Karen Benainous

Editor

Karen Benainous studied editing at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion. During her Master’s degree at the Université Paris 8, she questioned the various cinematic forms of memory in documentaries. She has been editing features since 2011. Her filmography includes Emmanuel Gras’ Bovines, Emilie Brisavoine’s Oh La La Pauline!, Emmanuel Gras’ Makala, which won the 2017 Nespresso Grand Prize at La Semaine de la Critique, and Guillaume Brac’s Treasure Island. She is currently editing Emmanuel Gras’ next film about the French Yellow Vests movement.

Matthieu Darras

Script consultant

Matthieu Darras leads and has created several programs of film/talent development and consultancy, active worldwide: The First Cut Lab, the Pop Up Film Residency, and the Full Circle Lab. Previously, he founded & directed the European Network of Young Cinema NISI MASA, wrote for the film magazine Positiffor fifteen years, and was the artistic director of the TorinoFilmLab until 2018. Matthieu Darras has been working for major film festivals in Europe: as member of the feature film selection committee for Cannes’ La Semaine de la Critique, as consultant for the Venice Film Festival, and as delegate for the San Sebastian Film Festival since 2010. He also directed the Bratislava Film Festival.

Gabrielle Dumon

Producer

Born in 1976 in Marseille, Gabrielle grew up in Sweden and Germany. In 2001, she started working at ACE, a unique European network of producers providing tailor-made funding development support services. Working with top European producers, she acted as an International development consultant and matchmaker for the film industry and a number of festivals. During her 7 years at ACE, she worked with nearly 130 producers on over 400 feature film projects. In 2008, she joined produce Bertrand Faivre at Le Bureau in Paris, where she has acted as development, coproduction and post-production supervisor. Made a partner in 2011, Gabrielle has been developing and producing her own projects for Le Bureau since 2014, such as Tramontane in 2016, selected at the 55th Semaine de la Critique.

Nadja Dumouchel

Scriptwriter

Nadja Dumouchel is currently working as a script consultant for various film labs, such as Next Step,TorinoFilmLab, the South African Realness and European Short Pitch by NISI MASA. She is also working with various filmmakers and producers around the world on the development of their feature films. After writing a documentary series on art history for ARTE, she is now co-writing two fictional feature films. Prior to that, she had been working in feature film development at ARTE and trained as a story editor at TorinoFilmLab. She is co-founder and script consultant at “La Scénaristerie”, a development platform for screenwriters in Paris.

Fabio Grassadonia

Director and scriptwriter

Fabio Grassadonia is a Sicilian writer and director, working with Antonio Piazza in an award-winning filmmaking duo. Their second feature film Sicilian Ghost Story opened the 2017 Semaine de la Critique and secured distribution in many countries. They then won the prestigious Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award, which honours “emerging directors who possess the originality, talent and vision to be celebrated as the future of world cinema”. Sicilian Ghost Story won the Nastro d’Argento for Best Cinematography and for Best Production Design and won several awards in different festivals. At the David di Donatello Awards 2018, the film got four nominations and Fabio and Antonio were given the David di Donatello for the Best Adapted Script. Their first feature film Salvo premiered at the 2013 Semaine de la Critique, winning two prizes, the Nespresso Grand Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award.

Claire Maugendre

Director and scriptwriter

Claire Maugendre is a screenwriter, director and novelist. After studying playwriting and directing at the Université Paris X, which lead her to New York and Berlin, she became Raoul Peck’s assistant. She then cowrote several feature films, including Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms (Golden Bear 2019). In 2016, she won the SACD Award at La Semaine de la Critique along with Davy Chou for the screenplay of Diamond Island, which was screened and received several prizes from various international film festivals. Claire directed several short films (Le Cri de Viola and Phallus Malus). She is currently writing two features, including hers, and her second novel.

Jan Naszewski

Founder of New Europe Film Sales

Jan is the owner of the Warsaw-based boutique world sales company New Europe Film Sales, which sells feature films and shorts. The company’s feature films catalogue includes Rams by Grímur Hákonarson (Un Certain Regard 2015 Main Prize), the 2016 Silver Bear winner United States of Love by Tomasz Wasilewski and many successful films, such as The Here After by Magnus von Horn (Directors’ Fortnight 2015), Summer 1993 by Carla Simon (Best Debut Berlinale 2017), Winter Brothers by Hlynur Pálmason (Locarno 2017) and Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur (A White, White Day), Hlynur Pálmason’s second feature film, selected at the 58th Semaine de la Critique (Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award for actor Ingvar E. Sigurðsson). In 2018, Jan launched NEM Corp – a new production setup together with Ewa Puszczyńska (Oscar-winning producer of Ida and Cold War) and Klaudia Śmieja (producer of Claire Denis’ High Life and Agnieszka Holland’s Mr.Jones) and established New Europe Warsaw Sessions – an annual, exclusive meeting place for new talents and top film executives.

Antonio Piazza

Director and scriptwriter

Antonio Piazza is a Sicilian writer and director, working with Fabio Grassadonia in an award-winning filmmaking duo. Their second feature film Sicilian Ghost Story opened the 2017 Semaine de la Critique and secured distribution in many countries. They then won the prestigious Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award, which honours “emerging directors who possess the originality, talent and vision to be celebrated as the future of world cinema”. Sicilian Ghost Story won the Nastro d’Argento for Best Cinematography and for Best Production Design and won several awards in different festivals. At the David di Donatello Awards 2018 the film got four nominations and Fabio and Antonio were given the David di Donatello for the Best Adapted Script. Their first feature film Salvo premiered at the 2013 Semaine de la Critique, winning two prizes, the Nespresso Grand Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award.