Gianluca Sodaro

Director

Gianluca was born in Sicily on Christmas Eve. 



He is a graduate of Milan’s Academy of Fine Arts and Design (NABA) and works in film and advertising.

Gianluca's first feature film Cuore scatenato (Raging Heart), which he co-wrote and directed, had it's US premiere at the International Miami Film Festival and received the award for “Best Cinematography” at the International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) in New York in 2008.

His most important short films to date are God's Got His Head in the Clouds (original music by Angelo Badalamenti), The Paladins of The Holy Providence and The Voice of My Beloved!.

They have been shown and won awards at a large number of festivals including Uppsala, Tampere, Palm Springs, Annecy, Huesca, Edinburgh, Newport Beach, Metz, Brisbane, Milan, Locarno, Stockholm, Turin and Berlin, to name just a few.

Gianluca worked as copywriter and TV commercial director in the Creative Department of Fox Channels Italy for three years, winning 3 Gold Awards, 2 Silver Awards and receiving 2 nominations at Promax BDA World and Europe. Gianluca adores the sound of cicadas.

CREDITS


Film


God's Got His Head in the Clouds (2012) Director, Writer, Producer Short film


Cuore scatenato (Raging Heart) Director, Writer Feature film


I Paladini della Santa Provvidenza (The paladins of the Holy Providence) Director, Writer Short film


Don Mariano e' caduto dal cielo (Don Mariano Has Fallen from the Sky) Director, Writer Short film


Una voce! Il mio diletto! (The Voice of My Beloved!) Director, Writer Short film

 

Tano da morire Writer Feature film


Television


Crea - officina audiovisiva Director La7 - Italian National Television Channel


Fox International Channels (On Air Dpt.) Director, Senior Writer Producer Fox International Channels Italy


Education


Academy of Fine Arts and Design (NABA), BA in Fine Arts, Milan/Italy, 1992


Specialization: Advertising/Graphic Design Grade: 110/110 with honours


Awards


15th International Festival Cinema Giovani - Turin (Italy), Best International Short Film (Nominated), 1997


2nd Festival Corto in Bra - Bra (Italy), Best Film, 1998


Rencontres Europeennes du Court-Metrage - Metz (France), Prix du Jury des Jeunes, 1998


3rd Siena International Short Film Festival - Siena (Italy), Audience Award, 1998


Arcipelago, Osservatorio sul Cinema Italiano - Rome (Italy), Best Short Italian Film, 1997


Promax BDA World (New York), Gold Award, 2006


Best Copywriting: "Propaganda" - (The History Channel)


Promax BDA World (New York), Gold Award, 2006


Reality program promotion: S.O.S. Nanny - Spot (Fox Life)


NY Festival, Gold Award, 2005


News promotion: "Prigionieri di guerra" (The History Channel)


Promax BDA World (New York), Silver Award, 2005


Use of library music: "Totally Wild - Epic" (The National Geographic Channel)


Promax BDA Europe (Athens), Silver Award, 2005


Best factual entertainment promo: "Command Decisions - TSR" (The History Channel)


Promax BDA Europe (Rome) , Best Marketing Reel (Nominated) , 2004


Fox Channels Italy
Promax BDA (Berlin), Best Reality TV Spot (Nominated), 2007


"Stand Up" (FX Italy)
International Independent Film Festival (NYIIFVF) New York, Best Cinematography, 2008


Cuore scatenato (Raging Heart) - feature film


Promax BDA World (New York), Gold Award, 2008


Best program promotional campaign: "Fox Serial Products" (Fox Channels Italy)


66th Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK), Best International Short Film (Nominated), 2012


European Film Forum "Scanorama" (Lithuania), Best Short Film (Nominated), 2012


Foyle International Film Festival (UK), Best International Short Film (Nominated), 2012


Arcipelago/BIF&ST - Bari International Film Festival (Italy), Best Short Film (Nominated), 2013


Newport Beach Film Festival, Short Film Award (Nominated), 2013

 

God's Got His Head in the Clouds (2012)


"God's Got His Head in the Clouds" (orginal music by Angelo Badalamenti) has been shown and nominated for the Best International Short Film Award at the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival, the European Film Forum "Scanorama" (Lithuania), the Foyle International Film Festival (UK), Arcipelago/BIF&ST - Bari International Film Festival (Italy).