Developing Screenplays II - Discussion and Open Pitching Forum

    October 14, 2009, 14:30-18:00 at FAMU, Smetanovo nábř. 2, Prague 1 / room U1

    FAMU is organizing the "Developing Screenplays" Discussion and Pitching Forum for the second time. Its success in March 2009 was caused by spontaneous reactions and inspiring atmosphere created both by general public and panel members. This encouraged students and professionals to open to public and liberally discuss their fresh projects.

    We hope the second edition of the "Developing screenplays" will help the authors to "kick" their projects forward by obtaining feedback both from international professionals and their local counterparts.

    To open, a panel consisting of international script doctors: Dick Ross, David Wingate, Gabriel Auer, Gaby Prekop and Czech filmmaker Pavel Marek will conduct a brief discussion on:

    Story traditions, and film as a narrative vessel. Members will be asked about the oral, visual and dramatic traditions which are at the foundation of today's narrative film.

    Pitching: what is the role and what are the benefits of pitching in the story development process.

    Next, students of FAMU, students from other schools, and film professionals (scriptwriters, directors) will have the opportunity to verbally present their own ideas for film projects, and receive immediate reactions from the panel members. Since the presentations must be brief, and the panel will be diverse in its opinions, the overall feedback should prove to be intense and exhilarating - maybe not providing definitive answers, but hopefully, opening new perspectives on the developing projects.

    Attending students and members of the audience will also be encouraged to add their thoughts and opinions, thus contributing to brainstorming, and to an environment which should be both challenging and inspirational.

    In conclusion, the panel members will provide their brief reflections on the discussions provoked by the presentations and the feedback.


    14:30 - 15:00 opening discussion

    15:00 - 16:15 pitching

    16:15 - 16:30 coffee break

    16:30 - 18:00 pitching (continues)

    20:30 opening cocktail of SOURCES2 - participants of "Developing Screenplays" are invited! Krásný Ztráty (Náprstkova 10, Prague 1)

    11 authors (professionals and students) will have 15 minutes to discuss their projects.

    The discussion and project presentations (pitching) will be simultaneously translated (Czech/English).

    Moderator: Pavel Jech, Dean of FAMU

    If you are interested in presenting your film project (feature, animation and documentary film) send a short pitch (few sentences in English) and your contacts to Barbora Ondrejčáková - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 5, 2009!

    If you want to participate without presenting your project, confirm your attendance with Barbora Ondrejčáková by October 8, 2009!

    Participation fee (participants/professionals with projects): 300,-CZK (payment in cash before the beginning of the event)

    Students and participants without projects: FREE!


    Barbora Ondrejčáková

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    tel.: +420 606 615 115

    Partners: Sources2, Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, MEDIA Desk Czech Republic, Czech Film Center and FAMU.