The 5th edition of Pustnik Screenwriters Residency will take place 2–10 September 2019 at Port Cetate, Romania, a late-19th century site with an incredible history of its own, located on the shore of the Danube.
During this nine-day retreat, eight screenwriters – three from Romania and five internationals – will develop their first or second feature-length screenplays. Besides dedicated writing time, Pustnik also offers participants the opportunity of meeting established European producers who will provide feedback on their projects.
Residents and invited experts will participate in roundtable discussions, masterclasses, and one-on-one talks. A local guest panel will also provide an overview of co-production opportunities in Romania.
Applicants are required to have previously written at least one short or feature-length film which has screened at a notable international film festival. The working language of the residency is English, so fluency in English is mandatory.
The deadline for applications is 22nd of April and filmmakers can apply online here. There are no application or participation fees, and the organisers cover the costs of accommodation and meals, as well as transport within Romania.
Residents will be selected by Andreea Borțun (writer/director, Romania) and Bryn Chainey (writer/director, UK/Australia), co-founders of Pustnik.
Pustnik is the only Romanian initiative of this sort, dedicated to emerging filmmakers from all over the world. The residency was founded in 2014, is organized by TETA and co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration.