Script Pool Tallinn
Script Pool Tallinn is an international script competition for film, TV and drama series scripts. Its main goal is to gather talented scriptwriters with producers attached, in order to provide them support enhancing the script and maximizing its production and distribution potential. The main award of 5000 Euro prize by our partner, leading international sales & distribution company Global Screen GmbH is given to one of the five writer-producer teams invited to Tallinn.
Since 2018, Industry@Tallinn is partnered up with MIDPOINT, a training and networking platform with the aim to strengthen the creative collaboration between writers, directors and producers in the development process in Central and Eastern Europe.
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.
Script Pool Film 2019
Selected projects in 2019 in feature film category
1. TRANSITION by director and scriptwriter Artem Semakin
Feature directorial debut “Transition” from Artem Semakin, who is mainly known for being an actor and producer in Russia, but who brings out an interesting family drama mixing road movie and raising transgender issues.
2. IN THE BELLY OF A TIGER by director and scriptwriter Jatla Siddhartha
Siddartha Jatla returns to Tallinn after hisdirectorial debut, Love and Shukla, written with his collaborator Amanda Mooney. Love and Shukla had its European premiere at Tallinn in 2017, and later went on to conquer audiences at festivals around the world before its release on Netflix. Jatla returns to Tallinn with his and Mooney’s intriguing new story, In the Belly of a Tiger. The film follows an elderly couple in rural India as they decide who will be killed by a tiger in order to claim government compensation for their family’s survival.
3. MOLLY by scriptwriter Nicole Paglia and producer Jessie Mangum
“Molly” is inspired by true events from 1960’s Soviet Russia, when an American defector and radio DJ broadcasts American pop music and propaganda into a top secret US military base which is buried under the ice in Greenland. Scriptwriter Nicole Paglia has written on Disney’s “101 Dalmation Street”, story edited on “The Amazing World of Gumball”, and is currently developing a number of TV series. Producer Jessie Mangum’s film “Looted” will have its world premiere in this year’s Black Nights First Feature Competition.
4. REPLY TO A LETTER FROM HELGA by scriptwriter and director Ása Hjörleifsdóttir
Scriptwriter and director Ása Hjörleifsdóttir whose latest film “The Swan” gained a lot of attention around the world at festivals comes with her new project “Reply to a letter from Helga” – a beautiful yet painful love triangle set in magical Iceland.
5. DROPS OF WATER by scriptwriter and director Robert Budina
Robert Budina’s new project “Drops of Water” is yet again a strong drama this time focusing on the love of a mother and how far will she go to protect her family, especially when things aren’t as they seem. His last film “A Shelter Among the Clouds”, premiered in the Black Nights Film Festival’s Official Selection in 2018.
6. MELCHIOR THE APOTHECARY by scriptwriters Elmo Nüganen, Olle Mirme and producer Kristian Taska
It is the first Estonian project in the Script Pool Film Competition. “Melchior The Apothecary” by well-known Estonian scriptwriters Elmo Nüganen, Olle Mirme and Kristian Taska is based on the best-selling novel “Apothecary Melchior and the Mystery of St. Olaf’s Church” by Indrek Hargla, and the original script created by the author.
Script Pool TV 2019
The selected projects 2019 for the TV drama category
1.THE DEEP written by Lauri Lippmaa
Produced by Estonian Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated production house Allfim in co-production with Sweden and Germany is a political crime thriller that raises the questions; Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we heading
2. THE SECRET SOCIETY OF SOUPTOWN AND THE CUCUMBRIA MAFIA by Andris Feldmanis and Livia Ulman.
An 8-part TV-series sequel to the most successful Estonian family film by the well known Estonian screenwriters Andris Feldmanis and Livia Ulman, who have created several popular Estonian TV-series. Their debut feature film “Teesklejad” (Pretenders, director Vallo Toomla) was released in 2016, having its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
3. COURT OF MUSES, developed by Julia Effertz and Luxembourg’s Wady Films.
A bold and dark, unapologetic vision of female supremacy that has wandered all the way across the abyss of human nature.
4. THE HOLY FAMILY by Gábor Osváthis.
A family drama series with a supernatural twist. 17-year-old high school student Ábel might be a new Messiah, but his mysterious wrist wounds are considered suicide attempts by his family. The TV-series is written by Gábor Osváth, who was chosen to be one of the Emerging Producers (2016), and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2015. Yvonne Kerékgyártó is a SXSW Gamechanger award-winner scriptwriter-director of the 2014 feature “Free Entry”. More recently she was the screenwriter of “FOMO”, which had its international premiere at PÖFF.
5. CROSSING PLACE by Gary Duggan
A supernatural mystery drama about a writer in search of her boyfriend in an Irish border village and finds folklore seeping into reality. The series is by Gary Duggan, an award-winning playwright & screenwriter. His plays have been produced across Ireland, Europe and in New York.
6. DIFFERENT created by Petr Koubek.
A horror anthology of ten loosely interconnected stories that explore the myths of Central Europe through the lives of different entities existing among us. The series wants to show different types of beings or creatures in several time periods struggling with the same dilemmas: is it a gift or a curse to be different? The series is created by Petr Koubek, a FAMU scriptwriting department graduate, who has written TV series for Czech Television Lynč, The Manor House, Národní klenoty and TV Nova Ulice, Dáma a Král and a number of commercials.
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:
- Eva, Stay with Me by Daniel Baldotto, Colombia
- Lisa Antelava Is a Bitch by George Varsimashvili, Nicos Panayotopoulos, Georgia
- Man of Deeds by Radu Romaniuc, Romania
- Quake by Tinna Hrafnsdóttir, Iceland
- 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