Ciro D'Emilio (28 September 1986) was born in Pompeii and after finishing high school, he moved to Rome where he studied cinema at the University of RomaTre. In 2007 he wrote, produced and directed his first short film, THE OTHER. This short film, which deals with the serious problem of xenophobia, won many national and international awards, such as the Best European Short Award at the West Hollywood Int'l Film Festival 2008. With the same team produced and directed many music videos of Italian hip-hop music. In 2011 he created, with Manuela Ianniello, the Road to Pictures Films, and produced his second short film, "MASSIMO", which tells the story of a young Italian soldier on a mission in the Middle East. His feature-length debut, WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS (2018), premiered at the Venice Film Festival.