Biography

AWARDS

2006 - ITALIAN VIDEOCLIP AWARDS - BEST EDITING WITH “GO DOWN” - HOUSEKEEPERS (MILAN - ITALY) 

2008 - FINALIST AT “CUT AND PASTE” CONTEST (MILAN - ITALY) 

2009 - DIGITAL ARTIST AWARD - ANIMATION CATEGORY - SONY BRAVIA “PLAY DOH LONDON” (LONDON - UK) 

2014 - YOUNG INNOVATIVE ENTREPRENEUR AWARD (BRESCIA - ITALY) 

2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION AT THE MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (FESTIVAL DES FILMS DU MONDE) 

2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION AT THE ROME FILM FESTIVAL (FESTA DEL CINEMA DI ROMA) 

2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION AT SUDESTIVAL (MONOPOLI - ITALY) 

2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION AT "IL CINEMA ITALIANO FESTIVAL" (MILAN - ITALY)

GUILDS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Gianfranco Gaioni is a member of AIR3 (Italian Directors Guild), ADCI (Art Directors Club Italia) and WGI (Writers Guild Italia).

PRESS

Director Kobayashi work was featured on many international web sites, tv networks, magazines and newspapers, like Sky Networks, RAI, Il Sole 24 Ore, La Stampa, Il Corriere della Sera, Bad Taste, Coming Soon, Vanity Fair, My Movies, Computer Arts, IDN, 3D World, CG Plus, Fubiz, Shots, Boards Mag, Stash, Brand Republic, Adweek Talent Gallery, Design Taxi.

SPEAKER

Gianfranco Gaioni has been a key speaker at international events like OFFF (Lisbon), Kuala Lumpur Design Week, Pause Fest (Melbourne) and Cinesummit.

BIOGRAPHY

Gianfranco was born in 1976 and started taking pictures when he was 6. At 12 he approached traditional animation, using an 8mm camera. Since then he developed a frenzied love for moving images. 

In 1993 he was creating CG shorts on an Amiga PC. In 1995 he enrolled at the Industrial Design Course at the Milan Polytechnic, just because he wanted to have access to Alias Power Animator in one of their computer labs.

After one year he left the university and started his professional career as a VFX artist.  At 21 he got hired at Digitalia Graphics, one of the best post production facility in Italy at that time. 

Gianfranco took part in the post production of “Teeth” (Dir. Gabriele Salvatores), “C'era un Cinese in Coma” (Dir. Carlo Verdone), "Come Quando Fuori Piove" (Dir. Mario Monicelli), “I Cavalieri che fecero l'Impresa” (Dir. Pupi Avati), “Il Partigiano Johnny” (Dir. Guido Chiesa).

In 2003 he founded his first production company: Abstract:Groove with Luigi Pane. There he learned a lot more about writing, editing, directing and producing, while crafting content for Diesel, Enel, Gianfranco Ferrè, 55dsl, Mtv, Gas Jeans, Replay and Morellato.

In 2007 he left Italy and seek fortune in the UK. He landed a compositing job at Cinesite and took part to the post production of the VFX Oscar winner "The Golden Compass" (Dir. Chris Weitz). He stayed at the same company until the end of 2009, working also on Hellboy 2 (Dir. Guillermo del Toro), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Dir. Raja Gosnell) and Bedtime Stories (Dir. Adam Shankman).

During the same years in London he created some iconic spec commercials, like the "Sony Bravia - Play Doh" or "Smirnoff - Matrioska Invaders" that put him on the radar of many international agents and production companies.

He got signed by Stink Digital in 2008.

Since then he directed at least 50 commercials for Sony, Yamaha, Toyota, Unilever, Mediobanca, Fiat, Enel, Pepsi, Ing Bank, Samsung, Universal, Italian Railways, Ansaldo, Guess, Bbdo, Ubi Banca, Siemens, Finish and many more.

In 2011 he directed Weightless, his first indie feature film. The movie was produced and shot entirely in the USA. In 2015 he worked on his second feature film: Only for the weekend.