Maria Silvia Bazzoli was born in Verona (Italy) in 1961. After studying at DAMS in Bologna, she began researching contemporary African theatre in Zaire and Zimbabwe.
Returning to Italy, she worked as a freelance journalist and cinema critic for the radio and written press (Nigrizia, Il Diario, Cineforum, Filmcritica, Il ragazzo selvaggio, Panoramiche...).
From 1996 to 2006, she directed the Visioni d'Altrove festival in Udine and collaborated in the programme of several festivals in Italy and Africa. Among others, she produced a retrospective on Egyptian cinema for the Torino Film Festival (2001) and a retrospective on African animated cinema for the Cinema Africano Festival in Milan (2003).
"Amour, sexe et mobylette" (Love, sex and mobylette, 2008) is her first film.