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ESP 2015 tutors

by January 12, 2015

Meet the tutors for this year’s edition of the European Short Pitch.

marie dubasMarie Dubas

Marie Dubas produced 15 short films between 2008 and 2012, most notably A PRIVATE LESSON by Raphaël Chevènement (2008, nominated to French Academy Awards) and A SENSE OF
DIRECTION by Fabien Gorgeart (2012, Clermont-Ferrand Special Jury Award).
From 2010 to 2012, she worked with Jean des Forêts for Petit Film, a French production company where she produced Neïl Beloufa’s first feature film, TONIGHT AND THE PEOPLE (Rotterdam IFFR 2014) and took part in the production of debut features such as LEONES by Jazmin Lopez (Venice Orizzonti 2012) as well as 40 DAYS OF SILENCE by Saodat Ismaïlova (Berlinale Panorama 2014). In 2014, Marie founded Première Ligne, a production company aimed at developing French and foreign emerging talents, with film projects of any length, taking a strong stance on the social and political issues of our contemporary world.
Marie Dubas is an EAVE 2013 graduate, a Media Development expert and an expert for Basse-
Normandie regional funding.
Nadja DumouchelNadja Dumouchel

Nadja Dumouchel is currently engaged in script consulting for various filmlabs. She is dedicated to the international art house film scene. She studied visual culture in
Brighton, journalism and literature in Berlin and cinema in Valencia.
Nadja worked as a programmer and commissioning editor for ARTEs short film magazine Court-Circuit. She was later hired by the international distribution and production company PREMIUM FILMS in Paris, before going back to ARTE in the feature film section in 2010. She has since then been contributing to the development of international film projects in collaboration with ARTE Germany, working closely with authors and directors on scripts. Until recently, she was also in charge of a short film collection produced every year by the students of Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris (European production master class), as well as of the attached transmedia-project on ARTE CREATIVE. Nadja was trained as a story editor at the Torino Film Lab and has since then been working on scripts from all over the world on a freelance basis as
well as for the NISI MASA workshops European Short Pitch, Groupe Ouest and at Interfilm Festival Berlin. In September 2013 she started giving scriptwriting classes at the Strasbourg University.
She is co-founder of « La Scénaristerie », a development platform for screenwriters to be launched soon in Paris.
Vanja KaludjercicVanja Kaludjercic
Croatia-born festival programmer, who started out working atthe Motovun Film Festival in Croatia and the Slovenian Cinematheque before organizing several festivals and festival sections in Zagreb like the Human Rights Film Festival, the ZagrebDox Pro workshop and the Animafest. After moving to Paris, she was in charge of acquisitions at Coproduction Office
from 2008 to 2010. She managed Paris Project for two years behind the Paris Cinema International Film Festival, while in  2012 She joined Les Arcs European Film Festival as head of Industry. In 2014, with Les Arcs FF team has established a new project market in the French capital called Paris Coproduction Village. Vanja has also been working for HAF – Film and Financing Market in Hong Kong for the past two years. As a programmer, Vanja currently works for CPH:DOX and the Sarajevo Film Festival.



antonio piazzaAntonio Piazza
Antonio Piazza is a Sicilian writer-director. He began his career working as writer and script consultant for a few Italian production companies. In 2004 with Fabio Grassadonia he wrote for Fandango the musical comedy Ogni volta che te ne vai, set in the world of dance halls along the Italian coast of Romagna. He still works as freelance script consultant, collaborating with a few European workshops, such as Berlinale Residency, Locarno Open Doors, POWR Baltic Event, Torino FilmLab, Semaine de la Critique Next Step.
Always with Fabio Grassadonia in 2010 he wrote and directed the short film Rita, their debut as
directors and one of the most successful Italian short films ever, presented in more than one hundred international film festivals winning dozens of awards.
The short film was set in Palermo, where Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia come from and where they also shot Salvo, their first feature film as directors.
Salvo premiered at 2013 Cannes Film Festival, winning both top prizes of La Semaine de la Critique – Grand Prix and Prix Révélation – and getting distribution in around 25 countries around the world, including United States where the film was theatrically released in August 2014. Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia are currently writing their second feature film, a French-German-Italian coproduction again set in Sicily.
Leonardo StaglianoLeonardo Staglianò
Leonardo Staglianò was born in 1978 in Poland but he grew up in Italy. He earned an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Florence, an M.A. in Techniques of Narration from the Scuola Holden in Turin and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. His short stories have been published in various anthologies and literary magazines, including the Italian edition of Granta, and his plays have been staged in Italian theaters like the Teatro Piccolo in Milan and the Teatro dell’Orologio in Rome. He wrote the script for “Yuri Esposito”, a low budget feature film that won the first edition of the Biennale College and debuted at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival. He has collaborated as a story editor with writers, publishing houses and film companies, and he’s a former participant of the European Short Pitch.









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