Gianmarco D'Agostino was born in Arezzo in 1977 and graduated in Cinema History and Critical Analysis at the University of Florence.
After several years as editor and assistant director for cinema and tv productions, in 2002 he started writing, directing and producing short films, documentaries and promotional campaigns, commissioned by public institutions and bank foundations.
For the Fondazione CR Firenze he curated seven exhibitions, telling the provinces of Florence and Arezzo with interviews, documentaries, aerial cinematography and short movies, including La Fuga (The Escape), written with the novelist Marco Vichi.
For the Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Cambiano he directed four art documentaries hosted by Antonio Paolucci, former director of the Vatican Museums, among which is Il Tempo di Michelangelo (Michelangelo’s Times) about the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and the Medici family chapels in the Church of San Lorenzo, Florence.
Very interested in social issues, he has worked in projects about several topics: safety at work, HIV prevention, dyslexia, energy saving, development aid, detention. With prisoners in the jails of Florence and Ferrara he curated a storytelling project for a year, some of whom became the main characters of the documentary Oggi voglio parlare (Today I want to Talk), produced by Regione Toscana.
In 2015 he founded his production company Advaita Film Srl, and produced a multimedia package displayed at the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore Museum, Florence, curated by Mons. Timothy Verdon, among which is La Volta del Cielo (The Vault of Heaven), a documentary about Brunelleschi and the Cupola of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral.
In 2016 Gianmarco produced and directed his first independent film, the documentary Camminando sull'acqua (Walking on Water), about the tragic events of November 4th, 1966, when a flood devastated Florence, with outstanding and unreleased color footage. The film has been selected to more than 40 international film festivals, winning several awards, including Best Director, Best Documentary and Audience Choice Award. The film has been broadcasted by Italian network Mediaset and the Swiss RSI.
In 2017 Advaita Film Srl produced for the Fondazione CR Firenze, the corporate documentary and advertising La nostra Storia parla di Futuro (Our History Talks about the Future), to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Foundation.
In 2018 Advaita Film Srl produced the documentary Tutto il Mondo, Piano Piano (The Whole World, One Step at a Time) and the advertising Portiamo la Scuola dove non c'è! (Bringing Schools to Where There Are None!) for the Italian NGOs Il Filodijuta and Pang'ono Pang'ono, that are bringing schools, health care and clean water to the South of Bangladesh.
The one minute advertising has been awarded in more than 30 film festivals worldwide, winning the prestigious “Best Social Film” at the United Nations in Geneva.
For the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Gianmarco created, produced and directed the multivision installation A Cavallo del Tempo (Riding through the Time), for the exhibition set up at the Boboli Garden in Florence: 300 square meters of screening about the art of horse riding, from antiquity to the Middle Ages. This video art has been awarded as “Most Original Film” and “Best Global Film” at the Equus International Film Festival in Montana, USA, which is the most important festival about film and horses in the world.
Currently Gianmarco is finishing the research for the documentary Florence, the Consul and Me, that will tell the story of the director's quest on the trails of Gerhard Wolf, the German consul in Florence during WWII who risked his life to save Florence from Nazi fury. Co-produced by the German production company KickFilm, the project has been granted with the Development Fund by Creative Europe and the Production Fund by Toscana Film Commission.
Research for this film has brought Gianmarco to Israel, where he directed for the Jerusalem Opera the video-art elements used to stage a performance of Don Giovanni by Mozart, in October 2013 at the Tower of David in Jerusalem.
Between 2019 and 2020 Gianmarco has consolidated his relationship of trust with the most important museum institutions in Florence.
For the Uffizi galleries, he created and produced the multi-vision installation Ai Piedi degli Dei (Worn by the Gods), for the homonymous exhibition set up at Palazzo Pitti until September 2020, about the art of shoemaking in the ancient world, the epic movie and contemporary fashion.
For the Archdiocese of Florence, together with Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, Gianmarco produced and directed the documentary Rinascenza come Resurrectio: il Santo Sepolcro di Leon Battista Alberti nella Firenze del Quattrocento (Renaissance as Resurrection: Leon Battista Alberti’s Holy Sepulchre in Fifteenth-Century Florence), written and narrated by Mons. Timothy Verdon.