Interview with the Best Animation 2022 Award Winner, Maurizio Forestieri!

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Maurizio Forestieri is one of Italy’s best known animation directors. He competed twice at the Cannes Film Festival and ran once for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale. Maurizio’s work has been exposed at the MoMA in New York City. In 1988, he founded the company Graphilm. He stands out on the market both as creator and producer. He contributed as storyboarder to some of the most important Italian productions such as Freccia Azzurra, Gabbianellae il Gatto, and Aida degli Alberi. He has worked as a 2D animator for many years with the masters of Italian animation, such as Guido Manuli, Pierluigi De Mas, Giuseppe Laganà, Emanuele Luzzati and Bruno Bozzetto. Maurizio directed short films that have been distributed around the world. In 2003, he directed his first feature film Sapore, produced and distributed by Medusa. In 2012, he directed the animation film Cenerentola-Una favola in diretta, produced by Rai Fiction-RadaFilm and broadcasted all over Europe on Rai Uno. In 2015, he wrote and directed the animated seriesBu Buum (26 eps x 26 ‘), co-produced by Graphilm and Rai Fiction, broadcasted on Rai Gulp, and distributed around the world by Beta Film (Germany). He directed the documentary series Waterloo (5×10’), a co-production EMPublishers-Rai Fiction. In 2020, he worked on the short film Hanukkah–La Festa delle Luci. In 2021, he created the pre-school animated TV series Nefertine on the Nile (Graphilm, Rai Rgazzi, Waooh1, Cyber Group Studios) as well as the TV special for kids The Case. Currently, he is working on a new TV series project for kids.