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The 5th edition of Pustnik has started

The 5th edition of Pustnik -  the international screenwriters residency opened its gates on Monday, the 2nd of September at Portul Cultural Cetate and will be over on the 10th of September.

The 8 finalists coming from six different states around the world have gathered on the Romanian Danube shore, where they will work on their feature length scripts for the next 7 days, while also participating at workshops and masterclasses with the guests of this year’s edition. The finalists will also receive guidance from Laurence Coriat, screenwriter of „Wonderland” and „A summer in Genova” – both directed by Michael Winterbottom, Bianca Oana, the producer of „Touch me Not (Winner of the Golden Bear, Berlinale 2018) and Marie Dubas, co-producer of „God Exists, her name is Petrunija” (winner of the Jury Prize at Berlinale 2019). 

Before arriving at Pustnik, Miss Marie Dubas will be present at a special screening of „God Exists, her name is Petrunija”, held at Cinema Elvira Popesco on Friday, the 6th of September from 8:30pm.  The screening is organised by Bad Unicorn in association with Pustnik. Tickets can be purchased at the following link.

The programme of this year’s edition of Pustnik will also include film screenings of our guests and residents’ productions and a roundtable on co-production oportunities in Romania with Romanian film producers Gabi Suciu (Atelier de Film) and Oana Giurgiu (Libra Film). Furthermore, the residents will have the chance to watch Soudade Kadaan’s movies – her debut feature film „The day I lost my shadow” (The Lion of the Future at Venice Film Festival, 2018) and the short film Aziza (Best Short Film, Sundance 2019). Soudade is a special guest of this year’s edition. 

During the residency, Pustnik is also organising film workshops for children and teenagers of Dolj County, held by Anca Caramelea and Nicolae Constantin Tanase.


About Pustnik:

Pustnik is the first international screenwriters residency to take place in Romania. It aims to create an environment dedicated to clarity of thought, away from modern pressures. Pustnik is also a growing network of film professionals and a community whose aim is to ease and encourage collaboration across the international cinema industry.

For more information:



Laura Musat  – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pustnik is organized by TETA

TETA is an NGO founded in June 2006 and its main purpose is developing cultural activities and events to promote an alternative education for all participants enrolled in its projects and at the same time to offer a cultural revival to the communities in which the events take place. TETA is also producing films and theatre performances. 

Cultural Project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration


Unique consultations with the experts, recruitment of animators and costume fabricators for work in the world-famous Laika studio or workshops with the best in the branch are only a few strong reasons to attend Animarkt Stop Motion Forum 2019, which takes place on 8-12 October in Łódź.


Under the name ASK THE EXPERT the Animarkt participants may expect consultation panel with specialists from various filmmaking fields. ‘It is a one of a kind opportunity to discuss one’s project with experienced professionals, ask them for advice, remove the doubts. This year you can consult your ideas with producers, distributors, an animator, scrip-doctor or financial institution representative’, explains Paulina Zacharek from Momakin, the Animarkt’s organizer. In order to participate, you need to fill in the form that you can find at http://en.animarkt.pl/. Deadline for sending the applications is 15 September.

 Full list of experts includes:

Corinne Destombes – a producer from Folimage studio, nominated to Oscar for full-length film “A Cat in Paris”.

Olivier Catherin – a creative producer, freelancer. He’s also one of the founder and board member of the European Animation Awards association, organizing the Emile Awards ceremony.

Vanja Andrijevic, Bonobostudio – a producer of multi-award winning  short film “HEDGEHOG'S HOME”.

Kasia Kąkol, SPPA (Polish Animation Producers Association) – a graduate of Cultural Studies, coordinates presenting Polish animation at international events.

Ben Vandendaele, Radiator IP sales –  a versatile producer, sales agent and distributor.

Luce Grosjean, Miyu Distribution – a distributor of 2 films nominated to Oscar: “Negative Space” and “Garden Party.

Kerdi Onnego, Nuku Film – a producer working for the oldest stop motion animation studio in Europe.  

Anna Szadkowska, Audiovisual Technology Center (CeTA) - as a producer and production manager she organizes and coordinates the production of feature, documentary and animated films.

Carlos Bleycher – script-doctor, content consultant and story editor specialized in animation and childrens’ oriented content. Creator of the series “Cagemates”, winner of the MIFA Creative Focus Pitch in the International Animation Festival of Annecy 2013. 

Sophie Prigent – a Sales Director at Jetpack Distribution, - one of the most thriving international distributor of children’s content cooperating with big broadcasters and streaming platforms

Monika Głowacka – Łódź Film Commission – represents Łódź Film Commission in Associaton of Film Commissioners International (since 2009), City of Łódź/ EC1 in regional film funds section in Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce (since 2014) and in CineRegio (since 2018). She has long-term experience in organizing large cultural events both in Poland and abroad and successfully gains external funds for Łódź Film Commission activities.


Recruitment for the world class animation studio LAIKA is planned on October 10 and will the only one in this part of Europe. LAIKA's history began in 2005, in a warehouse in Portland, where CEO Travis Knight had honed his stop-motion skills and developed a deep passion for the art form. Since then, LAIKA has made 4 award-winning films: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature; Kubo and the Two Strings also won the BAFTA for Best Animated Film and received an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. All candidates interesting in working for this prestigious American studio and meeting Anna Kvorning, LAIKA talent acquisitions supervisor should fill in the application form presenting shortly themselves and the effects of their work as an animator or costume maker. Deadline for sending the applications is 15 September.


Free professional workshops await for those, who want to improve the skills and master their technique. Such opportunity will arise during the animation direction workshop that will be run by Barry JC Purves – the legend of animation and author of iconic and multi-awarded films such as “Screen Play”, “Rigoletto”, “Achilles”, involved also with “King Kong” and “Mars Attacks!” has over 40 years of experience. Workshops devoted to characters’ movement in stop-motion animation will be led by Juan Soto, who has worked for productions such as of My life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras, and new LAIKA’s movie “Missing Link”. Last but not least is a unique stop frame cinematography course with Malcolm Hadley. This British cinematographer with over 20 years has worked on many multi-award winning commercials, shorts & feature films including Corpse Bride (2005) & Frankenweenie (2012) and Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs (2017). Two intensive, one day courses that will place on 9 and 10 October are designed to improve camera and lighting skills for stop frame cinematography, based in a studio environment and taught by an experienced features and commercials Director of Photography.

Deadline for sending the applications for workshop with Malcolm Hadley is 15 September, deadline for other workshops and masterclasses is 5 September. All the application forms are available at:  http://en.animarkt.pl/.


ANIMARKT STOP MOTION FORUM is Poland’s first and Central and Eastern Europe’s prime international event devoted exclusively to stop motion and puppet animation. It is a unique meeting venue of the field’s top artists, craftsmen, producers, distributors, broadcasters, and investors. Its diversified program offers a unique combination of workshop and vocation-oriented elements on the one hand with networking and business-to-business meetings on the other, while the pitching of short puppet animations is a unique opportunity for artists. The forthcoming 4th edition of the Animarkt will be held in Łódź between 8 and 12 October 2019. Entry to all ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum events is free of charge, but registration is necessary due to a limited number of places.

ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund, International Visegrad Fund and the Polish Film Institute.

MOMAKIN, the organizer of the ANIMARKT STOP MOTION FORUM, is a business partner for animation. It offers professional support to animation projects at every stage of their development. It brings together artists, producers, and distributors. It boasts an immense portfolio of talents from all over the world and numerous successful ventures home and abroad.

VALLETTA: Harvey Keitel and Malcolm McDowell are set to star in the Maltese film Just Noise / Storbju by Italian director Davide Ferrario. This is the first local feature film inspired by the Sette Giugno riots of 1919, considered as Malta’s first real revolution.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian company Jelfilm is currently in production with a TV series-melodrama Remission, set to premiere in November 2019 on the Armenian Public TV. The main subject of the series will serve for a 120 minute drama Metamorphosis. Both projects are directed by Hovhannes Galstyan and are Armenian/Bulgarian/German coproductions.

BITOLA: Twelve films have been selected for the Competition Camera 300 of the 40th Manaki Brothers International Cinematographers’ Film Festival, set to start in Bitola on 14 September 2019.

On 2 September 2019 we were shaken by the tragic death of the exceptional filmmaker Mária Rumanová. She was only 30 years old and according to Slovak film critics she was among the most promising talents of the young generation.

VALLETTA: Scottish scriptwriter John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Happy Feet) will hold a masterclass on television and film scriptwriting at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta from 9 to 11 September 2019.

ZAGREB: Mali by Antonio Nuić has been selected as Croatia’s candidate for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category.

We are happy that two of our works will be shown at Ars Electronica Linz:

The Lithuanian Film Centre has distributed € 1 271 245 at its second session of financing for 2019. In all, 36 film projects received funding for production and development.