Strip your script. Make it better. We will take it worldwide.
Each May, we gather in Cannes to celebrate the scriptwriters who have participated in ScripTeast over the past year and award the best of their scripts the Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Award at a ceremony by the sea. Of course this year circumstances dictate that we must put on our cocktail attire and sip our champagne at home instead. It is in the nature of creativity to persevere, and with it, our industry perseveres too. We must move forward just as surely as we must make films – the call of creativity cannot be denied. And so we move onwards, with our support for the best CEE writers, providing them with the wisest advice and expertise of top international professionals. Our goal is, as always, to help scriptwriters navigate the industry, never give up, and make films for the burgeoning global audience. So far, 43 of these films have been made to box office and critical acclaim, with just the most recent success being Vaclav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird,” the story of which, in itself, is a great lesson in perseverance.
Violetta Kamińska ScripTeast Managing Director
Izabela Wójcik Independent Film Foundation, Director
Fully polished through hard work with the help of our distinguished advisors, we present to you here 11 of the best projects and authors from this part of Europe, amongst which we hope you might find the next great internationally acclaimed discovery. We are very grateful to the diverse group of professionals who accept our invitation to be Creative Advisers each year, our Heads of Studies, Tom Abrams and Christian Routh, and to all the institutions who have been supporting ScripTeast over the years. We look forward to continuing this work together for years to come.
Dariusz Jabłoński ScripTeast President WWW
THE KRZYSZTOF KIEŚLOWSKI SCRIPTEAST AWARD Every year The Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Award for the Best Eastern European Script is presented to the author of the best participating project, as selected by the Artistic Board: Doreen Boonekamp, Sandy Lieberson, Antonio Saura, Manfred Schmidt, Simon Perry and the ScripTeast’s Heads of Studies, Tom Abrams and Christian Routh. The Award is accompanied by a 10 000 Euro prize money to be spent on further work on the project.
THE KRZYSZTOF KIEÅ&#x161;LOWSKI SCRIPTEAST AWARD
BROTHER MACIEJ SOBIESZCZAŃSKI, GRZEGORZ PUDA / POLAND
DYAD YANA TITOVA / BULGARIA IGERGELY AM AFONYO GYPSY / HUNGARY
BEST SCRIPTS FROM CEE DEVELOPED WITHIN XIV SCRIPTEAST
FURIOUS BEAUTY ELIŠKA KOVÁŘÍKOVÁ, ŠTĚPÁN ALTRICHTER / CZECH REPUBLIC
LOVABLE STANISLAVS TOKALOVS, WALDEMAR KALINOVSKI / LATVIA THE COLONEL AND THE DERVISH VLASTIMIR SUDAR / SERBIA TREMBLING GIANT JACEK PIOTR BŁAWUT / POLAND
JIMMY L. PAVO MARINKOVIĆ / CROATIA ORUNIA 4EVER ELŻBIETA BENKOWSKA / POLAND THE LOST SON DARKO ŠTANTE / SLOVENIA
WINDLESS TEODORA MARKOVA, GEORGI IVANOV, NEVENA KERTOVA / BULGARIA WWW
MACIEJ SOBIESZCZAŃSKI Poland
Maciej is a director and screenwriter. As a director, Sobieszczanski made his debut with Łukasz Ronduda with the film “Performer,” a story from the borderland of arts, about the real-life outstanding Polish artist Oskar Dawicki. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015 and received the Think: The Award. The film was shown in major galleries around the world, including at Tate Modern in London. For his second film “Zgoda” (Reconciliation) he received the Best Director Award at the Montreal Intenational Film Festival 2017.
A young judo champion struggles to hold his family together after his father is sent to prison. 14 year-old Dawid could become a judo champion, if it wasn’t for his short temper and aggression he finds hard to control. It’s the only legacy he has from his violent, imprisoned father. Dawid struggles to live up to his mother’s hopes for him while keeping an eye on his conniving 9 year-old brother. He gets a chance to turn his life around when he’s invited to an important judo tournament in Berlin. But will he have what it takes to seize this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity?
11 BEST SCRIPTS
YANA TITOVA Bulgaria
Yana Titova is a Bulgarian writer/ director/actress who spends her time between Sofia and London. After having a very successful career as an actress, Yana has changed her professional path towards directing. Yana is a Berlinale Talent Campus Alumni. Her career started with three award-winning fiction short films “The Bridge”, “Solveig”, “The House”, and the documentary “88MHz”, which screened widely and garnered numerous awards. Yana’s directorial feature film debut “A Dose Of Happiness” had its wide theatrical release in Bulgaria in November 2019 and became the highest-grossing Bulgarian film of 2019 holding the eight place of all-time cinema admissions for Bulgarian-made films. Following its success in Bulgaria, the film will be shown on HBO Europe in May 2020.
Smart, angry, self-reliant Dida will stop at nothing on the way to her one tangible goal that justifies all moral compromises – to buy a plane ticket, so she can join her estranged mother in the USA. A special offer on a ticket to Dida’s dream of a new life in New York with her mother will expire in a few hours. Dida steals, blows and bullies to raise the cash, but as the pressure mounts, she goes berserk and is suspended from school. To cap it all, her pregnancy test reads positive. Finally, she is able to talk about her plans with her elusive mother, Zoya, which reveals a truth she has been blind to – Zoya, now working as a prostitute, never intended to take her daughter to America with her. Dida snaps and spirals into extreme behaviour with fatal consequences.
11 BEST SCRIPTS
ELIŠKA KOVÁŘÍKOVÁ Czech Republic
A Dramaturgy and Scriptwriting master’s student at the Prague film school FAMU, where she directed several short films. In 2017 she founded film-acting classes for children in Prague, where she still works as a lecturer. „Furious Beauty” won development prizes at Karlovy Vary IFF in 2019 and at Famufest in 2018.
Five women named Eliska represent several generations of a witty and eccentric Czech family. During a big Catholic festival in a small town, each one of them has her own adventures.
ŠTĚPÁN ALTRICHTER Czech Republic
A HFF Konrad Wolf Potsdam-Babelsberg graduate. His debut feature film “Schmitke” won the Best Eastern European debut in Cottbus, best Czech debut in Pilsen, Fipresci Award in Schwerin and others. His second feature “National Street” was made with the participation of Eurimages. He is currently preparing to direct the German film “Runner” which he also wrote.
Welcome to a small, ordinary Czech town, changed beyond recognition once a year during a big Catholic pilgrimage. Every Christian family wants to host the miracle-working image of the Virgin Mary in their home, including GRANDMOTHER (66). She is determined to use any means necessary to get the picture for the 100th birthday of her mother – GREATGRANDMOTHER (99). Meanwhile, her family arrives for the festival – MOTHER (37), BIG SISTER (15) and LITTLE SISTER (6), each with her own special problem and secret desire. And strange similarities are beginning to appear in everyone’s lives.
11 BEST SCRIPTS
I AM A GYPSY
GERGELY FONYO Hungary
Gergely is a prolific feature film and television director. His directorial debut “Johnny Famous“ won Best Picture at the Hungarian Film Week in 2000. His musical comedy feature “Made in Hungaria” was selected for Karlovy Vary Variety Critics Choice Section and won Best Picture at the Granada Film Festival in 2009. “The House of the Stone Monkeys”, a TV-movie he directed, was selected for at Banff World Media Festival, and the Sichuan International TV Festival in 2015. His other notable work includes HBO Hungary’s dramedy series “Tarsas Jatek”. Gergely is recently focusing on writing his own scripts. As an author, he is interested in telling stories of how traumatic childhood experiences, addiction, social discrimination, abuse, and minority existence shape our lives and identity.
Can a child beat prejudice, or will prejudice beat the child? A gay Romani boy’s struggle for education in the segregated school system of small town Hungary. Hungarians and Gypsies have been living together for centuries. The status quo is that the Hungarians are smart and the Gypsies are stupid. There is a gay, 7-year-old boy, Lali, who wants to challenge this. But he does the unpardonable: he wins a competition against Hungarian kids. The powers that be turn against him and take away everything from Lali. They kick him out of school, they humiliate him, let him starve. The only thing they can’t take away is Lali’s victory. He&#39;s proven that a Gypsy can be as smart, if not smarter, than a white Hungarian if he’s given an equal opportunity.
11 BEST SCRIPTS
PAVO MARINKOVIĆ Croatia
Born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1967, Pavo graduated with a degree in Dramaturgy at the ADU in Zagreb. His first theatre plays were released in the early 90s and won a lot of domestic awards. After a 10-year tenure as a commissioning editor for the public broadcaster HRT (1996-2005), he started a career as a freelancing writer-director. He has made three feature films, “Ministry of Love” (2016), “Love Life of a Gentle Coward” (2009), “Trešeta” (2006), and one feature documentary “Occupation, the 27th Picture” (2013).
An African-American boxing champion goes to Europe to regain his pride, but when the Nazis take over, he struggles to keep his honor. On the eve of World War II, Jimmy Lyggett, a Black American boxing champion travels to Zagreb with his Croatian fiancée hoping to establish himself as a boxing trainer. After the Nazis take power, he becomes the coach of the national team but must struggle against racism and his own conflicting allegiances.
His films were screened at prestigious film festivals such as Montreal World FF, Karlovy Vary IFF, IFF Mannheim-Heidelberg, FF Kerala, Pula FF, Sarajevo FF, Chicago IFF, etc and won some awards (Mannheim, Pula, Alexandria, Houston, Bergamo, Napoli, Bucharest).
11 BEST SCRIPTS
STANISLAVS TOKALOVS Latvia
Stanislavs started working on sets in all possible positions, including stunts, at the age of 19 while studying film directing in Raindance Film School. His short film “A Little Longer” was awarded National prize “Lielais Kristaps” in 2015 and has been selected for various film festivals. His first feature, “What Nobody Can See,” premiered at Moscow IFF and won the Silver Screen Prize at Hollywood Film Festival.
Matiss has it all figured out – a well-balanced life with the widowed Agate and her little daughter Stasija, a well-paid job as a housing repossession manager and a well-managed fling on the side. He has the wits, has the charm, yet he’s unattached, keeping his options open for greater success surely coming his way soon enough.
WALDEMAR KALINOVSKI Latvia
Polish-American filmmaker with 29 feature film credits as production designer, 15 as an actor, 3 as producer and 2 as a screenwriter. Waldemar currently works out of Riga, Latvia, in partnership with Stanislavs Tokalovs. He received a Master of Arts degree from Cal Arts and has presented various seminars on a range of aspects of filmmaking in Latvia, Denmark, Sweden, and the US.
Matiss, 26 lives in the home of Agate, 43 and her daughter Stasija, 9. He has a good job and a sexy young lover, but when Agate suddenly dies, he is asked to take responsibility for Stasija. His corrupt boss suggests he ditch the little girl and keep the house by forging a few documents. Matiss goes for it and sends Stasija to an orphanage. But his lover turns on him and his boss tricks him into repossessing the house for himself. Matiss’ dreams are in ruins, and all his friends have deserted him, but Stasija calls to ask for his help, and it dawns on him that she may be his only true friend. 11 BEST SCRIPTS
ELŻBIETA BENKOWSKA Poland
Born in the year of the dragon, proud inhabitant of Orunia, daughter of a shipyard worker and an accountant, sister of a mathematician, granddaughter of three Kashubians, and a citizen of the Free City of Danzig, who decided to become a film director. For her short film “Olena” she received several awards, including a Palme d’Or nomination in the short film category at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. She went on to direct the first part of the film triptych “The New World” produced by Akson Studio. Currently, she is working on the script for her featurelength debut “Orunia 4ever”, for which she already received a Special Prize in The ScriptPro 2019 Contest.
In a reborn Poland, two young guys set up Poland’s first independent television, bringing the local community together but challenging their friendship. When they unwittingly start a pirate TV station, best friends Sebbie and Boggie dream of a bright future full of fame and fortune. But they have to conceal their activities from both the communist authorities and the new militant opposition. It seems that the only one who can help them succeed is the local gangster boss, but as their operation grows, broadcasting forbidden porn, local news stories and amateur karate movies, the boys’ friendship is challenged. They now have to decide what are their real priorities; fame or friendship?
11 BEST SCRIPTS
VLASTIMIR SUDAR Serbia
Vlastimir Sudar is a writer, director, and producer born in Sarajevo, who studied filmmaking in London at the Central Saint Martins College. He has a Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Vlastimir completed his first feature-length fiction film “Granice kiše” (“Borders, Raindrops”) with a colleague in 2018, which was screened at 30 festivals since, winning 13 awards. The project was developed at Sarajevo Film Faestival’s CineLink program, where it won an award for the script. Vlastimir also directed short films, pop-videos and short fashion films. He wrote a book about the famous Yugoslav filmmaker Aleksandar Petrović, entitled “A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident”, published in English in 2013 and in Serbian in 2017.
THE COLONEL AND THE DERVISH While political dogma clashes with long-established religions in post-War Serbia, a secret agent’s loyalty to the state is tested when she confronts her old, war-time lover, who is now a devout Muslim dervish. Yana is a secret service agent sent to a remote Serbian town to investigate religious leaders who are defying the strict state system after the Second World War. Communist Yugoslavia has just broken its ties with Stalin, so its own dogma is firmer than ever. Yana’s rebellious new colleagues complicate her mission, but it is her old flame from the War – now a local Muslim dervish – who compels her to challenge her beliefs. In the struggle to remain faithful to their dogmas, it is only love that may be able to save them from themselves.
11 BEST SCRIPTS
THE LOST SON
DARKO ŠTANTE Slovenia
Filmmaker from Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has a master’s degree in Film Direction from the national film academy in Ljubljana. He made several shorts and documentary films. Some were shown on the Slovenian national television. “Consequences” (2018) was his feature debut. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018. It’s been selected at over 40 international film festivals and received great reviews from the press (Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, Variety, etc.) It won the Best Direction award at the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film, as well as the FIPRESCI award and others. It got several international awards. The film has been distributed in several countries (USA, France, Germany, Taiwan, Spain, HBO Europe, etc.).
Meeting again after a decade, two brothers have to face the consequences of the violence in their childhood. Andrej (38) is a policeman working on family violence cases who lives a settled life with his girlfriend. Called out to a domestic incident, he encounters his violent brother, Kristian, whom he has not seen for ten years, and Andrej’s life turns upside down. While trying to reconcile with his temperamental brother, he himself becomes more unpredictable and aggressive, and jeopardizes everything he has struggled to build in his life. To save himself he will have to confront the dark past he tried to escape from.
11 BEST SCRIPTS
JACEK PIOTR BŁAWUT Poland
Jacek Piotr Bławut - director, scriptwriter, and cinematographer, a graduate of Wajda School and The Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. His feature „The Day of Chocolate” received the Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Award for the Best Eastern European Script in Cannes 2018, Teachers’ Award at International Young Audience Film Festival ALE KINO in Poznań 2018 and INIS Prize at Montréal International Children’s Film Festival 2019. He is also a winner of Best Documentary Prize at Krakow Film Festival and Special Mention at the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE 2016 for „Samotność dzwięku”. A member of the Polish Film Academy.
After the trees decide to leave our planet, the world faces extinction. In order to save the last forest left on Earth, Helen, a young eco-terrorist, has to fight against her own kind and also her own mother. The near future, 16-year-old Helen is living in the time of the great “tree exodus” that has been underway for years. All the trees are uprooting themselves and drifting off into space, leaving humanity on the brink of extinction. The last forest left on Earth, named the TREMBLING GIANT, will soon depart our planet. In order to save human civilization, mankind has been forced to enslave the Giant, but rebellious young Helen believes that respecting the will of the trees is our only hope. To prove it, and to save the forest, she will have to find the source of the exodus. But what if she is the one driving it?
11 BEST SCRIPTS
TEODORA MARKOVA GEORGI IVANOV NEVENA KERTOVA Bulgaria
Teodora Markova is a film and TV writer who has been working with Nevena Kertova and Georgi Ivanov for over 10 years. Their first feature movie “Bubblegum” (2017), won the Best Screenplay Award at the Bulgarian National Awards Golden Rose. It was followed by “Letters from Antarctica” (2019), developed with the support of ScripTeast. The team has created five TV series, among which is “Under Cover” (2011), distributed in 187 territories and nominated for best foreign TV series at Monte Carlo Television Festival. Their latest mini-series “Father’s Day” (2019) was presented at several forums: Venice International Film Festival – Gap Financing Market; Série Series Fontainebleau – projects in development; Berlinale 2017, European TV Drama Lab – projects in development program.
In a remote village the corrupt mayor and his supporters are preparing for the construction of a casino, but they need to buy the land owned by some villagers. One of them, a kite maker, determined to teach his son integrity, refuses to sell, and all hell breaks loose. Asen is a kite maker who lives with his son in a village that is preparing to build a casino and make everyone rich. When the boy’s bike is stolen, the authorities cover up the crime, leading Asen to confront the endemic corruption. He refuses to sell his land for the casino and becomes the most hated man in the village. In the ensuing confrontations his tortured son turns to violence. Asen is forced to betray his principles in order to protect him and lets him leave for a new life with his mother, while he is left alone to face an uncertain future. Desperate to build the casino, the villagers sell the cemetery and exhume the bodies of their ancestors. 11 BEST SCRIPTS
ABOUT SCRIPTEAST ScripTeast is a year-long, project-based training program for professional screenwriters from Central and Eastern Europe. Participation in the program helps the writer develop the script with international audiences in mind, as well as meet and understand the global film industry. Currently in its 14th edition, the program runs from October till May each year and is punctuated by stationary sessions in Poland, Berlin, and Cannes. The first stationary session in Poland is an intensive week focused on 1-on-1 meetings with internationally acclaimed Creative Advisors to get the creative juices flowing, analyze the aspects of the script that can attract an abovenational audience and put the rewriting process on a path to success. The work continues during an online session - a period of intensive work on the script and consultation with experts globally. The program continues at Berlinale where writers meet the international industry - producers, sales agents, distributors, funds experts. The work on the script continues, and the path is set for the final rewrite - the everimportant draft in with a chance for the Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award. The final session at Cannes FF is a time of intensive industry networking and promoting scripts and they authors. Here, the program culminates with Ceremony during which the ScripTeast Award bearing the name of legendary director and scriptwriter Krzysztof Kieślowski is given to the best script, as chosen by the Artistic Board.
XIV SCRIPTEAST FAMILY Application deadline: July 31st apply.scripteast.pl WWW
X I V CREATIVE
HEADS OF STUDIES
CREATIVE ADVISORS PREVIOUS EDITIONS Tom ABRAMS
Wiebke VON CAROLSFELD
Robert PAUL MILLER
THE WINNERS THE KRZYSZTOF KIEŚLOWSKI SCRIPTEAST AWARD 5th edition
THE PROSECUTOR THE DEFENDER THE FATHER AND HIS SON
THE JAPANESE DOG
Ioan Antoci (Romania)
Zuzana Liova (Slovakia)
Bartek Konopka, Przemysław Nowakowski (Poland)
Iglika Triffonova (Bulgaria)
Benedek Fliegauf (Hungary)
THE DAY OF CHOCOLATE Jacek Blawut (Poland)
THE APARTMENTS Martins Slisans (Latvia)
THE WINNERS THE KRZYSZTOF KIEŚLOWSKI SCRIPTEAST AWARD 9th edition
FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE
Simeon Ventsislavov, Milko Lazarov (Bulgaria)
Kuba Czekaj (Poland)
Ivan Marinović (Montenegro)
Evita Nausova, Viktor Taus (Czech Rep.)
WHEN THE TREES FALL by Marysia Nikitiuk (Ukraine)
Maya Vitkova-Kosev (Bulgaria)
PROJECTS PRODUCED st 1 edition
PROJECTS PRODUCED RUN TO GROUND
Hungary / UK 2010 written by Balazs Lovas directed by Zsombor Dyga • Best Editing, Hungarian Film Week
Slovakia 2011 written and directed by Zuzana Liova • World premiere at 61st Berlinale • Anonimul Trophy, Anonimul International Independent Film Festival, 2011 • Audience Award - Best Slovak Film, Bratislava International Film Festival, 2011 • New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize, Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2012 • 5 Slovak Film And TV Academy Awards: Best Feature Film, Best Film Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in Leading role Nominations: • Sutherland Trophy, British Film Institute Awards, 2011 • International Jury Award, São Paulo International Film Festival, 2011 • 12 nominations to Slovak Film And TV Academy Awards
Bulgaria 2010 written by Borislav Chouchkov and Dimitar Kotzev directed by Viktor Chouchkov • Selected as the Bulgarian entry for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’, 84th Academy Awards • Best Debut Feature, Raindance IFF, UK • Best Editing Award, Woodstock Film Festival, USA • Best Main Actor, Best Supporting Actor & Special Jury Award, Golden Rose Film Festival
PROJECTS PRODUCED nd 2
Slovenia 2011 written and directed by Jan Cvitkovič • Best International Feature Film, Feature Film Competition, 12st IFFI International Film Festival Innsbruck, Austria • Vesna Award, Best live-action film, 14th Festival of Slovenian Film • Vesna Award, Best director, 14th Festival of Slovenian Film • Vesna Award, Best Cinematography, 14th Festival of Slovenian Film
THE CORPSE COLLECTOR
Bulgaria 2015 written by Marin Damianov and Juliana Stoyanova • Best Screenwriter Award, 33rd Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival, 2015
Switzerland / North Macedonia / Ireland 2018 written by Mitko Panov and Władysław Pasikowski directed by Mitko Panov • world premiere at Geneva International Film Festival
Germany / Hungary / France 2010 written and directed by Benedek Fliegauf • Junior Jury Award – ‘Environment Is Quality of Life’ Prize Nominations: • Golden Leopard, Locarno International Film Festival • Northern German Film Award, ‘Best Feature Film’
PROJECTS PRODUCED rd 3
A FRIEND OF MINE
Estonia 2011 written and directed by Mart Kivastik Nominations: • Heave(i)n Estonian Film Award, 15th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Croatia / Serbia / Slovenia 2012 written and directed by Igor Mirkovic • Celebrate Age Best Film, Bombay International Film Festival, 2012 • Golden Arena, Pula Film Festival 2012 Nominations: • Best Film, Napoli Film Festival, 2013
Hungary / Romania / Sweden 2011 written by Judit Elek and Laszlo Berger directed by Judit Elek • Best Film, Louisville International Film Festival, 2012
THE JAPANESE DOG
Romania 2018 written by Ioan Antoci directed by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu • Gopos Award, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Gopo Awards Romania, 2014 • Competition 1-2 Award, Warsaw International Film Festival • Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at 87th Academy Awards • Opened at Sans Sebastian Film Festival, 2013 Nominations: • Best Eastern European Film Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2014 • Gopos Award, Best Feature Film, Gopo Awards Romania 2014 • Gopos Award, Best First Feature Film, Gopo Awards Romania 2014 • Gopos Award, Best Art Direction, Gopo Awards Romania 2014
PROJECTS PRODUCED th 4
Romania 2017 written by Iulia Rugina, Oana Rasuceanu and Ana Agopian, directed by Iulia Rugina • Best starting performance at Karlovy Vary IFF 2017 Nominations: • Crystal Globe for Best Film, Karlovy Vary IFF, 2017 • Prize Trieste for Best Feature Film, Trieste FF, 2018
Bulgaria 2017 written and directed by Rouzie Hassanova • Audience Award for Best Film, Sofia IFF, 2018 Nominations: • Golden Anchor Award for Best Film, Haifa IFF, 2017 • Emerging Filmmaker Award for Best Film, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, 2018 • Golden Barge for Best Film, Vukovar Film Festival, 2018
THE DAY OF CHOCOLATE Poland 2018 written by Jacek Piotr Bławut and Anna Onichimowska, directed by Jacek Piotr Bławut • The Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award, Cannes 2010 • International Young Audience Film Festival Teachers award Nominations: • Golden Claw Award, Gdynia Film Festival, 2018 • Golden Goats, International Young Audience Film Festival, 2018 • Main competition, Youth and Cinema Debut Film Festival, Koszalin, 2018
PROJECTS PRODUCED th 4
THE POSSIBILITIES OF MAKING FRIENDS
Hungary 2007 written and directed by Gabor Ferenczi • Best TV-film in 40th Hungarian Film Week
Bulgaria / Germany / Croatia 2014 written and directed by Stephan Komandarev • Best Film, Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival, 2014 • Best Actor, Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival, 2014 Nominations: • Grand Prix, Warsaw International Film Festival, 2014
Lithuania / France / Belgium 2012 written by Kristina Buožytė, Bruno Samper directed by Kristina Buožytė • Directed by Kristina Buožytė (Lithuania) • Best Film, The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, 2013 • Best Screenplay, Fantastic Fest, Texas, 2012 • Best Director, Fantastic Fest, Texas, 2012 • ‘East of the west’ special mention, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2012 • Special Mention, Neutchatel film festival, 2012 • Emeric Pressburger prize, Miscolci film festival • Special Mention, Palic Film Festival, Serbia • Méliès d’Argent, Lund international film festival • Méliès d’Or prize, Sitges fantastic film festival • Best film at Vancouver’s Rio Grind FF
PROJECTS PRODUCED th 5
Hungary 2014 written by Bence Miklauzič & Ferenc Lengyel directed by Bence Miklauzič Nominations: • Golden Spike, Valladolid International Film Festival, 2014 • Free Spirit Award, Warsaw International Film Festival
Poland 2015 wirtten and directed by Artur Urbański • Złoty Szczeniak, Best Male Leading role, FAF, 2015 • Jantar Award for Best Sound, Youth and Cinema Debut Film Festival, Koszalin, 2015 Nominations: • Main competition, Youth and Cinema Debut Film Festival, Koszalin, 2015
Slovenia / North Macedonia / Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016 written by Damjan Kozlole, Ongjen Svilicic directed by Damjan Kozole • Best Director Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016
THE PROSECUTOR THE DEFENDER THE FATHER AND HIS SON
Bulgaria / Sweden / Netherlands 2015 written and directed by Iglika Triffonova • The Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award, Cannes 2011 • Best Director, Best Cinemtography, Best Score, Best Editing, Best Supportig Actor, Bulgarian Film Awards, 2016 • Special Jury Mention, Golden Apricot Festival Film of Yerevan, 2016 • Jury Special Mention, Feature Competition, Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF, 2016 • Silver Seagul Award for Best Film, Sofia IFF, 2016 • FIPRESCI prize – special mention, Tallin, Black Nights Film Festival, 2015
WARSAW BY NIGHT
Poland 2015 written by Natalia Koryncka-Gruz & Marek Modzelewski directed by Natalia Koryncka-Gruz
PROJECTS PRODUCED st 6 edition
Hungary 2015 written and directed by Krisztina Goda • Best Actor, Hungarian Film Week, 2016 Nominations: • Best Editing, Hungarian Film Week, 2016 • Intercontinental Prize for Best Picture, World Premieres Film Festival
Czech Republic / Slovakia / Poland 2016 written by Anna Fifkova and Michal Kollar, directed by Michal Kollar • Biggest ever domestic opening in Slovakia. The film is TOP20 of the Slovak box office
Bulgaria 2015 written by Svetoslav Ovtcharov, Svetla Tsotsorkova directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova • European Discovery of the Year – EFA nomination • Best Fiction Film – Crossing Europe Film Festival 2016 • Special Jury Award – Minsk International Film Festival 2015 • Best Cinematography and Best Debut Golden Rose 2015
PROJECTS PRODUCED th 7
Bulgaria 2018 written by Svetoslav Ovcharov, Bojan Vuletich, Nadejda Koseva directed by Nadejda Koseva • Best Debut Film at Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema • Golden Rose Award & Award of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers at Golden Rose Bulgarian Feature Film Festival • Golden Owl Award Tirana International Film Festival for Best Feature Film • Ecumenical Jury Award & Special Jury Award at Warsaw International Film Festival
Czech Republic / Slovakia / Ukraine 2019 written and directed by Václav Marhoul • 92nd Academy Awards shortlist for Best International Feature Film • UNICEF Award - Venice Film Festival 2019 • Bronze Frog and FIPRESCI Award, Camerimage 2019 • Best Cinematography Award at Chicago International Film Festival 2019 • Best Director Award at FEST International Film Festival 2020 • 9 Chech Lions 2020: Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Art Direction, Best Costumes, Best Film Poster
Belgium / Poland 2018 written by Bartosz Konopka, Przemysław Nowakowski, Anna Wydra, directed by Bartosz Konopka • The Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award, Cannes 2013 • Golden Lion for Best Cinematography, Gdynia FF, 2018 Nominations: • Golden Lions for Best Film, Gdynia FF 2018
Bulgaria / Germany / North Macedonia / Serbia / Belgium 2020 written by Hilary Norrish, Dolya Gavanski, Zachary Karabashliev directed by Viktor Chouchkov
PROJECTS PRODUCED th 8
Hungary 2017 written by Márta Mészáros, Jancsó Zoltán & Pataki Éva directed by Márta Mészáros • Audience choice Award for Best Narrative Foreign-Language Feature, Chicago IFF, 2018 • Special Recognition, Closing Night Film, Stony Brook Film Festival, 2018 Nominations: • Best Sound, Hungarian Film Week, 2017
Lithuania / Latvia 2018 written by Saulius Drunga, Ignas Miškinis directed by Ignas Miškinis • 2 Lithuanian Film Awards • shown at Goa IFF, Festival des Films du Monde, Vilnius IFF and others
Romania 2017 written by Anca Buja and Cristi Iftime directed by Cristi Iftime • FEDEORA Award, Karlovy Vary IFF, 2017 Nominations: • East of West Award, Karlovy Vary IFF, 2017 • Young Talent Award, Hamburg Film Festival, 2017
MINISTRY OF LOVE
Croatia 2016 written and directed by Pavo Marinkovic • Platinium Remi Award for Best Film, WorldFest Houston, 2017
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Bulgaria / Germany / France 2018 written by Milko Lazarov and Simeon Ventsislavov, directed by Milko Lazarov • World premiere Berlinale 2018 • The Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award, Cannes 2015 • Golden Rose for Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Bulgarian Feature Film Festival, 2018 • Grand Prix for Best Film, Cabourg Romantic Film Festival, 2018 • Best Film at Cairo International Film Festival, 2018 • Golden Raven for Best Film and Special Jury Prize, Chukotka International Arctic Film Festival, 2018 • Best Director Award, Eurasian International Film Festival, 2018 • Grand Prix for Best Movie, Farj International Film Festival, 2018 • Best Film, Free Zone Film Festival, 2018 • Best Technical Contribution, International Film Festival & Awards Macao, 2018 • Special Jury Award, International Film Festival of India, 2018 • Audience Award for Best Feature, Ljubljana International Film Festival, 2018 • Special Jury Award for International Feature Film Competition, Malatya International Film Festival, 2018 • Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Film, Sarajevo Film Festival, 2018 • NDR Director’s Award for Best Director, Schwerin Art Of Film Festival, 2018 • Green Spike & Pilar Miró Award for Best New Director, Valladolid International Film Festival, 2018
Hungary 2018 written and directed by Árpád Borden • World premiere at Panorama section of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, 2018 • Special Jury Award for Best Film Sofia International Film Festival, 2018
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Czech Republic / Slovakia / Germany 2016 written by Alex Koenigsmark, Petr Kolecko & Julius Sevcik directed by Julius Sevcik • World premiere at 67th BERLINALE • 14 Czech Film Award Nominations (in all possible categories). The ceremony will be held on March 4th 2017
THE MAN WHO LOOKS LIKE ME
Estonia 2017 written and directed by Katrin Maimik & Andres Maimik Nominations: • East of West Award, Karlovy Vary IFF, 2017
THE MAN WITH THE MAGIC BOX
Italy / Poland 2017 written and directed by Bodo Kox • Asteroid Award Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 2017 • Best Score Polish Film Festival 2017
Poland 2017 written and directed by Anna Jadowska • Best Film of the 27th FilmFestival Cottbus • Golden Tapes award for best domestic film released in Polish cinemas in 2017 • Stockholm Impact Award 2017
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A PICTURE WITH YUKI Bulgaria 2019 written by Luchezar Avramov and Dimiter Stoyanovich directed by Luchezar Avramov
Lithuania / Ukraine / Latvia / Spain 2019 written by Kristupas Sabolius, Ignas Jonynas directed by Ignas Jonynas • Glocal in Progress Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival
LETTERS FROM ANTARCTICA
Bulgaria 2019 written by Teodora Markova, Georgi Ivanov & Nevena Kertova directed by Stanislav Donchev
WHEN THE TREES FALL
Ukraine / Poland / North Macedonia 2018 written and directed by Marysia Nikitiuk • The Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award, Cannes 2016 • Silver Peacock for Best Actress, International Film Festival of India, 2018 • Golden Duke for Best Acting, Odessa International Film Festival, 2018 • Ukrainian Film Critics Award for Discovery of the Year, 2018 Nominations: • Best First Feature Award and Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 2018 • New Talent Grand Prix, CPH PIX, 2018 • Best Feature Film at Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, 2018 • Golden Duke for National Competition Program, Odessa International Film Festival, 2018 • Ukrainian Film Critics Awards for Best Actress, 2018 • Discoveries section at Warsaw International Film Festival, 2018
IN PRODUCTION Agung
Paweł Ferdek, Arkadiusz Milcarz POLAND
Call me Shakespeare
Never Give Up
Vardan Tozija, Darijan Pejovski NORTH MACEDONIA
Lena Góra, Olga Chajdas POLAND
Barbora Namerova, Tereza Nvotova
Forever Hold Your Peace
Ivan Marinovic MONTENEGRO
The Last Train from Prague
Matej Mináč, David Mináč CZECH REPUBLIC
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