Scriptwriting Module with Elma Tataragić

Spring Semester 2017/18


Elma Tataragić is a scriptwriter, festival programmer and a professor. With PhD in Film and Literature and published book on screenwriting, Elma is a continuously rising star in European film community. Tataragić is credited as scriptwriter, co-scriptwriter and producer on a number of critically acclaimed short and feature films. She worked repeatedly with Cannes awarded director Aida Begić, with her credits including Aida’s films First Death Experience (2001) which was Bosnian first entry to Cinéfondation selection of Cannes Film Festival, feature film Snow (2008), Grand Prix winner at Cannes Film Festival. Elma is co-scriptwriter of the film When the Day Had No Name (2017), directed by Teona Mitevska which premiered in Panorama Special at Berlinale 2017.

Tataragić has been with Sarajevo Film Festival from its beginning, where she now works as festival programmer for Competition Programs and CineLink Industry Days. She works as a script doctor for Euroimages (EU coproduction fund). Today, while two feature films she has written are in preproduction (Stitches by Miroslav Terzić and God Exists and Her Name Is Petrunija by Teona Mitevska), Elma is developing a feature film and a short experimental film. She is a member and adviser of European Film Academy and the General Secretary and a member of Filmmakers Association of BiH.

It is our pleasure to welcome Elma Tataragić as the guest lecturer with a week-long Scriptwriting Module for MFA students. During the Module, Elma will place focus on film analysis from the point of the script, while following interactive lectures on theory. In addition, the Module will have a practical component of providing support and consultations to students, both in-group and individually, in finalizing the synopsis and outline of their fiction film projects.