Organiser profile: Christina Kallas

This is the first in our profiles spotlighting members of the two groups organising the World Conference of Screenwriters: the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG).

Christina Kallas has been president of the FSE since January 2006.

President of the FSE: Christina Kallas

Christina Kallas

Christina was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, and completed her Ph.D. on the subject of European co-productions at the Berlin University. She’s a writer-producer, member of the European Film Academy, the German Film Academy, and founder and artistic director of the Balkan Fund (since 2003).

She was a member of the Board of the German Screenwriters Guild from 2004 – 2009 and is the commissary for international affairs of the Guild since 2006. In November 2006, as President of the FSE, Christina initiated the First Conference of European Screenwriters, which was hosted by the Balkan Fund of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung and the FFA. It produced the much-discussed and acclaimed European Screenwriters’ Manifesto.

She was a member and then the chair of the commission for the financing of script development of the German Federal Film Board (FFA) from 2003 to 2008, and from 2006 to 2008 a member of the commission for the financing of film production.

Christina has taught screenwriting since 1998 at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, at the International Film School in Cologne and at the Scuola Holden per le Techniche Narrative in Torino. Currently, she is associate professor at the Cinema Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (since 2007).

Credits as writer and/or producer include feature films I.D., which was in the international competition of the Thessaloniki International Film festival in 1994, Liebe Lügen (Love Lies), which won the First Film Award at the Munich film Festival in 1997, The Commissioner, starring John Hurt and Armin Mueller-Stahl, which was in the official competition of the Berlin Film festival in 1998, the TV movies Männer sind wie Schokolade (ARD, 1999) and Holland (in pre-production, 2010), the Best German TV-awarded series Edel & Starck (2001 – 2003) as well as the TV series Danni Lowinsky (Sat1, 2009-2010).

She is currently producing the feature film Like a Baby, written and directed by Milcho Manchevski (release date: 2010).

Christina is the author of five books: European Co-Productions in Film and Television (Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden 1992), Screenplay: The Art of Invention and Narration in Cinema (Nefeli, Athens 2006), Creative Screenwriting (uvk, Konstanz 2007), Bio/pic or The Lives of the Few (Patakis, Athens 2009) and Creative Screenwriting. Understanding Emotional Structure (Palgrave, London/New York, 2009).