CineLibri Workshop - The Art of Adapting a Screenplay

Tuesday – Wednesday, October 15-16, 2019 / Sofia, Bulgaria

DR. LINDA SEGER

Dr. Linda Seger

JULIAN FRIEDMANN

Julian Friedmann

CineLibri workshop “The Art of Adapting a Screenplay” is meant to welcome in Sofia professionals, both debutants and experienced ones, from across Europe, who aspire to develop new projects in the field of literary adaptations to the big screen or TV movies. Our purpose is both to serve the current needs of the sector and to shape its future.

Aimed at complementing the knowledge and filling in specialized education gaps of both domestic and foreign film screenwriters, the workshop platform will gather experts, lectures and masterclasses in two consecutive days during the festival period. As CineLibri co-owners are dignified book publishers since 1989, and have promoted hundreds of prominent authors who represent different epoches, genres and styles, they have the expertise needed for accomplishing educational events of this nature. That is why the workshop is focused on the special skill of adapting literary text, being addressed to all filmmakers, including screenwriters, writers, directors and producers, interested in this delicate and meaningful occupation.

Come and join the first international CineLibri screenplay workshop based exclusively on outstanding underlying materials such as novels, novellas, short stories and plays! Let your talent contribute to the unique vibes of this inspiring and indispensable two-day seminar which is to take place within the 5th edition of the only book&movie festival in the world. If you want to co-experience the adventure of cinema and literature and if you have your own visual ideas and literary dreams to come true, this is the right place to start their implementation. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to meet famous experts in the field – Linda Seger and Julian Friedmann, and to get acquainted with an acclaimed Bulgarian tutor.

In order to join the workshop, you should submit your CV in English and an Original treatment based on underlying literary material at your choice: it could be novel, short novel, short story, play or non-fiction book. The genre doesn’t matter! The treatement must be up to 2 pages for short films and up to 7 pages for full-length feature films. Submissions must be for narrative projects – no documentaries, no reality shows accepted. Both produced and unproduced treatments are eligible. All entries should be submitted in PDF format.

Please submit your entry documents to: submissions@cinelibri.com, accompanied by your names and phone number. By submitting an entry, you confirm you have read and agree to our conditions.

And then…

All of our evaluators have significant experience and credentials in the industry. They have worked for production companies, studios, managers, agents, and talent. So, the authors of the best treatments will be recognized, officially announced and invited to make a bank transfer of the entry fee in order to join the workshop. After they have made the payments their admittance is guaranteed.

Entry fees are used to pay professional evaluators, administrative labor fees, promotional expenses, and delivery costs.

Dr. Linda SegerCineLibri gives you the chance to meet Dr. Linda Seger! She is one of the world’s foremost script consultants and also an experienced screenplay and story coach, professional speaker and workshop facilitator. Having written nine screenwriting books Linda is the most prolific author on the subject and is known world-wide as one of the experts in the field of screenwriting. She has trained in her method over 75 script consultants from Germany, Italy, Austria, New Zealand, Scandinavia and the U.S. In addition, Linda Seger has been a screenwriting consultant on over 100 produced feature films, television shows and plays, and her clients have won numerous awards, including Academy Awards, awards from numerous film festivals, as well as having box office hits. She has lectured on screenwriting in 33 countries on all 6 continents. You can look through her website: https://www.lindaseger.com/

 

Julian FriedmannOur second tutor is Julian Friedmann who represents both book and scriptwriters and also acts as Executive Producer for and with clients. He has taught at universities and film schools all over the world, is the co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Writing for Television, author of How to Make Money Scriptwriting and editor of two volumes on Writing Long-Running Television series. He designed the MA in Television Scriptwriting at De Montfort University and PILOTS, for developing long-running television series for the EU MEDIA Programme. He has been on both Emmy and Grierson Juries and is Senior Advisor to the London Screenwriting Festival. He recently gave a TEDx talk on storytelling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al3-Kl4BDUQ

 

Dimitar KotzevDimitar Kotzev – Shosho graduated from Sofia University „Kliment Ohridski“ (English Philology) and NATFA „Krastyo Sarafov“ (Master of Cinema and Television Directing). Writer, translator, producer, screenwriter and director. Winner of the prize for a debut at the National Cinema Festival in Varna in 1995 for the short film „Reflection“. Director of the documentary series „The Other Bulgaria“. Author of the short film „Shopping“. Producer, screenwriter and director of the feature films „Lora from Morning till Evening“ and „Monkey“ (Audience Award, Sofia Film Festival 2016), as well as the TV series „Fourth Power“ (Best Screenplay and Best series of the Academy of Film Studies). Author of the novels „Lora from Morning till Evening“ and „Shrimp“. Teacher in Creative Writing.

October 15th

09:00 – 10:15
Linda Seger – The work of the Adaptation. (Linda will discuss 4 approaches to adaptations and what needs to be done to create the transition from one source to the next.)

10:15 – 11:30
Linda Seger – A Process for analysing and assessing the original source material.

11:30 – 11:45
coffee break

11:45 – 13:00
Julian Friedman – The Business side of adaptation: How to get the option to a book, or if you are the novelist how to get the best deal for your book

13:00 – 14:00
lunch break

14:00 – 15:15
Julian Friedman – A discursive lecture of the place of adaptations in the industry

15:15 – 16:30
Bulgarian tutor – How writing an adapted screenplay differs from writing an original one?

17:45 – 19:00
Bulgarian tutor – Adapted screenplay examples: apparent achievements and failures

 

 

October 16th

09:00 – 10:15
Linda Seger – Intrinsic problems in adapting the Novel, Play and True Life Story.

10:15 – 11:30
Linda Seger – What to look for that leads to a successful adaptation into film.

11:30 – 11:45
coffee break

11:45 – 13:00
Julian FriedmanThe pros and cons of adaptation: those who failed and those, which succeeded – case studies.

13:00 – 14:00
lunch break

14:00 – 15:15
Julian FriedmanOther business aspects: developing a selling treatment; using review quotes and sales figures from the book; getting the support of the novelist/publisher; co-production strategies; understanding the rapidly-changing finance market, as the greatest money flow.

15:15 – 16:30
Bulgarian tutor – The writers who didn’t approve the film “versions” of their books

17:45 – 19:00
Bulgarian tutor – Specific requirements for adapting a written text into a TV series. Case study

The workshop is internationally open for submission for early birds from 15th of May to 1st of July and for normal attendants from 1 July to 1st of September. For the fee charged, apart from the direct workshop benefits, applicants who are selected would be provided with certificate for completed training, literature and printed materials, a downtown hotel in Sofia  for three nights, main meals, accreditation for all CineLibri screenings and invitation for VIP parties. Plane tickets are at the expense of the entrants.

 

For foreign entrants:

Early birds from 15th of May to 1st of July: 290 EUR

Normal attendants from 1 July to 1st of September: 350 EUR

Included in the fee:

  • Two-day workshop
  • Special diploma for completed training
  • Catering for lunch for two days
  • Hotel rooms for three nights in the beautiful city of Sofia
  • Accreditation for CineLibri Festival for all screenings

 

For Bulgarian entrants:

Early birds from 15th of May to 1st of July: 160 EUR

Normal attendants from 1 July to 1st of September: 220 EUR

Included in the fee:

  • Two-day workshop
  • Special diploma for completed training
  • Catering for lunch for two days
  • Accreditation for CineLibri Festival for all screenings

 

Don’t hesitate to take up the challenge! Join this educational adventure in the romantic Sofia city and experience a memorable exchange of ideas, images and dreams!