Invitation to participate in My First Script Workshop at the 14th Zagreb Film Festival


Zagreb Film Festival announces an open call for application for the script development workshop My First Script. The workshop is intended for filmmakers who are preparing a script for their first feature-length film.

From the received applications the total of 6 participants will be chosen to participate in the workshop: two from Croatia, four from Europe, including the participants from the new sub-programme MEDIA countries (such as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Serbia and Turkey). The 5-day workshop will be held during the 14th edition of Zagreb Film Festival, which will take place from 12th to 20th November 2016.  

The purpose of this workshop is to help young screenwriters in making a script for their first feature-length fiction film, under the guidance of two script doctors, experienced screenwriters and/or directors. Through an intense practical program with emphasis on solving problems working in a team, young colleagues will be encouraged, in a relaxed working atmosphere, to successfully complete their scripts.  

The workshop is free for all participants. Accommodation and travel expenses will be covered for foreign participants.  

Candidates who are interested in the workshop should send the application including:  

1. Short resume with personal data
2. Synopsis
3. Script or treatment + minimum 3 elaborated scenes 

Candidates from other countries must submit their applications in English language. Projects from Croatia can be submitted in Croatian; however, if accepted, their authors must prepare English translations by the beginning of October.  

Deadline for application: 15 July 2016

Applications should be sent to: inja@zagrebfilmfestival.com 
The results will be announced at the end of September 2016.

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My First Script workshop was first presented as part of the Industry section, offering practical and educational content, at the 10th anniversary edition of Zagreb Film Festival in 2012. Since then, it has been an unavoidable part of the Industry program.

The workshop is co-organised by ZFF and the Croatian Film Directors’ Guild, aiming to provide practical support to emerging film professionals through intensive active individual work on a solo screenwriting project, mentored by experienced writers. Also, the idea is to support their debut feature-length project as directly as possible, in a targeted manner.

The previous four editions of the workshop included a total of 24 projects from different European countries (Italy, United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Lithuania etc.), as well as nine Croatian filmmakers, on the right way of realisation. We wish them all the luck in continuation of the project development, and we invite new filmmakers to apply for the upcoming edition of the My First Script workshop by 15 July 2016.