Adjunct Professor, Journalism

M.S. Columbia University School of Journalism
B.A. Mount Holyoke College

Office: By appointment 
Phone: +41 78 327 50 20

Elettra Fiumi is a journalist and an award-winning documentary film director, producer and editor. She is the founder of Fiumi Studios production company and her work has been featured on the BBC, MSNBC, The New Yorker and other leading news outlets. She has also worked on films for Netflix and Amazon Prime. Her client list includes Siemens, Whatsapp, Airbnb and Walmart. She explores themes of discovery, innovation and culture in her work, often intimate portraits of people, companies and initiatives. Elettra was raised in Florence and received a master's degree in digital journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism and a B.A. with honors from Mount Holyoke College where she studied political science and Spanish.

Professional Experience:

Founded and leading VCItalia, the Video Consortium's Italy chapter for non-fiction filmmakers 

Created and led conferences and workshops at AbelCine and IFP Made in New York Media Center 

Co-founded Granny Cart Productions 

Assistant Editor at Departures and Black Ink magazines for American Express


Areas of Research:

Her research focuses on journalism and documentary filmmaking.


Factory Digitalization (6') Documentary for Siemens Global Headquarters - Zug, April 2021 

Regeneration (15') The New Generation Festival 2020 behind the scenes documentary, Aug-Jan 2020 

“Photojournalists Covering Pandemic Life in Italy” (7’34) The New Yorker, April 2020; Won seven awards internationally, nominated three times; two awards of recognition and merit; selected for multiple festivals 

“Meet the Italians Making Music Together Under Coronavirus Quarantine” (6’44) The New Yorker, March 2020 

“Radical Landscapes” (90 min) Fiscal sponsor: Women Make Movies, Supported by Graham Foundation and in co-production with RSI broadcaster; Status: In Post-Production stage 

“9999: Florentine Memoirs” (9’48) Best Documentary Silver Award winner at the Elba Film Festival (2019); Nominated for best documentary at Firenze Film Festival (2020); Selected Chain NYC Film Festival, Rome Independent Prisma Awards, The Hollywood First-Time Filmmaker Showcase (2020), Oct 2017 

“9999: Space Electronic Memoirs,” (3’) Screened in the Vitra Design Museum' Night Fever 5-year traveling exhibition, Feb 2018 

“The Mysterious Ghost Lights of Marfa,” (12-page multimedia project) BBC Travel in partnership with Enterprise, January 2018 

“Gen Z’s Creative Tendencies” (4’32) Snapchat and JWT Intelligence; Cannes Lions Festival, June 2019 

Field Producer: 

“It Takes a Woman to Reinstate a King” (14’34) Tribeca Studios with Bulgari; Premiering Amazon Prime 2020/2021, Dec '19 and Oct '20 

“The Echo of Everything” (90 min) Independent feature documentary directed by Cam Christiansen, April 2020 

“Fasting” (50 min) Netflix episode for Wellness series “Well” premiered August 2020, August 2019 

“Italy’s Millennials” (9’24) NBC News LeftField, February 2019 

“Risso Cornici” (1’37) Whatsapp for Business, June 2018 

“The Challenges of Building an Artificially Intelligent Sex Bot” (1’47) Vocativ; 360 film; April 2017 


Interactive interview with Walmart President Director/Journalist for Walmart, December 2020 (coming soon) 

“HIBM: Her Inescapable Brave Mission” (90 min) Director of Grand Canyon expedition; Fiscal sponsor: Film Independent; (Status: In Post-Production)

Awards and Honors:

Best Documentary Short and Best Inspirational Film by New York International Film Awards, 2020 

Best Editing at San Francisco Film Festival, 2020 

Best Editing Indie Shorts Awards Buenos Aires, 2020 

Best Documentary Short at the European Cinema Festival, 2020 

Nominated for Best Director and Best Editing by New York International Film Awards, 2020 

Recognition: Women Filmmakers and Award of Merit: Documentary Short by Best Shorts Competition, 2020 

Silver Award for Best Documentary by Elba Film Festival 2019 

Roy W. Dean grant finalist, 2019 

Nominated best editor Close: Up Reykjavik Film Festival 

Graham Foundation grant winner, 2015 


Films screened at: 

Vitra Design Museum 
Design Museum Brussels 
Palazzo Strozzi 
Canadian Centre for Architecture 
Museo del Novecento 
Pecci Museum 


Profile picture by Jolie Zocchi