Valerio Gnesini: Administrator / Author / Director

Born in Bologna, Italy, 1976.

After studying conservation of cultural heritage at the University of Bologna, he worked as a photographer for some local newspapers and national magazines.

In 2007, he started his career in scenography, and then in production for a number of films and TV series for RAI and NETFLIX.

His debut as a documentary film director came in 2014, for Varvilla, which tells a story of a local cooperation in a small village in Northern Italy. His third film, Transumanza Tour, a story of a folk trio discovering the new forms of farming life was presented at over 100 events in various European and Asian countries.

He is known for making films on lifestyles, regional regeneration, environmental and social issues.

Yasue Hagihara: Producer 

Born in Otsu, Japan, 1985.

Prior to her new venture in the creative industry, she worked as an international project coordinator for seven years in the field of sustainable water resource management in collaboration with UN organisations and governments, and travelled to over 40 countries.

In 2018, she moved to Bologna to study arts and cultural management, where she met Valerio and joined Kayak Film as a producer.

Having started the career in 2003, she is also experienced in translation.

She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Doshisha University in Kyoto and a master's degree in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts from the University of Bologna.


Renato Billi: Screenwriter

Born in Forlì, Italy, 1976.

After his technical and musical studies, he met dramaturgy writing for theatres, where he built a long career as a director and occasionally as an actor.

He wrote a series of independent musicals, then studied fictional script at Bottega Finzioni in Bologna. 

The experience gained in the theatre immediately brought him a strong bond with film writing: in a short time, he was classified as a finalist in the main Italian screenwriting competitions.

Currently he also teaches fiction writing at Bottega Finzioni where he helps seriality projects directed by authors such as Francesco Piccolo, Michele Cogo, and Franco Maresco.