One of the most important events in Europe for the development and production of short films comes to Bulgaria! Sixteen promising projects by young and talented teams from across Europe, including two Bulgarian, will take part in the forum. Their screenwriters and directors will arrive in Sofia in January. Four lecturers with extensive professional experience will assist the teams in the development and implementation of the projects. The European Short Pitch will also be open to Bulgarian filmmakers and students. In the open program, expect: masterclasses, screenings, discussions, meetings and pitching sessions!


08.01.2019 (Tuesday) 
French Institute, Slaveykov Square No.3

18:30 - 20:30
MASTERClass with Pierre Hodgson

Pierre Hodgson is a British screenwriter living in France. He has worked on joint projects with Raoul Ruiz, Philippe Granrio, Joaquim Pinto, Jerome de Misolz, Patricia Mazoui and Marina de Van. Two of the films he co-wrote with Joao Canijo are taking part in the Special Look selection at the Cannes Film Festival. Another of his screenplays, "Modern Young People," was shown in the program "Fifteen Days of Directors" - Cannes in 2011. Hodgson is currently working on his first screenplay for Unafilm, Berlin, supported by the Creative Europe program. He is also a consultant to the scripts' workshops Le Groupe Ouest - LIM and Selection Annuelle. During 2017 and 2018, the writer was a lecturer during the Torino Film Lab Script in Turin.

"In the Blue" - Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic (Croatia / Slovenia / Sweden, 2017, 22 ′)
The Chicken - Una Gunyak (Germany / Croatia, 2014, 15 ′)
"By the pool" - Laurinas Bareisha (Lithuania, 2017, 16 ′)
"Whispering in a Friend's Mouth" - Hanalena Hauru (Finland, 2009, 11 ′)
discussion with the audience
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11.01.2019 (Friday)
French Institute, Slaveykov Square No.3

18:00 - 20:30
"Edit Script - Introduction"
Nadia Dumouchel and Britta Krause will introduce us to script editing, as is the case in many successful script development labs around the world. The main idea is to place the emphasis on the personal vision of the screenwriters, which will become the starting point for dramatic discourse.

After starting his studies in the film and television program at New York University, Britta Krause He graduated from the London Film School with a degree in screenwriting. He then worked as a writer, director and editor of short films and television films. Her short film "Fünf Minuten" ("Five Minutes") has won several festival awards, it has been screened at the Venice Biennale as well as in German cinemas, as the official supporting film of Run Lola. Her television debut "Family Dog" ("Dog Dog") participated in the official selection of the Munich Film Festival.

Recently, Britta has returned to the short format by directing commercials. In 2007 he worked as a mentor to the actors from "Women without Men" ("Silver Lion" for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival 2009), together with Shirin Neshat. Since 2010, she has been a screenwriter, working with German and international writers and directors. In 2012 he was a trainee screenwriting consultant at the Torino Film Lab and trained screenwriters at the Torino Film Lab's FeatureLab studio, the Doha Film Institute, the Cultural Bureau in Moscow, the Bebelsberg Film University in Germany, the European Young Cinema Network NISI MASA, Ludwigsburg Film Academy - Germany and others.

Nadia Dumushel is a screenwriter and consultant for several film labs such as Script Lab / TorinoFilmLab, Next Step, organized by Critics' Week, the French Le GREC and Moulin d'Andé. It is entirely dedicated to the international film scene. As an independent screenwriting consultant, Nadia works with various directors from around the world to develop their short and feature films. She also trains students studying production in the intercultural aspects of screenplays (Ludwigsburg Film Academy, Germany).

After studying visual culture in Brighton, journalism and literature in Berlin and cinema in Valencia, Nadia began her career as a programmer and editor in the short film department of ARTE TV in Strasbourg. She was later hired by the international distribution company PREMIUM FILMS in Paris, before returning to ARTE, in the feature film development department, where she worked for five years. He is currently continuing his freelance work for ARTE and is currently developing a documentary series on art history. In 2012, Nadia trained as a screenwriter at TorinoFilmLab before teaching screenwriting at the University of Strasbourg (2013-2015). She is the co-founder of La Scénaristerie, an educational program for screenwriters in Paris.

Time Detection - Carolis Kaupinis (Lithuania / Belgium, 2017, 16 ′)
Helga is in Lund - Telia Petraki (Greece, 2016, 20 ′)
Volte - Monica Kotechka, Karolina Porizala (Poland, 2017, 14 ′)
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12.01.2019 (Saturday)
Goethe-Institut, Budapest, No.1

14:00 - 18:00

18:30 - 20:30

Leonardo Staliano is a former participant in the European Short Pitch Forum. He is a writer and screenwriter who has studied Philosophy at the University of Florence, Scuola Holden (Turin) and Drama Writing (New York University). Leonardo is the screenwriter of the feature film "Yuri Esposito", awarded at the 70th Venice Film Festival, as well as the author of the play "Kashmir", awarded the "Diego Fabri" prize. His short stories have been published in various literary magazines. As a screenwriting consultant, Leonardo conducts seminars for organizations and institutions such as TorinoFilmLab, Le Groupe Ouest, the Doha Film Institute. He is currently the program coordinator of the College of Storytelling at Scuola Holden, where he teaches drama.

The Noisy - Karolis Kaupinis (Lithuania, 2014, 14 ′)
"The Silence of the Dying Fish" - Vassilis Kekatos (France / Greece, 2018, 20 ′)
"Baby Shower" - Joseph Pierce (UK / France, 2016, 16 ′)
The Deer Boy - Katarzyna Gondek (Poland / Belgium / Croatia, 2017, 15 ′)
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All events on ESP 2019's program are free entry. Pre - recording of The working language of the pitching session and the masterclasses is English.

European Short Pitch 2019 is co-organized by Arte Urbana Collective as part of the initiative Plovdiv 2019 - European Capital of Culture, in partnership with the European Young Cinema Network NISI MASA, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, French Institute in Bulgaria and Lucky Cinema House - Plovdiv.


Free screenings from the Cinema at School program of the Arte Urbana Collective, which aims to introduce children and young people to the aesthetics and language of cinema. Classics and Contemporary Movies, part of the European CinEd Cinema Program.

17.12.2018 (Monday)
French Institute, Slaveykov Square 3

10:00 - 12:00
Directed by Catalin Mitulescu, 2005
Bucharest, 1989 - the last year of Ceausescu's dictatorship. 17-year-old Eve lives with her parents and 7-year-old brother, Lally. Eve is very beautiful. In love for the first time, she discovers the difficulties of adolescence and the complexities of adult life. Eve has a secret dream that she only shared with her brother: to escape from Romania and travel the world.
In Romanian with French subtitles
Suitable for children over 11 years

19.12.2018 (Wednesday)
French Institute, Slaveykov Square 3

17:30 - 20:00
"400 Blows"
1959 г. / France / 95 min.
ISDP, Arte Urbana Collective, and the French Institute in Bulgaria are teaming up to give you a free screening of the French classic, the 400 Beats. directed by Francois Truffaut.
After the screening, we will be glad to have a discussion on the film and a discussion on the topic: How to make the school a better and more attractive place?

Misunderstood by his parents, 12-year-old Antoine Doanel is a very vocal student. Repeatedly punished, he decides to leave school. For several days, she leads a freelance life in the company of her friend Rene, getting into petty thefts to survive. Until the police intervene.

Selections and Awards: Cannes International Festival, 1959 - Francois Truffaut Award for Best Director
Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay by Francois Truffaut and Marcel Moissy from 1960.
The movie is part of IFcinéma's collection.
Directed and script: François Truffaut Dialogues: Marcel Moasi Camera: Henri Deccae; Editing: Marie-Joseph Yoiot; Decors: Bernard Ewein; Original Music: Jean Constantine; With the participation of: Jean-Pierre Leo, Albert Remy, Claire Morié, Patrick Ofey, Guy Decomble, Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brielle, Philip de Broca, Jacques Demi.
In French with Bulgarian subtitles.
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20.12.2018 (Thursday)
French Institute, Slaveykov Square 3

10:00 - 11:30
Directed by: Jacques Tati, 1947
Everything is quiet in this village, in central France, when the fair arrives with its trailers. The holiday is set: carousels, fanfare, a lottery and a traveling cinema, where Francois, the postman, opens a film about the American post office. Wanted and desired by the villagers, he will make an "American-style" tour of an old bicycle „
The movie is part of IFcinéma's collection.
In French without subtitles.
Suitable for children over 6 years.

13:30 - 15:30
Directed by Peter Ukropek, 2012

the blue tiger

In a city run by an unscrupulous mayor, the old botanical garden is in danger of destruction and an amusement park is planned in its place. Only one creature can prevent this: the Blue Tiger. From now on, Johanan and Mathias must keep the tiger from the bad thoughts of the mayor and his supporters to save the garden.
In Czech with French subtitles.
Suitable for children over 6 years.

# Film School, an initiative of Arte Urbana Collective, with the support of the French Institute in Bulgaria. The films are part of the European platform "CinEd" and the platform "IFcinéma"

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