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 is a Franco-American screenwriter, script consultant and film editor. After studying Modern Literature in Paris, he completed an MFA in filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a script consultant, he received training at the TorinoFilmLab’s Script&Pitch program and has been tutoring since in workshops such as the Critic’s Week Next Step, “Next Step”, DFI’s “Hezayah Screenwriting Lab” and Le Groupe Ouest (Cross Channel Film Lab, Puissance & Ame, LIM | Less is More). He collaborated as a script and film editor on Son of Saul by László Nemes (Grand Prix Cannes 2015, Golden Globe, Oscar and BAFA 2016 Best Foreign Language Film); as a co-writer and film editor on Nemes’ second feature Sunset (FIPRESCI Venice 2018); as an editor on Adventures of a Mathematician by Thorsten Klein (Palm Springs 2020); as a script and film editor on Beginning by Dea Kulumbegashvili (Cannes 2020, FIPRESCI TIFF 2020, Golden Shell San Sebastian 2020).
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
Delphine Gleize joined La Fémis in 1994 in the Scenario section, after a Master of Arts. She directed several short films, including Dirtie Basterdz, which won many awards in Clermont-Ferrand, Angers, Brest… and the César for Best Short Film in 2000. A Castle in Spain, her second short film, won awards at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, in Pantin Film Festival… In 2001, she directed Medusa presented at the Cannes International Critics’ Week. At the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, her first feature film, Carnages, is presented in the Official Selection, and receives the Youth Prize. The film is sold in fifteen countries. In 2005, she directed her second feature film The Man Who Dreamt of a Child. Selected in several festivals, the film is released in 2007. In 2010, her documentary Cavaliers Seuls (co-written and co-produced with Jean Rochefort) is released, and in 2011, her feature film The Moon Child, with Emmanuelle Devos and Vincent Lindon. The film is screened in Turin, Rio and Hamburg Festivals. Her last documentary, Great Expectations, is dedicated to the rugby team l’Aviron Bayonnais. The film is released in 2019. Delphine Gleize also works as a screenwriter. In 2020, she is co-writer on Eric Lartigau’s next two films, and she is working on the writing of her new feature film.
Photo by Gabriel Brunet-Sanz