Barboni comes from a family of “filmmakers” (His uncle Leonida was a talented director of photography and his father Enzo went from camera operator to director of photography, and finally to director, working under the screen name of E.B. Clucher).
Being around the set from the time he was a child, Barboni appears as an extra in a number of films including "La baia di Napoli", "Ben-Hur", "Barabba", "I quattro monaci", "Un treno per Durango" and "Django".
His first official job – and first contributions to ENPALS (Italian social security for workers in the entertainment business) – was as second assistant director on the set of They Call Me Trinity. In the years to follow, Barboni focused on his university studies (degree in Political Science with thesis on censorship), as well as a number of other courses/internships (in film direction, led by Paul Gray and Ron Richard; screenplay, led by Robert Mc Kee; structure and development of TV programs, led by Morton Zarkoff; story analysis and rewriting structure, led by Linda Seger). He also started working for the company T.O.T.A. (with his father Enzo, by that time better known as E.B Clucher).
In 1981, he started writing synopses and screenplays under his own name, first for T.O.T.A. (in which case he oversaw the entire process, from initial concept to mixing), and later for a number of other productions. After having written around 40 films and TV episodes, the desire to tackle new themes and have complete professional freedom led him to get into freelance directing. Taking advantage of work contacts with a few friends boasting outstanding professional profiles, such as Roberto Andreucci and Maestro Franco Micalizzi, Barboni was able to organize, write, and direct two short films, which can be viewed on this website along with another music video he directed.
January of 2016 witnesses the release of his first book: "...And You Will Call it Fate"
In March 2016 he won the Special Award for Culture at the Ferrari Awards
In September of the same year he won the 2016 Verde Cuore del Mondo Award
In December 2016 he won the "Fontane di Roma" Award for Culture
In July 2017 he won the International Spoleto Art Festival Award for Literature
In November 2017 he published his second book "Walking a magician – Merlin and Me"
In November 2017 he also won the Apoxiomeno Award for Cinema and Television