UGC Writers Campus - Participants
Project: The Beat
Noy is a screenwriter and documentarist based in Israel. His docu-crime series The Youth Club case was broadcasted in Keshet TV channel. He is a screenwriter for the third season of Baker and the Beauty romantic comedy. He is currently the second program editor in a new docu-series in production for The Israeli national channel Kan 11, and he's also engaged in many other projects. Noy grew up in a family fully involved in the theater business, and for that, he writes, acts and creates since childhood. Noy is a screenwriting graduate of ‘Sam Spiegel Film and Television School of Jerusalem.
Abdul is a London-based writer, born to Nigerian parents. His first short he wrote, Shades was produced by BAFTA nominated production company, Luti Media. He made his directorial debut with the short film he also wrote and produced, Guardians, which was premiered at the World Animation Celebration Festival at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. He then wrote and directed the short film, Five Times that stars the lead actor of the BAFTA nominated, I Am Nasrine, Shiraz Haq. The latest film he wrote and directed is a drama called, The Tollbooth, which is in post-production. He is currently developing his own original TV series.
After graduating from INSAS school in scriptwriting in 2017, Étienne started working on various projects between France and Belgium. On the series side, he is a writer for the animation series Alice & Lewis (broadcast by TF1) and for Gangsystem, co-created with Elvire Muñoz, alongside his participation in the International Course for TV Series Screenwriting (FIEST). On the side of cinema, he works on his first short film as a writer/director produced by Mezzanine Films. He will also be part of Cannes Storytelling Institute’s program with his long-feature film Végéburger.
FRANCESCA DE LISI
Project: The Demon Within
Francesca attended Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and graduated in Screenwriting in 2010. Since then she has worked for the most important Italian tv producers and broadcasters.
Lately she’s been both working on broad audience projects for Rai (Nero a metà; Una pallottola nel cuore, both procedural detective shows), and on more niche Sky ones (like The Vault a deep-space series currently in development).
Project: The Demon Within
Graduated at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Dario Bonamin is a professional screenwriter based in Rome. He has been working for the main Italian broadcasters as Rai (Una pallottola nel cuore 3) Mediaset (Benvenuti a Tavola 2) and Sky. In 2010 he won a special mention at Premio Solinas for the script Tutto Sommato Bene.
He is currently one of the head writer of The Vault, a deep space series, under development for Indigo and Sky Italia.
JULIE ANNA GRIGNON
Julie Anna Grignon graduated from the series TV department of La FEMIS in 2015. During the program she created Hashtag, a 26’ comedy show and the next year the pilot was shot. For the past year she has written several episodes for the popular french shows Cherif and L’Art du Crime (France 2). She also wrote one episode of the Youtube Premium series Les Emmerdeurs. She is currently working in the writers room of Balthazar, the new TF1 hit show. Alongside writing for television she is also working on a comedy podcast for film lovers called 2 Heures de Perdues.
Project : Starman
Ivan is a film editor and screenwriter based in Serbia. He works in TV, animation and VR. As the winner of 2017’s HBO First Draft Competition, he’s currently developing the TV series The Island with HBO Europe.
The Sam Spiegel Film School
Rashel Konstantinchenko, 27 years old. Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, to a physicist mother and a screenwriter father. At age 7, Rashel moved to Israel with her brother and parents and settled in the city of Haifa. After finishing high school and her military service, she moved to London for a short period of time. When returning to Israel, she started studying Arts and Writing in Tel- Aviv. After being exposed to courses in the Cinema field, she decided to focus on screenwriting. In 2016, Rashel was accepted into The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School for the Screenwriters Program and also started to work in Israel's leading news organisation. In 2018, Rashel graduated from film school and won the Avraham Heffner prize for the best written TV series.
Writer/Director. Studied film at Raindance Institute in London and has since worked in various film production houses and broadcast corporations in Cyprus since 2006. Currently developing a mini series based on his short film, The Midnight Shift. The concept was part of the Midpoint TV Launch 2017 program and was awarded the HBO Award in Sarajevo Film Festival. In April 2018 he joined the inaugural Canneseries Institute and became part of the first alumni. Despite his Greek heritage, he hates olives with a passion…
Project: The Fix
Christian was born in England and grew up in New Zealand and Denmark. He graduated in Screenwriting from The Danish Film School in 2011. He wrote the Oscar winning short film Helium in 2014. He has written for the crime show Dicte in 2015 (Denmark TV2), He storylined six episodes (and wrote 3) of Follow The Money by Jeppe Gjervig Gram for DR. His feature Sticks And Stones premiered at Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, CPH Pix and BFI London Film Festival. Has just written 2 episodes of Adam Price’s (Borgen) 6 part Netflix show Ragnarok.
Fabrizio graduated from University College Dublin in Ireland, with a BA in Sociology and Politics. After college, he worked as a television news reporter and as an executive producer on highprofile sport events for RAI, Sky Italia and Mediaset. He went on to further hone his production skills at the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory of Los Angeles in 2013.
To date, Fabrizio has produced a dozen short films. Most recently, he wrote a drama series about women in Cosa Nostra, which is now in active development. Fabrizio will serve as a writing EP on the show.
Project: Embrace The Base
Audrey O’Reilly’s short films have screened in festivals from Aspen to Edinburgh to Cannes. In Loving Memory’ won the Prix du Public at the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival while Clare Sa Speir has been taught on the national school syllabus for the last 15 years. Meanwhile Teenage Cics, a six-part tv drama series she co-wrote and directed for TG4 was voted one of its top three dramas ever. She has also developed screenplays with directors such as Jim Sheridan and Billy August.
Project: Smokey Eyes
Małgorzata Piłacińska is a scriptwriter based in Poland. She graduated from journalism and used to be an author of numerous reportages and interviews in lifestyle magazines.
Her debut feature film script I Miss You took part in the competition for the Krzysztof Kieślowski Scripteast Award during the 2013 Cannes IFF. Her pitching of mini-series project Smokey Eyes was awarded with a special prize in Odessa IFF in 2018. Currently she is working on her feature film script Sara’s Bungalow that will be pitched on New Horizons IFF in Wrocław this year.
FRANCESCO NICOLA RENDA
Project: Left Behind
Born in Turin 1991, he graduated in dramaturgy of tv-series at Scuola Holden Storytelling&Performing Arts. Since then, he has been working as a junior editor for a glocal driven production company based in Rome. Also, he worked as a screenwriter with directors such as Stefano Lodovichi, Pippo Mezzapesa and Lorenzo Sportiello. He is currently developing a miniseries on the Italian royal family - The King’s Heir - that has been presented at Venice Production Bridge 2018.
Project: Taking Flight
Conservatoire Européen d’Ecriture Audiovisuelle
Magali Rossitto gratuated from the CEEA in 2015. She then co-wrote Alpha School (an animation TV Serie, laureate of the bourse SACD-Gobelin) and developed several tv shows with different production companies, including Love My TV, Mademoiselle Film and Making Prod. She has worked on TF1 series Tommorow is ours.
She is currently developing two science-fiction tv shows with Frenchkiss Pictures and Itinéraire Productions and writing a film for director Xavier Gens.
Project: To The Moon And Back
Hagit Saad is an Israeli writer/director. She studied film at Camera Obscura School of Arts and then moved to L.A. to complete the MFA Directing Program at AFI (American Film Institute). Her short film, Foreign Body, screened at The Palm Springs Intl. Film Fest. After returning to Israel, Hagit worked as a screenwriter on various TV shows and developed several pilots. She also pursued development experience, working as a reader and story editor for Yediot Books Publishing House. Hagit is working now on her first feature film, Still, which got developed with the support of Rabinovich Film Fund.
Project: To The Moon And Back
Lilach Barnea was a well-known Israeli radio DJ and radio talk show host for many years. She wrote a bit about pop culture for several newspapers, hosted and acted briefly on TV, and is now a part of a performance group she co-founded, a voice narrator and a writer.
Her BA is in psychology. In 2016 she got her MFA in film and TV screenwriting at Tel-Aviv university. Since then she’s been developing film & TV screenplays of her own, as well as happily collaborating with others.
Project: Dubai on Thames
London Film School
Kaamil is a writer for film and television and a graduate of both the London Film School and Cambridge University. He wrote and directed his first short THE COLOUR OF MILK in 2018, now playing internationally at Festivals, and was part of a writer’s room for CBBC sketch show CLASS DISMISSED. He also wrote MOHEEZ MEANS BUSINESS, produced by the BBC Asian Network and BBC Writersroom. Kaamil won the So You Think You Can Pitch competition at Watersprite Film Festival 2016 and his short film script was selected for the Script Lab at Watersprite the following year. Kaamil is currently developing his first comedy pilot, COUNT ABDULLA, a drama pilot and multiple feature film screenplays. His passion is for telling stories about the Pakistani and Indian diaspora through new and innovative modes of storytelling.
Isaac is a writer/director with 150+ million YouTube views. In 2015 his video Show Me Love received a Screen Nation Award nomination and came 2nd on Promo News most viewed (behind Beyoncé). In 2017, after completing a writing scheme at BFI, companies including eOne, Lionsgate, CH4, read his script SICXTEEN and praised it for originality, vision, diversity, voice, and compelling female leads. In 2018 his original pilot script AFTERS was longlisted in the top 4% of BBC drama writersroom, placing him on their promising writers list 2019. He is now developing a series for Gunpowder & Sky.
EMMA TYBIRK LE MARC
Project: The Twelve Labours of Helga
Emma is a French/Danish screenwriter. She was an episode writer for Zentropa’s Vitello TV-series, adapted from popular children’s books by Kim Fupz Aakeson, and a co-writer on the children’s movie by the same name. She studied screenwriting at UCLA’s MFA program, and has a bachelor’s in film studies from the Panthéon-Sorbonne university in Paris. She is currently developing TV drama and children’s fiction for the French and Danish market.