The CALL FOR the NEW edition of the EUROPEAN TRAINING - 29 11 2017
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EKRAN+ 2017 participants and tutors / photo; Wajda Studio
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EKRAN+, organised by Wajda Studio and Wajda School, is a training programme
focusing on the creative pre-production process and based on shooting practice.
Deadline for applications is December 1st, 2017
Participation in the program is free of charge!
heck out our teaser for the EKRAN+2017 making of and see the atmosphere of our film sets!
EKRAN+ supported by Creative Europe MEDIA EU Programme, is a joint project run
by Wajda Studio and Wajda School, FOCAL (Switzerland), Austrian Film Institute,
Croatian Audiovisual Fund, Lithuanian Film Centre, with the support of Polish Film
Institute and AGORA Foundation.
Among the PROJECTS DEVELOPED ON EKRAN and produced are: "One of us” dir.
Stephan Richter, Austria/Germany (San Sebastian IFF, Best Feature Film – Max Ophüls Preis
2016, nominated to EFA awards 2016); "Home is Here” by Tereza Kotyk, Austria (2017 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival); "Alois” dir. Tobias Noelle, Switzerland, (Berlinale, Panorama 2016 - Fipresci Prize); "Summer 1993” dir. Carla Simon Popo, Spain (BEST FIRST FEATURE AWARD – Berlinale 2017); "The Gulf” dir. Emre Yeksan, Turkey (2017 IFF Venice, Critics Week);„Ma salama Jamil” by Omar Shargavi, Denmark (Rotterdam Tiger Award at 2008 IFF Rotterdam), „Coeur animal” by Séverine Cornamusaz, Switzerland (2010 Swiss Film Prize "Swiss Oscar” for Best Feature); Two lives” by Georg Maas, Germany (German Oscar 2013 candidate); "Dreamland” by Petra Volpe, Switzerland (Audience Award on Busan IFF 2013, nominated to EFA Awards 2014), "Viktoria” by Maya Vitkova, Bulgaria (in competition Sundance IFF 2014, Rotterdam IFF 2014); "Modris” by Juris Kursietis, Latvia, (Special Mention of the New Directors Section at 2014 San Sebastián IFF), "The Here After” dir. Magnus von Horn; Sweden/Poland (Directors' Fortnight 2015 Cannes IFF)

What is "EKRAN+"?
EKRAN+ is a 22-day project-based professional training programme, primarily designed for directors/writer-directors, focusing on the vision of their future film. Their 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 to advance 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.

EKRAN+ 2017 film sets / photo: Wajda Studio
The EKRAN+ process includes:
• Treatment and/or script development; group and individual work on scripts and/or
• Preparation for shooting; casting, storyboard and individual consultancy with tutors
• Shooting; tutors’ directing consultancies
• Editing; supervisors’ consultancies with a tutor
• Evaluation; group and tutor analysis of the produced scenes
The creative team (director, screenwriter, and producer) are offered a choice of locations, actors and set design within the usual logistical and budgetary constraints. EKRAN+ supports the shooting with the help and expertise of casting directors, set designers and production managers. Past graduates summarise their EKRAN experience: The best workshop I ever took part in. (Marcus Lenz, Germany) I have loved the whole experience. I think spiritually I have grown at least one metre taller. The tutors are amazing, participants too, and this experience was extremely
useful to me and our project, both professionally and personally. Really amazing. I enjoyed it utterly. (Lana Barić, Croatia) I enjoyed personal and professional experiences. Very good atmosphere to experiment. Great organisation. I feel more confident with my project now. (Stephan Richter, Austria) What will I take away from EKRAN+? At the end of the EKRAN+ programme each team will have a well-developed treatment or a first draft of a script and two scenes, presenting the tone, genre and visual language of the project. Those scenes (the second scene especially, with its specifically cast actors, selected location, props and style of photography) can be treated by participants and their producers as a Demo/Pilot visual material to accompany the script as a part of the Production Package, and it can be used in their search for financing of the film. However they can also be treated as a testing material or a visual laboratory and not to be shown to decision-makers. The final decision on how to approach the EKRAN+ scheme is up to the participants.
EKRAN+ tutors / photo: Wajda Studio
EKRAN+ Tutors
The team of tutors includes experienced film professionals from all over Europe
including: Wojciech Marczewski Head of the EKRAN+ Programme, Paweł
Pawlikowski, Krzysztof Zanussi, Jerzy Zieliński (Poland), Ildiko
Enyedi (Hungary), Antoine Jaccoud (Switzerland), Udayan Prasad, Marilyn
Milgrom, Margaret Glover (England), Denijal Hasanovic (Bosnia) and Volker
Schloendorff (Germany).
Who can apply for EKRAN+?
EKRAN+ is based on teamwork and brings together professionals from various fields. The primary target group consists of European directors or writer/directors who have made their first feature film or several shorts. In order to be accepted by EKRAN+, the creative team should be consists of: a director or writer/director; the writer or co-writer
of the script (where applicable) the producer committed to the project, and the director of photography they intend to work with.
How do I apply for EKRAN+?
All applicants are asked to fill in the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM
A printed-out, hard copy of applications must be sent
by 1st December 2017 to:
• Wajda Studio | Wajda School
• ul. Chełmska 21
• 00-724 Warsaw
• Poland
Applications from Switzerland must be sent by 1st December 2017 to:
• Av. de la Rasude 2
• CH-1006 Lausanne
• Switzerland
Applications from Austria must be sent by 1st December 2017 to:
• Spittelberggasse 3
• A - 1070 Vienna
• Austria
Applications from Croatia must be sent by 1st December 2017 to:
• Croatian Audiovisual Fund
• Nova Ves 18
• 10000 Zagreb
• Croatia
Applications from Lithuania must be sent by 1st December 2017 to:
• Lithuanian Film Centre
• Zigmanto Sierakausko St. 15
• LT-03105, Vilnius
• Lithuania
How is EKRAN+ training organised?
The EKRAN+ training programme is divided into three sessions of 4-9- days each and an additional 2- days follow-up session. Session 1: 5th – 8th March 2018, Participants: directors and scriptwriters This is a visual warm-up and introduction to the shooting practice. It begins with group analysis of the treatment and the two scenes to be shot during the next two sessions, and continues with a visual presentation of the projects, giving participants the opportunity to imagine their movie for themselves and communicate it visually to others. At the end of the session, participants meet the Casting Director and Art Director in order to prepare for shooting the scenes in the second session. Session 2: 16th – 24th April 2018, Participants: directors and scriptwriters The focus is put on the production of scenes from the participants’ projects with 2-3 actors (Polish actors speaking English) in the context of the exploration of the creative tools of audiovisual film language. Participants will test the visual potential of framing and light in the exercise "Painting with Light”. After group analysis of the scenes, participants will discuss the re-written scenes with their supervising shooting tutors.
The further treatment/script development continues with analysis and discussion with two independent script doctors. Pre-production of the scenes includes directing strategies, choice of location, props and light. Each team is given time for rehearsals with the actors, one day of shooting and one day of editing. The session ends with an evaluation, screening and discussion of the produced scenes, as well as a meeting  with the Casting Director and Art Director in order to prepare for the shooting of the scenes in the third session. Session 3: 18th – 26th June 2018, Participants: directors, scriptwriters, DOPs and producers (optional) Each team has the opportunity to invite a director of photography and two actors from their native country to produce a scene from their script (in their native language). Focus is put on imagination and searching for the specific imaging tools to create the desired tone and atmosphere of the film. After group analysis of the scenes, the participants will discuss the re-written scenes with their supervising shooting tutors. The treatments and scripts are developed further through individual analysis with two independent script doctors. The session ends with a summary of the project’s
development as well as an evaluation, screening and discussion of the produced scenes. EKRAN+ Follow-up session (optional): 2 days in December 2018, Participants: directors, scriptwriters Participants come back for the final treatment or script consultancy and in order to establish the directions for the advanced development of the draft. The selected directors and their teams will be granted scholarships covering participation fees and accommodation. Travel costs are to be covered by the participants. The Andrzej Wajda Studio and Film School EKRAN+ coordinator reserves the right to make changes to the programme without prior notice.
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