Francesca Varisco

Francesca Varisco

Author, Screenwriter, Production Assistant and Playwright

Calgary, Canada

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August 2013
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About Francesca

A 2019 Nicholl Semi-Finalist with my feature script The Code, I’m a creative full of curiosity who loves historical fiction, unusual points of view and “what if” scenarios. My stories explore universal themes or controversial issues. Most of the times, they have a happy ending.

I also write librettos for live performances, with composer Federico Bonetti Amendola.

I’ve worked as Production Assistant on several shows shot in Vancouver, BC (Peacemaker, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Kung Fu, and the upcoming SHŌGUN). I'm currently in Calgary, working in the Production Office of Joe Pickett - Season 2.

Looking forward to connect with creatives!

Unique traits: Terrible at throwing Frisbee. Have a set of Tarot cards in my purse just in case. I dream music, sometimes.


  • Breaking Out

    Breaking Out Drama Fifteen men who went to College while incarcerated show us how education is key for both rehabilitation and prevention. Based on Breaking Out in Prison, from Babita Patel.

  • Pioneers - Pilot: When I first came to this Land

    Pioneers - Pilot: When I first came to this Land Sci-fi A Pioneers expedition to planet Teegarden-b is wiped out by its native civilization, forcing the resident scientist and commander to go past their mutual dislike - while on frozen Earth, a boy and a group of eco-lunatics set out to rescue the scientist who might know how to fix Earth’s climate: his father.

  • Stuff in space - PILOT: Vera

    Stuff in space - PILOT: Vera Sci-fi When a young space engineer accepts a new dream job at the space launch agency, she discovers an unsettling truth about her boyfriend - and has to help preventing a rogue satellite EMP attack, while navigating corporate politics.

  • Let the Rain

    Let the Rain Action Crime Against the backdrop of a dark Vancouver, a badass lieutenant and her smart aide struggle to pin the criminal gangs behind the drug trade, until she resolves to take the matter in her hands and things derail. Inspired by true facts.

  • An Italian in Algiers

    An Italian in Algiers Comedy Family Independent After meeting with a kid son of Algerian immigrants, the rather ordinary life of a pensioner finds new meaning as he decides to gift his wife a trip to Algeria. But first, he'll learn from the child a few things he wouldn't expect - discovering that inner strength and courage have no age.

  • The code

    The code Budget: $10M - $30M | Action Mystery When an ambitious journalist and three IT analysts dig into a strange computer malware, they stumble upon Stuxnet and accidentally uncover a cyberwar operation targeting Iranian nuclear enrichment program. Based on a true story. 2019 Nicholl Semifinalist.

  • Timeless. There are no boundaries.

    Timeless. There are no boundaries. Action Sci-fi When she finds out she can see things happened in past ages, Sandra, a rather ordinary teenager, must learn how to master her gift and run from criminals willing to exploit it.

  • The King's horse

    The King's horse Comedy Romance When Sylvie, a horse trainer, meets Prince Karim, lazying on the French Riviera, she dislikes him at first sight - until his talent with animals makes her change her mind.


  • Una giornata da donne

    Una giornata da donne (2010)
    Film (short) Director, Actor


  • Nicholl Semifinalist (The Code)

  • Official Selection, Oaxaca Film Festival (The Code)

  • Semi finalist, Table Read My Screenplay Chicago (The Code)

  • Second place, Comedy, Las Vegas Screenplay Contest (The King's Horse)

  • Quarter Finalist, Happy Writers Competition (The King's Horse)

  • Quarter finalist, The WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition (The King's horse)

  • Finalist, Schermo bianco alle donne (Una giornata da donne)


  • Columbia Business School - Digital Marketing

  • Istituto Europeo del Design - Short Film Production

  • Università degli Studi di Milano - Communications

  • Università degli Studi di Milano - Italian Literature

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