Launch of the first session of EKRAN+ 2019!  Meet the participants and their projects!

Launch of the first session of EKRAN+ 2019!
Meet the participants and their pr

The first session of EKRAN+ 2019  started on 4 March 2019 at Wajda Studio. The participants will pitch their projects and analyze their scenes for the first time under the tutorship of Wojciech Marczewski, Udayan Prasad and Denijal Hasanović. During the second day of the session they will have a chance to meet and discuss the visual representation of their films with Agnieszka Holland. The session will be finalized with preparations for what comes next – the work on set. The participants will meet with an art director and a cast director to choose the actors for the scene that they will be working on during the programme.

9 projects from Poland, Switzerland, Croatia, Lithuania, Austria and Ireland take part in this year’s edition:

“Our House”: Maciej Marczewski – Director, Lambros Ziotas – Producer, Radosław Ładczuk – DoP (Poland)
Wojciech Marczewski

Funny and Sad life of George”:  Egle Vertelyte – Director/Writer, Lucas Trimonis – Producer (Lithuania)

“Is That All There Is”: Lina Luzyte – Directer/Writer, Kestutis Drazdauskas – Producer, Michael Lavelle – DoP (Lithuania)

„Fiume o morte!“: Igor Bezinović – Director/Writer, Tibor Keser – Producer (Croatia)

“World’s Shortest Poem”: David Clay Diaz – Director/Writer, Senad Halilbasic – Co-writer, Barbara Albert – Producer, Julian Krubasik – DoP (Austria)

„Palace“: Maria Sigrist – Director, Noëmi Steffen – Writer, Sabine Girsberger – Producer (Switzerland)

“The Good Reputation”: Mauro Mueller – Director/Writer, Ivan Madeo – Producer, Thomas Hardmeier – DoP (Switzerland)

“Other People”: Aleksandra Terpińska – Director/Writer, Beata Rzeźniczek – Producer, Bartosz Bieniek – DoP (Poland)

“Nest Egg”: Norah McGettigan – Director, Filip Kasperaszek – Writer, Joanna Szymańska – Producer (Poland / Ireland)

Below you can read about our participants and their projects:

“Funny and Sad life of George”:  Egle Vertelyte – Director/Writer, Lucas Trimonis – Producer (Lithuania)

A female Lithuanian student comes to NY to write about a funny life of her favorite artist George Machiunas under the supervision of her tutor Jonathan, who  on the contrary thinks that the life of this artist was very sad.

Egle Vertelyte – Writer and Director

After gaining a bachelor’s degree in History from Vilnius University, Egle Vertelyte continued her studies at the European Film College in Denmark and then went to study MA of Screenwriting at National Film and Television school. In 2009 Egle moved to Mongolia where she filmed her first feature length documentary “UB lama”. The film has got 6 international awards, was screened in more than 20 international festivals and was sold to TV and cable worldwide.

At present Egle lives and works in Vilnius. Together with producer Lukas Trimonis they have found a company iN SCRiPT. They are developing and consulting narrative driven projects for TV, fiction and documentary films. Egle also works as a writer for several TV shows, collaborates as a writer with other directors and teaches art of screenwriting in Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. Her feature directorial debut “Miracle” that she has also written – was a success word wide. It had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, was screened in around 50  festivals worldwide, 6 A class festivals,  sold to 24 territories and won main Lithuanian film awards “Silver Crane” for best fiction feature film, best director, best writer, and best actress.

“Is That All There Is”: Lina Luzyte – Directer/Writer, Kestutis Drazdauskas – Producer, Michael Lavelle – DoP (Lithuania)

What do you do, when you’re seventy, you loose your job and your children treat you like a nanny? You go to CUBA!

Lina Luzyte – Director and Screenwriter 

Lina Lužytė was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1985. In 2011, she graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with an MA in Film Directing. She has numerous writing and directing credits for both feature and documentary films.

Lina’s first feature “Together For Ever”, in which she posits the family as the primary social unit to thematize communication gridlock as a diagnosis of today’s society, has premiered in Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2016. Since 2011 up until now Lina is part of a documentary project “199 Little Heroes” (Cologne, Germany) portraying children all around the world on their challenging ways to school. In 2010 Lina shot IGRUSHKI, a documentary about the locals of a provincial town in Byelorussia, who survive merely by selling soft toys to the passengers of passing trains, whilst constantly being chased by the militia. The film has won several awards.

In 2009 she wrote and directed It Would Be Splendid, Yet, a short film about a Lithuanian woman, seeking her new identity after the country regained its Independence. The film has been selected for over 15 international festivals and has won several awards.

„Fiume o morte!“: Igor Bezinović – Director/Writer, Tibor Keser – Producer (Croatia)

As one of the most photographed events of its time, the story about the occupation of the city of Fiume is an opportunity to explore how to remember an event which at the same time included both hard-core nationalistic ideas and an utopian movement.

Evoking memories, reinterpreting the past, constructing new interpretations.

Igor Bezinović – Director and Screenwriter

Igor Bezinović  was born in Rijeka (Croatia) in 1983. He graduated in Philosophy, Sociology and Comparative Literature from the Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and in Film and TV Directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art. He directed more than 15 short films of all shapes and sizes (an animation project is currently in postproduction) and two feature-length films. Over the years, his work was screened at major events like IFF Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, DOK Leipzig, Jihlava IDFF, Venice Biennale of Architecture and many more. His fiction-hybrid debut ‘A Brief Excursion’ won the biggest national award Big Golden Arena for best film in 2017, alongside 9 other awards.

“World’s Shortest Poem”: David Clay Diaz – Director/Writer, Senad Halilbasic – Co-writer, Barbara Albert – Producer, Julian Krubasik – DoP (Austria)

Four Austrians with very different perspectives try to deal with „refugee crisis“.

David Clay Diaz – Director and Writer

David Clay Diaz was born 1989 in Asuncion,
Paraguay. The first 3 Years of his childhood he
lived in Lima, Peru before he followed his mother
to Vienna, Austria. David studied Philosophy in
Vienna before he started to study film directing at
the University of Television and Film Munich, in

His diploma movie „Agonie“, which he
wrote, produced and directed, premiered at the
66th Berlinale – International Filmfestival 2016,
where it was nominated as „Best First Feature“.
The Distribution company Zorro Filmverleih
released the movie in cinemas late 2016. David
Clay Diaz was awarded with the Bavarian Culture
Prize 2016 for „Agonie“. In November 2018
IndiePix will distribute the movie in the US.
Right now he is developing several feature films in cooperation with production
companies such as coop99 („Toni Erdmann“), Walker+Worm, Mona Film und naked eye.

„Palace“: Maria Sigrist – Director, Noëmi Steffen – Writer, Sabine Girsberger – Producer (Switzerland)

During the family holidays in a luxury hotel, a rich kid’s world begins to
crumble, both metaphorically and literally.


Maria Sigrist – DirectorMaria Sigrist, born and raised in Switzerland, is a professional film director. After completing a Masters degree at ZHdK in Zurich and having spent 6 months training at RISD in Providence RI, she kept educating herself through workshops with accomplished industry veterans such as Susan Batson and Slawomir Idziak. Sigrist has worked in Switzerland, Germany and the States, and her short films („Goodbye Boyfriend“, „Girl and Boy on the Rocks“, „Beatrix“ amongst others) have toured festivals internationally. Her critically acclaimed and well received first TV feature „Die Einzigen“ aired last fall. Collaborating with various writers from all over the world, Sigrist’s focus lies on understanding the influence economy has on us and our everyday lives, as well (re-)writing stories of and about women from the present and the past.


Noëmi Eva Steffen – Writer Has been working for over 10 years in the theatre and film business as an author, actress and
Assistant director in German and English speaking countries. Her most recent work in film includes: „Murphy’s Love“ screenplay for Swiss-Irish short film,  TV feature „The Only Ones“ by Maria Sigrist (Actor), „Sketches of Lou“ by Lisa Blatter (Actor). She was the wiinner of the Migros Culture Percentage grant for film ideas with „Palace“ (writer).
“The Good Reputation”: Mauro Mueller – Director/Writer, Ivan Madeo – Producer, Thomas Hardmeier – DoP (Switzerland)

A middle-aged rich woman ventures into an affair with the mentally disabled nephew of her husband. By breaking many taboos, she finds herself socially ostracized, but manages to flourish as an individual.

Mauro Mueller – Director and Writer

Mauro Mueller is a Swiss-Mexican filmmaker based in New York, Zurich and Mexico City. He received his M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University in New York. His short film “Un mundo para Raúl” (A World for Raúl) won a Student Academy Award–Oscar® in 2013, as well as prizes at Aspen Shortsfest and New York Shortsfest.

His films have screened at 100+ festivals and have won twice the CINE Golden Eagle Award, the Big Beach Best directing award, the IFP Audience Award and the CINE Special Jury Award. Mauro was part of the Masterclass Atelier Paris-Ludwigsburg, a post-graduate program, which is tailored around European co-production/distribution, at La Fémis Film School in Paris. He is a recipient of the IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship and the prestigious
Mexican FONCA Young Creators Grant 2016/17. He is an alumnus of the Rotterdam Producer’s Lab and was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Mauro produced the awarding winning feature film “Copenhagen” starring Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones), the omnibus feature film “A Quintet” (Sarajevo Film Festival 2014), and has two features in post-production “B.” and “In Times of Rain”. He is co-founder of Fidelio Films and represented by Kaplan/Perrone.


“Other People”: Aleksandra Terpińska – Director/Writer, Beata Rzeźniczek – Producer, Bartosz Bieniek – DoP (Poland)

A dark hip hop ballad about Warsaw and its inhabitants, smothered in smog. 2 days from Kamil’s life –  he is 28 years old, he lives with his mother in a block of flats, he occasionally trades drugs and Iwona – who is the second wife of her husband, in her forties, living in a guarded housing estate. The two begin a sex-based relationship desperately trying to escape from loneliness and apathy.

Aleksandra Terpińska – Director and Writer

Director and screenwriter of short films, documentaries, commercials. music videos and series.
She graduated from Directing studies at the Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia in Katowice. She is also a graduate of Psychology at the University of Wroclaw. In 2016 she graduated from Toronto Talent Lab at the International Film Festival in Toronto. She participated in Next Step workshop by TorinoFilmLab and the Cannes Critics’ Week i Nipkow Program. Her last short feature The Best Fireworks Ever was premiered at 56th Semaine de La Critique in Cannes where the film was awarded with the Canal+ award and a Golden Rail award. The film is the realization of the winning scenario in the competition for contemporary adaptations of the film Blind Chance by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Her previous short films All Souls’ Day and America (30 min) was shown together at over 200 festivals around the world winning more than 40 awards including: San Sebastian FF, Drama FF, Cottbus FF, Claremont Ferrand FF, Dresden.

Aleksandra is also the author of documents First Time and Czech Swan. The latter is a Polish-Czech co-production that, in a funny and light way, tells a story about pensioners who decide to fulfill their dream and dance Swan Lake. The film was sold to television in the Czech Republic, Japan, Australia and Croatia.

“Nest Egg”: Norah McGettigan – Director, Filip Kasperaszek – Writer, Joanna Szymańska – Producer (Poland / Ireland)

Warm light reflects off GER’S 41 face. She’s 41 and wearing heavy make-up and her long blonde hair is in ringlets. She’s smiling brightly. All we can see is her head bobbing up and down in frame. She looks around. And her expression changes. She is shocked to find herself on stage performing an Irish dance with a group of 6 year old girls. They are also wearing make-up and have their hair in ringlets.

Norah McGettigan – Director

Norah is a screenwriter and director and teaches at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. A Polish National Film School graduate in flm directing (MA). A University of Ulster graduate in theatre studies (BA) . Norah is developing two feature flm projects, one which will go into production in Spring 2020. Her flmography includes, Sanctuary, (feature flm), which was nominated for Best Film at The British Independent Film Awards 2013, A Song For Rebecca and the Water Fight both in Cinefondation competition at Cannes Film Festival as well as What it’s like to be
my mother. Norah is also a musician and dancer.

Filip Kasperaszek – Writer

Filip has been working as a writer and script consultant in the US, Europe, China, and India. At the moment he focuses on TV writing and collaborates as a screenwriter with acclaimed Polish directors. Columbia University graduate (MFA). Participated in numerous workshops and training, e.g., TorinoFilmLab; Sources2; Berlinale Talents; Cine Qua Non Lab and MFI Script 2 Film. He teaches screenwriting at the Lodz Film School and at Scuola Holden in Torino.

““Our House”: Maciej Marczewski – Director, Lambros Ziotas – Producer, Radosław Ładczuk – DoP (Poland)

Anna, an ex-opera singer with alcoholic problem sacrificed her career and dreams to devote herself to her family. Now that her son is getting married and her husband got into a serious relationship with another woman, she must fight to keep this family together, so that all her sacrifices and choices from the past would not go in vain.

Maciej Marczewski – Film and theater director, actor

A graduate of the acting department at the Theater Academy in Warsaw.
A graduate of the feature program for directors at Wajda School. Writer and director of a 30-minute movie „Games” for which he was awarded as the best director at the International Film Festival “La Cabina” in Valencia. Director of „Mulholland Drive – part 3” theater play, in Horzycy Theater in Toruń. Now working on a play by Janusz Głowacki „Antigone in New York” also in Horzycy Theater in Toruń. As an actor, he appeared in over 30 films.