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Call for participants in the Summer Scriptwriting Camp “House for Disobedients,” 23 July – 5 August 2016, Gabrovtsi, Bulgaria


Application deadline: 1 May 2016 

This year’s Summer Scriptwriting Camp will be held in the village of Gabrovtsi, which will host playwrights and scriptwriters, working in the field of various arts: theatre, cinema, dance, performance installation, audio theatre and audio installation. The program will consist of four lectures and three workshops, led by renowned and innovative practicing lecturers from France, Germany and the Balkans.


The Idea

The Scriptwriting Summer Camp is meant for writers – professionals, students and non-professionals, engaged in writing, working in the field of contemporary scriptwriting for various arts and journalism. The main goal of the camp is to develop a creative environment, where different viewpoints on scriptwriting for contemporary arts may cross. It will also provide practice in a laboratory environment, which will enrich the participants’ experience and will help for their professional and creative growth. New practices and forms in the sphere of theatre, cinema, dance, performance installation, audio theatre and audio installation will be presented. Special stress will be put on new working models of pre-production and research.

The working environment of the Summer Scriptwriting Camp will be the building of the art residence DUPPINI in the village of Gabrovstsi – former boarding school for young delinquents. The practical work, taking place in the workshops, will be inspired by documentary materials to be found at the boarding school, as well as the various land art installations, situated in the area as well as inside the building. The purpose is for each participant to feel and understand how the very same material can be interpreted for different stage and audiovisual arts.

The Place

The village of Gabrovtsi is situated in the picturesque Balkan area, 15 km away from the city of Veliko Tarnovo. The participants will be accommodated at the beautiful Monastery of Kilifarevo (4 km), renowned for its atmosphere. There is a possibility for accommodation in the art residence itself, as well as camping in the yard for those who might be interested. The Enyovitsa river flows five minutes away from the residence, having magnificent pools, where the participants can easily cool off from the summer sun.


The Program

Scriptwriting Summer Camp will be international – all lectures and workshops will be held in English. The official opening of the camp will take place on 23 July in Sofia. The first lecture from the programme will also take place in Sofia, on 24 July – the lecturer will be the renowned Macedonian playwright Goran Stefanovski. After the lecture all participants will depart for the village of Gabrovtsi where the main events of the academy will take place. The closing ceremony, which will showcase the results from the camp and will be accompanied by a concert, will be held on 05 August. The results from the workshops will be presented afterwards in Sofia, Paris and Berlin.

The full program can be found at http://sumscriptwritingcamp.weebly.com/

The Lecturers 

Marcel Bugiel, Germany - playwright in the field of integrative dance, collaborator of choreographer Jerome Bell. 

Albena Dimitrova, France/Bulgaria - writer, curator and author of dramaturgy for contemporary dance shows, worked with choreographers like Aurélien Bory and Pierre Rigal.

Georgia Doll, France/Germany – author of theatre plays in German and in French. She works with Studio Я (Maxim Gorki Theater) in Berlin and with the theatre company Les passagers du mardi in Marseille. 

Signa Köstler, Denmark/Germany – SIGNA art director, director, stage designer, costume designer, performance artist.

Jerome Nunes, France – scriptwriter, director, producer and co-organizer of European Short Pitch (European initiative for co-producing short films). 

Prof. Goran Stefanovski, Republic of Macedonia/Great Britain – playwright and scriptwriter, founder of the Dramaturgy department at the Skopie University, teacher at Christ Church College and Canterbury University.

Julia Tieke, Germany - cultural scholar, author of the multidisciplinary audio projects and radio plays, currently working in the German public radio Deutschlandradio Kultur.

Workshop Schedule:

Scriptwriting for short movies (lecturer: Jerome Nunes): 25-29 July

Scriptwriting for audio theatre and audio installation (lecturer: Julia Tieke): 29 July – 3 August

Contemporary playwriting (lecturer: Georgia Doll): 31 July – 4 August

The participant fee is 100 BGN (50 EUR) for one workshop; 140 BGN (70 EUR) for two workshops and 160 BGN (80 EUR) – in case you’d like to participate in all three workshops.
The fee includes:

  • One, two or three workshops (according to participant’s desire);
  • Four lectures;
  • Bus transportation Veliko Tarnovo – Monastery of Kilifarevo – village of Gabrovtsi;
  • Accommodation (in the Monastery of Kilifarevo or in the art residence DUPINI) for the duration of the workshops;
  • Day trip on 30 July;
  • Free entrance for the closing ceremony concert;
  • Beautiful countryside, sunny experience and river baths ;).

The fee DOES NOT include:

  • Transportation to Sofia (for both international and Bulgarian participants);
  • Transportation from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo (there will be limited possibility for carpooling);
  • Accommodation during the first night in Sofia for the opening and the lecture (there will be a possibility for couchsurfing for the international participants at the Bulgarian participants’ homes);
  • Food for the duration of the academy (delicious food at reasonable prices will be delivered);

How to apply? : Send us your resume, a short motivation letter why you want to apply (up to 200 words), as well as which workshops you would like to participate in to: [email protected].
Application deadline: 1 May 2016 

Organizers: Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, Institut Français de Bulgarie, “36 Monkeys” Association - Sofia, DUPPINI Art Group – Veliko Tarnovo and Arte Urbana Collectif - Sofia.
With the major support by: French-German fund "Elysee-Fonds" for development of cultural projects in the third countries

Partners: „Famille Mundi” – Paris Theatre Company, Maison d’Europe et d’Orient – Paris, Studio Я (Maxim Gorki Theater) – Berlin, National Palace of Culture Sofia (DNK stage), BNR Hristo Botev Program.


More information and updates at sumscriptwritingcamp.weebly.com and at www.facebook.com/events/578351268981466/