Encounters Audience Awards 2015

Encounters
Film Festival

Francesca Castelbuono

Francesca Castelbuono

Director

    Biography

    Francesca is a London based Italian/British writer/director. With a background in the performing arts and a 1st class BA in Drama & Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London, she is co-founder of theatre collective Seventh Storey. With the collective, she has performed at experimental theatre venues such as the Shunt Lounge and the Battersea Arts Centre in London. Transitioning to film, she has gained experience working on feature films and in the broader industry with companies such as Recorded Picture Company, Universal Pictures Int'l and New Regency. Her first short Morella, was a student experimental film supported by the Goldsmiths Special Project Fund. Last years she made her music video debut for revolutionary London-based label Hyperdub. The video was featured on Dazed & Confused in occasion of the label's 10 years anniversary. Her second music video, Enemy, was selected to screen at Encounters Film Festival and Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Francesca recently won a Live Script Reading Award at the British Urban Film Festival supported by Channel 4 for her first short film drama, which she is developing with Quip Films. Francesca is also co-writing her first feature film screenplay. The project was awarded research and development funding from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.