Floria Sigismondi

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Floria Sigismondi
Image Floria Sigismondi.jpg
Born 1965 (age 52–53)
Pescara, Pescara, Italy
Education Ontario College of Art
Occupation Photographer, director
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Lillian Berlin
Children Tosca Vera Berlin Sigismondi
Parent(s) Domenico Sigismondi
Lina Sigismondi
Relatives Antonella Sigismondi (sister)
Website floriasigismondi.com

Floria Sigismondi is an Italian-Canadian photographer and director.

She is best known for writing and directing The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as well as directing music videos for Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, The White Stripes, David Bowie, Pink, Marilyn Manson, Katy Perry, Björk, The Cure, Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Fiona Apple, Sigur Rós, Muse, Interpol, Leonard Cohen, The Dead Weather, Alice Glass and Perfume Genius, as well as commercials for Gucci, MAC, Target, Samsung, Absolut Vodka, Old Navy, Motorola, Adidas, Thierry Mugler and Eaton's.

Life and career[edit]

Sigismondi was born in Pescara, Pescara, Italy. Her parents, Lina and Domenico Sigismondi, were opera singers. Her family, including her sister Antonella, moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada[1] when she was two. In her childhood she became obsessed by drawing and painting. Later, from 1987 she studied painting and illustration at the Ontario College of Art, today's Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU). When she took a photography course, she became obsessed once more, and graduated with a photography major.

Floria Sigismondi started a career as a fashion photographer. She came to directing music videos when she was approached by the production company The Revolver Film Co., and directed music videos for a number of Canadian bands. Her very innovative, but also very disturbing video works, located in sceneries she once described as "entropic underworlds inhabited by tortured souls and omnipotent beings," attracted a number of very prominent musicians. Sigismondi is currently represented for Music Videos by the production company Black Dog/RSA Films in Los Angeles, CA (US representation) and by Believe Media for Commercials.

With her photography and sculpture installations she had solo exhibitions in Hamilton and Toronto, New York City, Brescia, Italy, Gothenburg, Sweden and London. Her photographs also were included in numerous group exhibitions, together with artists such as Cindy Sherman, Joel-Peter Witkin, and Francesco Clemente. The German art press Die Gestalten Verlag has published two monographs of her photography, Redemption (1999) and Immune (2005).

In October 2004 she gave birth to a daughter, Tosca Vera Sigismondi-Berlin. Sigismondi resides in Toronto, New York City, and Los Angeles. Her daughter is named after the Italian opera Tosca. Floria herself was named after the main character.

Floria appears in the Canadian documentary films Flicker and Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment. Floria is a two time MVPA winner of director of the year in 2006 and 2013. In 2013 Floria's directed video for Justin Timberlake "Mirrors" won video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Film project[edit]

Sigismondi's first feature-length film is The Runaways, a period piece about the 1970s all-girl rock and roll band The Runaways. The film is largely about the relationship between Joan Jett (played by Kristen Stewart in the film) and Cherie Currie (played by Dakota Fanning). Sigismondi wrote the screenplay based on Currie's book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway. The film premiered in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival and was released in Canada and the United States in March 2010. In an interview with Exclaim!, Sigismondi said "I went in and said I didn't want to make this a straight-up biography. I want to make this a coming of age, because that's what's so interesting about them. And if you want to compare them to anybody else, that's what makes them so special, is how young they were, and that they were all female. So those kinds of things really resonated with me." Her next feature film project is directing Alejandro Jodorowsky's Bouncer, and she is currently in development on a dark comedy titled Dave.[2]


Music videos (selection)[edit]



Awards (selection)[edit]

  • 2013 MTV Music Video Award, USA - Winner for Video of The Year, for Mirrors (Justin Timberlake)
  • 2004 Juno Awards, Canada - Best Music Video, for "Fighter" (Christina Aguilera)
  • 2003 MTV European Awards - Best International Video Award, for Untitled (Sigur Rós)
  • 2003 New York Underground Film Festival - Audio/Visual Award, for Untitled (Sigur Rós)
  • 2003 Advertising and Design Awards, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Special Merit Award for Music Video, for "Fighter" (Christina Aguilera)
  • 1999 German Kodak Photobook Award, for her book Redemption
  • 1998 British Music Video Awards, UK - Nomination for Best Video: "Little Wonder" (David Bowie)
  • 1997 MTV Music Video Awards, USA - Nomination for Best Rock Video: "Beautiful People" (Marilyn Manson)


  1. ^ "Official web site: Floria Sigismondi". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  2. ^ http://exclaim.ca/articles/multiarticlesub.aspx?csid1=146&csid2=946&fid1=48537[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e "Floria Sigismondi". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Film". Floria Sigismondi. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 

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