8 emerging writers and directors from all over the world have been selected, out of the 80 applications received, for the fourth edition of PUSTNIK Screenwriters Residency. The programme takes place between 9 and 17 September 2018 in Romania, at Port Cultural Cetate. Their schedule during the residency includes meetings with established international producers, screenwriters and directors.
The residents of the fourth edition of PUSTNIK are Dean Puckett (UK), Gale Osorio (Philippines), Andrei Epure (Romania), Marylise Dumont (France), Ana-Maria Gheorghe (Romania), Christina Øster (Denmark), Vlad Ghinea (Romania) and Kimie Tanaka (Japan).
During the nine-day retreat, the residents will work on developing their debut features and meet up with European producers for informal pitch sessions. Len Rowles - Humdinger Films (UK), Oana Giurgiu - Libra Film (Romania), Borislav Chouchkov - Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria), Bianca Oana - Monogram Film (Romania), Nina Bisgaard - MetaFilm (Denmark) and Gabi Suciu - Atelier de Film (Romania) are the invited producers of this year’s edition. The producers will also lead a panel, discussing their creative involvement in the making of the films they have worked on.
Laurence Coriat, one of the most established French/British screenwriters of today, is returning at Pustnik for her second year, holding tutoring sessions with the eight residents and offering feedback on their feature projects. Coriat, who has worked with director Michael Winterbottom on films such as Wonderland, A Summer in Genoa, Me Without You, Hunky Dory and Patagonia, has been nominated for a BAFTA TV Award, as well as for the Sundance Film Festival NHK Award.
The eight filmmakers will also meet one of the most promising young Romanian directors, Nicolae Constantin Tănase, present at Pustnik for a talk on the process of working on his feature debut, The World is Mine, which won a Special Mention at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. He is now in post-production with his second film, Heads and Snails.
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, between Calafat and Turnu Severin.
PUSTNIK is the first 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 wants to create a network of film professionals, a community whose aim is to ease and encourage collaboration.
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 of the communities in which the events take place. TETA is also producing films and theatre shows.
Cultural Project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN)
Partners - UCIN