Film Fatales
Christina Kallas
Kallas

Awarded 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, a nomination for the Emerging Director Award at the St. Louis IFF, a nomination for the FIPRESCI Award at the Thessaloniki IFF, and a nomination for the Exberliner Award at Achtung Berlin in April 2017. Kallas’ sophomore feature, The Rainbow Experiment was 1 of 5 independent feature films selected this year by US in Progress Paris. Prior to relocating to NYC, she has worked for over 15 years as a screenwriter and producer in Europe. Credits include the feature films Mothers, Best Foreign Language Film entry at the 83rd Academy Awards; The Commissioner, starring John Hurt, Berlin IFF; I.D., a PolyGram film production; as well as several Best TV-awarded series. From 2005 to 2013 Kallas was President of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE.) and 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).