Manuela Buono was born and still lives in Trieste (Italy). In 2013, she founded production and distribution company Slingshot Films, specialized in creative documentaries and art-house fiction films with a focus on debuts, art-house and creative documentaries. She has been involved in film and tv production, and festivals organization for more than 10 years. She has been member of the selection committee of Festival dei Popoli, Firenze (2013-15); Manuela is also responsible for the editorial line of ARCH Film, Italian independent film distribution label. Among the new Arch Film projects, she is responsible for the Italian side of LUSO! Mostra Itinerante del Cinema Portoghese (Itinerant exhibition of Portuguese Cinema, in partnership with the Portuguese Associazione Il Sorpasso) Mega Plus 2010graduated (Media Business School Master in European Audiovisual Management), she received a Nipkow fellowship in 2011 and was selected for Berlinale Talent – Distribution Studio, in 2014.In 2016, she participated to Biennale Collegeas producer of the feature film Lala. With Slingshot Films, she is producing Fango Rosso, feature documentary by Alberto Diana (now in post-production) and White Lies (in development), confirming the attention and value given to new authors and cinematic practices. She produced for Arch Production Non è Sogno by Giovanni Cioni (Locarno Film Festival 2019). She is member of the European Film Academy.