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TorinoFilmLab unveils new Artistic Team for 2019

November 7, 2018

After the September announcement of a radical restructuring and an enlarged international crew to boost its activities in 2019, TorinoFilmLab – an initiative of Turin’s Museo Nazionale del Cinema – now reveals the members of its new Artistic Team.

The predominantly female group – with 6 women and 4 men – features a mix of prominent industry professionals freshly joining TFL and long-time collaborators of the lab.

Two TFL Curators will be working side by side in the scouting and pre-selection for TFL’s ScriptLab and FeatureLab programmes: they are Bosnian producer Amra Bakšić Čamo and Berlinale World Cinema Fund Head of Project Vincenzo Bugno.

Founder of production company SCCA/pro.ba, Bakšić Čamo has produced and coproduced award-winning shorts, documentaries, TV shows and feature films; since 2003 she is the Head of Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink; she is also a TFL Alumna. Italian-born Bugno has worked at the Berlinale in various capacities since 2001; he is one of the initiators of the World Cinema Fund, as well as Berlinale delegate for Italy and member of the selection committee for the international Competition. TorinoFilmLab will benefit from the experience and network of connections of these two high-profile international figures to continue discovering top emerging talents worldwide.

Three Heads of Studies will be overseeing the pedagogical aspects of TFL’s main programmes: as already unveiled in October, Swedish Eva Svenstedt Ward will be the Head of Studies for ScriptLab; Argentinian producer, festival programmer and co-production expert Violeta Bava, a former member of the TFL Advisory Board, will be the Head of Studies for FeatureLab; and Italian TV screenwriter and story editor Nicola Lusuardi will be Head of Studies for SeriesLab.

Svenstedt Ward has been tutoring for TFL’s AdaptLab and ScriptLab since 2012; she spent nearly 15 years as producer and development executive for Sweden's national broadcaster, SVT and among others, she has been involved as script and story consultant in Emmy Award-winning The Millennium Trilogy. Her industry experience in the script development and story editing fields, combined with her track record as an international tutor/trainer make her a natural choice for her new role within ScriptLab.

Founder of Ruda Cine, Bava has worked at BAFICI for 20 years, creating and directing the BAL co-production market for Latin American films, and she is a Consultant for the Venice Film Festival; coming from a background of training and development, she has worked as film consultant and production tutor for several funds, organizations and festivals worldwide. A multi-awarded producer and top-level industry expert, she will contribute to the excellence of the FeatureLab programme, dedicated to advanced 360° project development for director & producer teams.

Since 1990, Lusuardi has been working as a screenwriter with major TV networks including among others Rai and Sky; he teaches dramaturgy at the Italian National Film School in Rome and at the Rai-Script school for screenwriters. After heading and tutoring TFL’s SeriesLab and SeriesLab Italia since 2016 with great results for the first editions, he continues on as SeriesLab Head of Studies.

Leading international industry player Jane Williams (United Kingdom) will become TFL Head of Industry, invested of managing the relations with the film industry and the partner organizations, designing and overseeing TorinoFilmLab’s co-production forum, the TFL Meeting Event. Currently Head of Studies of the Venice Biennale College - Cinema and the Biennale College Cinema - VR, from 2006-2018 Jane worked for the Dubai International Film Festival where she established the Dubai Film Market, the Dubai Film Connection - the first co-production platform in the Arab world – and Interchange (with TorinoFilmLab and EAVE). Her track record includes positions at UK’s BFI and NFTS, as well as being Head of Training at the Binger Filmlab and consulting for funding organizations and festivals including Cinemart, Hubert Bals Fund, IFFR, Thessaloniki IFF, the BAFICI Industry Office and the Royal Film Commission, Jordan.

Williams will be supported in her industry relations work by Vanja Kaludjercic (Croatia), who will be in charge of TFL Partnerships, namely as a liaison with partners for TFL’s programmes and workshops. Kaludjercic is Director of Acquisitions at MUBI; prior to that she has been the Head of the Holland Film Meeting at the Netherlands Film Festival, the Head of Industry at Les Arcs Film Festival, and she established the Paris Co-production Village in 2014.

Long-time TFL collaborator Valeria Richter (Denmark) will be Head of Studies for the TFL Audience Design Fund, dedicated to the support of innovative audience engagement and outreach strategies connecting with distribution for international co-productions. Richter is a creative producer and scriptwriter, coaching and consulting internationally in the areas of feature film, TV series, workshop innovation, pitching
and script development since 1997. She has developed several concepts, recently Nordic Genre Boost for Nordisk Film & TV Fond,
 POWR for Baltic Event, Engage with CTIFMF. She has been an Audience Design tutor for TFL since 2014; in the last years she has been leading research in the field of Audience Design and heading the eponymous TFL programme together with Lena Thiele, with whom she also co-curated the book Audience Design – An Introduction, published by TorinoFilmLab.

Moreover, Francesco Giai Via (Italy) will be in charge of Scouting for Italy & TFL Audience Design Fund, with the double mission of looking for emerging Italian talents for TFL’s training and development programmes, and of seeking internationally for potential films to be supported by the Audience Design Fund. Turin-based Giai Via is festival director of Annecy Cinéma Italien (France) and Carbonia Film Festival (Italy); he's also programming consultant of the Venice Film Festival and collaborates with the Venice Production Bridge. Since 2015 he has acted as a scout, trainer, reader, and member of the selection committee for TFL.

Finally, Turin-based Israeli producer and TFL Alumnus Eilon Ratzkovsky will be the Head of Studies for TFL Extended, the branch of TFL offering on-demand workshops for professionals from all over the world. Over the past 25 years as CEO of July August Production (Israel), Ratzkovsky has produced 22 feature films that participated and won prizes in major film festivals, and more than 12 TV series; he currently heads QUIDDITY, a content company specializing in developing high quality TV dramas for European networks.