Biography: Originally from Angola’s capital city, Luanda, Mariano Bartolomeu has lived in a handful of different countries, including Italy, Cuba, and the United States. In 1991, he graduated with a BA in Film and Television as director at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba, an institution sponsored by the Latin American Foundation for New Cinema. He then worked on film and television in Italy and Angola. In Angola, he co-founded Dreadlocks Productions, a leading production company, and directed several miniseries for local TV. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from Ohio University and is a Fulbright alumnus.
His short films have been selected for competition at a variety of international film festivals, including: Rimini Film Festival (Italy), Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland), Amiens International Film Festival and Cinema Du Réel (France) and at the Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO – Burkina Faso), among others. His documentary The Sun Still Shines (1995), made for French TV channel Arte, won Best Documentary and the Fipresci Award at the Milan International Film Festival. He co-wrote and starred in the Italian feature Bell’Amico (2003), which won the Best Comedy Award at the Monte Carlo International Film Festival.