March 07, 2022

The fantastic 11: meet the TFL Next squad

Three TFL Next initiatives will highlight the spring and summer of filmmakers and creatives around the world.

As you probably know at this point, two of them - focused on TV Series projects and on comedy feature film projects, both at an early stage of development - welcome applicants until 15th March.

Another TFL Next online workshop – dedicated to feature films – will follow very soon (save the date: call open on 17th March) and that’s why today we want to talk about the amazing team that will be virtually side by side with our participants. In order to work with them, you just need to apply.

Francesca De Lisi (Italy) | Tutor of TV

She graduated in Screenwriting from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in 2011. Since then, she has worked for the most important Italian producers and broadcasters, including Rai, Mediaset, Sky Italia and most recently Netflix. Francesca is also a SeriesLab tutor!

Ivano Fachin (Italy) | Tutor of TV
As a director, Ivano Fachin wrote and directed several award-winning documentaries and short films, he was executive producer, among other movies, of An Officer and a Spy (2019) by Roman Polanski. Currently he is writing a new original crime-action series for Netflix.

Chiara Laudani (Italy) | Tutor of FEATURE FILM

Chiara attended the Holden School Master in narration techniques and took screenplay writing courses at Rai and Mediaset Lab. She works as author, creator and screenplay writer for tv, documentary and features and is aonsultant for Biennale College Venezia, Holden, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and Scuola Volontè. She is also an Alpi Film Lab tutor!

Eilon Ratzkovsky (Israel) | Tutor of COMEDY & TV
Eilon has produced feature films and TV series over the past 25 years, as chief producer and CEO of July August Productions, which he created in 2003; he works as tutor for the Biennale College Cinema and is the head of QUIDDITY, a content company specializing in developing high quality TV dramas for European networks. He is the TFL Next Head of Studies!

Michaela Sabo (Slovakia) | Tutor of TV

Michaela studied theater science at VŠMU (Slovakia), theatre dramaturgy at DAMU (Czech Republic) and script writing at UCLA (USA). Apart from her own work as a freelance writer and creative producer – with five successful TV series already aired - is also working as a pitching and story development trainer.

Ori Sivan (Israel) | Tutor of TV & FEATURE FILM

Ori Sivan is an Israeli screenwriter, director, scrip editor and professor for film studies at Sapir Academic College. In his filmography, one of the most successful works is In Treatment (Be-tipul), where he works as Head Screenwriter, Co-Director & Co- Creator, and that received several awards and nominations.

Maria Solrun (Iceland) | Tutor of COMEDY

Born in Reykjavik, Iceland. Graduated from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). She directed the feature films JARGO and ADAM, which premiered at the Berlinale 2004 and 2018. She has worked as a screenwriter for several film production companies. Since 2006 she has also been working as a film and television fiction consultant for the Icelandic Film Centre.

Leonardo Staglianò (Italy)| Tutor of COMEDY & FEATURE FILM

Leonardo is a writer and story editor, he holds an MA in Philosophy (Università di Firenze), an MA in Techniques of Narration (Scuola Holden), an MFA in Dramatic Writing (Tisch School of the Arts at NYU), and is a Berlinale Talent Campus and TFL alumnus. Currently, he works with Sky Studios Italia and is the Program Coordinator of the International College at Scuola Holden.

Aleksandra Swierk (Poland)| Tutor of COMEDY & FEATURE FILM

Aleksandra is a writer and script consultant and works as a mentor for international development labs such as TorinoFilmLab, Full Circle Lab, Cinekid Script Lab. She is an author of awarded scripts (Mary-go-round, Lilly) and director of Camouflage which has gained awards on international festivals.

Yorgos Tsourgiannis (Greece) | Tutor of COMEDY

Yorgos is an independent film producer and the founder and managing director of the Athens-based production label Horsefly Films. He has been teaching feature film development at the School of Film Studies of the Fine Arts and is regularly working as a script and production consultant, collaborating with a number of European workshops and institutions.

Signe Zeilich-Jensen (Sweden) | Tutor of FEATURE

Signe has been active in children’s film and media since 1990. She is currently international advisor of Meetings on the Bridge and member of the international advisory film board of the Frankfurt Book fair. Signe just concluded her 5 year’s term as a feature film commissioning editor at the Netherlands Film Fund, with a focus on Youth and Family Film. She was a script editor trainee at TFL in 2021.

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