Sergio Navarretta is an internationally award-winning director passionate about bringing meaningful content to the screen. He draws inspiration from Italian neorealism (it is rumoured he is related to legendary Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni) and considers his work an exploration of the human condition. His films are touching, often humorous, always inclusive and, most importantly, entertaining.
Sergio made his directorial debut with LOOKING FOR ANGELINA, a feature film about one of the most sensational murder cases in North American history. LOOKING FOR ANGELINA won numerous awards, was showcased at festivals around the world, played to sold-out theatres in fifteen Canadian cities, and ranked amongst the top five in box office revenues for Canadian films at the time. There was a learning guide published, alongside the release of the film, to support the social action campaign created to raise awareness around issues of domestic violence. His follow up feature, THE COLOSSAL FAILURE OF THE MODERN RELATIONSHIP, starring Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars) and Krista Bridges (Heroes Reborn), was warmly received on the festival circuit, and premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Oscar weekend. COLOSSAL is currently available on all VOD platforms in the US and Canada.
Between features, Sergio has directed a number of award-winning short subject films, including THE FORTUNE COOKIE, OVER A SMALL CUP OF COFFEE and EN PLEIN AIR. He has also worked as a producer, service producer and executive producer under his own company banner, S.N.A.P. Films Inc., or for various clients like AMBI Media Group. He is proud to have exec produced (for Canada) the sci-fi movie, ANDRON starring Danny Glover and Alec Baldwin and service produced the star-studded animated feature ARCTIC JUSTICE, featuring Jeremy Renner, James Franco, Anjelica Huston, Alec Baldwin, John Cleese and Heidi Klum. Most recently he is executive producing LAMBORGHINI, starring Alec Baldwin and Antonio Banderas, service produced the Canadian portion of SOUL BUSINESS, starring Mike Tyson, and acted as a consulting producer on TRADING PAINT, starring John Travolta and Shania Twain.
Currently, Sergio is back in the director’s chair with his passion project, THE CUBAN, starring Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo, along with Ana Golja (Degrassi), Lauren Holly (Dumb and Dumber) and Giacomo Gianniotti (Grey’s Anatomy). THE CUBAN tells the story of a young Afghan immigrant named Mina (Golja) who develops an unlikely friendship with Luis, an elderly Cuban musician with dementia (Gossett Jr.). THE CUBAN will be released in 2019.
Sergio received his education at York University in Toronto and and has done extensive training in both acting, under the guidance of actor Nick Mancuso and renowned acting coach Rose Dubin, and directing at the Tarragon Theatre. He has attended various master classes, including one led by director Robert Altman, and has shadowed both directors and cinematographers over the years, including the legendary Piotr Sabocinski. He has a background in music from The Royal Conservatory of Music. Sergio sat on many panels to raise awareness about domestic violence and issues of racism during the release of his first feature film. The film has been used in universities, government and police services across Canada. Sergio is proud to sit on the boards of various arts organizations and the ICFF Film Festival in Toronto. He currently has several projects in development.