Cannes Conversation Series Podcast: Developing Your Script

By 19 January 2024Listen, News & Events
In the second of the Cannes Conversation Series, we look at script development and how the story gets from the page to the screen. At the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, WFT Chair Dr. Susan Liddy caught up with producer Annemiek van der Hell at the Writers’ Lab networking event. The Writers’ Lab is a wonderful initiative created by Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon to support female screenwriters over 40. Susan talks with Annemiek about the development of her feature Breakwater, a co-production between The Netherlands, Ireland, and Belgium.
Following this, recorded at a live webinar, Script editor Gaia Meucci-Astley about her career, the industry, and how she works with writers to get their scripts to the best version possible. Utilising her unique background as a film programmer, Gaia will share her tips and tricks in working with your story and characters, to unlock the magic of storytelling! You can contact Gaia about working on your project!

This podcast has been made possible with the support of the Screen Ireland Stakeholder Fund.


About Gaia Meucci-Astley

Italian born and Bristol based, Gaia is a freelance script consultant and assessor for new talent schemes. She works for talent development organisations and institutions and she offers 1:1 mentoring sessions with writers developing their short film or feature scripts, with a particular focus on new and emerging talent. Her regular collaborations include the BFI Network, the Torino Film Lab, LIM (Less is More), Ffilm Cymru Wales, Cinéma Du Demain at Cannes Film FestivaI, Shore Scripts and Berlin-based Serial Eyes. She has an international background in film programming and film festivals with over 10 years of experience championing and supporting up-and-coming talent in the UK and abroad. Her previous roles include being the Short Film Programmer for the Encounters Festival in Bristol and the Edinburgh International Film Festival as well as working with renowned organisations such as the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, the Forum des Images in Paris and the BFI London Film Festival. She is a member of Women in Film and TV UK, an alumna of the John Yorke Story for Script Development script editing course and a Development Angel for LiM (Less is More). Gaia is genuinely passionate about developing stories, and is particularly experienced in working with new and emerging writers on their short films or 1st feature scripts.