Yesterday evening at the ACHTUNG BELRIN FILM FESTIVAL the jury:
Kerstin Polte, Suzanne Pradel and Florian Plumeyer awarded the new berlin film award in the amount of €1.500.- for BEST SCREENPLAY to Janin Halisch & Hanna Siodda for the film “Talk to me”.
The Achtung Berlin Screenplay Award is an initiative of the German Screenplay Association (DDV), Scriptmakers and Musterschule Drehbuch. You can find the laudation at Achtung Berlin.
I think the authors have captured the famous Berlin snark in a heart-warming way: tough but hearty – first create distance – attack, is the best way to get to know you. Well done Janin and Hanna!!!
As part of the jury for the BEST SCREENPLAY at the ACHTUNG BERLIN – new berlin film award, I am excited to see this year’s selection of feature films.
The film festival ACHTUNG BERLIN – new berlin film award presents current feature films and documentaries that have been realized either entirely or in part by a Berlin or Brandenburg film production and/or have a thematic connection to Berlin. The screening of the films will be accompanied by film talks with authors, directors, producers and distributors, who will inform about its production strategies.
FLORIAN PLUMEYER (* 1983 in Hannover), is a screenwriter and studied Theater & Media Studies in Erlangen and Athens as well as Screenwriting at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Internationally awarded short films by him include Thieves and Her Son. In addition, he was a recipient of the Nuemberg Writers’ Fellowship. For the feature film Alle Wollen Geliebt Werden, he and Katharina Woll were awarded the Förderpreis for Best Screenplay at Filmfest München. His collaboration with Christoph Hochhäusler Bis Ans Ende Der Nacht(2023) was in competition at the 73rd Berlinale and won the Silver Bear for Best Acting Performance in a Supporting Role for Thea Ehre.
SUZANNE PRADEL is a creative content producer, script consultant, agent, writer as well as a script expert for various European funders. She is a member of the European Film Academy (efa), the Association of Film Dramaturgy (VeDRA) and the European Women’s Audiovisual Network (ewa), whose “Female Scriptwriter’s Residency” she supervised as Script Consultant. She is also the founder of BuchScout & SerienScout Agency Berlin, which specializes in the development and marketing of European feature films and series. Thus, she was involved in the creation of successful and award-winning films, such as most recently at the Berlinale Competition 2023 Ingeborg Bachmann – A Journey Into The Desert by Margarethe von Trotta or the Gran Prix winner at the Tokyo International Film Festival Vera Dream Of The Sea by Kaltrina Krasniqi. She is active as a lecturer and speaker at international workshops and festivals (EAVE, Bosphorus Film Lab, Antalya Film Festival, ..)
KERSTIN POLTE is a director, screenwriter and part of the feminist filmmaker collective r.O.K.S. She completed her film education in Canada, at the HfG Karlsruhe and at the Zurich University of the Arts. She was also a scholarship holder at the Drehbuchwerkstatt München. Her films have screened at numerous renowned festivals, including the Locarno International Film Festival. Her feature film Wer hat eigentlich die Liebe erfunden? was awarded the Bavarian Film Prize, among others. She wrote and directed the TV film Immer der Nase nach (ZDF) and was part of the directing team for the 1st season of the series Wir (ZDF Neo/Mediathek). Furthermore, she developed and directed the series Becoming Charlie (ZDF Neo/Mediathek), which was nominated for the German Television Award and the Grimme Award, among others.
BuchScout is happy to announce that “LOS PEQUENOS AMORES” the latest film from Celia Rico who made a splash at the 2018 San Sebastian Festival with “Journey to a Mother’s Room,” has been acquired for international sales by Spain-based Latido Films.
Celia Rico won the Female Scriptwriter’s Residency Berlin – a collaboration between the European Women’s Audiovisual Network (ewa) and BuchScout Agency Berlin – in 2020 and was script advised by Suzanne Pradel.
The film was produced by Barcelona-based Arcadia Motion Pictures.
Rico’s second feature is set in a bucolic countryside. It weighs in as a mother-daughter two-hander sparked after strongly independent mother Ani falls over walking the dog and is forced to use a wheelchair to get around. Daughter Teresa cuts short a vacation to come to her side, their co-habitation grating and revealing multiple – sometime generational – differences as the film peels back the layers of their relation, exposing both women’s ambitions and fears.
Adriana Azores (“Grand Hotel,” “Velvet”) plays Ani, María Vázquez (“Eye for an Eye,” “Offworld”) is Teresa.
Spain-based platform Filmin, RTVE and Catalonia regional pubcaster TVC boarded the project early on in production. Rico’s feature is also backed by Spain’s ICAA and Catalonia’s ICEC, the territories’ film-TV agencies, as well as France’s CNC and European Union’s Media Programm. “Los pequeños amores” is scheduled for release in 2023.
BuchScout is happy to announce that Margarethe von Trotta’s new film about the life of Ingeborg Bachmann will celebrate its world premiere in competition at the Berlinale 2023.
Margarethe von Trotta, who was honored by the European Film Academy for her remarkable life’s work, created the film based on a project idea by Suzanne Pradel.
“Ingeborg Bachmann – Journey into the Desert” tells the story of Ingeborg’s love affair with Max Frisch, her journey to Egypt, as well as her radical texts and readings.
Filming took place in Cologne, Vienna, Zurich, Rome, Jordan and Luxembourg. Vicky Krieps as Ingeborg Bachmann and Ronald Zehrfeld as Max Frisch shine in the leading roles, and Tobias Resch, Basil Eidenbenz, Luna Wedler and Marc Limpach also star.
The film is a co-production of Heimatfilm (D), tellfilm (CH), Amour Fou Vienna (AUT) and Amour Fou Luxembourg (LUX). The film was funded by NRW, FFA, DFFF and Eurimages.
BuchScout is so happy about the amazing journey of success of “Vera dreams of the Sea” by Katrina Krasiniqi and written by Doruntina Basha.
The dramatic thriller with the unique dramaturgical twist premiered in more than 50 festivals and won many prestigious awards, among them: GrandPrix at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Ingmar Bergman Award at Gothenburg Film Festival, Best Film at GoEast Film Festival and many more.
ENJOY THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb_9b9ZjVzs&t=10s
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BuchScout is happy to announce that Suzanne Pradel will teach at the first European edition of the successful American Writerrs lab (TWL)
The Writers Lab (TWL), the script development programme for women and non-binary writers over 40.
The non-profit initiative will run virtually from April 7-10, and is designed to discover an intersectional range of diverse new voices in the film sector. The successful participants will be connected with leading screenwriters and producers in the industry. 17 writers from 13 countries have been selected.
Mentors and guests include directors Susanne Bier (The Night Manager), Jasmila Žbanić (Quo Vadis, Aida?), Isabel Coixet (Secret Life Of Words), Nadine Labaki(Capernaum), Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa), producer and writer Jantje Friese(Dark), playwright and writer Christina Ham (Them), and producer Ameenah Ayub Allen (Rocks, Ali and Ava), script consultant Suzanne Pradel (BuchScout Agency).
TWL Europe is produced by co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon in partnership with Untamed Stories, lead by Julia Berg and Ruth Spencer. The UK and Ireland TWL programme backed by Cate Blanchett´s Dirty Films was launched last year, whilst the US iteration started in 2015, is produced by NYWIFT and counts Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman among its supporters.
The 17 participants of The Writers Lab Europe 2022:
- Regine Anour, Underdoc (Comedy, Austria)
- E Coleman, Dumas (Historical Drama, Switzerland)
- Ilaria Freccia & Bebetta Campeti, Hold Me Tight (Feature Drama, Italy)
- Mumta Mala Ghedia, No Monsters in Berlin (Drama, Germany)
- Virginie Gourmel, Concussion (Feature Thriller, Brussels – Belgium)
- Tuija Halttunen, Hard Boiled Eggs (Feature Comedy, Finland)
- Orla Hannon, Bereft of a Talisman ( Drama, Ireland)
- Marta Hopfer-Gilles, Good Enough (Comedy, Norway)
- Nicole van Kilsdonk & Marijke Schermer, Breakwater (Feature Drama, Netherlands)
- Tereza Kotyk, Faith: A Fair Balance of Pain (Feature Drama, Austria)
- Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir, Shitballs (Feature Comedy, Iceland)
- Carlota Pereda, The Blondes (Feature Comedy/Thriller, Spain)
- Ninon Schubert, The Plague Doctor (Feature Horror, Germany)
- Raquel Stern, Imperfect Cadence ( Comedy, Germany)
- Francesca Tasini, Unclean (Drama, Italy)
- Dorotea Vucic, Hadi ( Sci-Fi, Croatia)
- Agnieszka Zwiefka, She (Feature Drama, Poland)
Did you know that more than 80% of the most successful films are based on novels?
But which novel is suitable for film adaptation? How do I translate the text into a successful audiovisual experience that will be a hit at the box office? A successful adaptation requires not only a correct assessment of the potential, but also a great deal of skill in implementation.
The BuchScout agency has specialised in the evaluation of novels since 2009 and accompanies producers all over Europe in the dramaturgical realisation of their cinema hit – among our projects you will find several box office millionaires.
BuchScout is happy to announce that “Vera Dreams of the Sea” premieres in #Sweden this #February– We are honored that our film is selected in #IngmarBergmanCompetition of the 45th edition of Göteborg Film Festival
In selectors words:
“The moving feature film debut is a sophisticated portrayal of female compliance and empathic capabilities in collision with a male honour code.”
More information: https://program.goteborgfilmfestival.se/en/program/vera-dreams-of-the-sea?fbclid=IwAR3UF3nQXlPOjIiKtRuRVV3-Q6e0ZEMuPL4RcNRrdz7m2o_tn_xgBcGXCu8
WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb_9b9ZjVzs&t=10s
BuchScout is pleased to announce that the dramatic thriller “VERA DREAMS OF THE SEA“, dramaturgically supervised by Suzanne Pradel, has begun its successful journey around the world:
Italy – La Biennale di Venezia
⭐️Inclusion Edipo Re Award & ⭐️Authors under 40 Award – Orizzonti Competition at Venice 2021
Japan – Tokyo International Film Festival 2021
⭐️GrandPrix – Tokyo International Film Festival 2021
Read more about the film: https://www.screendaily.com/news/vera-dreams-of-the-sea-wins-top-prize-at-tokyo-international-film-festival/5164976.article?fbclid=IwAR0xSe-Y-S9YHj07Ih75os-2KKbasUmSZs0OjEk-zFQtCwr31ts483bviC0
Greece – Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2021
Prize: ⭐️Special Jury Prize | Silver Alexander in Meet the Neighbors Competition at 62nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Slovakia – Cinematik International Film Festival 2021
Germany – Mannheim – Heidelberg Film Festival 2021
France – Arras Film Festival 2021
Luxembourg – CinEast Film Festival 2021
USA – AFI Fest 2021
Brazil – Mostra Internaticional de Cinema / Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sarajevo Film Festival 2020
⭐️Post Republic Award – 26th Sarajevo Film Festival
||Isstra Creative Factory (Shkumbin Istrefi), Dream Factory (Ognen Antov), Papadhimitri Production (Dionis Papadhimitri)
||Suzanne Pradel (BuchScout Agency Berlin)
||Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia
||Teuta Ajdini Jegeni, Alketa Sylaj, Astrit Kabashi, Refet Abazi, Arona Zyberi
||Vladimir Pavlovski, Kaltrina Krasniqi
||Burim Arifi, Blendina Xhema
||Petrit Çeku, Genc Salihu
||Igor Popovski, Darko Spasovski