April 10th: main day of the conference
April 11th: meetings and lectures

Wednesday April 10th
Conference Screenwriter 2.0

9.30 Registration

10.00 Welcome. Margit Keerdo-Dawson (ESG)

10.10 Keynote. David Kavanagh (Ireland)

10.30 Screenwriters – who are we? Raija Talvio (Finland)

10.50 Screenwriting in Estonia: Estonian Film Institute’s perspective. Edith Sepp (EFI)

11.10 International screenwriters’ panel:

Tomás Bombík (Czeck Republic), Margrét Örnólfsdóttir (Iceland),
Sami Keski-Vähälä (Finland), Soni Jörgensen (Sweden).

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Script consultants’ panel:

Karol Griffiths (US/UK), Tarja Kylmä (Finland), Agnieszka Kruk Inez (Poland)

15.00 Screenwriters’ agents’ panel:

Julia Idlis (ESG), Anna Kurkina (Russia), Asya Peysakhovich (Russia),
Cynthia Okoye (UK)

16.00 Coffee break

16.30 Estonian screenwriters’ panel:

Andris Feldmanis, Lauri Lippmaa, Laura Raud, Livia Ulman

17.30 Closing. Margit Keerdo-Dawson (ESG)

19.00 Drinks and networking at cafe-restaurant Wabadus (see map)

Thursday April 11th

Location: Film Museum conference room (entry through the exhibition)
Places are limited, separate prior registration is needed!
Registration information


10.00 – 11.00 am Q&A with agent Cynthia Okoye

Cynthia works for Curtis Brown, representing screenwriters and directors.

11.15 am – 12.45 pm Soni Jörgensen’s lecture

Organic Storytelling

Most scripts I read as a script consultant focus either on the external story (plot) or the internal story (main character’s emotions/journey) and thus fail to engage the reader. To keep the audience emotionally engaged a script needs a strong external and internal story organically connected. This lecture is based on the filmmaker Frank Daniel’s approach to organic storytelling through the tool WANT vs. NEED and shows some examples on how it can be applied. 

14.00 – 16.00 Tomáš Bombic’s talk

Case Study: writing Justice

Tomáš Bombic will talk about writing the miniseries Justice, evolving as a writer, the process of writing a TV series and his personal experience on this project. He will also discuss how to approach the audience, especially millennials. Justice has received the Golden Kingfisher Award and the Czech Lion award. The miniseries will be made available for viewing for registered participants.

Schedule changes:
unfortunately Uwe Philipp from the Semmelbond Script Agency (Germany) won’t be able to attend.