Let's welcome five teams from Lithuania, Croatia, Austria and Poland who has started the first on-line session of EKRAN+ 2024 with tutors: Wojciech Marczewski, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Udayan Prasad.

Project: HOLD ME CLOSER from Lithuania
Director: Irma Pužauskaitė, Producer: Rūta Petronytė, Smart Casual, (CO-)writer: Birutė Kapustinskaitė

Logline: After discovering her husband's infidelity, Aldona attempts to accept his sex addiction and decides to salvage their relationship. However, as she progresses, she realizes that she also grapples with her own profound addiction that needs to be overcome. This story delves into themes of intimacy, love expressions, and the boundaries of affection.

Project: FOLKA from Croatia
Director: Ivan Veljača, Producer: Katarina Prpić, Antitalent

Logline: The forbidden love story in Zagreb, 1991. where the love of a local boy and an exile girl will inflame the ingrained hate of their communities

Project: THE SLIGHT from Austria
Director: Lisa Hasenhütl, Producer: Christian Bachmann, Wega Film

Logline: When Serhat reports his taxi driver colleague Ahmet to the police on his way to the airport in an overcrowded taxi, he has no idea of the far-reaching consequences his actions will have for everyone involved. An event briefly unites four parties before it sends them on their individual journeys to address questions of solidarity, loss and justice.

Project: TOXIC from Poland
Director: Dawid Nickel, Producer: Kinga Tasarek, LARMO Sp. z o. o. (CO-)writer: Michał Borczuch

Logline: Lukasz searches for his sexual identity in the environment filled with toxic masculinity to eventually find liberation in the midst of violence.

Project: OPEN FORM from Poland
Director: Tomasz Jeziorski, Producer: Alicja Gancarz, ORKA Film Production

Logline: A pair of architects are working on a major housing project, which puts their relationship to the test and requires them to choose between their careers and their ideals.


Schedule of sessions EKRAN+ 2024
The programme is divided into two online sessions and one on-site session.

  • session 1: April 22 – 25, 2024 (online)
  • session 2: June 18 – 26, 2024 (on-site, Warsaw, Poland)
  • session 3: September 9 – 10, 2024 (online)

Session 1:
Participants: directors, scriptwriters, producers
Tutors: Wojciech Marczewski, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Udayan Prasad, Ewa Bojanowska, NEFS, Katarzyna Balicka,
Aleksandra Gruber, Denijal Hasanović

Is a visual warm-up and introduction to shooting practice. It begins with the group analysis of the treatment and scene to be shot during next session, and continues with the visual presentation of participants’ projects, as attempt to imagine the movies for ourselves, and find the visual way of communicating it to others. At the end of the session participants meet Casting Director and Art Director in order to prepare the shooting of the scene for the 2nd session.

Session 2
Participants: directors, DOPs (on-site), scriptwriters and producers (on-line)
Tutors: Wojciech Marczewski, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Udayan Prasad, Margaret Glover on-line, Pierre Agthe on-line

Each team has the opportunity to invite a director of photography and two actors from its native country to produce an interior scene from the script (in their native language). Focus is put on imagination and searching for specific imaging tools to create a desired tone and atmosphere of the film. After scenes’ group analysis participants discuss re-written scenes with their supervising shooting tutors. The treatments’ and scripts’ further development is provided through individual analysis with two independent script doctors. The session ends with summary of project development as well as evaluation, screening and discussion of the produced scenes.

Session 3:

Participants: directors, scriptwriters, producers.
Tutors: Wojciech Marczewski, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Udayan Prasad, Volker Schlöndorff

Participants come back for the final treatment or script consultancy and setting up the directions for the advanced draft development.


About EKRAN+

EKRAN+ is a professional training programme aimed at developing scripts/treatments and producing scenes from each project under the guidance of renowned international filmmakers, including Wojciech Marczewski (Director of the EKRAN+ Programme), Paweł Pawlikowski, Ildikó Enyedi, Antoine Jaccoud, Udayan Prasad, Marilyn Milgrom, Margaret Glover, Denijal Hasanović, Volker Schlöndorff, Roshanak Behesht 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+ programme includes: treatment and/or script development, through group and individual work; preparation for shooting: casting, storyboard and individual consultations with the tutors; shooting; editing; evaluation with group and tutor analysis of the produced scenes.


EKRAN+ is a joint project of Wajda Studio and Wajda School (Poland), Austrian Film Institute, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Lithuanian Film Centre with the support of the Polish Film Institute. Technology partners: Heliograf and Koi Studio.