Born in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1955, he studies Architecture in Torino – Italy and founds with 2 partners the film production company Stefilm in 1991.
His recent productions are: Exemplary Behaviour (Golden Dove DOK Leipzig, FIPRESCI and Interreligious Award 2019); My Home, in Libya (Locarno Film festival, DOK Leipzig, Chicago International Film Festival 2018, Premio Corso Salani – Trieste FF and Best Doc Glocal – Torino 2019); Wonderful Losers. A different world (Best doc feature, Warsaw FF 2017, Trieste FF 2018 and Lithuania’s candidate to the Academy Awards 2019) and The Strange Sound of Happiness (special mention Next Masters DOK Leipzig 2017, Terra di Siena – Premio della Critica, Special mention In-Edit, Barcelona 2018).
Other films include: The Queen of Silence (IDFA 2014, Silver Horn, best feature length doc Krakow FF 2015, Golden Nanook – Flahertiana IDF Perm 2015); Char, no man’s island (Berlinale Forum 2013), Vinylmania (IFF Rotterdam 2012), Mostar United (IDFA 2009).
In 2008 he directs A World of Pasta and Doctor Ice (Science Film Festival – Milano 2009). From 2011 he directs the doc TV series Food Markets – In the Belly of the City (20×52, best international TV prog. US Taste Awards 2014) and recently produces Food Makers go Global (5 x 26 MDR/Arte).
He tutors on storytelling and pitching for: Biennale Cinema and VR College Venice, Durban FilmMart, Marchè du Film Cannes, Documentary Campus, Eave, EDN-European Documentary Network, ESoDoc, La Fabrique Cinémas Institute Francais, Factory, Films de 3 Continents – Produire au Sud, Imagination – Arab Film Scriptwriting, Jump In – Poitiers FF, Maia Workshops, Med Film Factory, Ouga Film Lab, TFL-Torino Film Lab, Scuola Holden, ZagrebDox Pro, ZELIG Film School.