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    XVI edition


    Belarus 2021. Winter. The country is taken over by a strong resistance movement against the oppressive regime.

    The conscripts in the military unit split into two groups. Yura is a victim of bullying and persecution, Gosha is one of the bullies. Both enemies become the accomplices of the death of one of the soldiers. It forces them to escape together. Hating each other, feeling guilty, they have to continue their way together. Yura wants to seek political asylum in Poland. Being afraid to come back, Gosha follows him, having no idea what’s next.

    On their way they discover New Belarus. They spend a night in the rural House of Culture where the locals celebrate the Day of a Soldier. They hide behind the curtain and observe the ruins of the ancient totalitarian Belarusian regime. They spend another night in the church where by chance there are female protesters, getting hidden from the Special Forces who blackmail to put them to prison and kill because they were at the protest. Next day Yura and Gosha come to the shop to buy some food but the shop assistant refuses to serve them as they are wearing a military uniform. Yura gets angry, he takes his military clothes off as he hates them too. They escape together with stolen bread. They both get mad, blame each other for the cowardice as they think they could save the killed soldier from death. At night they come to the village and get into an abandoned house as it gets cold. The house happens to be not abandoned – there is a weak woman who is seriously sick. After a serious fight in the steam bath, they steal a car from Gosha’s father and go to the Polish border.

    In the last Belarusian city, they get into a huge protest. Being impressed by the people, they get out of the car and get lost in the crowd.


    Vlada Senkova

    Vlada Senkova is a film director and scriptwriter, born in 1986 in Belarus. She graduated in computer linguistics from the Belarusian State University in 2010 and then in film directing and screenwriting from the Minsk Film School in 2013. In the year 2019 Vlada entered the School of Wajda in Warsaw with the project “Yurki”, which is applied here.


    Larisa Oleinik

    Larisa Oleinik was born in Gomel (Belarus). She graduated from the Gomel State University with a specialty in physics and then from the Moscow Mitta Film School with a specialty in film producer and screenwriting. Since the year 2017 Larisa has been working as a producer and screenwriter.

    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