Monica Manganelli – Film&Creative Director, Scenographer/vfx art director

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Biography: Born in Parma (ltaly) in 1977, studied Architecture at the Institute of Art (Bachelor in Architecture). In 2002 she graduated from the Parma University with an Academic Degree in  Cultural Heritage Conservation (History of Art and Architecture’s Specialization). She followed an additional year specializing with a Postgraduate Academic Degree in “Theater’s Set Design” and a Master in Cad Design e Computer Graphics in Reggio Emilia (2002-2003).

In this period she began to work as Set Designer Collaborator and Concept-Visual Artist for many productions since 2001 to 2011 in the Lyric Opera House in Italy and Europe among: Rigoletto, Theatre Marijnski, St. PetersburgL ‘Impresario delle Smirne, Theatre Stabile TurinSamson et Dalila, Theatre Comunale Bologna, Opera Royal de Wallonie, Director Michal Znaniecki, Fahrenheit 451, Director Luca Ronconi; Ercole sul Termodonte, Agrippina, Theatre La Fenice Venice.

Monica  collaborated with the Director Davide Livermore for the preparation of Scenic and visual/Set design of following works : Billy Budd (Season 2004-05), Aci Galatea e Polifemo (Season 2008-09), ldomeneo (Season 2010-11), l Vespri Siciliani (Season 2011-12 ), productions by Theatre Regio Turin.

Then  Monica moved in the FILM PRODUCTION definetely (2009) and now she is  also specialized as VFX Art Director/Concept Artist and Creative EventDesigner. 

She collaborated with different VFX-PostProduction Studios, Film Productions, Event Agency  in  Europe, working on many commercial spots, movies and fashion show/ events for: EDI VFX (Milan), MATHEMATIC (Paris), KOMPOST (Zurich), WARNER BROS (Chicago), DAW Design (Turin), TAX FREE FILM (Parma), Leo Burnett UK and PARTIZAN LONDON, BALICH WORLDWIDE SHOW, VILLA EUGENIE (Paris-Bruxelles). CREDITS:

CLOUD ATLAS (2012): CONCEPT ARTIST for the Movie Production by Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski (Berlin-Babelsberg Studios), Production Design: Hugh Bateup, Uli Hanisch (2011-12).

COMMERCIAL SPOT (2009-2016):  Sammontana, Adidas, Armani,  X_ Factor, SkyTV, Tim “Survivor’, Q8, Lancia, Mediolanum, Neutro Roberts, Wind Mobile, Oro Saywa, Seaworld, Tim “Internet pack”, Tim “Monalisa”, “BBC-Mass Construction”, Lancia Delta, Lancia Musa, Lamborghini, Tim-Marco Polo, Tim Casanova, TrafficJam-Zain/TV, BMW, Wolswagen, Ansaldo Breda-Expo Milan 2015, Mirabilandia, Rado, Ferrero , Richmond, Tic Tac etc….

VILLA EUGENIE (Bruxelles) by Scenographer and Director Etienne Russo: SCENOGRAPHER-CONCEPT/VISUAL ARTIST for fashion show and events (2012-2013); Credits: Dior Homme (Paris), Y3, Farley (New York), FIE Event- Grand Palais (Paris).

MILAN FASHION WEEK (2013): Scenographer/Set Designer – Art Director for fashion show and events by Vogue- Condenast and some fashion brands (BORBONESE, MEISSEN, ETRO) ecc..

In 2013 she signed at BMF- Bejiing Music Festival (China) as Scenographer- Set Designer-Art Director  the virtual multimedia scenography for the Verdi’s Anniversary Celebration project (Traviata, Rigoletto, Trovatore, Wagner – Opening Ceremony).

In 2014 she collaborated with Event Creative Director Marco Balich and his creative team for the event show OPERA ONICE at the ARENA OF VERONA and other events projects.

NOW and UPCOMING FUTURE PROJECTS: Now she is focusing on projects regarding CREATIVE and ARTISTIC-FILM DIRECTION in film production, lyric opera house and fashion/events show.

She signed in 2015 as film director her first short animated film: The BALLAD of the HOMELESS (La Ballata dei SenzaTetto ) with the co-production of Emilia Romagna Film Commission. Short selected in about 50 important international film festival and WINNER for :

BEST ANIMATION-Los Angeles SHORTS FEST for qualifying shortlist Academy Award 2016,
BEST FILM EUROPE and BEST FILM WORLD Anim’Arte Animation festival Brazil, (2015)
BEST MUSIC and AUDIENCE AWARDATHENS Animation Film festival (2016).
SPECIAL PRIZE for ANIMATION – ITALIAN SILVER RIBBON 2016 (Nastri d’ argento-Italian critics award).
BEST ANIMATED ECO FILM, Golden Kuker Animation Film Festival (2016)
-AUDIENCE AWARD – Festival “Registi a Confronto” (2016)
AUDIENCE AWARD, Festival Palagiano in corto (2016)
-BEST ANIMATION –Voghera Film festival (2016). Candidate for  “David di Donatello”-Italian  Film Academy awards: category BEST SHORT (2016).

Along with DARING HOUSE, Berlin-based company, since 2013 she has been creative director and she developed videoscenography for entertainment and video installations on different projects, including:
Virtual set design for permanent exhibition to Cinecittà studios, client: Cinecittà Studios Rome
– Immersive video installation for exhibition “Umbria and cinema” , client: CariPerugiaArte Foundation at Baldeschi Palace in Perugia (2016).
Immersive video installation at Rocca Paolina (into medieval fortress) in Perugia – Italy, client: Culture Department – City of Perugia. (2017).

Monica signed the set design and videoscenography for the Opera House Season 2016-17 for many operas project:



Now she is preparing and will sign the stage design/videoscenography for new opera production AIDA by Theatre Carlo Felice-Genova Opera House, for the opening seasons 2018-19.

She is now in production as film director for 2 new film project: TURANDOT-PRINCESS OF CHINA (animated feature film) and BUTTERFLIES IN BERLIN (animated drama history film) about Homocaust and the story of a man who wants to become a woman, set up during the 30’s and 40’s in Berlin.

She performs regularly teaching at master classes and workshops including Cinecitta’ Studios, the Italian Opera School at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Toschi Institute of Art, IED Milan. She has been professor at the University of Parma, regarding “Scenography and new technologies whitin creative industries(course 2016-17).

She was awarded in 2015 the Prize San Martino for artistic merit by the city of Noceto (PR) with the following motivation: “For a versatile and highly innovative artist who has achieved prestigious international awards, proving to be able to combine the talented professional skills developed with passionate determination, a sensitivity able to translate reality into stories and striking images of authentic poetry, open to messages of courage, solidarity and hope “.

In 2018, Monica has been invitated as special guest-speaker by  Iranian National School of Cinema for the international conference, in collaboration with Iranian Culture Ministry and National Library of Iran, on the subject of “Cinema in the Digital Age”, to talk about Interdisciplinary of the arts: Skills/Experiences- oriented relations between cinema and other artistic fields such as theater, exhibitions, animation and video-installation in the digital age”.