Past Recipients Student Testimonials  

Filippo Conz earned his BA at the Universita Cattolica in Milan with a thesis on chase sequences in Hitchcock movies. In 2000 he worked for the art magazine RISK Arte Oggi as Managing Editor and was Assistant Curator for several exhibitions held at distinguished international venues including the Tate Modern in London, Museo della Permanente and the Triennale in Milan, Palacio Foz in Lisbon and Mucsarnok in Budapest.

In 2002 he wrote for Teatro OutOff in Milan the script for Strani Anelli (Strange Loops), for which he was awarded the Sefemm Prize by Milan’s Mayor’s Office. Strange Loops was nominated Best Feature at the ToHorror Film Festival 2003, awarded the Gold Remi Award at the Houston International Film Festival and screened at the Venice Film Festival, Filmmaker Festival in Milan, New York Film and Video Festival. His following short, Eukiah, based on a piece by Lanford Wilson, screened at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and Queens International Film Festival.

Last year he directed Decomposition d’un Meurtre, a short film funded by the French Ministry of Culture and The French Embassy in New York; he was a finalist in the 2007 Book Video Award with his trailer of Runemarks by Joanne Harris (Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange) and produced My Way, a documentary for La Presse Video on the moving story of race car driver A. Zanardi, for which were interviewed personalities like David Letterman, Mario Andretti, Paolo Barilla and many others.

Recently he was awarded the Sloan Foundation Production Award for the short film entitled Tymbals, written by fellow student Jon Haller, and directed Concerto
, another short script by Jon Haller, for which he received the Hollywood Foreign Press Award. Concerto starred David Zayas (Dexter, Michael Clayton, The Savages) and Trevor Long (Don Juan De Marco, Pit, Karaoke King), both members of the Labyrinth Theatre Company.

He lives and works in New York pursuing a MFA in Directing at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, where he was awarded a Merit Fellowship and a Head Projectionist Fellowship. He has just opened with partner Adrian Hashimi a production company called Zbabam Productions (, aimed at the production of feature films, commercials and web videos.

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