European Script Meeting (ESM) seeks to facilitate creative partnership of professional screenwriters, film producers and directors through individual meetings to discuss collaboration on new screenplays.
On October 23 – 24, 2018, for the 4th time the meeting will bring together 10 selected screenwriters and 9 project representatives from all over Europe. ESM’s aim is to encourage new international partnerships among screenwriters and creative film crews who are looking for writing professionals – screenwriters, co-writers, editors, consultants, doctors, analysts, mentors etc.
The structure of the event is organized as individual one-on-one meetings but is not limited to it. To have a productive setting for shaping new ideas within their initial conception, networking, crossover meetings and participant brainstorming is encouraged regardless of the set event structure.
Wednesday, 23 Oct
One-to-one meetings for screenwriters and project representatives
Annika, an obedient top musician, tries to rewind her life after a breakdown by reliving teenage rebellion with her childhood imaginary friend.
Screenwriter Heli Tamminen, FI
Writer, story editor, Canada
Screenwriter with over twenty years of experience in the film and television industry in the areas of production, distribution, and marketing. Larisa has worked at Alliance Atlantis in Toronto, HBO Films in New York, and is presently the Co-Producer for the OMDC’s International Financing Forum, the co-financing / co-production market in association with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). A graduate of the feature film screenwriting program at the Canadian Film Centre and the Praxis Story Editing Program, she also works as a story editor and screenplay evaluator for several film production companies and teaches screenwriting at the University of Toronto, the National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture, as well as media studies at Ryerson University. She is currently working on several projects including a TV series.
Producer, writer, CEO of Witcraft, Austria
Ursula has over two decades of experience in film – from screenplays to production, with e.g. Michael Glawogger, Barbara Albert, Kirill Serebrennikov, Nathalie Borgers, Christian Frosch, Bakhtiar Khodoynazarov. Screenplays she developed received script awards in Milan, Ghent, Graz and Sabam. She has also been awarded the Carl Mayer New Talent Prize. Since founding the production company Witcraft (witcraft.at) she has developed & co-produced e.g. ‘The Fatherless’, ‘We Used to be Cool’ (Marie Kreutzer), ‘Ma Folie’ (Andrina Mracnikar), ‘Gangster girls’ (Tina Leisch), ‘Mademoiselle Paradis’ (Barbara Albert), ‘Anna Fxxxing Molnar’ (Sabine Derflinger, co-written with Nina Proll). Ursula has developed training initiatives Women Producers’ Programme (ProPro) and Diverse Geschinchen (Diverse Stories).
Screenwriter, founder of StoryLab.pro, Poland
Script-neuron collider, that is – scriptwriter, educator, creator and organizer of the biggest Polish festival for scriptwriters, Script Fiesta (2012-2017). Author of training programmes for scriptwriters and script consultants. Traslator of Linda Aroson’s ‘21st Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow’s Films’. Certified script coach. As consultant works with scriptwriters, novelists and filmmakers, helps producers establish writers’ rooms. Expert evaluating documentary and feature projects for the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. Founder and head lecturer at StoryLab.pro, a creative space in Warsaw focused on professional education, script development and creating networking opportunites for scriptwriters and filmmakers.
Martins works as screenwriter and script consultant since 2010. He is writer of WW1 drama ‘Blizzard of Souls’ (novel adaptation, due in 2019). Projects in development include ‘The Attack’ (a thriller based on real-life events), ‘Christopher and the Order of Shadows’ (a sci-fi adventure, novel adaptation), ‘Christmas Tree Mystery’ (a fairy tale, co-story). His first screenplay ‘The Apartments’ was awarded The Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award for the Best Eastern and Central European Script. He also works as a MEDIA expert.
Leana Jalukse is an Estonian screenwriter and script consultant. She holds a BA in Broadcast Media and an MA in Film Arts, majoring in screenwriting, and has been active in the film industry since 1997. ‘Mother’ (Kadri Kousaar), her debut as a writer on a full-length feature film, premiered internationally in competition at Tribeca, USA, won Best Feature in Kitzbühel, Austria, Best Estonian Feature at Tallinn Black Nights, Estonia, and was selected Estonia’s national entry for the Oscars. Her second film, ‘Fire Lily’ (Maria Avdjusko), premiered in May 2018, and a short film, ‘Laika’, is due to be shot in August 2018.
Script analyst, Poland
Artur has studied directing in Warsaw Film School (for two years), production managing in Lodz Film School (for a year) and scriptwriting in Lodz Film School (finished!). He has taken part in several workshops and courses as a producer, writer and script consultant, such as: Eastweek, Maia Workshops, Ekran+, Films For Kids Pro, Canal+ Series Lab, Midpoint Training The Trainers. He watches over 200 films a year, runs a blog (nieskonczone.pl) dedicated to analysing Polish film scripts and works as a script analyst for film producers and writers.
Playwright, scriptwriter, dramatist, Latvia
Justīne gratuated Latvian Academy of Culture in 2015 and since then has been working in such theaters as Daile Theather, Daugavpils Theather, Valmiera Drama Theatre, Dirty Deal Teatro, Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre, Great Guild/LNSO. She’s an author of several original plays and stage adaptations for classical novels. Winner of Spēlmaņu Nakts award for best play or stage adaptation in 2016 and 2017. Winner of short movie competition Starmetis in 2014. Since 2017 teacher of dramatic writing in company Darbnīcas, supported by Latvian Writers` Union.
Script consultant, Estonia
Margit has been working in film industry since 1998. She studied cinematography and directing at Tallinn University, and screenwriting at the Northern Film School in the UK. As a screenwriter she has written short films, feature films and TV dramas. She has 15 years of experience as a script consultant and has worked on short films, feature films and documentaries. Since 2013, she also works as a screenwriting lecturer at the Baltic Film, Media, Art and Communication School of Tallinn University (BFM).
Ivo is a screenwriter, playwright, performer and director. He works for screen, radio, stage and site-specific performances, collaborating with state owned organisations and independent groups in Latvia, Germany, Finland, Denmark and other European countries. His filmmaking biography consists of both documentary and fiction films, including animation. Ivo is also a lecturer on scriptwriting and dramaturgy in Latvian Academy of Culture.
Screenwriter and playwright working in Riga and Vilnius. Matīss is mainly interested in historical stories (‘The Mover’, ‘Jelgava94’, both due in 2018) and documentaries (‘Under the upturned moon’ - a documentary detective, 2018) and is experienced in researching and structuring complicated narratives. He has collaborated with most of the main Latvian production companies (Mistrus Media, Tasse film, Juris Podnieks Studio, Locomotive, etc.). Visiting lecturer at the Latvian National Film School and The Academy of Culture.