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  • The Elevator

    XV edition

    The Elevator

    Peter, a precocious boy of 9, loves nothing more than to spend his summer breaks his grandparents’ house. Unfortunately, soon after his arrival, Peter notices something suspicious: Grandpa Peter goes to bed too early, easily tires, and talks less than usual. Grandpa Peter senses Peter’s unease and prepares a riddle in rhyme, hoping it will help Peter overcome his fears. Peter, along with his summertime friends, sets out to solve the riddle.

    The first lines take them to an abandoned building and a woman whom many call “The Witch”. She gives them a box of candies in different colors instead. After Peter and Rayna take RED candy, they are transported to a mystical place with a black gate: The Portal. The Portal is calling the name “Peter”. The kids try to peek inside, but the ghost of a boy stops them.

    Peter realizes that the Portal might be a gate to the Afterlife and maybe it was calling his grandfather, also named Peter. Peter decides to close the Portal before his grandfather’s condition gets worse.

    The kids learn that the ghost boy’s name was Todor and that he lived in an orphanage nearby some decades ago. They manage to steal some candy from the Witch’s apartment and start preparing for a battle with the Todor.

    When they get to the Portal again, the kids have to overcome various magical obstacles and confront Todor himself. They manage to defeat him and Peter closes the Portal. Sadly, when Peter gets back home, he finds out that his grandpa’s condition has worsened.

    Peter goes to “The Witch” for answers. After speaking to her, Peter realizes that closing the Portal might have been a mistake. Peter opens the Portal again and helps the boy ghost Todor to go through it. On the next day, Peter summons the strength to say goodbye to his Grandfather, hoping they will be together again in his next adventure.


    Aleksandar Spasov

    Aleksandar Spasov is a Bulgarian screenwriter.
    He has a BA in Screenwriting from Chapman University, CA. In 2011, he became part of the writing staff of the TV series “Undercover. He worked on season two, three, and four.
    In 2013, he joined the writing staff of the TV series “The fourth estate” to help finish the season. He has written the last three episodes of the season. Since 2015, Aleksandar is part of the writing staff of the TV series “Stolen life”. The series is currently in its 10th season.
    In 2017, Aleksandar helped with the production of the documentary “Invisible strings”, which later won the PLANET award at the 2018 Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival (FICMA). He also shares the “best TV script” award from the Bulgaria Film Academy, for his work in “The Fourth Estate” (2014), with the rest of the writing staff. In 2018, the writing staff of the TV series “Stole life” won the “best TV script” award on MEDIAMIXX.
    In 2020, Aleksandar won government funding from the National Film Center to write the screenplay for his project “THE ELEVATOR”.


    Miglena Dimova

    Miglena Dimova is a Bulgarian Scriptwriter and Script Supervisor. She was born on June 15th, 1984, in Dobrich, Bulgaria. She has a bachelor’s degree in Acting and a master‘s degree in directing from New Bulgarian University. Her thesis film is called “Carousel” (2016). Miglena Dimava-Kumitski is the creator of the TV show “The Challenge”. She has also written several short films: “The blue zone”(2012), “Pause”(2014), “Carousel” (2016), “Insomnia”(2018), and has been part of the writing staff of the TV Series “Stolen life” (2016). In 2017, Miglena won government funding from the National Film Center to write the screenplay for her project“MOTHER”.She has won several awards: Best short screenplay of Festival of Theatre and Film Arts “Novena Kokanova” for the short film “Pause” in 2014; special diploma of Summer Scriptwriting Base, Gabrovci in 2016, and a special diploma of Summer Scriptwriting Base, Bozhentsi in 2017 and 2018. In 2018 the project “MOTHER” is selected for the 13th edition of ScripTeastWorkshops. In 2019 the project “MOTHER” is selected for Sofia Meetings. In 2019 the project “MOTHER” won government funding for realization from the National Film Center. In 2020 Miglena won government funding from the National Film Center to write the screenplay for her project “THE ELEVATOR”.

    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

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    “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

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    “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