Honorary President:
Marcello Foti

“Cinema e Ambiente Avezzano” gives full voice to that cinema that stubbornly pursues the dream of conveying the fantasies, memories and cultures of peoples while respecting the most precious asset we have: the Earth.

Artistic Director/Founder:
Paolo Santamaria

Passionate about cinema since forever, I graduated in Directing and Filmmaking at the Experimental Centre of Cinematography – National School of Cinema. Being a good Abruzzese (by birth and by choice), I am lucky enough to have been raised and to live closely with Nature, our first and only home. I trust in humanity, culture and in the innate love towards every form of life.

Silvia Cardarelli

Founder and manager of the regional interest Environmental Education Centre “L’albero delle storie”. I prefer since forever an emotional and artistic approach to the knowledge of the environmental problems e to the organization of projects and labs about Education to sustainability. I strongly believe that no men will save what he doesn’t love!

Rosalia Ciciotti

“I am myself and my circumstances, and if I do not rescue my circumstances, I do not rescue myself”. This quote by Josè Ortega y Gasset has always inspired me. I am a biologist and in my life I have decided to communicate the environmental and the nature in all its forms mainly through artistic expression, one of the most effective way by far.

Rossella Frozza 

I like learning, deepening and sharing a path of growth, in the belief that the responsibility of change is in our hands only. Passionate since forever about body movement and expression, in the last years I rediscovered the importance of the connection with nature to improve the well-being and being in harmony with everything that surrond us.

Antonella “Chiccolò” Bambagini Oliva 

The respect for our beloved Earth, which kindly hosts us, is the leitmotiv of my life. I dream about planning new and concrete ways for the protection and the respect of nature and evnironmental.

Paola Morga

I have co-founded Ambecò, driven by the awareness that to protect our Earth, we need a cultural revolution and that women are the driving force of change. I am an architect, a project manager and I am curious to learn and to discuss with others. I take care of public relations for Ambecò.

Project Manager:
Maria De Angelis

I chose to design. The environmental community is the vision that guides me. I try to translate it in a daily creative, conscious and responsable action.

Festival Coordinator:
Valentina Traini

Abruzzese by birth, after a series of international volunteer experiences in the environmental field I came to the Experimental Center of Cinematography to deepen my passion for reportage. After graduating, the desire not to abandon my homeland led me to the decision to stay, working in various sectors, to try to promote and enhance the incredible heritage of our region.

Creative Director:
Alessio De Stefano

I deal with web design, I like to make researches on our Region and deepen its history. I have a soft spot for Iris Marsica.

Project Manager:
Chiara Santamaria

Lover of nature, passionate about architecture, I have tried to combine these propensities of mine by becoming an expert in wooden constructions. I strongly believe in the concept of circular economy: designing to be able to regenerate.

Flaminia Arboit

I work in the cinema as an assistant director and for years I have been committed to making this sector increasingly sustainable and green.

Public Relations:
Manuel Amicucci

I’m an actor from Abruzzo who made his directorial debut a year ago by recounting the prison environment, a place capable of underlining how much the inner dimension can become a cage in the absence of a dialogue with the outside world, which does not always need words. A dialogue made of silences and emotions, like the ones I experience every day while riding a horse and breathing nature and freedom. In fact, art and nature represent connected worlds for me, in which I feel the need to get lost in order to find myself again, different every time.

Marco Camilli

I am a graduated filmmaker from National School of Cinema – Experimental Center of Cinemaography. I think that filming nature is a beautiful thing, but it will never be as fulfilling as enjoying it live through all senses.

Press Office:
Raffaella Salamina

Professional journalist, I have been dealing with cinema for years and how the South and the Italian provinces are a powerful source of inspiration for a new narrative. Far from the rhetoric of the usual clichés, I am convinced that it is necessary to avoid describing these places by avoiding defeatist tones and surrender, but rather by giving voice and space to those who bet, experiment and offer a concrete example of resilience in their own land.

Gianpaolo Calabrese

I draw since I can remember. At kindergarden I won a contest representing “mom tree” along with her little kid. Art and nature have always been a constant in my life.

Distribution Manager:
Emanuele Cerratti

Passionate about cinema in all its forms. My interest for the environment has awaken watching Avatar by James Cameron. I dream about an eco-sustainability accesible to everyone and about a more eco-centric society.

Graphic Designer:
Annamaria Sabatini

I’m from Abruzzo and I have a three-year degree in Graphic Design. I am passionate about pop culture and I am a big advocate of gender and green issues. I think it is crucial for us designers to try to create a conscious and virtuous intersection between art, cinema and the environment.

Media Manager:
Stefano Tomassetti

I’m a Graphic Designer and I’ve been involved in visual communication since 2014. I make multitasking my secret ingredient: a skill that allows me to flip between design, photography, video and 3D rendering. When I have the opportunity, I like to wander in the woods and mountains of Abruzzo.

Video Maker:
Lavinia Di Profio

I’m Lavinia, a multifaceted professional who combines analysis and creativity as a set designer. Passionate about nature, I use three-dimensional design and innovative artistic means to express my creativity and convey ideas that reflect the beauty and harmony of the natural world.

Fabiola Angelini

I am a communication student with a passion for photography. Always ready to learn new techniques and develop my creativity. I discovered how photography and communication are connected. I love capturing the beauties of nature and sharing my vision of the world through my photos.

Luca Eleuteri

Graduated in Art Graphics and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in L’Aquila. I love getting lost in nature, in its landscapes with the company of my most trusted companion, the tripod. Immortalizing the nature in my shots is a privilege I aspire to always pay tribute.

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