President of the Foundation
Grimaldi was born in Sassari, on the 14th of August 1955. After a law degree, he chose to devote himself to craft of filmmaking: he attended the school of Gaumont, founded by Renzo Rossellini in Rome. After an experience as a teacher of History of Performing Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari, his first experience as a director happened in 1985: he shot one of the episodes of Juke Box. His true baptism of fire took place in 1990, with the feature film Nulla ci può fermare. Among the films he directed, we’d like to mention Il cielo è sempre più blu (1995); Asini (1995) with Claudio Bisio; Un delitto impossibile (2000) set in his hometown, Sassari; Caos Calmo (2007) with Nanni Moretti and Isabella Ferrari, that won four Nastri d’ Argento and three David di Donatello. He also directed numerous TV series: Distretto di Polizia (2001 and 2006), Due mamme di troppo (2009), Il mostro di Firenze (2009), Il commissario Zagaria (2011) with Lino Banfi. As well as a director, he also performed as an actor, starring, among others, in Nirvana (1997) by Gabriele Salvatores, Radiofreccia (1998) by Luciano Ligabue, Il Caimano (2006) by his friend Nanni Moretti. He’s in love with Sardinia, which he often likes to portray in his films, and he has always been a supporter of the industrial potential of cinema in the island. He is one of the founders of the Tavolara Film Festival Una notte in Italia.
Vice President of the Foundation
Benoni was born in Padua, on the 20th of January 1961. He is an entrepreneur and a co-op executive. For more than 30 years, he worked in the field of audiovisual, film and television production. Professionally, he has been trained alongside some of the masters of cinema, the teachers of the Experimental Center of Cinematography (Angelo D’Alessandro, Gianni Toti, Roberto Perpignani, Massimo Mida Puccini) and many renowned experts on communication (Patrizia Ghislandi, Massimo De Cristofaro, Fernando Armed, Folco Quilici). In 1981, along with some friends, he founded in Sardinia his first production company; a few years later, in Cagliari, he founded Artevideo, the production company for film and television services of which he is still President. He is the author and director of several documentaries and short films on the topics of nature, anthropology, culture and tourism. He is the Chairman of Federcultura Sardegna, the federation which brings together the Confcooperative companies operating in the fields of communication, information, education, culture, sports and tourism.
Member of the Board of Directors
Born in 1981, Contu is a cultural operator specialized in the promotion of film and audiovisual culture.
He works at the Cultural Services Center of the Società Umanitaria in Carbonia. He is the Chairman of the ARCI of Carbonia, his hometown.
He is also a member of the National Presidency of UCCA (Unione Circoli Cinematografici Arci).
For several years he has promoted, with his colleagues of UCCA, the National Cinema Festival of the Real L’Italia che non si vede. He also collaborates in supporting many cinematographic initiatives taking place throughout the region, including the Mediterraneo Film Festival.
Member of the Board of Directors
Born in Cagliari in 1965, Diliberto is a graduate in economics. She worked at the Department of Economics of the University of Cagliari, devoting herself to the study of EU policies on tourism and rural development.
Since 1998, she worked for the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, as an expert in organizational optimization. She coordinated the reform process of the Region and its administrative decentralization. She also participated in the design and implementation of the Offices of Public Relations. From 2005 to 2009, as a technical support to the President of the Region, she dedicated herself to communication, perfecting her skills in the field through specialization courses organized by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa and the European Commission. Since 2009, she is Head of Communications at the Authority of the Community Management Programme ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin, where she also works as director of the Operational Management Service.
Member of the Boards of Directors
Born in Sassari in 1976, a law graduate, Scavio is a cultural operator specialized in film events. He taught Film History at the course of Communication Sciences in the University of Sassari. He directed of various film festivals, including Pensieri e parole in the Asinara island, the Rebeccu Film Festival and the Doc SS – Festival del Cinema Urbano in Sassari. After a long experience in teaching, through masterclasses and targeted courses, he founded in 2015, with Gianni Cesaraccio, Renato Quinzio and Sara Arango, the Civic School of Cinema of Sassari, the first one in this field in Sardinia. He collaborated with Cinemecum, the online magazine, though his Cinema e DVD column. He is one of the founders of the Sassari-based cinema association Nuovo Aguaplano.