2nd BALKAN FILM CONNECTION
December 1st - 5th 2015 Belgrade

THE BALKAN FILM CONNECTION is a 5-day educational program and networking platform in the frame of the AUTEUR FILM FESTIVAL in Belgrade, dedicated to Southeast European film students and young professionals. It consists of interactive lectures, one-on-one working meetings, discussions and film projections, aimed at helping participants develop their personal, unique auteur films, as well as providing them with first-hand insight and practical knowledge about the ever-changing contemporary international film-making scene and establishing a firmer cooperation between young film-makers in the region. The participants are 8 Southeast European filmmakers who are developing their first feature films.

 

The theme of the second edition is:

THE ART OF STORYTELLING

This year, BALKAN FILM CONNECTION will focus on one of the most delicate phases in every filmmaker’s life - developing a script for the first feature-length fiction film. Eight chosen participant will get the possibility to work on their projects with renowned tutors. The program will consist of collective and individual working meetings with tutors, as well as interactive lectures and discussions with some of the leading film auteurs and experts.

The participants will also get the opportunity to watch the films on the Auteur Film Festival program accompanied by some reference screenings designed specifically for them.

During an intensive 5 days, the BALKAN FILM CONNECTION will try to ask the right questions, offer some solutions, and inspire and help young filmmakers make the best of their first feature film projects.

 

 

MEET THE TUTORS

During the 2nd edition of the Balkan Film Connection, the selected participants will have the possibility to work on their first feature film projects with renowned scriptwriters and professors, Laila Stieler and Srdjan Koljević.

 

LAILA STIELER

… was born in 1965 in Neustadt, Thuringia. From 1986 to 1990, Stieler studied dramaturgy at the Konrad Wolf Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. She finished her studies in 1990 as a Film- and TV-dramaturg.

From 1991 to 1993 she worked as a dramaturg and script editor for several broadcasting companies. Since 1993 she has worked as a freelance scriptwriter and producer, working with directors such as Andreas Dresen, Dagmar Hirtz, Tim Trageser, Maria Schrader, Doris Dörrie, Urs Egger and Züli Aladag.

Her collaboration with Andreas Dresen goes back to the late 1980s. Stieler wrote the script for Dresen’s feature film debut, “Stilles Land” (1992, Silent Country), followed by “Die Polizistin” (2000, The Policewoman), “Willenbrock” (2004), which won The International Prize of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2005, and “Wolke 9” (2008, Cloud 9), which won the Coup de Coeur Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

“Die Friseuse” (2010, The Hairdresser) was realized in her collaboration as a scriptwriter and producer with the internationally-acclaimed director Doris Dörrie.

Laila Stieler is currently working on a script about the East German singer-songwriter Gerhard Gundermann. This feature film, directed by Andreas Dresen, is announced for release in 2016.

Since 1996 Stieler has also worked as a guest lecturer at the Konrad Wolf Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, where she gave workshops in screenwriting, at the Ludwigsburg Academy for Film and Television and at the Munich Film Academy, where she in collaboration with Professor Ulrich Limmer teaches Creative Producing.

 

 

SRDJAN KOLJEVIĆ

...was born in 1966. Koljević graduated screenwriting and playwriting from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He is a screenwriter and director.  

Srdjan Koljević wrote or co-wrote 11 feature films, both national box office hits and awarded internationally – amongst which the film that he also directed  “Red Coloured Grey Truck” (2004) first earned him recognition of international audience, festivals and critics.

Among the recent films that he wrote is “The Trap” (2007), directed by  Srdan Golubović,  which premiered at the Berlinale, won 21 international awards and was shortlisted among 9 best foreign language films for the Oscars.

The Woman With a Broken Nose” (2010), his second film as a director, was awarded and distributed in Switzerland, Germany and Spain.

In 2013, another collaboration with director Srdan Golubović, “Circles”, won the Sundance’ Special Jury Prize and Ecumenical Jury Award at the Berlinale’s Forum

He recently completed his third feature film as a director – “The Man Who Defended Gavrilo Princip” (2014).

Koljević is one of the most active screenwriters in the region and a professor of screenwriting at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.