Apply now for the EWA´s female scriptwriter residency

THE OFFER:

Accommodation in Berlin starting from 1 February 2020 – and ending 29 February 2020, including three working sessions with a well-known script consultant (2 in Berlin + 1 Skype session after the Berlinale) amd the accreditation for the Berlinale.The EWA scriptwriting residency and the script consultancy must be mentioned in the credits of the later film.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Women scriptwriters or directors with a European nationality and resident in Europe (47 Council of Europe countries) having written or directed at least one feature film (fiction or documentary) distributed (Theatrically/TV/wide festival trajectory) in one European country.
  • who are EWA members. If you are not an EWA member you can join us now
  • who have a first draft of a script in English for a full length feature film. Fiction only.

ELEMENTS TO BE PROVIDED :

  1. CV in English
  2. Copy of valid ID
  3. Treatment of the script in English.  By the time of the selection you must have a full script in English or French. (The unavailability of a script by the time of the selection prevents you from being accepted in the residency)
  4. Synopsis in English
  5. Project status information in English INCLUDING a Project curriculum (where the project has been presented, prizes, attached producer…)
  6. Motivation letter for the residency in English. This letter must show evidence of fluency in English.
  7. Evidence of release of previous films

Fill in the application here We do not accept applications by email. 

DEADLINE on October 15th

Suzanne Pradel is the script consultant attached to the programme. Suzanne is an international script consultant, lecturer and bookscout. For many years, she has been working as a script expert for several European Film Funds. In 2009 she founded the BUCHSCOUT AGENCY which specializes in novel-to-film adaptations as well as international script consultancy, developing sophisticated TV features and cinematic features.

Find more information: https://www.ewawomen.com/residency/


Winner of 3rd Female Scriptwriter´s Residency of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network 2019

Lambs in Wolfskin by Ivona Juka has been selected for the 3rd EWA’s Scriptwriter’s Residency

We are pleased to announce that Lambs in Wolfskin, written by Ivona Juka, has been selected for the 3rd edition of EWA’s scriptwriter’s residency in Berlin. She will work with Suzanne Pradel who is the attached script consultant to the programme on her script.

The high quality and diversity of the projects submitted made the hard decision-making process both complicated and inspiring but we are also pleased to announce the other shortlisted projects.

LAMBS IN WOLFSKIN, AN ANTI-WAR DRAMA WINNER OF THE SCRIPTWRITER’S RESIDENCY.

Two best friends, members of a special military unit, Tomica (23) and Robert (23) are  separated on the battlefield. They go off in different directions of combat, each leading their own group of soldiers. In fierce battle, the enemy gets closer and retreat is inevitable. Tomica sees Robert’s group returning, but Robert is not with them. He asks a soldier where Robert is, but nobody gives him an answer. Tomica heads off to search for his missing friend. He goes from battle to battle which do not stop for months on a broad battlefield. He joins various Croatian military troops who interchange with one another due to the intensity of the combat areas. The war for him becomes a quest too; he goes from village to village, through the wild, goes behind enemy lines and searches for his friend, – dead or alive.


Ivona Juka‘
s most successful film is You Carry Me. This strong drama had its international premiere at Karlovy Vary IFF, it was invited to more than 20 film festivals around the world and been awarded with 14 international awards. “You Carry Me” was competing for the title of the Best European Film and it was also the official entry for the 88th Academy Awards®. During the Oscars® campaign, the film was  applauded by Variety and The Hollywood Reported, which led to Netflix noticing the remarkable „You Carry Me“ and offering to buy world rights. In 2016, „You Carry Me“ became the first film, not only from Croatia, but from the whole region, to be bought by the gigantic VOD service – Netflix and at this point, it is available for 125 million people to watch. Ivona Juka is a member of the European Film Academy, represented by ICM talent agency in LA.

The EWA Network’s Scriptwriter’s residency programme has shortlisted the following projects:

Al Alba, a dramedy by the Spanish scriptwriter/ director Fany De La Chica.

The Great Adventure, a mystery drama by the Romanian scriptwriter/ director Cecilia Ştefănescu

AL ALBA, A DRAMEDY BY FANY DE LA CHICA

Triana is a jazz singer who works at the famous club Paris Blues in Harlem (New York). Alcoholic and excessive, her songs express the feeling of lack of love that floods her life after the break up with her boyfriend. Triana’s grandmother is dying and she needs to travel to Spain. „Mama Lola“ used to be a famous flamenco singer and before she died, she claims that Triana needs to follow the tradition and become and flamenco singer. After her death, Triana receives in heritage a land with olive trees and she has to decide whether to go back to New York and pursue her dream as a singer or stay in Andalusia (Spain) and follow the tradition related with flamenco and olive oil.


Estefania de la Chica
, nicknamed Fany, is from a city surrounded by olive fields called Jaen, in southern Spain but she’s based in New York. Her Mum and aunts learned how to become strong, independent women from her grandmother, as she, in turn, has.  With the supoprt of scholarships, she has studied cinematography at the School of Cinema Studies of Catalonia, in Barcelona, a MA in Documentary at the Royal Holloway University of London and the MFA in Directing/Screenwriting at Columbia University of New York.

THE GREAT ADVENTURE, A MYSTERY DRAMA BY CECILIA ŞTEFĂNESCU

Lucia a 35-year- old woman, goes with her husband, their boy, and another couple, who are their friends, at the beach, in a Bulgarian village by the border with Romania. Delighted with the villagers’ hospitality, with the places and the nice weather, the four adults and the boy seem to be spending a restful, carefree and uneventful holiday. But the newly-arrived Vladimir, a man who also turns out to be from Romania, spending his holiday in the small Bulgarian village, comes to perturb the stability of the group. Although ostensibly a stranger to them, he is revealed to be acquainted with Lucia, who is reluctant to  acknowledge her relationship with Vladimir. Concurrently with the stranger’s arrival, there is an unforeseen occurrence in the peaceful village by the sea: a local child disappears without a trace, which puts both the police and the villagers on the alert. The testimonies of the people who were the last to see the child indicate Vladimir might be involved in the disappearance. A web of guilt, half-truths and betrayals is woven around this unexpected couple, formed by Lucia and Vladimir, who at first seem not to know one another, but turn out to be connected by a common past and driven apart by the recent occurrences.


Cecilia Ștefănescu
studied Literature at the Bucharest University, where she later took a master of arts degree in Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature.

In 2002, she made her debut with the novel Love Sick, which has been published in three editions. The novel has been translated into French, Italian, Polish and Spanish. Her second novel, Sun Alley, was translated in English. She wrote the script for Love Sick (2006) directed by Tudor Giurgiu, an adaptation based on her homonym novel. The film had the international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

Ferdinand 13, a short movie, was her directorial debut. The film won the special mention in Zagreb Film Festival. Morski Briz (2018), a short movie, was selected in Transilvania Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Central and Eastern European Film Festival.

THE SCRIPT CONSULTANT ATTACHED TO THE PROGRAMME

Suzanne Pradel is the script consultant attached to the programme. Suzanne is an international script consultant, lecturer and bookscout. For many years, she has been working as a script expert for European Film Funds. In 2009 she founded the BUCHSCOUT AGENCY which specializes in novel-to-film adaptations as well as international script consultancy, developing sophisticated TV features and cinematic features.


The shortlisted for EWA´s 3rd female scriptwriter residency in Berlin

The 3rd scriptwriter residency programme of the EUROPEAN WOMEN´S AUDIOVISUAL NETWORK is a great initiative dedicated to supporting the next generation of screenwriting talents among EWA members. It helps them to enter the industry with the best script possible by working on the strategic positioning of their project . Its purpose is to give a selected woman scriptwriter or director the opportunity to be mentored by the script consultant Suzanne Pradel, to work with her before the Berlinale and to attend the EFM at the Berlinale to make connections.

The shortlisted female scriptwriters for the residency 2019 are:

Spanish scriptwriter/ director Fany De La Chica with her script her dramedy „Al ALBA“.

Kroatian scriptwriter/ director Ivona Juka with her script antiwar-drama „LAMBS IN WOLFSKIN“

Romanian scriptwriter/ director Cecilia Stefanescu with her script for her mystery drama „THE GREAT ADVENTURE“.

 

Suzanne Pradel is the script consultant attached to the programme. Suzanne is an international script consultant, lecturer and bookscout. For many years, she has been working as a script expert for European Film Funds. In 2009 she founded the BUCHSCOUT AGENCY which specializes in novel-to-film adaptations as well as international script consultancy, developing sophisticated TV features and cinematic features.


Apply now for the 3. Female Scriptwriter´s Residency in Berlin

Apply for the EWA Network 2019 Edition of the Scriptwriter’s Residency in BerlinEWA scriptwriter’s residency programme is an initiative dedicated to supporting the career of the next generation of screenwriting talents among members of the European Women´s Audiovisual Network (EWA). It helps them to enter the industry with the best script (feature films only) possible by working on the strategic positioning of their project. Its purpose is to give a selected woman scriptwriter or director the opportunity to be mentored by a script consultant, to work with her before the Berlinale and to attend the EFM at the Berlinale 2019 to make connections.

„Despite the fact that I am back in a rollercoaster of everyday duties with all the other projects and my kids, I keep a memory of the residency as an important and precious kick off which pushed me so much ahead. It also helped me build up my self-confidence as a female author with a unique view on things.“

filmmaker Andrea Culkova 

 

 

Who is eligible?
1
female scriptwriter, screenwriter/director or screenwriter/producer with a European nationality and resident in Europe (47 Council of Europe countries) having written or directed at least one feature film (fiction or  documentary) distributed (Theatrically/TV/wide festival trajectory) in one European country. No screenwriter teams are accepted.
2 who is an EWA member. If you are not an EWA member you can join us now 
3 who has a first draft of a script in English for a full length feature film. Fiction only.
4  the principal photography of the film should be done in Europe

Elements to be provided:
1 CV in English
2 copy of valid ID
3 Draft script in English
4 Synopsis in English
5 Project status information
6 Motivation letter for the residency in English.
7 Evidence of release of previous films

***Please send the requested material until September 30***

A commitee of three industry experts will select the best project among those received.

The Offer: travel costs from and to Berlin. accommodation in a private room + access to a kitchen in Berlin starting from 17 January 2019 – and ending 17 February 2019, including four working sessions with a well-known script consultant (3 in Berlin + 1 Skype session after the Berlinale) and accreditation for the Berlinale.

The EWA scriptwriting residency and the script consultancy must be mentioned in the credits of the later film.

Suzanne Pradel is the script consultant attached to the programme.

Suzanne is an international script consultant, lecturer and bookscout. For many years, she has been working as a script expert for European Filmfunds. In 2009 she founded the BUCHSCOUT AGENCY which specializes in novel-to-film adaptations as well as international script consultancy, developing sophisticated TV features and cinematic features.

 

For more information check out:

http://www.ewawomen.com/en/news/apply-for-the-ewa-network-2019-edition-of-the-scriptwriteras-residency-in-berlin.html


Winner of EWA´s 2nd Female Scriptwriter Residence in Berlin

„Testosterone Story – The Fragile Beauty of Masculinity“, written by Andrea Culkova, has been selected for the 2nd EWA’s scriptwriter residency programme in Berlin.

The female scriptwriter residency program of the European Women´s Audiovisual Network (EWA) is a great initiative dedicated to supporting the next generation of screenwriting talents, and helping them enter the industry by working the strategic positioning of the project with the best script possible. Its purpose is offering to one selected woman scriptwriter or director the possibility to be mentored by the script consultant Suzanne Pradel to work with her before and after Berlinale and to have the opportunity to attend the EFM at the Berlinale 2018 to make connections.

Andrea Culkova is a film director, creative artist, pedagogue and mother of three. She received a degree in art education from Prague’s Charles University and later in documentary direction from the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Her feature film „Sugar Blues“ had its international premiere at CPH:DOX in 2014 and was screened at numerous festivals and sold worldwide. The meta-art project H*Art On was made in cooperation with the National Gallery in Prague and the Dok.Incubator Workshop 2015, and premiered at Dok Leipzig 2016 – Next Masters competition. Alongside „The Brainwashing Experiment“ it was included in the 2016 Camp4science program. Andrea Culkova’s background in fine arts is evident in the original style she brings to her audiovisual work and the unique interpretation she finds in each of her projects.

Synopsis: In the heart of Europe there’s a swimming pool where the water is almost completely still and the surface is just barely disturbed by the clumsy limbs of those who have been kissed by death. Testosterone’s fanatic riders have been brought here, the Kladruby Sanatorium, from all over the world to attempt the practically impossible – a return to life. To do this they must reconsider all their previous goals and accept the fact that the world will never be the same as before death’s kiss, but that even this is a triumph. Yet not everyone is able to understand this and not everyone will make it during their five-month stay in the sanatorium. After all, it’s the past with all its debts, mortgages, and unresolved relationships that mercilessly catches up with them here. Indeed, nothing tests a relationship more than the serious injury of a partner. And what about Adam and his wife, the rehabilitation nurse Štěpánka? How do they fit into all of this?