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Tizza Covi (Italy)

Tizza Covi (born in Bolzano, Italy, in 1971) lived in Paris and Berlin before studying to become a photographer at the Graphische Lehranstalt in Vienna. After finishing her studies she went to Rome where she worked as a free-lance photographer. She has won several scholarships for her photographic work.

She co-founded production company Vento film together with Rainer Frimmel with whom she studied together in Vienna. They received numerous awards for their documentaries That's All, Babooska, Notes from the Underworld.

Their first fiction film La Pivellina (2009) premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes where it was awarded with the Europa Cinemas Label. The film was screened worldwide at over 170 film festivals, received over 30 awards and was Austria's official submission to the Foreign Oscar.

Their second feature film The shine of the day (2012) received the Silver Leopard for best actor in Locarno and the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken.

Their third feature film Mister Universo (2016) also premiered in Locarno where it received the Fipresci Award. Like all their films it was realised with non professional actors and it was shot on Super 16mm film.

Currently they are working on their new film project VERA.


  • Notes from the Underworld
  • Mister Universo
  • The shine of the day
  • La Pivellina
  • Babooska
  • That's All
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