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    Asen (40) lives between his work in a poultry slaughterhouse and his workshop where he is making kites, providing for his 13-year-old son Koko. They are very close to each other and those kites are the only colourful element in the gray, mundane lives. Asen is a loner, doesn’t fit the modern understanding of what is success.

    The town they are living in is preparing for building an expensive hotel. The residents are fixated on the false idea this project will pull them out of their misery.

    During an absurd case about a stolen bike of Koko’s, Asen realizes institutions have been making a fool out of him in front of his son. In an attempt to bring back his dignity, Asen refuses to sell his land for the hotel project and becomes a persona non grata for the town. His land is crucial and the investor threatens to pull out of the project. The town residents turn on Asen led by the mayor Balev. Versed in extortions and shakedowns, the mayor tries his best to put pressure on Asen.

    In an escalation of this conflict, Asen loses his job and his kite business after Balev tips off the tax police about missing permits. This makes Asen take the difficult decision of calling Elena, his exwife, to take their son with her, because he believes at least the child deserves to be saved.

    Asen is left with nothing and offers his land to Balev. The project is saved. The following morning, people face the terrible news the investor has been arrested and the project is off.

    Asen continues with his life, selling his kites on the road. There, he sees a father and his son fly one of his kites, happy and careless. For the first time Asen smiles with genuine happiness.

    Bulgaria

    Teodora Markova

    Teodora has a Master’s degree in TV Advertising from St.Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia. She worked as a journalist for 5 years, before starting her career as a screenwriter in 2009. Since then she has written and showrun several TV series and two feature films.

    Together with Nevena Kertova and Georgi Ivanov, she has created the crime drama ”Under Cover” (2011), which was distributed in 187 territories and was nominated for best foreign TV series at Monte Carlo Television Festival. Other of Teodora’s successful projects include the TV series ”Glass Home” (aired in 33 countries) and ”Revoluztion Z”. The team’s latest mini-series ”Father’s Day” (2019) has been selected in several forums – Venice International Film Festival – “Gap Financing Market”; Série Series Fontainebleau –projects in development; projects in development program – European TV Drama Lab, Berlinale 2017.

    The first feature movie of the team ”Bubblegum” was released in 2017 and won the Best Screenplay Award at the Bulgarian Film Festival Golden Rose. Their second film Letters from Antarctica was developed with the support of ScripTeast and will premiere in October 2019.

    Bulgaria

    Georgi Ivanov

    Georgi Ivanov has Master’s degree in “screenwriting for tv and cinema” from NBU – Sofia and teaching experience in different programs in NBU – Sofia and VUZF – Sofia.  Since 2006 year he has worked on short movies, tv series and feature movies.

    He’s best known works are the successful and awarded tv series “Glass Home” and “Undercover”, which was distributed in 187 territories and was nominated for best foreign TV series at Monte Carlo Television Festival.  Georgi is working for over 10 years with Teodora Markova and Nevena Kertova. Their last TV project was mini series “Fathers”day”, that has been selected in several forums – Venice International Film Festival – “Gap Financing Market”; Série Series Fontainebleau – projects in development; projects in development program -European TV Drama Lab, Berlinale 2017.

    Their first feature movie “Bubblegum” was released in 2017 and won the Best Screenplay Award at the Bulgarian Film Festival Golden Rose. Letters from Antarctica, which was developed with the support of ScripTeast, is the second movie the team created and it’s premiere is expected in October this year.

    Bulgaria

    Nevena Kertova

    Nevena Kertova graduated from NATFA, Sofia, in 2007 with a degree in Dramaturgy. She started her career as a screenwriter in 2009. Since then she has written several TV series and two feature films.

    Together with Teodora Markova and Georgi Ivanov, she has created the crime drama “Under Cover” (2011), which was distributed in 187 territories and was nominated for best foreign TV series at Monte Carlo Television Festival. Other of her successful projects include the TV series “Glass Home” (aired in 33 countries), “The Family” and “Revoluztion Z”. The team’s latest mini-series “Father’s Day” (2019) has been selected in several forums – Venice International Film Festival – “Gap Financing Market”; Série Series Fontainebleau –projects in development; projects in development program – European TV Drama Lab, Berlinale 2017.

    The first feature movie of the team “Bubblegum” was released in 2017 and won the Best Screenplay Award at the Bulgarian Film Festival Golden Rose. Their second film Letters from Antarctica was developed with the support of ScripTeast and will premiere in October 2019.

    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