Robert Alberdingk Thijm is a Dutch screenwriter for TV and cinema. After graduating in Law in 1991, Robert Alberdingk Thijm (1965) started his career writing scenarios for television: de Daltons 1999, Dunya en Desie 2003, both nominated for an International Emmy Award and Waltz 2006. The feature film Dunya and Desie was the Dutch entry for the Oscars in 2009. His serie A'dam – e.v.a won the main Dutch television award in 2011 and also the French TV Drama Festival Award for the best international TV drama. In 2012 he was awarded the Edmond Hustinx prize for his screenwriting.
Robert Alberdingk Thijm is on the board of LIRA, the Dutch collective management society for writers. In 2012 he was the only creator invited to participate in the Media Futures Forum created by then European Commission Vice-President, Neelie Kroes.
Julie Bertuccelli studied philosophy before moving into documentary film-making in 1993 with Un métier comme un autre, followed by Une Liberté (1994), La fabrique des Juges (1997), Bienvenue au grand magasin (1999), Un monde en fusion (2006), Le mystère Glasberg (2008). Her breakthrough film was Depuis qu’Otar est parti in 2002, which she co-wrote and which went on to win twenty prizes both in France and elsewhere. Her last two films were L’Arbre (The Tree, 2010) and La Cour de Babel (The School of Babel, 2014). Julie Bertuccelli is the first female President of the French collective management society, La Scam.
Fred Breinersdorfer is a German screenwriter, director and producer. He studied law and worked as a lawyer before he debuted as an author of crime fiction in 1980. Since then he has written numerous screenplays for the Tatort TV crime fiction series and other TV productions. His first full-length cinema screenplay was for the 2005 production of Sophie Scholl – The Final Days, which was nominated for "Best Foreign Language Film" Oscar in 2006. He co-wrote with his daughter Léonie the script of 13 minutes, around Georg Elser who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1939. His latest work, Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank, a screenplay adaptation of Anne Frank's diary, was presented at the Berlinale 2016, and is expected to be released in March.
Borja Cobeaga is a multi-award winning Spanish film and television screenwriter and director. In 2003 he directed and co-scripted the acclaimed TV comedy show Vaya Semanita for the Basque TV. His first feature as director, The Friend Zone, saw him nominated as "Best New Director" at the 2010 Goya Awards and his second feature, Love storming (2011), won the "Audience Award" at the Nantes Festival of Spanish cinema. He co-wrote the screenplay of the 2014 comedy blockbuster Ocho apellidos vascos (Spanish Affair) with Diego San José. The film went on to be the highest grossing film in the history of Spanish cinema with over €60 million at the box office. His third feature as a director, Negotiator, a tragicomedy inspired by talks between the Spanish government and ETA during the truce of 2005, premiered at the 2014 International Film Festival San Sebastian, winning the "Irizar Basque Film Award". Borja Cobeaga continued his collaboration with San José, with whom he co-authored Ocho apellidos catalanes, the sequel of the acclaimed Ocho apellidos vascos. The movie was released in Spain in November 2015.
Since June 2014, he is the president of the Spanish collective management organisation for audiovisual authors, DAMA.
Stijn Coninx is a Belgian writer and director best known for the movie Koko Flanel (1990), one of the most successful Flemish films ever and Daens (1992) that was nominated for the Oscars. He has also directed several television series, including Het Peulengaleis, the story of a fishing family from Heist, based on the book by Joseph Vantorre De Kavijaks. In 2008, Stijn Coninx wrote and directed Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile) with Cécile de France as the leading actress. In 2013 came the release of Marina, which follows the singer Rocco Granata, a son of a mining familly emigrated from Italy. His last film, Ay! Ay! Ramon, a humorous fiction depicting Santa Claus's adventures in a fantasised Spain, was released in Belgium in October 2015.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are a critically acclaimed Belgian filmmaking duo. They write, direct and produce their films together. They first came to international attention with La Promesse (The Promise) in 1996 and won the "Palme d’Or" of the Cannes Film Festival with Rosetta in 1999. All their films since have played at the Cannes main competition and most of them won one of the major prizes: Le Fils (The Son) in 2002, L’Enfant (The Child) in 2005, Le silence de Lorna (The Silence of Lorna) in 2008 and Le Gamin au Vélo (The Kid with a Bike) in 2012. Deux Jours Une Nuit (Two Days one Night) was part of the Official Selection at Cannes in 2014 and Marion Cotillard, who played the lead role, was nominated for an Oscar for "Best Actress" in 2015. Their latest collaboration, La fille inconnue (The Unknown Girl) - a thriller-like drama - will be released in 2016.
Costa-Gavras is a Greek-born French filmmaker, best known for films with overt political themes, most famously the fast-paced thriller Z (Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969). His filmography includes L’aveu (The Confession) in 1970, Etat de siège (State of Siege) in 1972, Section spéciale (Special Section) in 1975 ("Best Director Award" at the Cannes Film festival), Missing in 1982 ("Golden Palme" in Cannes, Oscar and BAFTA awards for the screenplay), Music Box in 1989 ("Golden Berlin Bear"), Amen in 2002 and Eden à l’Ouest (Eden is West) in 2009 and Le Capital (Capital) in 2012. In 2013, the Académie André Delvaux of Belgium awarded him the "honorary Magritte" of the year.
After a five-year term in the 1980s, Costa-Gravas was again appointed president of the Cinémathèque Française in 2007, a post he will hold until August 2016.
Marco Tullio Giordana is an Italian screenwriter and director. In 2000 at the Venice film festival Giordana presented I Cento Passi (The Hundred Steps), which took the prize for "best screenplay". In 2003 the director's TV film La Meglio Gioventù (The Best of Youth), won the "Un certain regard" Award at Cannes. His film Quando sei nato non puoi più nasconderti (Once You're Born You Can No Longer Hide) was in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. In 2012 his film Romanzo di una Strage (Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy), about the tragic Piazza Fontana bombing that occurred on the 12 December 1969 in Milan, received 3 David di Donatello awards. His latest feature film, Lea, shot for Italian television, was presented at the "De Rome à Paris" Film festival in January 2016.
Jochen Greve is a German screenwriter for film and TV. He studied communications, theatre and history. Before being a writer he worked as an assistant director, screenwriter and producer of various academic works, films and TV movies. In the mid-1980s he started working as an advertisement writer and won a 'Silver Lion" at the International Advertising Film in Cannes. In the early 1990s he started writing just for TV and cinema and his film Trickser won several German TV awards. He has written several popular and critically acclaimed television movies including, among others, episodes for the Tatort crime fiction series, as well as one episode of The Fox (Der Alte, 2015), of the same genre. Crime and psychological thrillers and intimate plays are his specialities.
Jan Hřebejk is a Czech film writer and director whose first film Pelisky (Cosy Dens) from 1999 deals with the complex social implications of the Prague Spring in 1968 as an intelligent comedy and won two awards at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival . His second film Musíme si pomáhat (Divided We Fall) in 2000 pictures the situation of a Czech couple hiding a Jew during World War II and equally combines a humor with serious subject matter. It was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Foreign Language Film" and won audience awards at many festivals. His later works Horem pádem (Up and Down) in 2004, Kráska v nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble) in 2006, a prize-winner at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and Kawasakiho ruze (Kawasaki's Rose) in 2009, which won two awards at the Berlin Film Festival, continue to illustrate the high quality of contemporary Czech cinema. After Svatá Ctverice (The Holy Quaternity), which was released in 2012, Jan Hřebejk directed several series for Czech television. His latest project as a director, Ucitelka, is currently in post-production.
Agnès Jaoui is a French screenwriter, director and actress, best known for her acting (in Un Air de famille, Le rôle de sa vie) as well as for her writing and directing. Her debut as a director, Le Goût des Autres (The Taste of Others), was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000. Comme une Image (Look at Me) won the "Best Screenplay" of the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. Following 2008’s Parlez-moi de la pluie (Let It Rain), 2013 saw the release of Au Bout du Conte (Under the Rainbow). She co-authored L’Art de la Fugue (The Easy Way out) with Raphaëlle Valbrune and Brice Cauvin, the director. The movie was released in France in March 2015. She is currently working on her next project as a director: Place Publique. The film - a comedy - will be dealing with the topical theme of private and public life.
Cédric Klapisch is a French screenwriter, director and producer for cinema and TV. After graduating from New York University he returned to France where his short Ce qui me meut won a number of festival prizes and was followed by his first feature film, Rien du tout, in 1992. The back to back success of Le Péril Jeune (The Good Old Daze, 1994), Chacun cherche son chat (When the Cat’s Away, 1996) and Un Air de famille (Family Resemblances, 1996) cemented his reputation in French cinema. The films that define his international career to date, however, are the "Xavier's travels" trilogy starting with the very European adventures of Xavier as an Erasmus student in Barcelona - L’Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck, 2002), followed by Les Poupées Russes (Russian Dolls, 2005) and Casse-tête Chinois (Chinese Puzzle, 2013). Klapisch has also directed two episodes and is the artistic director of the series Dix pour cent, first broadcast in October 2015. He is currently shooting Le Vin et le Vent (The Wine and the Wind), a drama set in Burgundy's vineyards, which is due to be released at the beginning of 2017.
Alongside his work making films, Cédric Klapisch has also been involved in French professional organisations such as SRF and L'ARP. Cédric Klapisch joined us in Brussels for a Q&A in March 2014 to discuss his work and Europe. You can watch it here: http://cineuropa.org/vd.aspx?t=video&l=fr&did=255616.
Lars Lundström is a Swedish screenwriter and partner in the production company Matador Film. Having started his career as an actor and screenwriter, he has gone on to write scripts for some of the most popular TV series in Sweden including Tusenbröder, Pistvakt, Labyrint and Poliser as well as series like Wallander and more recently Real Humans which have been extremely successful outside of Sweden. Lars Lundström has co-produced the remake of Real Humans for the Anglo-American market, renamed Humans and broadcast on AMC and Channel 4 since mid-2015.
Roger Michell is an English theatre, television and film director. He started as assistant director to noted British playwright John Osborne and Irish playwright Samuel Beckett. In 1985, Michell joined the Royal Shakespeare Company where, over six years, he was an assistant director and then a resident director. As a film director, he made Persuasion (1995) which won the BAFTA for Best Single Drama. In 1999, Michell directed Notting Hill, one of the highest-grossing British movies of all time, and in 2002 box office hit Changing Lanes. He directed The Mother in 2003, Enduring Love in 2004, Venus in 2006 and Morning Glory in 2010. After Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), in which Bill Murray played the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he directed the European Film Award nominated Le Week-end (2013), about a British couple resolved to re-live its honeymoon in Paris. Michell has since been working for British television, directing the BAFTA-awarded mini-series The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (2014), as well as the humorous film Birthday (2015), about the quirky story of a pregnant man, which was awarded the "Fipa d'or" at the 2016 International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes of Biarritz. The year 2016 will see his come back to the big screen with two feature films currently in pre-production: Truth in Advertising and My Cousin Rachel.
Radu Mihăileanu is a Romanian-born French screenwriter and director. His second feature Train de Vie (Train of Life) in 1998 launched his international career. The film won the Audience Award for "best foreign film" at the Sundance Film Festival and two awards at the Venice Film Festival. Va, Vis et Deviens (Live and Become) in 2005 won three prizes at the Berlin Film Festival and secured his position as one of the most renowned European directors today. Le Concert (The Concert) attracted more than 1.9 million spectators in the theatres. His last film, La Source des Femmes (The Source) was released in 2011 and selected at the Cannes Film Festival the same year. In 2014, he co-produced Cartoonists - Foot Soldiers of Democracy (Caricaturistes, fantassins de la démocratie), a documentary film directed by Stéphanie Valloatto about 12 cartoonists around the world risking their lives to defend democracy. The History of Love, which will be released at the end of 2016, is Mihăileanu's first English language film.
Paul Powell is a British television writer, script editor and producer. His screen credits include the situation comedy Miranda, the panel game Have I Got News For You and the infamous satire Spitting Image. Career highlights include a British Comedy Award for Al Murray’s Happy Hour, an RTS award for Miranda and the title of 39thgreatest comedy sketch of all time for a contribution to Smack The Pony. He is a director of Black Dog Television, the independent production company behind Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask and a non-executive director of the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society, one of SAA’s British members. He is currently developing a number of sitcom projects and panel show formats for international television. He co-authored and co-produced Insert Name Here, a comedy panel game broadcast by BBC Two in January and February 2016. Given the resounding success of the programme, Paul Powell will be working on a second season.
Diane Redmond is an English writer for screen, television, radio and theatre; she has published over a hundred books and written for most major publishers and broadcasters. Her credits include Bob the Builder, Postman Pat, Angelina Ballerina, Chuggington, Magic Roundabout, Jungle Book, Timmy Time and many more. She has wide experience of working with broadcasters, editors, actors, directors and publishers in the UK, US, Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Canada, China, Finland and Belgium. She’s involved with ALCS, on all issues strengthening authors’ rights.
Manuel Ríos San Martìn is a Spanish screenwriter, director and producer. He started his carrier in the mid-nineties working on a number of series for Spanish television including the award-winning Compañeros and Médico De Familia. His first feature film was No te fallaré (I Won’t Let You Down) released in 2001 and he was also a co-writer on Maradona (directed by Marco Rissi) released in 2007. He has also taught a variety of courses at a number of Spanish universities.
Volker Schlöndorff is a German director and screenwriter. He studied filmmaking in Paris and worked for ten years in France before he founded his own production company in Berlin in 1973. He won an Oscar as well as the "Golden Palm" at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival for The Tin Drum, based on the novel by Günter Grass. This film launched his international carrier which continued with many selections at international film festivals such as the Berlin Film Festival for The Handmaid’s Tale (1990) and Legend of Rita (2000) or the Venise Film Festival for Der Unhold (1996). One aspect of Volker Schlöndorff's films is their strong literary inspiration: many of his films are adaptations of famous literary works by Arthur Miller, Günter Grass, Marcel Proust, Michel Tournier, and others. Schlöndorff teaches film and literature at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. His last two films are Calm at Sea (2012), and Diplomacy, a Franco-German historical fiction (2014) adapted from a play of Cyril Gély, which received the "best adaptation" award at the 2015 Césars.
Paolo Sorrentino is an Italian screenwriter and director. He achieved international recognition in 2004 with Le conseguenze dell'amore (The Consequences of Love) which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. L'amico di famiglia (The Family Friend) in 2006 was also nominated for the Palme d’Or. Il Divo, a dramatised biopic of Giulio Andreotti, the controversial Italian politician, won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2008. His English language debut This Must Be The Place was released in 2011. La Grande Belleza, in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, received the Oscar for "Best Foreign Language film" in 2014. His last film, Youth (La Giovinezza), part of the 2015 official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, was released in Italy in May 2015. Critically acclaimed, the film received many awards, notably "best European film", "best director" and "best actor" at the 2015 European Film Awards. Sorrentino is currently shooting a mini-series of 8 episodes entitled The Young Pope (Il Giovane Papa), with Jude Law in the leading role of Pope Pius XIII. It will be broadcast by Sky Atlantic, HBO and Canal+, starting mid-2016.
Hugh Stoddart is a British screenwriter for TV and cinema. His works include To The Lighthouse (Bafta shortlisted as "best single drama"), Remembrance (Grand Prize Taormina and shortlisted for an Evening Standard award for "best screenplay") and We Think the World of You (with Alan Bates and Gary Oldman). The Big Battalions (starring Brian Cox), The Mill on the Floss (with Emily Watson) and Dialogues of the Dead were all broadcast on national television, with the latter winning an RTS "Best Drama" Award. He has written and directed two short films, and his debut feature as writer/director is in development. His first feature film, Waiting for you, co-written with director Charles Garrad, and shot in France and the UK in the summer of 2015, is currently in post-production. Hugh is currently a screenwriting mentor at the London Film School, and, from 2008-2014, was a director of the Authors Licensing & Collecting Society, one of SAA’s British members.
Danis Tanović is a Bosnian film director and screenwriter. Having started studying at the Sarajevo Film Academy, he completed his studies in Brussels following the outbreak of the Yugoslav Wars. After a number of shorts and documentaries, his first feature length fiction film was No Man’s Land (2001) which received international critical acclaim as well as the "best screenplay prize" at the Cannes International Film Festival and the "Best Foreign Language Film" at the Oscars. An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013), received the "Jury Grand Prix" and a "Silver Bear for Best Actor" at the Berlin International Film Festival. His feature film Tigers (2014), an Indian production, was selected in the International film festival of Toronto in 2014 in the Contemporary World Cinema section. In February 2016, he brought to the screen a portion of Bosnian history with Death in Sarajevo (Smrt u Sarajevu), which was awarded the "Silver Bear" at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.
Danis Tanović sat on the Jury at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2003 and was the winner of the 2014 European Union "Media Prize" for his film project What Are You Looking At? He is currently professor of film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.
Bertrand Tavernier is a French screenwriter, director and producer. He started his career as a press agent, fighting for films and directors he believed in. His first film L’horloger de Saint-Paul (The Clockmaker) in 1974 won the "Silver Bear award" at the Berlin Film Festival. He came back to Berlin in 1980 with La mort en direct (Death Watch). Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) was nominated for the "Best Foreign Language Film" Oscar in 1981 and Tavernier won the "Best Director Award" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984 with Un dimanche à la campagne (A Sunday in the Country). His filmography also includes Round Midnight in 1986, La vie et rien d’autre (Life and Nothing But) in 1989, L’appât (The Bait) in 1995, Capitaine Conan in 1996, Ça commence aujourd’hui (All Starts Today) in 1999, Laissez-passer (Safe Conduct) in 2002, Holy Lola in 2004, In The Electric Mist in 2009. La Princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) was selected at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. His last film, Quai d’Orsay, was released in 2013. In 2015, the Venice Film Festival honoured his lifetime contribution to cinema with a "Golden Lion" award. His latest project, A Journey Through French Cinema (Mon voyage dans le cinéma français), a personal documentary telling the story of French cinema from the 1930s to the 1970s, will be released in 2016.
Enrique Urbizu is a Spanish screenwriter and director. He directed his first film Tu novia está loca (Your Girlfriend is Crazy) in 1987 and was praised by the audience and the critic for La Caja 507 (Box 507) in 2002 and La vida mancha in 2003. He adapted Perez-Reverte's novelThe Club Dumas which under the title The Ninth Gate was directed by Roman Polanski in 1999. His last film No habrá paz para los malvados (No Rest for the Wicked) was released in 2011 winning numerous awards in Spain. In 2015 he directed two episodes of the television series Las aventuras del capitan Alatriste. The release of his latest film, 2,014 hijos de puta, is announced for 2017.
He has served as Vice President of the Spanish Film Academy and was the Chair of DAMA between 2006 and June 2014.
Jaco Van Dormael is a Belgian screenwriter and director. He made his feature-length debut in 1991 with Toto le Héros (Toto the Hero) which won the Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival. He came back to Cannes in 1996 with Le huitième jour (The Eighth Day) where his actors won the Best Actor award. His film, Mr. Nobody won two awards at the Venice Film Festival in 2009. The live performance play Kiss and Cry, combining dance and cinema, is touring the world. His latest film, The Brand New Testament (2015), with Benoît Poelvoorde, was selected at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and received numerous awards in Belgium and across Europe.
Susanna White is a British film and TV director. She attended Oxford University and studied Film and Television production at the University of California. White began her career making documentaries, including The Gypsies Are Coming and Volvo City for the BBC and Channel 4 respectively. Winning a BAFTA nomination for "Best Documentary" in 1996 for The Museum, White turned to drama and in 1997 directed Bicycle Thieves. She returned to the documentary format in 2000 with Tell Me the Truth about Love, which won an Emmy Award nomination. In 2005, she directed the BBC’s acclaimed drama series, Bleak House based on Charles Dickens’ novel. The series won a host of international broadcast awards including the BAFTA. From this success White went on to another highly-regarded drama series Jane Eyre which was equally lauded. In 2007 White directed HBO’s series Generation Kill. In 2010 she directed the family film written by and starring Emma Thompson: Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. She also directed Parade’s End, the critically acclaimed 2012 BBC series. Our Kind of Traitor, a spy thriller adapted from a John Le Carré novel and starring Ewan McGregor and Damian Lewis, will be released in May 2016. Susanna White is currently shooting Woman Walks Ahead, a feature film about the relationship between an American woman and the famous Sioux chief Sitting Bull.
Krzysztof Zanussi is a Polish screenwriter, director and producer for TV and cinema. After graduating in Physics, Philosophy and cinema, Krzysztof Zanussi started his career in the amateur film movement before going on to win numerous festival prizes (at Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Moscow, Chicago, Montreal, Berlin, Tokyo) for films such as The Structure of Crystal (1968), Illumination (1973), Camouflage (1976), Constant Factor (1980), The Year of Quiet Sun (1984), Wherever You Are If You Are (1988), In Full Gallop (1996), Persona Non Grata (2004), and Revisited (2009). His latest film, Foreign Body (2014), was selected at the Chicago International Film Festival (2014) and at the Polish Film Awards (2015).
Krzysztof Zanussi has also worked as a theatre director and chairs the Tor film studio, producer of the films by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Agnieszka Holland and many others. He has lectured at a number of Universities across Europe and in the USA. He is a member of ZAPA, the Polish collective management society for audiovisual authors and producers.