All participating filmmakers of the Cinekid Script LAB are offered a tailor-made coaching that addresses the needs of both the writer and the story. The coaches are internationally acclaimed advisors who push the participants to their creative limits.
Esther van Driesum - Head of Studies
Esther van Driesum was Head of Programmes at the Amsterdam-based Binger Filmlab for ten years. She now runs her own independent consultancy which focuses on project and talent development, and works as a script consultant on a structural basis with the Dutch production house BIND. Esther was involved in setting up the Cinekid Script LAB in 2014 and has been Head of Studies ever since
Eva Svenstedt Ward (SE) - Script coach live-action
Eva is a live-action script coach and has been involved in a variety of Swedish productions. Some of the projects Eva has been involved in include creative producer for 52 part children's series The Roofters, script and story consultant for The Millennium Trilogy, based on the novels by Stieg Larsson including The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and executive script editor on the 6 feature film adaptations of novels by Liza Marklund.
She has been a tutor at Torino Film Lab since 2012 where she is currently Head of Studies for Scriptlab.
Jolein Laarman (NL) - Script coach
Before finding her true passion as a scriptwriter, Jolein worked as a production designer. Since then, she wrote and co-wrote many scripts for film and television, winning (inter)national awards (including Best Script at Cannes L’Atelier). The films she worked on were selected by international film festivals and won numerous awards. She also works as a script coach at the Netherlands Film Academy, at international script labs and workshops and as a script consultant on (inter)national productions. Selection of productions she worked on: Ik ben Willem, Tussenstand, Broos, Brozer, Katia’s Sister, Among Us, Symbiose, Geloven, Yulia and Juliet, Fifty-Fifty, Kauwboy, Disappearance.
Mieke de Jong (NL) - Script coach live-action
Mieke writes for film and television, for children and grown-ups. Her filmography includes Bonkers (Best Children's Film Audience Award at Cinekid), Spoon, Eep (Berlinale), Winter in Wartime (Oscar nomination Best Foreign Film), Tony 10, Rintje, Mr. Frog and television series Remi, Nobody's Boy (Best Script TV-series, Dutch Writers Guild). Apart from writing her own work, Mieke is a coach for scriptwriters all over the world.
Boudewijn Koole (NL) – Script coach documentary
Boudewijn Koole is creative producer at Witfilm. He is advisor and coach to filmmakers during the development, shooting and editing of their films. He made several, mainly youth-, documentaries, such as Tommie and Pierlala. More recently he added a focus on directing and writing fiction films. The children’s film Kauwboy (Little Bird) was sold to 14 countries and won more than 30 prizes worldwide.
Jacques Akchoti (FR) - Script coach live-action
Jacques is a renowned screenwriter and script consultant who has worked with directors such as Lars von Trier and Jean-Jacques Beineix. He has received many accolades for several cinema and television productions. Jacques teaches writing and directing at the Femis (National French Filmschool).
Janne Vierth (SE) - Script Coach
Janne has been writing for children since 1999. Animation, puppets, live-action and lately radio. Janne has written and sometimes co-created Three friends… and Jerry, The Roofsters, The Little Ghost Godfrey, Rita and Crocodile, and internationally acclaimed Bajsfilmen and Gordon and Paddy, both directed by Linda Hambäck. Janne has been working with the best of the field both internationally and in Stockholm, Sweden where he lives with his family, a huge dog and too many guitars.