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Simone Catania

Simone Catania


Film Director, Production


Decision Maker 2019
Decision Maker 2018
Decision Maker 2016
Decision Maker 2015
Decision Maker 2013


Graduated with honour at the Academy of Fine Arts of Turin, Simone Catania established himself as a producer, artist creative and film-maker. Throughout the years he worked for several production companies in Rome, Turin and London, among which are IntelFilm, Movimento Film, Seven Dreams, LittleFischFilm.

In 2007, together with friends and professionals, he co-founded Indyca, an independent production company based in Turin.

Within Indyca, he produced or directed several short films, including “MONday –il mio giorno” starring Alessandro Gassman, “Onde Corte” produced and interpreted by Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Since 2010 he's been producing international feature documentaries such as "Becoming Zlatan" by Fredrik and Magnus Gertten, “smoKings” by M. Fornasero, “My Journey to Meet You” by Marco S. Puccioni, "Imprisoned Lullaby" by Rossella Schillaci "Il colore dell’Erba" (aka ’The colour of Grass’) by J. Biasi Hendel. Currently he's producing "Happy Winter" (best pitch HotDocs Toronto Forum 2016), "The Killer and The Butterfly", the feature film “SAMIA” (based on the novel "Don't tell me you're afraid" by G. Catozzella) and his film “Drive Me Home”.
Simone attended several international pitching for films, international forum market such as Berlinale, Cannes, IDFA, HotDocs, Beijing IFF, master training like EURODOC in 2011 and EAVE in 2013. He's also member of Doc/it board.

company profile

Indyca is a dynamic film production company based out of Turin, Italy whose members and collaborators have extensive experience in directing, writing, shooting, editing, and producing high quality audio-visual projects. Established in 2007, Indyca specializes in making creative documentaries, art house films, and creative sensory presentations, to include theatre and
experimental video art installations.
Since its foundation, Indyca has been funding projects with alternative appeal and working with high profile artists such as Franco Nero, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Peter Greenaway, Fredrik and Magnus Gertten, Alessando Gassman, Gabriele Vacis, Marco Simon Puccioni and many others.
Indyca has been working with mainly European broadcasters, dealing with public financing such as EURIMAGES, Creative Europe Media funds, MIBACT, CNC, SFI, FFA and many european regional funds.
Its films and projects have won several prizes around the world such as Best Pitch (Cuban Hat) at HotDocs Forum in Toronto, Biografilm Festival 2016, Best Project MIA in Rome 2015, Visions du Réel, Festival dei Popoli 2014, Los Angeles Movie Awards 2013, MIFF Award 2012, “Doc on Air” Award for best documentary project EDN (European Documentary Network) in Thessaloniki 2012, Miami Sicilian Film Festival 2010 and 2009, Annecy cinéma italien 2009, Long Island New York Film Festival 2009, Shanghai Film Festival 2008 and many others.
Its members pitch films in the international forum markets, notably Berlinale, Cannes, IDFA, HotDocs, Beijing IFF, and have attended master training at EURODOC in 2011 and EAVE in 2013.
Indyca is member of EDN, Doc/it and EPC.
Always searching for international collaborators and new expressions of the human spirit, Indyca is heavily investing into the artistic European landscape and the world beyond.