Benefiting

Luc Walpoth

Anna Darrah is an experienced film buyer, negotiating with and licensing over 800 films in her 12 years working for Gaiam and Spiritual Cinema Circle. She has been an active player on the festival circuit and currently advises filmmakers on custom distribution strategies. Anna is also a filmmaker; two of the documentaries she produced aired on The Sundance Channel, and her short film THE MATTER OF MAGIC is currently playing on Pay TV. She has produced and directed 2 episodes for the ZILLOW.COM series, HOMEMAKERS, and is currently planning the release of MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY, which is premiering at SXSW in Austin. Anna has enjoyed jurying and participating in film festival panels and workshops here and abroad and teaches a two-day Film Distribution Workshop with Jilann Spitzmiller. Anna authored a chapter in Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution.

Our 2018 Jury

Eileen Street

CFO, HDNM Entertainment / Producer / Unit Manager / Rebate Specialist / Accountant, Eileen is a veteran of New Mexico Film Production Rebate Incentives, overseeing, handling and filing rebates for such films as 3:10 to Yuma, Brothers and Felon. Partner at HDNM, Eileen has overseen the accounting departments and rebate filing for Doc West, Shoot First & Pray You Live and Naked Fear. As a writer she has co-authored and co-created many properties in the EDGY/HDNM slate. Eileen graduated (with honors) from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. Eileen spent her first career in the financial world until she retired from her position as Chief Financial Officer of a mutual fund management company. She then studied at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM and received a Master of Liberal Arts as well as a Master of Arts - Eastern Classics. Eileen’s lifelong love of film, coupled with her qualifications as a Certified Public Accountant, led to her second career in filmmaking, where she began in Film Production Accounting.

Eileen lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Anna Darrah


Giulio Base, was born in Turin (Italy) in 1964. He achieved two Doctorates. The first in Literature and Philosophy and the second one in Theology. From 1996 he's a Mensa Member (the society of people whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population). He started as an actor studying in Florence at the School for Dramatic Art directed by the great Italian master Vittorio Gassman.

After many years working as an actor, Giulio made his strong directorial debut with Crack (1991), his first movie, that came from a theatre's piece that he already directed and played on stage. The movie was shown at the Venice Film Festival (Italy) and it won the prize for the best first opera at San Sebastian Film Festival (Spain)

His second title The East (1992), a road movie, was shown in Venice again and at the Festival of Festivals of Toronto (Canada) where it obtained the Audience Award.


After that, he shot Policemen (1996), his first work with an European major, an international co-production including French and Italian stars. This film won a prize as the best movie at the Festival of the Film Policiers in Arcachon (France).



CineFesta Italia is made possible with additional support from:

Giulio Base,

​with Al Pacino

​Federico Conforti

CineFesta Italia of Santa Fe
c/o Consulate of Italy
58 S. Federal Place
Santa Fe NM 87501
Phone: (505) 428-9297
E-mail: info@CineFestaItalia.org

Federico Conforti is an Italian editor based in Los Angeles. He was co-editor of the acclaimed Italian film They Call Me Jeeg, which won seven “David di Donatello” awards (Italian Academy Awards) in 2016, including Best Editing. He is a member of the European Film Academy and Motion Picture Editors Guild (IATSE Local 700).

After graduating from the University of Pisa with a degree in Cinema, Music and Theater, Federico began his career as an intern at Magui Studios in Rome. Under the expert tutelage of Andrea Maguolo, he trained as an Assistant Editor and learned Avid Media Composer inside and out. He began to shift into an Editor role by taking on freelance projects of his own, cutting his teeth on independent short films and music videos. Recent projects include The Disunited States of America, a documentary directed by Luis Prieto; Dimension 404, a new sci-fi series for Hulu; season two of Ultimate Beastmaster for Netflix; and The Oath, a new drama series for Sony Crackle.

Luc Walpoth is an award winning Swiss director working both in Europe and the USA.

His short films and commercials have been nominated and awarded in some of the most important festivals around the world (Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs, Locarno, Sitges, among others) and broadcasted by international networks.

Over the years, Luc has developed projects supported by renowned institutions like Tribeca Institute, Torino FilmLab, NisiMasa, Swissfilms and UCLA TFT school.

His latest short movie REPLIKA, is a sci-fi drama, which won fifteen awards, as well as the institutional recognition of Best Short of the State of Bern, Switzerland. The film is still in distribution and has over 35 selections. The feature version is currently in development and has the attention of major players in the US industry.

Currently, Luc is in pre-production on the feature films THE ROMANIAN JOB and develops the social drama PERIPHERIC LOVE, produced by the leading Swiss company Dschoint Ventschr.

The West (1998) was the sequel of The East, almost a classic road movie in US: young boys riding acar from New York to Los Angeles. Special Jury Award at the Réncontres du Cinema, in Annecy (France).


His biggest success in Europe is La Bomba - Once Upon A Time In Little Italy - (1999), a comedy about mafia lifestyle, located in New York City; the film avails itself of famous artists such as the two times Academy Award Winner Shelley Winters.


His debut as a director in a TV movie, Padre Pio (2000) obtained the highest share of Italian television of all times. In 2005 he directed the epical tale of Peter, the real story of the first apostle, played by the legendary Omar Sharif. This work opened for him the doors to Hollywood.


In 2006 he directed his first 'mainstream' movie, called The Inquiry (produced by Avi Lerner, with Nu Image) that was released by 20th Fox in US (as 'The Final Inquiry'), by Sony in Spain and by IIF in Italy among several other countries. The cast is amazing: Max Von Sydow, Academy Award Winner F. Murray Abraham, Ornella Muti, Dolph Lundgren and many more great actors.


In 2007, he helmed Last Days Of Pompeii, another national and international success.

In 2009 he directed in New Mexico, USA, a western: Doc West, starring Terence Hill, Paul Sorvino and Clare Carey among other American actors and actresses, Produced by CineFesta's Luca Ceccarelli and Unit Managed by Eileen Street. The movie has been shown at the Cannes Film Market.

In 2010 he shot the tv movie 'A dog for two" a comedy that won Christmas night tv share.

In 2011 he helmed 'The Sunday Woman' a remake of a classic Italian masterpiece of the 70's (Mastroianni starred in it) that was acclaimed by the critics as the best direction of his career.
                                                                                                                                              - IMDb Mini Biography By: Furio Schivo