Raffaelle Passerini

After obtaining a M.F.A. from the Fine Arts Academy of Bologna in Painting and Visual Arts (summa cum laude), and a M.A. in Cinema Studies from the D.A.M.S., Bologna, (summa cum Laude), I received a full-scholarship for merit for the one-year Filmmaking Program (Pg.Dip) at the New York Film Academy (with Distinction).

As a teacher, I held the positions of Directing and Writing Instructor at New York Film Academy in New York City, and for the international teaching programs abroad in Florence, Rome, Sassari, and Budapest (2007-10).
I am currently the Academic Dean and the Head of the Film Directing Program at Roma Film Academy in Cinecittà Studios, Rome, Italy (2013-present).

As an instructor and education manager with international experience, I had the chance to design, coordinate, teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate programs in EU and US teaching programs (PgDips, BAs, BFAs, MAs, MFAs). I developed practice-based and theoretical syllabi in editing, screenwriting, acting, directing, camera work, studio and location production management, incorporating and improving new teaching strategies and methodologies, according to the academic and cultural contexts I was introduced to.

I worked with international students with various academic curricula and backgrounds. I supervised hundreds of short-and-medium length documentaries, as well as narrative, informational, music, TV and web-projects, which I followed in the whole executional process, from drafting to the final screening. As the Dean of Roma Film Academy, I have personally selected, instructed and presented several students to national and international film festivals, schools and cinema prizes, experiencing, from a managerial perspective, the importance of the company branding, the HR, the didactic program, and of the students’ satisfaction.
In few years, we have tripled the number of applicants, the one of international students, and we have moreover invested in high-tech new equipment.

As a First Assistant Director and Producer, I worked on several independent movies in Rome and in NYC, where I ran my own film-production company, Oikos Films, LLC. (2007-13). Among others, I worked with institutional prestigious partners, such as the Department of Education of the State of New York (DOE NY) and the United Nations (UNDP), supervising video projects from development to distribution.
I also collaborated as Associate Producer at the New York Film Festival, Lincoln Center Film Society, and at the New Directors New Film Festival at the MOMA (2011-13).

As a Writer-Director, I signed several awarded and international broadcasted short-length videos and films, such as the short movies “The Nurse” (2005), “The Birdman” (2006), the music video “The Likes of You” (2009), and the TV-documentary “Soundlabs’ People” (MTV Brand New, 2010).

As a screenwriter, I wrote the feature films “The Caterpillar’s Skin”, “Family Home” (2012), “Eighth Grade” (2013), and the TV show “Mox” (2013).

I was awarded several international prizes and recognitions, among which: “Special Mention for Best Short Movie” at the Cineteca Nazionale di Bologna, and at the International Cinema Festival of Barcelona; the “Award of Excellence in Screenwriting” at the Canada International Film Festival; and the title of “Winner of the Screenwriting Award” at the Honolulu Film Festival.

My first feature documentary “Il Principe di Ostia Bronx” (2017) is now touring national film festivals, and it got awarded three of the most prestigious prizes at the Biografilm Festival of Bologna, Italy.

As a result of my multidisciplinary, international experience as a teacher, a Dean, and a Film Director and Producer, I decided to apply to a practice-based Ph. D. program at Leeds-Becket University, UK. The topic of my dissertation focuses on the theorization, teaching and the gradual loss of the Italian film genres, which I would investigate, study and analyze, from the perspective of a long-distance learning program in Rome.