Alessandro Rak, born in 1977, is a Neapolitan author and director. His artistic career starts from comics and illustration and then moves on to animation, which he studies at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. After graduating, he began teaching illustration at the Italian School of Comix and in 2001 he started a fruitful collaboration with his friend and colleague Andrea Scoppetta. Between 2001 and 2011 he held art exhibitions at the Not Gallery, published comics and illustrated books including Ark (Grifo edizioni), Bye Bye Jazz (Lavieri), A Skeleton Story (GG Studio) and the storyboard for the film La volpe a tre zampe by Sandro Dionisio. He is artistic director and character designer of various animation projects and signs the theme spot of Cartoons on the Bay (2014). L’arte della felicità, presented and awarded at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival and at the major international animation festivals, is his first animated feature film. Then he directs, together with Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri and Dario Sansone, Gatta Cenerentola (2017), a work with which he wins two David di Donatello and participates in competition at the Festival International du Film d’Annecy 2018 and in the Horizons section in Venice 2017.
He was born in 1991 in Zilina, Slovakia and graduated in Animation at the FAMU Film School in Prague, Czech Republic. His debut film Red Poppy was premiered at the Berlinale 2015, and participated in over 200 film festivals receiving 15 international awards. The stop motion film The Kite, presented at the Berlinale 2019 and included in the MoMA Film Collection, has won numerous international awards, including “Best film for children” at the Annecy festival and “Best short film for children” at the Stuttgart Film Festival. It won the 25th edition of Linea d’Ombra Festival, 2020, in the VedoAnimato competition, too. The director is currently working on a new animated short film for children Hello Summer, a project developed in the context of the Animation Sans Frontières laboratory and of the Berlinale Talents. In 2021-2022 Martin will make a new work in stop motion, part of the animated film Of Unwanted things and people, co-produced by the Czech Republic, Slovenia and France.
Mauro Uzzeo, born on August 25, 1979 in Marino (RM), made his debut in the world of comics in 1999, publishing some stories in the magazine Blue by Coniglio editore and Velo di Maya, published by Montego. Later, he collaborated with Edizioni BD (Alta Fedeltà, 2005), Nicola Pesce Editore (Wonderland – Quando Alice se ne andò, 2011) and, together with the duo Bartoli and Recchioni, wrote the entire last season of John Doe (Editoriale Aurea, 2010). Also together with Roberto Recchioni, he made his debut at the screenplay of Dylan Dog and, in 2013, he began writing for the Orfani series, writing much of the second season of the series. Since 2001 he has been a screenwriter and director of short films, music video clips and television commercials, obtaining Italian and international recognition. From 2006 to 2012, he taught communication and cross-media storytelling and worked alongside Iginio Straffi in the realization of the adventures of the Winx, both in their television and cinema incarnations, as well as working on the animated computer graphic blockbuster Gladiators of Rome (2012). For Lucky Dreams he wrote the scripts for Spike Life, a 23-episode TV serial, co-produced by Rai and aimed at an audience of teenagers. In cinematographic field, after having worked on the visual effects of the film L’ultimo terrestre (directorial debut of Gipi, 2011) – which earned him the nomination for the David di Donatello -, and having directed the animated theme of the film by Fausto Brizzi How beautiful it is to make love (2012), he joins the staff of the authors of the production company Wildside. In 2015, together with Gud, Paolo Campana, S3keno Piccoli and Fabrizio Verrocchi, he invents and organizes the ARF !, a Roman festival dedicated to comics, which takes place inside the MACRO museum in Rome. For Graphilm and Rai Fiction he collaborates in the writing of Bu-Bum! La strada verso casa, a cartoon created by Maurizio Forestieri, Giovanni Di Gregorio and Francesco Artibani broadcast in Italy, by Rai Gulp, from 1 July 2016. In 2014, on a subject by Roberto Recchioni and directed by Ivan Silvestrini, he wrote Monolith, the first feature film produced by Sergio Bonelli Editore together with Sky and Lock & Valentine. Work taken from the graphic novel of the same name written with Roberto Recchioni for the drawings by LRNZ. He is the director of the five episodes of #Cose da Uomini, a web serial produced by Fish-Eye together with the Department of Equal Opportunities, to raise awareness on the issue of violence against women.