A Symphony for Rossini (2017)

A Symphony for Rossini: Il Turco in Italia” is an experimental animated short in which animation meets the great tradition of Italian music opera. In a paper theater, the walls of scenography become a notebook pages of the protagonist, Prosdocimo, a poet that wanders in Naples in search of inspiration for his new story. Absolute protagonists are the animation along with the Symphony that Gioacchino Rossini has written for the opera. “I’m obliged to write a farce, and I cannot find a subject!” is the motto regarding this visual-musical tale where watercolors reveal poetic views of Naples, sketches with the protagonists , animated inks 3d become flying sheets, city alleys.

Credits and awards

Directed by Monica Manganelli and produced by Stefano Casertano for Daring House.

Imdb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7104814/

Festivals (selection):

  • Animasyros, Greece International animation festival 2017
  • China International new Media short film festival 2017
  • CARDIFF International film festival 2017
  • MUVI, Music international film festival Lisbon 2017

People of Love and Rage (2016)

In the largest building in Europe, Rome’s 1-km long Corviale, a former criminal and an artist set up an association for culture and handicraft, facing the opposition of some local people and their inner limits. Shot in black and white, this unconventional documentary is structured as a neorealism film reminiscent of De Sica and Pasolini.

Credits and awards

Directed by Stefano Casertano and produced by Antonio Padovani for Daring House.



  • Best Documentary Feature – DocFeed Eindhoven
  • Honorable Mention  – Rome Independent Film Festival

Festivals (selection)

  • Venice Film Week
  • Broadway International Film Festival
  • Polish International Film Festival
  • FicAutor Mexico City

The Ballad of the Homeless (2015)

The Ballad of homeless is a poetic and surreal animated short that presents a journey into the lands devastated by the earthquake in Emilia Romagna (2012), through the eyes of a child and his friends, a snail.

Credits and awards

Directed by Monica Manganelli. Executive producer: Stefano Casertano for Daring House.


Awards (selection):

  • LA Short Fest (Academy Awards Qualifier): Best animated short
  • Silver Ribbon ( Nastro d’Argento): Best Animation
  • Anim!Arte: Best Film World Cultures
  • Davide di Donatello: Nomination
  • Voghera Film Festival
  • Athens Animfest