Short Bio

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Massimiliano (Max) Amato

Massimiliano Amato was born in Rome on 14 October 1963. After graduating from an artistic high school, he focusing on photography, theatre and the use of digital technologies in cinema. An actor, director, photographer and, most recently, filmmaker, he was among the first directors to experiment with the digital to film transfer method, a post-production process for printing digital images and sequences on film. He was also a pioneer in the use of some important digital platforms for the distribution of cinematographic contents. As an actor and director he has brought to the stage works by: Luigi Pirandello, Tennessee Williams, Slawomir Mrožek, Sam Shepard, Jean Cocteau and Neil LaBute. He has worked for several RAI and MEDIASET television productions under directors such as Luigi Perelli, Donatella Maiorca, Raffaele Mertes, Antonello Grimaldi, Robert Chapman and Nicola Rondolino. He has worked with film directors including Maurizio Ponzi, as well as Carlo Verdone, through the box office “MA CHE COLPA ABBIAMO NOI”. In 2010 he produced “EXIT Una storia personale”, his first feature film as a director and scriptwriter: a completely self-produced movie, shot without a crew (Annecy Cinéma Italien 2010 Special Mention CICAE). In 2013 he brought to the stage Neil LaBute’s play “IN A DARK DARK HOUSE”, and completed the feature film “FREDDY HOTEL”, in competition at the INDEPENDENT DAYS FILM FESTIVAL. In 2015 produced his third feature film, IL RESTO CON I MIEI OCCHI “THE REST WITH MY EYES”, which completed his trilogy on feelings. In 2018 Massimiliano Amato wrote and directed VERSO UN ALTROVE “TOWARDS AN ELSEWHERE”, a feature film produced by Movie Factory. This work is the beginning of a new season, that the author call AWARENESS,  

Awards & Festivals


2010 Prix d’Interprétation masculine à Luca Guastini pour son ròle dans le film “EXIT Una Storia Personale” de Max Amato

2010 Mention spéciale (CICAE – Pierre Todeschini) à Max Amato pour son film “EXIT Una Storia Personale”

2011 Monty Banks, in competition

2011 CinemAnimaMente 

2011 Festival Roma TRE 

2015 Independent Days Film Festival (Germany), in competition

2018 RIFF Roma International Film Festival, in competition 

Film Bio

2018 “VERSO UN ALTROVE “TOWARD AN ELSEWHERE” story and screenplay, directing (Produced by MOVIE FACTORY) 

2016 “IL RESTO CON I MIEI OCCHI” THE REST WITH MY EYES” story and screenplay / directing and production

2013 “FREDDY HOTEL” story and screenplay / directing and production

2010 ”EXIT Una storia personale” story and screenplay / directing and production