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  • Spinners

    XIII edition


    In a world, where alien creatures, SPINNERS, for years have replaced whole population with lifeless avatars, a college girl, CARLEEN, 20, on a dark night meets a mysterious young man, RICHARD, 20, who seems to have appeared from nowhere.

    City’s growing power cuts, which makes local citizens lose their minds, and growing suicide rate, caused by spreading virus, makes Carleen question her reality.

    After Carleen’s family goes missing, in her family home basement she stumbles upon doors to an underground world, where for centuries Spinners have lived and generated their wealth and power by sucking it out of remaining human bodies.

    Here she finds herself in midst of a raging virus, that threatens the existence of Spinner species by making them vulnerable, and a gory revolution, that’s led by a Spinner militant, BLACKWELL, 50, in order to save his kind, but mostly to save himself.

    Carleen and Richard are thrown in a journey to escape Spinner world and find the truth about their own. Only to find that Carleen plays a bigger part in this. Nothing here is what it seems. The only way out is by going deeper inside. But this is where the Spinners await and seem to predict their every move.


    Ivars Tontegode

    Director, writer

    The director of the film, Ivars Tontegode, is widely known for his urge to experiment
    and depict the inner struggle and evolution of strong personalities in a highly
    creative and modern manner. “Spinners” will be his second fiction film and first
    genre film.
    “Casting” (short) 2008
    “Mušas mantinieks” (short) 2008
    “Obsession” (short) 2009
    “Mushroomers” (feature) 2012
    “Knutification” (documentary) 2017
    “Spinners” (feature) 2018 –
    Latvian national film award “Lielais Kristaps” (“Obsession”)
    Warsaw International Film Festival – Best Director, Audience Award (Mushroomers)


    Rene Turtledove


    Rene Turtledove is born in Bauska, Latvia on the 16th of October 1991.
    From 2009 till 2011 he attended Riga Film school courses in writing, directing and history of film.
    Since 2014 Rene Turtledove has worked at film studio “Drejas” as a documentary film director and editor.
    Since 2015 Rene has worked in advertising as a director and editor for brand commercials.
    Since 2016 he started writing scripts and assisting the director for film studio “Platforma Film”.
    Since 2017 he has debuted as an animation film director with the film “The Esperance of Will”.



    Assistant to the director
    The Ring of Kings (fiction) 2018
    Ukraina (documentary) 2014
    4AM in the morning (documentary) 2015
    Boys (documentary) 2016
    The Esperance of Will (animation short) 2017
    Script Writer
    Lucky in Afghanistan (fiction) 2016 –
    The Esperance of Will (animation short) 2017
    Spinners 2018 –

    Udayan Prasad

    “ScripTeast is the programme all the advisors wish they could have attended at the start of their careers. It would have saved all that stumbling around in the dark looking for the key that stimulates the imagination so much more effectively.”

    BAFTA nominated, director of “My Son the Fanatic”, “The Yellow Hankerchief” and ”Opa!”, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, UK

    Tom Abrams

    “ScripTeast’s top-notch team of professional advisors, each year’s talented group of participants, and venues in Poland, Germany and France continue to make it the very best development workshop in the world today.”

    ScripTeast Head of Studies, Associate Professor – Screenwriting and Production at School of Cinematic Arts, USC, screenwriter and director, author of the script for the Oscar-nominated film “Shoeshine”, USA

    Scott Alexander

    “ScripTeast is a fascinating mix of cultures, political ideas, and voices. I learned a lot, and I think the participants learned a lot more. If only they served vodka!”

    Golden Globe awarded author of “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Ed Wood” with two Oscars, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, USA