After his Economic degree, Massimiliano Camaiti soon decided to follow his great 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 Armando. The short film was nominated for the David di Donatello Award for Best Short in 2007 and has been selected from more than 30 Film Festivals all over the world.
Two years later, Massimiliano Camaiti worked as second unit director in the tv serial drama Romanzo Criminale – La Serie, came out in 40 international countries. In the same year Camaiti wrote and directed his second short L'amore non esiste (Fleeting love) winning more then 10 international film festivals. Among them the short was awarded at the San Francisco Short Film Festival and received a Special Mention at the Short Film Festival of Los Angeles.
At the end of 2009 the Oscar winner Gabriele Salvatores selected Massimiliano to direct the short L'ape e il vento (The bee and the Wind) inside the project perfiducia. Massimiliano Camaiti turned up to direct stars like Elio Germano (awarded Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival 2010 for his performance in La Nostra Vita) and Philippe Leroy.
The short received a big number of awards and nominations in several festivals and competitions, it got two special mentions at the Nastri d'argento Awards and was awarded the Italian foreign press Golden Globe in 2010 and the best promising rising director in Venice_Circuito Off.
In 2012 he has been chosen as artist-in-residence at the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris. During his stay he wrote and directed his last short: Mathieu.
After his residence, Massimiliano started living in Paris and for four years he worked 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" an original Netflix project that will be released the 25th of March 2021.