The OCC supports Mediterranean Screenwriters and cooperates with Faliro House and the Sundance Institute.
Faliro House | Sundance Institute Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop
An international workshop designed to support emerging filmmakers from Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus.
Athens, Greece: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos’ Faliro House Productions (The Founder, The Lobster), in partnership with Sundance Institute, hosted the first 2016 Faliro House | Sundance Institute Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop in Costa Navarino, Greece June 27-30. The workshop is designed to support emerging filmmakers from Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus.
The Workshop is a four-day writer’s intensive that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Greek filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari (Chevalier, Attenberg), initiated the Workshop with Christos, consulted with Sundance Institute and Faliro during project selection and served as a Creative Advisor. Filmmakers Erin Cressida Wilson (Vinyl, The Girl On The Train) and Bill Wheeler (Queen Of Katwe, The Hoax), both veteran Creative Advisors at the Sundance Institute Labs in the U.S.A., led group sessions, alongside one-on-one story meetings with each project, where they were joined by advisors Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) and Tsangari. Fellows had the opportunity to talk with writer/director/actress Julie Delpy about her creative process and attended a Masterclass by writer/director Richard Linklater. They engaged in an artistically rigorous process that offered lessons in craft, a fresh perspective on their work and a platform to fully realize their material. The process for the Workshop is based on the venerable Sundance Institute Screenwriters Labs in the U.S.A., and conceived in collaboration with Wilson and Wheeler.
Christos V. Konstantakopoulos said: “We are enthused to be partnering with Sundance Institute and to be bringing their lab expertise to Greece. We trust the Workshop will serve as a vital springboard for new talent in the Mediterranean region. I thank my co-instigator Athina Tsangari, the Institute’s Michelle Satter, Paul Federbush and Matthew Takata for their trust and friendship and the advisors Erin Cressida Wilson, Bill Wheeler and Ritesh Batra, as well as the fellows, for the hard work that will follow.”
Paul Federbush, International Director for Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program said, “The Faliro House | Sundance Institute Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop is a great opportunity for Sundance Institute to support emerging filmmakers from Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus; and the screenwriting fellows represent a diverse and breathtaking cinematic vision from the region. We are very excited to collaborate with our organizational and creative partners Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Athina Tsangari, who share our mission to support emerging filmmakers, and have provided a stunning venue in Costa Navarino for the workshop. We are also extremely grateful to our wonderful Creative Advisors, Erin Cressida Wilson, Bill Wheeler and Ritesh Batra, for the inspiration and involvement in the workshop.”
The Screenwriting Fellows for the 2016 Faliro House | Sundance Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop are:
GRASSLAND (Greece) / Yianna Dellatolla
Yianna Dellatolla is a filmmaker based in New York and Athens. She has written and directed various short films and works as a film editor for short and feature length narrative and documentary projects. She holds an MFA in filmmaking from Tisch School of the Arts.
SLIP/GLISTRA (Greece) / Isabella Konstantinidou
Born in Athens and raised in Piraeus, Isabella Konstantinidou has worked as assistant director and script supervisor in the Greek film industry and as a translator, dramaturgist and writer for theatrical productions. She has written, directed and produced one indie short film.
TUNES (Greece) / Panos Koronis
Panos Koronis was born in 1968 in Greece to a musical family of Greek-Egyptian immigrants. He began his Film Studies in Athens and continued in London and in Los Angeles, where he worked in commercial production and he was a founding member of the Space Theater, an underground theater group. He is currently based in Athens, where he directs commercials, documentaries, theater.
MY DAUGHTER (Italy) / Laura Bispuri and Francesca Manieri
Laura Bispuri lives and works in Rome. Sworn Virgin, her first feature film, premiered in Competition at the Berlinale in 2015. Since then, the film has been presented and awarded at several prestigious festivals all around the world, including Tribeca Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, International Festival of Krakow.
Francesca Manieri studied screenwriting at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, graduating in 2007. Since then, she has written several features and shorts, collaborating with filmmakers including Laura Bispuri, Massimo Gaudioso, Giuseppe Piccioni, and Daniele Vicari.
RITE OF SPRING (Italy) / Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini
Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini are filmmakers based in Rome. They began their careers as musicians in avant-garde projects, where they also explored technical aspects of audiovisual language. They like to investigate multiple facets of contemporary society in their works, from gender identity to problems of marginalization on the outskirts of large and complex urban centers, such as Rome.
LIBERTAD (Spain) / Clara Roquet
Clara Roquet is a writer and director from Spain. She is the co-writer of the film 10,000 KM (with Director Carlos Marques), has recently written for director Jaime Rosales and is currently adapting the novel This Too Shall Pass with Daniel Burman. Her short film, “El Adiós”, about a Bolivian caregiver, premiered at TIFF and was acquired by HBO. She is a graduate of Columbia University.
DRY GROUND BURNING (Portugal) / Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós
JOANA PIMENTA is a filmmaker and writer from Lisbon, Portugal, currently based in the United States. Her work has been screened at the New York Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Indielisboa, Mar del Plata, among other venues. She teaches in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and in the BFA program in Film at Rutgers University, and is a fellow at the Film Study Center and the Sensory Ethnography Lab.
ADIRLEY QUEIRÓS studied film at the Unb (Universidade de Brasília), and lives in CEILÂNDIA, a periphery of Brasilia, since 1978. A former professional soccer player, Adirley has written, directed and produced both short and feature-length films. His most recent feature, White Out Black In, has received more than twenty awards in Brazil and abroad, and was screened in the Viennale, Lincoln Center, Ficunam, Rotterdam, among other venues.
PATRICK (Portugal) / Gonçalo Waddington and João Leitão
Gonçalo Waddington is an actor, director and writer, for film, theater and television. Patrick will be Waddington’s first feature film.
João Leitão has created the production company, Individeos, 10 years ago, where he has been producer, scriptwriter and director of tv series and short films. Last year Leitão released his first feature film Capitão Falcão (Gonçalo Waddington is the main character), that premiered at IndieLisboa International Film Festival .
About Faliro House
Faliro House was founded in 2008 by Christos V. Konstantakopoulos and has since produced and co-produced more than 40 films, including The Founder by John Lee Hancock, Little Men by Ira Sachs, Midnight Special by Jeff Nichols, Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari, The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos, Before Midnight by Richard Linklater, Stratos by Yannis Economides, Miss Violence by Alexandros Avranas and Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch. Upcoming projects include The Names by Alex Ross Perry, based on the book by Don DeLillo, Voyage Of Time by Terrence Malick, Park by Sofia Exarchou, The Tunnels by Paul Greengrass, Membrane by Yannis Veslemes, Stranger Here Myself written by Emma Doxiadi, Pity by Babis Makridis, Ballad For A Pierced Heart by Yannis Economides and Love Me Not by Alexandros Avranas.
About Sundance Institute
Sundance Institute is a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Through its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover and support independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe.
Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Whiplash, Fruitvale Station, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, I Am My Own Wife, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America.