Marco Orsini is an award-winning filmmaker and a co-founder of the International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) of Monaco. He began his career in 1995, producing, writing and directing live and prerecorded programming for English and Spanish Language network and cable television.
Moving to film in 2001, Marco’s first short, “Mari-Conita De Jesus,” toured the festival circuit before being included in Princeton’s Latin American Studies curriculum. In 2002, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers named Marco an “Up and Coming” filmmaker.
Inspired by his own life, Marco’s script, “American Way,” earned a place in Tribeca’s inaugural All Access Program. Soon after, his 35mm film, “Un Dia en la Vida” premiered in competition at Sundance, prior to being named Best Dramatic Short at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology in 2006.
In 2007, Marco traveled through Ethiopia documenting that nation’s extraordinary cultural history. His wry account of the expedition, “The Reluctant Traveler”, (Winner of the Audience Award at the Jacksonville International Film Festival) was sold to Direct TV for international broadcast.
In 2011, Marco undertook another very different voyage of discovery across the Modern Middle East, hosting dinners that elicited candid conversations and debates about challenges and opportunities engendered by the Arab Spring. ‘Dinner in the No-Go’s,” the resulting documentary, drew its name from for the US State Department list of places Americans are advised not to visit. An official selection of the Woodstock Film Festival and the Lebanese Film Festival among others, and won best documentary at the Accolades 2011. No Go’s is being developed for series television.
After directing Monaco’s official contribution to the United Nation’s, One Day on Earth 12-12-12 event, Marco was approached by filmmaker Mary McGuckian to write, direct and produce a companion documentary about Anglo-Irish designer and architect, Eileen Gray, subject of McGuckian’s forthcoming feature, “The Price of Desire.” Currently in production, Orsini’s Gray Matters examines the life, work and enduring relevance of the enigmatic modernist icon.
A resident of Monte-Carlo, Marco is the long-time President of the Monaco based IEFTA, whose Global Film Expression initiative in Ethiopia is dedicated to filmmaker training and industry development.