Silvia Scola

Jury president, screenwriter

Age and Scarpelli’s student. His debut feature is “Che ora è” with Troisi and Mastroianni directed by his father Ettore, with whom he has written, among others, La Cena, Unfair Competition, Gente di Roma, How strange to call himself Federico.

Qualified Members Of The Jury

The Jury Of The VerticalMovie Festival Is Mainly Composed Of Nationally And Internationally Renowned Showbiz Professionals. It Includes Directors, Screenwriters, Musicians, Actors, Producers And Communication Figures.

Roberto Nepote

Rai Marketing Director

Samuela Sardo


He made his debut at the age of 5 in the theater in Henrik Ibsen’s “Doll’s House”. Her career continues in the TV series of Italy 1, “Chiara and the others”, “The boys of the wall” then “A place in the sun” on Rai 3. In the following years: “A woman for a friend 3”, “Companions of school “,” Pride “,” Right of defense “, with” Incantesimo 7 “wins the Golden Telegrolla. In 2018 he returns to the Sistine Theater with” Belle Ripiene “.

Fabio Frizzi


Octavio Maya Rocha

Director, screenwriter, producer

Mexican filmmaker with 30 years of experience, he writes, produced and directed about 28 short films that have been selected and won in International Festivals. In 2023 he was nominated for the Silver Goddess as best short film for “A Ball”

Alessandra Kre

Actress, screenwriter, author

Alessandra Kre is an actress, singer, screenwriter, author for the theater and historian of Italian cinema. In love with the Italian comedy and Monica Vitti beyond measure, one of her mottos is a phrase of the latter: “Discovering to make people laugh is like discovering that you are the King’s daughter.”

Chul Heo

Director, screenwriter, professor

Chul Heo, a filmmaker and media scholar, serves as a Professor at the School of Film and TV Arts at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China. His recent work, a vertical film titled “New Normal” (2021), was awarded at the Vertical Movie Festival in Rome, securing the Vertical Movie 2021 prize. Additionally, his feature film “The Return” (2017) received the Golden Zenith Award at the 41st Montreal World Film Festival.

Stefano Reali

Director, screenwriter

Isabella Cesarini

Author, critic and essayist

With the book “The cinema of empty rooms” published in 2017 he won the International Prize of the City of Florence for the non-fiction section. The work is included in the CSC library. With the book “ANIME INQUIETE he wins the” Luca Romano “International Literary Prize for the narrative section. In 2020 he wins the Kalos Culture Prize 2020 for art and literature in Forte dei Marmi.

Valentina Gemelli

Actress, author

Valentina Gemelli is an actress, author and radio speaker. You work in the theater, cinema and television. She is the winner of the Vincenzo Crocitti 2018 award. She writes for the weekly “Mio”.

Boris Sollazzo

Film critic, writer

Gianni Fantoni

Actor, author

Fantoni was born in Ferrara in 1967. His career began in 1990 as a competitor of a Rai 2 program “Stasera mi butto”. He becomes popular for his recurring presence at the Maurizio Costanzo Show on Canale 5. In 1992 he leads Striscia la Notizia paired with Claudio Bisio. He recently co-starred in the musical The Full Monty.

Antonio Tallura


Fabrizio Fornaci


Composer of soundtracks for films and documentaries, as well as music for acronyms and Rai and Mediaset programs. Secretary of the A.C.M.F. (Association of Music Composers for Film).

Eugenio Cappuccio

Director, screenwriter

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