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Manuela Buono

Manuela Buono


Sales, Production


Alpi Film Lab Participant 2022
Decision Maker 2021


Manuela Buono was born and lives in Trieste (Italy).
In 2013 she founded production and distribution company Slingshot Films, with a focus on debuts, art-house and creative documentaries. Manuela is also responsible for the editorial line of ARCH Film, Italian independent film distribution label.

Mega Plus 2010 graduated, (Media Business School Master in European Audiovisual Management), she received a Nipkow fellowship in 2011 and was selected for Berlinale Talent – Distribution Studio, in 2014. She is member of the European Film Academy and European Women Association in Audiovisual Industry (EWA).

Producer Fimography:

Fango Rosso by Alberto Diana, Italy, 54’, 2019 (Torino Film Festival)
Non è sogno by Giovanni Cioni, Italy, 90’, 2019 (Locarno Film Festival)
Freikörperkultur by Alba Zari, Italy, 18', 2021 (International Critics' Week, Venice)
Diteggiatura by Riccardo Giacconi, Italy, 17', 2021 (Giornate degli Autori, Venice)

company profile

Launched in 2013, Slingshot Films is sales agency and production company based in Trieste, Italy specialized in creative documentaries and art-house fiction films.

We like to work with debut and second films, with the aim is to value the career of the authors. We prefer to join projects at early stage, and we can provide input at different level: from project development to financing strategies, project packaging and marketing.

Slingshot Films is present in with its catalogues and new acquisitions in all main international markets: Marché du Film de Cannes, EFM – Berlinale, Filmart – Hong Kong, HotDocs, IDFA and many others.