Annalisa Piras

Journalist, Filmmaker & Managing Director
The Wake Up Foundation
Italy/United Kingdom


Annalisa Piras is a London-based Italian film director/producer and journalist. She co-founded and directs The Wake-Up Foundation (WUF), an educational charity that aims to foster transnational awareness of the current threats to Western societies through the use of films, and other media.

Until the offset of the Covid-19 pandemic WUF was running the “Wake-Up Europe!” Campaign. It held in May 2019 the first Wake-Up Europe Festival in Turin, Italy and other nine European cities. The festival is an innovative transnational concept, the first documentary film festival to awaken an European civic conscience and to stimulate a pan-European debate by using documentary films as an information and engagement medium.
Piras’ last film, “Europe at Sea,” an ARTE-SVT co-production, was broadcast across Europe in 2018/2019 and was nominated for the 2018 Prix Europa. Her “The Great European Disaster Movie” a BBC and Arte documentary on the erosion of the EU’s foundational values was awarded the German CIVIS Media Prize 2016 by the President of Germany in the information category, it has been translated in 12 languages including Chinese and Farsi, and has reached over three million people across Europe as part of the Wake Up Europe! campaign.

Piras is a regular current affairs panellist on the BBC World London Dateline talk-show. She was previously the London correspondent for L’Espresso magazine and La7 TV and has over 25 years’ experience producing documentaries for major EU broadcasters. She was the first Italian President of the London Foreign Press Association, founded in 1888.

Piras began her career as part of the original news team that launched Euronews, the first pan-European news and current affairs channel.