Cornelia Funke is an award-winning children's author. Her books have been translated from German into 35 different languages, and include
Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath, The Thief Lord,
Dragonrider and the Reckless series. A film adaptation of
The Thief Lord came out in 2006 and the Hollywood production of
Inkheart was released in 2008. Cornelia lives in Malibu, California.
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as
The Devil's Backbone and
Pan's Labyrinth, and more mainstream American action films, such as
Pacific Rim. His 2017 film
The Shape of Water won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2018. Del Toro also received an Academy Award for Best Director, as well as the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, and Directors Guild of America.