International Screenwriting and Production

Student Testimonials

FRANCESCO ARLANCH, Screenwriter (class of 2000)

Author of more than twenty TV miniseries for RAI (National Italian Broadcaster), most of them among the top rating shows of the year. Author also of many episodes of top-rating TV series, two feature films, and some animation series. A good number of them have been broadcasted in many countries of the world (for ex. John Paul II, starring Jon Voight, coproduction with CBS, Anna KareninaSant'Agostino, etc.). He is among the authors of the second and third season of Medici. Masters of Florence, coproduction between Rai and Netflix, and co-head writer of two other big International successes of recent years: Doc – Nelle tue mani and Blanca.
“Years ago I attended this Master’s Program as a pastime activity (at that time it only lasted a few months). Today I make a living from what I learned in those few months and I’ve fulfilled a dream that before I didn’t even dare to nurture: to write for the screen. This Masters Program can change your life.”

EMANUELA CANONICO, Screenwriter (class of 2005)

Screenwriter and headwriter for several Tv series, both for kids and grown-ups, such as Talent High School, Che Dio ci aiuti, Don Matteo, Rex 5, Maggie e Bianca fashion friends, Nudes. She is also the main writer of the cinema franchise for kids Me contro Te, top grossing Italian flms of 2020 and 2021.
“This Master Program was crucial to put my writer’s toolbox in order. We cannot take for granted that we will always have the right tool to work a blank page out”.


ALESSANDRO D’AVENIA, Writer (class of 2007)

His first novel (Bianca come il latte rossa come il sangue, 2010), has sold more than one million copies in Italy, has been  published in more than 20 countries, and has been adapted into a feature film. His following books (Cose che nessuno sa, Ciò che inferno non è, L’arte di essere fragili, Ogni storia è una storia d’amore, L’appello, Resisti cuore) have been similarly in the best seller list of their year and three of them have become theatre plays. He writes a weekly column in the main Italian newspaper, Il Corriere della sera.
“I write to know how it is going to end”.

MARIACHIARA OLTOLINI, Animation Screenwriter (CLASS OF 2013)

Mariachiara works as story editor and screenwriter for different companies, like Calon TV -a Cardiff-based animation production company that works for BBC, ARD, RAI, among others- Enanimation (The Sound Collector, Nina 6 Olga), Mondo Tv (Grisù), and Atlantyca (Berry Bees). She has also published a book: MP3: Sulle ruote me la rido, San Paolo.
“This program has played a major role in my professional training. It didn’t only teach me the craft of writing, but also taught me a working method founded on collaboration and teamwork. It wasn’t only a training program, but a valuable opportunity for growth. And for that I am deeply grateful.”

EDOARDO GINO, Creative producer (class of 2015)

Edoardo Gino is currently working in Lux vide, as creative producer for TV series (Un passo dal cielo, Devils, Doc- Nelle tue mani, etc.)

“I entered the MISP with two things: a passion for writing, and the dream to make a living out of it. Just a few months after the end of the program, my dream had become a concrete reality. You need your 3% of talent on your own, but if you want to learn the 97% of technique and persistence that you need to write a great  story, the MISP is your place to be.”

AMANDA DEVINE, Writer (class of 2017)

With a degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, she attended the Misp in 2016-2017. She has written on two seasons of the Disney Channel series Penny on MARS, with MIsp alumna and professor Mara Perbellini. Currently she works as a Tv writer and development executive at Novo Media, a Los Angeles-based development and production company (A Tale Dark & Grimm, for Netflix).
“The Masters Program gave me a firm foundation in story structure and character development, which is critical no matter where you end up in the entertainment field”.

CLAUDIA MUNARIN, Story editor (class of 2019) 

While completing the Master Program, Claudia started an internship in Rome at Cattleya, one of the most important Italian production companies, becoming story editor and working on the shooting set of a Tv series for Rai Uno. Today she works in Milan, at Sky Italia, in the development of Sky Originals Tv Series.
"I have always been passionate about cinema and TV series and I decided to take part in the MISP because I wanted to find out if this passion could also become a profession. And so it did. After loving the what, I learned to love the how." 

CLARA DUFAY (class of 2023)

After completing a degree in Political Science in Paris, Clara attended MISP 2022-2023 as an international student. She is currently a development assistant intern at Federation Studios, an international TV studio based in Paris. She is also working as a writing coordinator for an upcoming French TV show for the European channel ARTE.  
"MISP gave me a chance to finally follow my passion. Thanks to this program, I was able to confidently take my first steps into the industry with a strong foundation in screenwriting and story editing and a good knowledge of the International entertainment field. But most of all, I had the opportunity to meet many inspiring professionals and classmates from all over the world."  

The Master in International Screenwriting and Production was born with two post-graduate courses in Tecniche di scrittura per la fiction (2000 and 2001), that became a Master Universitario di I livello in 2002-2003. The Master has been running every other year (2004-2005, 2006-2007, etc. until 2014-2015) with the name of Scrittura e produzione per la fiction e il cinema. Since 2016-2017 it has been taught completely in English and it has the MISP name.

The alumni of the MISP have been writers, story editors, creative producers and in some cases directors of more than 2.0000 hours of feature films and/or prime time Televisions and/or Tv series broadcasted in the main International platforms like Netflix, Amazon, DisneyPlus, etc.

They have been working, among many other achievements:

  • As head writers for Don Matteo (from season 4 onwards), for Distretto di polizia 6, 7, 8 e 9, for all the seasons of Ho sposato uno sbirro, Un passo dal cielo, Che Dio ci aiuti, La strada di casa, Non dirlo al mio capoBuongiorno mamma!, Viola come il mare, Per Elisa, I fantastici 5, Made in Italy, Doc- nelle tue mani, Blanca (all top rating series for prime time of RaiUno and Canale 5) and series for Sky, Netflix, Amazon like Christian, Un amore, Summertime, Sono Lillo, Odio il Natale, Costiera; for animation series like Angel’s Friends, Virus Attack, Cuccioli cerca amici,  Jules Verne; for the teen series Talent High School, Maggie and Bianca fashion friends, Nudes, PoV, Penny on MARS, Marta & Eva, Sfidiamoci.


  • As screenwriters, they have written episodes of successful TV series broadcasted in Rai, Mediaset, Sky Amazon Prime and Netflix, HBO Max such as (besides the TV series above) Il Commissario Rex, Elisa di Rivombrosa, Incantesimo, Nati ieri, Ris, Le stagioni del cuore, La squadra, Ritorno a Rivombrosa, Le tre rose di Eva, Non dirlo al mio capo, Tutto può succedere, Buongiorno mamma!, Il processo, Made in Italy, Tutta colpa di Freud, Gomorra, Home Sweet Rome, Blackout ,Summertime and  miniseries like Giovanni Paolo II, San Pietro, La signora delle camelie, Pompei, Chiara e Francesco, La terza verità, Rino Gaetano, Paolo VI, Il mistero del lago, L’uomo che cavalcava nel buio, Davide Copperfield, Sant’Agostino, Sotto il cielo di Roma, Santa Barbara, Anna Karenina, Sotto copertura, Chiara Lubich, Alfredino, many animation series (Hana’s Helpline, Igam Ogam, YoYo, Grisù, Berry Bees, etc.), some sit-coms for Rai Educational (Tracy e Polpetta, Lab Story), for Disney Channel (Quelli dell’intervallo, Life Bites) and for Mediaset (Camera Café).


  • As story editors or creative producers, they have had credits on international series and miniseries like Medici Masters of Florence (starring Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden), Leonardo (starring Aidan Turner and Matilda De Angelis), Augusto (starring Peter O’Toole and Charlotte Rampling), Coco Chanel (nominated to the Emmy, starring Shirley MacLaine), Devils (starring Patrick Dempsey and Alessandro Borghi), Callas e Onassis, Don Bosco, Edda Ciano, Maria Goretti, Papa Giovanni, Rita da Cascia. Soraya, Le ragazze di San Frediano, La freccia nera, Sissi, Enrico Mattei, Pinocchio, Cinderella, War and Peace; and in TV series like I Cesaroni, Tutti pazzi per amore 2, La compagnia del cigno, Alex & co., Petra, I delitti del BarLume, Strappare lungo i bordi,  Un’estate fa, Call My Agent - Italia and many others.


For cinema, they have been working as screenwriters for  Una famiglia perfetta,  Something Good, L’imbroglio nel lenzuolo, Bianca come il latte rossa come il sangue, Italiano medio, The Start-Up, Chiamatemi Francesco, Ride, Padrenostro, Solo cose belle, Con chi viaggi, Pensati Sexy, Il legionario, and many others.

Other alumni have been working on advertising or as theatre play authors or as production assistants, or assistant directors in many films or TV series.

Short films written, directed and/or produced by Misp’s alumni have been winning awards all over the world, including Emmy Student Award, Venice Film Festival and David di Donatello.

Other have been working on advertising or as theatre play authors or as production assistants, or assistant directors in films or TV series like Cado dalle nubi, Codice rosso, Don Bosco, Finalmente Natale, L’inchiesta, Nebbie e delitti, Nerone, Una famiglia per caso, Ris, Vento di ponente, Vivere, Provaci ancora prof, L’ispettore Coliandro, Il Paradiso delle signore, Colorado Café, Very Victoria, many live show for different channels and platforms, etc.

Others have been working as authors for comics (Disney Publishing, ReNoir, Manga Vibe), or in tv channels or networks (Italia 1, Rete 4, Canale 5, Sky Cinema, Lei tv, Discovery), or in production or distribution companies or in  specialized press (Best Movie, Box office) or publishing companies (Mondadori, Rizzoli, Il Castoro).

In the area of novels, the alumni of MISP have been authors, among others, of international best-sellers like Bianca come il latte rossa come il sangue, published in around twenty countries; and some series of novels for  young girls like Leila blue and Aria (both series for Mondadori), which have been published in many countries. Only in 2022 and 2023 around twenty  novels have been also published by our alumni, with some of the top Italian publishing companies like De Agostini, Mondadori, Piemme, Rizzoli, etc.

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