The 5th edition of Pustnik Screenwriters Residency has selected its participants
The 5th edition of Pustnik Screenwriters Residency, which will take place between 2–10 September 2019, at Port Cetate, Romania, has selected its participants from a total of 119 applications received from 44 countries.
The 8 participants, coming from 6 countries, were selected by co-founders Andreea Borțun and Bryn Chainey:
Ori Aharon (Israel/Romania) - OSHER
Phyllis Grae Grande (Philippines) - Everybody Leaves
Tess Martin (USA) - Tracing Rita
Alexandru Mavrodineanu (Romania) - A serious man
Kerstin Neuwirth (Austria) - ABITANTI
Jayisha Patel (UK) - When Ash Falls
Diana Voinea (Romania) - Chronicle of a disappearance
Jack Wake-Walker (UK) - Scarlett123
During the nine-day retreat they will develop their first or second feature-length screenplays at Port Cultural Cetate, a serene place on the Danube. Besides dedicated writing time, Pustnik also offers participants the opportunity of meeting established European filmmakers who will provide feedback on their projects. The guests confirmed this year are Soudade Kadaan (director), Bianca Oana (producer), Laurence Coriat (screenwriter), Marie Dubas (producer) and Len Rowles (producer).
Marie Dubas started producing short films in 2008 in several production companies before founding Deuxième Ligne Films in 2014 in Normandy. She is an EAVE 2013 graduate and has taken part in the TorinoFilmLab script & pitch program in 2009 as a script-editor trainee. He production company, Deuxième Ligne aims at focusing on French and international emerging talents. It has co-produced John Trengove's first feature film THE WOUND (South Africa) (Sundance 2016, Berlinale Panorama 2017) and recently finished Teona Mitevska's fifth feature GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNIJA (Macedonia), winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Berlinale 2019.
Len Rowles runs her own production label Humdinger Films, which has produced BAFTA and Student Oscar-nominated shorts. She is also a part of Protagonist Pictures’ team, an international finance, production and sales company which has a proven track record in outstanding films and commercial successes. Based in the UK, the company handles films from around the world, always maintaining a strong focus on filmmakers with exceptional vision and storytelling skills.
The residents and invited filmmakers will participate in various activities such as roundtable discussions, masterclasses, and one-on-one talks. Furthermore, a panel of local professionals will also provide an overview of co-production opportunities in Romania.
Pustnik is the first international screenwriters residency to take place in Romania. It aims to create an environment dedicated to clarity of thought, away from modern pressures. Pustnik is also a growing network of film professionals and a community whose aim is to ease and encourage collaboration across the international cinema industry.
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Pustnik is 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 Administration of the National Cultural Fund, Romanian Cultural Institute, Romanian Filmmakers’ Union (UCIN)
Partners: French Institute Romania, British Council Romania, CinEd
Media partners: Film New Europe, TV5 Monde Romania, Films in Frame, Sub25, Liternet, The Institute, IQAds, Smark, Aarc.ro, Tananana