The Fisherman

Short film shot with non-professional actors in the Italian villages of Portofino and Camogli, Italy

A short film shot with non-professional actors in the Italian villages of Portofino and Camogli, Liguria.
It deals with the themes of gentrification, loss of personal and collective memory. Giuseppe is a local fisherman in his seventies who has lost his wife. A wealthy man wants to buy his house and he is willing to pay virtually any price for it. Giuseppe is torn between accepting the offer and relocating or remaining and keeping an important part of his life.


WINNER “Golden Rooster & Hundred Flowers Award” for best international short film, 2016, Beijing, China
WINNER “1st Prize Genova Film Festival – Obiettivo Liguria”, 2016, Italy


Screened in competition

ITALY – Genova Film Festival 2016
CHINA – Golden Rooster & Hundred Flowers Film Festival – Beijing 2016
ITALY – XVII Festival del Cinema Europeo Lecce 2016
ITALY – IV Caselle Film Festival 2016
SPAIN – Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes José Francisco Rosado Pacas 4.0 2016
BULGARIA – Sofia International Short Film Festival 2016
ITALY – Medfilm Festival 2015 – Rome 2015

The Fisherman
Il Pescatore
Italy 2015 – Fiction – Red 4k – 1:1:85 – Italian / Genoese dialact- 10′

Directed by Michele Cadei and Adel Oberto

Produced by Daniele Calzolari, Caprari Alessio, Antonio Levoni

Director of Photography: Kasper Wind Nielsen

Editor: Rodrigo Saquel

Sound Design: Steve Bond

Music by Dennis Ippolito

Story by Michele Cadei

Set Designer: Alice Piscitelli

Costume design: Giulia Scrimieri

Production Manager: Francesca Abbadessa

Cast: Giuseppe Bencini, Giovanni Buongirolami, Luca Guaschetti


NOWNESS – Olapa Kingdom

The instinctive paths of the Maasai people

The instinctive paths of the Maasai people
Short documentary commissioned by NOWNESS
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In the Maasai Traditional Village of Oloimugi (Laikipia Region, Central Kenya), life flows in symbiosis with nature.
In this untouched environment, the Maasai people live in a traditional pastoralist way, pasturing the cattle and gathering what nature has to offer. Their diet is based exclusively on milk, blood, and meat. They do not affect the ecosystem and they not produced any waste. Researches have proven that their lifestyle is totally healthy for the body and sustainable for the planet.


An extended 18′ cut titled Oloimugi is currently being screened at film festivals around the world.


Festival Screenings

ITALY – 33rd Bergamo Film Meeting 2015

MEXICO – 6th Festival Internacional de Cine Latinoamericano en Oaxaca 2015

ITALY 23rd Arcipelago Film Festival – Rome 2015

ITALY – Ciampino International Film Fest 2015

ITALY – Palermo International Short Film Festival 2015

POLAND – 14th Ekofilm Festival Nowogard 2016

SPAIN – Rural FilmFest 2016

ITALY Corto Fieno 2016

CHILE – Festival Internacional de Cine Arica Nativa 2016


a film by
Michele Cadei

executive producers: Henry Lloyd-Baker, Nikolaj Belzer Everything is Okay
music by Mark Hodgkin
sound designer / dubbing mixer: Ania Przygoda
additional sound editing: Maiken Hansen
colourist: Ludovic Roussaux at Okay Studio
shot at Oloimugi village – Laikipia county, Kenya
18′ UK-Lithuania 2015


A guy pushes an ice block along the road. He has a mission to accomplish

A guy pushes an ice block along the road. He has a mission to accomplish. Gradually, the ice starts to melt.
This was my graduation short film from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Scuola Nazionale di Cinema in Rome (Italy). It was produced in collaboration with RAI Cinema and it was screened on the national television. It was an occasion to experiment with a purely visual storyline and with underwater 3d VFX.


Best short film at Molise Cinema Fest 2012 (Italy)

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Festivals Participation

SINGAPORE – Next Reel Film Festival 2012
CHINA – Beijing ISVF 2011
USA – European Short Film Festival at MIT – Boston 2012
BELGIUM – Fidec 2011
PORTUGAL – Cineco 2011
FRANCE – Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest 2013
ITALY – Visioni Ambientali – Bologna 2012
ITALY – Molise Cinema Fest 2012
ITALY – Cortoacquario Roma 2012
ITALY – Premio Cinematografico Palena 2012
ITALY – OFF CINEMA Firenze 2012
ITALY – Cinema italiano visto da Milano 2012
ITALY – Novara Cinema Fest 2012
ITALY – Festival Cinema Europeo di Lecce 2012


photos by Nina Baratta


Italy 2011 – Fiction – 35mm – 1:1:85 – Dolby SRD – Italian – 6’ 18”

directed by Michele Cadei
starring Marco Spiranelli
cinematographer: Sara Arango Ochoa
editing: Yael Leibel
music: Jered Sorkin
story: Marco Spiranelli, Michele Cadei
set design: Ilaria Fallacara
costume designer: Viola Ponzi
production manager: Francesca Cozzolino
sound recordist: Emanuela Cotellessa
1st AD: Davide Zurolo
Vfx: Paola Trisoglio, Stefano Marinoni (Visualogie)
Produced by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Production with the partecipation of Rai Cinema


A satire of Italian TV journalism during of the Berlusconi era

Franco works as a TV reporter. He has to find an old man who has been mugged and injured, but at the hospital he has to wait long. So he decides to interview another patient…

This short is a satire of Italian TV journalism during of the Berlusconi era. I wrote the script as a comedy of errors. It was a pleasure collaborating with actor Giorgio Colangeli as the lead role (Il Divo, La Cena, L’amico di Famiglia, David di Donatello award )


Best short film (jury prize) at Cortinametraggio (Italy)
Best dialogues at Cortinametraggio (Italy)
Audience Award at Beijing International Student Film and Video Festival 2011 (China)


In competition

USA – STARZ – Denver 2011
USA – European Short Film Festival at MIT (USA)
ISRAEL – Tel Aviv International Student film festival 2011
ITALY – Bolzano Film Festival 2011
CHINA – Beijing ISVF 2011
ITALY – Visioni Italiane – Bologna 2012
ITALY – Bari International Film festival 2012
ITALY – XIII Festival del Cinema Europeo di Lecce (Italy)
ITALY – Venice Film Market 2012
ITALY – OFF CINEMA – Firenze 2012
ITALY – Cortinametraggio 2012
ITALY – Ciociaria Film Festival 2012
ITALY – XV “Inventa un film” Lenola 2012
ITALY – Premio Cinematografico Palena 2012



Fragomeni Ultimo Round

Fragomeni: The Last Round

Italy 2010 – Fiction – 35mm – 1:1:85 – Dolby SRD – Italian – 13′

Written and directed by Michele Cadei
Cast: Giorgio Colangeli, Frankino Bertuzzi, Davide Maldi, Valentina Belli, Ottavia Madeddu, Clemenza Fanzoni,
Riccardo Gaggioli, Emilio Loffredo, Beatrice Buzi, Francesca Cozzolino, Boris Passantino
Cinematography by Jodi Ann McNamara
Edited by Yael Leibel
Production Manager: Irene Abrescia
Sound recordists: Andrea Ottina, Gianmarco De Candia
Set design: Alessia Pelonzi, Luisa Mazzoni
Costume designer: Viola Ponzi
Music by Gianmarco De Candia
Produced by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Production

Friends of Gillfield Wood

The Friends Of Gillfield Wood are a voluntary organisation formed to protect a small woodland on the outskirts of Sheffield, in the shadow of the mighty Peak District


The Friends Of Gillfield Wood are a voluntary organisation formed to protect a small woodland on the outskirts of Sheffield, in the shadow of the mighty Peak District.

This short documentary was screened at the Awards Ceremony of the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 as part of the ARRI Film Challenge.


Filmed & Directed by Michele Cadei
Produced by Sam Brewster
Executive Producers:
Becky Webb for Sheffield Doc/Fest
Milan Krsljanin for ARRI
Chris & Andy Brewster



Dance video for Tilted by Christine and the Queens – Corey Baker Dance

Dance video for Corey Baker Dance, featuring award-winning dancer William Bracewell (Outstanding male classical performance @ National Dance Awards 2015 ) from Birmingham Royal Ballet. Shot on location at Birmingham Municipal Bank.

Prudent people seek a place wherein to lodge their securities, says an inscription in the vault of the Birmingham Municipal Bank. Built in the early XX century, the place that was a powerful and opulent symbol of faith in capitalism and financial prosperity, but it shut down in 1979. Tilted has been shot there in 2016. A dancer moves through the bones of the now deserted building, only to find sand in the security boxes and hall of the bank as if any trace of wealth and prosperity has now dissolved. The piece is inspired by the financial chaos of our times and it reflects on the transience of property and human life. It was shot in a continuous during which the camera follows the dancer from the archive of the bank, through the vault, up to the deserted main hall. The idea behind the choreography was to take classic ballet out of its traditional setting and push it to an uncommon territory. The choreographer and the dancer experimented both with traditional ballet and contemporary dance moves, developing a device that allows the dancer to achieve a peculiar forward leaning movement. Ature is a collaboration between choreographer Corey Baker and film director Michele Cadei, it was filmed at the Birmingham Municipal Bank and performed by William Bracewell, soloist dancer of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
At the end of 2016 the video has been published on Youtube as a music video to the track Tilted by Christine and the Queens, receiving over 120 000 views


Filmmaking / Cinematography by Michele Cadei

Choreography / Artistic Direction by Corey Baker

Edited by: Corey Baker, Michele Cadei & Aleksander Mazurkiewicz