SIMON AEBY (Nightfall) is known as one of Europe’s top commercial directors and for his innovative visual style and technical virtuosity. Moving to New York the late 80ties, Aeby started to write and direct films including Three Below Zero (writer/director), starring Wes Bentley and Kate Walsh and the medieval epic Headsman (aka “Shadow of the Sword”) starring Eddie Marsan, Steven Berkoff, Peter McDonald and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. His latest film Nightfall (writer/director/producer) is a daring exploration about the sexual abuse of a teenage boy.
YURI ALVES (Grind) is a Newark-raised filmmaker who has written and directed films, primetime television programs and commercial projects in the U.S. and Europe. Yuri has completed more than a dozen films, including a feature film, “Xavier” at the age of nineteen. His most renowned short films include, “Broken Clouds” and “Exit Road”: each having earned acclaim and recognition with festivals and audiences worldwide. Alves directed two primetime dramatic series, which premiered on Portugal’s RTP Television: “Tempo Final” (2010) and “Filha da Lei” (2017), both to critical acclaim. Alves recently completed a series of short films produced in Newark, “Echoes of Fado”, “On the Cusp” and “Grind”. Alves is in post-production on his first feature length documentary, “Paint the Rust,” and hoping to make his feature film, “Ironbound.” which has recently made it into the second round at the Sundance Screenwriter’s lab. In 2012-14, Alves served as Head of Production at Fox Digital Studios in Los Angeles, and Yuri is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of DreamPlay Media. Alves is a graduate of the New Jersey City University.
YAEL ARAD ZAFRIR (She’eriot) attended the Nissan Nativ acting studio (1997-2000), then Tel Aviv University and lastly the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television (2006-2016). She is the director of 48 project ‘Gato negro’ ‘במקום הכי חם’ and starred as a movie actress in “The Bubble” by Eytan Fox, as a tv actress in “משפחה טובה” (The good Family) and, as a theatre actress in “The vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler, “the dinner game” by Francis Veber, “The shape of love” by Neil Laute, “Death of a salesman” by Arthur Miller. From 2016 to 2017 she worked as a theatre teaches in Orna Porat Teatre.
INAAM ATTAR (Skin) is a filmmaker, born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1986. She graduated in audiovisual from IESAV-USJ in Beirut, Lebanon (2013). Also, she did her masters in film directing at ESCAC in Barcelona, Spain (2015). She participated in different workshops (cine-jam, jamming with the light, short lab, directing actors). She was also invited to Audit ERASMUS Program in Directing at FAMU international school in Prague, Czech Republic (2013). Throughout her journey, she created 5 short movies. Most of her career is focused on editing & directing for the last 6 years. However, she established her journey in the audiovisual field (commercials, tv shows, documentaries, music videos, web) since 2005. And she had a great experience working with names like SEB group, Fondation Liban Cinema, UNHCR, Gibson Brands, RedBull, Nestlé, Mars, Almaza, Audio Kultur.
RUDY BARICHELLO (Fareed) has worked as a filmmaker, writer, teacher for more than 20 years in a wide range of projects. In 2001 his short film Ismaël received numerous prizes and was presented in several film festivals, including the Mostra del Cinema in Venice. He has since written and directed two feature films as well as stage plays and VR.
LYNN OONA BAUR (Queen Of Oasis) was born in Hamburg 1988. Lynn started her career in postproduction and as assistant director. She received the bachelor of arts in cultural studies (Leuphana University Lüneburg) and since then is a passionate director. Having worked as junior producer in a Hamburg-based filmproduction (Eichholz Film) and later freelance dramatic advisor, Lynn successfully shot and produced own short films, that paved her way to one of the best film schools in Germany: Since 2016 she is a masterclass directing student at Hamburg Media School.
VASILIS CHRISTOFILAKIS (Too Much Info Clouding Over My Head) is an actor, director and writer who grew up in Athens, Greece. He studied film in the UK and worked in Greek theatre as a director and playwright for several years. He has directed works of various writers such as Tennessee Williams, Fernando Arrabal, Alejandro Jodorowski, Steve Thompson and others. In 2012 he directed Tennessee Williams’ long forgotten first play “Spring Storm” which was the play’s European Premiere outside the UK. He has represented Greece in European theatre festivals. “Too Much Info Clouding Over My Head”, a black and white smart comedy which is his first completed feature film and acting debut won 3 awards at Thessaloniki International Film Festival. The FIPRESCI Award for Best Greek Film, the ERT ‘New Cinema’ Award and the Greek Film Centre Award for Best Debut Film.
JERRY DE MARS (Think Of Something Blue) work s and live s in Amsterdam as a director, producer and photographer. You can call him a DIY-er, someone who likes to transfer a concept towards an image. Jerry grew up in the natural environment of the south of France, where my parents migrated in the early eighties. Later in the Netherlands, he studied Sociotherapy and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Utrecht. At a certain point during my final research, he started to film my research interviews. All the non-verbal stories that were told in these films triggered him visually. His burning fascination for images began. After some time he felt the urge to widen knowledge further, which led him to the International Film School in Prague where Jerry studied directing. His graduation film ‘The Black Light’ was selected for the Court Metrage at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. At the moment he is working on a new short film script that will play in the south of France – L’herault. And on a documentary project in Uganda, Africa. Next, to this, he runs an art foundation called Weekender.
JOCHEM DE VRIES (Aziza) (the Netherlands, 1979) graduated in 2004 at the Utrecht School of the Arts as Writer/Director. During his study he made experimental films and short documentaries. After Art school he followed several workshops screenwriting. In 2007-2008 Jochem attended the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Poland. In 2009 two short films, Missen and Trans Siberian Voices were selected for the 62nd Film Festival de Cannes (Missen was nominated for a Palm d’Or). Jochem won many prizes with his short films. He made one feature film Cornea, which won Best Director at Nordic International Film Festival and some other prizes. Strong visuals and suggestive narratives characterize his stories, where he is focused on the silences between the individuals. While remaining constantly a certain distance he captures the rare solitude of his characters. The latest short film is Aziza (14 min).
THIERRY DENIS (Real Connection) is a Producer and Director. Born and raise in Paris, France, Thierry moved to the US to follow a girl who later became his wife and the mother of his 2 year old daughter. He fell in love with California and now resides in sunny San Diego, where he runs a commercial video production company, Helium Films USA. Real Connection is his first short film since this not-so-good one he did back in film school.
BENJAMIN DIOURIS (Merrick) was born in Rennes in 1992, and arrives in Paris in September 2010. He studies for two years at the famous Cours Florent and then he starts the faculty of Paris VII Diderot where he obtains his bachelor in Cinema studies. He works on several short and feature movies experiencing different roles (1rst assistant director, art director…). In 2012/2013, he writes, directs and products an independant feature film called “LES SILENCES”. In 2014/2015 he starts writing MERRICK produced in 2017 by Red Color Productions and Khatom Productions.
CYRUS ESFANDIARI (Scratched Blue Sky) is an actor and filmmaker from Iran, he is born in 1987, he was educated in filmmaking from Art Accademy of Tehran then he fled his country in 2015 and now lives in Netherlands and works in filmmaking, acting and photography area in Europe.
IONUT GAGA (The Headlight) is the writer, director, co-producer of “The Headlight” (fiction film, 15 min., 2017) and the writer of “Bad Penny” (fiction film, 12 min., 2013). He won the Screenwriting Competition, short film section, at the Independent European FilmFestival (ECU), 2016, Paris, France, with the script 6th of September, was the semifinalist at the Bucharest Shortcut Cinefest, 2016, Bucharest, Romania, within the screenwriting competition with the script 6th of September. One of his scripts passed the Official Selection at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Berlin, 2016, Berlin,Germany, within the screenwriting competition with the script 6th of September. He participates at the Talents Sarajevo (screenwriting department) at the Sarajevo Film Festival, 2014, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the script Change of Hearts, at the Transylvania Talent Lab (screenwriting development), at the Transylvania International Film Festival, 2014, Cluj Napoca, Romania, with the script Change of Hearts and was one of the finalists at the HBO Romania National Screenwriting Competition, 2011, short film section, withthe script Penny.
NAJIB GHALLALE (Route 66) is a director and a producer. French of Moroccan origin, he was born in Casablanca. Currently, he is working on several new projects for cinema and television: a short film (a fiction about the relationship between a young woman freshly landed in Europe and an old freemason); a docudrama (90 minutes) entitled ”La Rumeur”, inspired by Edgar Morin’s book « la Rumeur d’Orléans, best-seller; a fiction feature film (comedy) entitled Gogol.com, inspired by the fantastic universe of the Russian author Nicolai Gogol; a police series for television entitled “Garde à vue” (Custody).
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ GÓMEZ (Downunder) (Madrid, SPAIN, 01/05/1984) Aeronautical Engineer, self-taught film training, in 2004 made his first audiovisual work, his advertisement “Hunter” for Amena. From this moment is involved in the production, script, direction and editing by Alfonso Cabello and Niko Verona with numerous projects carried out under the production of Fanda films. From this moment to present he has been involved in more than twenty short films. In the very first times the projects was produced as a practice, is in 2012 with his project “Viande Rouge” when he starts to distribute their works. Since this year his works has been present in important film festivals like Sigtes Film Festival, Malaga Spanish film festival, Grossmann Fantastic Film among others. Also his works have obtained several awards around the world. Among his short films it is important to note: ‘Y de postre, qué’, ‘Locos por el cine’, ‘Mamá, quiero volar’ or ‘The Working dead’.
JULIA HART (Sparta North) is an award winning writer/director. Her first short film as a director, Emma Change The Locks, starring Olivia Williams (Rushmore, The Ghost Writer), premiered at Raindance Film Festival in 2015. It won a New Talent Award at the BFI Future Film Festival 2017, and has been nominated for four awards at the Italy International Film Festival (Milan 2015), including best short film. More recently Julia directed Kid Gloves, starring Susan Wokoma (Crazyhead) and Joanna Brookes (In The Loop). It won the ECFF 2016 best short film, and best short film at the London Film Awards 2016. Julia co-wrote Your Mother and I, based on a short story by pulitzer prize for fiction finalist Dave Eggers (Away We Go). Your Mother and I is a short film directed by Anna Maguire starring Don McKellar (The Red Violin, Last Night), official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016 and in competition at BFI London Film Festival 2016. It won best UK short at the London Short Film Festival 2017. Julia is represented as a writer/director by Elinor Burns at Casarotto (UK).
LIAM HENDRIX HEATH (Nation Down) was born into a family of musicians in London, he first picked up a trumpet aged nine and was touted a jazz prodigy at ten. Mentored by British jazz legend Tommy Smith, Liam had modest success throughout his early teens, winning a clutch of awards including the Rotary Young Musician 2005 and reaching the finals of the P E Jazz Competition. During this period he also toured Europe and Canada with Smith’s Youth Orchestra and performed with some of the world’s greatest jazz and classical instrumentalists including John Patitucci, Evelyn Glennie, John Etheridge and renowned beatboxer Shlomo. At thirteen Liam enrolled at the Purcell School of Music in Hertfordshire, where his habit for jazz was eclipsed by a lifelong interest in film. After a year-long spell at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Liam left to work in the film industry and soon began developing Nation Down. This is his first ‘fully-fledged’ film project.
MAGGIE KILEY (6ate7) was one of eight directors selected for AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and one of twenty filmmakers chosen for the FOX Global Directors Initiative. Most recently, Maggie was selected by Ryan Murphy as the first participant in his newly formed Director Mentor program. Maggie’s AFI short film, SOME BOYS DON’T LEAVE, played over 50 festivals, garnering awards at Tribeca and Palm Springs. Maggie received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant for her debut feature, BRIGHTEST STAR. The film, starring Chris Lowell, Rose McIver and Allison Janney, was released by Gravitas theatrically and SVOD in early 2014. Her second film, DIAL A PRAYER, starring Brittany Snow and William H Macy, released in the Spring of 2015. More recently she directed the thriller CAUGHT starring Anna Camp for Mar Vista Entertainment, marking an impressive three features in just three years. CAUGHT world premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival as one of eight films in competition in the genre section: Nightfall and was later acquired by Lifetime. On the series side: Maggie most recently directed SCREAM QUEENS for FOX, GUIDANCE for Awesomeness TV and the pilot of CARING starring Hannah Dunne and Mickey Sumner for Superdeluxe (Turner), as well as AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX Network) and RIVERDALE (The CW Network). Maggie is an ensemble member of off Broadway’s critically acclaimed Atlantic Theater Company and part of the filmmaking collective Film Fatales. Upcoming feature projects include Eyal Alony’s SKIN DEEP (for which she is a Directing Fellow at Film Independent) and Alissa Dean’s CRICKET with producers Lynn Hendee and Bill Chartoff.
WARETH KWAISH (Zahraa) is a thriving Iraqi director/writer, born in Baghdad and completed his studies at the Fine Arts Institute, Cinema Department. Later on, he started working in the field of filmmaking where his experience was improved by working with several Iraqi salient directors, including Mohammed Al- Daradji. Wareth's repertoire as a filmmaker includes films such as Baghdad Disco, They Were Here, and A Nation Without a Homeland. He is currently working with the French company Les Films Grain de Sable.
BRETT LEIGH (The Denodnaba Prologue) has appeared in the Academy Award Winning & Nominated films The Social Network and Gone Girl. He has appeared on Television and numerous independent films across the globe. Previous to film, he traveled the globe playing the notable roles of Riff and Action in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical West Side Story. Brett Leigh has also created films debuting at the Guggenheim museum in New York City, Strassburg France, and Los Angeles. Brett Leigh comes from a background in Ballet and Theatre playing notable roles in companies and stage productions throughout the US and the world.
ALEXANDER LEONTARITIS (Waiting Room) has worked in the film and commercials industry going through different crew positions as a director, cinematographer, production manager and as an editor in Los Angeles, New York, Dubai, London, Athens and Nicosia. He has produced and directed feature films, TV Series, several shorts, music videos and commercials. While he was in Los Angeles he worked as a production assistant in Hollywood Production Companies at Lawrence Bender Productions and Kadokawa Picures. In Dubai he worked in the area of producing commercials at Joy Films. His short film “10 Minutes” got special mention in the Greek competition sector at Thessaloniki Film Festival (2008) while his first feature, an action drama movie “The Final Payoff” won the Silver Remi Award at Worldfest Houston, two Audience Awards (Cyprus International Film Festival and at the Peloponesian International Film Festival) and was distributed by Filmboy Pictures and Audiovisual in Greece. Additionally he has worked in the media broadcast sector as a director and editor collaborating with various TV Channels in Greece and Cyprus (Greek National News Television ERT, ANT1, SKAI TV, Star Channel, Sigma Live TV), as a photographer and as a journalist at various newspapers and magazines for topics related to cinema. He has a BA from the American College of Greece (Deree College), a certificate in Film Producing from UCLA, a certificate in Film and Television Studies from New York College and a certificate in Film Directing from Iek Akmi (Vocational Training). “The Waiting Room” is his second feature film.
BENCE MÁTÉ (Koka The Butcher) is a Hungarian film maker and journalist. After studying Middle Eastern Studies in Berlin, he went on to work in documentaries, most of them shot in the Middle East. As foreign correspondent, he was covering the Arab world for the Hungarian public service. The contests in pigeon races is one of the stories he came across while working on different topics in the suburbs of Cairo.
ALEX MIRONESCU (Broken) (b. 1987) is a Romanian filmmaker and Tv Director. He previously worked as TV Anchor, Editor-in-Chief and Broadcasting Media Producer for the main Romanian TV channels, such as Pro TV, Realitatea TV & The Money Channel. Later this year, Alex will be graduating from his Master in Fine Arts program, at The National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale”, in Bucharest. BROKEN, just as the majority of his other short films, was developed here. The short premiered at Transilvania IFF (TIFF) and won Best Directing prize at CINEMAIUBIT ISFF in December 2017.
BRUNO MOURRAL (Kafou) was born on July 18th 1983, is a commercial director and producer. After completing his high school at Lycée Alexandre Dumas, he went to France (Bordeaux) where he earned a degree in economics and management. Always fascinated by making movies, he joined a private school in Paris. While studying, he started directing commercials for Blue Mango in Haiti, a leading advertising agency. In 2007, he returned to Haiti where he founded Muska Group with Gaëthan Chancy. Muska is one of the leading company specialized in audiovisual production. In 2009, after an intensive course at the New York Film Academy, he created a second production company “Maninhat” based in Soho, Manhattan. Bruno’s talent led him to direct more then 50 commercials in the Caribbean (Haiti, Jamaica, Guadeloupe) and Africa (Egypt for BBDO and Ivory Coast). He won several awards for best commercials in several international festivals. For instance, we can name a few such as Flanm for Coca-Cola, Café Rebo, Atomik, Rhum Bakara and Big Shake who has been a huge success around the world on the internet. Big Shake had an appearance on several TV shows such as The Steve Harvey Show, Attack of the Show, and others in France and Japan. Today, Bruno focuses on directing and producing heartfelt movies. He just finished directing a 51 minute film entitled Kafou, and will be directing Kidnapping Inc. in 2018 co-produced by Muska Films, Promenades Films and Canal Plus Antilles.
MARIA-KRISTIN NEHEIMER (Quick’n’Clean) was born in 1989 in Berlin, Germany. In 2010 she decided to study “Screen Based Media” at the Beuth Hochschule Berlin. During her studies she executed various fictional as well as documentary shortfilms as a director. Maria graduated in 2016 with her final movie VITCHES and a thesis about misogyny in cinema. While studying she has gathered further experience by working as assistant director and cinematographer. Since October 2016, she studies directing at Hamburg Media School.
NORA OTTE (Wall) studied scenic arts at the University of Hildesheim. Since 2016 she has been working as a freelancer in the fields of theatre, film and dance. Her field of activity covers a wide range of creative disciplines: directing, artistic direction, performance or dramaturgy. She is also a co-founder of the mask performance group KLATSCH & MUFF/ Manufaktur in Dresden. Recently, she worked as a dramaturg for the multimedia performance „parallel situation“ by A. Till and B. Lubich and as director of the music video „Wall“ and „Every Motion“ by F. Räuber. Nora Otte first worked with Mr. Räuber on the video „Frei“ in 2011.
MATTHEW PORTMAN (Passion Gap) was born in London and grew up in Switzerland. He studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree he began directing and producing music videos. Collaborating with a musicians and bands from around the world, some of his projects include Murasaki by Cheatahs in 2015, Supermaster by A Place to Bury Strangers in 2015. In 2016, he choreographed and directed an experimental dance video Schistocyte. In 2017, he produced and co-directed his debut film, Passion Gap, with the acclaimed author Jason Donald. He lives in London.
FELIX RÄUBER (Wall) (*1984) has been obsessed with all forms of music-making since his early youth and the related emotional transmission. At the age of 13, he founded his first band – the later Indie-Pop success „Polarkreis 18“ – in the basement of his parents’ house. The first studio album (2007) led the band, presented by frontman and singer Räuber, through the whole of Europe. The second studio album achieved gold status. The first single release „Allein Allein“ became one of the most successful German-language songs of all time and became a world hit. The band, Räuber’s family and home, decided to take a break until today. Räuber went to Berlin to reorient himself as an artist, worked as an actor and lecturer, set up his own studio and produced albums and EPs. In 2014 work began on a new pop project called „Zwei von Millionen“, which was released by Universal Music in 2017. Inspired by travels to the Middle East, Räuber worked last year on his own idea of pop music. Compositions that transcend genres, which process impressions gained and with which Räuber faces up to his artistic limits. For him, the release of his debut EP „WALL“ represents a musical liberation.
EMILIJA RIVIERE (Mobius Bond) is a Lithuanian film director. She gained professional education at School of Creative and Performing Arts SOCAPA by New York University, where she graduated from intensive screenwriting courses in 2013, and intensive directing courses in 2014. She also graduated from directing courses at New York Film Academy in 2016. Other Emilija’s interests include deep learning, cryptography and writing about technology. Her texts got published in Lithuanian and international press. Her programmed costumes appear in “Möbius Bond”.
DIEGO SABANÉS (Guests Always Return) is a scriptwriter and director. Winner of the Sol de Oro in Biarritiz with his first short film “Ratas!”. He arrived in Spain with a scholarship from the Ibermedia Program. He participated in the filming of “Sin Noticias de Diós”(“Don’t Tempt me”) and “El Embrujo de Shangai”(“The Shanghai Spell”), among others, and series such as “Cuéntame…” and “Gran Hotel”. The Hubert Bals fund allowed him to develop his first feature-length film “Mentiras Piadosas” (“Made Up Memories”), based on the tales of Julio Cortázar. In the theatre he has directed his own plays and two pieces by Rafael Spregelburd. He is a teacher in films schools such as ECAM, TAI (Madrid) and the EICTV (Cuba), whilst collaborating on projects in various countries.
RAN SLAVIN (Call For Dreams) is an Israeli film director & international video-sound artist. His films and works strive to break out of genre defying standards to new forms. His works are often slow in pace, ambient and visual, strewn with atmosphere and immersive. “Call For Dreams” is his 2nd feature length film which oscillates in dream like pace to parallel narratives after 2009’s “The Insomniac City Cycles”.
RAGNAR SNORRASON (No Ghosts) has lived abroad for five years while always returning home a few months out of the year to work and make ends meet. Mostly he works with so called troubled teens, kids who deviate from the norm. Sometimes they abuse drugs, sometimes they abuse others and sometimes they themselves have been the subject of abuse. Sometimes they’re simply misunderstood in a big bad way. Every single one of them has a story and every single story is way to big for a short film, but the encompassing factor for them all is their need to face facts. Face truth or the past or whatever you want to call it. For most of them its hard but every once in a while you meet a kid that knows the problem, seeks it out and deals with it, all on their own. Ragnar thinks sometimes we don’t want help because we don’t need it. Sometimes us adults just need to accept our uselessness and shut up. Let the kids fix it, ..or at least deal with it.
MEEDO TAHA (The Incident) was born in Beirut, at a time when his country was at war with itself. Perhaps because of that, his work explores questions of identity, with characters outside predefined social groups. An all-consuming desire to tell stories led him from a PhD in Architecture at the University of Tokyo to a life of filmmaking. He earned an MFA in Film and Television from UCLA, where his screenplays have received a Samuel Goldwyn Screenwriting Award and have been shortlisted twice for the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. He’s currently developing A Road to Damascus, a feature film based on his mystery novel published in 2016. Meedo speaks Spanish, French, English, Arabic, and Japanese, but is still trying to make sense of this world with his wife Samira and son Cyan. When lost, he can be found at the local movie theater.
NATHAN VAILLANT (Chimère) is passionate about cinema since he was 7. At 22 he become aware that he could not live without the seventh art, so he decided to attend the 3iS Paris in order to specialize himself in filmmaking. Chimère is his first short film since the end of his studies.
KOEN VAN SANDE (Lockdown) focussed on a postgraduate in screenwriting after successfully finishing his studies as a film director at the R.I.T.S. in Brussels in 1998 with the award winning short WES. When returning from a writing workshop in Columbia University, New York, he started working as a freelance director for Belgian tv. He created top rated reality shows and became a showrunner. In 2005 Kanakna engaged him to direct and write fiction series such as ‘16+’ and ‘De Vijfhoek’. He went on as the executive producer of the crime series ‘Zone Stad’ for Studio A. From 2013 he concentrates on fiction only resulting in 2 shorts produced in 2014 RESEARCH (Raindance, Chelsea, In The Palace,…) and in 2015 CRACKS (Montreal, Tampere, FEST- new directors….). He also got funded in 2016 to write, produce and direct a big budget fiction series (10 EP) for VTM, the biggest commercial tvstation in Belgium. The series will be filmed in the summer of 2018. His latest short LOCKDOWN (2017) got funded by VAF and will hit the festivals soon. The shorts are a preparation for his first feature film. The treatment will be pitched in 2018 to find funding.
MARTIJN WINKLER (#tagged) is a writer, director and digital creative from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He specializes in fiction with a tragicomic edge, working on several films, teleplays and TV-series that have garnered international acclaim. His work has been selected at film festivals such as Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival and Cannes. During his career he has steadily built a strong expertise in online and new media by working as a creative director in the digital agency field. In 2012 he founded VERTOV digital storytelling, and went on to create and produce award winning viral videos, commercials and social media campaigns for international brands, reaching millions of people around the globe. In 2014 he won a prestigious Gold SABRE Award for the viral ‘Rituals: Laughing Buddha’ and in 2016 he won a Silver Dolphin in Cannes for Best Viral, for ‘ANWB: Winter Is Coming’. He is president of the Dutch Directors Guild, contributor to leading Dutch communication/tech blog Frankwatching, guest lecturer at the Dutch Film and Television Academy and the University of Amsterdam, and is debuting with a novel at publisher Atlas Contact in 2018.
“MUCH MORE THAN A SCRIPT COMPETITION” ATTENDING WRITERS
REBECCA DE FARGUES (The Fable of the Wounded Healer) started out in journalism, and worked in film and TV commercials production before writing creatively. Rebecca’s ECU Film Festival ‘Best Feature Screenplay’ finalist script The Fable Of The Wounded Healer, placed in eight other screenplay contests in the US and UK in 2017. Last year Rebecca won ‘Best Comedy Feature Screenplay’ at the New Renaissance Film Festival London for her ensemble comedy Roadtrippers and placed in six other US contests with the same script. As well as winning ‘Best Screenplay’ at the Hudson New York Short Film Festival with her comedy Tainted Love, the stage play adaptation won the ‘Audience Award’ at the UK’s ‘Enter Stage Write’ playwriting contest and received rave reviews. Rebecca’s new comedy short The Night Watchman was part of Theatre Royal Bath UK’s ‘Out Of Your Mind’ new writing festival this Easter and her debut comedy play Rebel Rebel also opened in Bath UK and received rave reviews. Having a particular affection for writing in the comedy and thriller genres, Rebecca is currently juggling writing a comedy feature and Thriller TV pilot, with training for an ultramarathon.
AGNESE TOMBA (L’ombra del Padre) is an Italian scriptwriter/filmmaker based in Milan. She just graduated in Management for Arts, Media, Culture and Entertainment at Bocconi University with a thesis comparing independent film financing in Italy and France. In 2016 she’s been living in Rotterdam for an exchange program based on cultural diversity, then she moved to Paris, where she discovered indie filmmaking was her life path. Nowadays she’s carrying forward both creative and managing activities in the film industry, from film financing to film editing.