Award winner Italian-born Valentina Caniglia AIC is an experienced cinematographer who combines her cinematic skills with the moving image camera to shape the light and create illuminative colors that give life in every frames she makes.
For many years, Valentina has always been a Director Of Photography who focuses her creative and technical knowledge to translate words into visual images which better adapt into a narrative story.
At early age Valentina moved to London, England where she started her cinematography and camera operator career for dramas, comedies, music videos, commercials, documentaries using all kind of formats in video and film and technique with high speed photography, stop motion, special effects, time lapse photography, blue and green screen. She has since traveled around the globe participating in films in USA, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Brazil, India, China and Japan.
Valentina Caniglia is bi-costal in New York and Los Angeles and travels all around the world.
Throughout her life Valentina discovered the language of light, shadows, movement and composition, which she could use to develop her unique style. A style based on the quality of light and camera work associated to the narrative of a film, music video, commercial, television episode and a documentary.
She has since become a Cinematographer for various production companies where she unveiled her professionalism and creativity.
Valentina Caniglia was invited to be part of the Italian Association of Cinematographers, AIC as an honorary partner for excellent artist as a Director Of Photography.
In 2010 Valentina won the award for Best Cinematography at the 6th Muscat Film Festival, in the same year Valentina received a nomination for Best Cinematography at the Boston International Film Festival 2010 and won the Hoboken International Film Festival 2010 for Best Cinematography.
Valentina Caniglia latest cinematography work was for feature films such as:
"Argo Documentary" By Thiago la Costa produced by Waner Brother, Vice Media and Figura Media
"Due" directed by the acclaimed Italian Director Stefano Incerti winner of Venice film festival
"Fred" with Elliott Gould and Fred Melamed written and directed by Richard Ledes
"The Festival Of Light" entirely filmed in New York City and Guyana 2009/2010 with Aidan Quinn, Jimy Mystry, Melinda Shankar and Ritu Singh Pande with a Theatrical release in 2010 and RUFGS filmed in New York City with Jessica Caban premiered at the Boston International Film Festival in April 2010.
Valentina Caniglia's recent cinematography works include the drama feature film Pomegranates and Myrrth (Al Mor wa al Rumman) showed at Sundance film festival 2009, Cannes film festival 2009, Berlin 2009 and Dubai film festival 2009. The feature film was lensed in the Palestinian territories, Middle East directed by Najwa Najjar played by Hiam Abbas, Ali Suliman (Oscar nominated film Paradise Now in 2005) and Yasmine Al Masri (Caramel). Pomegrantes and Myrrth received the audience award for Best Arab Film at the Doha Tribeca film festival announced and personally handed by Robert De Niro.
She filmed Return To Sender with Bill Cobbs directed by 79th Oscar winner director and producer Ravi Malhotra. She teamed with Jerry Melichar manager at Focus Features International in the film Landlocked with Leslie Lyles.
Valentina's other work include the film Vespertine a drama featured on HBO, Ho Man! a dark comedy, Official selection of the Berlin Film Festival 2003, Nightmare a thriller film released in the movie theaters in Europe, awarded at the New York film festival 2005 and The Woods Have Eyes a thriller with Franky Adonis released in 2006.
Her work as a Director of Photography has been released in movie theaters in the world and has been seen on HBO, MTV, Channel Plus, ShowTime TV, Voyage TV for who she also filmed underwater photography around the Caribbeans as well as numerous nationally aired commercials, such as British Airways directed by Nikhil Advani, Ford directed by Kunal Kapoor, Nike directed by Mai La Thai, GBX shoes, My Space directed by Franco Barbeite both commercials received the Telly Award.
As Director Of Photography Valentina also made her mark in the music video world where she lensed the music video of Aesop Rock, Fast Cars, which achieved the first position on the MTV 2005 music videos classif, the Stain, Articolo 31, Enzo Gragnaniello and The Roots.
Magazine American Cinematographer and In Camera magazine published various articles on Valentina Caniglia's work.
In addition to Sailors, a documentary entirely filmed on a cargo ship for 35 days while the ship was navigating from West Virginia to Brazil with 22 sailors, the director and just herself as a woman on board, Valentina Caniglia's feature documentary work includes The Life Of Leo Castelli in New York with Richard Serra, James Rosenquist, Dennis Oppheneim and feature documentary Peace Crush in the Middle East directed by Marina Gersony with Menashe Kadishman and Sara Shilo.
Valentina is also an accomplished still photographer, her work participated in many exhibitions around the world. in may 2008, she did a solo photography exhibition called Naples-Palestine shown at Al Quads Center in Jerusalem, Middle East and at Sakakini Cultural Center in Ramallah, Palestine.
In February 2009, Valentina exposed her solo photography series at Art Raw contemporary art Gallery in Chelsea New York, in the same year she was invited to project her video contemporary art called "The Rise and The Decline" at Biennal of Theran, Berlin, New York, Finland and London.
Valentina recently published a photography project about Beduins in Elle Magazine Italy.
- Valentina Caniglia, AIC - Cinematographer