Croatia's House Wins Development Grant

By FNE Staff

    The Croatian feature film House (screenplay Sanja Kovačević, director Zoran Sudar, produced by Mainframe Production) was awarded a development grant at the 8th Balkan Script Development Fund (4 - 6 December 2010) at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. It shares the grant with the Serbian film The Barbarians, written and directed by Ivan Ikić.

    Two additional screenplays were also awarded: September (Greece), screenplay Kallia Papadaki and Penny Panayotopoulou, director Penny Panayotopoulou, and The Last Sleepless (Turkey), written and directed by Ilke Yesilay. Ten scripts from six Southeastern European countries took part in the competition.

    Sanja Kovačević was also been awarded a scholarship by the Mediterranean Film Institute - MFI Script 2 Film Workshops.

    The Balkan Script Development Fund has been held since 2003. Screenplays for two Croatian films - Dalibor Matanić's Mother of Asphalt and Juraj Lerotić's Mother - were previously awarded by the Fund. In addition, the scripts for Metastases by Branko Schmidt and Some Other Stories, an omnibus film, received special mentions.