Valerio Attanasio (born in Rome in 1978) is an Italian screenwriter and filmmaker. He began his career as assistant director for Gianluca Maria Tavarelli’s Liberi (2003).
From 2004 to 2006 he was screenplay reader for the Fandango production house, also directing the backstage videos for several films, including Paolo Sorrentino’s The Consequences of Love and The Family Friend. In 2009 he was selected to participate in the screenplay course organized by Rai Television. Following that, he authored the screenplays of various shorts, including Sydney Sibilia’s Oggi gira così, winner of several Italian prizes, including the 2011 SIAE award for Best Screenplay.
In 2011 he co-wrote with Gianni Di Gregorio the screenplay for The Salt of Life, screened at the Special Berlinale section of the Berlin Film Festival and distributed in over 20 countries, including France, Germany, Spain and the United States. The film was nominated at the 2013 Golden Ribbon Awards in the Best Comedy category. In 2014 he wrote the story and screenplay of I Can Quit Whenever I Want: the film obtained 12 David di Donatello nominations, including Best Film and Best Screenplay and was nominated at the Silver Ribbons for Best Comedy of the Year. It was distributed in France as J’arrête quand je veux and presented at various international film festivals, including the London Film Festival and the International Film Festival in Reykjavik, where it won the Golden Puffin Award. In 2016 he wrote and directed the short film Finché c’è vita c’è speranza, presented at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in the Young Italian Authors section organized by SIAE, winning several prizes, including the Griphon Award for Best Italian Short at the Giffoni Film Festival, and entering the shortlist as Best Short at the 2017 Silver Ribbons. Il Tuttofare is his first feature film as director.