Our documentary called "On the trails of the glaciers", by Massimiliano Sbrolla and Paolo Aralla, has been selected as one of the finalists at this year's Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, one of the major events in the world of documentaries and books about the alpine landscapes of the planet. The festival will take place in Banff, Alberta, Canada from 28th October until 6th November 2011. the list of the finalists is available at the following webpage
"On the trails of the glacier", the last documentary produced by SD Cinematografica will be aired in prime time, at 8,15 p.m., on ZDF/ARTE (Germany). The Climat Change is the subject of the documentary. Glaciers provide a reliable indicator of the global climate and environmental changes that our planet is experiencing. A hundred years after the Duke of the Abruzzi’s mountain climbing and photographic expedition to the Baltor glacier in Karakorum, a team of scientists and photographers is following in his wake with the aim of carrying out an accurate climatological analysis and to compile a visual record of the transformations that have taken place in the glacier and the environment in general of the last century. The goal of the mission is to highlight the changes in the glaciers and the environment that have taken place over the last century in this most sensitive and important system, by comparing Vittorio Sella’s historic images with new images, as well as field data and laboratory analysis. Glaciers are reliable indicators of the climate and environment changes that our planet is experiencing. The documentary has already been sold to RAI (Italy), RTSI (Switzerland) and NHK (Japan)
Our documentary called "On the trails of the glaciers", by Massimiliano Sbrolla and Paolo Aralla, will air on NHK Educational channel on 18th June 2011, at 18:55, during the "Dramatic Planet" slot. Re-running will abe on 28th June 2011, at 00:00.
"On the trails of the glacier", the last documentary produced by SD Cinematografica will be aired at 10,30 p.m., on RTSI (Switzerland) The Climat Change is the subject of the documentary. Glaciers provide a reliable indicator of the global climate and environmental changes that our planet is experiencing. A hundred years after the Duke of the Abruzzi’s mountain climbing and photographic expedition to the Baltor glacier in Karakorum, a team of scientists and photographers is following in his wake with the aim of carrying out an accurate climatological analysis and to compile a visual record of the transformations that have taken place in the glacier and the environment in general of the last century. The goal of the mission is to highlight the changes in the glaciers and the environment that have taken place over the last century in this most sensitive and important system, by comparing Vittorio Sella’s historic images with new images, as well as field data and laboratory analysis. Glaciers are reliable indicators of the climate and environment changes that our planet is experiencing. The documentary has already been sold to RAI (Italy), ZDF/ARTE (Germany & France) and NHK (Japan)
The documentary "Flying over Everest" by Fabio Toncelli, produced by SD Cinematografica in 2004, has been recently awarded as best Adventure documentary at the Festival INKAFEST 2010 (www.inkafest.com). The success of this film seems unstoppable, after the other 18 first prizes at the main international documentary festivals in Italy and abroad, since this awards comes 6 year after the completion of this title. http://www.inkafest.com/main.htm
The last documentary produced by SD Cinematografica and Directed by Fabio Toncelli "Free Mussolini" will be aired in prime time the 3rd of September on RAITRE inside the main historical slot "La Grande Storia". The documentary shot in HD will be internationally distributed by ITV. For the first time, unpublished documents and photos reveal the secret of the most daring exploit of all time carried out by special forces: Operation Oak, the liberation of the Duce, Benito Mussolini.The version of the blitz told by its hero, the SS Captain Otto Skorzeny, has continued to fascinate the general public in books and documentaries up to the present day. But it has one defect: it is completely false. Why do some people still defend it? What is behind it? And most of all: who really freed the Duce? Testimonies, memories, filmed material, unpublished photographs, and documents carefully hidden in the Italian archives demolish piece by piece the official nazi version and make it possible for the first time to recount the incredible chain of events that had a strong effect on public opinion throughout the world during World War II and still conceals many obscure aspects.
The new historical documentary by Fabio Toncelli, called "The battle of Montecassino: the shocking truth" will air on the Italian Public Broadcaster RAI on the 26th September 2009, during the most important documentary slot in Italy, called "Ulisse, il piacere della scoperta" and hosted by Alberto Angela.
SD Cinematografica's crew just arrived in Italy after more then 45 days on the Baltoro Glacier in Karakorum. A hundred years after the Duke of the Abruzzi’s mountain climbing and scientific expedition to the Baltor glacier in Karakorum, a team of scientists and photographers has followed in his wake with the aim of carrying out an accurate climatological analysis and to compile a visual record of the transformations that have taken place in the glacier and the environment in general of the last century. Post production of the documentary will start soon. We aim to be ready with the 52 minutes film at the beginning of 2010. In the meanwhile please watch at the clips here below
The departure of the first expedition of photographic-scientific project "On the Trails of the Glaciers" is scheduled for 24 July 2009. The team will depart from Milan with a direct flight to Islamabad, Pakistan, to begin the long journey toward the Baltoro glacier, the main goal of this first mission. The project aims to revisit some of the most important historic expeditions, including the memorable expedition of the Duke of Abruzzi in 1909 (of which this year commemorates the hundredth anniversary), with the aim of achieving, by retracing the same points of view, new images that will be used to observe the changes occurred to the Karakorum’s glacial environment in the last hundred years. The photographic activity will be performed by Fabiano Ventura, project designer team leader, who will use the most modern digital technologies combined with traditional techniques of large-format shooting, seeking not only results of scientific and environmental value, but also aesthetically pleasant. Of great importance for the environmental value, these observations provide the raw material for scientific glaciological studies able to explain the current conditions of the planet, on the threshold of climate changes at a worldwide scale. The scientific observations will be performed by two of the world's leading experts in the field of glaciology: Prof. Claudio Smiraglia, former President of the Glaciologic Italian Committee, who will investigate on data collected during the expedition, and Prof. Kenneth Hewitt, Research Associate and founder of the Cold Regions Research Center of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo (Ontario, Canada), who will be in contact with the team on Baltoro thanks to the satellite link, in order give hints and plan direct observations, thanks to his considerable experience just in the regions to be visited during the expedition. Dr. Pino D’Aquila, geologist and alpinist with interest in geomorphology and GIS, will be with the crew on Baltoro to perform direct analysis and to collect data. The expedition team will be constantly followed by a film crew, to collect material for a video documentary (produced by SD Cinematografica) and for short movies to be published regularly on the web portal www.sdcinematografica.it during the activities on the Baltoro glacier. The expedition takes advantage from contributions by the leading enterprises in the field of the renewable energies, such as Enel Green Power and Enneci S.r.l. that, enjoying the project’s aims, made possible its fulfilment.
A documentary film by Fabio Toncelli, “Ortona 1943: A Bloody Christmas”, produced by SD Cinematografica of Rome, has been nominated in the “History and Biography” section of the prestigious BANFF World Television Awards, the world’s leading TV documentary competition. A jury of 45 experts from all over the world has selected the film – produced by Roberto Dall’Angelo’s SD Cinematografica in co-production with Mediaset and German company ZDF Enterprises – as one of the six best history documentaries of 2008. It will now compete with five productions from America, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom. The winner will be announced during the festival to be held 7-10 June in Banff, Canada. The documentary, entirely shot in high definition, throws new light on the brutal and mysterious Battle of Ortona, which took place n Abruzzo during Christmas 1943 between Canadian forces and German paratroopers, the elite forces of the Wehrmacht. Based on the book “La Stalingrado d'Italia. Ortona 1943, una battaglia dimenticata” (Utet) by historian Marco Patricelli and using original and moving eyewitness accounts, as well as newly uncovered documents and contemporary footage, the film is a passionate but bitter account of the inevitable stupidity of war. Toncelli and Dall’Angelo, director and producer, have a number of important international successes to their credit, including “The Mystery of the Wolf”, produced for National Geographic in 2003, and “Flying over Everest”, from the following year, which won no less than 18 awards at the world’s leading festivals. Their most recent success, “The Sinking of the Andrea Doria”, was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2006 by American broadcaster PBS, which co-financed the project along with ZDF and RAI. Historical subjects continue to take pride of place among the projects SD Cinematografica is developing with Toncelli. A film on the Battle of Cassino, co-produced with RAI, is currently in post-production, and work has begun on an upcoming project on Mussolini’s liberation from the Gran Sasso.
The documentary "The mystery of the Wolf" by Fabio Toncelli, a coprduction between SD Cinematografica and National Geographic Channel, has been recently acquired by La7, and it will be aired soon by the Italian terrestrial broadcaster owned by Telecom Italia Media group. The film is the result of more than two years of shootings in the Italian park of Pollino, and won several prizes at the main International Film Festivals, such as "Best Italian Documentary" at the International Film Festival of Cogne in Italy and the Special Award at the International Bergfilm Festival Tegersee" in Germany.
The documentary "Going North: escape routes in time of global warming" by Eugenio Manghi will be screened this evening, 5th March 2009, at 18:30 at the conference hall of the Institut des Systèmes Complexes Paris Ile-de-france (ISC-PIF) in Paris. Antonello Provenzale, scientific consultant of ISAC (Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate) from CNR in Turin will be present during the event.
SD Cinematografica will attend next MIPTV in Cannes, from 30th March to 2nd April 2009. Our new projects in development, such as "The mystery of the Baron Gautsch", "Hitler orders: free Mussolini", "The battle of Montecassino" and "Ebola", will be presented by Roberto Dall'Angelo, managing director of our company. As for completed programmes, Alessio Zanardo - the sales manager of SD Cinematografica - will be presenting a large number of new documentaries in distribution, such as the 6 hours series in HD: "The Middle Ages" and the one-offs "The throbbing desert", "Going North", "Diving Women" and "Blue Jeans and short skirts: American Trieste after the war". To schedule a meeting with our staff during the market, please send us an e-mail at email@example.com or visit the Italian Producers' stand at Riviera Hall (R36.17)
"Blue jeans and short skirts: American Trieste after the war" by Renzo Carbonera has been screened during this year's Trieste Film Festival. The documentary tells the story of the nine years - between 1945 and 1954 - when the city of Trieste and the surrounding area between the mountains and the sea were a "Free Territory" protected by the newly-formed United Nations. It was an uncertain, difficult time, caught between the Allied Occupation and the bogeyman of Tito's Yugoslavia. But is was also a time of strong ties with the United States; a mirror for American dreams lived or shattered; a time of boogie-woogie, blue jeans, short skirts and American cigarettes.
Today documentary "Mumbai" directed by Giorgio de Finis won an important award. The prize "Bruno Zevi" has been given to the Director and to the Producer Roberto Dall'Angelo during an official screening at Ara Pacis in Rome.
"Ortona 1943: a bloody Christmas", the new documentary produced by SD Cinematografica in association with Mediaset, ZDF Enterprises and Goe, will be screened on Thursday, 13th November 2008, at 10:30 am, at the Canadian Embassy in Rome (Villa Grazioli, Via Salaria 243, Roma). The screening will be a worldwide premier, strongly requested by the Canadian Embassy to remember the 65° Anniversary of the battle which took place in Ortona during the Second World War, and in which 1,372 Canadian soldiers lost their lives. Marco Patricelli, author of "La Stalingrado d'italia" (Italia Stalingrad), and the director of the film, Fabio Toncelli will take part of the screening, which will be presented by the famous Italian anchorman Maurizio Costanzo, who is born in Ortona.
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SD Cinematografica attended last MIPCOM 2008 in Cannes, which one of the most important television markets in the world. During the market, we had the chance to present our latest documentary projects in development to a large number of broadcasters from alla over the world, such as BBC Worldwide, ZDF Enterprises, AETN Internationl, RAI and many others. In particular, these were the projects presented to commissioning editors and buyers at MIPCOM: - The battle of Montecassino: the shocking truth - 1943, Hitler orders: free Mussolini - The mystery of the Baron Gautsch - Megacity Diaries As for what concerns our latests documentaries in distribution, we had the chance to present, for the very first time internationally: - Ortona 1943: a bloody Christmas - Blue jeans and short skirts: American Trieste after the war - The Middle Ages - Going North - Barcapulita