Tutors

The tutors for Short Films pitching preparation:

Agnieszka Kruk a script-neuron collider that is… scriptwriter, edu¬cator, creator and Creative Director of Script Fiesta, the biggest Polish festival for scriptwriters. Translator of Linda Aroson’s „21st Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow’s Films“. The only certified script coach in Poland. A story consultant working with scriptwriters, novelists and filmmakers. An expert evaluating documen¬tary and feature projects for the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. The founder and head lecturer at StoryLab.pro.

Philip LaZebnik has written numerous television episodes and motion picture screenplays in Los Angeles and Europe, but he is primarily known for his animated features at Disney and DreamWorks. His screenwriting credits include Disney’s Pocahontas and Mulan, and DreamWorks’ Prince of Egypt and The Legend of El Dorado. Philip also wrote the book for the theatrical musical adaption of Prince of Egypt for DreamWorks.

Thom Palmen is a festival director, short film producer and distributor working in Baltic countries and on the European level. With AIR Pro¬ductions, he received the International Competition Grand Prix at the 45th Tampere Film Festival for the Latvian fiction film, Castratus Kuilis (2014), directed by brothers Raitis and Lauris Abele.

Phil Parker is a co-founder of www.bcre8ive.eu, a multiplatform online development company, and is one of Europe’s leading development consultants – productions include Wallace and Gromit – Curse of the Were Rabbit and Terry Prachett’s Hogfather.

The tutors for Series / TV Specials pitching preparation:

Agnes Bizzaro – Cartoon Forum – works as a consultant for Europe¬an broadcasters and producers. She started her career in TV production in France and then moved to the public channel, France 2, where she was responsible for the coproduction of animation series. She then worked for channel M6 in the fiction department. She is also a content coordinator for Cartoon Springboard, the Cartoon pitching event dedica¬ted to young European talents.

Barbara Slade – Cartoon Forum – is a writer, creator and executive producer. Born in L.A, but now based in London, Barbara has extensive experience in the animation industry with credits on series such as Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, and Sonic the Hedgehog and Angelina Ballerina. She is creator of Dead Gorgeous (CBBC/ABC) and Hi Opie (TVO/Netflix) and has won numerous awards throughout her career. Barbara consults with production companies and channels around the world and also leads writing and series development workshops through her new company The Story Academy