In our last instalment of Meet the Industry Partners we looked at Revolutions Productions in Manchester, and to round things off we’re moving down to Birmingham to examine Paguro Films and their founder, Giada Mazzoleni. Based in the West Midlands, the company is another fitting example of the high caliber industry connections that our teams work so hard to make on behalf of our students.
Giada, who is a producer, is front and centre of Paguro and is paving the way for women in the film industry. She produced the short film Moths to Flame in 2018 and it won the Studio Universal Prize at Alice Nella Città and an Italian Silver Ribbon award. As well as this Giada produced Fulci for Fake (2019) which was selected at Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia and screened at Sitges Fantastic Film Festival. As an educator, Giada collaborates with the British Council and the Civic School of Cinema in Milan, delivering workshops on production and distribution.
Furthermore, together with the BFI Film Audience Network, the Italian Institute of Culture and the Italian Vice Consul in Birmingham Giada launched Marcello, the first Italian Film Festival in the Midlands in 2021.
In June 2020, with the project In Between, directed by Marco Pellegrino, Giada took part in the Biennale Cinema College program and this particular feature film was also on the European Genre Forum 2021 slate. Moreover, together with Lorenzo Colonna, Giada was selected at the FilmarketHub Online UK Pitchbox, pitching the period drama Pearl in front of some of the most prestigious leading British film companies. Since 2020 Giada has been an EWA member and part of Women in Film & TV (UK).
Natalie Edwards, our Head of Industry and Careers at Screen and Film School Birmingham, had this to say about our collaboration with Paguro:
“I am very excited to have an international, award-winning film production company as an industry partner. Of equal importance, Paguro is based in Birmingham, but they have a sister company in Italy. Students must understand the importance of co-production in our industry, and I want our students to have a global network they can tap into.”
Here is what Italian-born filmmaker Giada thinks about the importance of studying film:
“My years at school were central in defining my first approach to the world of work in the screen industries. I have always conceived the school space as a training space but above all as a protective hub in which to create my first network, in which to give space to my creativity and in which to shape my future professional vision. Today, as a producer, I believe it’s necessary to nurture, stimulate and support future generations of filmmakers, because it’s from the generational exchange that innovation is born and the impossible becomes possible.”
Thank you to Giada for those inspirational words and to everyone at Paguro for continuing to work tirelessly to encourage young, talented filmmakers. We look forward to seeing this in action over the coming years at Screen and Film Brimingham.
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