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Script Pool Tallinn at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event presents scripts for TV drama series for the first time

This year for the first time the international script competition Script Pool Tallinn also presents projects for TV and drama series in addition to scripts for feature films. 

The main goal of Script Pool Tallinn, a part of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, is to gather talented scriptwriters with producers attached, in order to provide them support enhancing the script and maximising its production and distribution potential. Adding the TV and drama series category to the competition for its 3rd edition can be considered as a reaction to the unavoidable change in the industry, where the series market is taking over and people prefer content by global streaming platforms. This gives an opportunity for local authentic stories to travel without language barriers. 

“Since the very first year of the Script Pool competition, we have wanted it to have two directions - feature film and drama series,” Triin Tramberg, Script Pool competition coordinator comments. “We are more than excited to finally begin with the Script Pool TV drama series competition and especially that we can also show what kind of series Estonia makes,” she adds.

At the Script Pool Tallinn event, six teams consisting of scriptwriters and producers will be at the open pitch on the 26th of November before the international  jury and other decision-makers from the industry including Kamila Zlatušková, Independent TV producer from the Czech Republic, Dominic Schreiber, Global Drama Executive, at leading independent drama producer and distributor, Reel One Entertainment and Benjamin Harris, a writer and producer with over 15 years experience in the industry. The winner of the competition receives a prize of 5000 euros, provided by the leading international sales & distribution company Global Screen GmbH. 

The selected projects for the TV drama category:

  • Produced by Estonian Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated production house Allfim in co-production with Sweden and Germany “The Deep” written by Lauri Lippmaa is a political crime thriller that raises the questions; Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we heading?
  • “The Secret Society of Souptown and the Cucumber Mafia" is an 8-part TV-series sequel to the most successful Estonian family film by the well known Estonian screenwriters Andris Feldmanis and Livia Ulman, who have created several popular Estonian TV-series. Their debut feature film “Teesklejad” (Pretenders, director Vallo Toomla) was released in 2016, having its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
  •  "Court of Muses”, developed by Julia Effertz and Luxembourg's Wady Films, is a bold and dark, unapologetic vision of female supremacy that has wandered all the way across the abyss of human nature.
  • "The Holy Family" is a family drama series with a supernatural twist. 17-year-old high school student Ábel might be a new Messiah, but his mysterious wrist wounds are considered suicide attempts by his family. The TV-series is written by Gábor Osváth, who was chosen to be one of the Emerging Producers (2016), and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2015. Yvonne Kerékgyártó is a SXSW Gamechanger award-winner scriptwriter-director of the 2014 feature “Free Entry”. More recently she was the screenwriter of “FOMO”, which had its international premiere at PÖFF.
  • “Crossing place” is a supernatural mystery drama about a writer in search of her boyfriend in an Irish border village and finds folklore seeping into reality. The series is by Gary Duggan, an award-winning playwright & screenwriter. His plays have been produced across Ireland, Europe and in New York.
  • “Different” is a horror anthology of ten loosely interconnected stories that explore the myths of Central Europe through the lives of different entities existing among us. The series wants to show different types of beings or creatures in several time periods struggling with the same dilemmas: is it a gift or a curse to be different? The series is created by Petr Koubek, a FAMU scriptwriting department graduate, who has written TV series for Czech Television Lynč, The Manor House, Národní klenoty and TV Nova Ulice, Dáma a Král and a number of commercials.

Since 2018, Industry@Tallinn has partnered with MIDPOINT, a training and networking platform with the aim to strengthen the creative collaboration between writers, directors and producers in the development process in Central and Eastern Europe. 

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About Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and over 160 journalists. The festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations and sees an attendance of 80 000 people annually. In 2017 the festival was covered in 71 languages with a potential global media audience of over 1.1 billion people.

As of 2014 the festival holds the FIAPF accreditation for holding an international competition programme which puts the festival into the so- called A-category of film festivals, alongside other 14 festivals in the world (including Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Shanghai, Tokyo etc).  

Black Nights has an umbrella structure with two sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and youth and children's film festival Just Film taking place concurrently with the main festival,
two off-season festivals - Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and Tartu Love Film Festival - and a fully-fledged film industry platform Industry@Tallinn, organised jointly with the Baltic Event Co-production market.

Black Nights Film Festival 16 Nov - 2 Dec
PÖFF Shorts 20 Nov - 25 Nov
Just Film 16 Nov - 2 Dec
Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 26 Nov - 30 Nov



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