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Born in Italy, Chiara Barbo was raised in Trieste, a cosmopolitan city on the Adriatic sea, by the Slovenian border. Her education has been deeply influenced by the troubled and yet culturally challenging history of Trieste – the main port of the Austro-Hungarian empire, a geographically and culturally crucial point between the western world and the iron curtain during the cold war, ruled by an American-British government after WWII, finally under Italian government since 1954, and in recent year witness of the huge changes in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

She has a master degree in Liberal Arts and Literature - Film Studies department, with a thesis on “Representation of the working class in British cinema”, that brought her to a post grad research project at the Royal Holloway College in London, and a number of contributions to film festivals and retrospectives, and critic essays about this topic.
During the college years, she started working for film clubs and cultural associations to promote cinema as an art and a culture medium. Right after her degree, Chiara Barbo worked as teaching assistant in Film History and Film Critic at the University of Trieste, and at the same time, she started writing for the Culture and Entertainment pages of the daily newspaper Il Piccolo. Her passion for films, for cinema history and film language developed into a profession, as a film critic and festival programmer. Through the years, she has been offered to work with a number of national and international film festivals, and this represents her main interest and her professional continuity.
In 1999 she moved to Rome, where she started writing for Vivilcinema (magazine of FICE - Italian Federation of Art Cinemas), as a film critic and books reviews columnist, a collaboration that is still ongoing. Chiara is member of international juries such as David di Donatello – Italian Academy Award and CICAE - International Confederation of Art Cinemas.
Thanks to her job and professional profile, she got to know better film-making and film industry, and this made her willing to start making movies, not only writing about them! At first she worked at the development department of major film and television production companies (Bianca Film, TPI, De Angelis Group) and in 2002 she started her own production company (Bartleby Film) with the awarded Italian film director Giuseppe Piccioni. She developed and produced a number of documentaries and, in recent years, of feature films, with the distinctive characteristic of being creative, personal and yet significant in the Italian social and cultural panorama.
She moved back to Trieste in 2009 to pursue a more international attitude and new opportunities due to the new European structure. Here she currently works as a free lance producer, mainly for international co-productions, for which she travels a lot, and this is a great resource, as a professional and most of all as a person.
Trieste's strategic position allows her to work with professionals, authors and companies from Eastern and central Europe, and her education and various work experiences make of her a film person with strong cultural roots and an international and wide open vision, in a world where communication, imagination, economic and social attitudes are changing incredibly fast.

Currently Chiara Barbo keeps working as a film critic and festival programmer, and as a free lance producer, combining in this way her double passion for films: researching, writing, communicating of and about films, and making them as a creative producer, following the whole process - from the idea to the releasing of the film, in an international market which has changed and keeps evolving, bringing new challenging  opportunities.

She experienced (and still experiences!) European film production and market, and is now starting exploring American film business, with the aim of combining Italian and European idea of cinema, which is strongly author-orientated, and the American one, which is market-orientated and still has the important merit to recognize, encourage and to market quality indipendent films .

Chiara's education and career would have never been possible without the help of the many people she met and who gave her support and opportunities.