Pustnik International Screenwriting Residency Announces Its 2023 Residents

    Pustnik International Screenwriting Residency Announces Its 2023 Residents credit: Pustnik International Screenwriting Residency

    TETA announces the projects selected for the ninth edition of Pustnik International Screenwriting Residency, set to take place October 10–17, 2023 in Izvoranu, a rural setting in Romania. The eight projects were picked by Pustnik co-founder Andreea Borțun (writer/director, Romania) and film producer Bianca Oana (Romania/Germany) from the 67 submissions received from 35 countries.

    The participants and their screenwriting projects are:

    “Silk and Rushes”, by Ryushi Lindsay, UK/Japan

    “Three Waters Meet”, by Katarina Jazbec, Slovenia/Netherlands

    “Sister Sílvia (Irmã Sílvia)”, by Pedro Vaz Simões, Portugal

    “Egon Buys Air Conditioning” (wt), by David Vajda, Austria/Germany

    “Hold Still”, by Shalini Adnani, Chile/UK

    “A Woman Waves and Flows”, by Andra Chiriac Hera, Romania

    “The Sound of Europe”, by Gunhild Enger & Raluca Manescu, Norway & Romania

    “Stringa”, by Alexandra Matheou & Maria Hatzakou, Cyprus & Greece

    This year, Pustnik is continuing its partnership with the European Short Pitch short script development programme, by offering a place in the residence to a recent ESP alumni with whom we share a similar vision: the project “Stringa”, by Alexandra Matheou and Maria Hatzakou from Cyprus and Greece, respectively.

    “I guess this is a year in which it was surprising to see how many former applicants decided to re-submit to Pustnik, some for a number of times by now. Out of the 67, 20 were re-submissions and 2 actually made it to this year's final list of selected residents. I find this phenomenon to be quite interesting. Because it speaks of something of necessity for the people working in our field, especially experiencing the struggles and compromises that need to be done when developing your first feature film. It's always somewhat disappointing that we can't get all the people whose work we appreciate, but the truth is there aren't as many available spots in a year as there would be possible residents – for reasons of budget and logistics mostly. However, given all of these, I think it's important to encourage people to continue to re-apply”, declares Andreea Borțun, Pustnik co-curator.

    The residents will work on their debut feature-length screenplays while getting insight and guidance from established screenwriters who can provide feedback on their projects. Further details about the writers and their projects will be available on www.pustnik.com closer to the residency dates.


    About Pustnik

    Pustnik is a programme created in 2014. Its aim has always been to focus on the writer’s needs. Good cinema needs time and intimacy to develop, and this has always taken centre stage in whatever happens at Pustnik. Our aim is to create an environment that encourages and emboldens upcoming writers whose work we admire, away from the pressure of the industry.

    Pustnik is organized by T.E.T.A Association

    TETA is an NGO founded in June 2006 with the purpose of developing cultural activities and alternative education to stimulate cultural revival within overlooked communities. TETA also produces films and theatre performances.

    Cultural program co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN)

    Partners: European Short Pitch, National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale" – UNATC Bucharest

    Media partners: Film New Europe, Films in Frame, All about Romanian Cinema - aarc.ro

    The program does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the program, nor for the manner in which the results of the program might be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the grant.

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