Program Faculty

Ciro Cappellari

Ciro Cappellari
Since 1989 Ciro Cappellari has been working as a writer, director and cinematographer. His most important works as a director include Sin Querer – Time of the Flamingos (1997) that won the Sundance Cinema 100 Award for the best screenplay. It also won the best film in the Göteborg Film Festival and was nominated for the European award “Felix” in 1999. His first feature film, Hijo del Rio -The Son of the River (1995) was the best Opera Prima in the Latin-American Film Festival in Trieste. He has written and directed several feature documentaries like Amor América (1989), In Berlin  (2009) as co-director with DP Michael Ballhaus and Francesco and the Pope (2012), about the Vatican. With Abdullah Ibrahim – A Struggle for Love (2005) he won the Adolf-Grimme-Award in Germany. He has worked on several projects as a cinematographer, including films by Pepe Danquart (Schwarzfahrer (1992), which won the Academy Award for Best Short Film, “Oscar” ®1994), Marcel Gissler (Die blaue Stunde (1992), audience award at the Max Ophüls Festival), Dominique de Rivaz (Mein Name ist Bach (2003) Swiss Film Prize 2004) and Vadim Glowna´s Sleeping Beauties (2006). Since 2007 he has been a member of the European Film Academy. Ciro has also been teaching cinematography, directing and screen writing for the last 18 years internationally, including institutes such as the DFFB in Berlin and CalArts in California.