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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, November 22, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #55 in Shanghai (China)

'Lion' lands for the first time in China! I'm very excited to announce that my short film is an official selection at the "Genre Celebration Festival" of Shanghai.
'Lion' received two nominations: 'Best Fantasy Short' and 'Best Visual Effects' (Luca Visual FX).
Check out the selected films here.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #54 in Moscow (Russia)

This evening I'm pleased to say that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival" of Moscow (Russia).
Winners will be announced soon.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #53 in Temecula, California (US)

Today I'm very proud to report that 'Lion' is an official selection at "The Lost Sanity Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival" of Temecula, California (US).
Check out the finalists here.
The winners will be announced in the next few weeks.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #52 in Manchester (England)

This evening I'm very happy to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Top Indie Film Awards" of Manchester (England).
Nominees and winners will be announced soon.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #51 always in Los Angeles (US)

Today I'm ver proud to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Los Angeles Horror Competition" (US).
My short film received three nominations: Best Film, Best Director and Best Visual Effects (Luca Visual FX).
Winners will be revealed very soon.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

'Lion' screens tomorrow in the "Smallmovie Festival" (Italy)

I'm very happy to say that 'Lion' is screening tomorrow in the final of the "Smallmovie Festival", that will take place at 5:45pm in Calcinaia (Italy).
Check out the program here.
Good luck!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

'Lion' at the "David di Donatello Award 2018"

'Lion' celebrates the official selection n.50! A great number deserves a very important news! Well, I'm extremely proud to announce that my short film is an official selection at the prestigious "David di Donatello 2018" (it's equivalent to the "Academy Awards").
Here you can find the page of 'Lion'.
New let's cross the fingers...
Congratulations!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #49 again in Los Angeles (US)

This night I'm pleased to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition" of Los Angeles, California (US).
Winners will be announced soon.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #48 in Los Angeles (US)

This evening I'm proud to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "13Horror.Com Film & Screenplay Contest" of Los Angeles (US).
Check out all the finalists here.
Waiting to know the winners, I'd like to invite you to read, below, the fantastic review that the jury made about my short film.

"It's not often I'll start the feedback by talking about the opening credits, but yours deserve acknowledgement. They were hugely impressive.
It's a gem of a horror film and to link up with Unicef to help promote such a strong message is admirable. 
The combination of the stalking lion on the TV and the supernatural was the show stealer. Maybe it was the head on approach the lion took towards the screen but it really did seem to tap into some primal fear and make me want to run! It was superbly done.
Excellent performance from Michael Segal. He had to generate feelings of disgust for this to work and - in the nicest possible way, of course! - he did this brilliantly. Round of applause to him".

Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #47 in San Francisco, California (US)

Today I'm very happy to say that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Diabolical Horror Film Festival" of San Francisco, California (US).
Here you can read all the finalists.
Winners will be announced soon.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #46 in Kolkata (India)

Sorry for the delay but I've been informed only now! 'Lion' was screened yesterday in the final of the "Asian Film Centre Global Fest" of Kolkata (India).
Audience response was strong and very positive: they enjoyed a lot my short film.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #45 in Calcinaia (Italy)

Tonight I'm very proud to say that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Smallmovie Festival", that will held from 16-19 November in Calcinaia (Italy).
Waiting for the complete program, check out below at the fantastic promotional teaser of the festival, in which you can discover all the finalists.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

'Lion': Awards #35 and 36 in New York (US)

Today I'm thriller to announce that my short film 'Lion' has won two new awards at the prestigious "New York Film Awards" (US): 'Honorable Mention for Actor' (Michael Segal) and 'Best Visual Effects' award (Luca Visual FX).
Check out all the winners here.
Congratulations!!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

'Lion': Award #34 in Siracusa (Italy)

Today I'm extremely proud to announce that 'Lion' has won the 'Best Horror Film' award at the "MEDff - The Mediterranean Film Festival" of Siracusa (Italy).
Check out all the winners here.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

'Lion': Award #33 in Moga, Punjab (India)

Tonight I'm very proud to announce that 'Lion' has won the 'Best Film of the Month' award at the "Aab International Film Festival" of Moga, Punjab (India).
Here you can discover the winners.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

'Lion': Award #31 and 32 again in Los Angeles (US)

This evening I'm excited to announce that 'Lion' has won two new awards at the famous "Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards": 'Best Production' (Luca Vannella, Alexis Continente, Vincenzo Mastrantonio, Bobby Holland Hanton, Ferdinando Merolla, Roberto Paglialunga) and 'Best Visual Effects' (Luca Visual FX).
My short film has also received other three nominations: 'Best Horror Film', 'Best Director' and 'Best Actor' (Michael Segal).
Check out all the winners here.
As winner, we'll receive a VIP access pass to the festival Red Carpet interviews and award ceremony to be held on August 5, 2018 at the Raleigh Studios, Hollywood.
Congratulations!!!

Monday, November 6, 2017

'Lion': Award #30 in Los Angeles (US)

Yeah!!! Today I'm very proud to announce that 'Lion' has won the 'Best Horror Film' award at the "Hollywood Film Competition" of Los Angeles (US).
Check out all the winners here.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #44 in New York (US)

This evening I'm delighted to say that 'Lion' is an official selection at the prestigious "New York Film Awards" (US).
My short film received 6 nominations: Best Horror Film, Best Director, Best Child Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader) and Best Visual Effects (Luca Visual FX).
The winners will be announced in the next few days... Fingers crossed.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

'Lion: Official Selection #43 in Siracusa (Italy)

Tonight I'm very happy to say that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "MEDff - The Mediterranean Film Festival" of Siracusa (Italy).
Winners will be announced soon.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Friday, November 3, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #42 in Córdoba (Argentina)

Sorry the delay, but I have been advised just now! It's with big pleasure that I inform you that 'Lion' has been screened the past October 31 in the "Terror Córdoba Festival Internacional de Cine de Terror y Fantástico", in Córdoba (Argentina).
Check out the program here.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

'Lion' is screening "Anatomy Crime & Horror International Film Festival" (Greece)

I'm very happy to say that 'Lion' is screening today in the final of the "Anatomy Crime & Horror International Film Festival", that whill take place at 5:00pm in the "Cinema Calypso", in Athens (Greece).
Check out the program here.
Good luck!!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

'Lion' screens in the "Cinecittá World Horror Show" (Italy)

I'm extremely pleased to announce that 'Lion' is screening in the "Cinecittá World Horror Show", that will take place today at 6:00pm in the famous "Cinecittá World", in Rome. In addition to my short film, you can also watch the latest films by Raffaele Picchi and Davide Scovazzo.
The event is organized by Francesco Bernardis and Latina Eventi 360 (click here to read it).
We are waiting you: horror has arrived in Rome!!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Colombia & Spain: 'Lion' celebrates Halloween with a double premiere!

'Lion' celebrates the most terrifying night of the year with a great double premiere!
My short film will be screened tonight in the finals of the "Festival Cine Animal Bogotá" (Colombia, click here to read the program) and in the "Muestra de Cortometrajes de Terror" (Official Selection #39!), an event organized by the "Festival de Cine de Marbella" (Spain).
'Lion' is ready to roar... Happy Halloween to everyone!!!

Monday, October 30, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #38 in Moga, Punjab (India)

This evening I'm very proud to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Aab International Film Festival" of Moga, Punjab (India).
Check out the selected films here.
Winners will be announced soon.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

'Lion' is screening at "L'Aquila Horror Film Festival" (Italy)

I'm very glad to announce that 'Lion' is screening this afternoon in the final of "L'Aquila Horror Film Festival", that will take place at 3:00pm in the "Palazzetto dei Nobili" of L'Aquila (Italy).
You can read the festival program here.
Good luck!!!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

'Lion' screens tonight in the "Obscura Film Festival" (Germany)

Here I'm again! I'm very proud to say that my short film 'Lion' screens this evening in the final of the "Obscura Film Festival", that will take place at 9:30pm in the "Filmrauschpalast", in Berlin (Germany).
You can check out the daily program here.
Good luck!!!

Friday, October 27, 2017

'Lion' is screening at the "American Horrors Film Festival" (US)

I'm pleased to announce that 'Lion' is screening this evening in the final of the "American Horrors Film Festival", that will held at 9:30pm in the "Geneva Theater", in historic downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (US).
Check out the festival program here.
Good luck!!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

'Lion' screens at the "Tenebra Film Festival" (Mexico)

I'm very happy to say that 'Lion' screens today in the final of the "Tenebra Film Festival", that will take place at 8:00pm in the "Plaza Principal de Tonala", in Guadalajara (Mexico).
You can read the daily schedule here.
After Brazil, I hope Mexican people can also appreciate my short film.
Good luck!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #37 again in Seville (Spain)

This evening I'm proud to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Rincofest - Festival de Cortos de Terror, Scifi y Fantástico de la Rinconada".
My short film is screening tomorrow at 7:00pm in Seville (Spain).
Check out the festival program here.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #36 in Wheelersburg, Ohio (US)

Today I'm very happy to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "S.O.S. Indie Horror Film Festival".
My short film will be screened on October 26 at 7:00pm in the "Wheelersburg Cinema", in Wheelersburg, Ohio (US).
Here you can check out the Facebook event.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Monday, October 23, 2017

'Lion' is screening at the "Niaffs - Noidentity International Action Film Festival Spain" (Spain)

Hi folks! Today I'm glad to say that 'Lion' is screening tomorrow in the "Niaffs - Noidentity International Action Film Festival Spain", that will take place at 12:00pm in the "Casa de la Cultura", in Seville (Spain).
Check out the festival program here.
This is the first time that part of the cast and crew of 'Lion' will attend the projection.
Enjoy it!!!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #35 again in Los Angeles (US)

Another final in the capital of film industry, Los Angeles! Tonight I'm extremely proud to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the famous "Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards" (US).
Jury will select the winners at the beginning of November.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

'Lion': Award #29 in Los Angeles (US)

This evening I'm very proud to announce that 'Lion' has won the 'Best Supernatural Thriller' award at "The Hollywood Hills Awards" of Los Angeles (US).
Here you can discover the winners.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

'Lion': Award #27 and 28 in Italy

Today I'm thrilled to announce that my short film has won two new awards at the "Oniros Film Awards" of La Thuile, Aosta Valley (Italy): Pedro Sánchez received the 'Best Young Actor' prize, while 'Lion' has won the award as 'Best Fantasy Film'.
Check out all the winners here.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

'Lion' screens at the "Cine Horror Bahía" (Brazil)

I'm very happy to say that 'Lion' is screening tomorrow in the "Cine Horror Bahía", that will take place at 3:00pm in the "Sala de Cinema Walter da Silveira", in Salvador (Brazil).
Check out the festival program here.
I hope that even Brazilian audience can appreciate my short film.
Good luck!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #34 in Los Angeles (US)

Tonight I'm extremely proud to say that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Hollywood Film Competition" of Los Angeles (US).
Winners will be announced soon.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #33 in Pamplona (Spain)

I'm pleased to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Festival Horror Online Art - Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico y de Terror de Navarra" (Spain).
My short film is screening today at 7:00pm in the "Cortes Inglés - Sala de Ámbito Cultural", in Pamplona.
Check out the full program here.
I'd also like to invite you to watch the amazing promotional teaser of the festival, with the beautiful Dario Argento's 'Deep Red' soundtrack (below). Try to find 'Lion' in the teaser...
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #32 in Los Angeles

This evening I'm very proud to say that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Hollywood Hills Awards" of Los Angeles (US).
My short film got two nominations: 'Best Film' (click here to read it) and 'Best Director' (here).
Winners will be revealed very soon.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

'Lion': Official Selection #31 in Glasgow (Scotland)

This evening I'm very happy to announce that 'Lion' is an official selection at the "Feel The Reel International Film Festival" of Glasgow (Scotland).
Please, help me to win the audience award! How to do it? It's very simple: the only thing you have to do is vote my film here.
Nominees and winners will be announced on the 24th of October.
Congratulations to all the cast & crew!!!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

'Lion' screens at the "Upstate NY Horror Film Festival" (US)

I'm very happy to say that 'Lion' is screening tomorrow in the final of the "Upstate NY Horror Film Festival", that will take place at 10:45 in "The Villages Screening Room", located in Rochester, New York (US).
Check out the program here.
Good luck!!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

'Lion' is screening at the "Fear Fete Horror Festival" (US)

'Lion' is screening tomorrow, October 14, in the final of the "Fear Fete Horror Festival" of Biloxi (US).
The festival will take place at "The Wayward Kraken" at 6:00pm.
Good luck!!!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

'Lion' screens at the "Edmonton Festival of Fear International Film Festival" (Canada)

After showing you the last awards, it's time to go back to the festival updates. 'Lion' screens on October 14 in the final of the "Edmonton Festival of Fear International Film Festival" of Edmonton (Canada).
The festival will take place at the "Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre Edmonton", starting at 11:15am.
Here the full program.
Good luck 'Lion'!!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Festigious International Film Festival": here the awards!!!

(BEST HORROR FILM AWARD)
Tonight I'm proud to show you the awards that my short film 'Lion' has won in the "Festigious International Film Festival" of Los Angeles (US). Congratulations!!!
(BEST YOUNG ACTOR)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"Five Continents International Film Festival": here all the awards!!!

(BEST HORROR FILM AWARD)
This evening I'm very pleased to show you the awards that my short film 'Lion' has won in the "Five Continents International Film Festival" of Puerto La Cruz (Venezuela). Congratulations!!!
(BEST FX AWARD)
(BEST MAKEUP AWARD)


Monday, October 9, 2017

"Top Shorts Film Festival": here the awards!!!

(BEST HORROR FILM AWARD)
Today I'm very proud to show you the awards that my short film 'Lion' has won in the "Top Shorts Film Festival" of Los Angeles (US). Congratulations!!!
(HONORABLE MENTION: DIRECTOR)