ScripTeast participants prepare for Berlinale session

By FNE Staff

    Participants in the second edition of the ScripTeast scriptwriting workshops are gearing up for the next stage to be held Feb. 9-12 at the Berlin International Film Festival during which their scripts will be read, revised and discussed. The 12 participants are competing for the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award which carries a €10,000 prize and will be handed out at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

    During the festival, the participants from Central and Eastern Europe will meet their heads of studies (award-winning screenwriter Tom Abrams and film consultant Christian Routh) to discuss the progress of their work. They will also meet with pitching specialists for tips on how to promote their scripts and will be introduced to representatives of the international film industry. At Cannes, the contestants will hold a final, seven-day session before the winner is chosen.

    The 12 scriptwriters delivered new versions of their scripts in January after a three-month rewriting process during which they worked with film professionals acting as advisors (Jonathan English, Paul Fraser, Monte Hellman, Cedomir Kolar, Marek Rozenbaum, Ula Stockl and Peter Webber).

    Meanwhile, the application process for the third edition of ScripTeast begins Feb. 1. The deadline for applications is May 30, and the scriptwriting and rewriting process will begin in September or October. Application forms are available at www.scripteast.eu and more information about the program can be obtained at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    ScripTeast is organized by The Independent Film Foundation and supported by Media Plus, the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl), Polish Television (www.tvp.pl) and Apple Film Production (www.applefilm.pl) in partnership with the European Film Academy (www.europeanfilmacademy.org), Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (www.ace-producers.com), e-Talenta (www.e-talenta.eu) and the Berlin, Cannes and Karlovy Vary festivals.