Director Biography – Gaia Alari (DANA GAVANSKI – I TALK TO THE WIND)

Gaia Alari is a visual artist based in Milan, Italy.

Since 2011, in parallel with her academic studies in Medicine, she pursued drawing and illustration as a self taught.
Her early works have been published on LaMono Magazine, Cruzine, INeedAGuide, HiFructose.
In 2015, she abandoned her illustrative works to pursue artistic projects, collaborating traditionally with art galleries all over Europe (in particular Galleri Benoni, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Galerie Anouk Le Bourdiec, Paris, France) and, inspired by the works of artists as William Kentridge, Nathalie Djurberg and Lauren Kelley, as well as contemporary cinema and filmmakers, since 2017 she has been dedicating to creating and directing experimental music videos and short films with the technique of clay animation and traditional hand drawn frame per frame animation, as a one woman crew.
She collaborates with international music bands and music labels: Ada Lea / SaddleCreek +Nextdoor Records (USA, Canada), Dana Gavanski / Full Time Hobby – Flemish Eye Records – Ba Da Bing Records (UK, Canada, USA) , Low Cut Connie / Contender Records (USA), Florda (Canada), Dot Comet (USA), Crom Lus (UK).
She also works with Paris based skate crew and brand Quotamine directing commercials in clay animation (the crew’s debut film “Didier” premiered at Converse HQ in Paris) and designing boards and products featuring her artworks.
In 2018 her debut short film “Happy” was officially selected for screening at several festivals: MicroActs London, 4th Athens Animation Marathon, Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin, Lisbon Film Rendezvous, Mirror Mountain Film Festival.
Her second short form clay animation “Terminus” premiered at AVIFF Cannes (France) and was awarded the special “Prix AVIFF Incognito” in May, 2019. It was exhibited for Galerie Incognito at the Monnaie de Paris. Also screened at Austin Arthouse Film Festival.
Her music video for Dana Gavanski was officially selected for screening at prestigious Sound Unseen music and film festival and received many positive critiques from the press.
She is interested in exploring, throughout her narrative and experimental short animations, the relationship between the individual, more often a girl/woman, and society in its various aspects, with a special focus on contemporary loneliness in everyday life.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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