Ivan Gergolet

Born in 1977, lives and works in Trieste. He started shooting short documentaries and short films while studying cinema at the DAMS-University of Bologna. He was one of the media activists who in 2002 created OrfeoTV, the first street television in Italy.

Since 2015 he has been a member of the European Film Academy. His first feature film Dancing with Maria was the first documentary ever to be selected in the International Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival in 2014, where it was awarded the Civitas Vitae Award and then nominated for Best European Documentary at the European Films Awards 2015. It was released in theaters in Italy, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Russia, Poland and many other countries. It was screened in more than 50 international festivals and won 5 international awards.

After teaching cinema in schools, universities, prisons and other institutions, he founded the Cross-Border Film School in Gorizia (on the border with Italy and Sovenia) with other directors and professionals, which deals with training, research, production and experimentation with new cinematographic languages.

The Man Without Guilt is the first fiction feature film.


  • In The Cave –interactive VR film – Venice Film Festival 2018 –Biennale College Cinema VR
  • Il vecchio e la cicogna – feature film – editing – 2018 The three uses of the compass – short film 16min – 2018
  • Punto fisso – dance short film – 2016 Dancing With Maria – 75min documentary – 2014 Making Archeo Films – 28min documentary – 2011 Ouverture – short film – 2009
  • La collezione di Medea – short film – 2009 Dust – short film – 2009
  • Quando il fuoco si spegne – short film 2008 Akropolis – documentary – 2008
  • Migranti – documentary – 2001