coordinates the Script Writers' First Workshop in Mexico and works extensively in film and television production. She trained in numerous courses and workshops at the University of California in Los Angeles and at an institute for cinematography and script writers in Washington, D. C. Among her film credits are the scripts for Los platos nunca se acaban ("The Plates Never End"); several feature film adaptations, including Cilantro y Perejil ("Coriander and Parsley"), a comedy feature film that is currently being filmed by Mexican director Rafael Montero. Her publications include La reina de nunca jamas ("The Nevermore Queen," 1991), and a collection of children's tales, La tortuga veloz ("The Faster Turtle," Corunda & Fonacult Editions, Mexico), which enjoyed a wide distribution. She is an IWP grantee of the USIA.
(born 1961, Buenos Aires) is considered, at 39, is considered one of the most gifted young writers on the literary scene. His film, Silvia Prieto , which he wrote and directed, was entered in the Sundance Festival in 1999, as well as in festivals in Berlin, San Francisco and Munich. It has just been released commercially in Argentina to critical acclaim. His other feature length films, Rapado (Shaved Head; 1992), was entered in film festivals in Rotterdam, Havana, and Locarno. His fiction has been similarly well received, particularly Velcro y yo (Velcro and I; 1996) and Rapado (1992). His other publications include A Book ABout Kuitca, Thirty-Four Short Stories (1993). The IWP has hoped for his participation for several years, and he is taking part in the program this year through a grant from the U.S. Department of State.
(fiction writer, filmmaker, the Netherlands, b. 1959, Sarajevo). Studied comparative literature and philosophy at Sarajevo University. Writes poetry, prose, plays. Published a collection of poems (TILT, Svjetlost, Sarajevo 1984) as well as short stories in various magazines. His novel Trag zmajeve sape (The Print of a Dragonís Paw) was published in 1995 by B92 in Belgrade, and has been published translation in Polish, Dutch and German (under the title Yellow Snow). One of his short stories is published in the anthology of the satirical stories from Eastern and Central Europe Een paard dat Pools praat (Soeku, Utrecht 1998). His short films Travelling Children and Eight Years After (co-directed with Ademir Kenovic), parts of the SA-life film collection, were awarded the Golden Grain Ear at the 1993 Bienale del cinema per la pace in Pisa. In 1994 his short film Angels in Sarajevo, one of SAGAís productions, was awarded the European Film Academy's Felix Documentary Award.
(fiction writer, screenwriter, playwright, filmmaker; b. 1955, China) is a prize-winning, widely anthologized writer, with many TV and film credits. She has produced and directed in both media, venturing next to independent filmmaking. She has published over a dozen novellas, four collections of stories, two novels, and is currently at work on Another China , a documentary film project about expatriate Chinese writers in New York, and a new novel. Tang's numerous publications include Tell Laola I Love Her , a novella selected for inclusion in the Best Chinese Novellas of 2001 , W ife from America (1994) , a novel that was adapted for the stage, serialized in Liberation Daily , and won first prize for Stories Serialized in Newspapers and Magazines, Asexual Partners (2001), a novella that was also serialized, No Love in Shanghai (2002), and most recently, Senseless Journey (2003), a novella published in the Chinese journal Harvest. Ms. Tang is participating courtesy of the Asian Cultural Council.
is well-known for his distinctive short films Souvenir (1997), Baby (1998) and So Nyeon Gi (1999, ‘Brushing’), all shown at the Clermont-Ferrand, Chicago and Venice international film festivals. After completing the short Mobil (2004, part of the omnibus feature Show Me), presented at Puchon Fantastic Film Festival, he embarked on his first full-length feature Antarctic Journal, based on his eponymous novel and starring Song Gang-Ho. This mystery thriller, revolving around a Korean expedition to the continent, was released this summer in Korea and Japan. He participates courtesy of the Freeman Foundation.
rose to fame with Suzhou River (2000) which he wrote and directed, and which won major awards at film festivals in Rotterdam, Paris and Tokyo, as well as the FIPRESCI prize in Venice, and was voted by Time Magazine (Asia) as one of the best movies of 2000. In its wake Lou Ye was banned from making films in China for two years. Since then he has written and directed Purple Butterfly (2003) and Summer Palace (2006), both screened at the Cannes Film Festival to broad critical acclaim. The working title of his current science fiction project is Restorer. He participates courtesy of the Asian Cultural Council.
has published two novels, written five plays, and worked on several films as writer and director. His most recent project, My Friend, My Enemy (2004), is a documentary about friendships between Palestinian and Israeli women. In 2004, he co-founded the Open Workshop for Culture and the Arts in Palestine, an organization that encourages cultural exchange between Palestine and the global community through art. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
has written and/or directed four films, including Sangrador (2000), a drama loosely based on Shakespeare’s MacBeth, which was Venezuela’s 2003 nomination for an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film. His most recent directorial project, El Infierno Perfecto, will be released by Post Meridian Cinema in June 2008. Consalvi co-founded the Film School at the University of the Andes in Mérida, where he currently teaches screenwriting and directing, as well as the Annual Venezuela Film Festival. He attends courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.
has written for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Times, Philippine Star, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, and Malaya, and provides the column "This Blessed House," for a Mindanao-based news service. His first film, House under the Crescent Moon, won Best Documentary at the 15th Cultural Center of the Philippines Prize for Independent Film and Video in 2001; his other films have been screened at international film festivals to wide acclaim. He is editor of Children of the Ever-Changing Moon, an anthology of essays by young Moro writers (Anvil, 2007). His poems, essays and short stories have appeared in ANI 33, Banaag Diwa, and Dagmay. He participates courtesy of the US Embassy in Manila.
is a writer, director, and producer for television. His screenplays include [‘A Short Life’], [‘The Third Man’], and [‘The Reunion’] among others. Sajjad has also written, developed storyboards for, and directed many TV commercials, and maintains an acting career. His participation is provided courtesy of the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar.
a Palestinian Jordanian writer, director and producer, is the co-founder of ME Films. His Six minutes (2004) won prizes at the Al-Jazeera Film Festival, the Jordanian Film competition and the Trenton Film Festival; A Man in a Cup was selected to show at many international film festivals. In 2008 he directed two shorts, SMS and Pummelo; his first feature film, Cuty is in development. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.
is a two-time winner of the Manila Critics Circle National Book Award for The Sky Over Dimas (2004) and On Cursed Ground and Other Stories (2005), and the editor of a number of anthologies and collections of Filipino fiction. He has written four film scripts, including Agaton and Mindy (2009) and Namets! (2008), and directed several shorts. Currently he teaches at De La Salle University in Manila. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.