Pierre Hodgson was born in London in 1959. After Oxford, he came to Paris where he was coordinator on Olivier Assayas’ first film and 1st AD to Raul Ruiz on TREASURE ISLAND, shot in Portugal. The next years were split between a job as a TV producer in London and screenwriting for Joao Canijo in Lisbon. Two of these films went to Un Certain Regard.
He continues to combine making documentaries with screenwriting, including Philippe Grandrieux’ SOMBRE, Randa Chahal’s INFIDELES and three features by Jerôme de Missolz. He has worked with Thomas Bidegain, Patricia Mazuy, Jean-Gabriel Periot and Marina de Van among others. He tutors at Le Groupe Ouest | European Film Lab since 2014.
Răzvan Rădulescu (born in Bucharest, in 1969) studied linguistics, French Litterature and then Opera directing before starting to work in cinema. As a screenwriter (The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu; Tuesday after Christmas; Child’s pose), script consultant (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days; The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu) and director (First of all, Felicia; Evropa) he followed a basic principle: that cinema on screen is about what we see and hear, while off screen it is about what we think and feel. Since 2005, he took occasional teaching jobs in Dramaturgy (ESAV Marrakesh, York University Toronto, Scuola Holden Torino and Academy of Arts Karlsruhe).
Antoine Le Bos
Antoine was coming from a previous life in sailing and philosophy when he graduated from C.E.E.A in Paris. He first directed short films and on-stage experiments, before signing or co-signing around 25 feature scripts for independent filmmakers.
He won the Gan Foundation Price as a writer in 2005, created Le Groupe Ouest in Brittany in 2006, which has become N°1 place in Europe for the coaching of writers in residency. He’s been closely collaborating with TorinoFilmLab since 2007 and has been tutoring for NFDC Lab (India), TFL (Italy), Biennale College (Venice), Moulin d’Andé (France), Maïa Workshops, Doha Film Institute, and many others. With Le Groupe Ouest, he has created the Cross Channel Film Lab experience, and in 2015 launched LIM | Less is More, the European development programme for limited budget features.
He is LIM Artistic Director, as well as the mentor of LIM’s “Development angels” all year long.
Apperry also writes for film: the features 24 MESURES (2007) and YVES SAINT LAURENT (2014), directed by Jalil Lespert. Most recently, the award-winning VR and 3D short ALTÉRATION, directed by Jérôme Blomet. He is currently developping two feature films. AMOROSTASIA, a dystopian neo-noir, for production company Les Armateurs, and the animated WAR WITH THE NEWTS, based on Karel Čapek’s novel.
Apperry also writes for the stage, both as a playright and librettist. Among his last works: LE DERNIER LIVRE DE LA JUNGLE, a musical contemporary take on Kipling’s Jungle Books, produced by France Culture, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
Claire Barré is a screenwriter and novelist.
After training as an actress, she turned towards writing and studied two years as a screenwriter at C.E.E.A. Upon finishing the program, she wrote for several television series (TF1, France 2 and Arte).
Her screenplay « An Ideal Wife » received the Sopadin prize for Best Screenwriter, opening the world of cinema to her. She has since worked with numerous directors (Anne Fontaine, Fabienne Berthaud, Audrey Dana, Olivier Ayache-Vidal, Fred Garson.). The first film that she has co-written, « A bigger world » by Fabienne Berthaud, starring Cécile de France, was released starting in 2019. A second one, « Police », by Anne Fontaine, was being shot at the beginning of 2019.
Claire has published five novels and has been a consultant and screenwriting professor in the University of Nanterre, in C.E.E.A., in Femis, in Brazil, and Colombia.
Born in 1975 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Graduated from the Vevey School of Photography and the New York Film Academy. CŒUR ANIMAL is her first fiction feature film (Swiss Film Prize 2010:
Best film and Best actor). CYANURE, her second fiction feature film, a Swiss-Canadian co-production, was released in February 2013. She directed a historical documentary: 14-18 DES ENFANTS BELGES EN SUISSE (2018). She is currently preparing a comedy (CONQUISTADOR – shooting 2020).
From 1997 to 2005, she worked as an editor. Since 2003, she has been teaching cinema – screenwriting, directing, directing the actors, regularly in Switzerland and France.
Matthieu Taponier was born in 1982 in Paris, France. After studying Modern Literature, he completed an M.F.A. at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Since 2009 he has been working as a screenwriter, script editor and film editor.
He was a TorinoFilmLab Script&Pitch story editing trainee in 2012 and is a script consultant in many workshops (the Semaine de la critique « Next Step » lab, Cross Channel Film Lab, Le Groupe Ouest, Biennale College Cinema, Hezayah Screenwriting Lab, First Cut Lab, etc.). He worked as a script consultant and editor on Laszlo Nemes’ SON OF SAUL, Grand Prix at Cannes 2015, and as a co-writer and editor on SUNSET, Fipresci Prize at Venice 2018.
Portrait by Brigitte Bouillot
Romain Compingt is the youngest graduate of the CEEA (European Conservatory of Audiovisual Writing). After being a literary assistant & an actor, he devoted himself to writing.
Populaire by Régis Roinsard (5 nominations at the 2013 César, Public Prize at COLCOA, as well as at the Tokyo French Film Festival & San Francisco International Film Festival), is his first work to be released on screens. He then co-wrote Divines with director Houda Benyamina, working also as Artistic collaborator on the film. Divines won the Golden Camera at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and the 2017 César for the Best first film. The same year, Holy Fatma’s Please Love Me forever Romain co-wrote, won the award for Best short film at the Screamfest in Los Angeles. He collaborates again with Régis Roinsard for Les Traducteurs (2019) and signs the adaptation & dialogues of Magnétiques, Vincent Cardona’s first film.
Romain is also a consultant – La Fille de Brest by Emmanuelle Bercot (2016), and Treat me like fire by Marie Monge (2018 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight), among others – and a playwright for Tutu, a contemporary dance show by Philippe Lafeuille (Public Prize – Avignon 2015).
Portrait by Brigitte Bouillot
Born in 1977, in Brittany. She has a Master Degree in Modern French and English Litterature (University of Western Brittany, Brest, and University of Wales, Swansea). She also has studied set-building in Larkin Art School (Dublin). In 2004, in Dublin, she creates a street theatre company : The Pirate Puppet Company. She has travelled with it in Ireland, England, Spain and Portugal. In 2018, she writes and directs a stop-motion serie for the Breton speaking television (An Dorioù). She has just finished a short stereoscopic 3D film, TxanTxangorri, with marionettes and live actors. She is currently working on Birds of a feather, a feature film in stereoscopy 3D.
She is a writer and a director and she also teaches Breton and English. She has been a consultant for Le Groupe Ouest since 2014.
Portrait by Brigitte Bouillot