Emine Dursun is a New York-based, Sundance-Alum, multi-award-winning Screenwriter and Script Doctor. She also teaches screenwriting, creative writing and works as a mentor for selective projects. Founder, Managing Director and the President of the Jury, for the New York International Screenplay Awards (NYISA) since 2014-ongoing. Jury member for The Writers Lab: The Writers Lab is supported by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman and is produced by New York Women in Film & Television. It is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, with in-kind support from The Black List, Falco Ink, Film Fatales, Relativity Ventures, Roadmap Writers, Stony Brook Manhattan Center for Creative Writing & Film, and Tribeca Film Institute. Jury member for many film festival around the world. She worked as a Screenwriter for several Turkish TV channels between 2009-2014.
Yari Gugliucci was born in Salerno. After graduating in Sociology, he moved to the United States to study acting. In New York he attended workshops given by Susan Strasberg, Arthur Penn and Michael Margotta.He Founded the M.A.S.(modern acting system). He appeared in many films including: Ferdinando e Carolina and Francesca e Nunziata by Lina Wertmuller, and many more. He also had parts in foreign film productions: My House in Umbria directed by Richard Loncraine (HBO), A Room With a View directed by Nicholas Renton (ITV1). His work includes TV series and dramas: Gossip Girl directed by David Warren, Luisa Sanfelice directed by Paolo e Vittorio Taviani, and others. Stand up at Carlyle Hotel directed by Woody Allen. His various roles in the theatre have included: Caliban in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Rebinsky’s version where he appeared with Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Klein. He wrote two books (Billy Sacramento) and (Billy Sacramento 2).
Born in Rome, Italy, and based in New York, Stella is an actress, playwright, screenwriter and producer. She has been working in Theater since the age of 16 as an actress and started writing and producing when she was 23 after graduating in Languages at the University Roma Tre. Among all her productions, she was awarded for several plays including “How To Become Widows Without Affecting the Criminal Record", “There It Comes The Light, “My Birthday", “Lions Don’t Hug". She also co-wrote, acted and co-produced the short movie L’Appuntamento (The Date), awarded with the Golden Globe in 2013. She is currently writing her first feature film in English and she is working on her first direction of the Off Broadway play Lions Don’t Hug, selected at the New York Theater Festival and on stage at the end of January 2020. In 2018 she founded the blog Ninablablà.
Michele Diomà (1983) film producer and director. In 2019 he presented the world premiere of "Dance again with me Heywood!" at New York University, a feature film with special guest, Academy Award Winner James Ivory. In 2016 he co-produced and directed "Sweet Democracy", the last movie project in which Nobel Prize Winner playwright Dario Fo takes part. In 2014 he directed "Born in the U. S.E." a documentary that celebrates the 120th birthday of Cinema, featured by Francesco Rosi, Donald Ranvaud and Academy Award Winners Giuseppe Tornatore and Luis Bacalov.
Roberta Mastromichele is an actress, dancer, choreographer and artistic director of concerts, TV shows and events. She lives between Rome and New York. She started working in 1998 as an assistant of choreography of the well-known art director Luca Tommassini, participating in video clips and TOURS of the greatest Italian and international pop stars such as: Pavarotti, Robbie Williams, Ricky Martin, Kylie Minogue, Geri Halliwell, Pharrel Williams, Snoop Dog, Usher, Claudio Baglioni, Giorgia. In 2008 she was one of the main dancers of the cast of the Hollywood movie "NINE" directed by Rob Marshall, where she performed aside of stars like Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Daniel Day Lewis. In 2010 she worked as a dancer and as an assistant- choreographer, preparing Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp for the dance scene in the movie "The Tourist" directed by the Oscar-winner: Florian Henkel Vondonnesmark. She works as an actress in theatre from 10 years now.
Born in 1983, Simone has spent his last decade working as freelance back and forth between Italy and US.
Publicist first, then Marketing Manager and now Film Producer, in 2008 he created the online magazine Film 4 Life, that he still runs.
He’s now focused on the success of his own company, Mad Rocket Entertainment, a film production company that has just produced two genre films: In the Trap and Shortcut, which are both going to be released in 2020.
Giuseppe Mottola is a New York based Director of Photography, born and trained in Italy. The son of a photographer, he started experimenting with black and white photography at an early age. He attended the prestigious Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, where he studied under one of cinema’s biggest maestros, Giuseppe Rotunno. Giuseppe has shot commercials, short films and music videos in Italy and the U.S. and numerous documentaries that have taken him across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. He has shot for clients including Kraft, Gatorade, Disney, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, musical artists Kelis and Dan Black. Since 2015, Giuseppe has called Brooklyn, New York home. He is a permanent resident of U.S. and holds European citizenship
Emanuela Mascherini is an Italian actress, writer and director. She graduated in Acting at the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome and she got a Diploma in Digital Filmmaking as a director at the NYFA in New York. She got a Degree in Theories and Techniques of Film Language at the University of Florence. She has been working as an actress in theater, television, and film. She wrote award winning books in different genres. Her works were selected and awared in several National and International Film Festival, included the selection of Nastri D’argento and the selection of David di Donatello Shortlist. She has been Jury member of Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. In 2019 she was selected by EFA European Film Award- and Toscana Film commission for a “A Sunday in the country”.
Massimiliano Mauceri is a film director and screenwriter, born in Florence, Italy. He has been Jury member of Roma Fiction Fest in Rome, of London Indie International Film Festival, of World Music & Independent Film Festival (Washington D.C), of New York International Screenplay Awards. And he is founder and director of Florence Film Awards and New York Movie Awards. He realized, as director and screenwriter, nine short films and one commercial video and he wrote four feature-length screenplays.
He won 143 awards (46 first places) around the world: 88 awards (30 first places) with his short films and 55 awards (16 first places) with his feature-length screenplays.