Giulia Corda (Italy)

Giulia Corda, a proud citizen of Trastevere, the very heart of Rome, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rome with a B.A. in Anthropology. After an early career working for Rai, the Italian national television broadcaster, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and moved to Los Angeles where she earned an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California (USC). Her thesis script, Venus Transit, won two Sloan grants, from USC and the Tribeca Film Institute. Additionally, she is a story analyst and script doctor for companies like The Sundance Film Institute and The Black List, and for private clients. Giulia specializes in writing “coming of age at any age” stories, because no matter the ages of her characters, they always have to struggle to find their place in the world and to reach a deeper knowledge of themselves, even if this means facing their hidden fears and dealing with sides of their personality that they despise.

Dayik (Mother) — A struggling middle-age actress goes on a quest to find her twenty-something daughter who went to Syria to join the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), the feminist army fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).