Every year 10-12 best scripts from the Central and Eastern Europe are selected to participate in the ScripTeast. This time it has been a really tough decision, since Independent Film Foundation, organizer of ScripTeast, received a record number of applications for the program. The organizers would like to thank all the writers that have submitted their scripts for interest shown to ScripTeast.
One of the projects selected for 5th edition of ScripTeast is "NIGHTLIFE" by Damjan Kozole and co-written by Ognjen Sviličić.
Damjan Kozole is one of the most recognized Slovenian filmmakers. His last film "Slovenian Girl" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009 started its journey to more than 50 international film festivals (Sarajevo, London, Pusan, Palm Springs, Cairo, São Paulo, Thessaloniki, Rotterdam, and many and many others). Nina Ivanisin playing main role won the Best Actress Awards at the 2009 Valencia Film Festival and at the 2009 Les Arcs European Film Festival. The film was released theatrically in around 15 countries including UK and USA. The film competes for European Film Award this year.
In 2004 Damjan Kozole together with Aki Kaurismaki, Sasa Gedeon, Theo Van Gogh, Christos Georgiou, Peter Greenaway, Miguel Hermosa, Béla Tarr, and others took part in the project "Vision of Europe". The idea of the project was that directors of the European Union's 25 member states showed their vision of Europe.
"Spare Parts" directed by Kozole in 2003 were ranked by "Sight & Sound" among ten most important films of the New Europe. The film was in the competition program at Berlinale 2003 and won many other international awards travelling to more than fifty international film festivals. The film was also Slovenian entry for the Best European Film at 2003 European Film Awards.
His two other films "Labour Equals Freedom" and "Forever" were also internationally recognized and awarded.
In 2005 American Film Institute (AFI) organized Damjan Kozole film retrospective in the United States and Canada. ScripTeast is a training program which mission is to enhance already written scripts thanks to the consultation of the Creative Advisors. One-on-one meetings with the internationally acclaimed professionals in different creative disciplines allow the authors of the scripts to sharpen their objectives for the story and determine the best way to tell it, ScripTeast doesn't teach how to write a script. The aim is to collect the best already written scripts from Central and Eastern Europe and improve their communication skills, their "understandability" from a perspective of the worldwide audience. In this edition the role of Creative Advisor will be taken i.a. by Scott Alexander, an author of Golden Globe awarded "The People vs. Larry Flynt", and by Fred Breinersdorfer , the author of Oscar-nominated "Sophie Scholl" "We are pleased that so experienced and so well known authors as Damjan Kozole are joining ScripTeast. We had best filmmakers in mind while creating the program, and thinking about them and their projects we ensure its highest quality. We are glad that possibility created by the Independent Film Foundation for individual work on the script in collaboration with world-class Creative Advisors, then for promotion of projects and their authors at festivals in Berlin and Cannes, resulted with seven produced films. In this group are i.a. "Womb" by Benedek Fliegauf awarded this year at festival in Locarno, which recently got the American distributor, and "Retrace" by Judith Elek - highly experienced scriptwriter and director, awarded at international festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and Locarno"- said Dariusz Jablonski, creator and Artistic Director of ScripTeast. ScripTeast was created and is continuously lead from the artistic side by the famous Polish director and producer Dariusz Jablonski, in collaboration with his closest associates, producers: Violetta Kamińska and Izabela Wojcik. Together - beside a wide international production activities through their companies Apple Film and Avocado TV, they created the Independent Film Foundation, which promotes an ambitious films and its authors in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. ScripTeast is organized by the Independent Film Foundation and supported by Media Program of EU, Polish Film Institute, National Center for Culture in Poland, and Apple Film Production, in cooperation with the European Film Academy, the ACE Program, Producers Network, Final Draft, Film New Europe and festivals in Berlin, Cannes and Karlovy Vary.