Antonio Piazza & Fabio Grassadonia

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Natasha Galloway
Associate Agent: Talia Tobias
Assistant: Nick Hitchcock

Film, TV & Theatre

Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia are a filmmaking duo of Sicilian writers and directors.

Their second feature film SICILIAN GHOST STORY - a fantasy drama about the disappearance of a little boy from a small Italian town - opened the Critics’ Week of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The screenplay won the prestigious 2016 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award, given each year during the Sundance Film Festival “to honor emerging directors from different global regions who possess the originality, talent and vision to be celebrated as the future of world cinema”. SICILIAN GHOST STORY also won the Nastro d'Argento (Silver Ribbon) for Best Cinematography and for Best Set Design and was nominated also for Best Directing and Best Production. The film won several awards in different festivals and at the David di Donatello Awards 2018 (the motion picture equivalent to the Academy Award for the cinema, the so called Italian Oscars)  the film got four nominations and Fabio and Antonio were given the David di Donatello for the Best Adapted Script.

Their first feature film SALVO premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, winning both top prizes of the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week , the Grand Prix and the Prix Révélation. It is about a mafia hitman giving sight to the blind sister of one of his victims, “a miracle, in a world where miracles do not happen”. The film had a global release and was presented in the US at the Chicago International Film Festival and in New York City at the MoMA and at the Lincoln Center in the frame of the New Directors/New Films Festival. In Italy, SALVO won the Nastro d'Argento (Silver Ribbon) for Best Cinematography, the Italian Golden Globe for Best Actress and four nominations for the David di Donatello Awards.

Film

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SICILIAN GHOST STORY

2018

Cristaldi Pictures/Indigo Film/Rai Cinema

Sundance Film Festival 2016, Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award; Cannes Film Festival 2017, Opening Film of the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week; David di Donatello 2018, Best Adapted Script, Nomination Best Song, Nomination Best Cinematographer, Nomination David Giovani; Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbons) 2017, Best Photography, Best Set Design, Nomination Best Producers, Nomination Best Directors; Ciak d’Oro 2018, Best Photography; Athens International Film Festival 2017, Best Script; Magna Graecia Film Festival 2017, Best Film, Best Actress, Special Mention Best Actor; Giffoni Film Festival 2017, Explosive Talent Award; Valletta Film Festival 2017, Best Photography; Saas-Fee Filmfest 2018, Audience Award; Fiuggi Film Festival 2017, Best Film; Global Film & Music Fest 2017, Ischia Movie Award; Cinealma 2017, Prix Special du public

SALVO

2013

Acaba Produziono/Cristaldi Pictures

Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes
Grand Prix

Ljubljana International Film Festival
Fipresci Prize

Cinergia European Cinema Forum
Best European Debut

David di Donatello 2014
Nomination Best Debut Directors
Nomination Best Producers
Nomination Best Cinematographer
Nomination Best Set Designer

Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbons) 2014
Best Cinematographer
Nomination Best Debut Directors
Nomination Best Producer
Nomination Best Set Designer

Guglielmo Biraghi Prize - Nastri d’Argento
Best Debut Actress: Sara Serraiocco

Italian Golden Globe 2014
Best Actress
Nomination Best Photography

Ciak d’Oro 2014
Nomination Best Photography
Nomination Best Set Design

Flaiano Award “Pegaso d’Oro”
Best Debut Actress: Sara Serraiocco

Vittorio De Sica Prize
Best Debut Actress: Sara Serraiocco

Magna Grecia Film Festival
Best Debut Actress: Sara Serraiocco

Bobbio Film Festival
Best Directors

Festival del Cinema Italiano di Ajaccio
Prix Interprétation féminine: Sara Serraiocco

Premio Mario Gallo for the Directing

Film & Music Ischia Global Fest
Premio Exploit Award

Gallio Film Festival
Special Jury Award “Emidio Greco”

Festival del Cinema di Frontiera di Marzamemi
Best Photography

Trailers FilmFest
Rivelazione Award

Santa Marinella Film Festival
Best Film

Cinematografo.it magazine Prize
Best Debut Actress

Kinéo "Diamanti al Cinema" Awards 2014
Best Actress

Short Films

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RITA

2009

Cristaldi Pictures

Best Short Film
11th International Film Festival Bratislava

Arte Prize for European Short Film
22nd Premiers Plans Festival d’Angers
Angers First Film Festival

Diploma of Merit
40th Tampereen kansainväliset elokuvajuhlat
Tampere Film Festival

Best Short Film
11th Festival Internacional de Cine Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival

Award for Directing
19th Aspen Shortsfest

Best Use of Sound Design
37th Athens International Film and Video Festival

Special Jury Prize - National
18th Arcipelago Festival Internazionale di Cortometraggi e Nuove Immagini
Arcipelago International Festival of Short Films and New Images

Best International Short Film
64th Edinburgh International Film Festival

Best Italian Short Film
8th MoliseCinema Film Festival

Special Jury Mention
8th Imaginaria Film Festival

Special Mention - Artistic Direction
9th Concorto Film Festival

Jury Mention
16th Aye Aye Film Festival Nancy-Lorraine

Best Sound
3rd Festival Internacional Curtametraxes Bueu
International Shortfilm Festival of Bueu

Best Short Fiction Film
17th Altin Koza Film Festival
Golden Boll Film Festival

Special Jury Mention
7th Filmfest Eberswalde

Special Jury Mention - Narrative Short Film
Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Best Short Film
8th Zagreb Film Festival

Artistic Direction Award
10th Cortopotere ShortFilmFestival

Special Jury Mention - European Short Films
40th Alcine: Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares

Special Jury Mention
25th Festival Europeen du Film Court de Brest
Brest European Short Film Festival

Best Short Feature Film
5th Breaking Down Barriers Disability Film Festival

Best European Film
4th Unlimited: Europäisches Kurzfilmfestival
Unlimited: European Short Film Festival

Best Short Film on Social Themes
7th Corto Dorico: Festival del Cortometraggio Italiano

Special Mention
Nastri D'Argento

Runner-up - 16 to 30 minutes
7th Imago Film Festival

Future Shorts Prize
27th Festival du Cinema Européen de Lille
European Film Festival of Lille

Special Jury Prize
27th Festival du Cinema Européen de Lille
European Film Festival of Lille

Best Short Film
6th Sicilian Film Festival

Best Film - Youth Jury
23rd Filmfest Dresden: International Short Film Festival

Special Jury Mention
23rd Filmfest Dresden: International Short Film Festival

Highly Commended - International
Magma Short Film Festival

Outstanding Achievement in Short Filmmaking
12th Newport Beach Film Festival

Best Narrative Short Film
14th Brooklyn Film Festival

Best International Short Film
Lume International Film Festival

Best Drama Short Film
10th Route 66 Film Festival

Director's Choice
30th Black Maria Film and Video Festival

Special Mention
8th Sedicicorto: Festival del Cortometraggio Forlì
Sedicicorto: International Film Festival Forlì

Best Short Film
4th Festival de Cine Italiano de Madrid

Award of Excellence - Disability Issues
The Accolade Competition