PHOTO

JOURNALISM

A decade of experience producing photo reportages about human rights, environmental issues and cultural identity, as well as covering major news events internationally. 

DOCUMENTARY

FILMMAKING

Experience making social media videos that reach millions as well as intimate short documentaries for the

big screen.

PHOTO&VIDEO

EDITING

Confident editing still and moving images with Premiere, Photoshop and Lightroom and understanding of basic audio recording and editing techniques.

GENERATING

STORY IDEAS

Proactive individual with

can-do attitude, always generating new story ideas.

Committed to producing 

stories that have an impact on society and will hopefully inspire life-changing actions.

I am an emerging documentary-maker with experience working in film and digital factual production.  I have over 10 years experience working as a photojournalist sourcing innovative content and developing strong visual storytelling skills.  Over the past few years, I have been adapting those skills and have been working as a documentary filmmaker in various formats. 

 

I am a self-starter full of ideas and I regularly collaborate with BBC Scotland making short documentaries for their platform The Social, reaching over 1.3M views on social media with my popular series ‘Vanlife’. I have also worked with the Short-Form team within the Digital department at BBC Scotland researching, producing, filming, and editing short documentaries. 

 

I am a  naturally inquisitive person with great people skills: I have a track record of finding and working with contributors as well as developing relationships with new talent from different cultures and backgrounds. I am also confident self-shooting on location using industry-standard equipment such as C300 and Zoom recorders.

 

Last year I won the prestigious Bridging the Gap programme by the Scottish Documentary Institute and I directed the short documentary ‘Against the Tide’ that premiered at Glasgow Film Festival in February 2021. Through this programme I’ve had the chance to expand my directing experience as well as working with a professional team of producers and editors and taking a project through to the edit. 

 

Prior to filmmaking, I worked for over a decade as a photojournalist developing a great ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines and fast-changing priorities, to write accurate and concise captions, to respond to a brief and to deliver images from the field. 

I fluently speak three languages: English, Spanish and Italian plus basic German.

I have a full clean UK driving license with my own vehicle (15+ years); I have an EU passport and the right to work both in the EU and the UK.

I am based in the southwest of Scotland and I am happy to travel for work in the UK, EU, and abroad. 

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The documentary 'Against the Tide' commissioned by SDI was filmed in 2020 and premiered at Glasgow Film Festival 2021. It was also selected to be part of the Scottish Competition at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2021. The film is now being sent to other festivals around the world where it will be screened over the next 12 months and beyond. 

 

During the pandemic, Giulia volunteered with local NGOs such as Migrant Voice and Simon Community sharing her expertise and encouraging people to tell their own stories through images. 

 

At the beginning of 2020, she worked at BBC Scotland researching, producing, filming and editing short documentaries for the Shortform team. She produced content for the music strand Tune and the arts strand Loop, as well as social-media-first series as Tiny Happy People. 

 

In October 2019 Giulia was shortlisted to participate in the prestigious Bridging the Gap initiative by the Scottish Documentary Institute and in January 2020 she won the commission to produce a short documentary for international distribution. 

 

In 2019 she started collaborating with BBC Scotland making short documentaries for their platform The Social. One of her first videos reached over a million views on social media and has now become a popular series about the van life community in Scotland.

 

In summer 2019 she worked on her dissertation documentary “The Victoria Road Project” filming the work of the physical theatre company 'Theatre Senza'. The project aims at exploring - through ethnographic techniques mixed with theatre techniques - Victoria Road in Glasgow, as one of the most politically scrutinised, diverse and transforming areas of the country.

 

In early 2019 she completed a placement at the video desk at AFP in London and, with the UK gripped by the Brexit saga, it was a lively time to be at the desk. She was able to film breaking news, conduct interviews, and edit footage from the field.  

In February she did an internship at the multimedia desk at the Guardian and learned how to research story ideas for long-form documentaries as well as filming – and writing - for short social media videos. 

 

In 2018 she is accepted at the BJTC-accredited Masters in Broadcast Journalism at the University of the West of Scotland (UK) where she learned to film and edit in a professional and timely fashion as well as familiarise herself with different video formats. 

 

In 2017 she started to become interested in moving images and produced her first independent documentary "Upstream" about the contrast between mass tourism and sustainable tourism in Venice, Italy. The city of Venice owes much of its glory and fame to the lagoon. The Venetians have always been able to respect it and have benefited greatly from it. Today the fragile balance between men and water is breaking because of the large flows of tourists and the giant cruise ships that enter the Venetian lagoon every day. But there is hope. A few local organizations try to offer to visitors a more sustainable approach to tourism, giving rowing lessons in traditional Venetian boats, trying to re-establish the link with water that has been lost in recent years.

In 2018 she produced another short documentary “Hogar” (Home in Spanish) about an institution in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina, that is home to children whose parents were not in the conditions to raise them because of their social or financial problems. 

 

Giulia is also cultural media partner of the permanent exhibition of “M9 – Museum of 19thCentury” in Venice Mestre (Italy) where some of her work is displayed. 

 

Ongoing projects such as “Venice Ballerina Project” and “Selfie Atlas” show the continuity of her commitment to combining reportage and creativity. “Ballerina Project Venice” was born from Giulia's desire to unite two great passions of her life: dance and photography. The beauty and elegance of dance meet the metropolitan city in its most rough and brutal expression (abandoned buildings, industrial areas, slums), creating a stunning visual contrast. But it's not just an aesthetic issue: Giulia wants to bring attention to these places to make the viewers discover their charm and potential and hopefully create a collective awareness leading to their revaluation in both urban and social terms. This project was presented as a solo exhibition at Centro Culturale Candiani in Venice Mestre in 2015.

Amazed by the diversity of people visiting Venice every day, Giulia decided to create an Atlas of Humanity photographing tourists while they are taking a selfie. “Selfie Atlas” is a collection of stolen portraits that unites people of every age, ethnicity, fate and social status. This project was presented in a solo exhibition at the art gallery Storie Contemporanee (Rome, Italy 2017) and as part of the Museum of Selfies (Glendale, California, USA 2018). 

 

Her work was also exhibited in èStoria, international history festival (Gorizia, 2011) and Photomonth, international photography festival (London, 2010). 

 

She has travelled extensively in Europe and the Americas, also working with non-governmental organizations. In Argentina, for Medicos del Mundo, she has created a reportage about the work of doctors and volunteers to fight the transmission of the Zika virus in the suburbs of Concordia. In Colombia, for Fundación Montecito, she has documented through photographs and interviews the cultural and natural richness of the region of Sugamuxi. This reportage has been exhibited in the group show "Behind the Mask. The hidden face of today's Colombia" in Palermo (Italy), Granada (Spain), Treviso (Italy), Venice Mestre (Italy) and Bristol (UK) in 2017 and 2018.

 

In 2012 she started to work as a photojournalist at the newspaper La Nuova Venezia in Venice, Italy, and soon became the area manager, overlooking a team of photographers that covers the news events in the Venice mainland. She also started to collaborate with international news agencies such as Getty Images.

 

In 2010 she completed a Masters in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster (London, UK) right after she graduated in International Relations (with a specialization in Human Rights and Gender Issues) from the University of Bologna (Italy). Part of her studies took place at the University of Vienna (Austria) where she improved her language and people skills in a multi-cultural environment. 

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