About ME

Director

Documentary director based in Tromsø

UNDERWATER

Freediving underwater cameraman

DRONE

Certified drone operator A1/A3

WILDLIFE

Wildlife cameraman and photographer

Visual Storyteller

Ismaele Tortella

BORN

1991

EYES

Blue/Green

HAIR

Curly brown

HEIGHT

182cm

FIRST LANGUAGE

Italian

LANGUAGES

English / Spanish / French

RESIDENCE

Tromsø – Northern Norway

My Story

I have devoted the past 10 years to the study of nature and film. Exploring far-flung corners of the globe has opened my eyes to the diversity of our planet. I began my career as a wildlife photographer, publishing photojournalism in international magazines. I was also shortlisted as a finalist in international photography competitions. Then, I began to specialise in creating videos and documentaries.

After moving to the Norwegian Arctic, my focus shifted from representing nature itself to creating a space for locals to talk about nature. I directed two short documentaries that received awards at international film festivals and I presented on Italian national TV. At this time, I also started filming underwater and became particularly interested in humpback whales and orcas.

In 2020, I was selected for the ESoDoc (European Social Documentary) programme, directing a feature-length documentary in Northern Norway called “Arctic Blue”.

  1. “FOREST SCIENCES BACHELOR”

    Bachelor’s degree in Forest Sciences at the Università degli Studi di Padova with a final grade of 107/110. Included one year on an international Erasmus exchange at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.

  2. “PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST”

    Finalist in Foto Nikon Spain 2013 photography contest.

  3. "REPORTAGE PUBLICATION"

    Publication of the photo reportage, Shadow of Stones, in Nat’Images magazine, France.

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  4. "REPORTAGE PUBLICATION"

    Publication of the photo reportage, Ghosts of Lights, in Asferico magazine, Italy.

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  5. "FOREST SCIENCES MASTER"

    Master’s degree in Forest Sciences at the Università degli Studi di Padova with a final grade of 110 cum laude. Included one year on exchange at the Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Argentina.

  6. "REPORTAGE PUBLICATION"

    Publication of the photo reportage, Ghost of lights, in NaturFoto magazine, Germany.

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  7. "DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE"

    Premiere of my first short documentary, Looking for Moby Dick, at TVIBIT in Tromsø, Northern Norway.

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  8. "LIVE TV APPEARANCE "

    Live speech on Italian national TV (GEO RAI3) about my short documentary, Looking for Moby Dick.

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  9. "DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE"

    Premiere of my short documentary, Mediterranean Lights, at TVIBIT in Tromsø, Northern Norway.

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  10. "PHOTOGRAPHY CONSTEST"

    Winner of the Mammals category in the International Photo Contest Nature Namur, Belgium.

  11. "LIVE TV APPEARANCE"

    Live speech on Italian national TV (GEO RAI3) about northern lights and filming in Northern Norway.

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  12. "FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION"

    Official selection of Mediterranean Lights for the Long Story Shorts International Film Festival 2019 (Romania).

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  13. "TRAVEL NARRATIVE BOOK"

    Release of my autobiographical book, Iguazù: Discovering the Atlantic Forest (only available in Italian).

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  14. "FILM FESTIVAL WINNER"

    Winner of the Melville International Film Festival (USA) with Mediterranean Lights.

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  15. "LITERARY CONTEST WINNER"

    Winner of the President’s Special Prize at the Maiella National Park’s literary awards (23rd edition) for my autobiographical book, Iguazù: Discovering the Atlantic Forest.

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  16. "ESODOC PROGRAMME"

    Selection for ESoDoc (European Social Documentary) training initiative for media professionals developing the potential of their documentary or new media projects.

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  17. "TALENTSTIPEND SCHOLARSHIP"

    Selected for the TalentStipend scholarship from Sparebank NN to improve my underwater filming skills with a highly-experienced underwater DOP.

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  18. "ARCTIC BLUE"

    Premiere of my first feature-length documentary, Arctic Blue.

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travel narrative

IGUAZÙ, alla scoperta della foresta atlantica

This book is a journey in itself, more than just an adventure novel, a guidebook or a set of travel diaries. From the opening pages, Ismaele’s natural enthusiasm and colloquial style bring you right there beside him as he writes passionately and engagingly about his travels.

Together, you’ll step into the jungle to chase tufted capuchin monkeys and coatis. You’ll meet caimans and snakes and unforgettable characters. You’ll be able to truly experience the forest and immerse yourself in a new type of spirituality with the indigenous Guaraní people. The book also offers a welcome opportunity to reflect on what is too often undervalued and is, in fact, the very essence of nature that needs not only looking at, but also looking after.

An intense experience!

The book was awarded the President’s Special Prize at the Maiella National Park’s literary awards (23rd edition).

 

** THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE ONLY IN ITALIAN **

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