Davide Abbatescianni

Freelance Film Critic and Journalist


I am a young media professional active in journalism, film studies and video production.

I currently work as a foreign correspondent for the EU-funded press agency Cineuropa. I regularly write reviews, interviews and news about Irish and European cinemas. I provide extensive coverage of international film events, such as the Berlinale, Strasbourg’s Lux Prize, Cork Film Festival, Venice's Biennale, Toronto Film Festival, Serbia’s Palic Film Festival, Baltic Sea Docs, Galway Film Fleadh, Amsterdam’s IDFA, IndieCork and many others.

Moreover, my bylines appeared on other international outlets, such as POV Magazine, Switzerland’s Filmexplorer, The Location Guide, The Calvert Journal, the Independent Cinema Office's blog, Fabrique Du Cinéma, Cinecittà News and Film Ireland. I am interested in covering film, media and culture topics with a special focus on Ireland, the UK and the EU.

Over the last ten years, I have been working across different creative and cultural industries in Italy, Ireland and Estonia – you can have a look at my full CV here: https://www.docdroid.net/pT7Qa45/cv-march-2019-abbatescianni.pdf

Finally, I am a PhD Excellence Scholar in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork. My research project comprises the writing of an academic dissertation and the making of a feature-length documentary film. I have been lecturing and holding conferences in France, Ireland, Latvia, and Poland. I am also an External Examiner in Film Studies for the International Baccalaureate.

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Ivan Kavanagh * Director of Never Grow Old

We met up with Ireland's Ivan Kavanagh, the writer-director of the western Never Grow Old, set to be released in the USA on 15 March The western feature Never Grow Old , a Ripple World Pictures (Ireland) and Iris Productions (Luxembourg) presentation, is released today, 15 March, in the USA.

Projects from Faroe Islands, Turkey, Germany and Belgium awarded cash prizes at 17th Berlinale...

Written by Davide Abbatescianni on Feb 25, 2020. Posted in Awards and Festivals The seventeenth Berlinale Co-Production Market announced the recipients of its cash prizes, which were awarded to three selected feature-length projects. This year, the market hosted thirty-six new titles from thirty-four countries, presented by their production companies in four different segments.

Bridges of Time

Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys' Bridges of Time is a meditative documentary about the less-remembered filmmakers of the 1960's Baltic New Wave. At that time, when French pioneers of cinéma vérité intended to achieve a new realism, the three Baltic countries witnessed the birth of a generation of documentarians who favoured a more romantic, light-hearted view of the world.

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European Film Festivals Going Virtual: A Defence Strategy or A New Opportunity?

Amidst the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, what can festivals do to keep the film community active and give authors their deserved visibility? How can they successfully transition to a fully digital event? Davide Abbatescianni, Ireland correspondent for Cineuropa, spoke to the staff of three European festivals, to find out.

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Latvia's Ivars Zviedris shooting a documentary about the quarantine

by Davide Abbatescianni - The Rūjiena-born director is filming a diary of the pandemic and covering the country's unprecedented state of emergency Latvian documentary director and cinematographer Ivars Zviedris is currently working on a film documenting the country's state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film goes online

The event, set to take place from 5-10 May, will be a fully digital gathering owing to the spread of the coronavirus This week, the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) announced its decision to go virtual and published its full programme.

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Screen Ireland announces further measures to protect the Irish audiovisual industry

The new set of provisions is designed to aid production companies and talents in developing a strong slate of quality projects, despite the hardship caused by the outbreak Yesterday, Screen Ireland, the country's audiovisual agency, announced a new set of measures to further protect the local audiovisual sector.

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Norway's Filmweb Drive-In Cinema proves successful in the time of the coronavirus

The drive-in cinema, based just outside of Oslo, hosted 28 sold-out screenings between 7 and 14 April, attracting nearly 10,000 viewers; Lithuania is following suit Norway's Filmweb Drive-In Cinema initiative has been a great success, with 28 sold-out screenings in one week, 17 titles shown and almost 10,000 viewers in attendance.