Call for New Edition of European Training Programme EKRAN+ 2020 is Now Open
EKRAN+, organized by Wajda Studio and Wajda School, is a training program focusing on the creative pre-production process based on shooting practice.
Deadline for applications is 1 December 2019.Participation in this program is free.
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. This 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 at advancing 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.
Photo: Agnieszka Paleta © Wajda Studio
The EKRAN+ process includes:
- Treatment and / or script development; group and individual work
- Preparation for shooting; casting, storyboard and individual consultancy with tutors
- Shooting; tutors’ directing supervision
- Evaluation with 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 shooting with expertise and help from casting directors, set designers and production managers.
Graduates summarize their EKRAN+ experience:
« Best workshop I ever took part. »
Marcus Lenz, Germany.
« I have loved the whole experience. I think spiritually I have grown at least one meter up. 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 organization. I feel more confident on my project now. »
Stephan Richter, Austria.
Photo: © Wajda Studio
What Do 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 to be used in search for financing of the film. However they can be as well treated as a testing material or visual laboratory and not to be shown to decision makers. The final decision how to approach the EKRAN+ scheme depends on the participants.
The team of tutors involves experienced film professionals from all over Europe including: Wojciech Marczewski Head of EKRAN Programme, Paweł Pawlikowski, Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland), Ildiko Enyedi (Hungary), Antoine Jaccoud (Switzerland), Udayan Prasad, Marilyn Milgrom, Margaret Glover (England), Denijal Hasanovic(Bosnia), Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, Christoph Hochhäusler and Volker Schloendorff (Germany).
EKRAN+ Tutors / Photo: © Wajda Studio
Who can apply for EKRAN+?
EKRAN+ is based on teamwork and involves professionals from several fields. The primary target group consists of European directors or writer/directors who have realized their first feature or several shorts. In order to be accepted by EKRAN+, the creative team should be consisting of: director or writer/director; the writer or co-writer of the script (where applicable) the producer committed to the project, the director of photography they intend to work with.
How do I apply for EKRAN+?
The application must contain:
- CVs of all team members
- a 10 page (maximum) feature film Treatment (if the script exists, it should be translated into English and available for individual consultancy for the first session)
- proposal of two scenes from treatment/script to be realized within EKRAN+ programme
- a letter of commitment from the producer or the producer’s production company
- an application form (doc) signed by all the members of the team
- weblinks of the director’s work
The application can be submitted in German, French or Italian for preselection. If the project is preselected for an interview with Wojciech Marczewski, the Mentor of the project, an English version of the treatment, as well as the letter of commitment, proposal of 2 scenes and CVs of all team members, must be submitted in English at the beginning of January 2020 per e-mail. Results of the pre-selection will be communicated by 20 December 2020.
The application deadline is 1 December 2019
All applicants are asked to apply online and to send in hard copies of their documents as well as a hand signed application form.
Swiss applicants send 3 copies of their documents to the following address by 1 December 2019:
Avenue de la Rasude 2
CH – 1006 Lausanne
For applications from other European countries, please consult: www.ekranplus.eu
How are projects selected for EKRAN+?
On the basis of the material submitted, a pre-selection will be made in each of the partner countries by professionals/tutors chosen by the partners. Wojciech Marczewski, the Mentor of the project, will choose the final 9 participants’ teams in January 2020.
How is EKRAN+ training organized?
The EKRAN+ training program is divided into three sessions 4-9- days each and additional 2- days Follow-up session.
Session 1: 2 – 5 March 2020
Participants: directors and scriptwriters
Is a visual warm-up and introduction to shooting practice. It begins with the group analysis of the treatment and two scenes to be shot during next two sessions, and continues with the visual presentation of participants’ projects, as attempt to imagine the movies for ourselves, and find the visual way of communicating it to others. At the end of the session participants meet Casting Director and Art Director in order to prepare the shooting of the scenes for the 2nd session.
Session 2: 16 – 24 April 2020
Participants: directors, scriptwriters
Focus is put on production of scenes from participants’ projects with 2-3 actors (Polish actors speaking English) in the context of exploration of creative tools of audiovisual film language. After scenes’ group analysis participants discuss re-written scenes with their supervising shooting tutors. The further treatment/script development is continued by analysis and discussion with two independent script doctors. The pre-production of the scenes includes directing strategies, choice of the location, props and light. Each team is given time for rehearsal with 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 meeting Casting Director and Art Director in order to prepare the shooting of the scenes for the 3rd session.
Session 3: 15 – 23 June 2020
Participants: directors, scriptwriters, DOPs, producers (optionally)
Each team has the opportunity to invite a director of photography and two actors from its native country to produce a scene from the script (in their native language). Focus is put on imagination and searching for specific imaging tools to create a desired tone and atmosphere of the film. After scenes’ group analysis participants discuss re-written scenes with their supervising shooting tutors. The treatments’ and scripts’ further development is provided through individual analysis with two independent script doctors. The session ends with summary of project development as well as evaluation, screening and discussion of the produced scenes.
EKRAN+ Follow-up session (optional): 2 days in December 2020
Participants: directors, scriptwriters
Participants to come back for the final treatment or script consultancy and setting up the directions for the advanced draft development.
Photo: Karolina Grabowska © Wajda Studio
How much does EKRAN+ cost?
Participation in EKRAN+ is FREE!
The selected directors and their teams will be granted scholarships including participation fees and accommodation. Travel costs are to be covered by participants.
Photo: Agnieszka Paleta © Wajda Studio
More EKRAN+ info at:
The Andrzej Wajda Studio and Film School — EKRAN+ coordinator reserves the right to make changes to the programme without prior notice.
Photos: Karolina Grabowska © Wajda Studio
The films produced out of the projects developed on EKRAN by now:
- TERAZ JA (IT’S ME, NOW) by Anna Jadowska, Poland (Best Debut Award at the Gdynia Film Festival in 2005)
- OUT OF BOUNDS by Fulvio Bernasconi Swizerland (Best Actor Award at the Locarno International Film Festival 2007)
- MA SALAMA JAMIL by Omar Shargavi, produced by Zentropa, (Rotterdam Tiger Award at 2008 IFF Rotterdam)
- COEUR ANIMAL by Séverine Cornamusaz, Switzerland (2010 Swiss Film Prize for Best Feature)
- SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE by Katalin Gödrös, Switzerland (IFF Locarno, IFF Rotterdam, Warsaw Film Festival, IFF Mannheim-Heidelberg, IFF Salsbrücken, IFF Palm Springs)
- KI by Leszek Dawid, Poland (Venice Days – IFF Venice 2011)
- TWO LIVES by Georg Maas, Germany (German Oscar 2013 candidate)
- VIKTORIA by Maya Vitkova, Bulgaria (in competition Sundance IFF 2014, Rotterdam IFF 2014)
- CORNEA by Jochem de Vriees, Netherlands (in competition Netherlands Film Festival 2014)
- SANCTUARY dir. Norah McGettigan, Ireland/Poland (Best of Show film at 2012 Indie Fest, California, USA)
- FEAR OF FALLING by Bartek Konopka, Poland, (Best Debut award on Gdynia Film Festival 2011, The Silver Gateway Award for the Second Best Film at 2011 Mumbai Film Festival)
- COURAGE by Greg Zglinski, Poland (Flash Forward, IFF Busan 2011)
- MARY AND JOHNNY by Samuel Schwarz, Germany (Special Mention of the Jury at the Max Ophüls Filmfestival 2012)
- SOHNEMAENNER by Ingo Haeb, Germany, (IFF Hamburg 2011)
- SUMMER SOLSTICE dir. Michał Rogalski, Poland/Germany (2015 Montreal IFF, Best Screenplay award)
- ONE STEP BEHIND THE SERAPHIM by Daniel Sandu, Romania (Bucharest IFF 2018 Best screenplay award)
- DAAS by Adrian Panek, Poland (A. Munch Studio Award for Best Debut in 2011)
- FUGUE by Agnieszka Smoczynska, Poland (Semaine de la crititque, Cannes 2018)
- DORA OR THE SEXUAL NEUROSIS OF OUR PARENTS dir. Stina Werenfelds, Switzerland (Panorama, Berlinale 2015)
- DREAMLAND by Petra Volpe, Switzerland (Audience Award on Busan IFF 2013, nominated to EFA Awards 2014)
- HE HERE AFTER by Magnus von Horn Sweden/Poland, (Directors' Fortnight 2015 Cannes IFF)
- OFF TARGET by. Erik Bernasconi, Switzerland
- A HOLE IN THE HEAD by Piotr Subbotko, Poland (Shangai IFF 2018)
- MODRIS by Juris Kursietis, Latvia, (Special Mention of the New Directors Section at 2014 San Sebastián IFF )
- ONE OF US dby Stephan Richter, Austria/Germany (San Sebastian IFF, Best Feature Film – Max Ophüls Preis 2016, nominated to EFA awards 2016 )
- DEMON by Marcin Wrona, Poland/Israel (Toronto IFF 2015 Austin Fantastic FF – Best Picture)
- INDIAN BURN by Marcus Lenz, Germany/Ukraine – in postproduction
- ALOYS by Tobias Noelle, Switzerland, (Berlinale, Panorama 2016 - Fipresci Prize, Swiss Film Award, Best Cinematography 2017 )
- TEREZA 33 by Danilo Serbedzija, Croatia – in postproduction
- THE SAINT by Andrius Blaževičius, Lithuania (Molodost FF, Kiev, Grand Prix)
- HOME IS HERE by Tereza Kotyk, Austria (2017 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival)
- WEREWOLF by Adrian Panek, Poland (Best film Tallinn Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2018)
- THE DIARY OF DIANA B. by Dana Budisavljevic, Croatia (Best Croatian Feature Film Award, Pula Film Festival 2019)
- RAIN by Janno Jürgens, Estonia – in postproduction
- OPEN by Orsi Nagypal, Hungary (Montreal IF 2018)
- CLOUD WHISPERS dir. Kerstin Polte, Germany (Best Directing 0218 Bavarian Film Awards
- SUMMER 1993 by Carla Simon Popo, Spain (Best First Feature Award – Berlinale 2017)
- THE GULF by Emre Yeksan (2017 IFF Venice, Critics Week)
- A HOLE IN THE HEAD by Piotr Subbotko, Poland (Shanghai FF 2018)
- PANIC ATTACK by Paweł Maślona, Poland
- CRONOFOBIA by Francesco Rizzi, SWITZERLAND (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2018 Special Jury Prize)
- THE MAN WITH THE MAGIC BOX by Bodo Kox, Poland (2017 IFF Busan
- NOVA LITHUANIA byKarolis Kaupinis (2019 Karlovy Vary IFF, East oft he West Competition)
- PEOPLE WE KNOW ARE CONFUSED by Tomas Smulkis, Lithuania – in postproduction
- HOCHWALD by Evi Romen, Austria - production