Participants

Yashar Alishenas

Writer (Swedish, Iranian)

Yashar comes from a background in language teaching and writing/producing short films. His characters tend to become attached to goals they obsessively pursue to the detriment of everyone else, including themselves. Currently he also works as podcast dramaturg. Previously he studied philosophy, social sciences and literature in Heidelberg and Oxford.

Rosy Deacon

Writer (British)

Born and raised in Leeds in the north of England, Rosy graduated from the University of York in Film & TV Production and her script ‘Shards’ won the 2013 Sir Peter Ustinov TV Scriptwriting Competition at the International Emmys. She’s since worked in development at Big Light Productions and gone on to write feature film …

Cyril Deydier

Writer (French)

Cyril is a scriptwriter and novelist based in Paris. He studied in Canada, Holland, Germany and Ireland before completing a script writing Master’s degree in Paris. Cyril has published several books for young adults and has written for the animation sector (as a screenwriter and a story editor). He is also developing original animated TV …

Andrea Frischholz

Writer (German)

A Munich-based scriptwriter, Andrea originally studied International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and went on to work in development cooperation. She eventually left development cooperation to work as assistant to the producers at Walker+Worm Film. In 2014/15 she was a participant of the Drehbuchwerkstatt München where she developed her debut …

Felice Götze

Writer, director (German)

Felice Götze is a storyteller and filmmaker focussing on crime and gritty drama. He started his professional career as a journalist in the booming electronic music scene of the nineties. A brief stint in investment banking followed, before Felice came back to his senses and pursued a career in the film & TV industry. After …

Luisa Hardenberg

Writer (German)

Luisa graduated as Producer from the Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in 2011. She then started working as a staff writer for Germany’s most watched daily drama series Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten. Later she became one of the story editors to run the writers’ room. Luisa also worked for the second season of ARD’s fantasy series Armans …

Anthony Khaseria

Writer (British)

Anthony is UK born but of Indo-Irish heritage, something that is perhaps reflected in his eclectic taste in stories and for mixing genres and ideas within his work. He is drawn to narratives that contain playful elements, unexpected, sometimes subversive twists and particularly enjoys high-concept Comedy-Drama, the Absurd, Magic Realism and Sci-Fi. He has won …

Giulio Rizzo

Writer (Italian)

Giulio Rizzo was born and raised in Genova, Italy. After high school he moved to Rome to attend the screenwriting course at the CSC – National Film School in Rome, where he graduated in 2014. Since then he has been writing for both features and television. Many of the projects he worked on have been …

Philipp Scherzer

Writer (German)

Born and raised in Schwabach, Germany, Philipp studied screenwriting at renowned Bournemouth University, UK. After graduating, he quickly became a staff writer and script editor for the award-winning German daily series Dahoam is Dahoam. Now, his goal is to develop an internationally successful series of his own.

Valentina Shevyakhova

Writer (Russian)

Valentina Shevyakhova is a Russian screenwriter, born and raised in Moscow. She holds a diploma in psychology from Moscow State University, but did not work as a psychologist even a day. Since 2004 she has been obsessively writing scripts for Russian and Ukrainian TV networks, embracing almost all existing formats, from day soap-operas to action …

Eleonora Veninova

Writer/Director (Macedonian)

Eleonora Veninova is a screenwriter and director of award-winning short fiction films, documentary films and TV series. Her films have won a dozen awards and screened at over 60 festivals around the world, including Oscar, BAFTA and EFA qualifying festivals. Eleonora graduated in Screenwriting from California State University Northridge. After her studies in Los Angeles, …

Susannah Ward

Producer/ Director/Writer (British)

Susannah Ward is a producer-director of more than 40 hours of broadcast specialist factual television. She has made documentary films for all five terrestrial UK broadcasters as well as most major US networks. She specialises in drama documentary and is now developing more ambitious projects in this arena as well as pilot scripts for TV …

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