Roberto Bentivegna (Foreign Jury)

Roberto Bentivegna was born in London of Italian parents. He grew up in Milan and London, attending Emerson College in Boston before pursuing an MFA at Columbia University. His short films have screened at international film festivals including Locarno, Atlanta, and Miami, and are distributed by Film Movement and Shorts International. Whilst at Columbia University, Roberto was awarded the Carla Kuhn fellowship, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting award and the Faculty Selects for "A Day in March". He was a finalist in the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship.

His screenplays include SHELLA for acclaimed photographer Albert Watson; THE EEL starring Sam Rockwell and Maria Bello- which was featured on the Black List and is produced by K Period Media; SPIRIT HOUSE for Film Nation; an adaptation of A.M. Homes's MAY WE BE FORGIVEN for Cuzon/Artificial Eye; THE DISAPPEARANCE OF A QUIET MAN for producers Chris Coen and Alan Moloney. His new projects include OFFLINE DATING for Caviar and direct Sam Abrahams, and the original screenplay MIRROR OF EVIL which he plans on directing.

Roberto was awarded residencies at Yaddo, the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony, and was a fellow in the Italian Government's Apulia Film program. He is represented by WME in the United States and 42 in the United Kingdom.