Meet Our Team
Francesca BrecciaFounder of Coccinelle Film Placement – Sales & Acquisition (Italy)
Francesca was born and studied in Rome, in 2001 she got a BA in Political Science with a thesis entitled “Cinema between fascism and antifascism”.
In 2002 she earned the EMAM – European Master in Audiovisual Management from Media Programme. In 2003 she worked in the development department of CATTLEYA, one of the most important Italian independent production companies and worked for UNIVERSAL NETWORKS, the thematic cinema channel of the film studio.
In 2003 she moved to Germany to work for the international distributor MEDIA LUNA ENTERTAINMENT first as Festival and Marketing Manager and then in the sales and acquisition department. In 2006 her work in sales led her to deepen her knowledge of the market by working with buyers. This desire prompted her to move to Milan to work for SKY ITALIA as Editorial coordinator of cinema channels. At SKY, she worked with the content selection team.
In 2009 she moved back to Rome in order to work for MGM NETWORKS, the cinema channel of the METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER, where she was in charge of acquisition, strategic programming and promotion. In 2010 she managed the channel.
In 2012, after earning a MASTER in WEB MARKETING she decided to merge her two skills in sales and broadcasting and founded COCCINELLE FILM PLACEMENT.
She is tutor of Direction and Story telling course at Fondazione Rossellini – ITS and EAVE producer workshops’ decision maker.
Her passions, apart films, are tango, Fiona Apple and Jeff Buckley music, novels by Jostein Gaarder and… cappuccino with cinnamon!
Donatella MugnanoLegal Consultant & International co-production (Italy)
After graduating in law at LUISS (Rome) in 1999, Donatella successfully attended, in 2000, theEMAM – European Master in Audiovisual Management. In 2001 she spent 6 months in Germany (Hamburg) practicing as trainee lawyer at UNVERZAGT – VON HAVE law firm, one of the most reputed German firm specializing in entertainment law. There she got acquainted with European systems of film financing and tax incentives.
In 2002 she started working as lawyer in Milan (DAFARRA & PARTNERS law firm) in the field of intellectual property, competition and entertainment law. From 2003 until 2007 she was legal counsel for Lux Vide SpA, one of the most renown and robust production companies active in the field of TV productions in Italy and in 2004 started-up the German branch of LUX VIDE running it as general manager for more than 2 years. During this time she created a network of partners in Germany for international co-productions and specialized further in the film financing systems at an international level.
From 2008 she is associate lawyer at MICCICHE’ – PATRIARCA law firm, where she assists producers, distributors, sales agents and talent at all stages of film production.
Donatella speaks English, Spanish and German fluently and she has a good knowledge of the Portuguese language. Aside from cinema, Donatella is fond of travelling, jazz music and yoga.
Chiara NicolettiAcquisition consultant (Italy)
Chiara was born in Naples and after graduating in International Political Science, she moved toRome to attend a Master in PR, After getting her Master Degree, she started working ascopywriter and product placement consultant for various communication agencies and independent production companies. In march 2007 she joined the team of Taormina Film Festdirected by Deborah Young (The Hollywood Reporter). She started as Festival coordinator and in 2011 became Film Programmer.
She currently goes on with her activity as festival programmer with Mario Sesti, the new Festival Curator. After curating Giuseppe Tornatore’s film retrospective at the Italian Cinema week in Brasil, in 2010 she joined FILM KAIROS, an independent film production and distribution company based in Rome run by Francesco Pamphili. At Film Kairos she dealt with external relations, fund-raising, acquisitions, and product placement and worked in the production of the last documentaries by Corso Salani and MY TOMORROW by Marina Spada.
In 2011, after experimenting the festival and film production world, she decided to land in the Film journalism world by becoming coordinator, reporter and Italy correspondent for FRED FILM RADIO – The Festival Insider, an international multichannel and multilanguage web radio focusing on the film festivals’ world. She lives in Rome but every month she attends at least one film festival.
She speaks fluent English and Spanish. Her passion, apart films, is music, her first passion – she is a singer and songwriter.