At the culmination of the seventh edition of the Scripteast programme in Cannes, the winner of the prestigous Krzysztof Kieślowski Scripteast Award for the Best Eastern and Central European Script was presented in a ceremony at the Plage des Palmes. The selection was made by the Advisory Board members, comprising Sandy Lieberson (for many years Head of 20th Century Fox), Manfred Schmidt (script analyst, author, script doctor, Executive Director of the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH), Antonio Saura (producer and scriptwriter), Dariusz Jablonski (director and film producer, president of Polish Film Academy, Head of ScripTeast), and Heads of Studies: Tom Abrams (professor at University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, award-winning screenwriter and director) and Christian Routh (consultant, lecturer, screenwriter, and script editor for various European production companies, state agencies, and film schools). They explained their decistion with following statement:
'The award goes to a strikingly original screenplay that confronts themes of spirituality, loyalty, and family dynamics in an ancient settings, while relating an exotic and thought-provoking personal conflict set against the clasch between early Christianity and paganism. The jury are confident the strong dramatic potenctial of this engrossing screenplay will result in an excellent quality film with international audience.'
Scripteast (www.scripteast.pl) is a project based on training program, designed specifically for scriptwriters from Eastern and Central Europe. The aim is to select the best Eastern and Central scripts ans their authors, and help them become renowned worldwide.