Tôya Sato

Sato was born in 1959 in Tokyo. His father, Junya Sato was also a film director. Tôya Sato joined Nippon Television Network Corporation in 1983 and has directed many TV dramas since. Credits include, The Straight News (2000), The GokuSen (2002-08), the live action The Grave of Fireflies (2005), My Boss is My Hero (2006). Other movies he has directed include Gokusen the Movie (2009), Kaiji (2009) and Kaiji 2 (2011). 

Yeon Sang-ho

Born in Seoul, Korea, Yeon Sang-ho graduated from Sangmyung University with a degree in Western Painting and setup his production house, Studio Dadashow, in 2004. His short animations, The Hell - Two Kinds of Life (2006) and Love is Protein (2008), have been presented and awarded at various international film festivals. He directed the animated opening trailer for the Busan International Film Festival in 2010. His first feature-length animation The King of Pigs (2011) was the winner of triple awards at the Busan International Film Festival and was invited to Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes 2012. That same year he directed the short feature The Window. 

Jan Švankmajer

Born in 1934 in Prague, he's one of the most celebrated animators in the world. He made his first film in 1964 and is known for his surreal animations which have influenced artists such as Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the Brothers Quay. His creative diversity exceeds the limits of film: he is active in autonomous visual expression which he has practised since the end of the 1950s. His work, whether film, visual, or literary, is connected with the activities of the Czechoslovak Surrealist group.


Jimmy ScreamerClauz

Jimmy ScreamerClauz is an american mysterious director.

Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works are the noir science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), crime drama Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000), war film Black Hawk Down (2001), crime thriller Hannibal (2001), biographical film American Gangster (2007), and science fiction films Prometheus (2012) and The Martian (2015).

Scott is known for his atmospheric, highly concentrated visual style. Though his films range widely in setting and period, they frequently showcase memorable imagery of urban environments, whether 2nd century Rome (Gladiator), 12th century Jerusalem (Kingdom of Heaven), medieval England (Robin Hood), contemporary Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), or the future citys of Blade Runner. Scott has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Directing (for Thelma and Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down). In 1995, both Ridley and his brother Tony received the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema. In 2003, Scott was knighted for his "services to the British film industry". In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art in London.

Yeon Sang-Ho

Yeon Sang-ho was born in Seoul in 1978. After earning a degree in Western Painting at the Sangmyung University, he began making several short films before his debut in 2011 with his first animated film "The King of Pig".


Sam has spent the last decade working wherever there has been a piece of clay to animate. From its modest beginnings to the Factory Aardman where he worked, there have beenso many projects that this animator has made its stamp, at the same time and if the budget is allowed, he has created a name as an  independent filmmaker of shorts such as “Encarna”, “The Werepig” and “Vicenta” (nominated for a GOYA in 2011). He has just finished his first film “POS ESO”. 

Samuele Sestieri, Olmo Amato

Samuele Sestieri (Rome, 1989) graduated in directing and screenwriting from the ACT Multimedia Film Academy. He has written, directed and edited over ten shorts, including Danza al tramonto (2012), presented at the CinemAmbiente festival in Turin. He is also a film critic for various websites: he founded the blog “Schermo bianco” and is one of the editors-in-chief of the movie magazine “Point Blank.” 

Olmo Amato (Rome, 1986) graduated in neurobiology at La Sapienza University in Rome. A professional photographer and video maker, he is involved in fine-art prints, post-production and teaching. He also curates the photographic archive of the Alberto Moravia Fund. His photographic projects “Rinascite” (Rebirths) and “Sogni, memorie e incubi dalla metropolis” (Dreams, memories and nightmares from the metropolis) were selected for the Photo Kathmandu festival and the 2014 Young Illustrators Award in Berlin.


Federico Sfascia

Federico Sfascia worked as illustrator and cartoonist until 2007, when he decided to start making films. He directed the horror comedy Beauty Full Beast and the short I REC U.



Steven Soderbergh

American director, screenwriter and movie producer. Palme d’Or winner at Cannes Film Festival for the movie Sex, lies and videotape, with which he also receives an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. In 2001 he receives a double Oscar nomination for best director of Erin Brockovich and Traffic, winning it for the last movie. Among the many movies he directed, the most famous ones are The good German, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, Magic Mike and Side effects. On TV he directed the acclaimed movie Behind the Candelabra and the TV series The Knick.


Sion Sono

Sion Sono (1961) is a Japanese director, screenwriter, writer, composer and actor. In 1985 makes his cinematographic debut with the short film I'm Sion Sono!!, while in 1990 directs his first feature film Bicycle Sighs.

In 1992 he wins Jury's Prize at Tokyo Sundance Film Festival for the thriller The Room. Sono finally becomes also well known outside Japan with Suicide Club, first film of a trilogy, which was awarded with the Jury's Prize at Fant-Asia Film Festival. In 2005 he directs the dreamlike film Strange Circus and the action film Hazard, while in 2008 he realises Love Exposure, which becomes an international success.

Ali Soozandeh

Born in Shiraz, Iran, he studied Arts in Teheran before to emigrate in Germany in 1995. After the transfer he receives the diploma in Media Design by the Technica università of Colonia.

He works like animator for movies and television, directing music video and other short films and he founds his company Cartoona – Moon.


Lorenzo Sportiello


Lorenzo Sportiello was born in 1978 in Italy, where he had a degree in film directing at the National Film School Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Cinecittà. As a writer, he attended international workshops at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and at the Apulia Film Commission in Italy.

Newly graduated, he focuses on music videos and commercials. His clients includes MTV, SKY, EMI Recordings, Warner Bros, Microsoft, BMW. In 2009 his promo TOIVE for Vladislav Delay is published in various international magazines including The New Yorker and Shots. In 2008 he was commissioned WANNABE A FILMMAKER by MTV Italy, which becomes the first Italian web series.

Between 2005 and 2008 he directed seven short films, boasting participation in major international festivals including the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Taormina International Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Genova Film Festival, the Next Reel Film Festival in Singapore.

In 2006 he was in competition at the 63rd Mostra del Cinema di Venezia with the short film FIB1477. In 2009, his graduation short film STAIN-BLOOD EYES is awarded as Best Film at RIFF.

Christopher Sullivan

He was born and raised in the wooded hills of Pittsburgh Pa. along with 10 siblings. A product of his British mother Beryl, and his Irish American father Lawrence.They met in England during WW2. He now lives in Chicago, where he makes his work, teaches at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and is father to Carmen and Silvia Abelson.

He has been creating experimental film and theater for 30 years. He has shown his work in festivals, theaters and museums world wide, including Zagreb World Festival of Animation, Humboldt Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival; Ottawa Animation Festival, Guggenheim Museum; Boston Museum; Tribeca Film Festival, Osian's Cinefest in India, in Haifa film festival, Chicago international, Milano, Vancouver International, Pacific Film Archives Denver Starz; and New Yorks, Film Forum in December Boston.

Films shown at FFF

Hsin Yin Sung

Born in Taipei, she studied theory of film at Kyoto’s university and has later obtained the Columbia College’s degree in Chicago. She likes to go from one cinematographic genre to another to explore the different relationships between people, and her vision thinks as the cinematographic editing as the composition of a musical piece. Before her experiences in the movie industry she was a writer, journalist and photographer.