Welcome to Pinch Media, the production company of Mirko Pincelli and Enrico Tessarin. One director, one producer, working together and sharing the same vision, always.
We develop and produce, direct and shoot edgy, exciting, uncompromising projects across film, documentary and television. Together we have over 15 years experience in documentaries, film and advertising. Over the years we have developed a specific, idiosyncratic way of working and we stick to it, at all times, at all costs, no matter what.
Mirko Pincelli is a director, cinematographer and photojournalist. He has developed a deeply personal style, exploring reportage photography and character-led documentaries. Mirko graduated with a BA Honours in Photography from the University of East London and worked four years in advertising and short documentaries before setting up his own company Pinch Media.
In the last few years, Mirko has been able to focus on feature length character-driven documentaries as well as several assignments as a photojournalist in former war zones, including Bosnia and others. In 2010 he filmed a series of short documentaries for Holocaust Memorial Day called ‘Untold Stories’ that documented different genocides from around the world including those in Rwanda, Cambodia, the Holocaust, and Armenia. ‘Uspomene 677′ (2011), based on an early photojournalism assignment, his first feature documentary, was selected for Raindance film festival, where it was nominated for an award.
He’s just completed his second feature documentary ‘My Words and I’ and three very successful web-series for beActive Media. He is in development with his first feature film as a director on ‘The Habit of Beauty’, and two more feature documentaries.
Enrico Tessarin is a graduate of the London Film School with ten years experience working on documentaries, music videos, commercials and short films. In 2006, Enrico was selected for training by European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) and in 2007 he worked as one of six producers from Film London, on ‘Passport’. In 2007/2008 he has worked on ‘Sofia’s Diary’, the first interactive web-series for Sony Television Europe, which successfully transferred to television on Channel 5.
Enrico produced two feature documentaries with Mirko and his first feature film as producer ‘The Knot’, starring Noel Clarke and Mena Suvari, is in cinemas from October 2012 via Universal. In 2010, Enrico was one of only five producers selected for the ‘Guiding Lights’ mentoring scheme run by UKFC and Skillset, spending a year under the expert tutelage of Allan Niblo, co-founder of Vertigo Films (‘Streetdance 3D’, ‘Monsters’, and Oscar-winning documentary ‘The Cove’). ‘The Habit of Beauty’ is Enrico’s first feature film as a scriptwriter.
Leonie Buitenhuis works with independent photographers and media companies in the development and facilitation of storytelling. Starting within the field of advertising, Leonie has steadily moved into cross-platform projects with a focus on social and personal experience and narration. She holds a degree in Advertising & Graphic Design (CIBAP, Netherlands), subsequently expanding her theoretical knowledge with a BA Fine Art & History of Art (Goldsmiths University of London).
Her writing explores the possibilities of translation, the encryption of images through geopolitical and personal references and how online platforms affect artistic practice. Currently, Leonie works internationally as a freelance project developer and researcher, planning to move into curation of more personal projects and working with agencies that provide an experimental and interdisciplinary platform for visual storytelling.
With Pinch Media, Leonie has been involved as researcher on Uspomene and is currently developing documentaries provisionally titled Fixers, Life Extension, Calais – UK.
|2013||‘Uspomene 677′ confirmed the following broadcasters: Rudaw TV, Maori TV, DR2, ACHT, Planete + Poland (Re-branded now as NC+)|
|2013||Our first feature film ‘The Habit of Beauty’ is brought to public attention in it’s pre-production stages with articles by Screen International and Cinecitta News Italy|
|2012||Euronews show interest in feature doc, ‘Uspomene 677′. Mirko and Enrico are called to an interview for televisual broadcast|
|2012||‘Uspomene677’ acquired for worldwide sales by Journeman Pictures|
|2012||‘My Words and I’ is distributed in two cinemas in Italy|
|2011||‘Uspomene677’ is selected for Sarajevo Film festival, Raindance Film festival 2011 and is nominated as Best Microbudget Feature|
|2010||Enrico is selected for Guiding Lights 2011. One of only 5 producers in the UK. Mentor Allan Niblo (Vertigo Films)|
|2010||‘Conversation Piece’, starring John Henshaw and Celia Imrie premieres at Brief Encounters 2009 and is selected for 45 film festivals (including 5 Academy Award qualifiers) and wins 5 awards (2 in Spain in June 2011)|
|2009||‘Sofia’s Diary’ season 3 reaches over 5m hits in only 10 episodes on bebo|
|2008||‘Sofia’s Diary’ is nominated at Broadcast Digital Awards 2008 as ‘Best Interactive Drama’|
|2007||Selected as one of only 17 new producers pitching at the first Production Finance Market, run by Film London @ London Film Festival 2007|
|2006||Selected for ‘Film Passport’, producer’s development scheme run by Film London. As part of the scheme “Closed Circuit” is presented at Berlin Film Market during Berlinale 2007|
|2006||Enrico is selected to represent the UK at EAVE with his feature script ‘Closed Circuit’(one of only three projects representing the UK)|
When we embark on film projects, we like to think about the world we live in. We make feature films and feature docs about amazing people and their amazing stories. We focus on human drama that inspires us and hopefully inspires change around us.
We are interested in cinematic, cutting-edge, sincere films about real experiences, real emotions and life in the contemporary world; films that will push the boundaries and find an audience internationally.
Advertising is where we come from. From Mirko’s grounding as a commercial director and photographer to Enrico’s early development in music videos and branded entertainment, we have many years experience and a deep understanding of corporate communication, and all that goes with it.
Our focus on web and social media means we are very innovative in our approach, fast, reliable and cost effective in our delivery.