Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event
Script Pool Tallinn

Script Pool Tallinn is an international script competition for film scripts. Its main goal is to gather talented scriptwriters with producer and director attached.

The submission for Script Pool Tallinn 2022 project is now open!

The deadline to submit the project is extended until 31 July 2022.

Script Pool is part of the Future to Film programme and it highlights five international projects and the team behind them - director, scriptwriter and producer. The aim is to gather film projects with high distribution value with a final draft in place. Focusing on the script and the overall project presentation, the projects and their teams will be presented to the international industry decision-makers (sales agents, financiers and co-producers) whose contribution will increase their sales and distribution potential.

In order to provide them support enhancing the script and maximising its production and distribution potential, the participants will to work together with well-known script doctors and pitching mentors. Each project will have the chance to pitch their story to a top specialist in the field and get one to one feedback.

ELIGIBILITY AND SUBMISSIONS

Only teams of producer, screenwriter and director can apply with a full treatment of the project, bearing in mind that after pre-selection the last draft of the script has to be ready for the next selection round. The screenwriter needs to have either completed Film studies or built some experience in the film sector.

When submitting the project, please create one dossier pdf file which states the following:

The applicants are asked to send in the requested information and documents, from May 5th to July 15th, 2022.

Please send the dossier to triin.tramberg@poff.ee with the subject line Script Pool 2022_PROJECT NAME
For more information please contact triin.tramberg@poff.ee

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Read the rules and regulations here

PREVIOUS YEARS

2021 Awards, Jury and Selection

Script Pool Award

Award was handed out to the promising project receiving a 2500 euro monetary prize.

Dreaming of Lions by director and screenwriter Paolo Marinou-Blanco (Portugal/Belgium)
Producer: Justin Amorim

Jury comment: “It’s always hard to judge a script because so much of it comes from your own imagination. The winning script tonight won us over because of the director's ability to share his vision. We also believe that it is the closest to the final draft which is something we wanted to reward. For its clever mix of death and laughter, we are awarding Dreaming of Lions.”

Script Pool Jury consisted of Marie Zeniter, Director of International Sales, Magnolia Pictures, USA, Patrick Fischer, Producer and Co-Managing Director, Creativity Capital, United Kingdom and Katrin Kissa, Producer, Homeless Bob Production, Estonia.

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Script Pool Film selected projects in 2021

  1. Dreaming of Lions
    Director: Paolo Marinou-Blanco
    Screenwriter: Paolo Marinou-Blanco
    Producer: Justin Amorim

  2. Hum
    Director: Stefano Nurra
    Screenwriter: Stefano Nurra&Maria Grazia Cassalia
    Producer: Scott Imren, Gareth Jones

  3. Selma
    Director/Screenwriter: Reshad Kulenović
    Screenwriter: John Bernstein, Reshad Kulenović
    Producer: Azra Mehić

  4. The Beauty from Comet
    Director: LIAO Zihao
    Screenwriter: LIAO Zihao
    Producer: ZHU Yirong, SUN Bowen, Ruoyao Jane Yao

  5. Werewolf
    Director: Eeva Mägi
    Screenwriter: Eeva Mägi
    Producer: Kristofer Piir

Read more about the projects from the catalogue

SCRIPT POOL TALLINN 2020 WINNERS, PROJECTS AND JURY

Script Pool Film and TV Award is given to an outstanding script in Film and TV series category (a 5 000 EUR).

Script Pool Film

Winner: 20,000 Species of Bees
Screenwriter Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
Production company: Gariza Films and Sirimiri Films. Spain

Comment from the jury:
We were enchanted by the world writer/director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren created in this poignant and personal journey of young Lucia making the biggest decision of her life during a hot summer holiday in rural Spain. We were especially impressed by Solaguren’s characters and her strong vision of the story, it’s allegories and it’s setting. We hope that winning the Black Nights Film Festival Script Pool 2020 prize helps this project to advance from development to production and we look forward to seeing it in competition at major film festivals in 2022!

Script Pool TV Award

Winner: When You Fall
Scriptwriter: Biljana Crvenkovska
Production company: OXO Production. North Macedonia
Comment from the jury:
The creators of the winning project have meticulously researched the world in which their story is based, immersing themselves deeply into this world that they want to create, and bringing a unique local viewpoint, while also weaving in themes that will resonate beyond their own borders.
They have put a lot of thought not just into the story that they want to tell on the page, but into how they might better reach their intended audience online and make them fall in love with the characters, whilst also making an impact on their lives for the better.
Crucially, we were also delighted to see some diversity in the characters, which was woven into the plot in a very natural way.
Finally, we felt that the writer and producers’ passion for their subject matter leapt off the page, creating a show that hooks you from the beginning with intriguing believable characters and a layered mystery that is slowly unpeeled across the series.

Script Pool Film Jury included Patrick Fisher, managing director of Creative Capital, Patrik Andersson, Producer of Midsommar (2019), Euphoria (2017), Agathe Maurac (Head of International Sales at Pyramide International.

The Script Pool TV/drama jury included Julie Hodge, Fremantle, Editorial Director at Global Drama, Anna Katharina Brehm, Production and Content Director at Seriencamp Conference, Toomas Ili (Head Of Content Acquisitions, Elisa).

Script Pool Film selected projects in 2020:

ScriptPool TV participants in 2020

Script Pool Tallinn 2020 Juries

The juries for both categories – film and drama scripts – include acknowledged experts in the film and/or drama field.

The Script Pool TV/drama jury includes Julie Hodge (Fremantle, Editorial Director at Global Drama), Anna Katharina Brehm (Production and Content Director at Seriencamp Conference) and Toomas Ili (Head Of Content Acquisitions, Elisa).

The jury of Script Pool Film includes Patrick Fisher (managing director of Creative Capital), Patrik Andersson (Producer of Midsommar 2019, Euphoria 2017) and Agathe Maurac (Head of International Sales at Pyramide International).

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Script Pool Tallinn 2019 presentations. Photos by Johan Huimerind

Public workshop in "Don't Sabotage You Own Film"

Don’t Sabotage Your Own Film! public workshop with Deborah Rowland (open to all festival attendees) for filmmakers took placeon the 24 November 2020. Deborah talked about the biggest mistakes she sees filmmakers make when preparing their film for release. She also showed how to avoid them and give your film the best chance of success when it comes to marketing and distribution.

Rowland runs We Are The Tonic, an entrepreneurial marketing and distribution consultancy, delivers an MA in Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition at the UK National Film and Television School, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Exeter. Previously she has held senior positions at Koch Media, Curzon Artificial Eye, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Icon Film Distribution, Contender/EOne and The Pearson Group. Rowland has managed the campaigns for hundreds of films, including: A Separation, Amour, Melancholia and We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Script Pool Tallinn has been an important stepping stone for several projects. Just recently it was announced that Shonali Bose, the winner of Script Pool Tallinn in 2017, has finished her film The Sky Is Pink and it will have its world premiere as a gala screening at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film’s co-writer is Nilesh Maniyar, who presented the project in Tallinn – both of them also co-directed and wrote Margharita With A Straw, that received the best actress award at Black Nights Film Festival in 2014. Other past participants include Andrea Pallaoro (director of Hannah) and Aleksandr Kott.

PREVIOUS YEARS

Script Pool Film 2019 Awards and Selection

Script Pool Tallinn 2019

Global Screen Award (5000 euros)

The third Script Pool Tallinn competition prize is provided by the leading international sales & distribution company Global Screen GmbH.

Winner: Molly by scriptwriter Nicole Paglia and producer Jessie Mangum

Jury comment: With its authenticity, current, relevant, subject matter and sense of humour, the nicely-shot Brownie is a film about appearance that digs deeper into many other levels and deserves international distribution.

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress jury included Dhanushka Gunathilake, Cinematographer, Festival curator, Debra Liang, Level K and Alissa Simon, Palm Springs IFF, Chicago IFF

Selected projects in 2019 in feature film category

  1. Transition by director and scriptwriter Artem Semakin
  2. In The Belly Of A Tiger by director and scriptwriter Jatla Siddhartha
  3. Molly by scriptwriter Nicole Paglia and producer Jessie Mangum
  4. Reply To A Letter From Helga by scriptwriter and director Ása Hjörleifsdóttir
  5. Drops of Water by scriptwriter and director Robert Budina
  6. Melchior The Apothecary by scriptwriters Elmo Nüganen, Olle Mirme and producer Kristian Taska

Script Pool TV 2019 Awards and Selection

Script Pool TV 2019

Global Screen Award (5000 euros)

The third Script Pool Tallinn competition prize is provided by the leading international sales & distribution company Global Screen GmbH.

Winner: The Deep, written by Lauri Lippmaa

The Deep also received a The Hypewriter Award – an official invitation to the following year’s final eight to the Hypewriter International Series Pitch Forum in June 2020 in Budapest. The winner’s pilot episode will receive € 110 000 production support.

The selected projects 2019 for the TV drama category

  1. The Deep, written by Lauri Lippmaa

  2. The Secret Society of Souptown and the Cucumbria Mafia by Andris Feldmanis and Livia Ulman.

  3. Court of Muses, developed by Julia Effertz and Luxembourg’s Wady Films.

  4. The Holy Family by Gábor Osváthis.

  5. Crossing Place by Gary Duggan

  6. Different created by Petr Koubek

Script Pool 2019 Jury

Script Pool TV 2019

Kamila Zlatušková – Independent TV producer from Czech Republic

Dominic Schreiber – Global Drama Executive at leading independent drama producer and distributor, Reel One Entertainment.

Benjamin Harris – writer and producer

Script Pool FILM 2019

Celine Dornier – Executive Producer at Logical Pictures

Yaron Shamir – Programmer and Special Events Coordinator at Haifa International Film Festival

Jennyfer Gautier – Buyer and international sales at UDI – Urban Distribution International

Script Pool 2018 Awards & Selection

Script Pool Tallinn Awards 2018:

Global Screen Award (5000 EUR)
The Script Pool Tallinn competition prize is provided by the leading international sales & distribution company Global Screen GmbH.

Winner: Man Of Deeds by Radu Romaniuc, Romania

Director: Nicolae Constantin Tănase

Production companies: Papillon Film, Tangaj Production

Producer: Paul Negoescu, Anamaria Antoci

Jury statement: For the craft and cinematic vision in creating a fascinating modern-day noir, the award goes to “Man of Deeds” by Radu Romaniuc. We were particularly impressed by the well-developed and diverse characters, who create a complex mirror of today’s society, and by the ability to mix dark humour and deep moral conflicts, and to build up tension in revealing the dark truth hidden behind a seemingly peaceful landscape.

Script Pool Tallinn 2018 Selection:

  1. Eva, Stay with Me by Daniel Baldotto, Colombia
  2. Lisa Antelava Is a Bitch by George Varsimashvili, Nicos Panayotopoulos, Georgia
  3. Man of Deeds by Radu Romaniuc, Romania
  4. Quake by Tinna Hrafnsdóttir, Iceland
  5. Welcome to the USA by Assel Aushakimova, Kazakhstan

Download the 2018 project catalogue.

Script Pool 2018 Jury

Script Pool Tallinn 2018 Jury:

Katharina Suckale, producer at Bombay Berlin Film Productions

Marcello Paolillo, Head of Art of Panic, Stepln project manager at Locarno Film Festival

Julia Weber, Head of Theatrical Sales & Acquisitions of Global Screen GmbH