Fernando Sapelli

Executive Leadership Program - Amsterdam Class 09

Fernando Sapelli
My experience and deep interests:
I am based in: São Paulo


Born and raised in Brazil, I concluded part of my education in Ireland and Italy before moving to the United States to pursue a double BA in Film & Media Studies and Dramatic Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In Los Angeles, I worked in prestigious film and television companies like Leonardo diCaprio’s production company Appian Way and Sony Pictures Television, and directed and produced several productions.


Soon after, I founded the project People of Change, creating several documentaries for organizations around the world, and which were utilized as fundraising tools and to increase volunteer awareness for these same organizations. Starting alone, the project mobilized several volunteers around the world.


In 2013, I started my own production company Claraluz Filmes, and for the past couple of years I've been involved in the production of a Brazilian-German feature length film depicting the current scenario of global human dislocations, chiefly refugees, set to premiere in 2016. I am the Founder and Director of Claraluz Filmes, an entertainment content production company that utilizes disruptive tools and new business models to maximize its projects' impact and success rate.


I am currently based between São Paulo and Berlin and am always looking for opportunities to make a change.