President of the jury

Born in Turin in 1935, he started to work in sound recording and research in Rome in the Sixties. He then worked as a freelance engineer at the Davout studios in Paris and CTS Wembley in London, working with some of the best directors and musicians (Fellini, Antonioni, Visconti, Morricone). He has been a lecturer in Sound Design at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinema in Rome for over twenty years.

He heads the technical office for the set-up and conduction of the screening rooms at the Venice Biennale Cinema.


Johann Merrich is an organizer of sounds involved in electronic music research and experimentation. Her solo and ensemble projects were presented at the Santarcangelo Festival (2018) and the Venice Art Biennale (French Pavillion, 2017) and welcomed as openings by artists such as Zu, Teho Teardo, Mouse on Mars, Roedelius and Evan Parker. Merrich has been the artistic director of the electronicgirls netlabel since 2018,

and one half of The Empire of Light, a duo working with the sounds of electromagnetic fields, with eeviac. In 2019 she published Breve storia della musica elettronica e delle sue protagoniste (Brief history of electronic music and its protagonists) for Arcana Edizioni. Starting May 2019, she’s been proposing a new vision of electronic music on musicaelettronica.it


Stefano Lentini is a Rome based multi-instrumentalist composer of cinema and TV soundtracks. He is well known for having co-written the soundtrack of twice Oscar nominated Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster, and is one of only two Italian composers⁠—along with Ennio Morricone⁠—to be represented by Hollywood agency The Gorfaine / Schwartz. He wrote the score for Rai TV

Series La Porta Rossa and Braccialetti Rossi’s season 1, 2 and 3. His latest album Fury was defined as “a journey through the darkest side of the human mind” (Rolling Stone), “a spiritual narrative” (Rumore), “sheer creative power” (Classic Rock) and  “an orchestral nirvana” (Prog).


By way of a full bright scholarship offered by New England Conservatory, pianist Nicola moved from Milan, Italy to the States where he obtained a double master degree in composition and orchestral conducting. He spent 4 years studying under the wings of various conductors and composers (including Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, Lee Hyla, John Adams, Joe Maneri) before finally choosing to return to Europe and consecrating himself to composition.

He has worked with directors such as Academy Award Nominee Cristina Comencini, Cannes Film Festival winner Carlos Saura and Valeria Golino, Guido Chiesa, Michele Rho, Laura Morante, Fausto Paravidino, Ago Panini, Emma Luchini and Alessandro Baricco. As a pianist Nicola has accompanied artists such as Madonna, Sting and Rufus Wainwright, and shared the stage with classical greats such as Katia and Marielle Labèque and violin soloist

Viktoria Mullova. In 2012 he received a Grammy Nomination for his orchestral arrangement of Sting’s ‘Moon Over Bourbon Street’. Alongside film scoring, Nicola has also produced and collaborated with various pop artists including Mirwais, Lester Bowie, Marc Collin, Raphael Gualazzi, Nadeah, Meg and Caparezza. He also teaches film scoring bi-annually at Alessandro Baricco’s Holden School in Torino, Italy and currently resides in Paris.


Sara Loreni is an Italian performer and songwriter. She made her debut with the EP Loop Solo (2012) presented by Rockit, followed by Mentha (2015). She has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Ciampi and MEI Award. Her performances feature electronic instruments such as loop stations, drum machines and synths she uses to create a delicate and yet overwhelming distinctive

sound. She has played all over Italy and internationally, and performed at the Moon Festival NYC last June on stage with Gary Lucas (Jeff Buckley’s co-author and guitarist), as well as at TEDx Reggio Emilia and as part of Vinicio Capossela’s summer tour. Her TV experiences are very diverse and relevant such as X Factor Italia’s 9th edition, Quelli che il Calcio and Beati Voi. She is currently completing

her studies at the “Arrigo Boito” Music Conservatory whilst also working on her next album.


Videomaker, sound designer, composer. He is one of the founders of the band Gatto Ciliegia contro il Grande Freddo, with whom he has composed original soundtracks. He’s the co-author of the soundtrack for Nico,1988, nominated for the David of Donatello for Best Musicians and the Nastro D’Argento for Best Score in He wrote stage music for theatre and collaborated to live score projects with

Stefano Maccagno, the official composer at the National Cinema Museum in Turin.


Musician, composer and sound designer, Lorenzo Tomio works in cinema, theatre and TV projects. Twice shortlisted in the five top selected artists at the Jerry Goldsmith Awards, he composed the soundtrack of films such as Succede (It Happens) by Francesca Mazzoleni, Omicidio all’Italiana (Murder Italian Style) by Maccio Capatonda, Feather by Roan Johnson (73rd Venice Film Festival), and

the documentaries Bellissime by Elisa Amoruso and The Writer With No Hands by William Westaway, among others. He co-founded and regularly performs with the contemporary music ensemble L’Arsenale.


Giulio Ragno Favero is a musician and record producer. The bass and guitar player of Il Teatro degli Orrori and One Dimensional Man, he is also the artistic and sound producer of ZU, Marina Rei, Appino, Bachi da Pietra, Dolore Post Operatorio, Fast Animals And Slow Kids and many other artists. He is also the sound engineer currently on tour with I Hate My Village. He composed the score

of the theatrical show Eresia (Heresy) featuring Pierpaolo Capovilla reading texts by Vladimir Mayakovsky. He currently teaches masterclasses for Sound By Side in collaboration with internationally renowned sound engineers such as Steve Albini and Sylvia Massy, among others.