Script Pool Tallinn

Script Pool Tallinn is a script competition launched at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2017, awarding a 5000 Euro prize by our partner Global Screen GmbH to one of the five writer-producer teams invited to Tallinn.

Global Screen GmbH is a leading international sales & distribution company for theatrical films, TV programs and formats based in Munich, Germany. It is owned by Telepool, a vertically integrated media and licensing company with more than 50 years of experience in film distribution. Telepool has been acquired on June 26, 2018 by actor and producer Will Smith and director Marc Forster and is now owned by their respective companies The Smith Family Circle, Will and Jada Smith’s Family Office and Elysian Fields.

The public pitch, open to all the attending industry professionals, takes place on November 29, 2018.

Submissions are closed. Selected projects will be announced soon! 

Before submitting, please make sure that your project matches the following eligibility criteria:
  • Projects of a full-length fiction film (theatrical or TV) and TV series from the whole world are eligible;
  • Only the team of screenwriter and producer can apply - with a full treatment in the first round, complete script to be submitted for those selected for the next round;
  • The screenwriter has to have either film school finished or experience in the film sector.

For additional information, please read carefully the Rules and Regulations below.

Please prepare the following documentation in English to attach to your application:
  • Synopsis
  • Treatment including the description of characters
  • One episode of the film (max 10 pages) / For TV series, a pilot episode
  • A curriculum vitae of the screenwriter
  • A curriculum vitae of the director (if attached)
  • Budget outline

Special conditions:
  • Participation for the finalists includes an accreditation fee of 75 Euros per person;
  • Once a project is approved for the final selection, the team must be present in Tallinn. Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event covers accommodation, subsistence and mentoring costs of the participants, but not the round-trip airfare;
  • The official language of the market is English;
  • Submission of the film is considered as acceptance of Script Pool Tallinn Rules and Regulations.

For further information please turn to the project coordinator Triin Tramberg - triin.tramberg[a]poff.ee.

The 2017 Script Pool main award went to Shonali Bose (India) - The Sky Is Pink

2017 Jury:

Andrei von Kamarowsky
, Europacorp, France
Simone Baumann, German Films Service & Marketing Gmbh, Germany
Thomas Weymar, Telepool GmbH, Germany
Steven Bernstein, film director, USA
Norbert Maass, ISSC International Script & Sales Company, Germany

Selected projects

Andrea Pallaoro, Orlando Tirado - Monica
Monica is an intimate observation of a transgender woman returning to her Ohio hometown to take care of her dying mother, who is in the advanced stages of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Monica has not seen her mother in over 35 years, since being kicked out of her home. The project is by Andrea Pallaoro whose recent film Hannah premiered in the main competition of the 2017 Venice International Film Festival and will screen at Black Nights. Orlando Tirado has been collaborating with Andrea since 2000, co-authoring projects including Wunderkammer and the award-winning Medeas.

Pekka Lehto, Mika Purola (Finland) - The Box
In the fatal fall of the Finnish mobile giant Nokia, a middle-aged lawyer lost his fortune and decided to commit a perfect crime to save himself and his family from ruin. The Box is by well-known Finnish film writers and directors, Pekka Lehto and Mika Purola.

Marteinn Thorsson (Iceland) - Yosoy
Yosoy is the only TV-series selected in Script Poo and isl by the director Marteinn Thorsson who directed the very controversial XL. Yosoy is about a celebrated neurologist hired by a shadowy group of billionaires to investigate YOSOY, an underground circus of extreme performance artists in a village in Iceland. At the same time, a burnt and dismembered body is discovered in a nearby glacial lagoon.

Aleksander Kott (Russia) - The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse is set on a remote island. The story follows the aging lighthouse keeper, Zavyalov, and how his life irreversibly change after he finds a pregnant woman washed up on the shore after the boat she was on sank during a storm. Alexander Kott is a Russian director known for his 2014 film The Test and 2015 Insight, which travelled around the world - including Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - winning various prizes for script, direction, and cinematography.

Igor Cobileanski (Romania) - Coma
Coma is a third person told drama that tries to follow, in a linear manner, the evolution of the main character – Alina – a 45-year-old woman, religious, modest, sincere – medical nurse at the emergency hospital. The context in which life puts her are complex and Alina has to make an important decision that will shatter her personal, moral and religious principles. The film is from Igor Cobileanski, whose 2016 Eastern Business premiered in the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Official Selection.

Andrius Lekavicius (Lithuania) - Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday VR is an experience based on real events that happened on January the 13th 1991, in Vilnius, Lithuania. Using the archive audio and real setting of the events animated in 3D, the VR experience will create a based-on-true-event storytelling piece where the user can make his own decisions. Screenwriter Andrius Lekavicius is an all-around media storyteller and interactive orchestra conductor for the images, forms, and medias. He has built a profile of projects on various media platforms: from creating brand image to VR experiences, from directing high-end commercials to his first feature documentary Game of the Nation.

Shonali Bose (India) - The Sky Is Pink
Shonali Bose is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker. Both her feature narrative films – Amu and Margarita, With a Straw – played in over 150 film festivals including TIFF, Berlin and Black Nights and has won numerous prestigious international awards. Her The Sky Is Pink is based on a true story that spans 30 years in the life of a family who find the ability to remain positive and happy in the face of terrible tragedy.