Journalist, author and programmer, Carlo Chatrian was born in Turin in 1971 and graduated in Literature and Philosophy from Turin University, while simultaneously taking special options in journalism and communications. From the early 1990s he worked regularly as a film critic for the magazines Filmcritica, Duellanti, Cineforum and is director of the magazine Panoramiques. Carlo Chatrian has published numerous essays and monographs on filmmakers such as Errol Morris, Wong Kar Wai, Johan Van Der Keuken, Frederick Wiseman, Maurizio Nichetti and Nicolas Philibert. He has run film courses at various schools and institutions since the early 1990s.
As a programmer Chatrian has curated numerous film seasons, working with festivals and institutions such as Cinéma du réel in Paris, the Museo nazionale del cinema in Turin and the Courmayeur - Noir in Festival. Deputy director of the Alba Film Festival from 2001 - 2007, he has been a member of the selection committee for the Florence Festival dei Popoli and the Nyon Festival Visions du Réel.
Carlo Chatrian started working with the Festival del film Locarno in 2002 and from 2006 - 2009 was part of the selection committee. He also curated Locarno’s last few years’ retrospectives (Nanni Moretti, Manga Impact, Ernst Lubitsch, Vincente Minnelli, Otto Preminger).
Since 2010 he has been a consultant to the Swiss Cinematheque in Lausanne and since 2011 has been director of the “Film Commission Vallée d’Aoste” Foundation.