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14 new projects selected for the seventh edition of the Cinekid Script LAB


- 19 writers from 14 different countries have been selected to participate in the six-month initiative that focuses on the development of scripts for children’s films

14 new projects selected for the seventh edition of the Cinekid Script LAB
Screenwriter Lote Eglite, who is taking part in the Cinekid Script LAB with Boom! (© Agnese Zeltina)

The upcoming seventh edition of the Cinekid Script LAB will host 19 writers from 14 European countries. The selected participants will join a six-month project-driven initiative that focuses on the development of scripts for children’s films.

The effort is designed to elevate and enhance projects that “reflect on a great variety of current issues from the perspective of the youngest generation”. On this occasion, the workshop will begin before Cinekid for Professionals in Amsterdam in October and will run until the Berlinale in February 2021.

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In the official press release, the organisers say that the upcoming edition of Cinekid Script LAB will be “larger than ever”. In total, 14 projects will take part in the intensive, tailor-made script-training workshop, four countries will make their first appearance (namely, Greece, Serbia, Hungary and Turkey), and the Polish Film Institute will be back as one of the initiative’s partners.

Speaking about this year’s workshop, festival director Heleen Rouw commented: “Over the past few years, we have seen a continuous increase in strong and unique applications for the LAB, and this year was no different. It is striking to see relevant topics such as environmental issues, inclusion and identity in these feature-film projects for young audiences. We can’t wait to work with these talented writers!”

The Cinekid Script LAB is co-funded by Creative Europe - MEDIA, and is organised in co-operation with the Finnish Film Foundation, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, the Icelandic Film Centre, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Norwegian Film Institute, the Polish Film Institute and the Swedish Film Institute.

Here is the full list of the projects selected for the 2020/2021 edition of the Cinekid Script LAB:

Boom! (Latvia)
Writer: Lote Eglite
Production company: Picture House

FABLED (Iceland)
Writers: Guðni Líndal Benediktsson and Ævar Þór Benediktsson
Production company: Zik Zak Filmworks
Nominated by the Icelandic Film Centre

Fast Forward to the Future (Poland)
Writer: Jacek Blawut
Production company: Aura Films
Nominated by the Polish Film Institute

A Ghost You Know (Sweden)
Writer: Marioan Hosseini
Production company: SF Studios Sweden
Nominated by the Swedish Film Institute

A Girl Named Zeus (Greece)
Writer: Nikos Dayandas
Production company: Aori Films

How I Wrote a Book by Accident (Hungary)
Writer: Nora Lakos
Production company: Juno11 Production

Malcolm Rocks (Finland)
Writers: Leo Viirret and Kari Juusonen
Production company: MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy
Nominated by the Finnish Film Foundation

Marit & the Maximarket (Belgium)
Writers: Charlie Dewulf and Wouter Van Haver
Production company: Potemkino
Nominated by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund

Miki’s World (Netherlands)
Writer: Tamara Miranda
Production company: Volya Films

Ogres and Bogies (Serbia)
Writer: Ljubica Lukovic
Production company: SENSE Production

Puppets Saving Television (Croatia)
Writer: Sara Hribar
Production company: Jaka produkcija

Three Friends (Turkey)
Writer: Nursen Çetin Köreken
Production company: Drama Yapim Film Medya

Voices From the Ocean (Norway/France)
Writers: Fabrice Schnoller and Karoline Grindaker
Production company: Fri Film AS
Nominated by the Norwegian Film Institute

Your Mother! (working title) (Netherlands)
Writers: Nena van Driel and Zara Dwinger
Production company: Studio Ruba
Nominated by the Netherlands Film Fund

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