Franco Montini was born in Rome on May 1, 1952.
He is a regular contributor to “La Repubblica” daily and other specialized periodicals, such as "Il giornale dello spettacolo", "Vivilcinema", "Cinema & Video International". Mr. Montini is the Director of “Cinecritica” journal, published by the Italian National Trade Union of Film Critics; previously, he was a long-standing secretary of this publication.
His sphere of interests has mostly included the topics of Italian cinematography, which he addresses as a critic, and the issues of film production, legislative and formal status of the film-making process.
Author of books: "I novissimi" (Eri Publishers) on film debuts in the 1980s, biographies of Carlo Vedone (Gremese) and Luigi Magni (Eri). Compiled a collection of articles on the Italian cinematography of the third millennium "Il cinema italiano del terzo millennio" (Lindau Publishers) and a book dedicated to actor Gian Maria Volonte – "Gian Maria Volontè – Lo sguardo ribelle" (Fandango Libri).
In cooperation with Piero Spila, created and headed, since 1997 the Prize “Castles of the March of Ancona”, which annually presents retrospective programs dedicated to great names of Italian cinematography. The guests of the event in various years included Carlo Verdone, Michele Placido, Massimo Guini, Sergio Castellito, and Elena Sofia Ricci. The program of the Prize also includes meetings with beginning actors, debates and seminars.
Since 2008 Mr. Montini has organized and held meetings with renowned figures of Italian cinematography in the House of Film in Rome under the title “Profession: Actor/Actress”.