SMK Videofactory is an independent production company born in 2009 in Bologna (Italy), from a group of media activists. In these years it has been producing social documentaries and journalistic inquiries. It firmly believes in new models of crowdfunding production and in the idea that producing audio-visual works in a different way is possible. Its first crowdfunding project dates back to 2011, with the movie “Tomorrow’s Land“. Then it created an uninterrupted sequence of documentaries using mass co-production campaigns: “Kosovo vs Kosovo” (2012), “An ephemeral madness” (2012), “Green Lies” (2014), “Vite al Centro” (2014), “Our oil?” (2016). “The Harvest” (2017). In the wake of the mass auto-distribution experience of Tomorrow’s Land, it founded in 2013 OpenDDB, a portal which supports creative works of new filmmakers and of independent production companies in Italy and Europe.
Born in 1986 in Crotone, he is a documentary maker and director. He began his videomaker activity creating reportages and instant videos on social and current affairs.
He implemented his activity by getting passionate about the Kurdish and border issues.
In September 2015 he was part of the first international delegation to enter the city of Cizre, documenting the effects of the curfew and making the short documentary “The Cizre massacre” (2015 – 16 ‘).
In March 2016 he left again for Syria to make a film on the Turkish-Syrian border. He released his first feature film “Binxet – Sotto il confine” (2017 – 94 ‘), which recounts the condition of the Kurdish people suffering the violence of the Turkish army in Kurdistan after the agreement between the European Union and Turkey.
At the beginning of 2018 he is back on the border, the one between Italy and France, to tell the story of the journey of migrants on the Alpine passes.
He has made some short reports for the TV program “Propaganda live” and the documentary “The western border” (2018-20 ‘).
At the end of 2018 he joined the SMK Videofactory collective, with which he made his second feature, “The Milky Way”.
Emanuele Giacopetti, cartoonist and illustrator from Genova. From 2015 works with Graphic News, realeasing “La bolla di Ventimiglia”, “Il cammello che sputò sul Terzo Reich”, “Ritorno al futuro” and, in 2016, “Do you remember Balkan Route?”. He co-participated to the book “Gnam!” (BComics) and worked with RSI for the animation of the format “Segni dei tempi”. Works as a cartoonist, illustrator and garbageman in Genova. In 2018 releases for Bebert edizioni his first book, “Il regno animale”. In a dystopian near-future, the graphic novel tells the story of a humanity forced to continuously migrate.