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Massimo Films

Festivals domain of Italian/Welsh filmmaker Massimo Salvato

Massimo is fascinated by structures and the way things work. He enjoys the 'ambiguity' of his love for narrative films and his disbelief that a film must necessarily have a narrative. This in-between space/time provides Massimo with fields which he feels are not researched enough in cinema. He studied economics in Italy before exploring his passion for theatre and film, founding in 1998 a cultural association in Italy, organising short film, music and theatre events; and achieving a Master's Degree in Film at the International Film School Wales in 2005. In 2004 he wrote, produced and directed Carmen, a UK and Italian short film co-production dealing with gender issues and rural conservatism. In 2007 his first feature film script won him a place at Ekran, European Training Programme for Film Professionals, at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, in Warsaw. In 2008 he made a promo teaser for his new project Muse which helped him to build the team with which he completed the film in 2010. Massimo lectures in Film and Visual Culture at the Newport Film School, University of Wales Newport, and he is Course Leader in Film Studies in Coleg Gwent, South Wales.


Jonny: The Shaman of Rust

Jonny: The Shaman of Rust
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About Massimo Films

Salvato Massimo
(Massimo Films)

I am an Italian filmmaker and lecturer living in Newport, South Wales, since 2002. I did my degree in Economics in Italy and worked in theatre and community arts there before I decided to move to Wales. 

MA Film in 2004 at Newport Film School, now part of University of South Wales, where I have been a regular visiting lecturer since October 2004. I am course leader for A Level Film Studies in Coleg Gwent, Crosskeys Campus since the same year. 

Still in 2004, I produced and directed "Carmen", a Welsh/Italian short film drama co-production shot in Southern Italy, dealing with gender issues and rural conservatism. In 2007 my first feature film script won me a place at Ekran, European Training Programme for Film Professionals, at the Wajda Studio, in Warsaw, Poland. Since then I developed a project for a poetic film about creative inspiration called "Muse", and made a 20 minutes version of it, which was screened at Berlin International Directors' Lounge and Sofia International Film Festival in 2011. Since 2012, while filming the feature length documentary "Jonny: The Shaman of Rust", I have been involved in making community videos mainly with local artists and performers, including a promo for Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a series of promo videos filmed with teenagers, students and graduates from the University of South Wales at Green Man Festival 2013 and 2014, and at Kaya Festival in 2015; a 30 minutes documentary called "The volunteer stories" commissioned by the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) about Welsh VSO witnesses over 55 years of VSO, telling their experiences and stories during their service, completed in 2014. In 2013 I raised funding through a Kickstarter campaign for the post-production of "Jonny: The Shaman of Rust", which was completed in 2015 and is now looking for an audience. As well as a filmmaker and a lecturer, I am a film programmer in two local Film Clubs and I am Film Club (IntoFilm charity) leader at the college where I work.



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