Participant profile: Marcílio Moraes

We’re just in time to meet with Brazilian writer Marcílio Moraes.

Marcilio Moraes

Marcilio Moraes

Marcílio was born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and writes short stories, novels and screenplays for television.

He has written for famous Brazilian soap operas (known as telenovels) like Roque Santeiro, Noivas de Copabacana, Mandala, and Roda de Fogo among others.

Recently he has written for the television series Vidas Opostas (2006 – 2007) and the sixteen-episode crime drama Lei e o Crime (2009).

He is also the President of the Associação dos Roteiristas (Screen Writers Guild).

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Participant profile: Alexandros Nterpoulis

In Greece we can meet author, scriptwriter, playwright, and columnist Alexandros Nterpoulis.

Alexandros Nterpoulis

Alexandros Nterpoulis

Alexandros was born in Athens, studied Archaeology & History of Art at the School of Classical Studies in the University of Athens, and followed it with post-graduate studies on Creative Writing in the University of Western Macedonia.

He’s taken acting and script writing at Vassilis Diamantopoulos Drama Studio, and has attended many creative writing and scriptwriting seminars and workshops worldwide (Euroscript, Arista, L.S.W, M.F.I, microFilm, Goldsmith,Children television programs and mass media).

Alexandros has written two novels: Under the shandow of two towers (Ellinika Grammata in 2000, and translated into Italian as All’ ombra delle torri, published by Crocetti in 2006) and The island beneath the mist, (Kastaniotis, May 2010).

He’s written the short film, ‘A Midsummer’s Night’ (1998) directed by Paulina Caranastassi, and scripts for the teleplay Night Train (ET3, 2001), and the comedy series Stand Up You Two (MEGA, 2000-2001) and Dancing With The Zaralikoys (ALTER, 2004).

He’s also written a number of plays and musicals, including Savage Creatures (2000), Surreal Eros (2004), Romeo N’ Juliet, The Day After (2005) and The taste of happiness, which will be produced by 104 Theatre, in Athens during 2010.

As well as this Alexandros has worked as a columnist in the Kastaniotis’ Publications paper pages, written texts for stand-up comedy, runs his own workshop and teaches creative writing.

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: 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.

Participant profile: László Czető Bernát

We continue the day early in Hungary, where we find screenwriter László Czető Bernát.

László Czető Bernát

László Czető Bernát

Or, Czető Bernát László in the Hungarian order: Czető is his pen name, Bernát the family name and László is his first name.

László was born in Budapest, and from 1972 he studied Hungarian Literature and Cultural Anthropology in Budapest University (ELTE). He began teaching screenwriting at Werk Film Academy, Budapest in 2007.

For twenty years he was involved in the Hungarian state-owned television, MTV as script editor, senior script editor, president of the Trade Union and creative manager. He represented Hungarian TV at EBU and One World Groupe of Broadcasters in the nineties. He’s also worked for theatre and film. He’s completed adaptations from classical Hungarian novels, short novels, and dramas.

He started to write in the mid-eighties, starting with several TV-plays, films, drama-adaptations, serials and series, theoretical essays, and short novels. His script, Rosszfiúk (Badboys, 1999) won the Hartley-Merrill International Prize in 1997.

After leaving MTV in 1998 László became the writer and script-editor for a daily soap opera titled Barátok közt (Among Friends). Since 2000 he has worked as a screenwriter for film and television.

Now László is the head writer of DUNA TV’s sitcom, Állomás (Train station): its second season is broadcasting currently, and its third season is in development.

Participant profile: Panos Iossifelis

We arrive in Greece to meet screenwriter Panos Iossifelis.

Panos Iossifelis

Panos Iossifelis

Panos was born in Thessaloniki, and has a B.A in History (Ioannina University) and a diploma in Journalism (E.K.E.S school).

He has written scripts for several award-winning short films. ‘Prostasia‘ (2005) won the 1st Greek State Award for Best Short Film and ‘Narkes‘ (2007) won Best short Film Award in 1st Greek Film Festival in Los Angeles. Also, ‘Cheap dayz’ (2004), ‘Prostasia’ and ‘Moni Seira Margaritaria’ (2006) won the Film Critics Guild of Greece prize for Best Short Film.

His feature film scripts Kanenas (director C. Nikoleris), Live Better (director V. Kehagias) and I epanastasi tou penthous (director V. Grigoropoulos) are being funded by the Greek Film Centre and E.R.T (Greek Radio Television), and are currently in pre- production.

Since 2004 Panos has worked as a professional scriptwriter in Greek television. He wrote the drama series Agria Pedia and participated in the writing rooms of the series 3os Nomos, Se eida, 10 Entoli and Adrenaline.

He is the author of the children books To trigono pou egine paramithi (Kapani, 1996) and To paramithi pou den einai (Domos, 2001), as well as the short story collection, Skoupidia (Enteuktirio, 1999).

Since 2005 he has been teaching screenwriting at the School of Film Studies in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2005 became a member of the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece.

Participant profile: Dinos Giotis

It’s to Greece, before the conference, to meet screenwriter Dinos Giotis.

Dinos Giotis

Dinos Giotis

Currently Dinos is the President of ΕΝΩΣΗ ΣΕΝΑΡΙΟΓΡΑΦΩΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ – ESE (the Scriptwriters’ Guild of Greece). He has also served as Vice President (2007-09) and as General Secretary (2005-07) of the Guild.  Since 1992 he’s been a member of the Periodical Electronic Press Union.

He studied Journalism, and Screenwriting at the Athens University (BA) and Direction at Colleges in Athens.

He had been writing articles in newspapers and magazines since 1986, and in 2005 he began editing the free press magazine Arta Press.

Dinos has written two novels, E-mail, Patakis Publishing house, 2001 and The recognition of Maximus Rodomanos, Metaixmio Publishing house, 2004, as well as a collection of short stories, Coctail Molotof, Kochlias Publishing house, 2002.

He’s written the script of Love Knot (Eleftheri Katadissi), an original feature film directed by G. Panoussopoulos, 1995, as well as E-mail, which is an adaptation of his novel, directed by Markos Holevas, 2001. In 2003 he wrote and directed the short film ‘The little ship’. He’s also worked as the researcher and scriptwriter of the SKAI TV documentary Eleftherios Venizelos (2009)

Dinos had been teaching screenwriting at the School of Film Studies in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2008-09),  as well as at the college IEK DOMI (2006-09), Athens.