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Screenwriting Competition
December 21, 2011   
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The Wajda film school and the Off Plus Camera Festival have joined forces to hold the Script Pro Screenwriting Competition 2012, supported by the Polish Film Institute. Script Pro continues the well-known Hartley-Merrill competition and its main aim is to help young screenwriters at the start of their careers. The competition is open to adult debuting screenwriters who submit original scripts for feature-length movies (adaptations are not allowed). Scripts for this year’s competition can be submitted until Jan. 15. The finalists will compete for a main prize worth zl.20,000, a second prize of zl.12,000 and a third prize of zl.8,000. The organizers will appoint a panel of independent judges, Polish movie industry insiders, who will select the finalists.

The competition has been held for 20 years and this is the second time it is being held under its new name. The finalists will receive scholarships from the Polish Film Institute and will be offered screenwriting consultation sessions by Wajda School consultants.

The organizers encourage young screenwriters to submit scripts which deal with universal issues, but reflect the culture of their country and region. Prizes in the competition will be handed out in April in Cracow at a special gala during the fifth Off Plus Camera Festival.

The Wajda School, established in 2001 by top Polish movie directors Andrzej Wajda and Wojciech Marczewski, is a film school where professional filmmakers can take part in programs that combine education with movie production. The programs, not available anywhere else in Europe, have helped some of the most interesting young directors from Poland and abroad develop and produce their projects. So far, the school has produced over 50 documentaries and feature films and over 200 etudes shown at the largest film festivals.

Last year Wajda and Marczewski established a production studio called the Wajda Studio. The project offers support to directors-screenwriters and explores international collaboration and co-production, seeking out ideas for interesting features, documentaries and shorts tackling contemporary subject matter.

The Off Plus Camera Festival of Independent Cinema is one of the most important and largest film festivals in Poland and aims to promote and support filmmakers who are starting their careers.

For further information and competition rules go to www.scriptpro.pl
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