Cinekid Script LAB

Script LAB Coaches

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

Aleksandra Świerk - Script coach live-action & animation
Aleksandra Świerk – writer, script consultant. Aleksandra has co-founded the Polish script development workshop Atelier Scenariuszowe. She works as a mentor for international development labs such as TorinoFilmLab Next, TorinoFilmLab Extended, Full Circle Lab. She was part of numerous selection committees for such institutions as NISI MASA, Sources2, TorinoFilmLab, LIM, Krakow Film Foundation, Masovian Film Found (ScriptWars script competition), Krakow Film Festival. Aleksandra is an author of awarded scripts (Mary-go-round and Lilly) and director of Camouflage which has gained awards on international festivals, including Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (New Talents Competition), Venezia Shorts Italy (Best Foreign Short). She works a lot in the field of animation – consulting, writing and co-writing.

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.

Selina Ukwuoma (UK) – Script coach live-action
Selina Ukwuoma is a freelance script consultant known for her work on 2008 BAFTA winner Boy A, 2014 Teddy Winner The Way He Looks and last year’s Goyas triumph Summer 1993. As well as consulting for production companies and designing and running development initiatives internationally, Selina teaches screenwriting at the UK’s National Film and Television School and leads workshops and gives masterclasses at festivals and markets, including Berlinale Talents, TIFF, and Durban FilmMart.

Jacques Akchoti (FR) - Script coach live-action
After his studies at the NYU film school, Jacques Akchoti has worked in different areas of film production with directors such as R.Bresson, JJ. Beineix, L. Von Trier.

He then became a screenwriter, script consultant, and headed the development of many French and international films for cinema and television, which obtained selections and awards at major film festivals. Most recently, A Screaming Man by Haroun Mahamat Saleh (2010 Jury Prize in Cannes); Girls of the Sun by Eva Husson (2018 Cannes Competition); Raw by Julia Ducournau (2016 Cannes Critics Week); The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao by Karim Ainouz (2019 Certain Regard Prize); Lingui by Haroun Mahamat Saleh and Titane by Julia Ducournau (both 2021 Competition Cannes)

Jacques has been teaching writing and directing at the Femis (National French Filmschool) since 1988 and has facilitated many international screenwriting and development workshops, among which EAVE, Sud Ecriture, DV8 films, Vision Cinema, Ekran, Interchange, Jerusalem Film Lab, Cinekid Script LAB.

Janne Vierth (SE) - Script Coach
I have been writing for children since 1999. Animation, puppets, live-action and radio. For cinemas and for television; anywhere where I can meet this wonderful and brutally honest audience. 
Among ridiculously many productions I have written and sometimes co-created Three friends… and Jerry, The Roofsters, The Little Ghost Godfrey, Rita and Crocodile, and the internationally acclaimed Bajsfilmen, Gordon and Paddy and The Apestar that was in competition at Annecy Animated Film Festival 2021.
I love coaching other writers, directors and producers on story and writing. Trying to help find the core of the story and ways to convey this to an audience.