Within the framework of the business platform Film Industry Office, the Odesa International Film Festival will hold the Public Pitching of drama series projects. Applications are accepted until June 25th.
The whole audiovisual world is passionate with more and more fascinating drama series, which become as complicated and innovative as the best festival feature films. In this competition, unfortunately Eastern European scriptwriters can still not fully participate. There are many reasons, and among them are limited budget possibilities of even the best broadcasters of our region and the traditional habits of the television audience in our countries.
Believing deeply in the creative possibilities of scriptwriters from our region, three Eastern European institutions enjoying international recognition and reputation: Odesa International Film Festival, the European master training programme ScripTeast for the best Eastern European scriptwriters, and Star Media, the largest Ukrainian international television company, are co-organizing the first ever competition Odesa IFF ScripTeast Series Projects for Eastern European drama series projects with international potential.
4 to 6 best drama series projects with international potential that have been created by the best writers of Eastern and Central European origin, and/or owned by the production companies registered in one of the Eastern and Central European countries, will be selected for participation in the Public Pitching.
The selection is based on three factors:
• originality of drama series projects;
• international potential of the project;
• the writer(s)’s and/or showrunner(s)’s track records.
Details about the application digital package can be found on the OIFF official website. The selection is made by the Committee appointed by the Odesa International Film Festival, ScripTeast and Star Media.
The results of the selection will be announced on June 30th. The Public Pitching presentations to the potentially interested TV-broadcasters, platform operators, distributors and co-producers will be held on July, 19th in the framework of the Film Industry Office.
The Jury of the Odesa IFF ScripTeast Series Projects’ Public Pitching will consist of the representatives of ScripTeast, Star Media and OIFF.
ScripTeast is an European master training programme for the best Eastern European Scriptwriters organized by the Independent Film Foundation from Poland. Since 2006 altogether 114 scripts were developed within the Programme and today 35% of them are in production or already produced, being shown on many international festivals.
Star Media is one of the leaders in the production and distribution of theatrical and television films, telenovelas and series, TV shows and docudramas, successfully leading television programming in Ukraine and abroad.
Odesa International Film Festival will be held on July 14-22.