Lara Celenza grew up in Vasto, a small town in Abruzzo, Italy. She holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Bologna and an MPhil in Russian Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she specialized in Russian and Soviet film. In 2008, she completed her professional training in film directing at the Raindance Film School in London. In 2010, she founded indie film company Kalifilm Productions and, since then, she has written and directed many award-winning short films, documentaries and music videos all over Europe. Her documentary on falconry and wild animal training FALCONG won the DokuFilmPreis at Filmzeit Kaufbeuren 2018. In 2017, together with fellow filmmaker Natalie MacMahon, she founded Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin, a film initiative entirely devoted to supporting female talent and gender equality in the industry. Lara Celenza lives in Berlin and is currently working on the post-production of her first feature film LOST IN THE CITY, a drama on homelessness and social injustice to be released in 2020.