::: Deborah Young's Biography
Taormina Film Fest Artistic Director
Deborah Young is Taormina Film Fest’s new artistic director. She has been appointed by the Taormina Art Committee, formed by the Mayor of Taormina Carmelantonio D’Agostino, the President of the Province of Messina Salvatore Leonardi and Messina’s Mayor Francantonio Genovese.
From 1999 to 2004 Deborah Young has been the vice-director of Taormina’s Festival. Journalist and film critic for “Variety”, she’s the Italian and Mediterranean industry news correspondent. Deborah Young is an American citizen, although she has been living in Rome for several years now.
Presently she is the editor for Italy of New York magazine “Cineaste”. And since 2005 she has been an advisor for Tribeca Film Festival also in New York. She’s the artistic director of New Italian Cinema Events (N.I.C.E.), a showcase for new indie Italian cinema in New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Moscow. In 1988 she collaborated at the Venice Film Festival selections.
From 1997 to 1999 she has been Colonia Artistica’s director, a meeting point founded by a group of New Yorkers for both Italian and American directors and screenwriters. Deborah Young has also been a jury member for various festivals like El Cairo, Edinburgh, Tribeca, Jerusalem, Haifa, Rio de Janeiro, Manaki Brothers Film Camera Festival (Macedonia), Varna (Bulgaria), Carthage, Milan African Film Festival, Naples (jury president), Rotterdam (Fipresci jury president), Mystfest, Pescara and the Grolle d’oro. Since 1999 she’s been a permanent member together with Mario Monicelli, Suso Cecchi D’Amico and Giuliano Montaldo of the Flaiano International Prize in Pescara. Since 2000 she has been a member of the foreign press cinema selection committee.