Photo by Giorgio Bonecchi Borgazzi

Growing up in the family newsstand convinced me that it was my destiny to work in newspapers, so I enrolled in Modern Literature at the Cattolica university because it was, at the time, the only university in Milan offering a course in journalism. When the weekly I worked for as a publicist entrusted me with the cinema page, however, my life was turned upside down by a pleasure that I still adore: sitting in dark rooms to watch at least three films a day. From there, a thesis with honours in the History of Film Theory dedicated to Emir Kusturica, a doctorate on the various national cinemas of the former Yugoslavia and then the enormous good fortune to attend Ipotesi Cinema and learn about life on set through working with Ermanno Olmi (a maestro of Italian cinema, creator of numerous masterpieces and winner on several occasions of the Cannes and Venice festivals) and many other talents of his incredible and unique school, like Piergiorgio Gay. Thanks in part to them, after an early career as film editor, production assistant and assistant director, I realised – better late than never – that my true vocation was, yes, writing, but not newspaper articles – film scripts. I started writing seriously for cinema in 2005, when internationally respected director, actor and producer Nanni Moretti (winner of major film awards including the Berlin, Venice and Cannes film festivals), selected one of my feature film stories and financed its development into a screenplay (my first real contract in that field), following the process with a passion and dedication that taught me a lot. Since then, collaborating with many production companies, directors and co-authors, I have written over twenty-five feature-length screenplays, of which five have already been released and others are in the process of becoming films, at least fifty treatments, a hundred stories for feature films, dozens of short films and series projects and much more. A mass of work whose volume I only really grasped when writing the text for this site and summarising the provisional balance of more than fifteen years of work as a writer. This, after all, is often the fate of those who write for the audiovisual sector: what you see on the screens is only the tip of the iceberg. So I have collected here some of the work I love most – and in particular those that can still be optioned and purchased, which are labeled “PRODUCER WANTED”…


An award-winning screenwriter working in Italy, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland. His recent feature films include “The Angel in the Wall” (starring Pierre Richard and Iva Krajnc, photography by Peter Zeitlinger, closing event of 2021 Torino Film Festival); “The Man without Gravity” (Italian-Belgian co-production starring Elio Germano, in cinemas from October 2019 and distributed in 190 nations by Netflix); “My Second Time”, one of the highest-grossing Italian films of 2019, awarded at Giffoni Film Festival – Venice Days; and “I Whisper It to You”, in cinemas in 2018 and distributed on Amazon Prime Video.

His forthcoming feature films include: “The Moon Beneath the Water” (directed by Alessandro Negrini; an Italian-Danish co-production by Incipit Film, Incadenza Productions and Casablanca Film) and “We Will Not Starve” (Italian-Canadian co-production by La Sarraz and Megafun, directed by Umberto Spinazzola, the project for which he won the MEDIA Creative Europe 2016 prize), now both in postproduction; “The Guard” (for which he wrote the original screenplay, winner of the Solinas Prize, MIBACT-FFA Italy-Germany fund, the IDM Südtirol fund and the MIBACT development fund 2017), a German-Italian coproduction directed by Giulio Ricciarelli, Oscar finalist for best foreign film; “Washed and Buried”, produced by Bela Film (Lubiana) and directed by Martin Turk, project winner of the Slovenian Film Centre development prize and of the FVG Audiovisual Fund 2019, selected for the Torino Film Lab workshop Alumni Meeting and for ScripTeast; “The Man Who Stopped Time”, which won the 2018 Italia-Francia development fund; “Endless Summer”, which has obtained funding from MIBAC, winning first place in the authors competition 2018.



  • 2022 Montag Prize (winner)
  • 2021 ScripTeast (selected)
  • 2021 Creative residence Casa Patronvà in Villa Carona (Switzerland) (winner)
  • 2019 MiBAC writing call (winner – first project out of seventy-one participants)
  • 2019 Detour Pitch (selected)
  • 2018 Best Screenplay Figari Film Fest (winner)
  • 2017 Call for Animation Projects SIAE-CSC (Experimental Cinematography Center) (finalist)
  • 2014 Cartoons on the Bay (winner)
  • 2013 Best video at Rome VideoClip festival (winner)
  • 2012 Solinas Award – Stories for cinema (special mention)
  • 2012 Lions Award City of Florence – best feature film screenplay (winner)
  • 2012 Short Story Film Festival (Connecticut, USA) (winner)
  • 2012 Aspen Shortsfest Audience Special Recognition (USA) (winner)
  • 2011 RIFF Award (Rome Independent Film Festival) – best short film (winner)
  • 2011 Globi d’Oro (finalist for best short film)
  • 2011 Pistoia Short Film Festival (winner)
  • 2011 Regensburg Short Film Week (winner)
  • 2011 International Short Film Festival “Dream Shorts”: Slow Food award (winner)
  • 2011 Circeo Film Festival (special mention)
  • 2011 Aeolian Islands in Video Award (special mention)
  • 2011 14th Festival Invent a Film Lenola: “Cinema that will come” Award
  • 2011 Novara CineFestival: student award
  • 2010 Solinas Award – Short Talents (best story and screenplay)
  • 2010 Wallrider Award – Milan city of the future (best feature film subject)
  • 2009 RIFF Award (Rome Independent Film Festival – best feature film subject)
  • 2009 Sonar Subject (special mention for feature films)
  • 2009 Italian Visions (finalist)
  • 2009 Location Piacenza Award (winner)
  • 2008 European Torino Days (winner)
  • 2008 Calabria Film Festival – Leopoldo Trieste Award (winner)
  • 2008 Nike Homeless World Cup (finalist)
  • 2008 Lago Film Fest – Rodolfo Sonego Award (winner with Patricija Muzlovic)
  • 2007 Sonar Script (mention for the best script structure)
  • 2006 Autumn Film Festival (Best Feature Film Screenplay)
  • 2005 Sacher Prize (finalist – subject published by Cinemazero)
  • 2001 I girasoli – Cesare Zavattini Award (winner)
  • 1998 Corto in Bra (finalist)
  • 1996 Videozoom Award (winner – prize conferred by Ugo Gregoretti)
  • 1994 Bellaria Film Festival (winner)
  • 1993 Bellaria Film Festival (special mention)