ALBAScript announces selected screenplays
by Andrea Chung
- The three-day workshop aiming to help Albanian film professionals’ script development will be held in Pogradec from 1-3 August
In collaboration with Cineuropa, The Albanian Film Center will be holding a course to coach Albanian film professionals in developing their scripts. Under the guidance of Isabelle Fauvel, founder of audiovisual project development company Intiative Film; Giovanni Robbiano, winner of the prestigious Italian scriptwriting award the Solinas Prize; and Izer Aliu, known for his award-winning short films To Guard a Mountain and The Good Life Over There, the 20 participants will learn about developing and marketing their projects, dramaturgy, as well as collaborating with co-writers, script consultants and story editors. After the three-day course, held from 1-3 August, there will be a six-month follow-up period, during which the scriptwriters can re-write their scripts and receive feedback from professional script editors. The project director is Andamion Murataj, an Albanian scriptwriter, director and producer. In 2010, he won the Silver Bear for Best Script (with Joshua Marston) for the movie The Forgiveness of Blood [+see also:
Ten feature scripts and ten short scripts have been selected to participate in this course. The selected feature projects that will be mentored by Isabelle Fauvel include: A Shelter among the Clouds by Robert Budina, Just a Baby by Dhimitri Ismailaj, The Bright Future by Julian Biba, The Nobles by Ylljet Aliçka and Albanian Style by Paskal Semini. On the other hand, Giovanni Robbiano will tutor the other five feature films: Dajna by Erenik Beqiri, Return to the Pirates Cave by Iris Elezi, The Flying Circus by Fatos Berisha, The Path of Fireflies by Artur Gorrishti and Three Lions Heading to Venice by Jonid Jorgji. Finally, Izer Aliu will look after all ten of the selected short films: Aquarium by Kreshnik Saraçi, A True Story by Viron Roboçi, Meeting the Unknown by Nerta Veliu, Nobody by Florenc Papas, Popcorn by Blerina Goce, Shadow by Gledis Bica, The Coca-Cola by Anxhela Cikopano, The Funeral Crasher by Albana Kozeli, The Morning After by Enxhi Rista and Violinist by Saimir Bajo.