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VITTORIA COLONNA

“...One of the top ten female filmmakers to look out for...” Aesthetica Magazine Blog

“...Vittoria is a visionary director with a great sense of drama...” Jim Sheridan (6 time Oscar nominated Film Director)

“...The tenderness, almost love, she shows towards these misfits turned the film into a triumph...” Helen Lucy Burke on Identities (Irish Film and Literary Critic)

VITTORIA COLONNA / PAINTEDFILMS is a Filmmaker, Performance Artist, and overall Seeker.  Growing up between Ireland and Italy, Vittoria studied fine art painting in Rome's L'Accademia di Belle Arti, trained as an Opera singer in Tuscany and then continued in the performing arts, completing her studies at the Gaiety school of Acting in Dublin 2004.  Later she turned to directing and visual storytelling where she found her niche.  

Vittoria has directed numerous music videos, which have received international acclaim, such as an Irish Music Television Award (IMTV) in 2009, Best Music Video at the The Los Angeles Film and Script Festival 2012, The Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival 2012 and The Golden Palm Award at The Mexico International Film Festival 2012.  However most impressive has been the touring success of her debut feature documentary, IDENTITIES and short feature MY IDENTITY which she wrote, directed and produced, winning awards such as The Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Award among other nominations such as The Celtic Media Award for best Factual Documentary 2010, European Short Debut Award at The Era New Horizons International Film Festival 2010 and The Current Award at the Rome Independent Film Festival in 2010.  The performance art pieces from the film were selected by the Italian Cultural Minster as part of the Worldwide Italian Pavilion & 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2011.  Her passion for directing lead her into narrative fiction 4 BHANRÍON (4 Queens) 2013 picking up Best Short Narrative at Moondance FF 2013 and Babel FF 2013 and her latest intimate film SANDBOY 2015 qualified for the Oscar 2016 short film nomination as well as winning Best Short Narrative, Best Film Score and Best Leading actress at Moondance FF 2015 and Best Lead Actress at the NYCIFF 2015.

To date, Vittoria has built a reputation for investigating complex ethical questions, using film, documentary, video and art to reveal the harsher aspects of existence and rebellion yet exploring entertaining, sensitive and dramatic themes with honesty and dark humour.  Vittoria is based between Los Angeles, Dublin and Rome. She is also a member of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) and is currently developing a number of projects worldwide.

 

WINNER Best Actress in a Short Film - New York City International Film Festival - USA 2015

WINNER Best Film - Moondance International Film Festival -USA 2015

WINNER Best Actress - Moondance International Film Festival -USA 2015

WINNER Best Film Score- Moondance International Film Festival -USA 2015

WINNER Babel Film Festival - Italy 2013

WINNER Moondance International Film Festival - USA 2013

WINNER Best music Video Award - The Los Angeles Film and Script Festival - USA 2012

WINNER Golden Palm Award - Mexico International Film Festival - USA 2012

WINNER Golden Ace Award - The Las Vegas International Film Festival - USA 2012

WINNER Best Film - The Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Award - IRL 2009

WINNER Best Documentary Film Award - The Gaze Film Festival - IRL 2009

WINNER Best Styled Video - Irish Music Television (IMTV) Awards - IRL 2009  

 

NOMINATED Best Comedy: Fastnet Short Film Festival  - IRL 2014

NOMINATED Music Song/ Indie Short: The Hollywood Music in Media Awards - USA 2012   

NOMINATED Best Music Video: (LIFF) London Independent Film Festival - UK 2012

NOMINATED NXNE Festival - Canada 2012

NOMINATED Best Music Video: ASFF Aesthetica Film Festival - UK 2012    

NOMINATED Best Music Video: Rincón International Film Festival, Puerto Rico - USA 2012           

NOMINATED Best Music Video: Other Venice Film Festival - USA 2012    

NOMINATED Sexiest Video: Irish Music Television (IMTV) Awards - IRL 2011          

NOMINATEDBest Styled Video: Irish Music Television (IMTV) Awards - IRL 2011     

NOMINATED Best Video: Underground Short Film Festival - IRL 2011        

NOMINATED Rising Star Award: Bray Music Video Festival - IRL 2010  

NOMINATED Best Video: Bray MVF - IRL 2010

NOMINATED Best-Shot Video: Bray MVF - IRL 2010                        

NOMINATED Best Factual Single Documentary: Celtic Media Awards - IRL 2010    

NOMINATED European Short Debut: Era New Horizons, IFF - Poland 2010               

NOMINATED Best Original Work /International Investigation: Rome Independent Film Festival - ITA 2010  

NOMINATED Best Female Solo Video: Irish Music Television (IMTV) Award - IRL 2009

SELECTED CREDITS

  • Writer / Director / Producer SANDBOY  2014 -Short Feature. Underground Films

 Winner Best Short  Film, Moondance International Film Festival 2015

Winner Best Film Score, Moondance International Film Festival -USA 2015

Winner Best Actress, Moondance International Film Festival -USA 2015

Winner Best Actress in a short Film, NYCIFF (New York International Film Festival) - USA 2015 

  • Director 4 BHANRÍON (4 QUEENS) 2013 -Short Feature. Underground Films, TG4, Filmbase  

 Winner Best Short Narrative Film, Moondance International Film Festival 2013                      Winner Best Short Narrative Film, Babel Film Festival, Italy 2013  

 Official Selection Irish Film Festival London 2015

 Official Selection Cellu L'Art Germany 2015  

 Official Selection Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival 2014

 Official Selection DIFF Dublin International Film Festival 2014    

 Official Selection Galway Film Fleadh 2013    

 Official Selection LA Indie Film Festival 2013      

 Official Selection WIF International Festival 2013

  • Writer / Director DREAMING AGAIN 2012 - Music Video Prod. The Coronas & Tidal
  • Writer / Director / Producer BREAK OF LIGHT 2012 - Music Video Prod. Enieleven
  • Writer / Director / Producer LET'S BE ALONE TOGETHER 2012- Music Video Prod Scar Records &  Dirty Epics
  • Writer / Director / Producer COME ON 2012 - Music Video Prod. Preachers Son

Winner Best Music Video: The Los Angeles Film & Script Festival 2012

Winner Golden Ace Award: Las Vegas Film Festival 2012

Winner Golden Palm Award: Mexico International Film Festival, San Diego 2012         

Nominated Best Music Video: Ricon Film Festival 2012    

Nominated Best Music Video: LIFF 2012        

Nominated Best Music Video: Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2012      

Nominated: Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA) 2012                            

Official Selection: (NXNE) North by North East Film, Canada 2012

Official Selection: (ASFF) Aesthetica Film Festival, UK 2012

Official Selection: Great Lakes International Film Festival, USA 2012

Sundance London: Short Film Competition Entrant 2012

QTV, UK & Soundnet

  • Writer / Director / Producer KAY 2012 Short Doc. Paintedfilms 
  • Director  FASHION LOOK BOOK MIKO SPINELLI 2012 Miko Spinelli
  • Writer / Director ENTHRALLED 2011 - Music Video Prod. Dirty Epics

Nominated Sexiest Video: Irish Music Television (IMTV) Awards 2011   

Nominated Best Styled Video: Irish Music Television (IMTV) Awards 2011

Nominated Best Video: Underground Short Film Festival 2011

Official Selection: Darklight Film Festival IRL 2011

  • Writer / Director / Producer L'ULTIMO GIORNO D'ESTATE (Last Day of Summer) 2011- Short Doc Paintedfilms
  • Writer / Director ONE MORE TUNE 2010 Music Video Prod. Julie Feeney, Mittens & Greyman Films
  • Writer / Director IMPOSSIBLY BEAUTIFUL 2009 - Music Video Prod. Julie Feeney                          

Winner Best Styled Video: Irish Music Television (IMTV) Awards 2009

  • Writer / Director LOVE IS A TRICKY THING 2009 Music Video Prod. Julie Feeney, Mittens & Greyman Films                     

Nominated Best Female Solo Video: Irish Music Television (IMTV) Award 2009          

Nominated Rising Star Award: Bray Music Video Festival 2010

Nominated Best Video: Bray MVF 2010

Nominated Best Artist: Bray MVF 2010

  • Writer / Director HERE/SHAPIRO 2009 Documentary Prod - Underground Films
  • Writer/ Director /Co-Producer IDENTITIES & MY IDENTITY 2008 - Underground Films

Winner Best Film Award: ICCL Human Rights Film Awards 2009                                  

Winner Best Documentary Film Award: The Gaze Film Festival 2009                         

Nominated European Short Debut: Era New Horizons, IFF 2010                                 

Nominated Best Factual Single Documentary: Celtic Media Awards 2010                  

Nominated Best Original Work / International Investigation: Rome Independent Film Festival 2010

  • Writer / Director / Producer I SEE YOU LEOPARD 2008 Music Video Prod. Underground FIlms
  • Producer LET'S GO DADDY OH! 2007 Music Video Prod. Benatti Productions & Ladyface
  • Writer / Director / Producer HARLOT Promotional Vid. Felix da Housecat & Spirit 
  • Writer / Director / Producer FICTITIOUS RICHARD 2006 Music Video Prod. Julie Feeny, Sony BMG, AB UNO Productions & Mittens
  • Writer / Director / Producer NUN 2005 short feature. AB UNO Productions

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:

1st Assistant Director - SOCIETY KILLERS (2005) Feature Film, MMD PRODUCTIONS
1st Assistant Director - THE FUTURE RUNS IN INDIA (2006) Six part Documentary, R.A.I Television, DEVI PRODUCTIONS, India
1st Assistant Director - THE ORANGE (2006) 20 mins, short film, ODI Productions & KUBLAI FILM, Italy
2nd Assistant Director - CONNOLLY’S DAUGHTER, (2006) 4 mins, music video for PZAZZ, RASCAL FILMS
Art Director - THE LAST CIGARETTE (2005) 3 mins, short film, FILMBASE
Asst. Production Designer – EGG (2005) 5 mins, short film, AKAJAVA PRODUCTIONS Sound Supervisor - WHAT IF Pilot T.V Series (Featuring John Boorman & Jim Sheridan) (2005) 15mins, BOOTLEG PRODUCTIONS
Lighting & photography – GONE (2005) 6 mins, short film, FILMBASE
Actors Assistant – PANDORA (2005) Short Feature, TG4 & SQUINT PRODUCTIONS

ACTING EXPERIENCE
-Young wife, MY HOUSE IN UMBRIA (2002) Feature Film
-Amy, SOCIETY KILLERS (2005) Feature Film
-Peasant, KING ARTHUR (2003) Feature Film
-Irish Mary, GANGS OF NEW YORK (2000) Feature Film

EDUCATION

Final Cut Editing, Irish Film Academy, Dublin 2006
Screen Writing, Irish Film Academy, Dublin 2006
Film Foundation Course, Filmbase, Dublin, Ireland 2005 Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, Ireland 2002-2004 L'Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome, Italy 2000-2002
Journalist for FILM IRELAND magazine (2005)
CORN EXCHANGE, Dublin 2005
S.I.T.I Theatre Company, Dublin 2004
R.A.D.A, London 2002
Numerous Acting roles in Theatre and Musical Productions.

T.S.D Think Shoot Distribute/BFI/ London Film Festival 2011 FAS- Ted Hope & Christine Vachon Masterclass 2011
FAS- Dearbhla Walsh Masterclass 2011

FAS- Stephen Daldry Masterclass 2010     

FAS- Adaption or anatomy of a screenplay 2010

FAS- Block Buster and script Analysis 2009                                                    

FAS- Mark Romanek Masterclass 2009

FAS- Mark Travis workshops 2009

FAS- Mike Leigh Masterclass 2008 FAS- Nicolas Philibert Masterclass 2008 FAS- Catalyst Project 2007