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  • It is 1939. Flamboyant Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk flees to America following the German invasion of Czechoslovakia. His nerves are shattered and he buries himself in a mental hospital, struggling with the will to survive. Under the care of Dr. Stein, a psychiatrist and German emigré, Masaryk re-lives the diplomatic battles leading to the outbreak […]

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    Petr Kolečko

    Writer
    Master degree in dramaturgy at the Theatre faculty of Academy of Performing Arts. Shortly after his graduation emerged quickly as one of the most staged playwrights in Czech republic. His most known pieces are THE WOMAN TRILOGY including three one-act plays (THE SALOME CASE, THE MÉDEIA CASE, THE MARYŠA CASE), PORNSTARS musical (written along with T. Svoboda), FEDERER-NADAL, VINNETOU (inspired by Carl May´s “Vinnetou”), ICING, THE EGG and POKER FACE.
    Many of the plays were translated in foreign languages including the English translations of the plays THE GODS DON´T PLAY HOCKEY, BRITNEY GOES TO HEAVEN and POKER FACE. The translations of various plays were presented through staged readings in theatres worldwide including The Royal Court Theatre, London, The Immigrants Theatre, New York, The Tag Theatre, Vienna or The Satiric Theatre, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    Petr works also a lot for tv. Has co-written the popular series SUNDAY LEAGUE and sitcom FOURTH STAR for Czech national TV. He has also written his own sitcom MARTA AND VĚRA. His tv film script THE RIGHT JERSEY is being shot at he moment.

    Julius Sevcik

    Director and scriptwriter
    Graduated at New York Film Academy and then at PRAGUE FAMU University of TV and Film in 2006. He shot numerous short films a two feature films in Czech Republic, USA and Macedonia. He´s currently in pre-production for his third feature film based on the script of Christopher Nolan and Michael Stokes KEYS TO THE STREET starring Gemma Arterton, Max Irons and Tim Roth. Producers: Gail Mutrux / Pretty Pictures USA, Steve Norris/Apollo Productions GB, Kirk D´Amico /Myriad Pictures USA

    Selected projects:
    2009 „NORMAL“ (85 min, 35mm, film noir CZ-MACEDONIA)
    Screened at Shanghai IFF – Best Director Award, Moscow IFF and Goteborg IFF

    2005: „RESTART“ (85 min, 35mm, debut, drama, CZ-FINLAND)
    Festivals: Moscow IFF, Taipei IFF, Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF and others

    Vassil (38) is a documentary filmmaker who has not made a successful film for years. He has a long-term relationship with his live-in girlfriend Maria (37) and they have a daughter, Lily (12). Vassil is constantly ignoring them, seized by the ambition to make a documentary about the life of a monk, Avtonom (33), who […]

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    Svetoslav Draganov

    Bulgarian filmmaker and producer born 1976.

    In 1999, Svetoslav founded Cineaste Maudit Production. In 2001, he received an award for the best Eastern-European film at Dok Leipzig 2001 for the documentary “Life is wonderful, isn’t it?”. “The Merry Boys” was shown at IDFA 2003, “Young at Heart” won the Special Prix Europa, Berlin in 2003. In 2005, “Amateurs” was awarded the Golden Rhyton for the best Bulgarian documentary, as well as the award of the Bulgarian film critics. “Life Almost Wonderful” competed in 2013 at the IDFA’s feature length competition, won the critics award at Golden Rhyton 2013, and was awarded with special jury prizes at the Sofia Film Festival 2014 and ZagrebDox 2014. “Zhaleika” which he produced was awarded with special jury prize at Generation section at Berlinale 2016 and won the Grand prize at Sofia Film Fest 2016.

    Nevena Borisova

    Freelance journalist and writer located in Bulgaria. She was born in 1987 г. Graduated Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Master’s degree in Cinema, Visual arts and literature (with second Master’s degree in Human Resources) in Sofia University “Saint Kliment Ohridsky”.

    She has worked as reporter and screenwriter in the Student National Television; as a screenwriter and reporter in the Bulgarian National Television (the television broadcast “One of us”, “Little stories); as a Reporter in different online media. Currently works for the daily online newspaper E-vestnik, Global Voices, etc.

    Her poetry book wins the National Poetry Competition “South Spring” and National competition “Young Voices” (2009) for first poetry book. She has been awarded different poetry awards through the years.

    A statistical citizen. A common name. Jan Kowalski. John Smith. Polish. Our man. Fortysomething. Superannuated, by today’s standards, dancer with the Folk-Song-&-Dance Ensemble. Dreaming of becoming the premier danseur but, thus far, half of the pair at the back. Incessant random events bring all his efforts to extract himself from his many crises to a […]

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    Kuba Czekaj

    The finalist of Biennale Cinema Collage 2015. His feature film BABY BUMP premiered at the 72. Venice Film Festival, won Queer Lion Award Special Mention, special prize at Gdynia Film Festival, Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement at Outfest in Los Angeles and award for the best directing at Film Festival in Koszalin. Kuba’s latest feature THE ERLPRINCE is in the Main Competition at Polish Film Festival 2016 in Gdynia and the title is awaiting its international premiere.

    Kuba directed national and international award-winning short films: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and TWIST & BLOOD.

    Kuba received many scholarships and awards including a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

    Kuba graduated in directing from the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television Faculty at the University of Silesia in Katowice and from the Development Lab Feature Programme at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw.

    Mircea is a 40-year-old man struggling with depression after being left by his wife. Cornel, his best friend, feels that something is wrong and decides to take him to an erotic massage saloon, so they can both relax. His attempt only deepens Mircea’s desire to commit suicide. After they part ways, Mircea goes home to […]

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    Cristian Pascariu

    Born in 1987 in Botosani, Romania and in 2010 he graduated with a diploma in film at the Faculty of Theater and Television in Cluj Napoca, Romania. His thesis film won the “Black Pearl Award” at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2010, and the Award for Best Student Film at the Open Society Shorts 2011. His short films have been selected in film festivals around the world including Uppsala Short Film Festival, Transylvania International Film Festival, Pula Film Festival, etc. Along with making live action films, he is passionate about animation, theater and the integration of visuals into plays and stage design. Currently, three of his animation scripts have been financed by the CNC and are now in pre-production, scheduled to premiere next year. He is constantly searching for new ways to emphasize visual storytelling and how to emotionally involve the audience; thus he experiments as much as possible with everything that connects people, sounds and images.

    YANA, a 30-year-old Ukrainian photographer, returns to New York from a trip to India. We slowly learn that while in India, she broke up with her American boyfriend, NICK, and had a fling with Abdul, a local guesthouse owner. Back in New York, Yana tries to rebuild her life. She lost not only Nick, but […]

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    Bohdana Smyrnova

    Bohdana Smyrnova started making films at the age of 17 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her short film Les demarches des papiers had already received international recognition when she moved to New York in 2005 to join NYU’s graduate film program with the Dean’s Fellowship. Till date, Bohdana’s shorts have been screened at more than 200 events around the world including French theatrical release and prestigious festivals such as Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Taipei Golden Horse, and Slamdance, garnering over 20 awards.

    A small rural town in communist Hungary under Soviet military occupation, 1953. Three local girls go missing. DOBOS (45), a journalist of integrity, gets to write the article about it. A detective of the dreaded communist Secret Service, FARKAS (35) leads the investigation. He states there is no murder case: Communism is a perfect world. […]

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    Ádám Császi

    Born in Hungary in 1978. He graduated from Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts in 2010. His first feature LAND OF STORMS premiered in Panorama at the Berlinale 2014 and was nominated for the Best First Feature Award and Teddy Award. It was in competition in Sarajevo 2014, and won the Special Jury Prize at the Taipei Film Festival 2014 as well as the Audience Award at Tel Aviv 2014. Land of Storms also went to Guadalajara IFF, Chicago IFF, Seattle IFF and Ghent IFF, alongside 30 other international festivals. It was distributed worldwide, including US, UK, France, Germany, and Spain. His second script HIGH DIVE was part of the official selection of Berlinale Co-Production Market 2015 and was selected for the Nipkow Programm. His short 7 DAYS received the Special Prize at the Hungarian Film Week in 2003, and WEAK DAYS won Best Short Film there in 2008. His 2009 short film, CELEBRATION, was invited to screen at the Warsaw Film Festival and at Brest European Short Film Festival in 2010. Császi also has past experience directing commercials, TV documentaries and music videos but since 2012 he has been working solely on his feature film projects.

    Iván Szabó

    Born in 1982 in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated as a screenwriter from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest in 2006 and studied at the prestigious film school FAMU of Prague for a semester. In 2008, he attained a masters degree in film directing at the Northern Film School in Leeds, United Kingdom. Iván received a doctorate degree from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest and has been teaching screenwriting and dramaturgy at the institution since 2013.

    Iván Szabó is the co-author of titles Vespa (2010), directed and co-autored by Diana Groó; and of Land of Storms (2014) directed and co-authored by Ádám Császi. The latter film was premiered at the Berlinale’s Panorama in 2014 and was screened at numerous festivals and distributed for cinemas worldwide. Iván was granted a Nipkow Fellowship in 2012 to work on the screenplay of his third movie, The Citizen, directed and co-authored by Roland Vranik, to be premiered the fall of 2016.

    His collaboration with co-writer, director Ádám Császi continues, working on two new feature film screenplays (High Dive, Lingua Nigra).

    Iván Szabó is currently working on a stage play (Malignus) for which he was granted the István Örkény Stage Play Scholarship in Hungary and is also a Fulbright scholar teaching screenwriting at San Francisco State University’s School of Cinema as of August 2016.

    In a small Belarusian village, forgotten by God and people, lives an Old Woman. When the Chernobyl catastrophe happened and everybody was leaving, she had many reasons to stay. But later she understood the main one – she should protect the village. So she cleans paths near the houses in winter, stokes stoves… Two Ivans […]

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    Nikolai Lavreniuk

    Belarusian producer, festival coordinator, scriptwriter

    Graduated from Minsk State Linguistic University, Minsk Private Film School “Cinema”, International Film School in Belye Stolby, Russia (a workshop in scriptwriting).

    In 2013 founded the film company “lllusion” that produced several independent  films including the family feature film “Timur and His Squad” (2014) that took part and won awards at international film festivals in Germany, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

    Since 2015 works as the National Competition coordinator of Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” and at Visual and Performing Arts Centre “ART Corporation” as a coordinator of Belarusian films distribution and promotion.

    In 2013 started to work as a producer and co-writer on the film project “Like Sting” originally written by Irina Pismennaya, Belarusian distinguished scriptwriter and film director, who died in 2014. The film is planned to be produced by the “Illusion” film company with Belarusian-Polish film director Sergey Kolosovsky in 2018.

    Author of several scripts, articles on cinema.

    “Gaumarjos” is an ensemble of stories about Tbilisi, where despite poverty and endless power cuts, people find time to drink, sing and entertain. The story is set in the late 90’s, when Georgia had just recovered from the bloody wars, which followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, but is still a very poor country. […]

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    George Varsimashvili

    George Varsimashvili is a Georgian writer and director born in Tbilisi in 1986. After graduating university in Georgia, he went to study film making in Paris 8 university (bachelor’s and master’s degree) and ESRA Paris film school. During his studies he made a dozen of short films, which traveled on different film festivals. He shot his debut feature film “Particulier a Particulier” (2012) in France. Although film didn’t have any producer or distributor behind and had a minor budget equal of a student short film, it was still released in film theatres in France, Russia and Georgia. This achievement brought him recognition in his homeland, where he is working on various film projects. George Varsimashvili is also a musician and composed score for all his previous films.  

    KAJA and TOMEK (both late 30’s) changed their lives a year ago. They decided to sell their apartment in Warsaw and bought a bed and breakfast in the mountains, hoping to fix it up and get it up and running in time for spring. It’s winter. Kaja is left alone by the construction crew and […]

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    Anna Kazejak

    Film director and screenwriter.

    In 2005, Kazejak and two of her friends from school decided to produce a three part film ODE TO JOY dealing with the economic migrations of young Poles. The three directors not only won the hearts of critics, but won many major prizes. The film was the first Polish film to screen in competition at Rotterdam IFF.

    A FEW SIMPLE WORDS WAS her diploma, a touching story has garnered prizes at film festivals around the world (Best Feature Film, Young Talent Film Award – 37the International Film Festival Sehsuchte, Potsdam, 2008; Main Prize, Next Reel International Film Festival, New York-Singapore, 2007).

    FLYING PIGS, that had an all-star cast, including Cezary Pazura, Agata Kulesza, and Paweł Małaszynski. The film was seen by 350,000 movie-goers. Kazejak has made documentary films and worked in television formats including  IN TREATMENT (HBO) .

    With THE WORD, Kazejak took part in the Coproduction Market during the Berlin IFF. In 2014 the film had a Word Premiere at 64. Berlinale IFF, Generation Section. Kazejak has many screenplay prizes including  Hartley-Merrill 2008 and Script Pro 2013.

    Member of the European Film Academy.

    Przemek Nowakowski

    Screenriter, director, graduated from Warsaw University – History of Art. Continued his studies at UCLA  Film School in Los Angeles, Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam, and Wajda School in Warsaw.  Writer and director of many popular documentaries and TV series – recently polish version of “In Treatment” for HBO.

    Writer of following feature movies:

    The Egoists – dir M Trelinski .

    Stranger –  dir M. Szumowska,

    KATYN – dir. Andrzej Wajda {nominated for Academy Award – OSCAR}.

    Offsiders – dir. Kasia Adamik.

    On Credit _Przemek first short feature as director.

    Wedding Polka – co-directed with Lars Jessen.

    He also writes theater plays presented on many occasions in Poland and abroad.

    His script THE MUTE written together with Bartek Konopka got Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award in Cannes 2013.

    Story tells about the deep-house DJ Mark from Eastern Europe who the first from the region has gained the worldwide success. All of the biggest festivals are in his schedule. Until one day Mark loses his place in the music industry due to the unconsidered interview on a radio, where Mark exposes too much sensitive information. Festivals, concert halls, fans, and even some friends give up on him in a […]

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    Maris Martinsons

    Internationally acclaimed film director, screenwriter, editor and novelist, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts.  Initially worked as an independent director/producer of numerous music videos, later on managed to create over 10 original TV series & shows, in a role of author/director.

    In 2006 Martinsons premiered the hostage drama “Anastasia” (edited from material of 20 episodes’ TV series) at the Montreal World Film Festival. After MWFF Martinsons felt appeal into filmmaking and very soon came up with idea for the first feature film “Loss” (2008), that has won two A class film festival awards – Best Director and Best Music in Shanghai IFF. Later “Loss” represented Lithuania in the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language film category.

    Since then Martinsons has created five more feature films, including the first Latvia – Hong Kong co-production movie “Amaya” (2010), “Christmas. Uncensored” (2013), shot in Lithuania, “Oki – in the middle of the ocean” (2014), shot in Los Angeles, “Romeo n’ Juliet” (2015). The biggest movie ever made is the new one – “Magic kimono” (2017), the first Latvian – Japanese co-production that is just completed, but not yet released.

    Martinsons is author of six original books – novels.

    This psychological drama takes place in a small Bohemian village at the beginning of 19th century. It tells a story of two different sisters. Passionate, sensual Viktorka (18) and religious, self-conscious Marie (13). Marie lives in the shadow of Viktorka, whom she loves, admires and yet is envious about her beauty and independence. Shortly before […]

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    Kristina Majova (Duffkova)

    Kristina holds degrees from screenwriting and production – both at FAMU. Her scripts were awarded by the Czech Film Foundation in 2012 (Little Brat) and 2016 (A good Wife). Together with Andrea Jarosova, she wrote a feature comedy Martin and Venus (2013), which had more than 100000 viewers in cinemas and an audioplay The Darkness Therapy (2016), which won the Prix Bohemia organized by the Czech Radio.

    She also worked as a storyliner for a popular TV series The Street (2012), was a head writer for a development of TV dramedy A Good Year (2013) and is a long term collaborator of the Czech Television Film Centre where she works as a script editor.

    As a script editor, Kristina specializes on young authors, such as Heart of the Tower with Peter Budinsky and At the End of a String with Tomas Zahradka.

    She regularly participates in workshops both as a writer (Trieste International Workshop 2015, Midpoint TV Launch 2016) and as a script editor (Training the Trainers 2014).

    Zuzana Špidlová

    Film director and script-writer, holds a degree in Feature Film Direction from the FAMU Film Academy in Prague  and a Master‘s degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of Charles University. Her graduation film Bába was awarded the first price in the Cinéfondation Selection at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. This movie was showcased at a number of international film festivals and received many more prizes such as Prix Europeén France 2 at the 24th Brest European Short Film Festival.

    In recent years she has been predominantly working on various documentaries. The documentary series Čtyři v tom (Four Buns in the Oven) that she co-directed was extremely well received by both the TV audiance and the media. At the moment she is finalizing a five-part series focused on the lives of mentally-disadvantaged people.

    Europe, 2020. After an epidemic of suicides European Union decided to tattoo all the would-be suiciders with a semicolon – just like the moment in the sentence where it could end but still continues. They are also sent to an obligatory therapy for 100 people in special Suicide Centers. HELENA and ANNA meet each other […]

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    Agnieszka Zwiefka

    Agnieszka Zwiefka is an awarded documentary film director, winner of Silver Horn at Krakow Film Festival, the Big Golden Nanook at Flahertiana Festival, Urania Award at LET’S CEE Festival, Zoom Award at MFF T-Mobile New Horizons and many others. Her latest film „The Queen of Silence“ (2014) premiered at IDFA festival in Amsterdam in the main competition and was screened at over 50 festivals worldwide, awarded 15 times and coproduced by such TV stations as HBO Europe, ZDF/ARTE, SVT, YLE and RAI. In her films she balances between reality and fantasy, creating hybrids that cross the border between documentary and fiction. Agnieszka Zwiefka also holds a PhD degree in media studies and works as a lecturer at the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Wroclaw.