Born in 1978 in Livorno, Tuscany, Simone Manetti is an Italian film editor and director.
He graduated in film editing from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (the Italian National Film School). He edited the short film FIB 1477 (2006) directed by Lorenzo Sportiello (Official Selection at the 63rd Venice Film Festival) and began working with director Paolo Virzì, editing the documentary L’uomo che aveva picchiato la testa (2009) and the feature film The First Beautiful Thing (2010), which was the Italian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards and for which Simone was nominated for Best Editing at the Italian Film Academy’s David di Donatello Awards in 2010, and for Best Editing at Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists’ Silver Ribbon Awards. He edited Tatanka (2011), a feature film directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi and written by Roberto Saviano. He edited the feature films Mozzarella Stories (2011), by Edoardo De Angelis, and I più grandi di tutti (The Greatest of All) (2012), directed by Carlo Virzì (Official Selection at the Torino Film Festival 2012), and the internationally acclaimed Italian TV series 1992, directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi.
He is also a photojournalist for the Italian editions of magazines such Rolling Stone, Look Lateral, Vanity Fair and Asian Geographic.
A New Family, his first short documentary film as a director, shot in Cambodia, premiered at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival and was nominated for a Silver Ribbon Award. It won an Amnesty International Special Mention and was nominated for a Golden Frog for Best Cinematography at Camerimage in Poland. This short documentary about two Cambodian Prostitutes has been selected in more of 30 International Film Festivals all around the world.
Goodbye Darling, I’m Off to Fight is his first feature documentary which won The Best Italian Film and a Special Mention Jury for Best New Talent at the Biografilm International Film Festival. It won also the prize as Best Documentary at Molise Cinema, Audience Award at On The Road Film Festival and a Special Mention Portrait at DocsMX. The film will be released in theaters next spring.