Originally from France, Emilio’s first set foot on British soil the day he turned up to start a film course at the highly regarded Arts University of Bournemouth studying Film Production.
Emilio has made several short films and commercials, including the self-penned Fuji spec, ‘Keep Looking’, based on Joel Meyerowitz’s thoughts on the nature of photography, and the classy short drama I’m Sixteen – the story of a kid who falls for the voice of a phone sex-line. It’s been accepted into ten major festivals worldwide, including Berlin, Paris and New York. Emilio asserts that the film is in no way autobiographical.
Inspired by the ethos of John Cassavetes, Emilio often favours a guerrilla style shooting approach with a minimal crew, and sometimes fairly sketchy permissions. Despite this he always returns with beautiful, original, soulful footage.
Emilio has recently returned from LA, where he collected an award from ADCAN, for his self-penned commercial for the US charity United We Dream, which won the category outright. The commercial’s subject typifies the sort of stories that Emilio is interested – stories of quiet outsiders struggling to lead a normal, decent life.
As well as being a director, Emilio works as a visual researcher, and also plays bass and sings in the excellent new wave band The Herons. Whatever he turns his hand to next, we know it will be done with intelligence, commitment, style and a broad smile.