EKRAN (the Polish word for “screen”) is an international training program focusing on the creative pre-production process based on shooting practice. EKRAN focuses participants on exploring, identifying and refining the tone and visual language of film.
As the creative pre-production process is based on teamwork, EKRAN includes each of the key creative roles in its training curriculum. Every participating project is therefore represented by a Creative Team consisting of a director (or writer/director), a writer (or co-writer), a producer and, optionally, a director of photography.
EKRAN trains directors not only to develop each aspect of their Projects, but also to tighten the collaborative working process with the writer/co-writer, producer and DOP.
EKRAN is also a brilliant and unique opportunity for producers to develop their project using the most cost effective and creatively concentrated methods. EKRAN offers to participants a production component prepared in close collaboration with EAVE; one of the best programs for producers available in Europe. The EKRAN training component for producers focuses on creative aspects of film production.
EKRAN aims at advancing participants’ treatments/scripts and producing two scenes from each script/ treatment. The EKRAN process includes:
- Treatment and / or script development; group and individual work on scripts and / or treatments
- Preparation for shooting; casting, storyboard and individual consultancy with tutors
- Shooting; tutors’ directing consultancies
- Editing; tutors’ editing consultancies
- Evaluation; individual, group and tutor analysis of the produced scenes
- Pitching; individual and team presentation of participants’ projects
- Production and Marketing strategies; individual, group and tutor consultancy on participants’ projects
The creative team (director, screenwriter, and producer) are offered a choice of locations, actors and set design within the usual logistical and budgetary constraints. EKRAN supports shooting with expertise and help from casting directors, set designers and production managers.
In order to ensure the best possible market opportunities, EKRAN will favor applicants with independent film projects with a strong personal vision.
Who can apply?
EKRAN is based on teamwork and involves professionals from several fields. The primary target group consists of European directors or writer/directors who have realised their first feature or several shorts. Writer/directors will participate with their own treatment/script, whereas directors will participate with a treatment/script they are developing with their co-writer. In order to be accepted by EKRAN, the creative team should be consisting of:
- director or writer/director
- the writer or co-writer of the script (where applicable)
- the producer committed to the project
- the director of photography they intend to work with (optional)
The writer or co-writer, producer and director of photography are the secondary target group of the programme. However each and every professional team member will be given specific guidance by experts with professional experience in each of the creative teams’ production roles throughout the programme.
How to apply?
The application must contain:
1) CVs of all team members (3 copies, plus an electronic version on CD)
2) a 10 page (maximum) feature film Treatment (3 copies, with electronic version on CD) – (if the script exists it should be translated into English and available for individual consultancy for the first session)
3) a letter of commitment from the producer or the producer’s production company, as well as a producer’s statement outlining their intended strategy for the development of the project (1 copy)
4) an entry form signed by all the members of the team (1 copy)
5) a DVD of the director’s work (1 copy)
6) optionally filmography and samples of the director of photography’s work (1 copy)
Participation in EKRAN is FREE!
The selected directors and their teams will be granted scholarships including participation fees and accommodation. Travel costs are to be covered by participants.
Applications must be sent to the postal address below.