Participant profile: Lars Boom

We leave Greece temporarily to travel to the Netherlands to meet Lars Boom.

Lars Boom

Lars Boom

Lars Boom has been writing since 1990 for television, film and theatre.

In theatre he has written musical plays like the award-winning In the shadow of Brel (about Jacques Brel through the eyes of his driver and friend Jojo) and two libretti for opera: Van Gilse and Slauerhoff, the Dutch poet.

Lars has also written about 100 episodes for comedy serials such as: Zeg ‘ns Aaa, Oppassen, Victorie, Sam Sam, Flodder, Bradaz and Sprint; drama and police serials Westenwind, DOK 12 en Baantjer; and a variety of drama formats for companies like Eyeworks and Endemol.

His feature film screenplays include Frans, a man with mental damage who runs away with his favourite pig because of the swine flu, and Rikshawboy, a romantic comedy about a Rikshawboy from India who becomes a cyclist in The Netherlands.

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Day one: overview

SGC–SGIDay one of the conference is now over. It’s been a long day, with lively debates about the state of the film and television industries, the advent of new media, and prognostications about their future(s).

At times people became passionate about the subject, which is a good reaction, because this is something in which we are invested: artistically for some, and commercially for others. And, as always, the clash happens when the two worlds of creativity and finance collide.

Hopefully, tomorrow we can engage further on the topics and explore solutions.

The conference twitter hashtag is #wcos and the twitter stream can be followed here live. Several of the participants have been posting their thoughts on the panels, and you can expect more tomorrow.

Participant profile: Francesco Ranieri Martinotti

On the eve of the conference it’s time to meet Italian film director Francesco Ranieri Martinotti.

Francesco Ranieri Martinotti

Francesco Ranieri Martinotti

Francesco is a film director, an independent producer and recently the director of Festivals such as France Odeon in Florence.

He started in the industry in the ‘90s and with his production company Iterfilm, and its films quickly won several awards, such as two David di Donatello, a Nastro d’Argento, the Prix du Jury at Montreal and the Prix du Publique at the Annecy Festival. His first feature film Abissinia (1993) also participated at the Cannes Film Festival and at the Sundance Film Festival.

His other films include Downdelions (1990), Artichokes will grow in Mimongo as writer and co-director with Fulvio Ottaviano (1997), Gills (1999), Ti lascio perché ti amo troppo (2007), and La seconda volta non si scorda mai (2008)

He is an active member of A.N.A.C. (Italian Author’s Guild) and co-founder of Venice Days, the new section of the Venice Film Festival.

Participant profile: Stefano Rulli

We jaunt over to Italy, to say ciao to Stefano Rulli.

Stefano Rulli

Stefano Rulli

Stefano was born in Rome, and after graduating in Literature with a thesis on ‘Neorealism and the Cinema Critic’ in 1974, he organised the conference on Neorealism at the Mostra del Nuovo Cinema in Pesaro.  He wrote the book Polanski and began to contribute to the magazines Ombre rosse, Scena, Quaderni Piacentini, Essai, and Cinemasessanta, with articles about emerging cinematographies: Schlondorff and the New German Cinema; Bacso and the Hungarian Cinema;  Wajda and the third Polish generation.

With the essay ‘Perrault: alla ricerca del paese perduto’ on Canadian Direct Cinema he developed a theoretical reflection which lead him to direct documentaries.

He has worked as a script developer at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and for European MEDIA programs.

Stefano has written many movies, among them: Meri per sempre, Il Portaborse, Muro di Gomma. Ladro di bambini, Arriva la bufera, Il toro, La scuola, Pasolini: un delitto italiano, La tregua,  I piccoli maestri, La meglio gioventù, Romanzo Criminale, and Mio fratello è figlio unico.

For television, he has written the series La piovra (seasons 3, 4, 5, 6), Don Milani, La vita che verràCome l’America, Perlasca, and Cefalonia.

He has directed a number of documentaries, including Matti da slegare, La macchina cinema, Il pane e le mele, Settecamini a Roma, Lunario d’inverno, and Un silenzio particolare.

Participant profile: Eylem Kaftan

It’s over to Turkey now to meet screenwriter Eylem Kaftan.

Eylem Kaftan

Eylem Kaftan

Eylem was born in Turkey, she completed a B.A. in Philosophy at Bogazici University in Istanbul and a Masters degree in Cinema at York University in 2002. At York University, she worked as a teaching assistant and wrote her thesis on the identity crisis in post-1980 Turkish cinema.

Her first short fiction film called ‘A Swan Story’ was featured at the International Women’s Film Festival in Ankara in 1999. Her first documentary, Faultlines (2002), investigates the aftermath of the earthquake which hit Turkey in 1999. It won Best Short Film and the Jury Prize at the Planet Indie Film Festival in Toronto in that year.

Eylem then wrote and directed Vendetta Song (2005) produced with  DLI Productions in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada. This gripping hour long documentary about her personal journey into the honour-killing of her aunt in a small Kurdish village in Turkey was broadcast on Vision TV and Télé-Québec in Canada and has received several awards including CIDA Prize for Best Canadian Documentary on International Development at Hot Docs; the Quebec Film Critics Association Award for Best Medium Length Documentary; Best Documentary, Calgary International festival and Best Documentary, Female Eye Film Festival. The film also won the 3rd prize at the International Women’s film festival in Torino, Italy.

Her third documentary Bledi, This is Our Home (2006) tells the story of the non-status Algerians and their struggle to remain in Canada. The film is made for the Quebec broadcaster Télé-Québec and premiered at the International documentary festival in Istanbul.

Eylem has contributed to several documentaries on social and political issues ranging from immigration and women’s rights to mental illness and culture shock. She also collaborated on the award winning short fiction films of Turtle Productions. Eylem is presently working on her new documentary on Kurdish youth and developing a script for a feature length fiction film called My Secret Heart.

Participant profile: Tilman Scheel

In Germany we find out more about the Managing Director of Reelport GmbH, Tilman Scheel.

Tilman Scheel

Tilman Scheel

Tilman was born in Hanover, and studied art history and law in Hamburg and Berlin. In 2001 Tilman became a lawyer with Arthur Andersen and Ernst&Young consultants, his areas of expertise being company and media law.

In July 2004 he developed reelport, an online film submission platform for festivals like Oberhausen and Tampere. In 2005 Tilman founded the reelport GmbH as an independent company. By now 15,000 film makers have uploaded more than 20,000 films to 60+ festivals from Korea to Finland and from Ecuador to Italy.

In 2008 Tilman created Europe’s Finest with the support of MEDIA. Europe’s Finest has by now acquired the Pan-European rights to more than 50 film classics and a dozen current Cannes and Berlin participants, digitised them in 2k DCI cinema format and is offering them to the digital theatres across Europe.

Tilman loves Film, Tango Argentino, Mark Rothko and Tafelspitz.

Participant profile: Jochen Greve

In Germany, we meet screenwriter Jochen Greve.

Jochen Greve

Jochen Greve

Jochen was born in Bielefeld, Germany, and studied Communication Studies, Theatre Studies and History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (MA). He worked as an assistant director, cameraman, editor, location manager as well as a production manager and producer for various academic films and television movies.

Since the mid 1980s he worked as an advertisement writer. At the 36th International Advertising Film Festival in Cannes he was awarded the Silver Lion for his TV spot ‘Electricity’. Since the early 1990s he has concentrated on writing just for television and cinema. He received three German TV awards for Trickser.

He has written several popular and critically-acclaimed television movies as well as television series. His specialities are psychological and crime thrillers as well as intimate plays.

Since 2008 he’s been a member of the Administrative Board of the collecting society VG Wort, and since 2009 he’s been a member of the Board of the Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (Screenwriters’ Guild of Germany).