Manuel was born to an artistic family in Rome, Italy. His late mother was an avid painter and illustrator, his father, was the late Anthony Steffen, famed actor and hero of the Italian spaghetti western genre. Manuel first breathed cinematic air on the sets of his father’s films and absorbing these atmospheres he soon grew very fond of everything related to the cinema. At the young age of 15, he attended the First Italian Animation Academy, the glorious VLR Graphic Cartoons directed by Vito Lo Russo and Luca Raffaelli, under their steady guidance he learned the crafts of screen writing, story boarding and editing. After his studies in scenography at the Roman Academy of Fine Arts, in film direction at Angelicum University – C.I.S.O.P., and tv advertising under the tutelage of Director Angelo d’Alessandro at MIF, Manuel began work at Teatro Eliseo in Rome as Assistant Director to Michele Placido, Giuliana De Sio, Rossella Falk, Patrick Guinand, Teodoro Cassano, Enrico Maria La Manna. Then he finally made his debut as a director with a play produced by Francesco Bellomo at Teatro Manzoni in Rome. Determined to finish his theatrical experience, having mastered the art of directing actors, at age of 25 he focused on his only true interest: film direction. After directing a series of project in Congo and an unforgettable experience on George Lucas’ “Star Wars” set in Caserta, Manuel realized that the fundamental importance of media is to convey truth and beauty. He then went on to direct documentaries, ads, and music videos, traveling extensively throughout the world. As a professor at the University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Manuel taught for five years “Film direction and editing”. For the past four years, he has been writing and selling scripts for feature films. He has lately been working with the mexican “New land films” and the italian “Dog’s life”.
Manuel de Teffe’ directing on his set in Atlanta, Georgia