RACCONTI | Experts

Maria Feldman (ISR) | RACCONTI #6 | Mentor

Maria Feldman is the producer and co-creator (with Amit Cohen) of the Israeli series False Flag. The series premiered at Berlinale’s Special Series section alongside such series as Better Call Saul and Follow the Money. It went on winning the Grand Prize (sharing it with Olive Kittredge) at Series Mania Festival of Forum des Image in Paris. False Flag was acquired Canal + and by Fox International Channels. Deal marked Fox Intl. Channels’ first acquisition of a foreign-language series on a global scale.

False Flag was produced by Tender Productions, one of the top Israeli production companies founded by Maria Feldman together with a producer Liat Benasuly. The company produced such successful shows as Prisoners of War (Keshet Broadcasting), Fauda (Yes) and more; as well as provided production services for the Israeli shoot of Homeland.

Lately, Maria founded her new production company – MASHA Productions. These days the company is producing the second season of False Flag and developing few new series and feature films.

Prior to establishing her own companies, Maria co-produced and line produced award winning features, documentaries and TV series, among them Intimate Grammar by Nir Bergman and Gay Days by Yair Qedar.

Christian Jeltsch (D) | RACCONTI #6 | Head Writer

Christian Jeltsch, *1958 in Cologne, screenwriter and novelist.

Realizing that he would never make it as a professional football player Christian Jeltsch in 1979 started to study. After four boring semesters of psychology, arthistory and dramatics, he decided to work as an assistant director in theatre and as a free-lance journalist for broadcast and newspapers.

In 1981, after an interview with Billy Wilder – published in several German newspapers and broadcasts – Christian Jeltsch left theatre behind and started to work for film.

In 1987 he finished an education as film-technician and worked as an assistant-director for several TV-movies. 1990 Christian Jeltsch directed a short TV-documentary about the ‚Cinemateca Uruguaya; Montevideo‘. 1991 he directed two short-movies and started to write screenplays. Up until now Christian Jeltsch has written 50 feature films and two tv-series. He received several nominations and awards for his work.

2011-2013, together with Olaf Kraemer, Jeltsch wrote the three-part novel ‚Abaton‘.

David Schalko (A) | RACCONTI #6 | Jury Member | RACCONTI #2 & #3| Guest Lecturer

David Schalko is an Austrian author and director known for the series “NoNameProgram”, the fictional feature „Aufschneider – Carve the Joint“, the mockumentary „Das Wunder von Wien – The Miracle of Vienna“,  the feature „Wie man leben soll“  and the mini-series “Braunschlag”, which is in fact  the most successful series in Austria for 20 years and was shown at the Cologne Conference in the category „10 most important international works“ among well-known HBO and BBC productions. The mini-series „Old Money“ attracted international attention and was awarded at the Cologne Conference as well as at 13th Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu in 2015. In 2016, he directed „Hoehenstrasse“, a TV thriller of the „Landkrimi“ series of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation.

Current work in progress include US adaptations of „Braunschlag“ and „Old Money“ as well as the multi-part TV adaption of „M“ by Fritz Lang from 1931.

Filmography on IMDB.

Harold Valentin | RACCONTI #6 | Mentor

After working for the Centre national de la Cinématographie as deputy director for audiovisual, Harold Valentin worked for France 2. As head of magazines he launched a variety of shows such as „Rendez-vous en terre inconnue“, „Toute une histoire„, „On n’est pas couché“ and „Un jour un destin„. Later he became Head of contemporary fiction and was involved the in the creation of „Fais pas ci fais pas ça„, „Clara Sheller„, „Aïcha“ and others. In 2011 Harold Valentin founded the production company Mother production, where he produces feature films („Lou!„), and TV séries  such as the award-winning „dix pour cent“ for France 2. He is now developing several different new shows, with partners like Arte.

Website: http://www.motherproduction.fr/home

David Varela (UK) | RACCONTI #6 | Expert

David is a UK-based writer and producer of interactive projects, bringing together games, theatre and video.

His recent work includes writing the mobile adventure Sherlock: The Network, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman; a series of site-specific plays called The Seed for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad; writing the iOS murder mystery game The Trace; script consultancy on the chart-topping mobile game Zombies, Run! (nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award); and the Live Writing Series, which saw him writing live in front of an audience of 4,000 people at the National Portrait Gallery in London. He is currently developing a Scandinavian TV drama, a VR series, and a new Sherlock project.

David teaches residential courses for Arvon and speaks at film schools, universities, festivals and conferences around the world.

John Yorke (UK) | RACCONTI #4 & #6 | Mentor

John Yorke is a British drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling. He has worked on big popular shows such as The Missing, EastEnders, Hustle, for Channel Four Drama and BBC Drama Production.
Filmography on IMDB.

J.V. Hart (US) | RACCONTI #5 | Showrunner & Masterclass

J.V. Hart is an American screenwriter and producer known for Hook, Epic and Crossbones.
Filmography on IMDB.

Manda Levin (UK) | RACCONTI #5 | Masterclass & Project Supervisor

Manda Levin is a British executive producer with a longtime experience in the production of international TV series. She developed and produced, among others, The Tunnel, All The Small Things, A Thing Called Love for BBC and Kudos Film and TV.
Filmography on IMDB

Emma Frost (UK) | RACCONTI #4 | Masterclass

Emma Frost is a British TV Showrunner, executive producer and movie screenwriter known, among others, for the Emmy Award winning TV Show The White Queen.
Filmography on IMDB.

Jeppe Gjervig Gram (DK) | RACCONTI #3 | Guest Lecturer

Jeppe Gjervig Gram is a Danish showrunner and screenwriter known for his work on Borgen, winner of the BAFTA for Best International Series in 2012.
Filmography on IMDB.

Daniel Speck (D) | RACCONTI #1 – #3 | Lecturer, Tutor & Headwriter

Daniel Speck is a German Screenwriter, author and dramaturge, known for projects such as Meine Verrückte Türkische Hochzeit or Maria, ihm schmeckt’s nicht.
Filmography on Wikipedia

Giacomo Durzi (I) | RACCONTI #1 – #3 | Lecturer, Tutor & Headwriter

Giacomo Durzi is an Italian screenwriter, producer and director known, among others, for the Italian TV Series In treatment (Sky Italia).
Filmography on IMDB.

Tom Schlesinger (US) | RACCONTI #1 – #3 | Lecturer, Tutor & Headwriter

Tom Schlesinger is an American screenwriter, dramaturg and screenwriting consultant. He was the story consultant on the HBO documentaries Prom Night in Mississippi and A Small Act, both premiering at Sundance and the story consultant on Nowhere in Africa, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
Filmography on IMDB.

Nicola Lusuardi (I) | RACCONTI #3 | Guest Lecturer

Nicola Lusuardi is an Italian dramaturg, screenwriter and story editor. Since 1990 he has been working for the Italian networks RAI, Mediaset and Sky as supervisor for TV series such as In treatment (Italian version) and 1992.
Filmography on IMDB.

Roberto Amoroso (I) | RACCONTI #3 | Guest Lecturer

Roberto Amoroso is an Italian creative producer whos has worked for Sundance Channel in the US and for Universal Networks in Rome. Under his creative supervision, Sky has produced several TV movies and TV series such as Romanzo Criminale or Gomorra.
Filmography on IMDB.

Klaus Lintschinger (A) | RACCONTI #2 – #3 | Guest Lecturer

Klaus Lintschinger is an Austrian producer, screenwriter and commission editor. As Head of TV Features at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF he has been responsible for more than a hundred feature films and series productions, such us the Austrian TV series Braunschlag.
Filmography on IMDB.

Sibylle Kurz (D) | RACCONTI #1 – #2 | Pitching Trainer

Sibylle Kurz is a German Pitching Expert specialized in intensive pitching training, project presentation, proposal development, dramaturgical doctoring and consultancy work for professional and personal issues.
More information on her website.