Submissions for EKRAN+ the international training programme for directors/scriptwriters-directors are open! During the programme you will shoot two scenes, with focus on identifying and refining the right tone and visual language for your future film. The deadline for applications is April 12, 2021. Participation in the programme is free of charge.
What is EKRAN+?
EKRAN+ is a 22-day professional training programme aimed at developing scripts/treatments and producing two scenes from each project under the guidance of renowned international filmmakers, including Wojciech Marczewski (Director of the EKRAN+ Programme), Paweł Pawlikowski, Ildiko Enyedi, Antoine Jaccoud, Udayan Prasad, Marilyn Milgrom, Margaret Glover, Denijal Hasanović, Volker Schloendorff, Roshanak Behehst Nedjad and Christoph Hochhäusler.
Each participating project is represented by a Creative Team consisting of a director (or scriptwriter-director), scriptwriter (or co-writer), director of photography and producer.
The EKRAN+ program includes:
- treatment and/or script development, through group and individual work;
- preparation for shooting: casting, storyboard and individual consultations with the tutors;
- evaluation with group and tutor analysis of the produced scenes.
The Creative Team is offered a choice of locations, actors and set designs, within the usual logistical and budgetary constraints.
Orunia4ever, dir. Elżbieta Benkowska, photo by Agnieszka Patela
What can you achieve by participating in the programme?
Each Creative Team finishes the EKRAN+ course with a well-developed treatment or first draft of the script and two completed scenes demonstrating the tone, genre and visual language of the project. You can use the completed scenes as a demo/pilot, a visual material to accompany the script, which can be helpful in finding partners and funding sources for the film. By working on scenes in practice you will find out what style works best for your story, and you can treat participation in the programme as a creative test or “visual laboratory” before starting the actual work on your film.
The Bear Peak, dir. Filip Filkovic, photo by Agnieszka Patela
Is EKRAN+ for you and how much does it cost?
EKRAN+ is based on teamwork and involves professionals from different film disciplines. The main participants are European directors or scriptwriters-directors who have already made a feature film or several shorts. In order to be accepted by EKRAN+, the creative team should be consisting of: director/writer-director, writer or co-writer, producer involved in the project, and the director of photography.
Participation in the programme is completely free of charge. The selected directors and their teams will be granted scholarships including participation fees and accommodation. Travel costs are to be covered by participants.
Deadline: April 12
To apply, please fill out the registration form available at www.ekranplus.eu. We are waiting for applications until April 12, 2021.
Schedule of sessions
The program is divided into three sessions and an additional two-day Follow-up session, which are scheduled on the following dates:
- session 1: June 7 – 10, 2021, participants: directors and scriptwriters
- session 2: July 19 – 27, 2021, participants: directors and scriptwriters
- session 3: September 27 – October 5, 2021, participants: directors and scriptwriters, DOPs, producers
- Follow-up (optional session): two days in December 2021, participants: directors, scriptwriters.
The schedule of EKRAN+ 2021 will be continuously adjusted to the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Detailed description of each session can be found on the EKRAN+ programme website.
Watch EKRAN+ 2020 making of and interviews with EKRAN+ participants:
EKRAN+, supported by the MEDIA sub-programme of the Creative Europe, is a joint project of Wajda Studio and Wajda School, Focal (Switzerland), Austrian Film Institute, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Lithuanian Film Centre, with the support of the Polish Film Institute and Polish Filmmakers Association. Technological partners: Heliograf and Koi Studio.