The 6th edition of Pustnik has ended

    The 6th edition of Pustnik - the international screenwriters residency opened its gates to the online edition of 2020 on Monday, the 7th of September and ended last week, on the 14th. 

    Due to the current global travel restrictions, the 8 finalists coming from six different states around the world have gathered online, in a special and atypical edition. The work on their feature length scripts within the 10 days of the residency has been followed by tutoring sessions with Bianca Oana (producer of “Touch me Not” - directed by Adina Pintilie, and “collective” - directed by Alexander Nanau), Alexandru Baciu (script doctor and scriptwriter), Jullie Billy (producer for Haut et Court, supervising productions such as “Gagarine”, “The Lobster”) and Philippe Barriere (script consultant & screenwriter). Furthermore, they have enjoyed 3 evenings of discussions on the tutors’ most well-known projects, as well as 2 evenings of talks on their fellow residents’ previous works.

    Philippe Barrière is a script consultant & screenwriter from France. After studying philosophy and formal logic, Philippe shifted to script analysis and cinema project development. He was Head of Development at Mille et Une Productions between 2006 and 2009. Since 2010, he works as an independent script consultant in France. He was a story editor at the 2014 Torino Film Lab and Midpoint Training in 2015. As a script editor for the British Film Institute, he follows first feature films development. This year, he returns to the Torino Film Lab Script Lab. 

    Julie Billy is a film producer, which has worked for Haut et Court for the last 10 years, supervising international co-productions such as “The Lobster” by Yorgos Lanthimos (Jury Prize at Cannes, 2015) or “The Kindergarten Teacher” by Nadav Lapid. She produced and co-produced several features, among them: the documentary “Latifa, A Fighting Heart” directed by Olivier Peyon and Cyril Brody (Rotterdam, 2018), “The Night Eat the World” by Dominique Rocher (Tribeca, 2018), “A Ciambra” by Jonas Carpignano (Italian entry for the Oscar, 2018, awarded with Europa Cinemas Label in Director's Fortnight, 2017) and “The County” by Grimur Hakonarson (premiering @TIFF, 2019). Her latest project was the feature film GAGARINE by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh (the buzzy title of the Official Selection at Cannes, 2020), a film which she discussed with the residents of Pustnik 2020. 

    “Even though this year was more of an atypical one, with everybody scattered across the globe, the spirit of Pustnik prevailed. Over Zoom, from Manila to Stockholm, from Budapest to Kent or from Berlin to Paris, we felt now, more than ever, the need to surround ourselves by other writers who share the same

    fears and who fight the same good fight. We met fellow filmmakers who are generous with each

    other, passionate about exploring the changing nature of cinema and who have a genuine need to tell compelling stories about the world we live in. We are extremely happy we managed to pull this off and we hope the experience was both useful and necessary in a time when emerging writers are unfortunately also struggling writers.” Andreea Bortun & Bryn Chainey, Pustnik Co-founders.


    About Pustnik: 

    Pustnik is the first international screenwriters residency to take place in Romania. It aims to create an environment dedicated to clarity of thought, away from modern pressures. Pustnik is also a growing network of film professionals and a community whose aim is to ease and encourage collaboration across the international cinema industry.

    For more information: 



    Laura Musat – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Pustnik is organized by TETA 

    TETA is an NGO founded in June 2006 with the purpose of developing cultural activities and alternative education to stimulate cultural revival within overlooked communities. TETA also produces films and theatre performances.

    A cultural project co-funded by the Administration of National Cultural Fund (AFCN), Romanian Cultural Institute, Romanian Filmmakers’ Union (UCIN), Goethe-Institut Bukarest, Embassy of Sweden in Bucharest, French Institute Romania 

    Media partners: Film New Europe, Films in Frame, AaRC, Observator Cultural 

    The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project, nor for the manner in which the results of the project might be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the grant.

    Last modified on 10-10-2020