EKRAN+ is a 22-day professional training programme, primarily designed for directors/writer-directors, focusing on the vision of their future film. This vision is elaborated through the combination of three major elements: the script, the audiovisual components and the collaboration with the other professionals involved in the shooting of the film.
EKRAN+ focuses participants on exploring, identifying and refining the tone and visual language of film. EKRAN+ aims at advancing participants’ treatments/scripts and producing two scenes from each script/treatment. Every participating project is represented by a Creative Team consisting of a director (or writer/director), a writer (or co-writer), a director of photography and producer.
March 6 the first session of the EKRAN+ European Training Programme 2017 has begun. 9 projects from Germany, Poland, Croatia, Lithuania, Autria and Switzerland take part in this year’s edition:
- ‘ninja_ninja’ (dir. Kurdwin Ayub , prod. Wild Art Film)
- ‘People we know are confused’ (dir. Tomasz Smulkis, prod. Just a moment)
- ‘Elsewhere‘ (dir. Filip Peruzovic, prod. Dinaridi Film)
- ‘Deaf’ (dir. Tobias Nölle, prod. Hugo Film)
- ‘FEDORA’ (dir. Jan Gassmann, prod. Zodiac Pictures)
- ‘Powrót do Legolandu‘ (dir. Konrad Aksinowicz, prod. Chroma Pro)
- ‘Homo Sacer‘ (dir. Piotr Subbotko)
- ‘Między ludźmi’ (dir. Tomasz Wolski, prod. Kijora Film)
- ‘Restless’ (dir. Elmar Imanov, prod. Color of May)
During the first session, which lasted until March 9, participants will analyze their treatments, take part in pitching sessions, make visual presentations of their projects and also prepare for the 2nd and 3rd session under the direction of Wojciech Marczewski, Udayan Prasad and Denijal Hasanović. Participants will choose film locations and actors for their scenes. They meet the Polish casting director Aleksandra Gruber (“Środa czwartek rano” dir. Grzegorz Pacek) and art designer Anna Wunderlich (winner of the Polish Film Awards for the art direction for ‘Papusza’ by Krzysztof Krauze & Joanna Kos-Krauze, lately the art director at ‘The Erlprince’ by Kuba Czekaj).
Below you can read biograms of the participants and brief synopses of projects in development.
Fot. Łukasz Grudysz
Kurdwin has been making films since she was 15. At 18, she started her studies at the University for Applied Arts, Painting and Animation with Christian Ludwig Attersee and Judith Eisler. During that time, she also studied performing arts for a few semesters at the University of Visual Arts under Carola Dertnig. She graduated in 2013. Today, she works as a director and screenwriter, and also as a video and performance artist.Her first full-length documentary ‘Paradise! Paradise!’ was completed in 2016 and won the award for best camera at the Diagonale 2016, the New Waves Non Fiction Award at the Sevilla Festival de cine Europeo 2016 as well as the Carte Blanche Nachwuchspreis (young talents) at the Duisburger Filmwoche.
‘People we know are confused’ dir. Tomasz Smulkis
Three parallel stories of people seeking new lives and facing their own fears of loosing security and stability, set in post-Soviet Vilnius, a modern city still in search for it’s relation to the past.
Tomas Smulkis – Tomas Smulkis is Vilnius based filmmaker. He graduated Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with MA in Film directing. He has directed few shorts: fiction ‘Souther’ (2009 Lithuania,) and a documentary ‘Paradise Road’ (2012 Lithuania, Sweden). Since 2011 Tomas works with educational projects as well as 1st AD in film productions. Right now developing his first feature ‘People We Know Are Confused’.
Birute Kapustinskaite – screenwriter and a playwright. She wrote several short films and three plays. ‘People We Know Are Confused’ is a debut feature film she’s working on with Tomas Smulkis.
EKRAN+ team: Dagne Vildziunaite (producer), Vytautas Plukas (cameraman)
‘Elsewhere’ dir. Filip Peruzovic
Twenty years after they participated in a ‘What will you be when you grow up’ programme, five young people from Croatia need to come to terms with the fact that their lives are not quite what they had hoped they would be.
‘Between people’dir. Tomasz Wolski
Sometimes one decision of a hundreds or even thousands we make every day, may have an irreversible impact on our lives or our loved ones. Therefore, certain decisions we regret till the end of our life, even if some of them are independent of us. Is aware of it, or lack of it, sometimes makes a relationships with others so unbearably and hard to deal with?
Tomasz Wolski – graduated of the Wajda School, participant of Berlinale Talents and Berlin Today Awards, scholar of Ministry Of Cultre and National Heritage, NCK Young Poland Program, leader and expert at Polish Film Institute, lecturer at Wajda School at Film Preschool program, member of Society of Polish Filmmakers & European Film Academy. Director, editor and cameramen awarded documentaries such as ‘The Clinic’ (2008), ‘Goldfish’ (2008), ‘The Lucky Ones’ (2009) ‘Actors’ (2009), ‘Slowly’ (2010), ‘Doctors’ (2011), ‘Palace’ (2012). Director of short feature film ‘Daughter’ (2015) awarded at Angers Premiers Plan (Grand Prix and public award). Editor of such movies as: ‘Diary of Journey’ (2013), ’21xNY’ (2016) and ‘Krzyżoki’ (2017). Now Wolski’s new documentary ‘Festival’ is waiting for a premiere and currently he is working on feature documentary – ‘An Ordinary Country’ and fiction film debut ‘Between People”‘
Bartosz Mleczko – screenwriter, sound editor – ‘Doctors’ (documentary, dir. Tomasz Wolski) and ‘The Clinic’ (short documentary, dir. Tomasz Wolski), co-writer of the short feature by Tomasz Wolski – ‘Daughter’.
EKRAN+ team: Anna Gawlita (producer)
‘Restless’ dir. Elmar Imanov
RESTLESS is a father-and-son-drama with surreal elements. The young man Bernard is losing control of his life facing the death of his beloved father. While facing death, the father and son finally connect.
Elmar Imanov – writer, director, roducer. Elmar Imanov was born in 1985 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Since 1998 he is living in Cologne, Germany, where he studied film directing at the ifs. His graduation film The Swing of the Coffin Maker (2012) won 40 awards worldwide including the Student Academy Award (Student Oscar®) and The German Film Critics Award for the best short film of the year. His next short film TORN (2014) had its world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.
EKRAN+ team: Eva Blondiau (producer), Driss Azhari (cameraman)
Look at the pictures from first session!
Main photo – Łukasz Grudysz
Photo from first session – Mariusz Ulejczyk