Csilla Toldy was born  in Budapest. She escaped from socialist Hungary in

1981. For the next three years, she lived in many European countries, in

France, Austria and Germany, where she finally settled.

She studied languages and worked as a translator in Germany. 


She moved to the British Isles with a writer's visa to work on films in 1995

Her writing was supported by British Screen, Media and Northern Ireland Screen, and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, National Lottery.

She received a Master's Degree in Creating Writing for Film and Television from

Sheffield University in 2003. She participated in workshops led by: Sundance, Arista,

The National Film and Television School

With her scripts, she won the Katapult Prize and The Special Prize of the Motion Pictures Association as the Hungarian winner of the Hartley-Merrill Prize. In 2019 she was a quarterfinalist at the Big Break Competition of Final Draft.


She lives in Northern Ireland in Rostrevor, at Carlingford Lough.


Csilla works as a poet, writer and literary translator.