After completing his degree in Economics, Massimiliano Camaiti quickly decided to follow his passion: cinema. He started his career working as an assistant director in many films, both for cinema and television. He has worked, among others, for Carlo Verdone, Silvio Soldini, and Stefano Sollima.
In 2006, he wrote and directed his first short film Armando, which was nominated for the 2017 David Di Donatello Awards for Best Short Film and selected by more than 30 film festivals worldwide.
Two years later, Camaiti worked as second unit director in the tv serial drama Romanzo Criminale – La Serie, screened in 40 countries around the world. In the same year, Camaiti wrote and directed his second short L'Amore Non Esiste (Fleeting love), winning more than 10 international film festivals, including the San Francisco Short Film Festival and the Los Angeles Short Film Festival, where it received an honorable mention.
At the end of 2009, Oscar-winner screenwriter Gabriele Salvatores selected Massimiliano to direct the short L'Ape e Il Vento (The Bee and The Wind) inside the project perFiducia sponsored by Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo. Massimiliano Camaiti directed stars like Elio Germano, who won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival 2010 for his performance in La Nostra Vita, and Philippe Leroy.
The short received many awards and nominations from film festivals and competitions, including two special mentions at the Nastri d'Argento Awards, the Italian Foreign Press Golden Globe in 2010, and Best Promising Rising Director in Venice_Circuito Off.
In 2012, the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris elected Camaiti as their artist-in-residence. During his stay, he wrote and directed his last short film: Mathieu.
After completing his residency, Massimiliano moved to Paris, where he worked for five years as creative director of promotional videos for the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris.
In 2019, Massimiliano wrote and directed his first feature film Caught by a Wave a Netflix Original Project released worldwide in March 2021. The film has been translated into more than 30 languages and has been in the TOP 10 of NETFLIX's most-watched films worldwide for nearly two weeks.