PRAGUE: Script Consulting Incubator, a programme commissioned by the Czech Film Fund and organised by MIDPOINT, will have two separate branches, Training the Script Consultants and Development of Czech Scripts.
The Czech Film Fund offers its national film industry a new ambitious script consulting program, which is organized in cooperation with MIDPOINT.
'Script Consulting Incubator' is the name of the new initiative which aims to heighten the quality of feature film scripts and to support a new generation of Czech script consultants. The program, which has been commissioned by the Czech Film Fund and organized by MIDPOINT, has emerged based on the need for professional, long-term tutoring of both scriptwriters and script consultants. Selected script consultant trainees will learn the trade from top international experts, who, at the same time, consult on scripts that are being supported by the Fund.
According to a Czech study (http://fondkinematografie.cz/english/studies) commissioned by the Fund, script development has been under-prioritized for too long. In particular there is an urgent need for new script editors to consult with filmmakers as they are receiving development support from the film fund.
The Incubator initiative has two separate programs – Training the Script Consultants and Development of Czech Scripts – which run parallel to each other and overlap in content.
Training the Script Consultants
The participants are required to make a two-year commitment and will go through an extensive program starting in January 2018. The initial seminar takes place in Prague on January 13-14. Following this, their first workshop experience will be to participate as script consultant trainees at MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2018, from January through July 2018. In October they then move on to become script consultants for new Czech film projects that have received development support from the film fund.
Acclaimed Hungarian filmmaker Gyula Gazdag, Artistic Director of Sundance Directors Lab, has been appointed the Script Consulting Incubator's Head of Studies and will function as a mentor for the script consultants. Other tutors involve Pavel Jech (Czech Republic), Franz Rodenkirchen (Germany) and Anita Voorham (The Netherlands). Not only are they all acclaimed script consultants themselves, they all have extensive experience when it comes to training script consultants.
Head of Studies, Gyula Gazdag, says:
"Collaboration between screenwriter and script consultant may be inspiring and boosting the creativity of the screenwriter, stimulating the creating process in astonishingly unexpected ways. Facilitating script consultancy becoming a renowned and sought after profession is a great initiative. I am happy that it is supported by the state. I feel honored by the trust invested in me to head the program that is training script consultants for the Czech film industry.”
Based on an open call aimed at the Czech film industry, 56 people applied and 4 were selected by an international committee. The program has welcomed candidates with different levels of experience within script writing and script consulting; candidates who aim to make script consulting their future profession.
The 4 selected script consultant trainees are: Lucia Kajánková, Vít Poláček, Michal Reich and Milada Těšitelová.
Development of Czech Scripts
October 2018 marks the second branch of the Incubator, the development of Czech scripts. 6 selected Czech film projects supported within the Fund’s development scheme will receive script feedback within the Incubator program. Working with the above-mentioned tutors, they will also be paired with the newly graduated script consultants. Each project will receive a full year of script consulting including 3 workshops and additional consultations from October 2018 through October 2019.
In 2019 a new cycle will begin resulting in a total of 12 Czech feature film projects that will receive script support through the Incubator pilot project.
Background: Script Training at International Level
Czech Film Fund commissioned an academic study out of the "assumption that the development practice is the least mapped stage of creation of a cinematographic work; however, it profoundly impacts its resulting quality." Script development and consulting that go hand in hand with grant funding is quite widespread in Europe, but it is however a brand new and much needed initiative in the Czech Republic.
The Oscar-winning Czech director Jan Svěrák was a member of the Fund’s council from 2016-17, where he proposed and initiated the Script Consulting Incubator:
"Incubator should serve two purposes – in the short run it should improve the quality of the participating projects in development. But it is in the long run that the program is even more important – it should educate a new generation of Czech script consultants and teach the screenwriter, producer and director to understand the importance of the work of a script consultant." – Jan Svěrák
The Czech Film Fund was established as an independent institution in 2013. It operates with an annual budget of approx. EUR 47 million, out of which EUR 31,4 mil. goes to film incentives, and EUR 14.5 mil. goes to selective support. The latter is awarded by the elected council which consists of 9 members.
MIDPOINT was established in 2010 under FAMU, and is today an independent training platform for film and TV development. It is a leading institution in the Central and Eastern Europe region and provides a wide range of professional training programs for emerging film talents.
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Now in its fourth edition, Last Stop Trieste, the work in progress section run together with the Trieste Film Festival, will present 7 creative documentaries to an exclusive panel of more than 40 international sales agents, festival programmers and TV commissioning editors. All films will be in the running for the HBO Europe Award and the Flow Digital Cinema Award.
First Cut Lab, the workshop for films in editing phase, has finally selected 3 long feature fiction films from Poland, Russia and Lithuania with the main goal of fostering their artistic, sales and festival potential. To this aim, the producer/director teams invited to the lab will receive tailor-made advices from a consulting editor and international experts.
After the successful past editions of these two side sections, When East Meets West and Trieste Film Festival will expand their initiatives targeting projects in post-production phase and will launch in partnership with Milano Film Network a new section exclusively dedicated to long feature fiction films produced or co-produced by Italian producers. This is IT will present 6 films ready for festival premiere/international distribution and will deliver the Laser Film Award.
Alongside the pitching forum and the three side sections, WEMW will feature a rich programme including a “Coproduction Day” organized in cooperation with the Creative Europe Desks from South East European countries, Italy and the Nordic countries; “In the Spotlight”, where fund representatives from this year's spotlight territories will give a comprehensive insight into current trends in their film industries. The panel “The Road to Project and Film Marketing: Checkpoints and Pitfalls”, in cooperation with Heretic Asterisk, will shed light on the way marketing can impact a project during its all different stages: from development to delivery and distribution. EAVE will lead the session “Towards 2030: Creating New Business Models for Film”, a plenary for film professionals interested in the current status of digital distribution, its future growth and how to create a strong, sustainable and dynamic European industry. Finally, EDN – European Documentary Network will host the session “Victim of Changes? Or Drivers of Innovation?”, where a number of leading voices from public service broadcasters will discuss how they see the future for public media in the digital age.
The 7 documentaries presented at Last Stop Trieste, the 3 long feature fiction films chosen for First Cut Lab and the 6 Italian films selected for This is IT are:
LAST STOP TRIESTE
100 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN
director: Víctor Cruzproducer: Fito Pochatcountries: Argentina, Italy
BALTIC NEW WAVE
directors: Audrius Stonys, Kristine Briedeproducer: Uldis Cekuliscountries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia
BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK
director: Mari Gulbianiproducer: Tekla Machavarianicountries: Georgia, France, Germany
director: Audrius Mickevičiusproducer: Rasa Miškinytė,countries: Lithuania, Bulgaria, Italia
director: Alisa Kovalenkoproducer: Stephane Siohancountries: Ukraine, France, Poland
MY UNKNOWN SOLDIER
director: Anna Kryvenkoproducer: Michal Kráčmercountries: Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia
PAYING A VISIT TO FORTUNA
director: Mátyás Kálmánproducer: Ágnes Horváth-Szabócountry: Hungary
FIRST CUT LAB
CORE OF THE WORLD
director: Audrius Mickevičiusproducers: Natalia Drozd, Sergey Selyanovcountries: Russia, Lithuania
director: Marija Kavtaradzeproducers: Marija Razgute, Klementina Remeikaitecountry: Lithuania
director: Bartosz Konopkaproducer: Anna Wydracountries: Poland, Belgium
This is IT
director: Marco Piccarredaproducers: Marco Piccarreda, Gaia Formenticountry: Italy
DUE PICCOLI ITALIANI
director: Paolo Sassanelliproducer: Tommaso Arrighicountries: Italy, Iceland
director: Alberto Fasuloproducer: Nadia Trevisancountries: Italy, Romania
IL RUMORE DEL SOLE
director: Mirko Locatelliproducers: Mirko Locatelli, Giuditta Tarantellicountries: Italy, France
STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS
director: Gregor Božičproducers: Marina Gumzi, Igor Princiccountries: Slovenia, Italy
THE WORLD IS FLAT
director: Matteo Carrega Bertoliniproducers: Matteo Carrega Bertolini,Paola Dall’Oliocountries: Italy, France, Switzerland
WEMW is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund and the Trieste Film Festival in collaboration with EAVE, Maia Workshops, Creative Europe Desk Italy, EURIMAGES and the support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, MiBACT - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI - Central European Initiative and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The 2018 East & West focus is in cooperation and with the support of all South East Europeans funds - Albanian National Center of Cinematography, Association of Filmmakers of BiH & Sarajevo Film Fund, Bulgarian National Film Center, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Centre of Montenegro, Film Center Serbia, Greek Film Centre, Kosovo Cinematography Center, Macedonian Film Agency, Slovenian Film Centre - and all Nordic film institutes - Danish Film Institute, Finnish Film Foundation, Icelandic Film Centre, Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute.
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