Over the past decade, filmmaker and Canon Ambassador Francesca Tosarelli's projects have spanned social issues, gender, migration and the Covid-19 pandemic, from stories focused on female rebel guerrillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central American migrants fleeing organised crime to Ukrainian paramedics saving lives on the frontline.
"When I was living in Brazil as a child, I helped my father in his darkroom. Then, as a teenager, I realised that I wanted a life in which I could combine my greatest passions: travelling, telling stories and trying to make an impact," says Francesca. "My career started as a photojournalist and then it developed into filmmaking."
Raised between Brazil and Italy, Italian-born Francesca studied contemporary art at the University of Bologna, attended photography school, and enrolled on video-making courses, but she is largely self-taught. Her journey behind the lens began with a Canon EOS 40D, followed by various EOS 5D models, and in filmmaking, the Canon EOS C300, followed by the Canon EOS C300 Mark II (now succeeded by the Canon EOS C300 Mark III).