Giampaolo Marzi is a passionate movie lover. For the past twenty years, he has been the executive director and programmer of Festival MIX Milano, an international festival of lesbian and gay cinema and queer culture, which is held annually at the Piccolo Teatro Strehler in Milan. He has a background in political science, and also specialized in filmmaking at Milan’s CFP Institute for Film and Television and pursued Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. He has produced and directed a series of short films and documentaries. His research and professional interests include participatory culture, festival programming, crowd-funding mechanics and audience research. He also worked as Creative director, Consultant and Acquisition Manager for film and tv series for Bonsai IPTV – Endemol Italia Yam112003 and for the Italian satellite and digital channel GAYTV. Marzi also worked as Consultant of film acquisitions for Mikado Distribuzione. At Compass Productions, he acts as Story Consultant, Research, Communications & Marketing Advisor.