Gigi Roccati is a director and screen writer, also a documentary and music videos filmmaker. Awarded Best War Documentarist of Italian Television, he is currently developing his debute feature film and teaches Filmmaking at Scuola Holden. His screenplays, documentaries and shortfilms have won him several international awards and development funds. He is the creator of the Brembot Robotic Division, an animation cross media project just launched on all platforms, and a Berlinale Talent Campus, TFL and TFL Alumni.
Born 1979, Holding a diploma from the London Film School and a masters degree from the London Metropolitan University, with his graduation short film, Chloe Travels Time, in 2005 Roccati won an internship at the Universal Studios in Los Angeles, USA. After his short films were selected for the Venice and Rome Film Festivals, in 2006, Roccati returned to Italy to work on documentaries that have taken him from China, Russia and Afghanistan to the United States, South America, Cuba and Lebanon. In 2007, he began directing history programs for the Italian national TV– RAI 3. In 2008, Roccati directed, The Working Class Goes to Hell; a documentary about the tragedy of the Italian Thyssen-Krupp factory. In 2009, Roccati, in association with RAI Television, began filming Road to Kabul, a documentary about the Italian army and the Red Cross in Afghanistan. With the same title Roccati has just published his first photo-journalistic book with Contrasto; a diary of his travels through Afghanistan. Director of several music videos, in the summer of 2010 in Beirut, Roccati shot "General Suleiman" for singer Zeid Hamdan (Zeid and the Wings). The video was screened worldwide and reviewed by international newspapers including, The LA Times, El Mundo, Repubblica, and Haaretz. The posting of the video on YouTube started a first ever positive online dialogue between the youth of Israel and Lebanon. Samples of Gigi Roccati's work are available on YouTube and on his website. Professional photo-journalist Roccati also collaborates with numerous Italian newspapers and magazines, with reportages from his travels. He currently lives between Italy and Lebanon where he is developing his debut feature film. His screenplays developed in partnership with EAVE, Dubai Film Festival, Torino Film Lab and the Italian Ministry of Culture won several awards including the prestigious TFL - Torino Film Lab Awards, winning both the Jury and the Audience Awards. The MEDIA development fund and the MIBAC production award with the highest score out of all projects.