Caroline Deruas has directed a number of festival-acclaimed shorts, including L’Étoile de mer selected in 2006 at the Quinzaine des realisateurs, Le feu, le sang, les étoiles selected at the Locarno Festival and Grand Prix at the Bilbao Festival, and Les Enfants de la Nuit, Leopard d’Argent ́ at the Locarno Film Festival, released in cinemas in 2012. She was a resident at the Villa Médicis, the setting for her first feature film, L’Indompteé released in 2017. As screenwriter, Caroline Deruas has collaborated with numerous filmmakers, including Yann Gonzalez, Julia Kowalski, Valéria Bruni- Tedeschi. In particular, she collaborated on the writing of Les Amandiers, Les Estivants and Les Trois Sœurs. With Philippe Garrel, she co-wrote Un Été Brulant, La Jalousie, L’Ombre des Femmes, L’Amant d’un Jour, and Le grand charriot. At the Dora Maar House, she will be working on a screenplay about two Surrealist women, Claude Cahun and her companion Marcel Moore and their story of resistance during the Second World War.

Mary McGuckian has written, produced and directed over a dozen dramatic feature films and all have premiered at prestigious film festivals around the world from Sundance and Tribeca in the US, Venice and Locarno in Europe to Edinburgh, London and her native Ireland. Most recently, A Girl from Mogadishu has been selected by over 100 international film festivals around the globe and won many audience and jury awards as well as the Cinema for Peace Foundation Female Empowerment Film at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival. McGuckian is also the recipient of the WIFTs lifetime achievement award. Completed during Covid, The Bridge of San Luis Rey Remastered was released digitally across North America in 2022. Currently developing episodic content, she is now working on a 6-part drama series, #IBelieveHer; a UK, Irish, Canadian coproduction due to shoot later this year.

Greg Pierotti is a writer, performer and director. He co-wrote of the teleplay The Laramie Project. 14 years after its world premiere, The Laramie Project continues to be one of the most produced contemporary plays in the United States.