Gyula Gazdag is a screenwriter and director of film, theater, and television and a Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and TV. He was born and raised in Hungary, where most of his films have been banned for different periods during Communism and have been denied foreign exhibition, some of them have been banned again in 2012. In 1993 he moved to Los Angeles to assume his responsibilities as area head of the newly created Film and TV Production Program at UCLA. He has served as the Artistic Director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab since 1997 and has worked with young screenwriters at the Script Station of Berlinale Talents since 2006. His films, such as “Bástyasétány Hetvennégy” (Singing on the Treadmill) and “Hol volt, hol nem volt” (A Hungarian Fairy Tale), have been screened at numerous festivals.