34 etudes – this is the effect of EKRAN, a European Training Programme for Professional Filmmakers which has just finished at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing.
The second edition of the European Training Programme for Film Professionals EKRAN 2006 ended on 26 June. The organizer of the course was the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. The course was produced in cooperation with the School’s partners: the FOCAL foundation from Switzerland, the Norwegian Film Development, the Danish Film Institute, the Nordrhein Westfalen Film Stiftung, the Internationale Filmschule Koln and the Inernational Film School Wales. The programme is co financed by the Media Plus Program of the European Union, with the support from the following strategic sponsors of the school: Prokom Software SA, Prokom Investments SA and from the Polish Filmmakers’ Association.
The participants of EKRAN are young filmmakers from Europe, who present their projects and develop them during the course. EKRAN focuses on creative aspects of pre-production and is based on practical activities. Its main goal is the development of scripts presented by the participants (group and individual consultations) and production of two scenes selected from the participants’ scripts to test on the screen the narrative and visual concept as well as the right tone for the film
Artistic supervision over the projects was granted by the following lecturers of EKRAN 2006: Andrzej Wajda, Wojciech Marczewski, Filip Bajon, Agnieszka Holland, Jerzy Zieliński, Witold Stok, Volker Schloendorff, a renowned scriptwriter from Denmark Mogens Rukov, a scriptwriter and film director Udayan Prasad (GB), a scriptwriter and film director Ildiko Enyedi (Hungary), script doctors: Antoine Jaccoud (Switzerland) and Marilyn Milgrom with Nigel Orrillard (GB). We also hosted the following lecturers from other fields: Ryszard Kapuściński, Wiktor Osiatyński and Agnieszka Odorowicz, the director of the Polish Film Institute.
EKRAN 2006 in numbers: 3 sessions – 30 days of tutoring full of group and individual script consultations, casting, actor rehearsals, storyboard drawing, but above all shooting, editing, screening and final discussions over the end results. 12 film projects were represented by 28 participants (directors, scriptwriters and producers), who worked with 70 actors, 20 directors of photography, 3 production managers, 7 editors, 3 sound engineers, 2 set designers, a casting director, a prop master, a make-up artist, electricians, drivers…
During the three sessions 34 etudes were made, with a full running time of three full-length feature films.
The next, third edition of EKRAN will be launched in 2007, the calls for applications will be announced in autumn 2006. Apart from that, the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing has called for applications for two courses – a documentary and a feature course, both of which will be launched in October 2006. The deadline for application for the year-long documentary course is 15 Aug, and for the six-month feature film course is 31 Aug.
This edition of EKRAN was popular among young film professionals – ca 100 applications reached our school from all over Europe. 12 of these projects were selected and presented by 12 directors:
- ”MATKI [MOTHERS]”, by Leszek Dawid (other films by this director include “Moje miejsce [My Place]” and “Bar na Victorii [The Bar at Victoria]”) A funny story of a young woman who tries to reconcile duties of a mother with a yearning to lead a fast life full of emotion.
- “KANGUR [THE CANGAROO]”, by Grzegorz Pacek (author of numerous documentary films, e.g. “Jestem zły [I’m Bad]”) A para-documentary tragicomedy about teenage football fans.
- „MA SALAMA JAMIL”, by Omar Shargawi (Denmark) – the co writer is Mogens Rukov (a renowned scriptwriter from Denmark, e.g. the co-writer of “Festen”, “Reconstruction” and “Only Love”); the producer is Zentropa, a Lars von Trier company, which produced most of the “Dogma” films. The film is supposed to tell a story of a conflict between the Sunnis and the Shiites in the Muslim Diaspora in Denmark.
- “ANKA’S DREAM”, by Jasna Krajinovic (Slovenia) – the producers are Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne and their company “Les Films du Fleuve”. The project is a story of a girl who want to get away from post-war reality of former Yugoslavia.
- “SISSE AND JANUS” by Jens Mikkelsen (Denmark) A comedy about sex, its lack, the fear of sex and the strangest ways of overcoming this fear.
- “A FAMILY AFFAIR” , by Georg Maas (Germany). A story of family relationships against the background of a spy affair whose roots date back to the Second World War.
- “PEEPING TOMS” by Martin Scharf (Germany). The producer of the film is Harry Flöter, the participant of the first edition of Ekran 2004. It is a story of two men who deal in filming from concealment people having sex and later sell these films on the net.
- “TWO DAYS IN ROME” , by Lene Therese Teigen (Norway) A story of two couple that meet in a Spanish resort hotel, of love turbulences and secrets from the past.
- “UNFAITHFULNESS”, by Anne Hoegh Krohn (Norway) A story of three brothers and their ways of being unfaithful.
- “IN ABSENTIA”, by Stephen Hanks and Luke Jacob (Great Britain) A film about a woman who once had a miscarriage, but still sees her unborn child.
- “ANIMAL RELATION”, by Séverine Cornamusaz (Switzerland) A story of a Swiss peasant who finds it easier to communicate with animals than with people.
- “SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE”, by Katalin Gödrös (Switzerland) A story of a teenage girl, who discovers how to influence people and how she uses these skills in wicked ways.
The participants of the first edition of Ekran in 2004 were for example: Dariusz Gajewski and Anna Jadowska, whose recent film “Teraz ja [It’s Me, Now]” was developed within the EKRAN 2004 (the film won the Best Debut Award at the All-Nation Film Festival in Gdynia, Poland and many other awards). In turn, the German participant of the EKRAN 2004, Harry Flöter, who was developing then his project “Bunker 5”, has received for this text the “Deutschen Drehbuchpreis”