Francesco Tavolaro received his BA in Media and Communications at the University of Basilicata (Italy). He then moved to Spain, where he continued his professional training, obtaining a diploma in Radio and Television Scriptwriting at EMA RTV in Seville. In order to deepen the general knowledge gleaned from his previous studies and also gain more specialised, hands-on experience, he then decided to study Cinematography at Bande à Part Film School in Barcelona. 
He has since worked on a number of projects as freelance 2nd assistant camera (movies, commercials, TV series), camera operator (TV shows, short movies, music videos, corporate commercials), and video editor.
He is currently based in Madrid, Spain.



  • 2nd Assistant Camera in commercials for different production companies, providing service both in national and international territory.
  • “Lo nunca visto”, (2nd Assistant Camera – B Unit), movie directed by Marina Seresesky and produced by Tandem Films / Solomon Solon AIE / TVE, June/July 2018.
  • Lejos de ti (Lontano da te)”, (2nd Assistant Camera), TV Series directed by Ivan Silvestrini and produced by Mediaset España, January/March 2018.
  • “Tata”, (2nd Assistant Camera), documentary directed by Miguel Ángel Muñoz, June/July 2017.
  • “El Ministerio del Tiempo”, ep. “Tiempo de Conquista” (2nd Assistant Camera), TV Series produced by Cliffhanger /Onza Partners /TVE, 2017.
  • “Nature boy” (Director, Director of Photography), music video for Tori Sparks, produced by Glass Mountain Records, December 2016.
  • “Hora de Aventuras/Adventure Time” (Camera Operator for both Spanish and Italian edition), TV show for Boing television channel, produced by Lucky Road Productions, Madrid, June/July 2016.
  • “RENOVAGY – Energy, Control & Systems” (Director, Director of Photography), corporate video for Renovagy – Solar Energy Equipment Supplier, produced by Castillos de Arena, Madrid, May 2016.
  • “A film for us” (Director of Photography, Camera Operator), fashion film directed by Christopher Cartagena, Madrid, February 2016.
  • “Movidos X Ti – Pullmantur” (Director of Photography, 1st Camera Operator), corporate video for the international cruises company Pullmantur, November 2015.
  • “El Caserío – Testiomonials” (Director of Photography, 1st Camera Operator), testimonials directed by Christopher Cartagena and produced by Lunatic Visual Studio, October 2015.
  • “Banco Sabadell” (Director of Photography, 1st Camera Operator), making-of for Banco Sabadell sport event, directed by Christopher Cartagena and produced by 37 Paquidermos, September 2015.
  • “LCDTV – La caja de tu vida” (Director of Photography, 1st Camera Operator), short movie directed by David Fernández Vega and produced by Tuk Tuk Films, July 2015.
  • “IDAE” (Camera Operator for the making-of), advertisement series for IDAE (Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving – Spanish Government), produced by Be Sweet Films and directed by Juan San Román, June 2015.
  • “Mastercruise by Pullmantur” (Camera Operator, Video Editor), AD series for Pullmantur, directed by Christopher Cartagena and produced by 37 Paquidermos, May 2015.
  • “Everybody knows” (Director, Video Editor), music video for Tori Sparks, produced by Glass Mountain Records, September 2014.
  • “The lonesome death of Ginny Roberts” video-art, produced and directed by Francesco Tavolaro, May-July 2014.
  • “Amanece el cielo hoy” (Director, Camera Operator), music video for Spanish flamenco-fusion band Lenacay, produced by Kasba Music, August 2014.
  • “Crystal Dining Room Standards” (Camera Operator, Video Editor), training video for Crystal Cruise Line, produced by BarLo Global Inc. July 2014.
  • “Dinamo” (Director of Photography), directed by David Fernández Vega and produced by Tuk Tuk Films, May 2014.
  • “Movistar TV – El tenis como nunca lo habías visto” (Camera Operator), advertisement for the Spanish phone and television company Movistar announcing the 2014 French Open (Roland Garros), produced by Telefonica Servicios Audiovisuales, April 2014.
  • “Rumba Lenacay” (Director, Camera Operator), music video for Spanish flamenco-fusion band Lenacay, produced by Kasba Music, March 2014.
  • “Max Monaco Martial Art Training Highlights” (Director, Camera Operator, Video Editor), AD for martial arts Master Massimiliano Monaco training his pupils in MMA, kickboxing and Brazilian Ju Jitsu, January 2014.
  • ¿Dónde va la música cuando se deja de tocar?” (DoP, Camera Operator), documentary directed by Marianna De Nadal and produced by Beloze Productions, June-July 2013 (trailer here).
  • Leaving Side Of Love”, “La Llorona”, “Sinner’s Shoes” (Director, DoP), music videos for Tori Sparks, produced by Glass Mountain Records, April 2013.
  • Unlearn The Learned” (Director, DoP), music video for Poet in Process, produced by Kasba Music, October 2012 (video here).
  • Crónica Roja” (Director of Photography), directed by Federico Aroca, produced by El Dedo en el Ojo, October 2012.
  • El Niño Alcalde” (Gaffer), directed by Chiara Sulis, produced by El Dedo en el Ojo, August 2012.
  • El amigo del banco” (Director of Photography), directed and produced by Israel Muñoz Díaz, July 2012.
  • Horizonte de sucesos” (Camera Operator), directed by Joan Pol Argenter, produced by El Dedo en el Ojo, June 2012.
  • La Trinchera” (Direction of Photograpy), directed by Israel Muñoz Díaz, produced by Escuela de Cinema Bande à Part, April 2011.
  • Alaire” (Executive Producer), advertisement for Hotel Condes de Barcelona, directed by Serrana Torres, Abril-June 2011 (video here).
  • Que pari tot” (Camera Operator), music video for Josep Romeu, directed by Luís Díaz, produced by Epa Estudio, August 2011 (video here).
  • La mano de la muerte” (Director of Photography), directed by Marc Nadal, produced by Escuela de Cinema Bande à Part, December 2011.


As Director of Photography for “La caja de tu vida”, short movie directed by David F. Vega


  • XXVIIIº Maratón de Cine Fantástico y de terror de Sants, Barcelona (WINNER). 
  • Umbertidead – Horror & Sci-Fi Festival (3rd Placed), October 2016. 
  • Miradas/Blécker (Finalist), Luxembourg, April 2017.
  • Cine Fosc Short Movie Festival (Finalist), Barcelona (Spain), June 2017.
  • Cesate Short Film Fest, (Finalist), Milan (Italy), September 2017.
  • CENCOR – Certamen Nacional de Cortos de Orcasitas (WINNER Best ActressFinalist Best Short Movie, Finalist Best Script), Madrid (Spain), June 2017.
  • Movievalley Bazzacinema (Semifinalist), Bologna (Italy), March 2017. 
  • Hyart Film Festival (Honorable Mention), Lovell, Wyoming (USA), April 2017.


  • Festival de cortos Las Ranetas, Teruel (Spain), November 2017.
  • Muestra de Cortos Asociación Cine Bardem, Córdoba (Spain), November 2017.
  • Curtas Armadiña, Pontevedra (Spain), November 2017.
  • Interiora Horror Fest, Rome (Italy), November 2017.
  • The Film Bunch – Halloween Short Films & Networking, London (UK), October 2017.
  • Hemoglozine – Festival internacional de cine fantástico y de terror de Ciudad Real, Ciudad Real (Spain), October 2017.
  • Curtas – Festival de cine de Vilagarcía de Arousa, Vilagarcía de Arousa (Spain), October 2018.
  • 26 Festival de Cine de Madrid – PNR, Madrid (Spain), September 2017.
  • Ouarzazate International Film Festival, Ouarzazate (Morocco), September 2017.
  • Crossing The Screen Film Festival, Eastbourne (UK), September 2017.
  • Corto di sera, Messina (Italy), August 2017.
  • Obuxo Fest, Javierrelatre (Spain), August 2017.
  • Espacio Enter, Tenerife (Spain), August 2017.
  • Festival de Cine Humor Maipú Cortos, Buenos Aires (Argentina), August 2017.
  • 8th Jagran Film Festival, New Delhi (India), June 2017.
  • Cortos con K Film Festival, Barcelona (Spain), June 2017.
  • Say It Loud Film Festival, Baltimore, Maryland (USA), May 2017.
  • Festival de Cortometrajes “El gato Serendipia”, Madrid (Spain), May 2017.
  • Festival Cine a la calle, Barranquilla (Colombia), April 2017.
  • Festival de Cine y Televisión Reino de León, León (Spain), April 2017.
  • Festival Primavera do Cine de Vigo, Vigo (Spain), April 2017.
  • Certamen Internacional de Cortos La Linea, Cádiz (Spain), April 2017.
  • Festival La Fila, Valladolid (Spain), April 2017.
  • Festival Cortos Rodinia, Valladolid (Spain), March 2017.
  • Poverarte Festival, Bologna (Italy), March 2017.
  • XIIVº Lanzarote International Film Festival, January 2017. 
  • 33rd Chicago Latino Film Festival, February 2017. 
  • Gritafest – 2nd Cuenca Short Movie Festival, December 2016. 
  • CinemAljavir – XIV Aljavir National Film Festival, October 2016. 
  • Cine Culpable – Vila-Real International Short Film Festival, October 2016. 

As Director of Photography for “Dinamo“, short movie directed by David F. Vega

As Director for “Everybody knows“, music video for Tori Sparks

As Director of Photography for “Crónica Roja”, short movie directed by Federico Aroca


  • Official photographer for MCIB – MOSTRA DE CINEMA ITALIÀ DE BARCELONA, Barcelona (2012/2017 editions) (photos here and here)
  • VINICIO CAPOSSELA live at Sala Apolo, Barcelona (2013)
  • LENACAY live at Mercat de la Música Viva de Vic (2012)
  • PAULA O’ROURKE live at Sala Purée, Barcelona (2012)
  • TORI SPARKS live at Quiet Man, Barcelona (2012)
  • JOSEP ROMEU live at Luz de Gas, Festival Barnasants, Barcelona (2011)
  • CANÍBALA live at 41N, Barcelona (2010)

(photos of the mentioned concerts here)



  • Group exhibition “OUT OF PLACE – AN ONGOING ARCHIVE” (FORI LUOGO – UN ARCHIVIO IN PROGRESS) in the art fair ARTVERONA with the photographic series “Omega Man 201x”, in section INDEPENDENTS. Editors: ASSOCIAZIONE 22:37 . Verona (Italy), 18 – 22 October 2012
  • Group exhibition “OUT OF PLACE – AN ONGOING ARCHIVE” (FORI LUOGO – UN ARCHIVIO IN PROGRESS) at CORPO 6 Gallery with the photographic series “Omega Man 201x”. Editors: ASSOCIAZIONE 22:37, BERLINPOOL, Lo Scaffale Perturbante. Berlin (Germany), 13 – 15 December 2012
  • Group exhibition “OUT OF PLACE – AN ONGOING ARCHIVE” (FORI LUOGO – UN ARCHIVIO IN PROGRESS) at P67 Gallery with the photographic series “Omega Man 201x”. Editor: Peninsula. Berlin (Germany), May 2016


  • Madrid. A spasso per la città che non dorme mai“, travel guide. Written by Daniela Aronica and Laura Campo, Published by IBIS, Pavia, 2010, ISBN: 9788871643328 (link here).


  • BARLO GLOBAL INC. (Recruitment and Consulting Company, Los Angeles, USA), camera operator and video editor
  • CINECITTÀ LUCE (Motion Picture Production Company, Rome, Italy), events photography