President and Head of the Creative Department of Gruppo Alcuni Srl.
World-renowned Italian author and director in the field of animation.

Sergio Manfio


Co-author and Director of the following feature Films:



Co-author and Director (among other works) of the following Series:

  • Pet Pals (156 x 13’), in co-production with Rai Fiction;
  • Leonardo” (52 x 13’), in co-production with Rai Fiction;
  • And Yet It Moves” (52 x 10’), a highly innovative series combining live action and animation, in co-production with Rai Fiction and DQ Entertainment. The third season has been shot in HD;
  • Slash://” (26 x 20’), in co-production with Rai Fiction;
  • Symo & Rose” (26 x 6’);
  • Mini Pet Pals” (156 x 6’), in coproduction with Rai Ragazzi;
  • Leo da Vinci” (52 x 13’), in coproduction with Rai Ragazzi, HR (Germany), Cosmos Maya (Singapore), All Rights Entertainment (France);
  • Vlady&Mirò” (26 x 5’);
  • Gateway 66” (26 x 6’) in co-production with Rai Kids, supported by Trentino Film Commission and Renzo Piano Foundation. In collaboration with MUSE – Museo delle Scienze di Trento.

Co-author and Director of the following series in collaboration with UNESCO:

  • Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures”, a series on the protection of the artistic and cultural world heritage, co-produced with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre;
  • Cartoons for Peace” (26 x 1’), a series created from children’s drawings from 26 world countries on the theme “The Culture of Peace”. The series was developed in cooperation with UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network and Rai Fiction;
  • H2Ooooh!” (26 x 2’), a series on water resources protection. The episodes aim to raise awareness on the theme of water, encouraging kids to share, in a new and exciting way, their experiences and suggestions for safeguarding the environment;
  • Leonardo Expo” (13 x 5’), a series about food production/use, which explores the main themes of EXPO 2015 Milano. During the EXPO, the series was shown at the UN multimedia installations, and in the Children’s Park. The series is a collaboration with UN, UNESCO Venice Office and FAO, in coproduction with Rai Fiction.


Sergio Manfio is creator and co-author of the TV program “Ciak Junior – Kids Producing Cinema“, aired on Mediaset as well as on many TV stations all over Europe and in the People’s Republic of China, Chile, India, Israel, Senegal, South Africa. He directed more than 150 shorts for the “Ciak Junior” project.

Together with Francesco Manfio, he is author of Telepiù Bambini, in collaboration with Elizabeth De Grassi.

Sergio Manfio also works in the theatre world. He has written and staged over 70 performances, and alternates directing with acting.

He is also Professor at the Education Science Department of the University of Padua.



  • 2003 Mahatma Gandhi Medal of UNESCO for film activity;
  • 2004 Cartoons on the Bay: Studio of the Year;
  • 2005 Salerno Film Festival: First Prize in the Cartoon section;
  • 2007 Cartoons on the Bay: Best Animated Program;
  • 2011 Venice International Film Festival: Kinèo Prize for Best Animation;
  • 2011 Cartoons on the Bay: Best Cross-Media Project for the film “Pet Pals – Marco Polo’s Code”;
  • 2018 ICFF Youth Film Festival: People’s Choice Award in Toronto;
  • 2018 Venice Film Festival: Glass Lion Award;
  • 2019 Medal of the President of the Italian Republic for the program “Ciak Junior”;
  • 2021 International Rare Disease Film Festival: Best Animated Short for the episode “A Rare Friend” (special from “Leo da Vinci” series);
  • 2021 Health System Forum: Rare Diseases Award for the episode “A Rare Friend;
  • 2023 New York Animation Film Awards film festival: Best Director for the animated series “Leo da Vinci”.