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"Melini has created something far more interesting than most of what Hollywood has to offer" - "I truly hope someone stands up and gives the money that Davide and his team need and help him get recognised in the bigger film world, because this guy is the future of film" - "Melini’s style and filmmaking history confirms he is part of a new generation of giallo filmmakers that continues to expand upon the genre in exciting ways" - "On the national and international level he is a talent on the rise" - "Melini has a solid future in the horror biz" - "Melini has a fantastic eye for the visual and takes command of his audience from the start and shows a great deal of promise in what could be as his career begins to take off" - "With his unusual style that is infamous among Italian directors, Davide Melini is definately one to watch" - "If this is any indication of the caliber of film he can make, I look forward to his feature-length projects!" - "Melini brings complexity and possibilities to a world of horror that could really use his help" - "Director Davide Melini packs more suspense in just minutes in this short film than many directors do in over an hour and a half of screen time" - "Director Davide Melini seems ambitious and creative" - "One of the up and coming directors I have been keeping my eye on is Davide Melini" - "He is also a great storyteller as well as visionary" - "His stylish and well-crafted short films are definitely a must-see" - "Melini is a sharp director and I want to see what he can do with more material" - "It’s a shame that he hasn’t yet received an offer to make a full-length feature" - "The talent of Davide Melini is evident in the few minutes of the film. You can see he has a talent with suspense films and I really hope there will be a full length production from him" - "Davide’s shorts have been winning him accolaids and awards as well as being selected for numerous film festivals. Clearly a talented man to keep your eyes on" - "Melini proves he can competently tell a story that keeps our interest, and most importantly, his direction and use of camera movement is what best shows his style, a frenetic tide that rises until the final slam-bang ending" - "Director Davide Melini, aware that every second counts, is able to evoke similar visceral moments to early Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, and Mario Bava through highly stylized camera work" - "How Melini tells their stories in this film is imaginative and visually dramatic, and although the “message” at the end of the film feels a bit heavy-handed, it’s shot through with feeling that makes it go straight to your heart. It’s a moving and beautiful film" - "One Filmmaker to have our eyes on in the future... Can't wait for his next upcoming film THE SWEET HAND OF THE WHITE ROSE" - "Davide Melini really knows how to frame and light a shot. I'd love to see what he could do with a feature with complete control like he has in his shorts" -"Melini is definitely somebody to watch" - "Melini shows us some of his talents he spins things around, making it stand out above most short movies" - "The director can easily tell a story visually, and he knows when and how to use the camera, and has an eye for interesting compositions" - "Melini’s use of the camera is one that is belonging to the feature" - "Melini has created a short film here that is both stylishly appealing and emotionally satisfying" - "He's an aspiring Italian film maker that brings with him all of the attributes that has made Italy famous in the world of horror" -"With THE PUZZLE, Italian filmmaker Davide Melini makes a basic idea interesting and creates a disturbing and fascinating movie with very little run time" - "Director Davide Melini manages to take two somewhat tortured concepts and put them together creating a clever, captivating, well paced short film" -"Melini shows us what direction he wants to go in film making. Let ‘s hope he will have more of this goodness for us in the future" - "Melini is able to create a haunting atmosphere with color and lighting" - "The Italian writer/director certainly knows how to tell a story" -"Melini manages to create a good atmosphere, momentary tension, a few effective jump scares and last moment twist" -"Estamos ante un cortometraje de escasos 5 minutos donde Davide Melini realiza una gran labor de dirección" -"Davide, escritor y director a su vez, realiza un fenomenal trabajo tras la cámara, con planos dulces (como la mano) y maestros (véanse las secuencias de la niña en el parque) desde el primer minuto" - "Con una sola localización, dos actores, y menos de 5 minutos de duración, Davide Melini consiguió crear un thriller en toda regla que funcionó a la perfección, consiguiendo buenos comentarios tanto de la crítica como del público, e incluso ha sido emitido por diferentes cadenas de televisión" - "Nuevamente Melini demuestra una gran destreza detrás de la cámara" - "Davide Melini, "L'Enfant Prodige" del Cinema Horror Italiano" - "Con il ritorno in scena di uno dei più importanti registi horror italiani di questi ultimi anni, il giallo italiano si prepara a festeggiare in grande il suo 50º compleanno" -"Davide Melini ancora una volta fa centro, confezionando in pochi minuti un capolavoro che merita assolutamente di essere visto: ogni scena, ogni inquadratura, ogni particolare è stato sapientemente incastrato, cesellato, affinato, diretto, montato e musicato con una maestria degna di un regista professionista" - "Le inquadrature, rivelano un talento artistico notevole e metodi quasi da manuale" - "Davide Melini, uno dei registi più rappresentativi nel campo dell’indipendente italiano" - "La paura protagonista dei lavori di Melini viene da lontano, da quell’ignoto e quasi dimenticato cinema horror italiano che viene sempre citato e omaggiato ma al quale pochi (a parte Melini) riescono a dare continuità" -"Davide Melini - Pioniere italiano del genere horror" - "Il sottobosco delle produzioni indipendenti ha trovato un nuovo talentuoso autore" - "Il regista riesce anche se con un budget veramente bassissimo, si parla di una cifra intorno ai 300 euro, a realizzare un piccolo miracolo cinematografico" - "Il regista inscena un dramma umano e lo rappresenta attraverso la metafora di una vicenda fantasy-horror che niente concede all'improvvisazione, all'ingenuo entusiasmo dilettantesco o ai ritmi sonnacchiosi e melensi di certe produzioni televisive" - "Ci auguriamo che Davide possa presto misurarsi col lungometraggio e, soprattutto, che abbia l’occasione di lavorare in Italia: abbiamo bisogno di lui, di spaventi, di pulp, di azione, di gioventù - "Non ci sono dubbi sul fatto che avrà successo e che saprà distinguersi tra i giovani emergenti che cercano di farsi un nome, in Italia e all'estero. Davide non solo è sulla buona strada, ma rischia davvero di fare un ottima carriera, visti già i promettentissimi lavori che ha proposto" - "Davide Melini, sicuramente uno dei nomi più interessanti del sottobosco cinematografico di genere" - "Siamo di fronte ad un nuovo talento registico italiano da tenere d'occhio" - "La regia di Davide è sempre più autoritaria e sicura e lo si vede in ogni fotogrammo, nella ottima scelta dei due protagonisti e in particolare nel dare ai personaggi un'anima capace di comunicare con coloro che guarda le immagini" - "La regia di Melini è molto pimpante e fumettistica tanto da dare l'idea di tradurre in immagini le tavole di un ipotetico storyboard" - "Una regia da manuale inanella una serie di inquadrature, che giocano con il genere" - "Un giovane regista da tener d'occhio" - "Il regista dimostra di avere talento da vendere" - "Chi mi segue da un pò sa tranquillamente che spesso mi diletto a sponsorizzare ottimi giovani registi italiani in fase di crescita, uno dei più promettenti è stato senza dubbio l'italo spagnolo Davide Melini" -"Eppure, di autori interessanti ce ne sono. Uno di questi è Davide Melini, sceneggiatore e regista di cortometraggi e assistente alla regia in diversi film" - "Il regista si impossessa della camera, regalando dinamici movimenti di macchina"

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #19 in Athens (Greece)

After show you my new awards, let's go back to the latest news. This evening I'm very happy to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Anatomy Crime Horror Film Festival" of Athens (Greece).
The festival will take place from October 29 to November 5 at the "Cinema Calypso".
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"London Independent Film Awards"": here the award!!!

(BEST HORROR/THRILLER/SCI-FI SHORT AWARD)
This evening I'd like to show you the award that my short film 'Lion' has won in the "London Independent Film Awards" of London (England). Congratulations!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Gold Movie Awards": here the award!!!

(BEST ACTOR UNDER 18 AWARD)
This evening I'm very proud to show you the award that 'Lion' has won in the "Gold Movie Awards" of London (England). Congratulations!!!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

"Barcelona Planet Film Festival": here the award!!!

(BEST DIRECTOR AWARD)
Today I'm very proud to show you the award that my short film 'Lion' has won in the "Barcelona Planet Film Festival" of Barcelona (Spain). Congratulations!!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"LA Film Awards": here the awards!!!

(BEST FANTASY FILM AWARD)
Today I'm very proud to show you the awards that my short film 'Lion' has won in the "LA Film Awards" of Los Angeles (US). Congratulations!!!
(BEST VISUAL EFFECTS AWARD)

Friday, September 15, 2017

The "Italian Horror Show" begins tomorrow

I'm waiting you all tomorrow at the "Smaila's di Campoverde" (Latina): the "Italian Horror Show" begins! At 6pm there will be a round table, where the great horror Masters of the past (Lamberto Bava and Sergio Stivaletti) are going to sit near the new generation of horror filmmakers (Roberto D'Antona, Francesco Emulo, Annamaria Lorusso, Francesco Mirabelli, Michael Segal, Davide Scovazzo and me).
After that, several films and trailers will be screened, including the short film 'Lion' and the trailer of 'Deep Shock'.
The event, created by Francesco Bernardis, will be conducted by Federico Frusciante and Crisula Stafida.
Check out the full program here.
So, what are you waiting for? The "Italian Horror Show" is waiting you!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #18 in Edmonton (Canada)

Hi folks! Today I'm extremely proud to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Edmonton Festival of Fear International Film Festival" of Edmonton (Canada).
The festival will held at the "Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre Edmonton" on October 13th-14th. Tickets available online here.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #17 in Aosta Valley (Italy)

This evening I'm very glad to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Oniros Film Awards" of La Thuile, Aosta Valley (Italy).
Winners are expected to be announced by October 15.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

'Lion': Award #18 at the "Independent Horror Movie Awards" (US)

I'm pleased to announce that I have won the 'Best Director' award at the "Independent Horror Movie Awards" (US).
You can read all the winners and nominated here.
'Lion' is the only film who received 8 nominations ('Best Short', 'Best Director', 'Best Original Concept', 'Best Actress', 'Best Cinematography', 'Best Special Effects', 'Best Sound' and 'Best Music') and this make us even more aware that our short film is competitive in every aspect.
Congratulations!!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #16 in India

Today I'm very proud to report that my short film 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Lake View International Film Festival" of Moga, Punjab (India).
Here you can check the finalists.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #15 at the "Independent Horror Movie Awards" (US)

Today I'm very happy to say that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Independent Horror Movie Awards" (US). My short film received 8 nominations: 'Best Short', 'Best Director' (me), 'Best Actress' (Tania Mercader), 'Best Cinematography' (Juanma Postigo), 'Best Special Effects' (Luca Visual FX), 'Best Original Concept' (me), 'Best Sound' (Christian Valente) and 'Best Music' (Francesco Tresca).
Winners will be revealed very soon.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

'Lion' screens tomorrow at the "Fangofest Amposta" (Spain)

Let's go tomorrow to Amposta (Spain)! 'Lion' is screening in the final of the "Fangofest Amposta - Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico, Terror y Gore de Amposta".
The festival will take place at the "Centre d'Art Lo Pati", starting at 4pm. Here you can see the complete program (my short film is in the 'Horror Category').
Go 'Lion' go!!! Good luck!!!

Friday, September 8, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #14 in Miami (US)

This evening I'm very proud to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Mindie - Miami Independent Film Festival" (Miami, US).
Jury will select the winners at the end of this month. Meanwhile you can read the finalists here.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

'Lion': Double award at the "L.A. Shorts Awards" (US)

Incredible success of 'Lion' at the "L.A. Shorts Awards" of Los Angeles (US)! I'm extremely excited to tell you that my short film has won the 'Best Horror Film' award. But the great news don't stop here... I was also awarded as 'Best Director' of the festival!
Check out all the winners here.
With this last two, 'Lion' has already won 17 awards in total!
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

'Lion': Award #15 again in London (England)

My short film is like a big soccer team, capable of winning all together, but that does not dislike individual plays... In the last few weeks we have received many awards, both collective and individual! Well, today I'm very proud to announce that 'Lion' has won the 'Best Horror/Thriller/Sci-Fi Short' award at the "London Independent Film Awards" (England).
Here you can discover the winners.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

'Lion': Award #14 in London (England)

It's with great satisfaction that we announce that the young Pedro Sánchez has won the 'Best Actor Under 18' award at the "Gold Movie Awards" of London! Check out all the winners here. Through this victory, 'Lion' will participate in the annual competition with an event in London on 11 January 2018.
This is our first award in England... Congratulations!!!

Monday, September 4, 2017

'Lion': New award at the "Barcelona Planet Film Festival" (Spain)

This evening I'm very honored to announce that I won the 'Best Director' award for 'Lion' at the "Barcelona Planet Film Festival".
Thanks to all the cast & crew for helping me to win this special award... This is for you all!!!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

'Lion': Double award at the "Los Angeles Film Awards" (US)

'Lion' triumph at the "Los Angeles Film Awards"! I'm super excited to say that my short film has won the 'Best Fantasy Film' and 'Best Visual Effects' awards!!!
And with these last two, we have already won 12 awards in total.
Check out all the winners here.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #13 again in Los Angeles (US)

You will not believe it, but we are again in Los Angeles! I'm extremely proud to report that my short film 'Lion' is an official selection at the "L.A. Shorts Awards". Winners will be announced within ten days...
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Friday, September 1, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #12 in Barcelona (Spain)

Double great news today: I'm extremely happy to announce that 'Lion' has received the nominations as 'Best Film' and 'Best Director' (me) at the "Barcelona Planet Film Festival" (Barcelona, Spain). Check out all the category finalists here.
The winners will be announced in the next few days... Stay tuned!
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #11 in Los Angeles (US)

This evening I'm exciting to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the prestigious "Los Angeles Film Awards" of Los Angeles (US). Winners will be revealed at the beginning of September.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #10 in London (England)

Hi folks! Today I'm very proud to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Gold Movie Awards" of London (England). The winners list will be shared at the beginning of September.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #9 in Berlin (Germany)

This evening I'm so proud to announce that my new short film 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Obscura Film Festival".
The festival will take place from 25 to 29 October in Berlin (Germany). Check out the finalists here. The full program is coming soon...
Congratulations to all the cast & crew

Thursday, August 24, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #8 in Amposta, Tarragona (Spain)

Hi everyone! Today I'm very happy to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Fangofest Amposta - Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico, Terror y Gore de Amposta".
The festival will held from 8 to 11 September in Amposta, Tarragona (Spain). The full program is almost ready... Stay tuned!
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #7 in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

This evening I'm extremely proud to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Tenebra Film Festival".
The festival will take place from 13-28 October in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico). I'm greateful to be selected from 489 submitted films (click here or check out the picture on the top). The full program is coming soon...
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #6 in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)

Today I'm very happy to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Cine Horror Bahia" (click here).
The festival will held from October 13 to October 28 in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil). The full program is coming soon.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Italian Horror Show": the complete program is out

The "Italian Horror Show" program is finally out (click here to read it). The event, created by Francesco Bernardis and conducted by Crisula Stafida and Federico Frusciante, will held on September 16-17 at the "Polo Fieristico di Campoverde (Latina)". Among the guests there are many illustrious names of Italian Horror Cinema, such as Lamberto Bava, Sergio StivalettiClaudio Simonetti's "Goblin" band, Roberto D'AntonaAnnamaria LorussoFrancesco MirabelliDavide Scovazzo, etc. We will also be present: 'Deep Shock' and 'Lion' will be introduced by actor Michael Segal and me. Both videos will be screened on the first day.
You cannot miss it!!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

'Lion' final poster revealed!

Hello everyone! Today I'm excited to reveal the final poster of 'Lion', designed by Diego Gómez. Unlike the previous promotional poster, this time we focused on the horror part of the movie: the black, the night and the darkness! Thanks a lot Diego for your great job! And I'd like also to thank, one more time, all the members of the cast and crew for their magnificient work and for believing in the project! The official trailer is coming soon as well...
"Evil has a new face"... 'Lion' is finally here!!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #5 in Bogotá (Colombia)

This evening I'm very proud to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Festival Cine Animal Bogotá" (click here to read it).
The festival will held from October 4 to November 1 in Bogotá (Colombia).
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

'Lion': Best Features Fiction at the "12 Months Film Festival" of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

I left you with the news of the second audience award at the "12 Months Film Festival". In this Romanian festival, we were also nominated for the Best Film Award. Well, today the jury has decided: it's with great pleasure that I announce that 'Lion' has won the award! And with that, we reach 10! Here you can discover all the winners and here you can see the project page.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

"Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival": here the award!!!

Today I'm very proud to show you the award that my short film 'Lion' has won in the "Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival" of Los Angeles. Congratulations!!!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

'Lion': New award at the "12 Months Film Festival" of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

Tonight I'm happy to report that 'Lion' received the second audience award at the "12 Months Film Festival" (Romania). The first prize went to a documentary and this, of course, converts us into the most voted film (click here to read it).
'Lion' also received the nomination as Best Film... Fingers crossed!
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

'Lion" triumph at the "Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival" (US)

I'm really without words: 'Lion' has officially landed in Hollywood in a truly majestic way! I'm extremely proud to announce that my short film won the Best Horror Movie Award at the "Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival" (click here).
As winner, I'm invited to attend the yearly festival, walk the Red Carpet and attend the award ceremony held on:
January 27, 2018
@ The Historic Raleigh Studios Hollywood
5300 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA
This is the eight award for 'Lion'. I hope to continue on this way!
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

"Morningstar Cine Festival": here all the awards!!!

(BEST FILM AWARD)
Today I'm very proud to show you the awards that my short film 'Lion' has won in the "Morningstar Cine Festival" of New York. Congratulations!!!
(BEST DIRECTOR - DAVIDE MELINI)
(BEST ACTOR - PEDRO SÁNCHEZ)
(BEST ACTRESS - TANIA MERCADER)
(BEST PRODUCTION - LUCA VANNELLA)
(BEST PRODUCTION - ALEXIS CONTINENTE)
(BEST PRODUCTION - VINCENZO MASTRANTONIO)
(BEST PRODUCTION - BOBBY HOLLAND HANTON)
(BEST PRODUCTION - FERDINANDO MEROLLA)
(BEST PRODUCTION - ROBERTO PAGLIALUNGA)
(BEST FX - LUCA VISUAL FX)
(BEST MAKEUP - SARAH O'BRIEN, DANIELE NASTASI, NIAMHY GLYNN)

Friday, July 28, 2017

"Italian Horror Show": News

On 16 and 17 September, actor Michael Segal and me will be guests in the first edition of the "Italian Horror Show", an event created by Francesco Bernardis and conducted by Federico Frusciante and Crisula Stafida. With us, there will be other very important guests, such as Masters Lamberto Bava and Sergio Stivaletti and the young talented Roberto D'Antona, Annamaria Lorusso, Francesco Mirabelli and Davide Scovazzo. The short film 'Lion' and the promotional teaser of 'Deep Shock' will be screened, for the first time in Italy, on September 16! There will be space for the music as well: the famous Claudio Simonetti's "Goblin" band will perform on September 17. Awaiting the official program, here is how Michael Segal (click here) and me (here) are presented.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #4 in Los Angeles (US)

This evening I'm extremely proud to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival".
Winners will receive an invitation to attend the yearly award ceremony to be held on January 27, 2018, at the Raleigh Studio, Hollywood.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'Lion' - Third review in Tampa, Florida (US)

Today I'm very glad to invite you to read the new good review about 'Lion', written by Heather Noel, that has come out on "The Horror Nation" website (click here). Thanks a lot!!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

'Deep Shock' goes to Orlando, Florida (US)

This evening I'd like to show you the new article of 'Deep Shock', written by Morbid Mommy, that has come out on the "Nightmare News Network" website (click here to read it). Thanks a lot!!!