Gianluca Balla

Gianluca Balla

Whip Ma Whop Ma Film
Director, Screenwriter, Production Designer, Art Director, Set Designer and Storyboard Artist

York, United Kingdom

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About Gianluca

Gianluca Balla (Tivoli, 16 July 1985) is an Italian filmmaker and Doctor of Philosophy in Film Production Technology and Practice. He moved to the UK in 2012 after a MA in Architectural Engineering. In November 2013 he founded 'Whip Ma Whop Ma Film', a non-profit film production company based in York, which specialises in short films with minimal dialogue. Gianluca's films have been screened in several International Film Festivals around the world and have been praised for their dark vision and controversial stories. Gianluca lives in York.

FILMOGRAPHY AND ROLES
- Shelf Life (University of York, 2018): sci-fi short film designed for visual impaired audience. Director, storyboard artist.
- Magdalene (Whip Ma Whop Ma Film, 2018): fantasy/drama short film. Producer, director, scriptwriter, production designer, storyboard artist, marketing manager.
- Promotional video for Magdalene (2017). Video and sound editor.
- Admission (Whip Ma Whop Ma Film, 2014): silent short film. Producer, director, scriptwriter, production designer, colourist.
- Numeri (Whip Ma Whop Ma Film, 2013): silent short film. Producer, director, actor, editor, production designer.

FILM FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS
Admission:
- 2015, Frame by Sound. Official Selection.
- 2015 IX Festival Alto Vicentino. Official Selection.
- 2015, Whatashort Independent International Film Festival (WIIFF). Official Selection.
- 2015, ArtCity Short Film Festival. Official Selection.
- 2015, Social World Film Festival. Official Selection.
- 2015, Sardinia Film Festival. Official Selection.
- 2015, Eastern North Carolina Film Festival. Official Selection.
- 2015, Short of the Year. Official Selection.
- 2015, Three Cities Online Film Festival. Official Selection.
- 19/11/2015, Screening at Oblong Cinema, Leeds.
- 30/05/2015, Festival del Cinema Veramente Indipendente. Screening at Cinema Trevi, Rome.
- 2015, aired by Novella Showcase on various local public access television stations in Michigan.

Numeri:
- 2014, Great Lakes International Film Festival, Erie. Official Selection.
- 22/06/2014, LUMA Film Festival, York. Screening at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television - University of York.
- 27/04/2014, Festival del Cinema Veramente Indipendente. Screening at Cinema Trevi, Rome.

PRESS
- 03/06/2015, Taxidrivers.it (Italian), www.taxidrivers.it
- 28/04/2014, Film4Life (Italian), www.filmforlife.org
- 24/04/2014, Dentro Magazine (Italian),
- 04/12/2013, Prima Stampa (Italian),

OTHER EXPERIENCES
- 2017, Globe International Silent Film Festival, Michigan State University. Member of the Selection Committee for the fiction category (231 films).

Credits

  • Shelf Life

    Shelf Life (2018)
    Film (short) by University of York Director Short film designed for visual impaired audience.

  • Magdalene, a girl out of the blue

    Magdalene, a girl out of the blue (2018)
    Film (Short and Fantasy) Director An attorney called David Vardy and a girl with blue hair are victims of a car crash at night and in the middle of nowhere. In the chaos of the event, the girl disappears while David is miraculously safe. David has no idea of who the girl was and why she was there. Later in the same night, David discovers that the girl is a prostitute named Magdalene and that she lives in a scrapyard nearby, along with a group of interesting characters. He decides to investigate.

  • Admission

    Admission (2014)
    Film (Short and Drama) Director A solitary man finds himself spying on a couple outside of his window. Sooner or later he will discover a disturbing truth behind the love.

  • Numeri

    Numeri (2013)
    Film (Short and Romance) Director The boring life of Marta, a girl with a painful past, who is shocked by the daily mysterious notes she finds on her car windscreen.

Awards

  • Frame By Sound, Official Selection (Admission)
    (2015)

  • IX Festival Alto Vicentino, Official Selection (Admission)
    (2015)

  • Whatashort Independent International Film Festival (WIIFF), Official Selection (Admission)
    (2015)

  • ArtCity Short Film Festival, Official Selection (Admission)
    (2015)

  • Social World Film Festival, Official Selection (Admission)
    (2015)

  • Sardinia Film Festival, Official Selection (Admission)
    (2015)

  • Eastern North Carolina Film Festival, Official Selection (Admission)
    (2015)

  • Three Cities Online Film Festival, Official Selection (Admission)
    (2015)

  • Short of the Year, Official Selection (Admission)
    (2015)

  • Great Lakes International Film Festival (Erie), Official Selection (Numeri)
    (2014)

Education

  • University of York
    (2012-2017)

  • The Open University
    (2012-2017)

  • Sungkyunkwan University
    (2012-2017)

  • Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata
    (2012-2017)

  • École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris
    (2012-2017)

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