ALBASCRIPT First Edition
ALBASCRIPT plus MENTORS
Giovanni ROBBIANO Born in Genova in 1958, Giovanni Robbiano is a screenwriter, director and producer as well as film trainer. He studied film at Bologna’s University and later at Columbia University School of Arts in New York. After returning to Italy he worked as a screenwriter, writing for both TV and feature films. He directed three feature films FIGURINE (1997), 500! (2001) and HERMANO (2004). His screenplay TUTTI I RUMORI DEL MARE (2012) directed by Federico Brugia won prizes in Annecy, Bari, BAFF and was selected in many international festivals. Robbiano has been teaching film at Bologna University (It), IULM in Milan (It),Genoa University (It), Evry Val d’Esonne University UEVE (Fr). He has been a trainer for the EEUU Media Program since 2000, teaching at MFI in Greece, Midpoint and SMS (Lithuania). Robbiano is the head of international department at FAMU in Prague. He recently joined the faculty at FIOFA Film Institute of Ohrid Film Academy, in Macedonia.
Amedeo D’ADAMO teaches film directing and marketing at the Catholic University in Milan and Brescia, as well as film producing in “Réseau Du Cinéma”Master at the Italian Swiss University in Switzerland. He teaches at the Documentary Summer School at Locarno Film Festival. He often mentors in various programs including the MAIA Film Producing Workshop. As a filmmaker, Amedeo’s work has traveled to many festivals such as Rome, Miami, Austin, Torino, Bologna and others. His published work includes essays on Science Fiction, film and TV music. His new book Empathetic Space On Screen: Crafting Powerful Place and Setting is a key title forthcoming in December 2017 from Palgrave: it is about how to write stories where the character is expressed in the film’s production design, cinematography, costume and music. He was the founding Dean and then President of the Los Angeles Film School. He holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University.
Blerta ZEQIRI is a writer and director from Kosovo known for the short film THE RETURN that won the Best International Short Fiction Award in the Sundance 2012. She graduated from the filmmaking department of University Paris 8 in France. She has written and directed several shorts, many of which were selected in top festivals such as Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Leeds international Film Festival, Sarajevo International Film Festival etc. Blerta teaches scriptwriting and directing at Academy Evolution in Prishtina. She often
mentors to workshops in the Balkan region. Blerta Zeqiri is a member of the European Film Academy and just completed her debut feature film THE MARRIAGE.
Dimitris EMMANOUUILIDESis a screenwriter and script consultant based in Athens. He wrote the feature films APPROACH (2016), THE HEIRESS (2009) and co-wrote MEMBRANE (in development). He also wrote the short films SHOULDER FOR HIRE (2007), DESTROY ALL BRAINS! (2003), ERROR (2001) and co-wrote the short films MESECINA (2009) and TRANSIT (2007).He wrote several episodes for the TV series STORIES FROM THE OTHER SIDE (2007) & REAL LOVE (2008). Dimitris Emmanouilides works as a script development mentor for MFI Script 2 Film Workshops in Greece.
Balkan Film Market thanks all writers who applied to attend the ALBASCRIPT PLUS workshop that takes place in Tirana Albania from 2nd to 7th October 2017. The selection body carefully checked at the submission and evaluated them for the authentic qualities, cross-Balkan relevance and international potential.
BFM is thrilled to announce the following projects selected for further script development through ALBASCRIPT PLUS workshop:
AMERCEMENT by Fokion Borgis and Panos Tragos GREECE
BUNKER by Marko Crnogorski and Jana Paunoska FYROM
CLOSE THE DOOR by Parta Kelmendi KOSOVO
HOTLINE by Dren Zherka KOSOVO
HOSTAGE by Saimir Gongo ALBANIA
LIFE IN CONCRETE by Ermela Teli ALBANIA
MEN OF DEEDS by Radu Romaniuc ROMANIA
THE END OF THE WORLD by Aleksandra Urosevic SERBIA
THE FIRST WIFE by Elkjana Gjipali ALBANIA
THRAX by Hristo Hristov BULGARIA
CONCERTO by Blerina Goce ALBANIA
IN THE STORMY YEARS by Kejdi Demneri ALBANIA
SHE by More Raça, KOSOVO
SMOKE RISING by Konstantinos Kalogridis GREECE
THE POST by Kiril Maksimoski FYROM
TRANSBUS by Nart Zeqiraj KOSOVO
MONDAY OCTOBER 2
10:00 OFFICIAL OPENING
10:30 OPENING ALBASCRIPT PLUS, day 1
13:15 – 14:30 LUNCH TIME
14:30 Split in smaller groups. Work and discus with mentors and peers, making suggestion and setting up goals.
20:00 ITALIAN RECEPTION
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 4
ALBASCRIPT PLUS, day 3
09:00 Group work. Follow up.
11:00 Individual Work
13:30 LUNCH TIME
14:30 One on-One with mentors
20:00 RECEPTION KOSOVA CINEMATOGRAPHY CENTER
FRIDAY OCTOBER 6
09:00 ALBASCRIPT PLUS Day 5
11:00 ALBASCRIPT PLUS
13:00 LUNCH TIME
11:00 ALBASCRIPT PLUS
TUESDAY OCTOBER 3
09:00 Presentation of the programme, mentors, and partners. Presentation of the projects and authors. Constituting a structure and working groups.
10:30 Individual work with mentors discussing specific need project by project.
13:00 LUNCH TIME
14:00 Individual work with mentors.
20.00 RECEPTION FILM CENTER SERBIA
ALBASCRIPT PLUS, day 4
09:00 Individual work with mentors discussing specific need project by project.
13:00 LUNCH TIME
14:30 ALBASCRIPT PLUS
15:30 ALBASCRIPT PLUS
20:00 RECEPTION SERBIAN
ALBAScript (first edition) announces selected screenplays
|In collaboration with Cineuropa, The Albanian Film Center will be holding a course to coach Albanian film professionals in developing their scripts. Under the guidance of Isabelle Fauvel, founder of audiovisual project development company Intiative Film; Giovanni Robbiano, winner of the prestigious Italian scriptwriting award the Solinas Prize; and Izer Aliu, known for his award-winning short films To Guard a Mountain and The Good Life Over There, the 20 participants will learn about developing and marketing their projects, dramaturgy, as well as collaborating with co-writers, script consultants and story editors. After the three-day course, held from 1-3 August, there will be a six-month follow-up period, during which the scriptwriters can re-write their scripts and receive feedback from professional script editors. The project director is Andamion Murataj, an Albanian scriptwriter, director and producer. In 2010, he won the Silver Bear for Best Script (with Joshua Marston) for the movie The Forgiveness of Blood.|
Ten feature scripts and ten short scripts have been selected to participate in this course. The selected feature projects that will be mentored by Isabelle Fauvel include: A Shelter among the Clouds by Robert Budina, Just a Baby by Dhimitri Ismailaj, The Bright Future by Julian Biba, The Nobles by Ylljet Aliçka and Albanian Style by Paskal Semini. On the other hand, Giovanni Robbiano will tutor the other five feature films: Dajna by Erenik Beqiri, Return to the Pirates Cave by Iris Elezi, The Flying Circus by Fatos Berisha, The Path of Fireflies by Artur Gorrishti and Three Lions Heading to Venice by Jonid Jorgji. Finally, Izer Aliu will look after all ten of the selected short films: Aquarium by Kreshnik Saraçi, A True Story by Viron Roboçi, Meeting the Unknown by Nerta Veliu, Nobody by Florenc Papas, Popcorn by Blerina Goce, Shadow by Gledis Bica, The Coca-Cola by Anxhela Cikopano, The Funeral Crasher by Albana Kozeli, The Morning After by Enxhi Rista and Violinist by Saimir Bajo.