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Bratislava Pop Up Film Residency: March 2020

Issam Bouguerra

Issam Bouguerra

Director

Tunisian

Born in Kairouan in 1983, graduated in Advertising from the Design School of Tunis and in “Cinema Production” from “Los Angeles City College”.

 He began his career with JWT as a copywriter and graphic designer specializing in animation. He goes on to directing at “Attounissia TV” with a series of docudrama about crimes.

In 2017, he wrote and directed “Faracha” his first short film. “10.628” is his first attempt to a feature film based on his personal experience as a prisoner in Mornaguia Prison.

(about project)

10.628

In the year 2011, Tunisia is in total chaos after the destitution of its president. While people are discovering the taste of freedom for the first time, Bassem, a 30-year-old cartoonist, is imprisoned after a series of unfortunate events that led to a fight with cops. While Bassem is struggling to survive this new experience, his father and his best friend are struggling with the bureaucracy and the corruption of the judicial system to get him out of prison as soon as possible.

Mentors

Domenico La Porta

Domenico La Porta

Domenico La Porta has been working in the film industry for the last 20 years as a film journalist (he is the editor in chief of Cineuropa.org) then progressively stepping in as a screenwriter and a story editor for various media (films, TV series, video games, comic books, VR…).

He has now specialized in I.P. development (world-building, character modeling, structural narratology, and market positioning), consulting with companies such as Pathé, Studio Canal, Lego, DC Comics or Netflix. He has recently come up with a development method of his own that uses cards to build-up and/or edit stories in the most efficient way.

The STORYPROOF methodology boils down 12 years of storytelling research based on reverse engineering and crossing over classical narratology with neuroscience, behaviorism and other best practices coming from the audiovisual and the gaming industries alike. Four decks (Framing, Genres, Characters and Structure) are going to be released before the end of the year and in the meantime, Domenico is traveling the world to put the right cards in the hands of writers who are signing in for his storytelling workshops.