Florin Lăzărescu, with the feature entitled Regulile jocului de smarald, Andrei Epure, with the feature named Câini care latră de la distanţă, Gabriel Molnar, with the TV miniseries Eu şi Dracula, Filip-Iosif Columbeanu, with the miniseries Departamentul 8 Securitate, Alexandru Molico, with the TV miniseries Uruc, and Vlad Ghinea and Andrei Boeru, with the miniseries Balast have been the finalists of the contest Write a Screenplay for Sebastian Stan.
Over 200 hundred screenwriters sent in their projects for the contest organized by Asociaţia Cinemascop with the support of HBO Europe, in the framework of the American Independent Film Festival (April 12-18), the organizers announced.
Of the 200+ submissions, 174 projects were valid, of which 43 were TV miniseries, and the rest were conceived as feature films.
The youngest contestant is 14, while the most experienced having submitted at 67 years of age. 11 contestants submitted more than one project, and out of all applications, 94 belong to those who have previous experience in the film industry as a director or screenwriter.
Finalists will participate, between April 10th-17th, at a development workshop to further expand on their project outlines, which will then be sent to Sebastian Stan. The workshop will comprise of a number of conferences, as well as group and individual working sessions, alongside screenwriter and consultant Alexandru Baciu.
Conferences which take place during the American Independent Film Festival are open to all those who applied to the contest. The talks will take place at Cinema Muzeul Ţăranului, starting at 5pm, as per the following:
Monday, April 15th – Camilla Curtis (Script Development Executive – HBO Europe) and Johnathan Young (VP Original Production HBO Central Europe) will hold a talk entitled: TV miniseries: an introduction.
Tuesday, April 16th – Christopher Landry (Assistant Director), Tudor Vladimir Panduru (Cinematographer) and Simona Pădurețu (Production Designer) will speak at the conference entitled What do I expect from a screenwriter? Here, professionals from the film industry will delve into the subject of their particular expectations concerning a script.
Wednesday, April 17th – Steve Matthews (Executive producer for drama development – HBO Europe) will talk about How to write for cinema vs. how to write for TV.
All talks will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
In addition, all contest participants will be able to access all films screening in the AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES BY ROBERTO MINERVINI, the carte blanche program of the festival’s special guest, which will play at the Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, following the aforementioned conferences. Roberto Minervini has chosen the following titles: The Intruder, by Roger Corman, on Monday, April 15th at 7:00pm, Tchoupitoulas, by brothers Bill & Turner Ross on Tuesday, April 16th, at 6:00 pm, and Wanda, the only feature film by Barbara Loden, which will be screened on Wednesday, April 17th, at 6:00pm. Films will be introduced by the director and film critics from the FILM MENU publication.
On Tuesday, April 16th, starting at 10:15pm, at Cinema Muzeul Ţăranului, all contestants who took part in the screenwriting contest Write a Screenplay for Sebastian Stan are awaited at Roberto Minervini’s masterclass.
On April 18th, 2019, Sebastian Stan will announce the winning projects, via Skype. The American actor, who wishes to play in a Romanian language film, has expressed his interest in actively implicating himself in the development process of the two winning projects until final script stage.
Winning screenwriters will receive a monetary support of 1000 Euro, and professional consultation throughout the entire development period. A first draft of scripts will be completed by the 1st of October, 2019, after which Asociația Cinemascop will identify the producers most suitable for each project, in order to begin the financing and production stage.
Founded in 2017, the American Independent Film Festival presents a selection of recent independent productions from the U.S., which have premiered at the most important festivals in the world, such as Sundance, Cannes, New York, Tribeca, Telluride, Toronto, and Venice, alongside retrospectives and special events.