Michael Barmish

Michael Barmish is an award-winning American screenwriter, playwright, and author now based in Berlin, Germany. He has won several writing contests and wrote Kid Cop, a family film that aired on several TV networks, and was the featured film in the KidFest film festival. MIchael currently has several television series and film projects in development with production companies in Europe, has authored the book, “The Ensuite Life: Traveling the World and Avoiding the Toilet at the End of the Hall.”, and does script consulting .

In addition, Michael teaches screenwriting and is a member of the Los Angeles Writers Center, where he developed several plays and screenplays. Michael also worked for Final Draft in the areas of customer support and marketing for several years.



Leslie Tabuteau

With more than 25 years in the film industry, Leslie Tabuteau is one of cinema’s most French experienced 1st ADs and Production Managers, having worked on more than 100 TV series, dramas and feature films. She began her career studying photography in New York before returning to Paris and establishing herself in French cinema.

Leslie also teaches Film Production classes at the CLCF in Paris and offers training workshops for Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting.



Niall Byrne

Niall Byrne studied piano and composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He was awarded first prize at the 1992 Dublin Film Festival’s music score competition, chaired by composer Michael Nyman. Since then has composed music for feature films, animation and many critically acclaimed and award-winning British television drama series including ‘The Widower’, ‘Little Boy Blue’ and ‘Manhunt’.

Niall has received several IFTA award nominations and won the award for Best Original Score in 2013 for the BBC film ‘Loving Miss Hatto’ directed by Aisling Walsh. Recent scores include the ITV drama series ‘White House Farm’ starring Mark Addy, Stephen Graham, Cressida Bonas and Freddie Fox and ‘A Confession’ by Jeff Pope (Philomena, Stan and Ollie) and starring Martin Freeman.



Sebastian Oswald

Sebastian Oswald is a Berlin-based composer who works for film, advertising, writes concert music and produces the neoclassical project ” Laurence Ipsum“. His work includes the two-time Emmy-nominated series “Dance Academy“, several feature films, commercials for the Serviceplan Group and contemporary works of chamber music.

In 2013 Sebastian  was the finalist of the SABAM award “Best young European composer“.



Francis Farrugia

After studying music composition, Francis Farrugia started out in the industry as a film music composer, composing soundtracks for over 15 TV dramas and features films. His involvement in film, combined with his passion for telling stories, led Francis to study advanced screenwriting technique. In 2014, he graduated with a Masters In Screenwriting (First Class Honour) from IADT (Ireland). Since then, Francis has developed several short and feature films.

On the business side, Francis Farrugia is the founder of MovieSoft, recognised as one of the leading European expert companies in the field of TV and film pre-production software. In addition, he is the founder of mypocketguide.com.

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Shane Mc Cabe

Shane was born in Dublin and graduated with an honors degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.  He is also a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting. He has written, produced and directed several highly successful short films, which have screened at numerous Academy Award® accredited festivals, selling on to the likes of NBC, HBO, Atom.com, Channel 4, Shorts TV, Hulu, Aer Lingus, Amazon Prime to mention but a few. He has also written over ten feature screenplays and created four TV Series. He is an Academy Nicholl Quarterfinalist and an Austin Finalist. His ten-part US TV Series Apostle 21, which Shane co- wrote and co-created has just been optioned.

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