Dr. Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall was born in London in 1934. In July 1960, she began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program. Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots connects hundreds of thousands of youth in more than 130 countries who take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. She travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth. Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.
Gaetano Capizzi was born in Sicily in 1960 and at the age of ten moved to Torino where he got a degree in Cinema’s History and Criticism and today works as a film critic and organizes cultural events and festivals. He has always supported the Italian independent cinema, promoting exhibitions and essays, directing the ‘Indipendent Italian Cinema Festival’ in Berlin and founding the AIACE-CIC (Centro Italiano Cortometraggio). In 1998 he founded Cinemambiente – Environmental Film Festival of Torino, which he is still directing today. He has been elected President of the Environmental Film festival Network and is the director (and founder) of the Green Film Network, which brings together the leading international environmental film festivals. Among his editorial collaborations:
• “Isole. Cinema indipendente italiano” 1992, ed. Pervisione
• “In punta di cuore: il cinema di Ottavio Mai” 1993, ed. Pervisione
• “Il Mereghetti – Dizionario dei film” 1993 ed. Baldini e Castoldi
• “10 d.c. (dopo Cernobyl) – cinema e nucleare” 1996, ed. Pervisione
• “Come vendere un cortometraggio” 1997, Jan Rofenkamp ed. Lindau
• “Corti italiani” 1997, ed. Lindau
• “Vittorio De Seta, 1999, il mondo perduto” ed. Lindau
• “Joris Ivens – A wind tale” 2000, ed. Cinemambiente
• “Cinema e Ambiente” 2011, ed. ARPAV
Philip Ilson is the Artistic Director of the London Short Film Festival, which he co-founded in 2004. He is also the short film programmer for the BFI London Film Festival, and has worked as a freelance programmer, including at the East End Film Festival (London), Cork Film Festival (Ireland), and the Branchage Festival (Jersey), Latitude music festival, and at Curzon Soho Cinema. Ilson worked at the British Council in the 1990s. He transferred as a contract temp into the (then) Films & TV Dept in 1995 as Events Assistant, where he stayed until 2000. This was the time that he set up the Halloween Society short film club as part of London’s burgeoning underground and alternative film club scene. At the British Council he met Kate Taylor – now at the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) and they both went on to found what eventually became the London Short Film Festival. When he left the British Council in 2000, he ended up working in a freelance capacity with the Design department to curate a touring club project called Sensurround, mixing club visuals, DJs, short films and fashion, which went to various international venues through the British Council’s overseas offices throughout 2001. Since starting the London Short Film Festival in 2004, the Festival has collaborated with the British Council a number of times, specifically on an award for Best UK Short Film, which is still in place for the 2014 Festival. He has been collaborating with Festival delle letter since 2010. Roving international panelist, loyal champion of exciting new filmmakers, there’s not much Philip Ilson doesn’t know about short films.
Marco Corbani was born in Bergamo in 1969. After his studies in communication design he started working in 1990 as Art Director in Euro RSCG. From 1998 to 2001 he was Creative Director in WLF/Brand Portal. In 2002 he founded his first advertising agency in Milan, LA FONDERIA, and in 2010 he founded his second and current agency, Green Marketing. In 2015 he created GREEN HUB, a network that includes his advertising agency and several start-up companies. He is cofounder of Cortopotere (Short Film Festival) and Artistic Director and creator of the Festival delle lettere. He is also member of LIFE AFTER OIL International Film Festival’s Animation Committee. Among his clients there are companies like ADIDAS, POSTE ITALIANE, L’OREAL, PHILIPS, ABB, OSRAM, SANOFI, BRACCO, RCS, CANON, BBURAGO, SAMSUNG.
Daniela De Donno
Daniela De Donno was born in Lecce in 1960. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Florence University in 1986. In 1990 she moved to Africa and lived in Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. In Burundi, in 1991, she worked as volunteer in the Centre “Half-way House” of Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Bujumbura, where she met Jane Goodall for the first time. In 1993 Daniela De Donno moved to Tanzania, in Kigoma, where she worked until 1997, always for the JGI, as regional coordinator of the environmental and humanitarian international program Roots&Shoots (R&S), involving the local population and, in particular, young people in projects devoted to environmental protection and sustainable development, social commitment and intercultural exchange. She was also involved in the problem of refugees from Burundi and Congo: for her work she uses any medium available, from theatre performances to artistic and literary competitions in order to stimulate creativity and involve young people and the community. In 1998 she founded the Jane Goodall Institute Italia per l’Uomo, gli Animali e l’Ambiente ONLUS (JGI Italia) with the objective of disseminating the principles of Jane Goodall Institute Global and continue in Africa and in Italy the project for the poorest communities, for the protection of nature and the promotion, in particular among young people, of civil ethics. In 2010 her CV was included in Merito al femminile. Talenti di donne tra lavoro e vita privata with the patronage of The Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. Under her management, the Jane Goodall Institute Italia received the “City of Rome La Lupa” Award and Dr. Goodall was honoured by the President of the Republic of Italy with the Grand Officer Order of Merit of The Republic of Italy.