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Erica Barbiani

Erica Barbiani


Story Editor, Production


Story Editing Participant 2016


After a PhD in Sociology, Erica Barbiani left the secluded academic world with a longing for storytelling. Plots, she suspected, were a better way to capture the audience’s attention. Since 2003, she has been producing films for Videomante, a company based in Italy. Her recent productions include THE SPECIAL NEED by Carlo Zoratti, co-produced with DETAiLFILM, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and winner of the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig, and THE GOOD LIFE, the first documentary of the Italian author Niccolo Ammaniti. She is co-writing the script of WISHING ON A STAR, by Slovakian director Peter Kerekes. Erica is a published author of two novels. Her latest work, Pericolo Gattino – an illustrated short story about a group of cats who enjoy crossing the streets unsafely – was just released in Italian bookstores. Erica is stepping away from production to dedicate herself full-time to writing and story editing. She can read scripts in English, French, Spanish and Italian, her mother tongue.

company profile

Videomante, funded in 2004, is a co-operative company that originates from the will to mould together documentary production and socio-anthropological issues.
In 2010 Erica Barbiani, who is currently the CEO and legal representative of the company, attended the training initiative Eurodoc. Since that year, Videomante is dedicated to the production of creative documentaries for the international market.
Among the recent productions of Videomante, The Special Need, the documentary by Carlo Zoratti premièred at the Locarno Film Festival 2013, selected at more than forty festivals world wide and winner of the Golden Dove at Dok Leipzig 2013.