Born in Naples on 4 December 1973, Gianluca Jodice graduated in philosophy from the University of Naples Federico II. While still very young, he started making documentaries and shorts.
In 1995 he was a finalist at the Bellaria Film Festival with the ultra-short L’infinito (Infinity). In 1999 he won the Critic’s Cinematography and Television award with his short, Carne di topo (Rat Meat). In 2001, his short La signorina Holibet (Miss Holibet) directed by Nanni Moretti, won the Sacher d’oro for Best Film, Sacher d’oro for Best Actress and People’s Jury Sacher d’argento at the Sacher Film Festival. During 2002 he won awards at The Opere Nuove Bolzano, Sentiero Corto Milano, Corto Imola Festival and Fano Film Festival again for La signorina Holibet. This short was also included in the DVD, ‘Best Short Films of Italy’
In November 2002 his new work Ritratto di bambino (Portrait of a Child) produced by Nicola Giuliano’s Indigo Film, won a special mention at the Turin Film Festival, in the international shorts section. Ritratto di bambino received two Nastro d’argento nominations (Best Short and a Special Mention for production) and was an official selection for the Italian Film Festivals of London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Aberdeen. It also won first prize at The Luzzara Frontiere Film Festival, official selection at N.I.C.E New York and San Francisco, the Special Jury prize at the Seville Film Festival, the FICE prize, first prize at Visioni Italiane, Bologna and Special Mention at the Siena International Short Film Festival. In 2007 the screenplay for feature film La costruzione della notte was among the finalists for the Solinas prize. One of the 24 three- minute episodes which make up the collective film Napoli24, produced by Nicola Giuliano, Angelo Curti and Giorgio Magliulo with RaiCinema was from 2009.
In 2013 he directed a ten-episode series, 1992, with Giuseppe Gagliardi produced by Wildside for Sky. In 2014 he made Cercando la grande bellezza (Searching for The Great Beauty), a documentary on the Paolo Sorrentino film La grande bellezza from Indigo Film.
Il cattivo poeta, produced by Matteo Rovere and Andrea Paris for Ascent Film, was his first feature film for cinema.