Davide Melini was born on April 9, 1979 in Rome. His career officially started up in 2004 and, until now, he has directed 6 short films: "Amore estremo" (2006), "La sceneggiatura" (2006), "The Puzzle" (2008), "The Sweet Hand of the White Rose" (2010), "Lion" (2017) and "Deep Shock" (2019).
In his career he has also worked as an assistant director in the TV series "Roma" (2005), "Penny Dreadful" (2016) and "Into the Badlands" (2017), in the movies "Three on the road" (2006) by Roberto Cimpanelli, "Mother of Tears: The Third Mother" (2007) by Dario Argento, "Este amor es de otro planeta" (2019) by Daniel Diosdado and "Mi gran despedida" (2019) by Antonio Hens and Antonio Álamo.
All his short films have won many international festival awards and they received excellent critics worldwide.
With 280 awards, "Lion" has become the most awarded horror short film in history.
In July 2012, the well-known American website "Dr. Terror Blog of Horror", presented the "Italian Horror Week: The Rebirth of the Italian Horror Empire" including Davide Melini as one of the best Italian filmmakers of this genre.
In January 2013, the famous American website "Creepercast" presented the best director of horror movies around the world. "Creepy Horror Bites: The Independent Short Horror Film Director You Should Know Vol. 2" pays tribute to Davide Melini and his short films.
In November 2014, the popular Swedish website "Theatre of Blood" has paid a real tribute to the 'giallo' and the Italian horror films. In the article talks about Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Antonio Margheriti, Massimo Dallamano, Umberto Lenzi, Riccardo Freda, Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi, Aldo Lado, etc., Many films are also analyzed, with a special eye about music (Ennio Morricone and the Goblin are mentioned). A complete tribute that spanning the entire history of Italian Horror. The article also talks about the new generation of giallo filmmaker and Davide Melini is considered as one of the most promising Italian horror directors.
  • Director (4 Credits)
    Lion
    Short
    The sweet hand of the White Rose
    Short
    The Puzzle2020
    Short
    Deep Shock2019
    Short
  • Writer (4 Credits)
    Lion
    Short
    The sweet hand of the White Rose
    Short
    The Puzzle2020
    Short
    Deep Shock2019
    Short
  • Producer (2 Credits)
    The sweet hand of the White Rose
    Short
    The Puzzle2020
    Short
Best Horror, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best VFX
Lion
Indie Shorts Film Festival
Orlando
2020
Best Short Film
Lion
Domum Festival
Annaba
2020
Best Horror, Best Gore, Best Producers, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Special FX, Best Special Makeup, Best VFX, Best Trailer
Lion
IndieX Fest
Los Angeles
2020
Best Fantasy, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Duo (Michael Segal, Tania Mercader), Best Casting, Best VFX, Best Music, Best Screenplay
Lion
The Naked Edge Science Fiction Film Festival
Washington
2020
Best Director
Lion
Onyko Films Awards
Odessa
2020
Best Horror Film, Best Director, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Lead Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Special Makeup, Best Editing, Best Original Score
Lion
Bloodpool Film Festival
Liverpool
2020
Best Narrative Short, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Segal), Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Best VFX, Best Screenplay
Lion
The Borehamwood Film Festival
Borehamwood
2020
Best Gore, Best Producers, Best Director, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Supporting Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Editing, Best VFX, Best Sound Design, Best Original Score, Best Poster, Best Trailer.
Lion
Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
Los Angeles
2020
Official Selection
Deep Shock
Russian International Horror Film Awards
Moscow
2020
Official Selection
Deep Shock
GIMFA - Gralha International Monthly Film Awards
Curitiba
2020
Official Selection
Deep Shock
Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival
The Dalles, Oregon
2020
Best Thriller, Best Director, Best Supprting Actress (Lorna Larkin)
Deep Shock
Accord Cine Fest
Mumbai
2020
Best Horror
Deep Shock
The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival
Bangor, County Down
2020
Best Short Film, Best Director
Deep Shock
Mont Blanc International Movie Fest
Paris
2020
Best Horror, Best Original Score
Deep Shock
Hollywood Gold Awards
Los Angeles
2020
Best Horror/Mystery/Crime
Deep Shock
Halicarnassus Film Festival
Bodrum, Muğla
2020
Best Thriller, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Francesc Pagés), Best Original Score
Deep Shock
New York Movie Awards
New York
2020
Best Editing
Deep Shock
Monsterflix Awards
London
2020
Best Horror, Best Director, Best Actress (Muireann Bird), Best Actor (Francesc Pagés), Best Supporting Actor (George Bracebridge), Best Supporting Actress (Lorna Larkin)
Deep Shock
Tagore International Film Festival
Mumbai
2020
2nd Best Film
Deep Shock
Bridge Fest
Vancouver
2020
Best Mystery/Thriller Short, Best Supporting Actor (George Bracebridge)
Deep Shock
Queen Palm International Film Festival
Palm Springs, California
2020
Best Short, Best Actress (Muireann Bird), Best Cinematography, Best Special Effects, Best Music, Best Gore, Best Scare, Best Kill, Best Nudity
Deep Shock
Independent Horror Movie Awards
Los Angeles, California
2020
Official Selection
Deep Shock
Horror on Sea Film Festival
Southend-on-Sea
2020
Best Thriller, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Muireann Bird), Best Actor (Francesc Pagés), Best Supporting Actor (George Bracebridge), Best Supporting Actress (Lorna Larkin), Best Acting Duo (Erica Prior, Luis Fernández de Eribe), Best Editing, Best Original Score
Deep Shock
Vegas Movie Awards
Las Vegas, Nevada
2020
Best Director
Deep Shock
Barcelona Planet Film Festival
Barcelona
2020
Best Director, Best Actress (Muireann Bird)
Deep Shock
Prague International Monthly Film Festival
Prague
2020
Official Selection
Deep Shock
Rio Independent Film Festival
Rio de Janeiro
2020
Official Selection
Deep Shock
Hitchcock Film Awards
Los Angeles, California
2020
Best Short, Best Production, Best Actress (Muireann Bird)
Deep Shock
Filmeraa International Film and Web Series Festival
New Delhi
2020
Best Horror, Best Supporting Actor (George Bracebridge), Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing
Deep Shock
Indie Short Fest
Los Angeles, California
2019
Official Selection
Deep Shock
James Bond III Film Festival Horror
Bardstown, Kentucky
2019
Argentine Premiere
Deep Shock
PIFF Paraná Internacional Films Festival
Paraná
2019
Official Selection
Deep Shock
Bai de Fest - Festival de Curts Fantastics I Terror de Roses
Girona
2019
Best Foreign Short
Deep Shock
Festival of Fear International Film Festival
Edmond
2019
Official Selection
Deep Shock
Mostra de Cinema Cine Horror Bahia
Salvador, Bahia
2019
Best Horror, Best Mystery, Best Actress (Muireann Bird), Best Supporting Actor (George Bracebridge), Best Acting Ensemble, Best Special FX, Best Visual FX, Best Sound Design
Deep Shock
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles, California
2019
Best Actress (Muireann Bird), Best Sound Design.  
Deep Shock
12 Month Film Festival
Cluj-Napoca
2019
Best Screenplay
Deep Shock
Direct Monthly Online Film Festival
Detroit, Michigan
2019
Official Selection
Deep Shock
Underground Cinema Film Festival
Dublin
2019
Best Director, Best Actress (Muireann Bird), Best Original Score, Best Sound
Deep Shock
Florence Film Awards
Florence
2019
Best Film, Best Director, Best Production, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Sound, Best Music
Lion
Haunted Horror Film Festival
Chicago
Best Horror, Best Actor Under 18 (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Sound
Lion
Dead by Festival
Austin
Best Short Film
Lion
RIP Horror Film Festival
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Best Horror Short, Best Director, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Casting, Best Make-Up, Best Visual Effects
Lion
American Filmatic Movie Awards
New York
Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Visual Effects, Audience Award
Lion
Green Gabés Film Festival
Gabés
Best Fantasy Film, Best Director, Best Original Idea, Best Child Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Lead Actor (Michael Segal), Best Editing, Best Music, Best Sound Design
Lion
Florida Fear Fest
Miami
Best International Screenplay
Lion
Festival Internacional de Peligros
Granada
Best Horror Film, Best Director, Best Production, Best Screenplay, Best Young Role (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Editing, Best Sound
Lion
Golden Bridge International Film Festival
Moscow
Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Visual Effects, Best Poster
Lion
Puerto Rico International Film Festival
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Best Short Film, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez)
Lion
Accolade Global Film Competition
La Jolla
Honorable Mention
Lion
Hollywood New Directors
Los Angeles
Best Narrative Short, Best Director, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez)
Lion
Latitude Film Awards
London
Best Short Film, Best Gore, Best Director, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design
Lion
Hollywood Dead Film Festival
Los Angeles
Best Short Film, Best Director
Lion
NYC Indie Film Awards
New York
2nd Best Film, Best Actor (Michael Segal)
Lion
CKF International Film Festival
Swindon
Best Short Film, Best Producers, Best Director, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader)
Lion
Virgin Spring Cinefest
Kolkata
Best Film, Best Music
Lion
Premio Internazionale Angeli di Luce nell'Arte
Viterbo
Best Fantasy Film
Lion
The International Horror Hotel
Cleveland
Best Performance (Pedro Sánchez)
Lion
Golden Earth Film Award
Los Angeles
Best Horror Short, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Editing
Lion
Care Awards
Parkersbur
Audience Award
Lion
Cortoben - Certamen de Cortometrajes de Benagalbón
Malaga
3rd Best Film, Best Director, Best Child/Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Trailer
Lion
Rome Web Awards
Rome
Best Horror Short, Best Fantasy Short, Best Male Director, Best Original Story, Best Child/Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Cinematography, Best Makeup FX, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Music, Best Sound
Lion
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles
Best Narrative Short, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Segal), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Tania Mercader), Best Casting, Best Editing
Lion
International Independent Film Awards
Los Angeles
Best Horror Film, Best Sound
Lion
Cinema WorldFest Awards
Ottawa
Best Horror Film
Lion
San Antonio Independent Film Festival
Ibarra
Best Director, Audience Award
Lion
Direct Short Online Film Festival
Detroit
Best Sound
Lion
Melbourne City Independent Film Awards
Melbourne
Best Supporting Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader)
Lion
Cult Critic Movie Awards
Kolkata
Oustanding Achievement Award.
Lion
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
Best Horror Film, Best Production Design, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects
Lion
South Film and Arts Academy Festival
Rancagua
Best Horror Film, Best Production, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Makeup FX, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Music, Best Sound
Lion
Southern Shorts Awards
Roswell
Best Horror Film, Best Child Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Honorable Mention for Actor (Michael Segal), Best Editing, Best Music
Lion
Global Film Festival Awards
Los Angeles
Best Horror Film
Lion
Spotlight Horror Film Awards
Atlanta
Best Editing
Lion
North American Film Awards
Washington
Best Sound
Lion
Top Indie Film Awards
Manchester
Best Film, Best Director, Best Visual Effects
Lion
Los Angeles Horror Competition
Los Angeles
Honorable Mention for Actor (Michael Segal), Best Visual Effects
Lion
New York Film Awards
New York
Best Horror Film
Lion
Mediterranean Film Festival
Siracusa
Honorable Mention
Lion
Festival Cine Animal Bogotá
Bogotá
Best Film
Lion
Aab International Film Festival
Moga, Punjab
Best Production, Best Visual Effects
Lion
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
Los Angeles
Best Horror Film, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects
Lion
Hollywood Film Competition
Los Angeles
Best Supernatural Thriller
Lion
Hollywood Hills Awards
Los Angeles
Best Fantasy Film, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez)
Lion
Oniros Film Awards
La Thuile
Best Horror Film, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup
Lion
Five Continents International Film Festival
Puerto La Cruz
Best Horror Film, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez)
Lion
Festigious International Film Festival
Los Angeles
Best Horror Film, Director's Honorable Mention
Lion
Top Shorts
Los Angeles
Best Visual Effects
Lion
European Cinematography Awards
Warsaw
Best Director
Lion
Independent Horror Movie Awards
Los Angeles
Best Horror Film, Best Director
Lion
L.A. Short Awards
Los Angeles
Best Horror/Thriller/Sci-Fi Short
Lion
London Independent Film Awards
London
Best Actor Under 18 (Pedro Sánchez)
Lion
Gold Movie Awards
London
Best Director
Lion
Barcelona Planet Film Festival
Barcelona
Best Fantasy Film, Best Visual Effects
Lion
Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles
Best Film, 2nd Audience Award
Lion
12 Months Film Festival
Cluj-Napoca
Best Horror Film
Lion
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
Los Angeles
Best Film, Best Director, Best Production, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actress (Tania Mercader); Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup
Lion
Morningstar Cine Festival
New York
Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Music, Best Sound
Lion
Warsaw Independent Film Festival
Warsaw
Best Fantasy Film
Lion
UHD 4K Film Festival
Seoul
Best Horror Short Film, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Segal), Best Sound Design, Best Makeup
Lion
Inconnu Paris Film Festival
Paris
Best Short Film
Lion
Elevation Indie Film Awards
Dublin
Best Fantasy, Best Original Story, Best Makeup, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects
Lion
Southeast Online Film
Amsterdam
Best Horror Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Cinematography
Lion
ST. Tropez Film Festival
Saint-Tropez
Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Production, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Cinematography, Best Costumes
Lion
Miami Movie Fest
Miami
Best Supporting Actor (Pedro Sánchez)
Lion
Golden Galaxy Awards
Kolkata
Best Short Film, Best Director
Lion
Horror Hullabaloo Film Festival
Glasgow
Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Visual Effects
Lion
Transylvania Film Awards
Cluj-Napoca
Best Film, Best Director, Best Child Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal)
Lion
Best Film Awards
Tokyo
Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Tania Mercader), Best Music
Lion
Best SCI FI International Film Festival
Liverpool
Best Short Film
Lion
Nevada International Film Festival
Las Vegas
Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Soundtrack, Best Poster, Audience Award
Lion
Hidden Shorts Awards
London
Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Poster
Lion
Silver Lake Picture Film Festival
Los Angeles
Best Screenplay, Best Child Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Music
Lion
Cambodia Horrific Film Festival
Phnom Penh
Best Short Film, Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Editing, Best Sound
Lion
Festival Internacional de Cine de Terror Paura
Buenos Aires
Best Original Idea, Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Cinematography
Lion
Bostik International Film Festival
Vienna
Most Scary Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best VFX, Best Makeup, Best Music
Lion
Monster of Film Horror Awards
Munich
Best Horror/Thriller Short Film, Best Director, Best Child Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader)
Lion
Golden Diana Award
Eberndorf
Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects
Lion
Milan Online Film Festival
Milan
Best Short Film, Best Leading Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Cinematography, Best Sound
Lion
International Film Festival of Odisha
Bhubaneswar
Best Fantasy Film, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Segal), Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Music
Lion
The Los Angeles Spotlight Film Festival
Los Angeles
Best International Short Film, Best Director, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez), Best Actor (Michael Segal)
Lion
Barossa Film Festival
Sydney
Best Actress (Tania Mercader), Best Cinematography
Lion
Vienna International Film Awards
Vienna
Creepy Commercial Appeal
Lion
Creepy Tree Film Festival
Salem
Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Michael Segal)
Lion
Filmeraa International Film and Web Series Festival
New Delhi
Best Fantasy Film
Lion
New York Movie Awards
New York
Best Poster
Lion
Assurdo Film Festival
Cinisello Balsamo
Best Horror Film, Best Young Actor (Pedro Sánchez)
Lion
Short Cine Fest
London
Best Horror, Honorable Mention for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Best VFX
Lion
Košice International Monthly Film Festival
Košice
Best Horror
Lion
Istanbul Film Awards
Istanbul
Best Actress (Muireann Bird), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Special Make-Up, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Sound Design
Deep Shock
Southern Shorts Awards
Roswell, Georgia
Official Selection
Deep Shock
Hollywood Horrorfest
Los Angeles, California
Official Selection
Deep Shock
Full Moon Horror & Fantasy Film Festival
Biertan, Sibiu
Official Selection
Deep Shock
Niaffs - Noidentity International Action Film Festival
Seville
Best Short of the Festival, Best Horror Short, Best Producers, Best Director, Best Special Makeup, Best Editing, Best Sound Design
Deep Shock
IndieX Film Fest
Los Angeles, California
Best Short Film
Deep Shock
Festival de Cine de Marbella
Marbella
Creepy Director & Crew, Creepy Visual Enhancements & SFX
Deep Shock
Creepy Tree Film Festival
Salem, Oregon
Birth Date
April 9, 1979
Birth City
Rome (Italy)
Gender
Male