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Our Mentors

Our Mentors: Team Members
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Lorien McKenna


Lorien McKenna is an Emmy-nominated and NAACP Image Award winning writer and producer. Most recently, she was the showrunner of the Award-winning preschool series TAB TIME. A former Story Manager at Pixar Animation Studios, she worked on animated classics like UP, BRAVE, INSIDE OUT, and THE GOOD DINOSAUR. Lorien is a mentor for the Cinestory Foundation retreats and has worked as a script editor for Screen Australia (HOW TO PLEASE A WOMAN) and Screen Queensland, among others. Along with Oscar-nominated writer, Lorien co-hosts the podcast THE SCREENWRITING LIFE. She received her MFA in Playwriting from St. Mary’s College of California where she also taught in the Theater and English departments. Her favorite writings snacks are chips and black licorice.

Guest Speakers

Our Mentors: Meet the Team

Producer & director

Stefano Tealdi

Producer/Director. Born in Johannesburg (ZA) in 1955, he studies Architecture in Torino, Italy and founds film production company Stefilm in 1991.

He recently directed the documentary series Food Markets –  In the Belly of the City (20×52); A World of Pasta, Doctor Ice (Science Film Festival – Milano 2009), and co-wrote Food Makers go Global! (5 x26′). He produced Exemplary Behaviour  (winner of Golden Dove, Fipresci and Interreligious award, 2019).My Home, in Libya (Locarno FF 2018); Wonderful Losers (Lithuanian candidate Academy Awards 2019); The Strange Sound of Happiness (Special Mention Next Masters DOKLeipzig 2017); The Queen of Silence (IDFA 2014, Silver Horn, best feature length doc Krakow FF 2015, Golden Nanook IDF Perm 2015); Char, no man’s island (Berlinale Forum 2013), Vinylmania (IFF Rotterdam  2012), Mostar United (IDFA 2009).

He tutors for: Biennale Cinema and VR College Venice, Marchè du Film Cannes, Documentary Campus, EsoDoc, Films 3 Continents-Produire au Sud, Med Film Factory, New Chinese Film Talents, Ouga Film Lab, Torino Film Lab, Scuola Holden, ZagrebDox Pro, ZELIG Film School and several other institutions.

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