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Mario Andreacchio at Cinefest-OZ 2012
Many refer to Mario Andreacchio as the father of international co-production. Mario has been directing and producing for almost 30 years and has overseen the co-production of Australia with most European countries; most recently he has become an expert on co-production with China and the world.
Mario regularly leads panels and discussions on co-productions with China and the world. With all eyes presently on China for its increase in wealth and opportunities to invest in cinema, there is much to learn about crossing cultures with China and the world and few are as privy to this knowledge as Mario Andreacchio.
When I asked Mario about his impression of CinefestOZ he said: "You could say it's more like a fabulous food and wine festival with a side serve of cinema. But the unique aspect is the sense of community... everyone in the region feels a part of it and seems to be connected in some way to it. There is a genuine love of screen story telling."
-Written by Vanessa McMahon
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MARIO ANDREACCHIO, Director/Producer: 'TheDragon Pearl' (2012).
Australian-Chinese Co-production Dragon Pearl was the first official co-production with China which premiered at CinefestOZ in 2011. Director/ Producer Mario Andreacchio will return to CinefestOZ in 2012, not only to enjoy the gala events including the Directors Lunch, but he will also talk to students and contribute to the CinefestOZ Schools Program. Andreacchio is currently embarking on other Australian-Chinese film projects, worth over $60m in secured production funding. There have only ever been five Australian productions that have won an International Emmy Award - one was Captain Johnno, directed by Mario Andreacchio.
Mario graduated from Flinders University (South Australia) with a degree in Psychology (after
His feature film, Napoleon, was inspired by his children while watching another animal film. Napoleon
The Real Macaw, a family adventure story of a talking parrot, was released to strong reviews in 1998
Young Blades, a US-French production is about the the Three Musketeers when they were teenagers
Paradise Found, an Australian-French-UK-German co-production, is a story based on the life of
Mario is also a member of the Australian Screen Directors' Association (ASDA), the Australian Writers' Guild (AWG).
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Film still from 'Dragon Pearl' (2012)
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