Foto del docente

Marco Cucco

Associate Professor

Department of the Arts

Academic discipline: L-ART/06 Cinema, Photography and Television

Curriculum vitae

Education and Main Academic Standings

  • 2000: High school certificate in classical domain at Liceo Classico Raffaello, Urbino (Italy)
  • 2004: Degree in Communication Studies at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland), with major in mass communication and new media. Thesis supervisor: prof. Giuseppe Richeri
  • 2007-2008: Visiting PhD at the City University of New York (USA, 2007-08). Supervisor: prof. Frederick Wasser
  • 2009: PhD in Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland). Thesis supervisor: prof. Giuseppe Richeri
  • 2009-2018: Post-doc, Adjunct Professor and scientific collaborator at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland); visiting scholar at: Université de Lorraine (France, May-June 2012), University of Leeds (UK, February 2015, Swiss-European Mobility Programme), University of Udine (Italy, November 2016, Swiss-European Mobility Programme)
  • 2018: Senior Assistant Professor at the Department of Arts, University of Bologna
  • 2021: Associate Professor, Department of Arts, University of Bologna
  • 2021: Head of the Master in Film and Audiovisual Management, Department of Arts, University of Bologna


Teaching Activities

Marco Cucco gives classes within first and second cycle degree programmes: “Cultures of Film Production” (Degree in Information, Cultures and Media Organization), “History of Italian Cinema” (Degree in Italian Studies, European Literacy Cultures, Linguistics), “Documentary and Experimental Cinematography” (Degree in Drama, Art, and Music Studies) and “Valorization of Audiovisual Heritage” (Degree in Design and Management of Audiovisual and Performative Production Systems).

He serves as Head of the first level Master in Film and Audiovisual Management at the University of Bologna, where he teaches “Public Film and Television Financing”. He also teaches “International Media Economics” at the first-level Master in Journalism (University of Bologna).

In the past, he has been Adjunct Professor at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland), at the Université de Strasbourg (France) and at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, in Milan (Italy). He also gave lectures at Advances Training Courses organized by the Cineteca di Bologna and ANEC (National Association of Film Exhibitors).

Within the initiative “The week of the Italian language in the world”, he gave special lectures at the Capital Normal University (Beijing, China), Shanghai Academy Theater (Shanghai, China), Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong), and Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt).

For many years Marco Cucco coordinated the Master in Media Management at the University della Svizzera Italiana (2009-2018) and collaborated with the Master Réseau Cinéma Suisse (University of Zurich, University of Lausanne, Università della Svizzera Italiana, 2005-2018).


Research Activities

His research interests concern film economics and policy (main investigation areas: USA, European Union, Italy, and Switzerland). In particular, he works on public financing and film-friendly policies (at supra-national, national, and sub-national level), the production of high-budget movies (US blockbuster movies and European co-productions), the role of film commissions, the outsourcing of film shooting and the phenomenon of film-induced tourism. For consulting the research outcomes please click here

He collaborated in several research projects and networks financed by public and private bodies: Swiss University Conference, Republic and Government of the Tessin Canton, Sky Italy, Foundation for Subsidiarity. Among the most recent researches there are:

  • The International Circulation of Italian Cinema (PRIN 2015, a three-year competitive research project financed by the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research), Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Bologna
  • The Cultural Dimension of Community Welfare (January-December 2020), Achille Ardigò School, Department of Arts (University of Bologna), Foundation for the Urban Development, Navile District.
He regularly participates to initiatives organized by international research networks like CoRN (Co-production Research Network), CinEcoSa (Cinéma, Économie & Sociétés Anglophone), NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) and Film Studies Section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association). In 2020, Marco Cucco started to serve as “experienced scholar” for emmaConnect (European Media Management Association’s programme that supports junior researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic).



Marco Cucco published three books: Economia del film. Industria, politiche, mercati/Film Economics. Industry, policy, markets (Carocci 2020), Il mercato delle location cinematografiche/The Film Location Market (Marsilio 2013, with Giuseppe Richeri), and Il film blockbuster. Storia e caratteristiche delle grandi produzioni hollywoodiane/Blockbuster Movies: History and Features of High-budget Hollywood Films (Carocci 2010), and he edited two volumes: Il cinema di Stato. Finanziamento pubblico ed economia simbolica nel cinema italiano contemporaneo/Cinema of the State. Public Financing and Symbolic Economy in Contemporary Italian Cinema (Il Mulino 2017, with Giacomo Manzoli) and La trama dei media. Stato, imprese, pubblico nella società dell’informazione/The Media Plot: State, Companies and Audience in the Information Society (Carocci 2014).

He also wrote:

  • articles published by peer-reviewed journals: Studies in European Cinema, Film Studies, Media, Culture and Society, European Journal of Communication, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, Journal of Transcultural Communication, Studi culturali, L'Avventura, Comunicazioni sociali, Economia della cultura, Bianco e nero, MediAzioniObservatorio (OBS*)
  •  book reviews for academic journals: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, International Journal on Media ManagementStudies in Communication Sciences
  •  book chapters (main publishers: Routledge, Palgrave, Springer, Sage, Intellect, Schüren, Carocci, Marsilio, Mimesis, Franco Angeli).

For the full list of publications, please click here.


Service Activities for the Department of Arts, University of Bologna

  • Member of the Joint Committee (2018-2020)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the cultural center “La Soffitta” (July 2019-September 2021)
  • Member of the Committee that grants scholarships for writing the thesis abroad (since February 2019)
  • Responsible person for the ERAMSUM+ international mobility agreements with: Freie Universität Berlin (Germany); University of Copenhagen (Denmark); Université de Picardie Jules Verne (France); University of the Aegean (Greece); Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands); Universität Trier (Germany); Université Bordeaux Montaigne (France); Università della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland)
  • Member of the working group for the VQR 2015-2019 (Evaluation of the Research Quality)
  • Member of the Committee for the Internationalization of the second cycle degree in Information, Cultures and Media Organization (INCOM)
  • Member of the responsible team for the second cycle degree in Design and Management of Audiovisual and Performative Production Systems
  • Responsible person for the Department of Arts (with prof. Roberta Paltrinieri) for the initiative “Il Nastro Verde. Rassegna di cinema sostenibile” (editions 2020 and 2021), projections of films and documentaries on sustainability, organized in collaboration with the Sustainability Office of the University of Bologna.

    Institutional Activities

    • Representative of the Italian assistant professors within the council of the CUC – Consulta Universitaria del Cinema (Italian association of film and television scholars) (since 2019)
    • Commissioner for granting public financing to films, audiovisual contents, and videogames by: Apulia Film Commission (2021), Emilia-Romagna Film Commission (2020 e 2021) e Sardinia Film Commission (2015).


    Organized Conferences

    • “Open Arts. New Audiovisual Scenarios for the Circulation of the Arts” (April 20-21, 2021, University of Bologna), in collaboration with IULM University and University of Murcia (Spain)
    • “Media, Diplomacy and Soft Power. Exploring the Relations Between Emerging Markets and Western Countries” (Eleventh edition of the international conference “Media Mutations”, May 20-21, 2019, University of Bologna)
    • “Public Financing and Italian Cinema” (3-4 February 2015, University of Bologna)
    • “Heard-Seen: The Audiovisual Heritage and the Sciences” (October 27-28, 2006, Università della Svizzera Italiana).