Participant profile: Daniel Schwarz

It’s another call in Germany to find out about screenwriter Daniel Schwarz.

Daniel Schwarz

Daniel Schwarz

Daniel made his first film in 1989, a documentary short about the art of hunting with falcons in Northeastern Turkey, for German Television (ARD/BR). After studies in Turkology, Literature and Film in Florence and Istanbul, he obtained his M.A. at the University of Hamburg in 1995. Subsequently, he studied screenplay writing at the AFI.

He has written, among other screenplays, Süperseks (2004), an ethno-comedy released to great success in German cinemas. Vater Morgana, another comedy, is in post-production and will be released by Warner Bros. in 2010.

He has written several television films, including two 90-minute episodes of the crime series Unter anderen Umständen (ZDF).

In 2004, he was a participant of the European “North By Northwest” screenplay programme. His script Rio Rita (written for the Finnish Director Aki Kaurismäki) was selected and promoted in the European Script Market in Cannes 2005.


Participant profile: David Kavanagh

We’re in Ireland for a late, last swift one with David Kavanagh.

David Kavanagh

David Kavanagh

David Kavanagh is the Executive Officer of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild.

He has been Film Officer of the Irish Arts Council, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Institute, and General Secretary of the European Script Fund.

David is also a board member of the Light House Cinema Exhibition and Distribution Company. He is a board member of the Federation of Scriptwriters in Europe and a member of the Policy Review Group of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds.

He is a member of the Irish Film and Television Academy and the European Film Academy.

Organiser profile: Amélie Clément

Let us find out about one of the powerhouses behind the conference: Amélie Clement.

Amélie Clément

Amélie Clément

Amélie studied History and History of Arts in Paris and Budapest.

She worked for several years in Arts management in France and Belgium, focused mostly in the field of Performing Arts on behalf of European cultural networks.

She now collaborates part-time with the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe.

On the artistic side, she freelances in illustration, comics and graphic design. Recently she and  Rommel Joson, a Filipino comics author, were awarded a grant by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), to create a comic together on the theme of mythologies and children’s school games. Last month they completed a ten-day residency at the Maison des Auteurs in Angoulême, and recorded their progress on their blog.

Participant profile: Daniele Cesarano

We touch down in Italy, to meet screenwriter Daniele Cesarano.

Daniele Cesarano

Daniele Cesarano

Daniele Cesarano began his career as a feature film screenwriter and director, but soon turned to working with television serials: for 6 years he was the head writer of Canale 5’s best-selling crime series Distretto di Polizia (seasons 3 – 5) and RIS Delitti Imperfetti (seasons 1 – 3).

He then adapted for Fox Italia the Argentinian serial Mujeres Asesinas and wrote the six-episode miniseries Il mostro di Firenze (2009).

He is also the co-author of Sky Italia’s Romanzo criminale la serie (season 1 – 2).

Since 2008 Daniele has been president of Società Autori Cinema e Televisione (SACT – the Associated Writers of Cinema and Television).

Participant profile: Fred Breinersdorfer

We land in Germany now, and meet screenwriter and novelist Fred Breinersdorfer.

Fred Breinersdorfer

Fred Breinersdorfer

Fred grew up in Mainz, and studied law and sociology at the universities of Mainz and Tübingen. In 1975 he finished his education with a Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen, and started to practice as an attorney-at-law, specialising in constitutional law and administration law in Stuttgart.

In 1980 Fred published his first crime novel. Others followed. The books (and later also films) with an attorney called Jean Abel as the main character – a guy with a French background – became a remarkable success. Film scripts, theatre plays and short stories came out in the following years. His portfolio now consists of 12 novels, two theatre games and a long row of short stories and four radio plays. Since 1983 he’s also written more than 55 prime time TV movies – many of them award-winning.

Fred was the president of the German Writer’s Association (VS) and he is member of German P.E.N and the Deutsche Filmakademie. In 1994 Fred Breinersdorfer ran for office for the German Federal Parliament as a candidate of the SPD, the party of Willy Brandt. He failed by a narrow margin; fortunately, he says today.

After the elections he dropped his law job (but not his licence) and became a professional writer. His hobbies are painting and running. He finished the Berlin Marathon, the New York City Marathon and in 2004 the Chicago Marathon. He was (among others) awarded with the “German Film Award”, the “Adolph Grimme Preis mit Gold” (the so called German TV Oscar) and nominated for several other prices.

With the movie Sophie Scholl – the final days (2005) Fred had a world success – as writer and co-producer. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and won 16 international awards, including the Berlin Silver Bear, European Film Awards, and German Film Awards.

Participant profile: Lucinda Englehart

It’s over to the UK again, where we are introduced to Lucinda Englehart.

Lucinda Englehart

Lucinda Englehart

Lucinda Englehart is Head of Production at Aramid Capital Partners, the film finance company based in London. Aramid has provided debt finance for more than 35 independent feature films in the last two years including W, In the Loop, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and Cheri.

Prior to joining Aramid, Lucinda produced Turkish feature film My Marlon and Brando. The film won numerous prizes in 2008 including Tribeca and two FIPRESCI awards. She also produced Sea Point Days, a feature documentary by Emmy award-winning South African director Francois Verster, which opened at the Toronto Film Festival in 2008 and is being broadcast in multiple territories. Her other credits include U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, winner of the Golden Bear at the 2005 Berlinale.

In parallel to producing, Lucinda launched an initiative in partnership with luxury brand LVMH that provides an innovative interface between London based financial institutions and the independent film world.

Lucinda graduated at the University of Cambridge with a degree in Social and Political Sciences and an MPhil (Political Science) at the University of Cape Town where she lectured and published a number of academic papers related to film.

Participant profile: Peter Hedges

It’s our final visit to New York, to visit with screenwriter and director Peter Hedges.

Peter Hedges

Peter Hedges

Peter Hedges is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and director.  He made his feature film directorial début with Pieces of April (2003) starring Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, and Derek Luke.  The acclaimed film garnered numerous awards including an Academy Award nomination for Clarkson. Following the film, Variety named Hedges one of 10 Directors to watch. In 2007, Hedges directed and co-wrote Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche.

Hedges’ novel What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was the basis for the 1993 film, which he also wrote.  It starred Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for an Academy Award. Hedges’ second novel, An Ocean in Iowa, was published in 1998 by Hyperion Press. His novels have been published in 15 languages. In March of 2010, his novel, The Heights, will be published by Dutton.

Hedges’ screenplay adaptations include Jane Hamilton’s A Map of the World and Nick Hornby’s About a Boy which received a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination.

Current projects include his adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s Everything Changes for producers Wendy Finerman and Tobey Maguire, and the writing of The Odd Life of Timothy Green for producers Ahmet Zappa and Scott Sanders and Walt Disney Pictures.

A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Hedges founded the Edge Theatre in 1985 along with Mary-Louise Parker and Joe Mantello. Over a three-year period, he wrote and directed 12 works for the company. Hedges’ other plays include Baby Anger (Playwrights Horizons), Good as New (Manhattan Class Company), and Imagining Brad (Circle Repertory), all of which have been published by Dramatists Play Service.

Hedges has taught at Yale University, Bennington College, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has served as a Creative Advisor to the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Millay Colony.

Hedges grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Susan Bruce, and their two children, Simon and Lucas.