Mentors

Rudy Thauberger

Rudy Thauberger wrote the screenplays for the feature films The Rhino Brothers and Chicago Heights (with Daniel Nearing), as well as the short film Goalie (based on his short story). He has also written teleplays for the SyFy network movies-of-the week Snowmaggedon and The 12 Disasters of Christmas. He is a past winner of the BC Literary Rites short story competition, a finalist in the Canadian National Playwriting Contest, a two-time winner of the Monday Magazine short story contest and has been shortlisted four times in the annual 3-Day Novel Contest. He is the co-creater and writer of the web series Coma State (currently in development) and has worked as a story editor on several films and comic books, most recently the feature film Hogtown. His short story Goalie has been anthologized over twenty times. Currently, he’s working on several film, television and comic book projects, including the upcoming webs series 60 Second Screams. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and works as an instructor at the Vancouver Film School.

Flaminio Zadra

Flaminio is an Italian Producer and Script Doctor/Mentor with quite a peculiar journey. In fact, he has always preferred to work on an international scale rather than just focusing on what his homeland, Italy, had to offer. After a short career as a journalist, in 2001 he moved from Rome to Hamburg where he started to work with director Fatih Akin. In 2004, back in Rome, together with Alberto Fanni and Paolo Colombo, Flaminio founded Dorje Film through which he co-produced several feature films, among which Akin’s The Edge Of Heaven (Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival, 2007), Soul Kitchen (Special Jury prize in Venice Film Festival, 2009), The Cut (2014), In the fade (Golden Globe, 2017) and Julie Bertucelli’s The Tree (2010). Flaminio extended his collaboration to a wide number of filmmakers such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jia Zhangke and Jafar Panahi. In 2018 he came back to Italy to join Moliwood Films, a young Italian film and television production company founded by Pilar Saavedra Perrotta. Together they’re currently co-producing The Story of My Wife, starring Léa Seydoux and directed by Ildikó Enyedi (Golden Bear 2017 for On body and Soul). Flaminio is also a mentor and script Doctor at Biennale College Cinema, at Torino Film Lab and at the Scuola Holden.

Heidrun Schleef

Heidrun Schleef Born in Germany and having lived in NY until the mid eighties, Heidrun is one of the leading screenwriters in Italy over the past decades, having worked primarily on auteur films with some of the nation’s most prominent directors on award winning movies. Among the filmmakers she has collaborated with are Mimmo Calopresti, Nanni Moretti, Roberta Torre, Michele Soavi, Gabriele Muccino, Michele Placido and many others, writing both original stories and screenplays for and with them. She has won many awards, including two Nastri d’Argento: Best Screenplay for “Ricordati di Me” (Muccino) and Best Original Story for “La Parola Amore Esiste” (Calopresti). Her long list of produced film credits as screenwriter also include award winning films at Cannes and other prestigious international festivals, including “La Stanza del FIglio” (Moretti), “Un Viaggio Chiamato Amore” (Placido), “La Felicita’ Non Costa Niente” (Calopresti), “Il Caimano” (Moretti), “Mare Nero” (Torre), “L’uomo di Vetro” (Stefano Incerti), and “Come Il Vento” (Puccioni). Heidrun has also been a distinguished professor of screenwriting at the Centro Sperimentale, the Italian national film school.

Bryan Delaney

Bryan is a playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg. From 2010 – 2014 he ran the New Playwrights Programm at The Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre.

His TV pilot Jordan (co-written with Daniel Dowling) was one of the winning scripts in the 2015 BAFTA Rocliffe TV Drama Competition and was selected for the BAFTA Forum List. He was a winner of the 2013 BBC Writers-room open submissions competition to develop new TV drama/comedy for the BBC in London. He is the recipient of the 2014 Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award in conjunction with the Aspen Institute. Plays include The Seedbed (nominated for L. Arnold Weissberger Award; finalist Verity Bargate Award; public reading Manhattan Theatre Club, 2014, scheduled for production at New Jersey Repertory Theatre, 2015); The Onion Game (selected from 2,800 scripts as a BBC Writers-room winner (above); public readings at New York Stage and Film and the Vineyard Theatre off-Broadway); The Cobbler (Irish Classical Theatre: Katherine Cornell Award; joint winner 16th International Playwriting Competition); Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer (translation of Michel Tremblay’s play, Rough Magic, Dublin), The Bohemians (Carnegie Hall, New York), Stretching Larry (Theatre Upstairs, Dublin). He is co-writer (with Catherine Eaton) of the feature film, LIV, (shortlisted for Sundance Screenwriters Lab) currently touring festivals all over the world. He was a script consultant and a member of the creative team behind We Need to Talk About Ireland – a contemporary reflection on Ireland that was broadcast around the world on St. Patrick’s Day, 2014. He was invited to give a master class on storytelling at the Future of Storytelling Summit in New York in 2014 and was an Aspen Scholar at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. Other awards include two playwright’s bursaries from The Peggy Ramsay Foundation and two travel awards and an artist’s bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland. In 2006 he was awarded the Samuel Beckett Centenary International Writer’s Residency at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris. He also teaches advanced playwriting and screenwriting at University of Pennsylvania and playwriting at Harvard Summer School and is an invited guest of the 2015 New Play Festival at the University of Iowa. He is represented by Gersh.