Guido Chiesa was born in Turin in 1959. From 1983 to 1990 he worked in the United States as assistant director and production assistant (beside such filmmakers as Jim Jarmush and Michael Cimino), as well as correspondent for Italian newspapers and RAI Radio 2.
In 1991 Il Caso Martello, his debut work, was shown at the Venice Film Festival, winning the “Grolla d’Oro” for “Best directorial debut”. In 1994 the Locarno Festival presented Babylon in competition, which won the “Fipresci” award at the Turin Festival and participated to 18 international festivals (Gothenburg, Rennes, Annecy, Karlovy Vary, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Oporto etc.). The documentary film Non mi basta mai (with Daniele Vicari) won the “Cipputi” award at the 1999 Turin Festival. In 2000 Il partigiano Johnny took part in the Venice Festival, winning the “Ragazzi e cinema” award and the Jury Prize at the Stuttgart festival. In 2002 the documentary film Alice è in Paradiso won the Festival dei Popoli in Florence. His 2004 feature film Lavorare con lentezza won the Mastroianni Award for Best Emerging Actors at the Venice Film Festival 2004, as well as the Festival of Political Cinema in Barcelona in 2005.
In 2006 he starts his collaboration with Vivo film, directing Stessa spiaggia stesso mare, produced for History Channel Italia. In 2007 his documentary film Le pere di Adamo is presented at Rome Film Fest. In 2008 he directs for Sky the six-episodes-series Quo vadis, baby?, inspired by the movie by Gabriele Salvatores.
Moreover Guido Chiesa has shot several music videos for Marlene Kuntz, Mambassa, Assalti Frontali, Yo Yo Mundi and Luci Ferme.