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Prague to Czech out Sundance scribes’ lab

Six emerging screenwriters to get tutored

PRAGUE — The Sundance Screen-writers’ Lab will sponsor a weeklong Central European edition in Prague Nov. 4-9.

In a competition now under way, six emerging screenwriters from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland will be chosen to work one-on-one with the panel of six advisers. The latter include Michael Clancy (“The Cat in the Hat”), Jeremy Levin (“Don Juan de Marco”) and Gyula Gazdag, creative director of the Lab.

For the past three years, the Lab has been held in Hungary. This year’s move to Prague marks a shift in direction.

“They were looking for someone who would organize it locally,” said Jana Kralikova of the Prague Indies Festival, which is handling the event. The Sundance connection grew out of past cooperation between the Sundance fest and Prague Indies, a young festival with a Sundance attitude. The Lab is also said to be consid-ering the possibility of opening an office in the region.

The Lab is supported in part by the city of Prague as part of its Prague 2000 Euro-pean Culture Capital activities. No word yet on whether Robert Redford (who may be filming in Hungary at the time) will attend, but Kralikova told Daily Variety that the Lab is negotiating to have a screening of Redford’s new film, which was written by Levin.

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