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ESP 2017 Selection Committee

ESP 2017 Selection Committee

by September 24, 2016

Meet the Selection Committee of ESP 2017!


Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic

Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia. From the age of seven she worked as an actress at the theater Marin Drzic in Dubrovnik. Following a period of study in Quebec, Canada, she completed her high school education. In 2009 she earned the master degree in Film and Theater production at the Academy of Fine arts in Zagreb. During her studies she produced several short films that participated at more than seventeen festivals around the world. She worked as producer and production manager for national and international projects. She is currently enrolled in the MFA program in Directing at the Columbia University in NYC. Her thesis film If We Must Die is an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut short story starring Len Cariou and Marianne Plunkett. Antoneta is in post-production of her new film Into The Blue developed through Berlinale short film station and NISI MASA.

Aristotelis Maragkos

Born in 1985 in Athens. After graduating from the department of Architecture in N.T.U.A., Aristotelis decided to continue his studies at the London Film School, completing his MA in Filmmaking. He works as a director and animator of films and advertisements. He has completed several short films that have screened around the world. In 2015 his short animation A PORTRAIT screened at Annecy International Animation FF, Telluride FF and at Krakow FF.

Daria Vlasova

Daria Vlasova was born in 1988 in Moscow. In 2014, she graduated from VGIK (All-State Russian University of Cinematography). She has made over 5 short films most of which were shown in Russian and international festivals. Her short film Freemasons won over 20 awards in Russia, including Special Jury Mention at Kinotavr (Russian National film festival). For the last year, she’s been working on her latest short film MILK, with which she participated in Interforum Berlin 2016 and European Short Pitch 2016. The film is successfully shot and in post-production now.

Eoin Maher

Originally from Dublin, Eoin studied English and Film studies at Trinity before moving to the UK to go to London Film School. His last film has played at over a dozen festivals and  won a Filmmaker at of the Future at Rhode Island International Film Festival. In the past Eoin Maher has worked as a script reader, festival programmer and collaborated with numerous filmmakers on their scripts. He is currently writing his first feature while still making shorts with an interest in LGBT issues.

Franco Dipietro

Franco Dipietro, Italian writer and director, funder of Duel: Film, independent production company fighting in Turin since 2007.  Franco was a participant at European Short Pitch in 2008 with the short project The change, that has been produced and screened at Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique in 2010. Selected for Turin Film Lab in 2009, Berlin Talents in 2013. Franco won Jury Award in Capalbio Film Festival in 2012 with the short Ruggero. Life as a coin, short animation, won Best Animation in Fateme Amama Film Fest, Il Cairo. Chernobyl, his last short movie, won ESP Post Production Award in 2016. Solinas Scriptwriting Prize finalist in 2016.

Gábor Osváth

Born in 1985, Gábor Osváth started his studies at the University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest in 2008, where the first short film he produced (Here I Am) landed at the Cannes Cinéfondation selection. In 2012, he formed the company Filmfabriq which produces documentaries, commercials and of course short films – including Paparazzi, the recently finished European Short Pitch Award-winning short film. In 2013 he also formed Boddah, a so-called ’boutique-company’ with filmmakers Bálint Szimler, Marcell Rév and Réka Bucsi. Boddah’s projects include the music doc Balaton Method (Hungary’s first crowd-funded film project which became 2015’s most-watched documentary in the country), as well as the short animations LOVE (which screened at Berlinale Shorts and SXSW) and Superbia (which debuted in Cannes Semaine de la Critique).

Jérôme Nunes

Jérôme Nunes works and lives in Marseille. Together with three associates, he created the company Films de Force Majeure (France Televisions Emerging Producer award), focusing on international co-productions. He has been working as a script consultant: Pitch Please! (Luxembourg City Film Festival), Disobedient Pitch (Summer Scriptwriting Camp, Bulgaria), Aflam workshop (Rencontres Int. des Cinémas Arabes – CNC, Talents en courts). He co-organises European Short Pitch and its co-production forum. He directed the short film RELAPSE in 2013 (Cinébanlieue, Clermont-Ferrand…).


Koen de Jongh

No one has lost as many screenplay competitions as Koen did, but in over 15 years of writing and trying some accidental successes were bound to be had. As such he was a finalist and/or winner of the Prix Kieslowki (2001, 2002), ‘Oh ce court’ (Brussels SFF 2002, 2003, 2007, Pitch Prize 2010), ‘La vie en vaut le coup’ (Paris, 2004), Cinéscript (Belgium, 2008, 2009), One Take (NisiMasa 2008), ESP (NisiMasa 2009) and a few others. Every single competition was a great experience. This Dutchman currently lives in Paris where he continues to write, translate and help other storytellers.

Kostas Tagalakis

Kostas Tagalakis graduated with a European Master in Audio Visual Management (EMAM) by MEDIA (Rome, Italy) where specialized in Feature Film Funding. Since then he has been a film professional in various key production positions. Currently as a producer his work includes the short film PRAY 2012, the Feature Documentary Me and the Others 2015 and currently completed the short film Helga Ar I Lund 2016 (ESP Alumni 2015).

Marija Fridinovaitė

Marija Fridinovaitė graduated from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Cinema management BA) in 2015. For the past six years Marija has been working in film production, positioning as a production manager, producer, coordinator etc.  In addition, Marija has been working in film festivals VDFF (Vilnius, Lithuania) and FEST (Espinho, Portugal). At the moment Marija is working in NISI MASA (Paris, France) as a coordinator of European Short Pitch 2017 and assistant office manager, and post-producing her last short, directed by Kamilė Milašiūtė, The Mother’s Day, presented at ESP 2016.

Marijana Verhoef

After graduating in Dramaturgy and Creative Writing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Marijana Verhoef moved to Berlin. Her plays premiered i.a. at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Theater Augsburg and Maxim Gorki Theater. Her play Amsterdam will premiere in October 2016 at Mainfranken Theater Würzburg. Next to writing, Verhoef works with diverse storytelling formats, including animation, soundwalks and short documentaries. At the moment she is making her third short documentary for Deutsches Theater Berlin. With Michaela Pnacekova, she is co-writing the TV Series Playgirl. With the director Ognjen Sviličić, Verhoef is co-writing his new feature film. Ekran+ Graduate of Andrzej Wajda Film School in 2015. Story Editor Trainee of TorinoFilmLab in 2016. Alumna of the International Forum program of Theatertreffen 2016.

Ola Jankowska

Ola (1989) is a Polish writer and director working between Poland and the UK. At 17, she won her first professional screenwriting competition. A year later she got into the Polish National Film School in Lodz to study Directing there. She later moved to London, where she graduated in Directing Fiction from the NFTS. She has made close to 10 fiction and documentary shorts which screened at festivals and showcases around the world, winning awards and having been bought by TV channels. She was a Ministry of Culture scholar in 2014 and has participated in programs such as CPH:LAB, European Short Pitch or Torino Film Lab Script&Pitch 2014. She is currently developing her first feature film Anatomia, co-produced by Opus Film (Ida) in Poland and Kometa Films in France. Ola also teaches screenwriting at the Lodz Film School and is involved in a number of social initiatives, which are a big part of her life.

Thelyia Petraki

Thelyia Petraki is a film director, producer and a scriptwriter. She has written and directed short film PRAY 18′ (2012) that travelled to many international film festivals, and a documentary ME AND THE OTHERS 53′ (2015) for the Broadcasting Company “OTE TV”. Recently she has just completed the short film Helga Är I Lund, (ESP 2015) coproduced with Greek Film Centre and funded by See Cinema Network. This is her second time with ESP as a Jury member. Currently she is developing her first Feature film script.

Tom Floyd

Tom was born in Northern Ireland in 1986. He studied film at the University of Kent and screenwriting at the London Film School, and has since written several short films, which have played in festivals around the world. He won the European Short Pitch in 2016 as the writer of the short comedy script Kafka’s Collection of Porn. He is currently developing a feature project with collaborators in London, and working on a new short as director in Northern Ireland. He lives in Belfast.

Wim Vanacker

After studying psychology in Belgium, Wim Vanacker moved to Dublin to work as a psychologist in the field of drug addiction. Three years later, he picked up studying again at EICAR where he made two shorts: Endgame and The Naked leading the Blind. After graduating, he discovered NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema where he became the Head of the Script Department and the Project manager of the MEDIA funded project, European Short Pitch. Recently, he founded Sireal Films, a Brussels based production company where he produced the VAF funded short film empire. As a writer/director, he’s currently developing the short film [ˈsɪə.ri.əl ].