NRFF Amsterdam – Film of the Week



A story of solitude and denied redemption, inspired by a true story of

a 14-year-old boy.


Director: Giovanni Coda

Executive Producers: Zena Società Cooperativa

Producer: Atlantis Moon Productions

Country: Italy

NRFF Category: LGBT-themed Films more than 45 minutes

Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes




Bullied to Death depicts a 24 hour performance against homophobia through the real stories of teenagers worldwide that experience severe bullying episodes at school, from their own families and on the web, as a result of their coming out.

The movie is centered on the life of a 14-year-old American boy, who committed suicide in 2011 in a careless, inadequate society which is confused, cruel, and unable to solve the increasing violence that deviates towards pathology especially when gender-related matters are at stake.

The movie is without a precise place or location, thus it represents all the possible places where these tragedies can happen. In fact, the whole world represents the ideal stage to set the film.

The film stars Assunta Pittaluga, Gianluca Sotgiu, Gianni Dettori, Sergio Anrò, Tendal Mann, Josh Feldman,  and Sheri Mann Stuart.

“This an independent Italian-American Feature Film, aimed at developing new communication routes intertwining cinema, photography and performing arts and striking an emotional chord with the audience. “

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Giovanni Coda is a director, video-artist, and photographer from Cagliari, Sardinia. He began his artistic career in literature and theatre scenes, and in 1996 founded V-art (Festival Internazionale Immagine d’Autore), a shorts festival focused on the video art field.

In 2005, he supervised the review of the Electroacoustic Music Festival, “Confluencias” in Huelva. Since 2003, he has supervised the audiovisual section of festival “Incanti”, a figure theatre and other innovative experimental works, in Turin.

Among the international museums and exhibitions where his installations of photography and videoarts were set we can list the Video Art Biennale in Venice and Milan, the Ayoama University in Tokyo, the Watermans Arts Centre in London, the Maison d’Italie in Paris, the Museum Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Teatro Vittorio in Rome and many others.

In his artist background, we find many works of photography, figurative painting, electronic art and performances awarded in Italy and abroad; moreover, his filmography counts with, among others: L’Ombra del Ricordo (1996), Il passeggero (1998), Serafina (2002), Big Talk (2005), Brighteness (2012).


 In 2013 he released his first feature film, The Naked Rose, inspired by Pierre Seel’s life, who was deported in a concentration camp when he was 17 years old since classified as homosexual. The movie, boasting more than twenty official selection in festivals all over the world, was awarded the best feature film prize at the Social Justice Film Festival 2013 in Seattle. Moreover, he won the Film For Peace Award at the Gothenburg Indie Film Fest 2014, the Best International Film Award at the 15th Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) in 2014, the Gold Award at the Documentary & Short International Movie Award in 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia.

He is currently working at the production of Bullied to Death, the second chapter of the trilogy that began with The Naked Rose.




Film of the Week stands apart from the Official Selection process into the New Renaissance Film Festival. Being selected does not guarantee a place in the festival. However, from all the films of the week some will be chosen to be part of the festival, which will be held in Amsterdam (NL) on 29th October 2016. A prize will be given to the overall winner.

NRFF Amsterdam is now open for International, Dutch-Flemish and LGBT films and screenplays. Don’t miss our EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT deadline date: 30 June 2016.


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