The directors, screenwriters and producers of five documentary or hybrid feature-film projects at the writing stage will be selected to take part in a year-long programme of support comprising group sessions with industry professionals who will be involved in the artistic process right up until the production stage. Over the course of twelve months, participants will work on their projects, giving and receiving feedback to and from their peers and hired experts. Envisaged activities include assistance with writing a screenplay, presenting a dossier, designing funding strategies, drawing up contracts and agreements, selecting forms of distribution and targeting audiences. The series of monthly meetings will get under way in person at l’Alternativa and will then continue online as both individual and group sessions.
Gabriela Iacob is a screenwriter and script doctor at her storytelling studio Storyliners. She studied film directing at university in Bucharest. She was head of development at Media Pro Pictures studio, where she set up a content department to handle intellectual property and talent tutoring. She has worked with emerging screenwriters throughout most of her career. She is currently head of content development at Pro TV, sits on the selection committee at Cinema Pendent and is overseeing the new Mentoring Projects programme at Alternativa Pro.