Matteo Scarfò was born in Locri (Italy). In 2006, he moved to Rome and began to work as a production assistant at Paco Film Production and in 2008 he published his first book of short stories, entitled Uomo mangia Uomo (Man eats Man).

In 2009, he worked as a boom operator on The Last Gamble, an American film shot in New York and New Jersey, starring John Savage, Nick Mancuso, Ray Abruzzo, Sally Kirkland and Steven Bauer, directed by Joe Goodavage; then he worked in Toronto as an assistant on an action film called Death Warrior, directed by Bill Corcoran. Later in 2009, Matteo Scarfò also wrote, produced and directed a docudrama called "Anna, Teresa e le Resistenti" (Anna, Teresa and Resistants), inspired by the life of the famous italian actress and Academy Award Winner Anna Magnani.

In 2013, Matteo's first play, Mare di Pietra (Sea of Stones), made its debut in Rome. This play dealt with very dramatic life stories from the perspective of people who have passed away. In 2014, he along with director Giampaolo Abbiezzi (aka Joe Verni) wrote the story of the film Stalking Eva, released in theaters in 2015 by Rai Cinema. The film is a thriller with esoteric overtones that deals with the topic of violence against women.

In 2015, he directed the docudrama Bomb! Burning Fantasy, inspired by the life and the work of Gregory Corso, one of the most important poets of the Beat Generation, portrayed by Nick Mancuso for which he won Best Actor at Rosarito Film Festival in 2016.

In 2016, Scarfò directed his feature film L'ultimo sole della notte (The Last Sun of the Night), a dystopic science fiction story inspired by the work of the British novelist James Ballard, released in Asia and Italy. In November 2017, L'ultimo sole della notte was a recipient of 4 Outstanding Achievement Awards (Cinematography, Editing, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress) and a finalist (Narrative Features category) in Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, in India, and four Silver Awards (Narrative Features, Music Score, Best Director, and Best Actor categories) in Virgin Spring Cinefest, in India.

Also in 2016, he directed a web series, Roman Holidays: how to become Italian in 5 lessons, a romantic comedy about two foreign students who travel to Italy to study Italian.

In 2018, Scarfò co-wrote and directed La Straniera (The Foreigner), the first theatrical staging dedicated to the italian writer Anna Maria Ortese which made it's debut in Rome on November 23.

In 2019. Scarfò was called by Al Bettini's company to direct Sconosciuti (Strangers), which was staged at the Agorà Theater in Rome from April 12th to 14th. Later that year, he directed an episode of the collective film Ten Commandments of Horror by Davide Pesca and Francesco Longo. The episode is titled Thou Shalt Sanctify the Holy Day, written by Mattia De Pascali as part of a horror re-reading of the Ten Commandments. Filming started on July 2019 near Rome.

Also in 2019, Scarfò wrote and directed the sci-fi short Pale Blue Dot - A tale of two stargazers, a retelling of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, which was produced by his company ScarFord in collaboration with Francesco De Laurentiis and Joe Verni. The short film deals with robotic consciousness, colonization of other worlds, interstellar journeys and environmental disasters.

In 2021, Anita al buio (Anita in the dark), a new play Scarfò cowrote with actress Priscilla Muscat, will be published by La Mongolfiera Editrice.

Starting in 2014 Matteo Scarfò has written and directed many music videos for rock bands and folk singers.

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