Sergio Barrejon

Sergio Barrejon is an award-winning writer and filmmaker from Madrid, Spain. In 2007 he co-wrote the Oscar-nominated short “Eramos Pocos” (One Too Many). His own short “El Encargado” (The One in Charge) was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film award in the 2009 Goya Awards (Spain’s Academy Awards) and won several festivals worldwide. His 2011 short “La Media Pena” (Half as Bad) received over 25 prizes in festivals around the world, and has recently been adapted into a feature film, “Jefe” (Boss), to be released in 2018. Barrejón is also a well-respected TV writer in Spain, and has written for some of the most high-rating TV shows in the country. 

David Pulido

Pulido has co-written the feature film The Fury of a Patient Man along with Raúl Arévalo. The film was recognized internationally and gained several nominations and awards such as Best Original Screenplay during the 2017 Goya Awards (Spain’s Academy Awards) and Best Screenplay at the 2017 Feroz Awards as well as at the 2017 Cinema Writers Circle Awards. As a Psychology major, Pulido’s passion has always remained in therapy. He is a graduate professor of Psychology and the author of ¿Nos estamos volviendo locos? (2016). In addition to listening to stories from his practice, he has translated this activity into the fictional world by creating a film and TV screenwriting program at the school Factoría de Ficción in Spain.

Cecilia Atan

Atan started very young in her career in the film industry working on crews with top Argentine and foreign directors such as Hector Babenco, Eduardo Mignogna, Juan José Campanella, Alejandro Agresti, Gerardo Herrero, and Christopher Hampton, among others. In 2007 she started directing her own films. Since then, she has directed many advertisements and educational programs. In 2016, her documentary series “Madres de Plaza de Mayo, la Historia,” was nominated for the International Emmy Awards. Later, The Desert Bride, her first feature film, was premiered at the 2017 Cannes Un certain regard official competition. The Desert Bride won Best First Film at the 21st Festival Internacional de Cine de Lima, Best Movie at the 43rd Festival de Cine Ibearoamericano de Huelva, and Best First Film at the 39th Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano. Atan has deep interest in narrating stories from female perspectives; she is currently working on her second feature with Valeria Pivato (co-director of Desert Bride), which explores the limits of love and forgiveness within the relationship of a mother and son. Atan has also recently joined the Argentinian production house Casta Diva.

Rafael Kapelenski

Rafael is a London-based, award-winning writer/director, media lecturer, screenplay development and new media technology consultant. His distinctive work in film has won over twenty-five international awards at top-tier festivals. Butterfly Kisses, his feature debut, won the Crystal Bear at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival; thus, Kapelinski was later long-listed for the British Independent Film Award for Directing. His feature project Up on the Roof won Cannes’ prestigious Cinefondation Residence Award. His short To Bury the Horse was a finalist in the 2011 Bosh Stiftung Competition. Kapelinski worked as script supervisor on Nina Gantz’s BAFTA-winning short animation Edmond and is currently in development with Cranley Gardens (Blue Shadows Films, IFP), Budapest Diaries (Domino Films, PISF) and Tumbleweed (Racine Media). He has taught all aspects of fiction directing, filmmaking and script development at The London Film School, The Central London Film School, The London Film Academy and The Northern Film School.