Luca and Gabriele were born on the same day, 13 September 1980, in the same place, the south of Italy.
The Stifani Twins have shared everything since their birth. Growing up, they worked together in the family butcher shop. When they weren’t cutting meat they were cutting film, editing clips of their favorite movies using two VCRs and a Walkman. After completing their studies in graphic design and photography in Italy, the twins moved to Newcastle to study Media Production. In 2006, they graduated from the University of Northumbria with First Class Honours.
Amok, the first short movie written, shot, edited and directed by the brothers was nominated for Best Non Factual Film at the 20th Royal Television Society Awards, UK, and listed in the top 12 films from their university. Amok was included in the official selection at various international film festivals including OutTakes Reel Queer 2007 in New Zealand, AsterFest 2007 in Macedonia, Netherland Streaming Film Festival 2008 and Arese Corto 2008 in Italy.
The twins have made films under the moniker Pinta Production, a company they started in 2009. They have traveled the world shooting films on location, most notably the documentary Voices about the Southern African AIDS crisis and the Danish dance documentary HamletZar which premiered at the Barbican Center in London.
The twins edited the film An Equinox of Love which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Court Métrage.
In 2012 they joined forces with By7, a collective of filmmakers created by Cannes-nominated director and actor Peter Connelly. Their short film The White Belt was included in the official selection at the 28th Internationales KurzFilmFestival Hamburg. By7 was then commissioned to create the trailer for the 29th edition.
A short film portraying the idiosyncrasies of the brothers’ family life in rural Italy is currently in post-production.
For their next film, the twins have teamed up with Spanish director Enric Folch to create the The Devil on Wheels, an ambitious documentary where the myth of the movie Duel is explored through the underground cult of its fandom. The Devil On Wheels is currently shooting on location in Southwestern USA.
The twins have collaborated with visual artists on a wide range of projects, including creative editing work for Czech video artist Tereza Bušková, comprising the subject matter of paintings by Italian artist Michele del Campo and collaborating with interdisciplinary American artist Alexa Meade.
In addition, the Stifani twins have collaborated extensively with French born/Sweden based choreographer Philippe Blanchard since 2009. Not classically trained performers, they bring a raw edge with a fresh twist to their co-creations. Their collective debut resulted in the contemporary dance performance How About You? which premiered in April 2010 at Dansens Hus in Stockholm. Since then, they have toured the show to sold out audiences in theaters worldwide.
The Stifani twins and Philippe Blanchard are currently developing a new show
When they aren’t traveling the globe, the Stifani Brothers live and work in central London.