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SD CINEMATOGRAFICA was formed in 1961 as a production company. Since its founding, the company has produced Films, Variety Programmes, and Science and Cultural documentaries for the Italian public broadcaster RAI and other leading international television companies. In recent years the company has focused on wildlife, Science and History documentaries with such success that it now counts National Geographic Channels, Discovery Channels, TF1, ARTE, NHK, TSR, ARD/BR, PBS and ZDF, as well as RAI and Mediaset, among its clients. Many SD documentaries have won major international prizes at the world’s leading festivals, including Academy Award, Emmy and Banff nominations. Today SD Cinematografica has over 800 hours of programming to its name.

On the trails of the glaciers

Original Title (If different): 
Sulle tracce dei ghiacciai
Production country: 
Running time (In minutes): 
52 minutes
Environnement / Nature
Student film: 
Production year: 
November, 2010
Film Credits
Film director: 
Massimiliano Sbrolla
Roberto Dall'Angelo
About the Producer: 
Date of Birth: December 4, 1965 Place of Birth: Milan, Italy Telephone: Office: +39.06.3215114 Mobile: +39.335.5702139 e-mail: He graduated with honors in Economics and Commerce at L.U.I.S.S in Rome. In 1989, after university, he began working for SD Cinematografica, where he was responsible for personnel organization, project manager, and head of product marketing. Over the years, he has attended all the major international television markets (MIP TV, MIPCOM, AEFM, Monte Carlo, MIFED) to develop production projects and market SD Cinematografica’s products, thus establishing close relationships with the leading international broadcasters. In 1994, he was appointed Head of Production for SD Cinematografica and began working on animation, drama and nature and other documentaries. In 1995, he was awarded a “Special Prize” for his production skills at the XXV International Cinema Festival of Viterbo. In 1998 he set up and became Managing Director of DAT Edizioni S.r.l., a dubbing company. In 1999, he became the majority partner in SD Cinematografica, becoming sole director in 2000. He has developed an extensive knowledge of production and post-production techniques and equipped SD Cinematografica with the very latest technologies for the creation of television products from project development to finished product. In around 18 years, he has produced more than 10 dramas and 250 documentaries, many in co-production with prestigious international partners such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Arte, ARD, NHK, RAI, Mediaset and more recently PBS and ZDF Many of these programs have been sold all over the world and have been recognized by international festivals. Today, SD Cinematografica is acknowledged as one of the leading Italian documentary producers. Following a list of prizes recently won with some of his documentary productions: ORTONA 1943: A BLOODY CHRISTMAS 52 min. Coproducers: MEDIASET /ZDF - Nomination at Banff Film Festival (Canada 2009) FLYING OVER EVEREST (60 min. and 2 x 45 min.) Coproducers: BR/ARTE/RAI - 1° prize at Chamois International Film Festival (Italy 2004) - Prix de l'exploit al St. Hilarie - Coupe Icaro Film festival (France 2004) - 1° prize at Festival internazionale del cinema naturalistico e ambientale - Teramo (Italy 2004) - Prize “Politecnico di Bari” at Catellana Grotte International film festival (Italy 2005) - Prize “Sport Extreme” at Moscow Filmfestival (Russia 2005) - Prize “Best adventure Film” at Wildsouth Film Award (New Zeeland 2005) - Prize “Silver Screen” at US International Film e Video Festival (USA 2005) - Prize “Best adventure Film” at Mountainfilm in Telluride (USA 2005) - Special award at Cervino International Film Festival (Italy 2005) - 1° Prize “Man and Mountains” at Film Festival Teplice nad Metujì (Czech Republic 2005) - Special award at Jonio International Film Festival (Italy 2005) - Special award at Festival International du film d’aventure de Dijon (France 2005) - 1° Prize at Montreal International Adventure Film Festival (Canada 2005) - Special award at Sport Movies & TV 2005 (Italy 2005) - Prize “Most Inspiring Adventure Film” at Wild scenic environmental film festival (USA 2006) THE MYSTERY OF THE WOLF (52 min.) coproducer: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - Special award at Bergfilm Festival Tegernsee (Germany 2004) - Special award at International Festival of Lessinia (Italy 2004) - Prize “Best Italian documentary” at Festival of Cogne “Stambecco d’oro” (Italy 2005) LA PENISOLA DEL TESORO (a series of documentaries 30 min each) produced for: RAI • Cilento: a paradise of nature - Special Award at International Festival of Lessinia (Italy 2000) - Special Award at International Festival de cinema Vila de Torellò (Spain 1997) - Prize “Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso” at Eco Film Festival of Canavese (Italy 2000) • Tra incudine e martello - Finalist at International Festival of Sondrio (Italy) • Fragole e sangue - 2° Prize at International Festival of Sondrio (Italy) • Risvegli e precipizi - Finalist at International Festival of Trento (Italy) • Surprises of winter - Prize “Partha Sarathy” at International Festival of Sondrio (Italy 2002) - Prize “Cerro D’Argento” at International Festival of Lessinia (Italy 2003) • The art of climbing - Prize “C.O.N.I.” at International Festival of Trento (Italy 2002)
Tommaso Valente
Film photographer: 
Paolo Aralla
Rocco Petruzzi and Pierfrancesco Bellisario
Film synopsis: 
A hundred years after the climbing and scientific expedition of Duke of the Abruzzi to the Baltoro glacier in Karakorum, a team of scientists and photographers, lead by photographer and alpinist Fabiano Ventura, is following in his footsteps with the aim of carrying out an accurate analysis of the climate change effects and to compile for the first time a visual record of the transformations that have taken place in the Baltoro glacier during the last century. By comparing Vittorio Sella’s and Massimo Terzano’s photographs with those of Fabiano Ventura , as well as through data collection on field and laboratory analysis, the purpose of the mission is to highlight the environmental and glacier changes that have taken place over the last century in the most sensitive and relevant system, that is cryosphere. At present, it is widely recognized at scientific as well as at public level that glaciers represent a reliable indicator of the global climate and environmental changes that our planet is experiencing.
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $1 Million
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Film Sound: 
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Video Type: 
HDCAM 50i or Digibeta PAL
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Festival selections: 

Trento Film Festival
Sondrio Film Festival

Film distribution
Sales/distribution name: 
SD Cinematografica
Lungotevere delle navi, 19 - 00196 Roma (italy)
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
Alessio Zanardo
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