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EFF FESTIVAL

Our Film Festival is located on the Elba Island, a magnificent island of the Tuscan Arcipelago. With the Elba Film Festival we wanted to create a space for creatives from all over the world to converge, connect and showcase one another's work. What better place than a film festival to satisfy this need of community among filmmakers?

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THE ISLAND

Elba, a beautiful island lapped by pristine turquoise waters. Asides from visiting the different venues, meeting other like minded creatives and watching the festival films, the island has plenty to offer: Swimming, hiking trails, kayaking and trekking, delicious fresh fish at many of the local restaurants right along the shore, a visit of Napoleon's residency in Porto Ferraio.
During the four days that the festival takes place you will be given the opportunity to enjoy the island during one of its best times of the year. The Elba Film Festival staff will do all it can to make you feel at home and enjoy the thrill that it is to watch your own film on a big screen!

Nora

FESTIVAL FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Nora jaenicke

Nora Jaenicke is an award-winning filmmaker currently residing between Cambridge and New York City. She grew up in Italy with German parents and studied Film at the European Institute of Design in Rome and Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School.
Later on, she was able to deepen her studies in Psychology and Creative Writing at Harvard University while on a full scholarship. She has worked in Cologne, Germany, for a Documentary Film Production Company and as a Set Designer in Los Angeles, before starting to write and direct her own films.
Her feature length screenplay Whales was selected to be a part of the Kitzbuehl Writing Residency in August 2017, and her first feature film is slated for production in May 2019. She has made several short films that won multiple awards at prestigious festivals all over the world. When she is not busy exploring the world, writing or making films, she runs a screenwriting retreat in the heart of Tuscany and the Elba Film Festival.

BENIAMINO

HEAD OF PROGRAMMING Beniamino brogi

Beniamino Brogi starts moving heavy stuff from one stage to another at the age of 17, in Tuscany. He then moves (himself) to Berlin where he works as a light technician until he takes the bizzarre decision to study acting, in German (a language he never spoke before.)
He studies at the Europaeisches Theater Institut in Berlin until 2010 and starts working as an Actor in Germany and in Italy for different Tv shows, movies and theater projects. He works in three different languages, likes to define himself a "European actor" and lives between Berlin and Tuscany

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PROGRAMMING COMITEE Cristina toccafondi

Cristina Toccafondi, actress, was born in Tuscany to an American mother and an Italian father. Since she was little she has been acting on stage, but it is only after a Master in Art History that she decides to devote herself completely to acting. She studies film acting in Paris with several coaches, such as Jack Waltzer (Actors Studio), Lena Lessing, Florence Bolufer. She has performed in many short films in Italy, France and the US and recently in two feature movies. In 2014 she has produced, written and interpreted the short film Nora, screened in many festivals in Italy and abroad. She won a prize as best actress for Whales by Nora Jaenicke and she is currently in pre-production of her short movie Sabato.

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EVENT AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR MARGHERITA BRANDI

Margherita Brandi studies Tourism with a focus on Event Planning and Management at the University of Pisa. She is a great believer in the Elba Island's potential in becoming a cultural center for Italians as well as foreigners asides from being a beautiful tourist destination for the Summer months. It is the love for the Island, where she grew up, which has motivated her in becoming a part of the Elba Film Festival.