Film Fatales
Christina Kallas
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Award-winning filmmaker, book author and professor for film. Her directorial debut, 42 Seconds of Happiness (2016) won Best Feature Film at WTxFF in Texas, Best Ensemble Cast at Harlem IFF, Indie Spirit Award and Best Ensemble Cast at Princeton IFF, Best American Film at the Jaipur IFF, and nominations for the Emerging Director Award at the St. Louis IFF, the FIPRESCI Award at the Thessaloniki IFF and the Exberliner Award at Achtung Berlin 2017. Kallas’ sophomore feature, The Rainbow Experiment was 1 of 5 independent feature films selected by US in Progress Paris 2017. It will have its world premiere at Slamdance Film Festival 2018. Prior credits of the U.S. independent filmmaker and former Berlin-based screenwriter and producer include the John Hurt-starring political thriller, The Commissioner; BBC Films and Polygram’s hooligan drama, I.D.; Toronto and Berlin selection hybrid narrative/doc Mothers, and European TV series hit, Danni Lowinski. From 2005 to 2013 Kallas was President of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE). She was honored for her outstanding contribution to the international writers’ community which includes the European Screenwriters Manifesto and the World Conference of Screenwriters. She is teaching at Columbia University’s and Barnard College’s Film Programs since 2011, and is the author of six books, including Creative Screenwriting: Understanding Emotional Structure and Inside the Writers’ Room (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010 & 2014).