanremo Festival and for Drag Race Italia (season 2), Sandra Milo for Quelle Brave Ragazze (season 2), Caterina Balivo, Nunzia De Girolamo and Serena Bortone on RAI.
In his agency, in addition to Laura Pausini, he takes care of the image of Lunetta Savino, Ilaria Spada, Isabella Ragonese, Lucia Ocone, Claudia Pandolfi, Tosca D’Aquino, Giulio Berruti, Kim Rossi Stuart, Flora Canto, Roberta Lanfranchi and Ludovica Francesconi, Sandra Milo, Lorena Cesarini, Giuseppe Zeno, Marco Bocci, Laura Chiatti, Alessandro Terzigni, Francesca Neri, Elisabetta Gregoraci (following her in her fashion campaigns).

Fabio Mollo


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Fabio Mollo was born in Reggio Calabria in 1980. In 2002 he graduated in England in Visual Theory: Film History at the University of East London. His first short film “Troppo Vento” in 2003 allowed him to win some national prizes and be  admitted to the Experimental Centre of Cinematography in Rome, where he graduated in Direction in 2006. Over the years he directed several short films, at the Centro Sperimentale, including “Al buio” (62nd Venice International Film Festival, Kodak Visioni Italiane Award) and “Giganti” (in competition at the 58th Berlin Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Turin Film Festival, special mention for directing at the Nastri d’Argento, Special Mention of the Press at the 30th Clermont-Ferrand). In 2005 he participated in a Screenplay workshop at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Tv of Cuba directed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. After completing his studies, he began to work as an assistant director on several films and TV series, including “Alza la Testa” by A. Angelini, “Scialla” by F. Bruni, “Boris” by L. Vendruscolo, M. Torre, G. Ciarrapico, “Non Pensarci” by G. Zanasi and L. Pellegrini. At the same time he worked as a Filmmaker for MTV, directing six episodes of the “Black Box” series. In 2009 he was selected by the French actress Jeanne Moreau at the Atelier d’Anger which he directed for the development of the screenplay for her first feature film. In the following years, Fabio was selected by other important workshops, such as the Atelier of the Cinéfondation of the Cannes Film Festival (2011), the Talent Project Market of the Berlinale (2011), the Talent Lab of the Toronto International Film Festival (2014) and was twice the finalist at the Solinas Prize (2005 and 2015). He also won the Cinemaster Universal at Universal Studios in Los Angeles (2010), the “Young Italian Director” award at the Institute of Italian Culture in New York (2011) and the Nipkow Program in Berlin (2013). In 2013 he made his debut with “Il Sud è Niente”, his first feature film, an Italy-France co-production, produced by b24film and distributed by Istituto Luce, written with Josella Porto. The film had its International premiere at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival, its national premiere at the 8th International Rome Film Festival in the Alice nella Città section, where it received the Golden Chamber award for best first feature film for production, and its European premiere at the 64th Berlin Film Festival, where the main character Miriam Karlkvist received the Shooting Star award among the best European actresses. Fabio received, among other national and international awards, the nomination for Best New Director at the Nastri d’Argento and the Globi d’Oro. The film was selected at several other festivals including the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival 2014, Annecy Cinema Italien (Best Actress Award), Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2014, Tokyo Italian Film Festival 2014, Jerusalem Film Festival 2014, Raindance Film Festival, Bobbio Film Festival (Best Debut Film and Best Actress Award) and others. In 2015 he made “Vincenzo da Crosia”, his first feature documentary film produced by Wildside, which competed at the 33rd Torino Film Festival. The film was bought by Discovery, who took care of its airing in December of the same year. In 2016 he directed “The Young Pope – a Tale of Filmmaking”, the documentary film that follows the production of the TV series “The Young Pope” by Paolo Sorrentino produced by HBO, Sky, Canal + and Wildside, receiving the nomination for best documentary at the Nastri d’Argento. In the same year he directed the series of documentaries for Sky Arte “Artists in Love”, with Samantha Morton. In 2017 he made his second film for the cinema: “Il Padre d’Italia”. The film, always written with Josella Porto and starring Luca Marinelli and Isabella Ragonese, is produced by Bianca Film and Rai Cinema and distributed by GoodFilms. The film has had a great success with critics and audiences, and has been selected in various international festivals, receiving numerous awards, including the award for best actress, and the nomination for best actor at the Golden Globes 2017, 4 nominations for the Silver Ribbon 2017 (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress), Jury Prize and Young Jury Prize at the Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt 2017, Critics’ Prize Les rencontres du cinéma italien à Toulouse 2017, Audience Prize at the Festival du Cinema Italien de Bastia 2017, Audience Prize at the Festival del Cinema Italiano in Ajaccio 2018. The film is also distributed in France where it was received with great warmth by the public. IL PADRE D’ITALIA won the prize for best film at N.I.C.E. (New Italian Cinema Event), thus obtaining a wide diffusion in the United States and Russia. In addition, the film received the Diversity Media Award 2018 as best film of the year with an LGBT theme. The year 2018 is entirely dedicated to television projects. Fabio signs the direction of the Film Tv for Channel 5 “A Woman Against All – Renata Fonte”, with: Cristiana Capotondi, Peppino Mazzotta and Giorgio Marchesi and produced by Tao Due and Mediaset. Also in 2018 he was one of the directors of the third season of Rai 1’s prime-time series “Tutto Può Succedere”, produced by Cattleya and starring Maya Sansa, Pietro Sermonti, Matilde de Angelis, Camilla Filippi, Giorgio Colangeli, Benedetta Porcaroli, Licia Maglietta. In the same year he also directed the 12-episode TV series “Come Quando Fuori Piove” with Virginia Raffaele, produced for Discovery by Beppe Caschetto (ItMovie) and Ballandi, with premiere in the autumn. He is currently working on the preparation of his third feature film for cinema. In addition to his career as a director and screenwriter, Fabio spends a lot of time training young filmmakers and carrying out various cultural projects. Since 2015 he has been teaching Cinematography at the RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts and since 2018 he has been the tutor of the M.A. course in Film Studies at the University of Malta. For 3 years he was also curator of the Filmmaking Laboratory of the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo and art director of the cultural association Reggio Cinema and the Cinema Teatro “Gentile” of Novigrad. Since 2017 he has been the art director of the “Estate a Casa Berto” festival. He has also been a member of important juries, including the Golden Chamber Award of the Rome Film Festival, and festivals such as the Lovers Film Festival in Turin and the Filmschool Fest in Monaco. Since 2018 he has also been a member of the European Film Academy.

Tullio Morganti

Sound Design

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Graduated from Liceo Classico Giulio Cesare in Rome in 1974 in 1979 he abandoned his university studies to devote himself to the activity of sound engineering, initially at private radio stations and from 1984 in the cinema field as a live sound engineer.
He was nominated seven time for the David di Donatello Award as the best live sound engineer, he won it in 1994, 1997 and 1998 for the films Sud (Gabriele Salvatores) Nirvana (Gabriele Salvatores) and Ovosodo (Paolo Virzì).
He was nominated various times for the Ciak d’Oro for the best live sound category in 2002, he won it for the film Figli / Hijos (Marco Bechis).
Since 1994 he is a member of the Jury of the Italian Academy of Cinema – David di Donatello Award.
From 2015 he is a lecturer of sound design / Field Sound RecordingTechniques workshops at A.U.T. American University of Technolog, Halat Lebanon.
From 2017 he is a lecturer of the Field Sound RecordingTechniques course at RUFA and from 2018 of the Sound Design 1 course at RUFA.

David Mozzetta

David Mozzetta


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David Mozzetta (Rome, 1991) deals with art direction and design for publishing. He graduated from the MA in design for publishing at ISIA Urbino with a thesis called ” Images ever to be (at) text? The book as a post photographic and digital medium”. From 2016 he works with associations, galleries and individuals in the cultural field in Italy and abroad. From 2017 he has been involved in education, tutoring and giving lectures in workshops about photobooks.


Massimiliano Napoli

SemioticS OF ART

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Graduated in Communication and Information Theory, with a PhD in Philosophical and Social Sciences, he is interested in signification processes and communication models within the so-call “human systems”. With a cognitive-emergentist perspective and a semio-narrative approach, he analyzes meaning, languages, and forms of expression in the context of social behavior context, arts and entertainment as well as urban culture trends. In particular, he works on the concept of Identity, the relationship between the individual and the environment, the “institutional” artistic forms as well as those expressed in the underground scene. He recently published the articles “Il puro rivelatore. Arte tra profanità e sacralità” (2020), and “Identità. Segno e simbolo di trasformazione” (2019), included in the magazine «Insight. La cultura dell’Altro». Also, the essays “Appunti sul genius loci. Spazio, narrazione, autenticità” (in the book «Sensibilia 9. Genius Loci», 2017), and “Teatri del Sé. Dalla memoria autobiografica alla costituzione semio-narrativa della Soggettività” (in the book «Identità e persona», 2017).

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Valeria Oppenheimer

Fashion design sostenibile 2

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Fashion is my great passion and the common thread of my career path.
After treading the catwalks halfway around the world, I hung up my heels to move into TV and radio as an author, correspondent and host of fashion shows. I write for several fashion publications and started Rai’s first “official fashion blog.”
I teach “Web & Blog Publishing” and “Fashion Writing” at Academies and Fashion Institutes in Rome and Milan, I also collaborated with the course in fashion studies at La Sapienza University of Rome.
I was for two years the head of the fashion section of Roma Web Fest dedicated to fashion films. I write and host as fashion reporter the RaiUno program “Top! Tutto quanto fa tendenza,” now in its eighth edition this year. I work as a fashion consultant for TV, companies and individuals.


Antonio Pace


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Antonio Pace was born in Rome in 1968. In 1995, he graduated in visual communication, specialising in graphic design, from the HfG Offenbach University for Art and Design in the area of Frankfurt-am-Main. In 1996, he opened the Antonio Pace grafikdesign firm in Frankfurt and in 1999 started collaborating with Linotype in designing printing types. Between 1995 and 2000 he worked at the development of Linotype Gianotten, a typeface family inspired by Bodoni’s style of type, designed on the basis of the original types preserved in the Bodoni Museum in Parma. Between 1998 and 2008 he founded AReA Deutschland, a branch of international network AReA Strategic Design (Frankfurt), which then partnered with the Inarea network, specialising in corporate branding. Between 1998 and 2004 he worked at a number of corporate, brand identity and corporate communication projects, for, among others, Bosch Telekom, Aventis Pharma, the State and Government of Hesse (Germany), the local authority of Frankfurt, the Association of Electricity Producers in Germany (VWEW) and many more besides.

From 2000, and until 2012, he completed numerous corporate type design projects, as the partner and collaborator of Inarea, for the local authority of Milan, Sapienza University in Rome, Roma Capitale, Atac, Eni, Aci and Ac Milan. From 2008 to 2014 he collaborated with Inarea in brand identity projects, including Acea, Mumex, Adn Kronos, Gemelli, Civita. In parallel with his professional activities he also held lectures at universities, institutions and conferences, including HfG Karlsruhe (University of Art and Design), HTW Berlin (Berlin Polytechnic), Deutscher Designer Club Frankfurt (a designer association of Frankfurt), Il salotto buono (Juliane von Herz Art Advisory, Frankfurt), Aiap Milano, Sapienza University in Rome, the Coni Sports School.


Michele Palazzi


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An Italian photographer who works for Contrasto Agency and winner, in 2015, of the World Press Photo. His work focuses on the problems arising from the disappearance of rural traditions in Asia.


Lina Pallotta


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Documentary photographer born in San Salvatore Telesino (BN), she moved to New York in the late eighties, where she graduated in “Photojournalism and Documentation” at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Her works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and published in national and international magazines. Since the mid-2000s, she regularly holds seminars and lectures at the International Center of Photography, Empire State College, NY; Frontline Club, London; Spazio Labo’, Bologna; Limes, Cagliari; RUFA and Officine Fotografiche Roma. She was the art director of “Gazebook: Sicily Photobook Festival 2017”. She has received many fellowships and residencies, including New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; L’Atelier de Visu, Marseille; CASE media Fellowship, University of Texas, El Paso; Fund for Creative Communities, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In 2014 she won the Osvaldo Buzzi Prize, BN. Her works are held in private collections.


Simone Pane


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After graduating from university, I went to the United States, first to Los Angeles, then to New York, where I was lucky to become acquainted with Material Connexion, an inexhaustible source for all professionals in the industry who need the most cutting-edge material for their projects. After returning to Rome, I joined a resin manufacturing firm called Cemento di Luna, then, a few months later, for AD&P, the first company in Italy to deal with the research and promotion of materials on a vast scale. On their behalf, I attended to no less than 600 architecture firms in all of Rome. After five years of experience on the ground, I changed company and became chief promotions officer for Lazio for Enjoy srl, but two years later, due to the economic crisis, they laid off all their employees, which gave me the opportunity to finally make my dream come true: set up my own company. In fact, three years ago I opened S.P. Design and have since established partnerships with Rome-based architecture firms, working for large Italian companies specialising in interior materials.

Simone Pappalardo

Sound Design

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He graduated with honors in electronic music from the ‘Santa Cecilia’ Conservatory in Rome. For years he has been creating electronic compositions, interactive sound installations and “augmented” musical instruments. His works have been performed and staged in many international festivals: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Beijing Conservatory for the Musicacoustica Festival, Romanian Academy, American Academy during various editions of the Nuova Consonanza festival, Macro Museum in Rome, Teatro del Globo in Buenos Aires, Artefiera in Bologna, Five Days Festival in Milan, Emufest, Manzù Collection Museum in Ardea, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Biennale of Young Mediterranean Artists in Athens, during the Open Museum Open City exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome, for the Digital Life festival of the Romaeuropa Foundation, BNL Media Art Festival, etc .. With the composition “hyde, for piano prepared stimulated by electromagnetic impulses” he won a special mention at the National Arts Award. He was responsible curator of the interactive sound installations section for the International Festival of Electroacoustic Music Emufest, of the Conservatory ‘Sa nta Cecilia ‘in Rome and for the Le Forme del Suono Festival organized by the’ Ottorino Respighi ‘Conservatory of Latina. He is currently a teacher of Electroacoustic Music Composition at the Conservatory of Aquila and of Sampling and Synthesis of Sound at the Conservatory of Latina.He has collaborated on several occasions as a sound engineer and multimedia consultant for the Maxxi foundation in Rome, to follow the various stages of design and installation of interactive and sound works. He has also created works and collaborated: for sound installations with the sculptor Alberto Timossi, with the artist Antonio Capaccio, with the Quite Ensemble, with the designer Gipi, with the director Fabian Ribezzo, with Casina Benedetta di Leone Monteduro, with the Brecce association for contemporary art, Digital World Foundation, Maxxi Foundation, Pedro Reyes; for music and composition with Mauro Lanza, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Walter Prati, the composer Paolo Rotili, the Alter Ego ensemble, the Lucelin ensemble, the clarinetist David Ryan, the clarinetist Paolo Ravaglia, Andrea Valle, Franz Rosati, Dario Sanfilippo ; the Iato Orchestra directed by Alvin Curran, Rinus Van Alebeek, with the publishing house Orecchio Acerbo, with the poet Valerio Magrelli for the show “the lesson of the river”, with the poet Paolo Damiani for the show “Heavenly Heaven”, Elio Martusciello, the flutist Gianni Trovalusci, with the writer Michael Raynolds, with the percussionist Marco Ariano, the collective Circuiterie, and many others; for theater and dance with the Butoh Lios Dance Company, the dancer Alessandra Cristiani, the Emotion company, the dancer Mariella Celia, with the Furio Camillo theater in Rome, the Trasform’azioni festival for which he directed three choreutic-musical performances, with the Palestinian director Akram Tellawe, with Ascanio Celestini in the show “sands”. As sound engineer, composer and multimedia design consultant he collaborated with: ENI Spa; Arch. Luca Ruzza of OpenLabCompany; Arch. Giampaolo Imbrighi (creator of the Italy pavilion at the Shanghai Expo); Maxxi Foundation, Orecchio Acerbo publishing house.


Paolo Parea

Product Design | Tecnologia dei materiali

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A Rome-based designer, he was born and raised in the Eternal City. He trained at ISIA in Rome, where, besides attending a course of studies, he also successfully participated in international competitions and met with leading companies in the industry, in connection with his projects.

After completing his studies in 1995, he met Fabio Lenci, who hired him in his firm for architectural model making assigning him the task of developing an operational prototype of a three-wheel scooter. In the space of a year he moved to the operational design department, at the heart of the firm. From this moment on, and in the following years, he dealt with projects ranging from bathrooms to furnishings, from fitness to wellness, from electric to conventional cars, for both public and private use, supervising and collaborating in the creative and development stages, with the opportunity to operate directly in the field, at the customers’ premises. In those years, he met with top-level companies, such as Teuco Guzzini, Fiam, Testori Interiors, Newform, Gruppo Vitawell, Simas, to mention a few.

Thanks to all of this experience in 2001 he became a design manager, a position he kept until 2005, when he left LENCI to embark on a freelance career. In those years, in this position, besides managing the design activities, he supervised and organised the staff and, in his capacity as tutor, supervised the apprenticeship of the interns working at the firm.
At the same time in 2003 and 2004, he taught design at the department of Industrial Design of the Faculty of Architecture at Sapienza University in Rome.
In 1995 and 2005, he was selected a number of times to participate in the Officina delle Arti (Arts Workshop) event held by CASAIDEA, at the Rome Trade Fair, aimed at bringing together young designers and the world of crafts.

In 1999, he was also selected to exhibit at the Abitare il Tempo (Living Time) event held in parallel to the furniture trade show in Verona.
After leaving the firm, he started a freelance professional career, entertaining relations with companies operating in the bathroom industry, and also ranging to include the field of lighting, spas, wellness and furniture accessories. For some clients he also undertook art direction tasks, working on the image of companies by studying catalogues, product packaging, events and trade fair stands and retail outlets. Thanks to his design experience and soundness, he established long and profitable partnerships with companies belonging to the TREESSE Group, Ala Ceramica, Tecser-Onyx.

At the same time, having cultivated a passion for materials and process technology since his university years, which he then further investigated through studies and direct experience, he filled positions such as chief R&D and product industrialisation officer, refining his skills over the years, also through hands on experience in the field with top-level suppliers, improving his capacity to find effective and creative solutions to production problems.
Following the meeting with two young professionals, Enrico Secci and Simona Vidoni, he developed the TRIADE project, an experience that lasted until the end of 2010.
This period was also very profitable for both the amount of projects completed, including the designing of a chain of luxury stores for the bathroom sector in the former USSR countries, and the awards received, first and foremost the DESIGN INDEX 2007 by ADI Lazio, for his “Wave” sanitaryware by Modellazione Ceramica.
Towards the end of 2010, he received a new award from ADI Lazio, with the selection of the GEN-X extended user bathtub, signalled out for the DESIGN INDEX award and also included in the publishing of the DESIGN CODEX.

In 2011, he changed jobs once again, opening a new chapter with the creation of the PAREA DESIGN firm and entering into new commercial agreements, including with MOCCI, a top partner for graphic and exhibition design, and the start of design and artistic design consulting services with new companies.
He also continued his university teaching career, which he began in 2008 at RUFA Rome University of Fine Arts, an applied arts academy offering Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts programs, where he teaches packaging design and product design in the graphics and design courses.

Enrico Parisio

Graphic Design 1; Graphic Design 2

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Visual communication designer, former regional delegate of AIAP Lazio. He published articles on the magazine “Progetto Grafico”, international magazine of graphic design, on “Opificio”, monthly magazine of culture IRI Edizioni, on AIAP ZINE, international observatory of Design and on “DisegnareCon”, magazine edited by the Department of Architecture of the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. His main graphic design works are published in the volume “Immagini per idee”, Skira editions, 2007. He is creator and implementer of the social innovation project “Millepiani”, 200 coworking spaces in the Lazio region.
He is a professor of visual communication design at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts.
He is currently a consultant for the political communication of European parliamentarians and oversees product communications for eFM.
Graphic designer and art director for: eFM – platform company, IRBM – Research Institute, Telecom Italia, Arci nazionale, Philip Morris, ABi – Associazione Bancaria italiana, Comune di Roma, FIM CisL nazionale, Wind – infostrada, Viaggi dell’Elefante, STA – Agenzia per la Mobilità del Comune di Roma, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Provincia di Roma, Ministero delle Finanze, Auser, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, ATAC, Met. Ro. spa, CGIL Nazionale, Uci – Unione Coltivatori Italiani, ANCAB – Lega COOP, COTRAL spa, ISFOL.

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Simone Passacantilli

Motion Graphics

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Simone Passacantilli is a freelance art director and VFX supervisor.
He graduated with honors in Graphic Design and Multimedia Design in 2009. During his university studies, he attended in parallel evening courses at the Roberto Rossellini State Institute for Cinematography and Television, obtaining the qualification of Audiovisual Operator. In 2010 he obtained a Level I master’s degree in 3D Maya Animation and Compositing at the University of Rome La Sapienza.
In 2011 he taught as a tutor in the same master’s program and began collaborating with
Mizar, a company involved in creating museum exhibitions and video installations using video-mapping techniques. His experience in Mizar allowed him to work on scientific and cultural popularization projects such as Viaggio nei Fori, curated by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano, leading as supervisor the graphic animation team.
In recent years, he has worked as a freelancer on film and television productions such as movies, National Geographic documentaries, Super Quark, Ulysses, Wonders, and Sky television series.

Michele Pasta

Tecniche e tecnologie del disegno

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Michele Pasta, graduated from “Scuola Internazionale di Comics” back in 2013.
From 2013 to 2016 he started his artistic career with “BOOM!Studios” and “Titan Comics” as Elena Casagrande’s assistant. At the same time he also worked, for DC comics, teaming up with David Messina and Gaetano Carlucci.
From 2016 to 2018 he officially made his debuts in IDW Publishing on “Rom, the space knight”, drawn and colored by David Messina and written by Chris Ryall and Cristos Gage. Michele had two story arcs and an issue on the character’s origins.
In 2018 he realised a cover for IDW on issue #84 of TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and started a new collaboration with Arianna Florean for “Star Wars Adventures” (IDW Publishing).
Since 2019, he has been working on a personal project, not yet published, and is currently collaborating with ‘Sergio Bonelli Editore’ on works in progress.
From 2016 to the present day, he teaches at the ‘International School of Comics’, curating several courses including: a specialisation course in American comics, a course on inking techniques and styles, a workshop on traditional inking and a specialisation course on the Clip Studio Paint programme.
From 2018 to the present day, he collaborates with the San Leone Magno Institute teaching drawing to children and young people.

Francesco Pennìca

Cinematography 1

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My passion for still photography and movies started when I was very young and led me to study cinema at college. After having acquired a Degree in Direction of Photography at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Scuola Nazionale di Cinema, under the guidance of Giuseppe Rotunno ASC AIC, I started my professional career, in the camera department, in 2004. First as camera assistant, then as camera operator. In the past eleven years I have been a cinematographer for numerous jobs, very different from each other. Therefore I had the chance to put my creativity to good use for multiple entertainment products all over the world, such as: features, documentaries, music videos, commercials, tv series and tv shows. I am constantly looking for projects with challenging visual storytelling, requiring outstanding technical and artistic skills.

Eolo Perfido

Il ritratto commerciale | Commercial portrait

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Lecturer of the module Working for docufilm production in the RUFA x Leica Akademie advanced training course: Immagine fotografica per il cinema e i nuovi media.

Eolo Perfido is a portrait photographer.
Born in Cognac, France, he lives and works in Rome.He has collaborated with the world’s biggest companies doing photo shoots on all continents. His work has been published in prestigious newspapers such as the Ny Times, Vision, Vogue Russia, GQ, L’Espresso.
He is the Director of Molichrom: Nomadic Photography Festival, winner of the Amedeo Modigliani Award, Leica Camera Ambassador and editor of ExibartStreet magazine.

Website – EoloPerfido.com

Giulio Pernice


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Interaction designer and creative coder, he develops interactive installations and sensitive environments, which allow the use of multimedia contents through natural interfaces.
Natural interfaces, based on the use of innovative technology, allow interaction methods with and between the people who privilege emotional and participative aspects. The multidisciplinary approach enables him to find non-conventional solutions to design challenges.
In 2014, he founded “Giulio Pernice Interactive Experiences”, which thanks to the experience built up in the development of interactive design products, through an independent project that makes use of different professional skills, as needed.He has also developed “Beyond Borders”, an interactive exhibition taking place in Rome, London, New York and Tunis, 2017 / Immersioni, interactive installations for the Italian Pavilion at the Venice International Film Festival in 2016 / CEA Sanza, a Project on environmental education in the National Park of Cilento / Archaeological Museum of Torcello (Venice), an augmented reality app for archaeological reconstruction / Mapful, the official Jubilee app for mobility of disabled persons / Syncronicity, an interactive installation freely inspired by Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”, developed for the England Arts Council / AYEAYE — 2010-2014.
In 2010, with three multimedia and video art professionals, he created the AyeAye group, for the purpose of developing interactive installations and sensitive environments. Together, they created installation on the recovery of identity and the memory of historic villages, on mental health, on poetry in dialect and theatre-dance performances, on the relationship between people in the chaos of modernity.
In 2007, he joined Studio Azzurro, attracted by their idea of how to use technology as an opportunity for communicating content, and not as a totem to exhibit, regardless of content. With Studio Azzurro he has developed various projects in Italy and abroad, including: Geografie Italiane, MAXXI, Rome 2010; Sensitive City, Shanghai 2010; 100/101 the first hundred years of the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia, Rome 2008.

Lorenzo Pesce

Advertising and Editorial Photographer

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Lorenzo Is an alumnus of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. For the last fifteen years he has been a faculty member of many institutions such as The American University in Rome, Mohole Academy, IED, RUFA, Spazio Labò in Bologna and Bluocean’s Workshop in Reggio Calabria. Being both an author and a commercial and magazine photographer, Lorenzo focuses primarily on teaching students how to create their own vision and satisfy a commercial brief at the same time. Pesce focuses on portraiture without ever changing his approach, whether he is photographing a celebrity or a real life people.

As an Author and a Commercial artist , Lorenzo Pesce has always focused on emotions and how to convey them. Emotions are the imaginary and stylistic glue that keeps together his personal and commercial vision.

Lorenzo Pesce has worked with clients such as as Grey SanFrancisco, Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo, Action Aid, Alitalia, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Conde Nast Traveller, Departures, Enel, ENI, Fastweb, Mulino Bianco, Rubelli, Saatchi & Saatchi, oral B, Samsung, Saveur, Stern, TIM, Travel and Leisure, Vogue, Norton by symantec, Notorious Pictures and many others.

Lorenzo Pesce is represented for editorial work by Contrasto and by Mandala Creative Productions for commercial work.
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Leonardo Petrucci

Experimental plate engraving techniques; Experimental plate engraving techniques

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He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, where he graduated in 2009 with a thesis on therelationship between art and alchemy, a field that is still important for his research. Since 2012 he works in his studio at the Pastificio Cerere in San Lorenzo district in Rome. His artistic research focused on particular matters which have always fascinated the human beings.In fact, concepts like the Sacred Geometry, Alchemy, the Cabala and the Astrology have mystic andsymbolic properties.The fundamental aspect in his works is the ability to intertwine between these fields, more contemporary and scientific themes, such as Biology, Quantum Physics and Astronomy, thus attributing an aspect of greater truthfulness to the global vision.

Luigi Pierantoni

Luigi Pierantoni

Disegno tecnico e progettuale

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Luigi Pierantoni a graphic designer and a professional journalist.

Graduated from the European Institute of Design of Rome in 1992, after an internship at an advertising agency, he began his career as a freelancer, handling the graphics for the Goethe Institut Rome and simultaneously working on numerous events sponsored by the Municipality of Rome, Casa di Goethe, and Casa delle Letterature di Roma.
In 2000, he designed the branding and various editorial publications for the newly founded Ugo la Malfa Institute (now a foundation). During the same period, he created printed materials and campaign logos for the Republican Party.
His introduction to the world of newspaper happened by chance when he started collaborating with the graphic department of the Il Messaggero newspaper in Rome, where he created infographics and event reconstructions. He was captivated by the atmosphere within the newspaper’s editorial office, where the balance between typographic elements and images effectively communicated news to a mass audience.

In 2001, he moved to Naples and worked at the Il Mattino newspaper, redefining rules and styles of infographics and handling the restyling of weekly supplements. In 2004, upon returning to Rome, he started working for la Repubblica in the newspaper’s graphic department, later moving to editorial team of Robinson, the cultural weekly supplement.

During this time, he also managed the weekly insert Rsalute. Currently, he is a department head at la Repubblica, responsible for the TOFM (The Official Ferrari Magazine) and the graphics of special editorial initiatives for the newspaper.He is a Senior Professional Member of AIAP (Associazione Italiana Design Della Comunicazione Visiva – (Italian Association of Visual Communication Design).

Fiorenza Pinna


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Fiorenza Pinna is an independent curator and book designer, she works in the field of contemporary photography and photo books. She collaborates with galleries, institutions, book publishers, festivals and academies – both Italian and international – for consultancy, teaching, workshops, conferences and portfolio reviews. She is a member of juries for national and international photo awards. She teaches and holds workshops in various public and private institutions. She curates and designs photo books and exhibitions, obtaining prizes and awards.

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Fabrizio Pizzuto


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Fabrizio Pizzuto is an art critic and historian, certified by the Ministry of Culture and qualified to perform interventions on cultural heritage. He is a lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Art Management, and coordinator of the RUFA Master’s in Art Curating and Management.
He specialised in Contemporary Art History at the School of Specialisation in Siena, directed by Enrico Crispolti with a thesis developed after a residency in Paris at the Cité des Arts for Incontri Internazionali d’Arte in 2006.
He currently runs the non-conventional exhibition space and online art criticism platform KHLAB of which he is co-creator and co-founder. He is curator and Art Dealer for Wepp Art s.r.l. He collaborates with the Nation 2.0 platform in Dubai (UAE).
He collaborates with Inside Art Magazine and Liquitex on artist residencies in Rome at the Fondamenta space. He has curated exhibitions and written texts for galleries and exhibition spaces in Italy and abroad.
He lives and works in Rome. Sometimes he is even on call.

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Francesco Polizzi


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Graduated in philosophy at the Academy of Dramatic Art “Silvio d’Amico”. After working as an actor with Irene Papas, Lorenzo Salveti, Mario Ferrero and Attilio Corsini, in 2007 he made his debut as a Director at the Venice Biennale – Young with “Venezia 1750”. Since then he alternated the adaptation of classical texts to contemporary dramaturgy.

For the Dionisiache Festival in Segesta he directed “Il ciclope” by Euripide/Pirandello, “L’asino d’oro” by Apuleio and “Satyricon” by Petronio. In collaboration with Fondamenta Teatro&Teatri he directs “Sogno di una notte di mezza estate” (Best Show Award at Roma ComicOff Festival).

He wrote and directed the rock opera “Karma Party” with the musicians Vittorio Centrone and Francesco Lenzi. With Christian Angeli he directs “Caffè Salter” by Matei Visniec, and “Doppelganger”, a tribute to American noir cinema.

As a pedagogue he has held various acting workshops at the Dams RomaTre, Fondamenta Teatro&Teatri and the Dionisiache Festival in Segesta.


Docente Roberto Pompili

Roberto Pompili

Direction of Photography

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Roberto Pompili is a Senior 3D Artist with more than 17 years of experience in the field of Computer graphics. Over the years, he has been able to apply his knowledge in multiple sectors such as cinema, VFX, videogames, advertising, television, design and architecture by refining constantly his skills as a 3D Generalist. He graduated in Graphics and Multimedia Design at the University of Rome “La Sapienza ”and collaborated as a freelance 3D Artist in various productions both in Italy and abroad. He uses the main softwares of the professional pipelines such as Maya, Zbrush, Substance Painter and Substance Designer as well as Render like Arnold, Vray, Renderman and Redshift and since 2019, he has been working as a senior 3D Artist and Supervisor at AR Market, a company active on development of AR and VR content. He is currently a lecturer at major schools at the level National and International where he teaches techniques and aspects of the production workflow.


Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi


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Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi was born in Catania in 1956. He works as an architecture critic and is the director of the online journal presS/Tletter. He is the president of the Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism (www.architetturaecritica.it) and has worked as a curator of the series ItaliArchitettura (Utet Scienze Tecniche), a collection of the best projects designed by Italian architects over recent years. His History of 20th Century Architecture may be downloaded, free of charge, from the website www.presstletter.com. He has written numerous books, his favourite is HyperArchitettura, (Testo&Immagine 1998). The one that has sold most copies is This is Tomorrow, avant-garde and contemporary architecture (Testo&Immagine, 1999). The book he would have liked to sell more is Introduction to Architecture (Meltemi, 2004). The one with the best reviews is New Directions in Contemporary Architecture (Wiley, 2008). Then there’s his Short Course on Critical Writing (Lettera 22, Siracusa 2012), targeting those who want to write about architecture. His personal website, where anyone can download his books and articles, is www.prestinenza.it. He is currently writing, for Artribune, a series on the Architects of Italy, while another book, ArchiTexture, is about to be published.

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Lorenzo Raffi

Realtà aumentata

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Lorenzo Raffi was born in Rome in 1986 and is a ‘Netrunner’ with a degree in Graphic and Multimedia Design and a Masters in XR Technology from MIT.
He is currently CEO of Edge Lab, a software house that deals with new technologies for Industry 4.0. He has worked in Silicon Valley developing Mixed Reality prototypes and studying real-time rendering methods for its future applications, not only in the entertainment field but also in the film and television industry.

He developed the patent for the Virtual Reality Bus in Rome, the first of its kind, and is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Invisible Cities. He is currently Virtual Production Supervisor of famous Italian TV shows, including the Rai Uno programmes Ulisse, Il Piacere della Scoperta and Super Quark hosted by Alberto and Piero Angela. He is also an Authorised Unreal Engine Instructor and partner of Epic Games.

Giuseppe Ragosta


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Giuseppe Ragosta has a vast experience in architectural design and urban planning that started since he was attending university, by participating in restoration projects of monuments and buildings. He also works in the field of interior design and has experience in landscape regeneration.
In his career as a university teacher he has carried out with his students – as co-supervisor of graduation thesis on architectural design – various urban regeneration and public and private building refurbishment projects in historical contexts, metropolitan transport hubs, consolidated sites, new metro stations and retail buildings. Below there is an overview of the key aspects of his research:
– Housing and the evolution of housing types
– Aggregating systems and relations between building units
– Residential systems in urban and rural environments
– Restoration and upgrading to compatible functions of historical buildings that are part of the urban landscape
– Principles of sustainability
– Retail spaces: from the interior concept to the building

Lorenzo Razzino

Formati, schermi, proporzioni | Formats, screens, proportions

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Lecturer of the module Formats, screens, proportions in the RUFA x Leica Akademie advanced training course: Immagine fotografica per il cinema e i nuovi media.

Born in Rome in 1982, he started his career as an assistant director and editor. He later moved to Paris, where he collaborated as a photojournalist with several press agencies. Upon returning to Italy in 2015, he founded his own studio, working in the fields of contemporary art, multimedia and programming.
Since its creation, the studio has established collaborations with clients from all over the world, and participated in projects ranging from shooting to post-production, from colour grading to animation, from 3D modelling to video game design and creation.
He is also a lecturer at the Leica Akademie Italia and collaborates with exibart street, the editorial platform of exibart magazine.

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Michela Reverberi


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Michela Reverberi is an claimed Architect and Interior Designer with consolidated experience in both Motor and Sailing boats, which has led to several prestigious international awards.
She was Professor of Yacht Design at the European Institute of Design (IED) in Rome. She currently teaches Yacht Design and Executive Interior Yacht Design at Polytechnic in Milan and Interior Design at RUFA in Rome, and she holds workshop at IUAV in Venice.
Her studio, founded in 2000, focuses on the design of yacht interiors and furnishings but also works on the exterior lines of yachts, luxury residences and villas.
Despite the international vocation of the Projects, the expertise of the Reverberi studio is the expression of an Italian culture, accustomed to expressing beauty and seeking harmony.
With more than 33 vessels in water, measuring up to 72mt, the studio has ensured unique and customized projects.
First Architect to become Partner of Water Revolution Foundation, sharing the goal of raising awareness in the nautical world for a sustainable approach.

Sergio Riccardi

ANIMATION - Computer Animation and visual effects

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Sergio Riccardi was born in Naples in 1981. After various experiences as a set designer for cinema and television, he decided to go back to drawing. He has worked in the field of 2D animation since 2009 filling the role of Animator (cut-out and tradigital), Character designer, Storyboard artist, Animation Supervisor, Director. He also deals with comics and illustration. With Assia Petricelli is the author of “Cattive ragazze, 15 storie di donne audaci e creative”, which won the Andersen 2014 award in the “best comic book” category. He also illustrated “Salvo e le mafie”, written by Riccardo Guido, that won the Premio Siani 2014 in the ‘comics’ section. Both books are published by Sinnos Editrice.
He has worked for Tunuè, La Repubblica, Il Manifesto, Edizioni Becco giallo, Jacobin Magazine Italy, Coniglio publisher, Cisco, Pearson, La scuola editrice, Immedia editrice, Melazeta, Vallaround,

Gaia Richelli

Progettazione multimediale

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Gaia Richelli works as Lead Q.A. and Game Designer at ONE-O-ONE GAMES, the game development department of the company Centounopercento. Growing up with a passion for video games, in 2018 she started her Quality Assurance Analyst career by working on polishing and bug fixing for “The Suicide of Rachel Foster,” released for PC, Mac,PlayStation 4, XboxOne and Nintendo Switch. In 2020 she handled the Design of Ping Pong Arcade, creating and balancing game mechanics, AI difficulty levels, and progression systems. In 2021, she continued her Game Designer career by designing and coordinating the development of “The Rude Awakening” a project co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe program that a year later saw a porting to mobile as well, managed by herself. Today Gaia is working as Lead Quality Assurance in the development of “Aftermath,” the company’s flagship title.

Irene Rinaldi


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Irene Rinaldi was born in Rome where she currently lives and works.
She collaborates with illustrating publishing houses alongside Italian and international magazines.

Specialising in handmade print and etching‚ a crucial part of her work is related to the study of engraving and printing craftsmanship‚ offering her personal interpretation through the creation of prints and short editions.Taking from mid-century graphic design and from the strong graphic aesthetic of linocut printing‚ but also inspired by screen printed poster-art.

Among her clients there are: The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, AARP, L’Espresso, Mondadori, La Nuova Frontiera, Vogue Italia, Elle France, Taschen, .

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Christian Rizzo

Computer Graphics; DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING 1; Photography (for Design)

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Christian Rizzo was born in Salerno, where he graduated in Advertising Graphic Design and Photography. In Rome he studied Graphic Design at RUFA Rome University of Fine Arts and was awarded a master’s degree by the Rome School of Photography (Scuola Romana di Fotografia). In 2005, he participated in making the video ‘Urban Signs’, which was presented at the Casa dell’Architettura in Rome for Public Design: Visuals (Biennial Project); that same year, he participated in the group show Opere Prime (Debut Works), organised by RufArtGallery in Rome.
In 2006 he participated in the RufaShort Film Festival, in collaboration with the London Film Academy, with the video ‘RH22’. In 2007, RufArtGallery in Rome hosted his first solo show called ‘Canto delle Sirene’ (Siren’s Song) and, that same year, he held a second solo show at Palazzo Genovese, in Salerno, called ‘RH15’, in connection with the open doors Salerno Porte Aperte event. At the same time, he began to work with the art and culture journal Terzo Occhio, published by Ulisse Editore. In 2008, he participated in the group show àtika – the energy-saving demo house for the Mediterranean climate, curated by Andrea Romoli Barberini. In 2008, he contributed three images to the catalogue ‘Immagini del Gusto’ (Images of Taste). In 2010, his works were included in the permanent group exhibition Vedere con Gusto (Looking with Taste), set up in the cafeteria of the Regina Elena e San Gallicano IFO Hospital. In 2010, he participated in creating the monthly magazine ‘Pane Acqua: appunti di idee progressiste’ (Bread Water: Notes on Progressive Ideas). In 2011, he participated in the creation of a photography workshop at the Civico Zero cooperative (Save the Children), a day shelter for under-age children; that same year he also collaborated, as cinematographer, in the making of the short ‘La Digitale Purpurea’ (2011) by Florinda Martucciello, under the supervision of Marco Bellocchio, and inaugurated his third solo show ‘Ready Made’ at the Caffè Letterario G. Verdi in Salerno.



Gregory J Rossi

Video production

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Gregory J Rossi is a freelance producer and director who primarily works in Europe and the United States. He is a former student of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and holds a doctorate in DAMS from the University of Roma Tre.
He has been producing content since 1999, and in 2005, he founded his independent production company, NeroFilm srl. His professional experiences include projects with and for companies such as Lionsgate, GhostHouse Underground, Netflix, Stand By Me, Think Cattleya, UCLA, Warner Village Cinemas, Sony Music, Superhumans, Sky, RAI, Mediaset, Minerva Pictures, Greenpeace, Dove, Peroni, Ballandi, Sugar, and many others.
In terms of teaching, he has collaborated with institutions such as CSC, Gian Maria Volonte’, RUFA, IED, NABA, and the Holden School. His works have been showcased in numerous international festivals, including the Venice Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Montreal International Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival, and more. On various occasions, his productions have been nominated and won awards, including two Emmy Awards. Additionally, he has received ministerial funding from MiBAC in several different sessions.


Fabrizio Matteo Rossi

Graphic Design - TIPOGRAFIA

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Fabrizio Matteo Rossi began his activity in 1985 as a consultant for the Adriano Olivetti Foundation. In 1987 he founded the graphic studio Ikona, which he still manages. In 2000-2002 he directed, on behalf of the BAICR Consortium (Libraries and Archives of the Cultural Institutes of Rome), the multimodal project Novecento italiano. Documents for the history of ideas and society, intended for Italian high schools and universities. His works have been selected and exhibited in various international exhibitions, including three graphics biennials in Brno. He has been involved in professional training for visual communication since 1990, teaching in various institutes and universities. He participated in the formulation and implementation of the graphic editorial training project in prisons (Cnos-Fap, 1995-1999). Editor of the magazine “Progetto grafico” (2006 – 2010), he received the special prize for translation from the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities in 2010. Among his publications: the entries Visual Communication, Poster and Industrial Design in the Great Dictionary of Visual Arts “Le Muse” (Turin-Milan, 2004); The new Types & visual communication. Introduction to the study of typography (Rome, 2017);
Typographic games. Manual of typographical exercises (Rome, 2007); The space around. Typography according to Andrea Palladio (Rome, 2012); Typographic diary. Meetings, types, books (Rome, 2013); Social diary. Community and visual communication (Rome, 2013); Mallarmé, writing and form of the text, in Mallarmé, typography and the aesthetics of the book (Vicenza, 2021). Edited and translated Gérard Blanchard, The choices in typography (Vicenza, forthcoming); David Rault, Roger Excoffon, the gentleman of typography (Vicenza, 2022). Professional member of the Aiap-Italian Association of Visual Communication Design and registered in the Beda register (The bureau of European design associations), 1990-2022. National councillor of AIAP (2006 – 2010). Member of ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale).

Mario Rullo

Art Direction for ADV

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Designer and art director, teacher of visual communication, founding partner of Vertigo Design.

He works in the field of communication and in particular in the Advertising, Corporate and Brand Image.
He has designed identity systems and campaigns for numerous national and international companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Leonardo Company, Esa_European Space Agency, Procter & Gamble, RAI, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Sharp and many others.

Since 2001 he teaches at Universities and Academies, including RUFA_Rome University of Fine Arts, where he is also the coordinator of the master course of Visual and Innovation Design. He has done seminars and speeches for SVA_School of Visual Arts of New York and Iowa State University. His projects are featured in numerous visual design publications and exhibited in international events.

He has received several awards, such as the Honorable Mention of the ADI Compasso d’Oro in 2018.




Luca Santarelli

Information design

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Communication designer, born in Mantua and adopted by Rome. He graduated in Graphic Design at RUFA and specialized in Design of Systems, Communication Department at ISIA Rome, where he graduated with a research thesis on speculative design methodologies aimed at creating and narrating future scenarios. He participated in the research project “Sottusono”: a mapping of the Roman music scene, together with Scomodo and the Politecnico di Milano. His design field ranges from digital to analog with a transmedia approach, focused on the search for integrations and interactions between the physical and digital world to create languages, environments and narrative structures. AIAP member, he often questions the role and responsibilities of the visual designer and the need to create processes, systems and tools that have the power to connect people and transform reality. He deals with graphic design related to processes, communication and visual identity for cultural organizations and private companies. He also collaborates with design studios and agencies.

Jacopo Santini

Il progetto fotografico | The photographic project

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Lecturer of the module The photographic project in the RUFA x Leica Akademie advanced training course: Immagine fotografica per il cinema e i nuovi media.

Born in Florence, humanistic studies followed by a degree in Law at the University of Florence.
Since 1998, engaged in the field of archaeological photography at the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Firenze. In this capacity, he is in charge of the photographic documentation of finds, the various phases of restoration and archaeological sites in central Italy, and collaborates on the production of iconographic material for exhibitions in the sector Active since the mid-1990s in the field of documentary photography and social investigation, he began publishing and exhibiting at galleries, festivals and cultural institutions in Italy and Europe.

Since 2004 and until its closure he has been working as a lecturer, as well as for other US university programmes, at SACI, the US Academy of Art at University level based in Florence, as a lecturer in photography, co-director of the two-year Master in Photography programme and director of the programme dedicated to the Biennale d’Arte e d’Architettura in Venice.

Since 2018 he has been teaching for Leica Akademie in Florence and since 2022 for New York University (Florence).

Since 2023 he has held the seminar “Iconosphere” for the Department of Architecture at UniFi (University of Florence). Already involved in reportages concerning the Middle East, thanks to two scholarships he is currently working on “301”, a photographic/textual project on the memory of Metz Yegern, the Armenian genocide.

Dafne Sartori

Computer animation and visual effects

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Master’s degree in theatre, film and television set design at the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, I immediately specialize in the field of vfx and digital compositing. I am a digital compositor and light artist from 2015 at Metaphyx, Digimax, Makinarium, Inlusion, MPC, Genialogic-FX S-U and from the summer of 2019 at Frame by Frame in Rome. I am a trainer in Maya and Nuke at Quasar Institute, IED, Genialogic-FX Academy, Rufa University and Blacksheep of Rome.

Francesca Scanu

Organization and Production of Media Artworks: Independent Productions

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Francesca Scanu was born in 1986. She studied screenwriting and since 2013 she works as a Screenwriter and Producer with her company COCOON but also as delegate producer for other production companies (Raindogs, Groenlandia, Ombre Rosse). As a screenwriter she won the Mattador International script prize in 2013. She produced several shorts: “For Anna” (2016), directed by Andrea Zuliani, was a finalist for the David di Donatello prize and winner of several international prizes. In 2018 she coproduced the feature film “Go Home” directed by Luna Gualano, selected at Trieste Sci-Fi festival, at Noir Film Festival, at BIFFF and winner of Roma Lazio Film Commission Prize at Roma Cinema Fest in 2018. In 2019 she published for Dino Audino Editore the book titled “Accanto al regista”, an essay detailing the work of the first and second AD and script supervisors. As a producer she won Biennale College Cinema 2019 with “La santa piccola” by the director Silvia Brunelli, premiered in Venice Film Festival 2021.

Emiliano Scatarzi

Lavorare per la produzione dei docufilm | Working for docufilm production

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Lecturer of the module Working for docufilm production in the RUFA x Leica Akademie advanced training course: Immagine fotografica per il cinema e i nuovi media.

Born in Florence in 1973, he lives and works in Milan. He works in advertising, commercial and artistic photography, without neglecting reportage. In the advertising sector, he has done photo shoots for Swatch, Luxottica, Fiat, Gilera, Gancia, Alitalia and works as an executive producer. In the editorial field he has collaborated with the main Italian newspapers including Max, Carnet, Gq, Io Donna. His photographic research focuses on his personal project Tela-visione, a work around the television media, a pungent and ironic critique of the massifying and deviant aspects of this media, and continues with Empty-V. In 2003, he was one of the three founding members of the FOTOGRAFISENZAFRONTIERE-onlus association, aimed at creating permanent photography workshops in critical areas of the world. In 2008 he began a collaboration with Corriere della Sera with articles on art and customs in the cultural pages of Florence and photographs for the national edition. He has exhibited in various venues in Italy and abroad.

Website – EmilianoScatarzi.com

Roberto Scavizzi


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Roberto Scavizzi is a practising lawyer, specialising in company law, civil law and new technologies law.
He also teaches as a supplementary contract professor (Professore a contratto integrativo)  Community IT Law at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome.
He has written many articles on the law of new technologies, the monograph ‘Lineamenti di diritto processuale comunitario’ (Outlines of Community Procedural Law) (published by Halley Editrice), and has co-written a ‘Manuale di diritto comunitario dell’informatica’ (Manual of Community IT Law) (published by Giuffré Editore). Last but not least, he collaborated with the publisher Giuffré s.p.a. in editing the (annual edition) Repertory of Civil Justice.

Leonardo Schillaci

Leonardo Schillaci

Art Director

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Leonardo Schillaci (Rome 1975). Awarded by the Mayor of Rome for merits of study, he graduated in architecture with a specialisation in Design, at University of Rome “La Sapienza”, with honors and publication.
His specific skills are applied in professional assignments in the public and private sectors, including architecture, design and furnishing, set design and fittings, teaching and consulting.
In 2003, with his other colleagues, he founded his first architecture studio (interior design, installations and visual image).
In 2004, the project “Tourism development in Egypt: promotion and implementation of new territorial tourist districts”, drawn up with the architect Vincenzo Valenti, is was selected by the M.A.E. as the best international cooperation project (see law n° 212/92). For two years he elaborated the contents of the Project, was the responsible of the visual image and of the I.T., and also organized and promoted workshops and congresses in Italy and Egypt.
In 2006 he was in charge of the preliminary design and consultancy for the executive design of the New Valley Tourism Centre.
In 2007 he was selected as professional expert for the Department for Development and Competitiveness of Tourism of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
From 2003 to 2008 he was the assistant of Italo Insolera, a famous architect, urban planner and publicist with whom, in addition to designing (for Pecci, Antinori, Berrrighi, etc.), he collaborated on the drafting of various books (also collaborating with A. Camilleri, Tocci, etc.).
From 2008 to 2010 he collaborated with Studio Transit assisting the architect D.Parisio in several luxury homes and yachts.
In 2009 he became the owner of the Cafeteria/Restaurant/Nightbar “Casa della Creatività” in the Renaissance cloister of S. M. Maggiore (Fi), which also takes care of the artistic direction by organizing events, conferences, exhibitions, performances and concerts with the patronage and collaboration of numerous institutions, universities and art collectives.
Since 2011 he has been creating new concepts for the catering industry, following business plans, branding, interior design and product lines, with the collaboration of a renowned executive chef.
He currently works with construction companies in Russia, having as reference cities in particular St. Petersburg e Magnitogorsk.
Hobbies: furniture design (over fifty concepts, some of which are made and distributed), photography, illustration and graphics, guitar, piano, singing, swimming, tennis and table tennis.

Fabio Severo


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He has written about photography, cinema and visual culture in various Italian magazines including Il Tascabile, IL Magazine, Rivista Studio, pagina99 and Internazionale, and curated for several years Hippolyte Bayard, a blog dedicated to contemporary photography.

Together with photographers Alessandro Imbriaco and Tommaso Bonaventura he created the photographic project Corpi di Reato: a visual archeology of the mafia phenomena in contemporary Italy. The work, shown in various exhibitions in Italy and abroad, has become part of the photographic collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Cinisello Balsamo. With Imbriaco he also created a series of photography works related to the Italian landscape in relation to the Country’s collective imaginary.

He has held courses and seminars on photography techniques, history of photography and critique at photography schools, universities and photo-festivals including the European Institute of Design in Rome, Officine Fotografiche, Accademia delle Arti e delle Nuove Tecnologie.

Since 2005 he has been working as a freelance journalist and news producer for international broadcasters and agencies, including Associated Press, Reuters and BBC.

Docente Lucia Sforza

Lucia Sforza


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Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, specializes in Illustration and traditional and altenative Techniques of engraving, which has deepened in various courses in Italy and Europe. She was selected to the Third International Biennial of Illustration, Barreiro (Portugal) and awarded to the competitions for children’s illustration. She is present in the Annual “Italian Illustrators” from 2007 to 2014. For many years she taught illustration, engraving techniques and book design to public school and in collaboration with associations and museums. As illustrator she has published with Italian and foreign publishing houses.


Caterina Silva

Painting 3

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Caterina Silva is a visual artist born in Rome in 1983.
Through painting and performance her research investigates the connections between language and power, adopting a silent perspective with which to elude canonical structures of production of meaning and questioning wider systems of classification and control.
She was an artist in residence at Cité des arts, Paris 2012; Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam 2014-2015; Asia Culture Center, Gwangju 2016; NKD, Dale, Norway 2018. In 2022 she is awarded the Italian Council-XI Edition-Talent development grant.
Recent exhibitions and performances include: Echo of future bodies, Plataforma Festival, Santiago de Compostela, 2023; The cruellest month, curated by Anna Cestelli Guidi, Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome, 2022; Summer unknown, curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, Bosse&Baum, London 2022; Body en thrall, curated by Marcelle Joseph, Rugby art gallery and museum, Rugby, UK, 2022; Ad ampio respiro, Rita Urso-Artopia, Milan, 2021; Moira / Mɔjra / Mɔɪ.rə, curated by Marta Federici, MACTE Digital, MACTE Foundation, Termoli, 2021; Present Future, Artissima, Turin, 2019; Diaries among diaries, Fondazione Spinola Banna, Poirino, 2019; Scratching the present, Casa Testori, Milan, 2018; Impressioni, Bosse&Baum, London, 2018; Amor Proprio, Centrale Montemartini, Rome, 2017; SSOL/AP, Rozenstraat a rose is a rose and various locations, Amsterdam 2017; Münster, Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome, 2016; Subject. Object. Abject., Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan, 2015.

Raffaele Simongini


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Raffaele Simongini was born in Rome in 1966, where he lives and works. He is an art consultant, documentary maker and has written many art programmes for Rai Educational (Art News and Magazzini Einstein. Lo spettacolo della cultura). He teaches Art History, Aesthetics and History of Cinema at the Fine Arts Academy, with a focus on the theory of image in painting and the cinema. He has published two studies on art theory: Aesthetics of the Image and Art Likes to Conceal Itself.


Luca Solazzo


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An architect, specialising in Interior Design, with a studio in Rome, working in residential and commercial settings in Rome and throughout Italy.
He loves to add value to projects through a vision with an international outlook, matured during his years of experience abroad in luxury interior design, in particular in London, Paris and Jamaica. The objective of each of his projects is the realisation of the vision of an ’emotional landscape’ sought through the sensoriality of matter, and a personal use of space, finishes, surfaces, colours, furniture and lighting. He believes that a space, be it an office, a shop or a home, must not only be beautiful, functional and comfortable, but must have a character, a personality, which must correspond as closely as possible to the character and personality of those who will live in that space.
It must also have a soul, it must be able to tell a story, the story of the person who lives there. Many of his works have been the subject of publications in the main magazines of the sector including: l’Arca, Ottagono, Abitare, Inside Quality Design, Progetti, Ambiente Casa, Casa 99 Idee, Ad Italia. He also lectures in interior design and interior lighting.

Alberto Spadafora

Teoria e metodo dei mass media

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Graduated in Multimedia and Mass Communication at the University of Turin, he holds a PhD in Languages, Literatures and Cultures in Contact at the “Gabriele d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara. A scholar of Cinema and Visual Culture, over the years he has collaborated with the Lindau publishing house, the National Cinema Museum of Turin, the Bologna Film Library and the Magnum Photos agency in Paris. He is the author of many articles in national and international scientific journals and of various essays in collective volumes. He is also the author of The Necessary Light. Conversation with Luca Bigazzi (Dublin 2014) and In heaven, on earth.Terrence Malick and Steven Spielberg (Milan 2012)

Simone Spampinato

Tecniche di ripresa e montaggio

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Simone Spampinato, born in Rome in 1995, is an Italian filmmaker.
After studying cinema at RUFA in 2014, he wrote and directed short films and documentaries during his university years.
In 2016, he co-founded “Jumping Flea”, a film production company based in Rome. He served as a producer, co-author, and editor for “Koi” in 2019. In 2020, he co-directed and edited “Fort Apache” (2021) alongside Ilaria Galanti. This documentary, featuring the acclaimed actor Marcello Fonte, was selected at the 24th Shanghai International Film Festival and RIFF 2021, winning awards at the Edera Film Festival 2022 and the inaugural Festival Vision 2030.
In 2021, he was involved as assistant director, co-author, and executive producer in the documentary “Come una vera coppia” (2021) directed by Christian Angeli, created in collaboration with AIPD. In 2022, he worked as a cinematographer and editor on the documentary “Il tempio della velocità” (2022), produced by Moviheart in collaboration with Rai Documentari, broadcast in prime time on Rai 2.
In 2023, he continued his commitment as an editor for the documentaries “Totò e il principe de Curtis” and “Enzo Tortora: volevo immaginarmi altrove,” both co-produced by Rai Documentari.
Currently, he is in the development phase of his upcoming documentary tentatively titled “Io non perdono,” presented at the MIA 2021 Doc Pitching Forum and GZDOC 2022.

Gianluca Sportelli


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Graduated from DAMS in Bologna with a thesis on the imagery of Terry Gilliam, he was admitted to the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, where he graduated in directing with the short film Nonsostare, thanks to which he participated in many international festivals. He is the protagonist of the first Italian web series produced by Qoob, Wannabe a fimmaker, which aims to give small lessons to aspiring filmmakers. In 2010 he was selected, as the only Italian, to fly to Los Angeles and take part of a Film Master Programm, promoted by NBC Universal.
He works as a director for various TV programs (Interferenze, L ‘attimo fuggente …) and as author for cinema and series. In recent years he has directed many commercials, video clips and web communication campaigns.

Claudio Spuri

Advertising; Computer Graphics; COMPUTER GRAPHICS ; Unconventional Advertising

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Claudio Spuri works in Rome as an Art Director and Graphic Designer in Communication Design projects. He graduated in Graphic Design and Visual Communication in 1996.
In 1999, he started his professional activity in the field of Editorial Graphics, Illustration and Exhibit Design. In 2002, he started, together with other two co-founders, his own company EJWD CROSSMEDIA COMMUNICATION DESIGN, where he collaborated until 2011 in many Corporate and Unconventional Communication projects.
Claudio is a Senior Member of AIAP, the Italian Association of Visual Communication Design, and he additionally held the position of Councilor for the Lazio delegation for the three-year period 2016-2018.

Claudio dedicated the following publications to the T-shirt culture: in 2006, the book titled T-shirt, il tatuaggio di stoffa (T-shirt, The Cloth Tattoo) with TUNUÉ edition; in 2007, the website iltatuaggiodistoffa.net.
He lectures in the field of visual communication at various institutes, and has been a lecturer at RUFA since 2013.

Graphic Design and T-shirts lover, in 2015 he was co-founder and event planner of Miteeca T-shirt meet Humans, an italian festival dedicated to the world of T-shirt. In 2014 he held the Handmade Life T-shirt workshop at BIAD, BIRMINGHAM INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN.


Lorenzo Squarcia

Tecniche di ripresa e montaggio

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Documentary filmmaker at Jumping Flea, a production company based in Rome. Founded in 2018, Jumping Flea has already produced numerous original documentaries such as “Koi,” “Notarangelo Ladro di Anime,” “Fort Apache,” “Come Una Vera Coppia,” “Blue Dots,” and co-productions with Rai such as “Il Tempio Della Velocità,” the documentary about Antonio De Curtis, and the one about Enzo Tortora. All of these films have received numerous national and international awards.

Graduated in Cinema at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts, he directed several documentaries including “Koi” (2019), focusing on the 2011 tsunami in Japan, which won awards at the Mosaic World Film Festival in Chicago, at the On the Road Film Festival in Rome, and at the Roshd International Film Festival in Tehran. It was also a special screening at the Los Angeles Japan Film Festival, the largest Japanese festival in the United States. It competed at Puerto de Ideas in Chile, South America’s most important natural documentary festival. “Koi” was also selected at DocUtah 2019 and the Buffalo International Film Festival 2019.

“Blue Dots” (2022) is his second documentary, selected at the Tirana International Film Festival (Oscar & European Film Awards qualifying), the European Film Festival in Lille, and the Short Shorts International Film Festival (Oscar qualifying) in Tokyo. It won the Best Documentary award at the Cambria Film Festival in the USA. In 2023, he completed a third documentary in Japan titled “Honne and Tatemae.” In the same year, he directed a new feature-length documentary about the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Lorenzo’s films explore themes of perseverance and memory, featuring well-researched, emotionally charged stories complemented by a sophisticated and harmonious narrative style. In 2022, he was invited as a guest to the Archaeological Museum of Naples for a Japanese event focused on the relationship between humans and nature in the wake of the 2011 disaster.
In 2022, he was director of photography for the Rai 2 documentary “Il Tempio della Velocità,” featuring Francesco Pannofino.

Alex Stordy

Alex Stordy



Emanuele Tarducci


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He lives and works in Rome as an Architect | Interaction Designer. Having specialised in electronic technology applied to Design and Set-up projects, he teaches at different Italian Design Universities and Schools. He has received awards for his work through various international design competitions and exhibited his Information Technology research work on a number of occasions. He is a co-founder of the design network called in4mal, where he also works as Architect and Interaction Designer. He has always shown a passionate interest in defining new and effective relations between the digital environment and the physical space, combining theoretical reflection with design research, and ranging from multimedia communications to performance spaces, from sensitive environments to interactive systems.

Giorgio Tiranti

Art Director

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Giorgio Tiranti, works as an Art Director for Advertising, Brand Identity, television channels and in every sector of communication. He also deals with Motiondesign and Animation for TV, Cinema, Events, Postproduction, Color Correction and Vfx.
In the field of events he works as a Video Engineer, Audio and Visual Integrator for video projections, multi-projections, interactive installations, show control and digital signage.

Caterina Tomeo

Contemporary art and new media; History of electronic and digital arts; New trends in the visual arts

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Caterina Tomeo is an art historian and combines her research activity with a critical and curatorial practice. She deals with Contemporary Art with a particular interest in interdisciplinarity and research in the field of New Media Art and Sonic Arts. She is coordinator of the MAD in “Multimedia Arts and Design” at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts, where she is also a lecturer. She is a Lecturer in the Master of “Sonic Arts” at the Faculty of Electronic Engineering of the “Tor Vergata” University in Rome; in the Master of “Economics and Management of Art and Culture” of the Sole 24 Ore Business School in Rome; in the Master of “Management of Art and Cultural Heritage” of Giunti Academy – School of Management in Florence. He has collaborated with international festivals dedicated to electronic music and contemporary culture; he is currently curator of the multimedia and talk section of Videocittà festival in Rome. He co-founded the Sound Studies Forum, the first research network on sound studies in Italy, in collaboration with the University of Urbino. His most recent publications include: “Sound Art. Ascoltare è come vedere” (Castelvecchi, 2017); “Sonic Arts. Tra esperienza percepettiva e ascolto attivo’ (Castelvecchi, 2019); the essay ‘Dance Dance. The Interzone between the Sound of Joy Division and the Rave Era”, in “Our vision touched the sky”, edited by A. Amendola and L. Barone (Rogas Edizioni, 2021); “Electronics is woman. Media, covers, transfeminist and queer practices”, edited by C. Attimonelli and C. Tomeo (Castelvecchi, 2022).


Jacopo Tommassini

Fotografia nel Cinema | Photography in Cinema

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Lecturer of the module Photography in Cinema in the RUFA x Leica Akademie advanced training course: Immagine fotografica per il cinema e i nuovi media.

1979, Rome. He lives and works between Rome and Modena. He has alternated and pursued over the years both his passion for photography and cinema.
He graduated in film history and criticism at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with a monographic thesis on Aki Kaurismaki. He began taking photographs during his adolescence and continued by attending b/w printmaking courses held by Andrea Calabresi.
He has been assistant to artists Corrado Sassi and Angela Marzullo. He has exhibited his photographic works in several group exhibitions including: Festival Misticanza, 2010, San Casciano dei Bagni; Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Circuito, “Service”; “E così ci ritrovammo all’alba nel porto di le Havre”, VertigoArte Cosenza, collective exhibition. In cinema he has been assistant director, assistant director and filmmaker working with: Valeria Golino, Edoardo Winspeare, Vincenzo Marra, Alessandro Angelini and Claudio Noce. He has made several short films and documentaries, including ‘Sister Greta and Family’.

Giulia Tornari

Editor Director

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Giulia Tornari has been the director at Contrasto since 2018, coordinating staff photographers and curating numerous award-winning photography projects at an international level. In 2011, she founded Zona, a cultural association that develops documentary projects dedicated to the new languages of photography, video, and journalism.

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Giovanni Troilo

I docufilm fotografici

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Lecturer of the module Photographic docufilms in the RUFA x Leica Akademie advanced training course: Immagine fotografica per il cinema e i nuovi media.

Director and photographer, Giovanni Troilo moves between the worlds of film, television, publishing and advertising.
His work has been published in Newsweek, Der Spiegel, D di Repubblica, GQ, CNN, Wired, Ventiquattro, Wallpaper, Vanity Fair, Io Donna, Flair, Urban.
In 2011 he directed Fan Pio, his first feature film, and published his first book in Germany, ‘Apulien’, which was awarded best photography book at the International Photography Awards in 2012.
Troilo has directed numerous documentaries, commercials and video clips. Between 2012 and 2015 Troilo directed for Sky Arte HD Fotografi, three documentary series about the most important Italian photographers, the documentary series On The Road – Joe Bastianich Music Tour and Caravaggio Criminale. In 2015, with the project La Ville Noire – The Dark Heart of Europe, he was awarded People Photographer of the Year at the Sony World Photography Awards. In the same year he directed for Sky Arte Fotofactory Modena.
Since 2016 he has been the artistic director of PhEST, an international photography and art festival in Monopoli (BA). In 2016 he directed the documentary Casanova Undressed for Sky Arte HD; in the same year William Kentridge – Triumphs and Laments, a documentary film about the great South African artist William Kentridge, was selected at the Festa Internazionale del Cinema di Roma and in 2017 at the Jewish New York Film Festival, the München DOKFest and the Biografilm Festival. The film-doc Coeurope, set in Belgium about contemporary Europe, was selected in competition at IDFA 2016 and aired on RAI3 and Arte/ZDF in Germany and France.
In 2017 he directed The Mystery of the Lost Masterpieces, a series of 7 documentaries made for Sky Arts’ international hub (UK, ITA, GER).
Between 2018 and 2019 he worked on Monet’s Water Lilies and Frida, Viva la Vida, two documentary films for cinema produced by Nexo-Digital and B/Arts. Both films were distributed in Italy and are still being released in many countries. In 2022, his documentary Vesuvius – Or: How they learned to live among volcanoes – was be released in cinemas.
Giovanni Troilo was born in Putignano (BA) in 1977 and graduated in Economics with a thesis in Development Geography.


Francesco Ugolini


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Having fled Rome, I have lived in the remote countryside of Viterbo for years.

Enrolled in the faculty of electronic engineering at the university of ‘Roma Tre’, in 2000 I rashly decided to abandon my studies 6 exams before graduation to devote myself to 3D graphics as a self-taught: 3D graphics schools did not yet exist.
Being pointed out as crazy by family and friends, I found refuge in rendering.

The fields of application as a freelance professional were the most diverse: architectural projects (archaeological sites for Techvision), engineering projects (ESA satellite animations), documentaries (Voyager for La7), commercials (Cartoons on the Bay for RAI), and finally Games prototypes. And so do softwares: Maya, ZBrush, Substance Painter, Cinema4D, Unity.

I manage the Digital Leaf portal of online courses on 3D graphics with the ambitious goal of giving meaning to polygons and ethics to rendering.

Paola Ungaro

Cultura tessile e sostenibilità

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Fashion designer & Art director, founder of “PAOLA UNGARO STUDIO DESIGN”. After graduating from the Academy of Costume and Fashion in Rome and consolidating her training by working for important fashion houses, such as Renato Balestra, Pino Lancetti, Miguel Cruz and Gattinoni, she has been running her own consultancy firm since 1990, collaborating with well-known companies in Italy and abroad, such as the Miroglio Vestebene Group – ten-year design collaboration on the various brands of the group- Merc London, Sarah Lawrence, Piazza Italia, Blunauta\Ballon, ITTIERRE for the various knitwear licenses: Pop84, Versace Versus, Trussardi Action and L.Biagiotti.

She has received important international awards and recognitions such as the Modipel Award in Milan for the project: “Design in Italian Fur” and the invitation to represent Italian fashion design at Beijing CHIC in 2005.
Professor since 1995 of “Technology of Textile Materials/Textile Culture” at various Academies including IED (European Institute of Design), Academy of Costume and Fashion and Academy of Fine Arts. Expert in tailoring techniques, fabrics and fibers, she has been dealing with sustainability and eco-design for several years. Since 2019 she has been collaborating with AGI, the Italian Journalistic Agency as a blogger, on sustainability issues in the textile/fashion sector.

She collaborated with CIA (Italian Confederation of Farmers, Women in the field) as a consultant for the “Agritessuti” project: “Landscapes” to wear in 2019.
She has published 2 manuals: Technology. Innovation. Sustainability. Know the textile materials. Volume 1 and volume 2.


Silvia Vacirca


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Silvia Vacirca è una storica della moda, docente di “Fashion as Cultural Discourse” presso la magistrale in Fashion Studies dell’Università Sapienza di Roma. Nel 2021 ha conseguito il dottorato di ricerca in “Storia dell’Europa”, con lode, presso l’Università Sapienza con una tesi sulla moda italiana e la Seconda guerra mondiale.
Dal 2015 ha insegnato “Fashion & Media” presso Richmond University, Roma, “Clothes on Film” presso il Dipartimento di Storia, Antropologia, Religioni, Arti, Spettacolo dell’Università Sapienza di Roma (SARAS), e “Moda e costume” e “Forme e linguaggi della moda” presso il Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici dell’Università degli Studi di Torino.
I suoi saggi, articoli e recensioni sono presenti su varie riviste e antologie, tra cui Fashion, Film & Consumption Journal, ZoneModa Journal, Cinergie, e Harper’s Bazaar Italia. Il saggio “The Celebrity Factory: New Modes of Fashion Entrepreneurship” è stato selezionato per la nuova edizione di The Fashion Reader curato da Linda Welters e Abby Lillethun (Bloomsbury, 2021).
Nel 2009 è research fellow presso Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Nello stesso periodo è ospite del seminario di studi “Città e Cinema” del Prof. Dietrich Neumann alla Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, Connecticut.
I suoi principali interessi di ricerca riguardano la storia della moda, la cultura visuale della modernità e le pratiche di consumo.

Alfredo Valeri

Business management and crowdfunding

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PhD in “Territorial Planning and Public Policy Analysis”at the IUAV University of Venice.
Alfredo Valeri is a cultural manger, responsible for research and innovation at the Civita Association, where he coordinates the development of strategic plans for the valorisation of cultural assets in public-private partnerships, sustainability & ESG strategies and projects for the digital transformation in the cultural and creative sectors.
As consultant for public entities, corporations and non-profit organizations, he is responsible for lead business development, stakeholders engagement and social impact reporting.
He edited several reports and researches mainly focused on cultural economics, open innovation in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) and culture-led development practices. In 2023 he published Creare valore condiviso. Crowdfunding e co-progettazione negli ecosistemi dell’innovazione sociale” (Marsilio Editore).
As Associate Lecturer, he teaches project management, impact assessment, community building and crowdfunding for cultural and social innovation. At RUFA he teaches “Business management and crowdfunding” (Master in Design Management).

Raffaele Vella

Computer Graphics 2

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Born in Avellino, in 1985, he graduated in Architecture from Sapienza University, in Rome, with honours, and moved there to live.
He is an author and editor and has written the book “V-Ray Guida Definitiva” (V-Ray: a Definitive Guidebook), and the Universo 3ds Max and Universo V-Ray columns for the Computer Graphics magazine “Tecniche & Applicazioni (CGT&A)” published by Imago Edizioni.
He was involved in the graphic design and layout of the PeriodicoMARCO magazine.
He was a  speakers nationwide at the most important workshops and conferences, such as the 2012 and 2013 editions of DDD – Digital Drawing Day, the 2013 Rome Drawing Day, and the 2013 and 2014 editions of Udine 3D Forum.
He also acted as a moderator of the V-Ray section of the Imaginaction.com Forum.
He has dedicated most of his career to architecture, alongside a great passion for Computer Graphics. He also has a keen interest in Photography, which he sees as a form of expression with endless opportunities, a fundamental tool for visual research.
He collaborates with numerous architecture and photography firms, in the field of Photo-realistic 3D Graphic Restitution.
He is a teacher of the 3D Digital Architecture course at Rainbow Academy, 3D Pro at Lab Creation and Computer Graphics 2 of the Photography BA at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts.

Docente Andrea Vendetti

Andrea Vendetti


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After graduating at Sapienza University of Rome with a thesis on clandestine printing houses during the Italian Resistance, and after a study stay at the ENSAD in Paris, he graduated in Communication, Design, and Publishing at the ISIA of Urbino with a thesis on the Historiography of Graphic Design. He is in his second year of Ph.D. in Design at Sapienza, works as a graphic designer with archives and associations and is the co-founder of Slab. Slab is a letterpress workshop based in Rome, Italy, where it is possible to use type and antique machinery to rediscover the slow times of the artisan dimension. The objective is to give ample space to education and research to preserve the Italian typographic culture through the workshop. Self-productions and prints on commission are made here, and workshops, exhibitions and conferences are held periodically.


Alessandro Vergoz

Set design 1 - 2; Lighting systems; Architectural model making; Theory and practice of perspective drawing

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Born in Rome in 1970. After graduating from a classical studies secondary school, he enrolled in the Fine Arts Academy of Rome where he attended the Set design course. He started working as a set designer while still at school, in the staging of various operas (including “L’elisir d’amore”, “Le nozze di Figaro”, “La Bohème” for the Centenary celebrations of the Teatro Regio in Turin) and plays. After graduating from the Academy in 1996, he started working in television, as an assistant to Gaetano Castelli, designing sets for programs in both the state broadcaster RAI and Italy’s number one commercial TV company Mediaset, including “Beato tra le donne”, “Furore”, “Donna sotto le Stelle”, “Una volta al mese”, “Fantastico Enrico!”, “125 milioni di ca…”. He started teaching Architecture, Architectural Model Making and Lighting Systems at RUFA in 1999. Since 2009 he also teaches Set Design at RUFA. He ranked first in a public competition for a teaching position (Set Design for the Cinema) at the Rome Academy of Fine Arts. At RUFA, he has also conceived, designed and curated a number of exhibitions and events, including “Public Design: VISUALS – Progetto Biennale”, the Design Biennale “Sguardi al Femminile” (Female Glances), the IV edition of the film review “Rome Design + “, “100 Works of Art for the Right to Food”, in connection with the World Food Day and the Right to Food Forum at FAO.


David Vernaglione

Digital image processing

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David Vernaglione is a digital illustrator and graphic designer: along with his academic formation, his passion for cinema, graphic novels and video games led him to a personal path of visual and stylistic exploration, where colors and composition play a fundamental role in the mood and effectiveness of his work. Being extremely versatile, but also able to maintain a distinctive and strong visual style, through the years he jumped between different kinds of projects, from brand identity, to cover art, to music videos, to concept art for film, all by mixing different media like photography and 3D art. In the last years, he devoted his skills for pure storytelling/narrative purposes: he has on his active two graphic novels as university projects, one of them authored, written and illustrated completely by himself, and besides working on two short films as a concept artist, he is constantly developing his personal style of illustration for narrative projects like film, music and animation.

Docente Stefano Viali

Stefano Viali

Organisation and direction of actor / Regia e direzione degli attori

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Stefano Viali, made his debut in theater as a director and actor in 1982 with the show “Omaggio a Petrolini”. (Selected by critics among Italian novelties 81/82). He has studied with Paolo Panelli and has partecipated in several films and television productions, both in Italy and abroad. David di Donatello 2005 and Special Mention at Nastri d’Argento for his first shortmovie: “Lotta Libera”. In 2006, he directed the docufiction “The Hidden Gendercide” and the shortmovie “Forme” (Special Mention at Nastri d’Argento). In the following years he directed the shortmovie “A nurse named Laura”, the docufiction “History of a shipwreck – Singing for Migrants”. In 2015 he directed the shortmovie: “Public Obscenity”. In 2017 he produced and directed with Francesca Pirani “Beo” a documentary, selected and awarded in several international festivals. In 2018 he directed the short “Showdown”. In 2020 directed “Kaleydoskop” an experimental film, obtaining awards in international festivals.


Elisabetta Villaggio


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Elisabetta Villaggio attended philosophy at Bologna University, then Cinema and Television at the USC (University of South California) in Los Angeles.
She has worked in television as an assistant director, director, author and consultant for the Italian state broadcaster Rai and the private networks Mediaset and la7.
She directed two short films, one of which, “Taxi”, was selected at the Venice International Film Festival.
She has written several screenplays and directed the feature film “Luna and the Others”.
She directed the documentary “Paolo Villaggio: mi racconto”, selected at the ArtDocFest in Rome, in 2010.
She teaches in RUFA in the Cinema department, and collaborates with various magazines.
She has written a play “Marilyn, gli ultimi tre giorni” (Marilyn, the Last Three Days), which won the 11th edition of the “Donne e Teatro” Award as a debut work and has been published by Borgia. She then also directed the play, in the 2011-2012 season. On the same subject, she wrote “Marilyn: un intrigo dietro la morte” (Marilyn: The Plot behind her Death), published by Bonanno Editore in October 2012. She directed the play “Marilyn un intrigo dietro la morte”, staged in December 2012. She wrote the mise en scene “Io sono Virginia” (I am Virginia), staged in May 2013. She is the author of a novel “Una vita bizzarra” (A Bizarre Life), published in October 2013 by Città del Sole Edizioni, which won the Anassilaos Award for fiction. In December 2014, she published the play “Marilyn gli ultimi 3 giorni” with Panesi Edizioni. In 2016, she published the English version of the play “Marilyn, the last 3 days” with Panesi Edizioni.
In 2016 she published the novel “La Mustang rossa” with La ruota edizioni.

Maria Cristina Vitelli

Visual Design 2

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Partner, Direction and strategy Bcv associati Design for communication.
After attending a school for interpreters and the Istituto Europeo di Design, she started working as a graphic designer, in 1980, in Rome, moving to the United States in 1984. In 1987, she founded Nuovostudio, which later became RCP Associati, then BaldassarreCarpiVitelli, and finally, in 2011, BCV Associati. She has taught at the Creative Workshop in Rome and the degree course in Industrial Design at Sapienza University in Rome. Since 2013, she teaches in the course of Visual and Innovation Design at RUFA – Rome University Fine Arts. She is a member of Aiap (Associazione italiana design della comunicazione visiva / Italian Association of Visual Communication Design) and BEDA (Bureau of European Design Associations). She sings as a soprano in the CaroCoro choir of Rome.


Malica Worms


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Graduated as architect, she works as communication designer, designing processes and tools for public and private organizations.
She believes in the power of ideas, method and culture. She deals with branding, publishing, world wide web, packaging and exhibit design.
She counts among its clients: Fao, Tim, Tetra Pak, Microsoft, Accenture, Codemotion, La Sapienza.
She worked as a senior graphic designer at BCV Associati, Humus Design, AKQA and Blueforma.
She teaches at RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts, at the Bachelor of Arts course in Graphic Design and she previously taught graphic design at IED and at Accademia Pantheon.


Andrés Rafael Zabala


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With a degree in Cinema and TV and training as a camera operator, Andrés Rafael Zabala has directed documentaries and reality shows for Canale 5, Rai 2, Studio Universal, Tele+ and Sky. As an advertising director, he has made videos and commercials for major national and international brands and institutions. Andrés Rafael Zabala also has 9 short films to his credit that have won awards at national and international festivals. In 2014 he made the independent feature film “A DARK ROME” (93 minutes – ling orig. English): besides being selected in festivals in various countries, it won the “Best Thriller of 2015” award at the Macabre Faire Film Festival in New York.
In 2023, Andrés Rafael Zabala completed his second feature film “MALLEUS” (92 minutes – prod. ROSSO18 – Italy). “MALLEUS” was screened at 8 international festivals in as many countries and won ‘Best Director of a Foreign Language Feature’ and ‘Best Picture of the Festival’ at the Edinburgh Fest Film International. “MALLEUS” also won “Best Feature Film” and “Best Actrees Award” (Rosanna Fedele) at the NYCA New York Cinematography Awards. In 2020, his book ‘Disobedient Filmmakers – Yesterday’s and Today’s Filmmaking Beyond the Rules’ was released. (Efesto Editions – 2020). He has been working as a lecturer in Directing and Cinematography for several years in parallel.

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