Simone Massi is considered today one of the greatest animators at an international level. Born in 1970 and originally from the Marche region, after working in a factory he returned to school and graduated from the State Institute of Art in Urbino.

An independent artist, he draws exclusively by hand with an original technique made of oil pastels spread on paper and then scratched with drypoints and other engraving tools, where white and dark black predominate and weave a fluid and contemplative movement.

His animation is pure poetry with which he tells a world, made of clouds and hands, lyricism and Resistance, love for nature and memory of peasant civilization. An intimate narrative, curated with meticulous precision, capable of conveying deep emotions.

With over 800 awards won in the main national and foreign festivals including a David di Donatello and four Nastri d’Argento, his films are considered among the most important of contemporary auteur animation, so much so that the Venice Film Festival in 2012 asked him to create the festival’s theme song and posters until 2016.

Cartoon Club dedicates an exhibition to him that runs through his entire production with images taken from short films, illustrations, posters, and the animated feature film Invelle, winner of the Carlo Lizzani Award in the Orizzonti section at the 80th Venice International Film Festival (2023).

The program 2024

Event location and date

From 04 May to 28 July
from 09:00 to 18:00
City Museum
Via Luigi Tonini, 1
47921 Rimini


Free full admission
Free reduced admission

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