Iulia Rugină

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Iulia Rugină is a Bucharest based director and screenwriter. She has a BA and a MA degree in film and television directing at Bucharest’s National University of Theatre and Film (UNATC). In 2020 she completed a PhD on low budget cinema at the same university. She has written and directed twelve shorts and three feature films, among which Stuck on Christmas (2010), Love Building (2013), Dying from a Wound of Love (2014), Breaking News (2016). In 2018 she made her theatre debut with the multimedia show Neverland, which she wrote and directed. In 2020 she directed six of the eight episodes of the HBO produced series Ruxx. She has just completed her first documentary feature, centered around the Romanian discos during communist times. Since 2009 she is also actively involved in cultural management (through Control N, the cultural NGO she has co-founded), and film education (through the various projects she has participated in, as a film tutor), having worked with amateur filmmakers, children, ethnic minorities, inmates and drug addicts. She is a permanent lecturer at the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest, where she has been teaching screenwriting for over 10 years.

Enrico Vannucci

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Enrico Vannucci works as programmer and member of the selection committee of Pardi di Domani at Locarno Film Festival. As well he works as artistic director of TSFM, which he co-founded in 2016. He has been working in film festival programming teams since 2010 and from 2014 to 2020 he was appointed short film advisor at Venice Film Festival and he was a member of the selection committee at LIM – Less Is More for several years. In the past he has written essays on the short and feature film festival ecosystems and covered major film festivals as a journalist since 2009. In August 2018 together with Carla Vulpiani he co-founded Varicoloured, a holistic short film agency. Since February 2020 he is a board member of Talking Shorts, an online film magazine dedicated to short films. For the outlet he hosts a weekly podcast called Short Talk. At the start of the pandemic in March 2020 he developed the idea of the online fundraising event My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival. In 2021 he became a member of the European Film Academy.

Giovanni Vanoli

“There is not such a thing as good or bad in creative endeavors, only joyful and joyless”

Giovanni Vanoli, Italian, thirty years old, fluent in english. I see creative pursuit not so much as craft, but as a personal journey of development and discovery. The only thing you should write is the thing only you could write. I believe my objective is not to help you write a better script( there is not such a thing), but to find the creative process that will allow you to keep writing joyfully and interestingly.