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  • The Sacrifice

    XV edition

    The Sacrifice

    The confessional is the most important place in Agnieszka’s world. It is where everyone receives instruction on how to live, name the unnamed, and perfect their character. Dressed in shades of the same color, members of the flock live in accordance with the order.

    In this ordered world, Agnieszka is afraid for her family. She is facing a difficult choice. Another pregnancy may make her sick, so she secretly asks the priest’s permission to take the Pill. A psychological game begins between Agnieszka, her Husband, and her Confessor, in which the roles of Victim, Executioner, and Savior are always shifting. Agnieszka is gradually drawn into a spiral of violence as her body begins to fail.


    Ewa Podgórska

    Film director, screenwriter and journalist.

    Ewa is a graduate of the National Film School in Lodz, the University of Lodz, and Wajda School. Her documentary debut “Diagnosis” was shown on three continents in many countries receiving numerous nominations and awards. Tadeusz Sobolewski recognized Podgórska as part of the “new wave in Polish cinema”, and the film was nominated for the Elbe Dock award for Best Debut in Central Europe. The Polish Film Academy nominated “Diagnosis” for the Orły 2019 Award. Ewa herself received a nomination from the Polish Directors’ Guild for the Krzysztof Krauze Prize. She has previously directed short films shown at numerous international festivals. As well as practicing film-craft, Ewa has had articles published in the most important film magazines in Poland. She wrote a series of essays describing the working methods of documentary directors from Europe and America. In her films, Ewa Podgórska combines modern methods of storytelling with deep psychologically truthful characters.


    Sebastian Wasiński

    Screenwriter, creative director, journalist.

    A graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw and screenwriting at the Academy of Film and Television in Warsaw, also the Annual Screenwriting Course at StoryLab.pro. Scholarship holder of the Polish Film Institute. Author of many advertising and marketing campaigns for the biggest companies in Poland. Winner of the “Creative of the year” MP Power Award. His debut script „There’s no other end” has been qualified for the Torino Film Lab scriptwriting workshops as part of Off Camera Pro Industry 2020. Also was recognized by the Polish Film Institute, which awarded the author a scholarship for its development. The project is in development now with the producer. In his scripts author flirts with many genres, but he’s not faithful to any of them. The most important thing for him is the depicted world, which organically influences the stories. As a good observer of reality, he creates dense, disturbing worlds full of metaphors referring to the contemporary world in crisis.

    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