Director Annalisa Piras

Springshot is an independent production company making ambitious documentaries for international audiences. It was founded by Annalisa Piras, following her 25 year career as a foreign correspondent and journalist for L’Espresso, the BBC, La7 TV and Euronews, among others.

Springshot’s latest documentary, Europe at Sea, out now across Europe, examines whether Europe is capable – and willing – to combat the myriad security and humanitarian challenges within and beyond its borders. It is an ARTE and Sveriges Television (SVT) co-production. The film obtained unprecedented access to HRVP Federica Mogherini,  the chief of EU Foreign and Security Policy at a pivotal moment of European history. Europe at Sea contains never-before-seen footage of the migrant crisis and offers a unique insight into the workings of the first joint EU naval fleet in the Southern Mediterranean Sea, Operation Sophia, on which Springshot’s crew were embedded. 

Award-winning docu-drama The Great European Disaster Movie (2015) envisaged the world in the wake of the EU’s collapse, examining the continent’s political, economic, and social crises in the process. Shot in 2014, the film forecast the Brexit result in 2016. The Great European Disaster Movie won the prestigious 2016 German CIVIS Media Prize, bestowed by the President of Germany as the best film out of of 930 programmes covering European issues. According to the jury, the film was “an impressive portrait of the EU… a thoughtful and moving film, which dramatically presents the loss of European values. A brilliant production, magnificent and scary at the same time.”

Springshot’s break-out hit Girlfriend in a Coma (2012) gained cult status after being banned in Italy for its unflinching portrait of Silvio Berlusconi and the nation’s historic flaws. Directed/produced by Piras, the film was narrated by Bill Emmott, Former Editor of The Economist who also co-wrote the script.