Antonio has worked as writer/director in the film industries of Europe, Australia and North America since 1992, when he co-wrote (with Gill Dennis) and directed ON MY OWN which screened at Sundance 1993 and was nominated for 6 AFI awards (Australian Oscar Equivalent) and 1 Genie award (Canada’s Oscar equivalent). He directed 4 other features, including RUNNING AGAINST (Sundance 1997, winner Cinequest and Prix Italia 1997) and LITTLE BOY BLUE (winner Mystfest, Cattolica 1997).
His films have been presented at festivals such as Berlin, Sundance, San Sebastian, Rotterdam; and released by companies such as Miramax, Warner Bros., and Lion’s Gate. Right after 9-11 Antonio shot a series of documentaries for RAI (Italian TV). That experience led to an on-going collaboration with UNTV (United Nations TV) making documentaries to shed light on under-reported realities in South and Central America, Africa, and Asia.
As a Fulbright scholar Antonio studied at Calarts where he received an MFA in Film & Video. His projects have received support from institutions such as IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project), TFI (Tribeca Film Institute), FIND (Film Independent), WEMW (When East Meets West) and DOKINBUBATOR. Antonio is a current member of WGA, East. He is co-director of the MFA in Film at CCNY (The City College of New York).