Guido Manila (1977)
Guido Manuli is one of the most influential Italian animators and film directors. He started a long-standing collaboration with animation legend Bruno Bozzetto in the 60s; together they worked on cult movies like West and Soda, Vip Mio Fratello Superuomo, Allegro Non Troppo and many more.
In 1991 he won the Davide of Donatello Award for Best Screenplay for the Maurizio Nichetti-directed Volere Volare, a mixed technique feature film also awarded with the Globo d’Oro of International Critic, the Premio Corbucci for Best Italian Movie 1990 and finally the Best Film and Audience Award in Montreal. Later in the 90s he directed for the Italian pubcaster RAI the TV movie Monster Mash, followed by the theatrical feature Aida degli Alberi in 2001 (a Lanterna Magica production) and the full CGI animated series Water and Bubbles for RAI in 2008/2009.
During the last 40 years he also created dozens of short films that won scores of accolades worldwide. Works such as Opera (1973), Fantabiblical (1977), Count Down (1978), Just a Kiss (1983) and Incubus (1985) were screened and widely acclaimed at every major animation Festival: from Annecy to Trieste, Parigi and Lucca. His energetic style was often compared to Tex Avery.