First session of the 14th edition of ScripTeast has ended
The first session of the 14th edition of ScripTeast, one of the most efficient training programs for screenwriters from Central and Eastern Europe, has just ended. During a week-long session held in Poland, authors of 11 scripts from eight countries who qualified to join the program developed their fiction feature film projects under the guidance of world-renowned industry professionals. Starting from the first session, the writers will have eight months of creative work in which they will be supported by Creative Advisors.
“The first, very intense and based on one-to-one meetings session created a unique opportunity for participants to get valuable advice and comments from fantastic Creative Advisors who accepted the invitation of the Independent Film Foundation to share their experience with screenwriters. Each day began early in the morning with the screening of the films that we were working on in the past years as part of the ScripTeast program, then followed individual meetings, deep script analysis, case study presentations and long hours of discussions until late at night. It was a true boot camp”, comments Violetta Kamińska, Managing Director of ScripTeast.
Starting from the first session in Poland, the writers will have eight months of intensive creative work in which they will be supported by Creative Advisors. They will continue polishing their scripts during two online sessions and stationary sessions held on the occasion of film festivals in Berlin and Cannes in 2020 that will feature the Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Award.
The group of Creative Advisors is composed of: Alain Berliner, Belgian director, screenwriter and producer of “My Life in Pink”, which was very well received at the Cannes festival, awarded the Golden Globe, European Film Award and many other awards; American screenwriter Don Bohlinger whose films and miniseries won or were nominated for more than forty international awards; Lars Hermann – Danish producer of world-famous series such as “Borgen”, “The Killing” and others; Ben Hopkins – British screenwriter and director, working primarily in Germany and Turkey, author of, among others, “37 Uses for a Dead Sheep”, awarded at festivals in Berlin and Toronto, and “The Market”, awarded at Locarno; Jimmy Karlsson, Swedish screenwriter and director, author of the award-winning “A Mother of Mine”; David Matamoros – Spanish director and producer at Zentropa Spain, associated with award-winning films such as “In a Better World” and “The House that Jack Build”; Joyce Pierpoline, a French-American producer of the iconic “Teeth”, awarded among others at Sundance and Berlin festivals, and Selina Ukwuoma – English script doctor, associated with such titles as BAFTA-awarded „Boy A” or the winner of several Goya statuettes “Summer 1993”.
The authors are supported by Heads of Studies, world-renowned industry professionals: Tom Abrams (award-winning screenwriter and director, recipient of an Academy Award Nomination, Emmy Award, and prizes at the Berlin, Cannes, Montreal and Karlovy Vary Film festivals, cooperating with Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, New Line Cinema, and Universal Pictures) and Christian Routh (script analyst and film consultant working for various filmmakers and institutions – in many countries: UK, the Netherlands, Qatar, Spain and others).
Projects selected for 14th edition of ScripTeast:
- Dyad – Yana Titova / Bulgaria
- Furious Beauty – Eliska Kovarikova, Štěpán Altrichter / Czech Republic
- Jimmy L. – Pavo Marinković / Croatia
- Lovable – Stanislavs Tokalovs, Waldemar Kalinovski / Latvia
- Me and My Brother – Maciej Sobieszczański, Grzegorz Puda / Poland
- Muteness – Jacek Piotr Bławut / Poland
- Orunia 4ever – Elżbieta Benkowska / Poland
- The Fortress and the Dervish – Vlastimir Sudar / Serbia
- The Lost Son – Darko Štante / Slovenia
- The Son of the Cigan’ – Gergely Fonyo / Hungary
- Windless – Teodora Markova, Pavel G. Vesnakov, Georgi Ivanov, Nevena Kertova / Bulgaria
ScripTeast is one of the most effective European training schemes, with 42 feature films produced that have been developed so far, together with 9 more that are currently in production. In total, 209 screenwriters representing 17 countries working on 149 projects have participated.
ScripTeast is organized by Independent Film Foundation, co-funded by Creative Europe – MEDIA Sub-Program of the EU, Apple Film Production, Polish Film Institute, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – Fund for the Promotion of Culture, in co-operation with the European Film Academy, Producers Network, European Producers Club, Transatlantic Partners, Filmarket Hub, ACE – Ateliers du Cinéma Européen and Film New Europe.