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Call for applications for the European Training Programme EKRAN+ 2022 is CLOSED! Thank you for your applications.

EKRAN+, organised by Wajda Studio and Wajda School, is a training programme focusing on the creative pre-production process and based on shooting practice.

  • This time the programme will focus on creative development of the first and second feature film projects from EKRAN+ Partners’ countries: Austria, Croatia, Lithuania, Switzerland and Poland.
  • Throughout the programme, you will develop your script/treatment and shoot one scene from your script with the focus on identifying and refining the right tone and visual language for your future film.

The deadline for applications was February 28, 2022. Participation in the programme is free of charge.

What is EKRAN+?

EKRAN+ is a professional training programme aimed at developing scripts/treatments and producing scenes from each project under the guidance of renowned international filmmakers, including Wojciech Marczewski (Director of the EKRAN+ Programme), Paweł Pawlikowski, Ildikó Enyedi, Antoine Jaccoud, Udayan Prasad, Marilyn Milgrom, Margaret Glover, Denijal Hasanović, Volker Schlöndorff, Roshanak Behesht Nedjad and Christoph Hochhäusler.

Each participating project is represented by a Creative Team consisting of a director (or scriptwriter-director), scriptwriter (or co-writer), director of photography and producer.

The EKRAN+ process includes:

  • treatment and/or script development, through group and individual work;
  • preparation for shooting: casting, storyboard and individual consultations with the tutors;
  • shooting;
  • editing;
  • evaluation with group and tutor analysis of the produced scenes.

The Creative Team is offered a choice of locations, actors and set designs, within the usual logistical and budgetary constraints.

Check out workshop scenes shot during EKRAN+ 2021:

Schedule

The programme is divided into two online sessions and one on-site session, which are scheduled on the following dates:

  • session 1: April 25 – 28, 2022 (online),
  • session 2: June 21 – 29, 2022 (on-site, Warsaw, Poland),
  • session 3: September 5 – 6, 2022 (online).

Detailed 2022 EKRAN+ programme

The EKRAN+ training programme is divided into three sessions.

Session 1: April 25 – 28, 2022 (online); Participants: directors, scriptwriters, producers

Is a visual warm-up and introduction to shooting practice. It begins with the group analysis of the treatment and scene to be shot during next session, and continues with the visual presentation of participants’ projects, as attempt to imagine the movies for ourselves, and find the visual way of communicating it to others. At the end of the session participants meet Casting Director and Art Director in order to prepare the shooting of the scene for the 2nd session.

Session 2: June 21 – 29, 2022 (on-site, Warsaw, Poland); Participants: directors, DOPs (on-site), scriptwriters and producers (on-line)

Each team has the opportunity to invite a director of photography and two actors from its native country to produce an interior scene from the script (in their native language). Focus is put on imagination and searching for specific imaging tools to create a desired tone and atmosphere of the film. After scenes’ group analysis participants discuss re-written scenes with their supervising shooting tutors. The treatments’ and scripts’ further development is provided through individual analysis with two independent script doctors. The session ends with summary of project development as well as evaluation, screening and discussion of the produced scenes.

Session 3: September 5 – 6, 2022 (online), Participants: directors, scriptwriters, producers.

Participants come back for the final treatment or script consultancy and setting up the directions for the advanced draft development.

What Do I Take Away from EKRAN+?

Each Creative Team finishes the EKRAN+ course with a well-developed treatment or first draft of the script and a scene demonstrating the tone, genre and visual language of the project. You can use the completed scene as a demo/pilot, a visual material to accompany the script, which can be helpful in finding partners and funding sources for the film. By working on scene in practice you will find out what style works best for your story, and you can treat participation in the programme as a creative test or “visual laboratory” before starting the actual work on your film.

How much does EKRAN+ cost?

Participation in EKRAN+ is FREE!

The selected directors will be granted scholarships including participation fees and accommodation. Travel costs are to be covered by participants.

To apply, please fill out the registration form.

The schedule of EKRAN+ 2022 will be adjusted to the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Andrzej Wajda Studio and Film School — EKRAN+ coordinator reserves the right to make changes to the programme without prior notice.