Interview with Murielle Thierrin – Producer/writer and winner of the 1st EWA’s Berlin Scriptwriter ’s residency.

Screenwriter and producer, Murielle Thierrin studied management and finance in Paris, then scriptwriting at the University of California (UCLA).Back in France, she created her own production company, ALDABRA Films. As the call for applications for the second edition of European Women´s Audiovisual Network scriptwriter’s residency in Berlin is about to be launched, Murielle Thierrin looks back on her residency experience with script consultant Suzanne Pradel.

What was your motivation to apply to EWA’s scriptwriter’s residency ?

Our script was blocked, we had come to a stage where we didn’t want to accept the commentaries from sales agent, distributors or financiers on the origin and ethnicity of our characters. For them our movie didn’t fit the commercial market because of ethnicity reasons. EWA was an opportunity to get a feed back from people with other perspectives.

How did you expect it to help the development of your project ?

In a certain way, I was expecting a new vision with more kindness and goodwill in order to help us to get out of this situation. EWA treated the subject with thoughtfulness, as they are more sensitive to discrimination and gender subjects.

Describe your first week in Berlin. Did things go as you had planned ?

For the script, YES ! Even better than I had expected… but not for me ! (laugh) It was in February and the weather was so cold ! But in a certain way it was so productive, because you don’t want to go outside. It has been a studious atmosphere for a re-writing process. Also, February was a perfect time in the industry schedule, allowing us to attend the Berlinale and to meet a lot of professionals and have the opportunity to make good connections.

What has Suzanne Pradel’s expertise brought to your project ?

The story, the script, was already built, so it’s not easy to get back inside the writing process. Like a surgeon, Suzanne came in our story, operating with skills to help us, by giving clear suggestions while respecting our own identity and sensibility. Amongst all her advice, she made two majors suggestions:The first one was the small details you don’t really pay attention to, but that make the whole difference. Your idea is good, but Suzanne just brings your script to a higher level with those details, making it more mature and successful.The second one was giving us the most valuable thing, the assurance and self reliance necessary to stand up and fight for our idea what ever the colour of skin, the ethnicity or gender of our characters.

The 2018 edition of the EWA Network Berlin Scriptwriter Residency has just been launched. Don’t miss the deadline.

The 2nd EWA scriptwriter residency programme is a great initiative dedicated to supporting the next generation of screenwriting talents among EWA members, 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 a script consultant, to work with her before Berlinale and to have the opportunity to attend the EFM at the Berlinale 2018 to make connections.

Find more information here: http://www.ewawomen.com/en/news/apply-for-ewa-s-2nd-scriptwriter-residency-in-berlin-.html

 


Apply for the 2nd female scriptwriter residency in Berlin

The 2nd European Women´s Audiovisual Network (EWA) scriptwriter residency programme is a great initiative dedicated to supporting the next generation of screenwriting talents among EWA members, 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 a script consultant, to work with her before Berlinale and to have the opportunity to attend the EFM at the Berlinale 2018 to make connections.

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 22 January 2018 – and ending 22 February 2018, including four working sessions with a well-known script consultant (3 in Berlin + 1 Skype session after the Berlinale) and accreditation for the Berlinale.

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 Eurimages and MEDIA Programme. 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 detailed information here: http://www.ewawomen.com/en/news/apply-for-ewa-s-2nd-scriptwriter-residency-in-berlin-.html


Panel discussion: Rethinking the role of women in cultural and media professions: A European comparison

Which concrete measures are most effective to dismantle the glass-ceiling and to advance gender equality? 

On May 10, 2017, an interesting line-up of panelists presented at the Hertie School of Governance collected data on gender equality and explained which measures have been already put into practice on an European level and which still need to be realized .

For the European audiovisual sector, the European Women’s Audiovisual Network´s (EWA) recommendations for a number of actions that would allow to fill the gap between women and men were presented by Suzanne Pradel:

  • Introducing the notion of “gender of a film project”
  • Attributing additional points/incentives wherever the project is to be considered a female driven project
  • Attributing additional points/incentives when the project is directed by a women
  • Introducing a gender related data collection in the application system to national and international funds and in the reporting of fined projects (festival, training, distributed films, participation in markets).
  • Introducing a preference for projects including initiatives enhancing female driven content (festivals, promotion of works online, access to markets, film education)
  • Supporting training and other measures (mentoring, networking, etc) aimed at making women careers in the audiovisual sector sustainable
  • Introducing the support to European networks of individuals who work in the audiovisual sector in a non-profit-making capacity and having among heir goals gender equality.

Panelists:

Eva Fehringer is Deputy Head of Unit of the International and European Labour Law and Social Policy Department at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Affairs. She also chairs the Gender Equality Commission at the Council of Europe.

Lisa Jordan is a senior philanthropic executive with a twenty-year career focused on social justice, impact, and systemic change. She currently serves the Porticus Foundation as Senior Director for Strategy and Learning overseeing the development of programme and impact.

Suzanne Pradel is an international script consultant, creative content producer, lecturer for script development, and bookscout. In 2009, she founded the BuchScout Agency which develops sophisticated TV and cinematic features. She is a member of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network.

Els van der Plas is General Director of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet. In 1988, she founded the Gate Foundation to encourage intercultural exchange in the field of modern and contemporary visual art. She is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of Writers Unlimited in the Hague.

Moderation:

Charles Landry is an authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. His concept of the Creative City focusses on how cities can create the enabling conditions for people to think and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities.


May 10: Panel Rethinking the role of women in the cultural professions at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

Rethinking the role of women in cultural and media professions: A European comparison

Despite mainstreaming efforts by the European Union and the Council of Europe, gender inequality persists for women in all areas of the economy. In the culture and media sector, the pay and pension gaps are even worse than in other fields. There is also a significant under-representation of women among the leading positions, in boardrooms, and as recipients of awards. While there is widespread consensus that raising awareness does help to dismantle the glass ceiling, which concrete measures are most effective? What can we learn from our European neighbours? The results of this discussion will contribute to a research project currently being conducted at the Hertie School’s Centre for Cultural Policy.

Introduction:

Helmut K. Anheier is President of the Hertie School of Governance and Professor of Sociology. He is the Director of the Hertie School’s Centre for Cultural Policy and Head of the research project Women in culture and media.

Panelists:

Eva Fehringer is Deputy Head of Unit of the International and European Labour Law and Social Policy Department at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Affairs. She also chairs the Gender Equality Commission at the Council of Europe.

Lisa Jordan is a senior philanthropic executive with a twenty-year career focused on social justice, impact, and systemic change. She currently serves the Porticus Foundation as Senior Director for Strategy and Learning overseeing the development of programme and impact.

Suzanne Pradel is an international script consultant, creative content producer, lecturer for script development, and bookscout. In 2009, she founded the BuchScout Agency which develops sophisticated TV and cinematic features. She is a member of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network.

Els van der Plas is General Director of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet. In 1988, she founded the Gate Foundation to encourage intercultural exchange in the field of modern and contemporary visual art. She is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of Writers Unlimited in the Hague.

Moderation:

Charles Landry is an authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. His concept of the Creative City focusses on how cities can create the enabling conditions for people to think and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities.
In partnership with the Commission for Culture and Media in the Federal Chancellery.

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Berlin Symposium: Rethinking the Role of Women in Cultural and Media Professions in the European context.

 May 10, 2017 at 6pm at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin

On behalf of both the Hertie School of Governance and the Commission for Culture and Media in the Federal Chancellery, a high-level exchange takes place among experts on current efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women in cultural and media professions in Europe.

There will be two short impulse statements by Monika Grütters, MdB, Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and by Virginija Langbakk, Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) (tbc). Following the keynotes, there will be a moderated panel discussion among experts on current monitoring trends, policy measures, and their progress or deficits towards closing the gender pay gap and breaking the “glas ceiling”.

The European Women´s Audiovisual network (EWA) member Suzanne Pradel will present the key findings from the EWA´S research project “Where are the women in the European Audiovisual Industry?” and explain EWA´s recommendation for positive actions that would allow to fill the gab between women and men in the European audiovisual sector.

Moderator:
Charles Laundry

Panelists:
Eva Fehringer, Chair Gender Equality Commission of the Council of Europe
Els van der Plas, General Director of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet
Suzanne Pradel, Member European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA)
Lisa Jordan, Policy Consultant for various NGOs and foundations in the fields of development and environment

Audience:
The event will be open to honored guests, students, the general public and the media.

 


The first Women in Film Best Pitch Award by Film Center Serbia and the European Women´s Audiovisual Network (EWA)

Belgrade Fast Forward: Women in Film Best Pitch Award
The Winner is the project „Fortnight“.

I had the honor to hand out the prize of €4000.- to Aga Woszczynska and Agnieszka Wasiak on March 4th, 2017 in Belgrade.

fotos: dusan milenkovic

 

 

 

Writers: Aga Woszczynska, Piotr Litwin
Director: Aga Woszczynska
Producer: Agnieszka Wasiak
Co-producer: Films De Force Majeure (FR),
Kinoproduzioni (IT)
Production Company: Lava Films

SYNOPSIS
Anna and Adam, young married couple from Poland, spend a fortnight in Southern Italy. At the beginning of their stay, an accident happens. A man dies in front of their eyes. They observe the tragic accident but they don’t offer help, they remain passive. Anna and Adam continue their stay in total denial. Yet, for how long can they go without remorse? Slowly, they start to lose control over their lives. Feeling of guilt, at first rejected and subconscious begins to reign over their seemingly stable relationship


March 4th: Pitching Sessions at the Fest Forward in Belgrade

The Serbian FEST Forward is dedicated to projects in development, both fiction and documentary,  in two separate sections which will take place on:

Saturday, 4th of March
10:00 – 12:00 Fest Forward – Women in Film Pitch Yugoslav Cinematheque – Big Cinema Hall
12:00 – 14:00 Fest Forward Pitch – National Selection Yugoslav Cinematheque – Big Cinema Hall

The jury for the section Women in Film will be the Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic, the Bosnian producer Amra Baksic Camo and Suzanne Pradel.


First Female Script Writer Residency Winner at the Berlinale

The winner of the first female scriptwriter residency program of the European Women´s Audiovisual Network (EWA) is at the Berlinale market.

The EWA scriptwriter residency programme is a great initiative dedicated to supporting the female screenwriting talents among EWA members, and helping them enter the industry with the best script possible.

The winner Murielle Thierrin gets financial consulting by EWA´s director Alessia Sonaglioni, script consultancy by the script consultant Suzanne Pradel  and profits from match-meetings with producers at the European Film Market of the Berlinale.


The three finalists of the EWA´s script residency in Berlin

It will be my pleasure to work with one of the three finalists for the Scriptwriter Residency Programme in Berlin by the European Women´s Audiovisual Network (EWA).

 

 

 

 

“Sugarcane Flower” written by Murielle Thierrin and Fabrice Pierre

An amazing love story

Logline: When a young single mother’s fight for emancipation gives birth to a jazz musical masterpiece. A period drama that takes place in 1928 in Barbados.

Screenwriter and producer, Murielle Thierrin studied management and finance in Paris, then scriptw
riting at the University of California (UCLA).Back in France, she created her own production company, ALDABRA Films.

“Bat & the Kid” written by Claire Leona

A funny and speedy comedy

Logline: Famous film director, Bat, and her fifteen year old lead actor’s relationship falls prey to vicious social media rumours and places her life, her husband and friends in emotional turmoil.

Claire Leona Apps‘ mother is Canadian and her father is English, however she was raised in Hong Kong and Indonesia. She relocated to Britain, where she graduated in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College before completing an MA at the London Film School, graduating as a director.

“Four Hands” written by Laetitia Mikles

An inspiring biopic

Logline: Helen (20) has a dream. She wants to go to university, get a diploma, become a writer and defend her political ideas. But Helen is blind. And deaf.

is a director, a scriptwriter and a film critic. After her studies in sociology and in documentary filmmaking, she shot documentaries of creation.


Christmas Newsletter

Dear partners, friends and colleagues,

A turbulent year comes to a close.

Since January 2016 Silke Hoffmann is supporting our team to scan the book market for interesting novels to adopt.

Suzanne Pradel has dramaturgically accompanied the development of a multitude of projects from which a few have been presented to the audience this year.

How we can shape a better future by knowing our history? This question was the center of the documentary about the work and life of Dr. Gerda Lerner „WHY WOMEN NEED TO CLIMB MOUNTAINS“ by Renata Keller.The film was well-received by its audiences from Berlin to Hamburg, London, Paris and Melbourne, consequently sparking lively discussions.
The English version will be soon available. View the trailer: http://www.womenneedtoclimbmountains.com/trailer/#.WF1xpbzhViA

The international coproduction „GALLOPING MIND“ by the Belgian director Wim Vandekeybus and produced by Bart Van Langendonck (Savage Film) travels this year to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Filmfestival Cottbus and the Cairo International Film Festival.
View the trailer:http://www.gallopingmind.com

The non-fiction book „TO UNDERSTAND LIFE“ by the bestselling author and philosopher Wilhelm Schmid traces important questions about life, which have been the result of ten years of conversations with patients and doctors in a Swiss hospital.

BuchScout is delighted that the studio-musical „A MAN AND A PIANO“ by Árpád Bondy will have its premiere at the Theater Pforzheim.

Also for 2017 we have a multitude of projects in the pipeline. Thus it stays exciting.

BuchScout wants to wish you merry Christmas and countless happy moments for the New Year! We’d like to thank you for the fruitful collaborations this year and we’re looking forward to launching new, fascinating projects with you in 2017.

Your BuchScout Team