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Marco Alessi

Marco Alessi




FeatureLab Participant 2022


Marco Alessi started his career as a screenwriter for both cinema and TV. In 2010 he set up Dugong Films, focusing on the blurred line between documentary and fiction. Their films were selected and awarded in festivals like Venice, Toronto and Cannes, winning the David di Donatello 2012 for Tahrir by Stefano Savona, the EFA 2018 for the short The Years by Sara Fgaier, the Cannes Goldeneye Award 2018 for Samouni Road by Stefano Savona, the Go Short Award 2019 for That Which is To Come is Just a Promise by Flatform, the Luxembourg IFF 2022 with Atlantide by Yuri Ancarani.

company profile

Dugong Films is a Rome based film production company focused on exploring the blurred line between fiction and documentary in an international framework. The company draws its name by the “dugong”, a large marine mammal, who unexpectedly inspirated ancient alluring sea-faring tales of mermaids. 

Dugong productions have been shown in the most important international festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam, Viennale, winning awards as the European Film Award, l’Œil d’or for best documentary in Cannes, the David di Donatello and exhibited in important art venues such as Tate Modern, Art Basel, Moma, Venice Biennal, Maxxi Museum, Manifesta Biennal.