Christian is Head of Studies of the Doha Film Institute’s HEZAYAH screenwriting workshops in Qatar, for filmmakers from the Gulf region. He also acts as an advisor for the DFI on funding. He has been the co-head of studies of the MEDIA Programme’s SCRIPTEAST since 2008, with events in Poland, Berlin, and Cannes, serving central European filmmakers. In the same year he helped set up another MEDIA training project, FOUR CORNERS, and acted as head of studies from its inception until 2012. Prior to that he was Head of Studies of the PILOTS TV workshops in Sitges, Spain.
From his base in Catalonia, he acts as a consultant and story analyst for various production companies, state agencies, and directors, including Peter Webber, Eurimages, MEDIA, Proimagenes Colombia, and the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam, where he has been teaching for over 14 years. With the late Dagmar Benke, Christian is the co-author of a book called ‘Script Development’, published by UVK, Germany.
Before moving to Spain in 2000 from his native London, he was head of selection at the European Script Fund and EMDA, in London, from 1989 until 1998. Whilst there he helped support hundreds of European films and companies, including ‘Toto le Hero’, ‘Orlando’, ‘Breaking the Waves’, and ‘Elizabeth’. Prior to that he had been a film buyer and development executive with Thorn-EMI, Cannon UK, and Red Rooster Films.