The Berlin Indie Film Workshops were created by the founders of UK-based FRENZY FILMS, Sean McConville from London, UK, and Stéphanie Joalland from Brittany, France, who live between London and Berlin. Inspired by their UCLA Film education, the entrepreneurial way Hollywood make movies, Sean and Stéphanie created Frenzy Films to produce the kind of elevated genre fare they love to watch: The Witch, Let the Right One In, Ex Machina, Under The Skin, Blue Ruin, The Babadook, and It Follows being great examples. We love to think outside of the box, be disruptive in our approach to filmmaking, yet make movies as risk free as possible for investors by producing streamlined budgeted genre films with the ability to reach a worldwide audience. Our next feature film, THE LAST MOON, a psychological thriller with a supernatural twist will be going to camera this autumn.
Sean McConville – Sean began his career as a Special Effects technician on big budget studio films, including STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE, MORTAL KOMBAT, and James Bond movies GOLDENEYE and TOMORROW NEVER DIES. Sean has a Master of Arts Degree in Screenwriting from the London College of Communications. After graduating LCC Sean moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, and graduated in 2004. Sean’s debut feature film as a writer/director, DEADLINE, starred Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch, showcased at Berlin, Cannes, and the American Film Market in Los Angeles, where it sold for distribution to 40 territories around the world including the U.S. Sean is a Berlinale Talent and Cannes Producers Network alumnus
Stéphanie Joalland – Originally from France, Stéphanie holds a Masters in Business from Audencia Nantes. She began her career in story development at TF1 International and Canal Plus, worked as a story editor on TF1 animated series such as Emmy-nominated PET ALIENS, wrote live-action TV scripts, created a Sci-Fi animated series for Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp for Canal Plus: VALERIAN & LAURELINE based on the comic. She then moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking at UCLA where she graduated in 2008. In 2014, she wrote, directed and produced her first feature film THE QUIET HOUR starring Dakota Blue Richards and Karl Davies which premiered at Galway Film Fleadh, was nominated for Best British Film at Raindance, Best International Film at Sofia Film Festival, won Best Feature as Kansas City Filmfest, showcased at Newport Beach, premiered on SKY CINEMA in the UK, and sold to multiple territories including Germany and the U.S. She’s now developing her sophomore film: THE ICE, a contained science-driven sci-fi thriller. She works as an advisor and mentor on the Raindance MA Film Program with Staffordshire University in England. Stéphanie’s an alumna of Berlinale Talents and IFP Emerging Narrative Lab in New York.