script lab FILM AVE.

“Audiences are harder to please if you’re just giving them effects, but they’re easy to please if it’s a good story.” – Steven Spielberg

Established in 2018, suported by UCF (Ukrainian Cultural Foundation)

This lab is dedicated to help scriptwriters to improve their scripts and to find new ways in working with texts. We create conditions for deep development, that is why it is important for the script to be at least at the stage of second draft. It should be already well thought out and with constructed main line and characters, so the screenwriters will spent their time in this laboratory with maximum use and leave it with a ready-made script or as close to the final version as possible.

Our laboratory is designed for professionals who already have experience in writing scripts. There is no time to teach people to write scripts within this particular laboratory. It is important for us that advices given to scriptwriters are clear and relevant for them.

The producer’s interest in the project is important to us because of two reasons:

1. We want the script to which we devote our time and the resource to be implemented in future, and the presence of an experienced producer significantly increases these chances.

2. We want for the producer to understand the necessity of edits to which the screenwriter will come. If the producer agrees to send the script for refinement to the lab, then he/she agrees with the fact that there is something to improve in that script.

Mostly, the work in the script lab “Film Ave” takes place following the classical plan: script doctoring, group analysis, solitude and rewriting the script in a specially-organized residence (in 2018 the place for the residence was Carpathian mountains - Bukovel, Ukraine), and readings of scripts.

The laboratory also has an experimental part: the analysis of characters and motives of characters with the psychologist and with actors involved in practice of system placement by Bert Healinger that is adapted to improve script history and deeper disclosure of characters. The choice of scripts to the laboratory are made in favor to those that really can be improved.

The script lab for professional script writers of full length movie scripts, includes:

- group analising

- writing residence (4 weeks)

- practical experimantal psychological experiment for scriptwriting

- script docotring with local and international professioanls

- reading script infront of the focus group


  • Oleksandr Kumanskiy
  • The full length script "THE REBUFF"
  • Sergiy Bazhenov
  • The full length script "THE WILL"
  • Kostayntyn Konovalov
  • Script "THE DOCTOR"
  • Eugen Bazhenov
  • The full length script "ANOTHER GLOBE"
  • Andriy Khoholkin
  • The full length script "KLEMAN OR THE STROY OF ONE GUILLOTINE"
  • Oleksyi Umansky
  • Andryi Yevstratenko
  • The full length script "ON THE DISTANCE OF THE WATER"
  • Mykola Kyrylchuk
  • The full length script "THE LIGHT OF FREEDOM"
  • Victoria Trofimenko
  • The full length script "YAKIV"

    OUR TEAM in 2018:


    founder and curator of the project

    Victoria Trofimenko is a director and scriptwriter of the "Brothers. The Final Confession" film, which was awarded at a number of international film festivals, three of them are from group "A" film festivals. Victoria has been a participant in many international script laboratories. Her current project "Yakov" (original script) is now the only project from Ukraine, which got into the professional script workshop eQuinoxe (Germany). Downshifting( the script was co-written with Roman Gorbik) – the only Ukrainian project that took part in Professional “Screen +” laboratory at Andrzej Wajda studio (Warsaw). Victoria Trofimenko is a scriptwriter of the staged part of the film by Cheda Gracia "Sex in USSR" (USA). The film is in post-production now. Victoria Trofimenko teaches at Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. She is founder of the film company "ALBA FILM".


    Scriptwriter, script doctor

    Pierre Hodgson graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford University, with a degree in Modern History and Modern Languages and earned scholarship to study for PhD inYale University.

    After not long political practice started to work in media. In 1988, Pierre worked as an executive in British television, mainly as a head of documentary film development in a large, independent production company called Limehouse, then at Channel 4 TV station. While at Limehouse, he developed and wrote a 6-part documentary series on the war in Northern Ireland for BBC2, which was eventually produced by a Belfast-based independent company. Pierre worked mainly for producer Paulo Branco on his productions and also closely with Joaquim Pinto. After Northern Ireland, he returned to France and devoted himself to feature-film writing. Pierre worked with Philippe Grandrieux on the script of his first cult hit, Sombre, which remains an underground favourite. Pierre established a partnership and then a separate company with Jerome de Missolz, one of the most successful documentary filmmakers in France. As a result a feature film, a drama and most interestingly of all a crossover film called Les Jeunes Gens Modernes that can be read either as a documentary or a dramatic feature was made and went to Directors Fortnight in Cannes.

    Since then, he have returned to focussing on more conventional screenwriting, working largely with Agat, and is now colaborating with Haitian director Raoul Peck, who is head of the the la FEMIS film school in Paris. Pierre Hodgson is working as a consultant for the Torino Film Lab and also for France's well-regarded Groupe Ouest, which have both helped many young filmmakers win major prizes in major festivals.


    director, scriptwriter, mentor, script-doctor

    Director and scriptwriter of "The Nest of the Turtledove", which was featured at international film festivals and became a winner of the Ukrainian national film award "Golden Dziiga" in 2017 in six nominations from eight (for the best film, directing, actress in a leading role, actress in a supporting role, and actor in a supporting role). Taras Tkachenko has a series of documentary films and TV Shows. For a long time he had been a professor at Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. Now Taras Tkachenko teaches at the Ukrainian Film School (film studio FILM.UA).


    screenwriter, producer, script-doctor

    He began his film career as a co-founder and co-owner of Patriot Rental. After that he founded the production company "Gulliver Film", which he managed for a long time. In 2013 he became a creative producer of Sisters Production. In 2014 he became the main producer of film and serial production of TRK Ukraine. In 2015, he became the general producer of 3STV. In 2018 he became a co-founder, screenwriter and producer of Inner Gravity Pictures (USA / Ukraine). He has collaborated on several projects with Linda Seger. Among them - "Black Crow" (2017), in the pre-production stage. Studied scriptwriting: - New York Film School online - UCLA, seminars - Robert McKee's seminars - Stanton's master classes founded by Andrew Stanton, Vice President of Pixar Studios.


    psychologist, actress systemic constellation

    After graduating from Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University she receives a diploma as practicing psychologist at the Faculty of Psychology at the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management. After that she increases her qualification in psychotherapy at the Ukrainian Military Medical Academy. Victoria took part in more than twenty educational programs and seminars in the leading centres of psychology in Ukraine, Russia, Poland. Practicing psychologist with 15 years of experience. Private consultant since 2003. Member of the Ukrainian Union of Psychotherapists since 2007. Member of the Ukrainian Union of Supervisibility and Coaching since 2017. Member of the Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine since 1993.


    screenwriter, journalist, Project Coordinator (Line Producer)

    Anastasia Harlamova finished Kyiv Taras Shevchenko International University (Institute of Journalism). In 2017 she graduated from the Ukrainian Film School – course in scriptwriting (film studio FILM.UA). Anastasia worked as a journalist in Print media and on TV (TV channel STB). She has full-length script "The Avengers" and the short script "Meeting / Train", co-written with the director Pavlo Tsibenko.


    actress, acting coach, assistant curator of the project

    Oleksandra Oliinyk is a professor at Kyiv National University of Theater, Cinema and Television. I.K. Karpenko-Karya. She was studing acting in New York University Tisch School of Arts(USA); Institute of Jerzy Grotowski (Poland); Summer Academy Nikita Mikhalkova (Russia); Laboratories The Watermill Center (USA); The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (USA); Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. As an actress Oleksandra took part in theatre and film productions in Ukraine and abroad.