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Francesco Nencini

Francesco Nencini 1

from 56 Factory Media Production

Milan, Italy







In the business, they call me Nencio: I first looked at the world while walking on the hills of Florence, where I was born and soon started travelling with my family to Venice and New York City before I landed in Milan where I now live.

In the early 80s I attended a workshop on Photojournalism held by Leonard Freed from Magnum Photos. I graduated from the Intensive Filmmaking Program at New York University in 1989 and from then on I never stopped observing life without some sort of camera.

When I started working as a Location Scout at Politecne Cinematografica, I met Massimo Magrì and became his Assistant Director for the following decade. My other experiences as a 1st A.D. include surviving Tony Kaye and a number of international directors who were hired to shoot in Italy at the time.

After attending Judith Weston’s class on “Directing Actors” at the Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam, I started my own career as a Director in 1996. Three years later I was awarded a Bronze Lion at Cannes Advertising Film Festival for a Swatch commercial. 

I cofounded AIR3, the Italian Association of Advertising and Music Video Directors.

“I Non Luoghi”, my black and white book on NonPlaces, was awarded the First Absolute Prize at Orvieto Foto Festival in 2005.

To broaden my visual thinking, I recently opened 56 Factory – my personal creative boutique for media production of all kinds.


Genre: Comedy, Dialogue, People, Scenic, Storytelling, Tabletop