Matteo Bastianelli

Rome, Italy

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Born in 1985, Matteo Bastianelli is a freelance photographer, documentary film director and publicist-journalist based in Rome. He attended the "Scuola Romana di Fotografia" where he achieved a masters’ in reportage d’auteur and photojournalism. Above all he works on personal long-term projects related to social, political and environmental issues, concentrating his endeavours on the consequences of the conflicts which led to the disintegration of ex- Jugoslavia. He has been working in several countries in the Balkans, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria, focusing on the theme of memory, identity and cultural heritage. New projects are under and away in his home country, Italy, where he is working on a visual documentary report regarding environmental pollution which affects people's life in the town of Taranto, the most polluted industrial area in Europe. In 2013 he started a new project in Bulgaria, the EU's gateway for Syrian asylum seekers fleeing their country after the unsuccessful Syrian Civil War. His images have been published by some of the major national and international magazines and his projects have been shown in Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Turkey, Holland and the United States. He has received various important awards for his work in numerous national and international competitions, among which Emerging Talent Award at Reportage by Getty Images, Canon Young Photographers’ Award, PDN’s Photo Annual Award, an Honourable Mention from the NPPA- Best of photojournalism, International Photography awards, finalist for the Emerging Photographer Grant, Fotovisura Grant and the Lumix Multimedia Award. In 2012 he was nominated honorable member of the international team of experts for the “Institute for Research of Genocide” in Canada. "The Bosnian Identity" is his first documentary film, screened in the official selection at BIF&ST- Bari International Film Festival 2013, where was awarded the "Vittorio de Seta" prize for the director of the best documentary film. He is currently member of Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent.

MaldiMare (Seasickness), 71' Italy 2014
The Bosnian Identity, 52' Italy 2013
Home sweet homeless, 5' Italy 2012
A silent scream for life, 5’ Italy 2011
Back and forth, 5’ Italy 2010

Doc/it Professional Award, finalist 2013
Emerging Talent Award, Reportage By Getty Images, 2013
Marco Bastianelli Prize for the Best First Book, 2013
Vittorio de Seta Prize for the director of the best documentary film at BIF&ST, 2013
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, Deeper perspective, 2012
Honorary membership of the Institute for Research Genocide, Canada, 2012
3rd Lumix Multimedia Award, Finalist, 2012
Fotovisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project, Finalist, 2012
1st Gomma by Mono Contest, Shortlisted, 2012
IPA, Honorable Mention, Feature Story, 2011
IPA, Honorable Mention, Environmental, 2011
IPA, Honorable Mention, People, 2011
NPPA, Best of photojournalism, Honorable Mention, 2011
Multimedia Photojournalism Award (MEI), Honorable Mention, 2011
Sodalitas Award for Social Journalism, Finalist, 2011
Freedom to Create Prize, Highly Commended Artist, 2011
Amilcare Ponchielli Award/GRIN, Shortlisted, 2011
Connect Slide Show Contest, Finalist, 2011
Canon Young Photographers Prize- Best project, 2010
Emerging Photographer Grant Finalist, 2010
International photo contest JFF -Blur magazine winner, 2010
PDNs Photo Annual contest in photojournalism winner, 2010
Festival Internazionale Foiano Fotografia, 1st prize for best portfolio, 2009
Festival Internazionale della Fotografia di Roma, 2nd prize for best portfolio, 2009
Festival Fotoleggendo, 3rd prize for best portfolio, 2009

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