Competition takes places Nov. 14-16
MOSCOW — Some of south-east Europe’s leading screenwriters are among those with projects selected for the Thessaloniki Film Festival’s seventh Balkan Fund script development competition.
The competition, which takes places Nov. 14-16 during the 50th edition of the Greek fest, showcases 11 projects from 10 countries competing for a E10,000 ($15,000) prize.
This year’s selection will feature Ismail Kadare’s first screenplay, as well as new scripts from Balkan Fund regulars Tudor Giurgiu, Predrag Velinovic and Darko Lungulov.
Lungulov’s first feature “Here and There” — which won a Balkan Fund award in 2006 and is Serbia’s nomination for consideration in the best foreign Oscar race — will screen at the festival.
The Balkan Fund has developed a reputation for picking winners in recent years with scripts that include helmer Aida Begic Cannes Critics’ Week winner, “Snow”; Cristian Nemescu’s Cannes Un Certain Regard winner “California Dreamin’ (Endless)”; and Jasmila Zbanic’s Berlin Golden Bear winner “Grbavica.”
The projects nominated this year are: “Border Line,” writer/director Emmanuel Economou, producer Andreas Siadimas, Dangerous Prods. (Greece); “The Girl From Slaveikov Square,” writer Georgi Danailov, director Radoslav Spassov, producer Gergana Stankova, Menclips (Bulgaria); “Halima’s Path,” writer Fedja Isovic, director/producer Arsen Anton Ostojic, Ars Septima (Croatia); “Home, Sweet Home,” writer Panos Stathoyiannis, director Corinna Avraamidou, producer Kyriacos Tofarides, Avra Prods. (Cyprus); “Made in Romania,” writer Ionut Teianu, director/producer Tudor Giurgiu, Libra Film (Romania); “Monument to Michael Jackson,” writer/director Darko Lungulov, producers Snezana Penev and Lungulov, Kino Kamera (Serbia); “Motel Nana,” writer Ranko Bozic, director/producer Predrag Velinovic, Sirius Prods. (Serbia); “Mother of Asphalt,” writers Dalibor Matanic and Tomislac Zajec, director Matanic, producer Ankica Juric Tilic, Kinorama (Croatia); “Orange Gardens,” writer/director Ozkan Kucuk, producers Kucuk and Suncem, Mesopotamia Cinema and Yapim 13 Film Prod. (Turkey); “Romanian Spring,” writer/director Anca M. Lazarescu, producer Verona Meier, Razor Films (Germany/Romania); “Russian Women,” writer Ismail Kadare, director Lidia Bobrova, producer Loreta Mokini (Albania / France).