The Ballad of the Homeless


La Ballata dei Senzatetto

Directed by Monica Manganelli
Italy | 9 minutes | 2015 | English

The Ballad of the Homeless is a short animated film. It’s a poetic and surreal journey into the lands devastated by the earthquake in Emilia (2012), through the eyes of a child (Tommy, the protagonist) and his friend, a snail. Together they face and discover the values of solidarity, hope and will see the rebirth of the land.
Tommy and his friend (the symbol of slowness and tenacity that moves and does not give up) then face a a building journey of self-knowledge where they will be witnesses of what happened in Emilia. It will be a journey to understand how to overcome the fear.


Director: Monica Manganelli
Screenwriter: Monica Manganelli
Animation: Stefano Stefani, Chiara Feriani, Franco Tassi
Producer: Stefano Casertano, Monica Manganelli

  • Monica Manganelli
    Monica Manganelli

Festivals & Awards
Los Angeles International Shorts Film Fest – Best Animation
Future Film Festival
Festival di Cannes
IndiEarth Animation Film Festival
Berlin Short Film Festival
Festival Animator
Festival du Film d’Animation de Paris
IN.S.A.N.E. Animation Film Festival
Zubroffka Short Film Festival
Animax Skopje Fest
International Digital Animation Festival NAGOYA
Invideo. Future Pasts

Monica Manganelli

Born in Parma (1977) is a scenographer-set/ stage designer, visual artist and vfx-art director.

She spent her early career to work as Set/Stage Designer and Concept/Visual Artist for many productions since 2001 to 2011 in the Lyric Opera House in Italy and Europe: Theatre Marijnski- St. Petersburg, Theatre Regio Turin, Theatre la Fenice – Venice, Theatre Comunale Bologna, Operà Royal de Wallonie, Theatre Comunale Piacenza, Rome Opera House, with Directors Luca Ronconi, Davide Livermore, Walter Le Moli, Rosetta Cucchi, Alfonso Antoniozzi. Then she moved to work into Movie Production and begin to collaborate on different projects (commercial spot, movies, animation short) for creating virtual set design and look, where she put together both vfx and art departmental skills.

One of her past important work for a production movie has been Cloud Atlas by Wachowski Brothers at the Babelsberg Studios in Berlin. She signed at the Beijing Music Festival (2013) the Virtual multimedia Set Design on some Lyric Opera for the Verdi’s Festival celebration ( Traviata, Rigoletto, Trovatore and Opening Ceremony). She also collaborated as Scenographer for fashion show (Paris, New York, Milan, 2012-2013) with Villa Eugenie (Bruxelles) and Sivestrin (Milan) . Credits: Dior, Y3, Condenast-Vogue, Borbonese, Meissen.

Last year she collaborated with Event Creative Director Marco Balich and his creative team for event show like OPERA ON ICE at the Arena of Verona. Now she is focusing on projects regarding creative and artistic direction in cinema, lyric opera house and fashion&event show. She sign as director her first short animation movie: The BALLAD of HOMELESS ( La Ballata dei SenzaTetto – 2015) with the co-production of EmiliaRomagna Film Commission. Also she is preparing the scenography-stage design for 5 Lyric Opera for the next Opening season 2015-2016 for the CARLO FELICE OPERA HOUSE GENOVA: Roberto Devereux, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda by G. Donizetti, Il Turco in Italia for Como Opera House-Aslico, AIDA in Perugia for Morlacchi Opera House.

She will sign WHEN THE DREAM COMES TRUE: FONTANA SISTER a documentary film mixed animation about famous haute couture fashion designers Micol, Giovanna and Zoe Fontana and her future first fiction film THE OPERA SON.

2017 A Symphony for Rossini: Il Turco in Italia, animated short
2015 The Ballad of the Homeless, animated short