“Screenwriters wanted in South Tyrol” – under this motto, in the fall of 2011, BLS launched the writers’ support program RACCONTI #1, primarily to encourage writers from the German and Italian-speaking regions to submit ideas for screenplays with a reference to South Tyrol.
The idea behind the initiative was to encourage as much interesting and ambitious film material as possible, which have a reference to South Tyrol or, to some extent, have a connection to the area, in order to bond film topics to the region. Additionally, RACCONTI intended to support talented writers and to help them developing a network within the industry.
The new BLS initiative got off to a rapid start: almost 160 authors took note of the call for entries and submitted their ideas, making the final selection of 11 screenplay ideas, from the wealth of creative projects submitted, all the more difficult for the international panel of experts in the jury.
The selected writers were invited to further develop their stories under the guidance of professional tutors, during a three-day Script Lab in January 2012 in South Tyrol. This was followed by an online tutoring session and an additional workshop four months later, tailored to the writers’ individual needs.
The projects Zweitland, a drama by the South Tyrolean author Michael Kofler, and the mountain western Crossing the Green Line by the Berlin-based author Claas Junge were selected as the winners by the jury and each received a cash prize and a 6 week writer’s residence in South Tyrol.
The projects Fräulein by Caterina Carone and Iceman by Brendan Foley were also selected to be pitched during the international INCONTRI film conference.