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Romanian scriptwriter Ioan Antoci was awarded the prestigious ScripTeast Krzysztof Kieslowski Prize for his script The Japanese Day at a glamourous champagne beach party during the Cannes Film Festival.
Antoci showed off the prize of a unique statue by Adam Fedorowicz and also received 10000 euros money prize. He was already in discussions with Romanian producer Tudor JuJo about producing a film based on the script.
The award is an annual event held each year in Cannes in honour of the great Polish scriptwriter and director Krzysztof Kieslowski which selects the best script from the participants in the ScripTeast scriptwriting project which is partly funded by the EU Media Programme and the Polish Film Institute.
The winning script was selected from seven participants from Central and Eastern European countries; Clear Picture, Izabela Szylko (Poland), Collapse, Andrzej Golda (Poland), Driving Lenin aka Lenin's Curse, Maria Graczyk (Poland), A Friend of Mine, Mart Kivastik (Estonia), I Married Al-Kaida, Andrej Kosak (Slovenia), Japanese Dog, Ioan Antoci (Romania), Laura and the Movies, Saulius Drunga (Lithuania), Night Boats, Igor Mirkovic & Elvis Bosnjak (Croatia), Retrace, Judit Elek & Laszlo Berger (Hungary), Security, Daniel Erdelyi (Hungary), Transfer, Artchil Khetagouri & Ileana Stanculescu (Romania).
The winner is selected by the Advisory Board members: Sandy Lieberson, Manfred Schmidt, Antonio Saura, Dariusz Jablonski and ScripTeast Heads of Studies: Tom Abrams and Christian Routh
The Advisory Board explained the choice in the following words: "In THE JAPANESE DOG Ioan Antoci has crafted a moving and thought-provoking script that promises to deliver a richly satisfying cinematic experience. Underlying the deceptively simple da-ily struggles of the memorable village characters he has created are universal themes that we hope will enable it to resonate with audiences across the world, once the film is made. These themes, confronting issues of family, grief, and faith, amongst others, are handled in a sensitive and char-ming way that belies the screenwriter's relative inexperience. His all too recognizable characters are flawed individuals, who are ultimately redeemed through their own innate goodness, so that in the end the script is life affirming, and will have audiences crying with tears of joy. It is a worthy winner of this year's Kieslowski ScripTeast Award."
ScripTeast participants attended a one-week session at Cannes focused on the promotion of the scripts among the European film-makers, which was supported by co-operation with the Producers Network (about 650 active producers accredited at IFF Cannes) and ACE (a club associating European producers), as well as meetings with representatives of the film funds and festivals.