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Filmmaker, actor and visual artist.



Paolo Benetazzo is an Italian film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, actor and visual artist.
At the age of 19 he began acting and filming while attending the University of Padua. Experiencing a temporary conflict with the academic environment, he interrupted his studies for some years, picking up different jobs, until he eventually graduated in 2003 with a master’s degree in psychology.

In 2007 after travelling around Europe and living in Dublin for a few years, Benetazzo started working on his feature film directorial debut. Discouraged by the Italian film industry, he moved to London in 2011. The following year, he founded ARTtouchesART Films, a film production company that according to Benetazzo focuses on true independent cinema. The company is responsible for the production of art house films, music videos and visual art. ARTtouchesART manifesto is “One Artist, One Vision”.

Between 2007 and 2012 he wrote, produced, photographed and directed his independent film Study. He also starred in the lead role and composed the soundtrack. The film features his art works in several shots.

At the end of 2012 Benetazzo worked with artist Danny Sherwood in the production of Bitter Ditty. In 2013 he wrote, directed, photographed and edited the music video Salamander for rock band Mount Fabric and Like to Party for electronic producer Cal Strange. The video Like to Party was selected for the BBC Music Video Festival 2013.
At the end of 2013 he wrote, directed, photographed and edited the short film Sense, a romantic short film about dominance and submission. It was filmed in a professional dungeon.

Benetazzo considers filmmaking, like every form of art, an intense expression of individualism: “When you can’t see the line between fiction and reality, filmmaking becomes your lifestyle.”