Indigo Film was founded in 1994 by three graduate students from the production course at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (The Italian National film school) Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima and Carlotta Calori even though the partners also worked for other organisations for some years.
Nicola Giuliano served as a production manager and line producer on Mario Martone, Stefano Incerti, Mimmo Calopresti, Pappi Corsicato, Antonio Capuano and Nanni Moretti’s (Aprile) films, and has collaborated continuously with Teatri Uniti in Naples. Since 2001 he has been lecturing at the Production Course at the National School of Cinema in Rome.
Since 2002 he has been teaching Film Production at the University Institute S. Orsola Benincasa of Naples in the department of Communication studies. Since 2004 he has been holding a low budget seminar at the Escuela International de Cinema y Television of S. Antonio de los Banos in Cuba.
Francesca Cima was a partner of Bianca Film, involved in the production of advertisements and films for cinema and television. She followed the production of the film La parola amore esiste, directed by Mimmo Calopresti, Questo è il giardino by Giovanni Maderna, Come si fa un Martini by Chicco Stella. She also collaborated with Fabrica Cinema following the post-production of films such as No Man’s Land, and Secret Ballot. Since 2001 she has been lecturing at the Production editing and sound courses at the National School of Cinema in Rome.
Carlotta Calori worked for Orbit, a Satellite Pay-tv company, as a producer of documentaries and cinema programmes and as senior producer of the cinema channels responsible for their launch and on-air branding. She also worked at Filmalpha following the production of films and TV series. (including Mouche by Marcel Carnè).
In 2001 Indigo Film produced its first feature film, One Man Up Paolo Sorrentino’s debut film, in competition at the Venice Intl. Film Festival in 2001, which received numerous accolades in Italy and abroad.
Since then Indigo has produced, together with Fandango and Medusa Film other two films by Paolo Sorrentino The Consequence Of Love (2004) and The family friend (2006) both in competition at the Cannes Film Festival; Mario’s War by Antonio Capuano, in competition at the Locarno Film Festival in 2005.
In 2004 Indigo Film produced Apnea, Roberto Dordit’s debut film, starring Claudio Santamaria, which premiered at the Festival of Taormina in 2006.
In 2007 the documentaries Crossing The Line by Pietro Marcello and Bianciardi! by Massimo Coppola were both selected for the 64. Venice Intl. Film Festival (the first for Venice Days, the lattest at Orizzonti doc).
The Girl By The Lake, Andrea Molaioli’s debut film, (selected at the Venice Intl. Film Festival in the International Critics’ Week section) which has become a case in 2007-2008 theatrical season, sweeping away endless prizes including 10 “David of Donatello” at 2008 awards ceremony.
In 2008 Napoli Piazza Municipio, a documentary by Bruno Oliviero, was presented at Locarno Intl. Film Festival and won the prize as best documentary at Torino Film Festival, section Italiana doc.
In the same year Indigo produced Il Divo by Paolo Sorrentino (co-produced with Lucky Red and Parco Film and Babe Films). It was in competition at 61st. Cannes Intl. Film Festival and won the Jury Prize and the Prix Vulcain.
In 2009 The Double Hour, Giuseppe Capotondi’s debut film, premiered at the 66th. Venice Intl. Film Festival and won the Arca Young Cinema Award for the best Italian film; Ksenia Rappoport was awarded with the Coppa Volpi for the best female performance and Filippo Timi won the Pasinetti Award for the best Italian actor.
The documentary film The Mouth of the Wolf by Pietro Marcello co-produced with L’Avventurosa Film won the 27th Torino Film Festival.
In 2010 Indigo Film produces Massimo Coppola’s debut film “Are You Afraid of the Dark”, in competition at the Critic’s Week of the Venice Intl. Film Festival.
In 2011 Indigo undertakes an important international coproduction experience through “This Must Be the Place, written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, starring Sean Penn. That same year Indigo produces Andrea Molaioli’s second feature film, “The Jewel”, losely based on the Parmalat crack, and Ivan Cotroneo’s debut film “Kryptonite!”, in competition at the Rome Intl. Film Festival. In 2011 Indigo also produces the documentary “Questa storia qua” about Italian rockstar Vasco Rossi, screened out of competition at the Venice International Film Festival.
2013 is an important year for Indigo Film. “Benvenuto Presidente!” , a comedy by Riccardo Milani starring Claudio Bisio, is released in March, performing extremely well at the box office. During April the first season of the serie “An Imperfect Mom”, created by Ivan Cotroneo and produced in assotiation with Corriere della Sera and Rai Fiction, debuts on corriere.it. The serie eventually aires on Rai 2 in September.
In May, after competing for the Palm d’or at the Cannes Film Festival, Paolo Sorrentino’s “The great beauty” is released in Italy. The film stars Toni Servillo and besides a significant box office result, it receives numerous accolades, among which the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Movie.
In May it is also released Stefano Sardo’s documentary “Slow Food Story”, about one of the greatest gastronomic and cultural movements in the world and its founder.
After the simultaneous broadcasting on the web and TV of the second season of “An Imperfect Mom”, the film “Il Natale della mamma imperfetta” directed by Ivan Cotroneo is released on Christmas.
In March The Great Beauty has won the Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film.
Currently Paolo Sorrentino is shooting his last movie, Youth, and Indigo Film is starting off the production of The Wait, the debut film by Piero Messina, starring Juliette Binoche.