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Applications now open worldwide for the 4th edition of Pustnik Screenwriters Residency

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TETA Association has launched the 4th edition of Pustnik Screenwriters Residency, which will take place between 09-17 September 2018, at Port Cetate, Romania. Pustnik is the only Romanian initiative of this sort, dedicated to young and emerging filmmakers from all over the world.

During this nine-day retreat, eight screenwriters (three from Romania and five internationals) will develop their first or second feature-length screenplays. Producers from across Europe are also invited to participate in roundtable discussions and informal pitching sessions.

Applicants are required to have written at least one short or feature-length film which has screened at a notable international film festival. The working language of the residency is English, so fluency in English is mandatory.

The deadline for applications is 23rd of May 2018 and filmmakers can apply online at www.pustnik.com. Any information regarding the application process can be found in the How to apply section. There are no application or participation fees and the organisers cover costs of accommodation and meals, as well as transport within Romania. 

Besides dedicated writing time, Pustnik offers the participants the opportunity of meeting established producers from all over Europe who will give them feedback on their projects. At the end of the programme, the eight participants will pitch their projects in a cosy, informal setting.

Screenwriter Laurence Coriat will be one of the special guests at the 2018 residency. Laurence is best known for her collaborations with Michael Winterbottom, including Wonderland (1999), A Mighty Heart (2006) and Genova (2008). She will share professional and creative insights with this year’s residents, and will also be available for one-on-one consultations.

Pustnik introduces this year a theme that revolves around the personal act of writing. “Don’t Panic” invites writers to leave behind fears and anxieties inevitable to all artists and brings to the table an uneasy but universal subject. The future residents and the guest speakers will be sharing their experiences and insights in overcoming the almighty writer’s panic.

The eight filmmakers will be selected by Andreea Borțun (writer/director, Romania), Bryn Chainey (writer/director, UK/Australia), co-founders of Pustnik, and Lavinia Cioacă (film critic, Romania).

The residency is hosted at Cultural Port Cetate, a late 19th century site with an incredible history of its own, located on the Romanian shore of the Danube.

 About Pustnik:

Pustnik is the first international screenwriters residency to take place in Romania. The project aims to offer an organic context for young screenwriters to develop their work-in-progress stories, in an environment dedicated to peace of mind and clarity of thought, away from the industry’s pressures. At the same time Pustnik is creating a network of young film professionals, a community whose aim is to ease and encourage collaboration across the international cinema industry.


For more information:



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

Program 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