VITTORIA COLONNA / PAINTEDFILMS is a writer, director and overall seeker. Growing up between Ireland and Italy, Vittoria was influenced to study fine art painting in Rome's L'Accademia di Belle Arti. Having trained as an Opera singer in Tuscany, she then continued in the performing arts, finishing her studies at the Gaiety school of Acting in Dublin 2004. Later she turned to directing 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 co- 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.
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, rebellion yet exploring sensitive and dramatic themes with honesty and dark humour. She is also a member of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) and is currently developing a number of projects worldwide.