Roberto Ariganello was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario on July 20, 1961. He worked for five years as the Technical and Workshop Co-ordinator at LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers), beginning in 1998, and was the Executive Director from 2003-2006. His passion for independent filmmaking and LIFT were demonstrated in the new services and activities that he introduced, including: the Hand Made Film Course, creative and professional development workshops, the $99 No Excuses Film Festival, New Directions in Cinema screenings, commissioning projects (Poetry/Projections, “Film is Dead, Long Live Film”) and the Salon des Refusés. He was an analog champion, challenging and encouraging scores of artists, from newcomers to veteran scenesters, to apply themselves to the practice of filmmaking on film.
Roberto Ariganello’s six completed films include a couple of solo outings: Shelter (2001) and Yesterday’s Wine (1999), a pair of collaborations with Chris Gehman Non-Zymase Pentathlon (1996) and Contrafacta (2000) and two made with Federico Hidalgo, Loteria (1997) and Gesture (1999). They display a range of styles, demonstrating his enthusiasms for cut-out animation, street documentary, and found footage collage.
Roberto’s work in the cultural community included board duties at the CFMDC from 1999 to 2002 and Pleasure Dome from 2000 to 2004. Roberto also served on the boards of the Career Cultural Council of Ontario (CCCO), the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) and also sat on the advisory boards of Humber College Film Program and the Workman Theatre at the Centre for Addiction and mental Health.
He passed away unexpectedly in a tragic swimming accident off Purcells Cove Road in Tea Lake near Halifax on August 13, 2006. He had rented a van to drive donated editing equipment to the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative.