There are still few places for filmmakers in Tender Metropolis project.
We are looking for: directors, cinematographers, actors, producers, sound and lightning technicians - and all who want to make films together. Take the following steps: read basic information and then download and fill in the application: goo.gl/tUpgco and send to info@tendermetropolis.com

Hurry up, because the applications will be handled in the order they are received.

You are invited to take part in a project “Tender Metropolis - Berlin Warsaw”. We’ve set up an ambitious goal to merge the energies of the two large cities and two such different nations and to transform them into the language of films. All of that seasoned with delicate Shakespearean dressing.

Our project welcomes wannabe filmmakers of all trades: screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, production designers, producers, actors, lighting techs and everyone else who loves films.

Tender Metropolis recruits twice and these stages are completely independent:
Screenplay competition
We invite you to read the basic information.

Tender Metropolis are workshops in which a group of people, who have just met, will collectively go through the entire process of making a film.
Professional filmmakers will supervise your efforts.
You will be given a budget, classrooms, equipment. But the most difficult task will be up to you. In order to make your work easier, we divided the project into two stages.


The scope of the competition is to write a screenplay in English for a short film (up to 10 minutes). The screenplay must be set in Berlin or Warsaw, or - most preferably - in both cities. The screenplay has to employ motives from Shakespeare (i.e. monologues, scenes) and it must not have been filmed before.
The jury will pick 10 works that will be presented to the filmmakers taking part in the project. They, in turn, will choose three scripts they will film. The best screenplays will be awarded with cash prizes.Taking part in the competition is free of charge.

The works have to be submitted by

Sept. 25, 2016

The rules of the competition are available here.


Let’s build a crew and shoot a film!

We are looking for prospective directors, cinematographers, editors, producers, actors, costume and production designers. Each of the three groups will turn into a self-sufficient film crew.

36 participants, divided into three film crews, will take part in the project. Each group will be working on the screenplay they choose. Professional directors will be artistic supervisors of the groups: Agnieszka Gomułka, Konrad Aksinowicz and Roman Przylipiak. Fill in the application form and join our “Tender Metropolis team”.

Participation fee is 550 PLN (140 EUR).

It covers taking part in the workshops, lectures, the logistics, film equipment and the film budget.

Application form


Tender Metropolis is a film project, inspired by Shakespearean motives, about two capital cities.

Berlin, Warsaw

Warsaw and Berlin are capital cities in the heart of Europe, with a memory of political transformation and the World War II. Today they both are modern metropolises and the seats of governments.
Tender Metropolis is a film journey through the experiences and actions of residents of the city, in which Shakespearean motives are used as mirrors, reflecting tension, rhythm or poetic elements into a film about modern Warsaw and Berlin.

Shakespearean motives

It is significant that Shakespeare lived in a capital – London in his times, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, was the centre of trade, politics and culture. Shakespeare as an actor, director, theatre shareholder, playwright and as well as a resident of London created a world of people, places and plots that is often a theatrical projection of his personal world of people, places and, perhaps, plots. It is also significant that Shakespeare, a poet of a city, used one of the principal forms of mass media of the late 16th century – live drama, which was addressed to the inhabitants of London.
What does the capital mean? Since ancient times Capitols have been the seats of rulers where political decisions are made. Cultural life always has its peak in the capital. Is the art of a capital the art of power? How do artists cope with that? A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a commissioned play, but while fulfilling the commissioner´s wish Shakespeare also imbued it with dark undertones. Even back in the ancient Greece, comedies were originally designed to question things that were not allowed to be questioned. Like a fool at court, the playwright was the only one to raise questions. Indirectly, but nonetheless in a powerful way. Shakespeare examined rulers like Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Cleopatra, Richard II or Macbeth. Coriolanus is a powerful ruler but he is not accepted by the people of Rome and falls from grace. Richard II is too weak to be a king, and Macbeth can only rule by bloodshed. But the people of a city always play a vital part in Shakespeare’s stories - “Friends, Romans, countrymen!” - at the burial of Caesar Marc Anthony raises an uproar which leads to Civil War and forces him and his opponent Brutus to leave the city. But also Shakespeare’s comedies are concerned with the question what the cities are. The laws of the city of Thebes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream are so rigid that the four lovers have to flee into the woods. And in Measure for Measure the Duke leaves Angelo in charge of the city, only to show him in a trickster way that he cannot rule. Political exile, like Prospero´s on his island in The Tempest, is also shown in relation to the city of Milano.
The War of the Roses, the stories of Hamlet and Macbeth, Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Marc Anthony, Brutus and Julius Caesar are just examples for the many stories told in capitals – told through the ages, and all kind of cities - ancient Rome, Antioch, Thebes, Milano and London.
Especially the Roman Empire is constantly used as a mirror reflecting the British Empire in the times of Shakespeare.






Urszula Sobczak,
Art Manager, currently based in Berlin.
Wojtek Augustyniak,
Art Manager, Warsaw and Łódź citizen :)

Questions, discussions and stories... this is how we started.
This way we developed the idea for Tender Metropolis.
It is difficult to say, which was first - the love for the cities or the love for music videos? But it happened! We started co-operating and we developed a plan. In 2016 the Tender Metropolis will be shot in Berlin and Warsaw, in 2017 in Budapest.
Feel welcome!

Art Prospects Foundation, founded in 2014 to open up inspiring prospects on cultural life in Europe through artistic productions.
Cultural Initiatives Foundation "Plaster", founded in 2008, an initiator and producer of film projects such as film festivals, music videos and camera workshops, courses in documentaries, mostly in Warsaw and Łódź.

E-mail: info@tendermetropolis.com
Wojtek Augustyniak
Telephone: 0048 660477834

Urszula Sobczak
Telephone: 00 49 177 3916740


Konrad Aksinowicz
Born in 1978 in Wrocław. In 1998 he left Poland for Sydney, where he was awarded a scholarship to study at the School of Visual Arts Australia, and then he studied at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). While specialising in direction and script concepts, he attended a course by Robert McKee at Fox Studio. He returned to Poland in 2004, where he became known for his distinct and unique style for the television commercial industry, and was awarded a special KREATURA award for his spot TRAM. He made a feature film INTO THE SPIRAL (2016) and won 3rd prize at Script Pro 2016 with a screenplay RETURN TO LEGOLAND.


1995 Puzzle (short)
1996 Alabama (short)
1999 Chuckles The Magnificent (short)
2000 Tom And Her Helmet (short)
2009 Zamiana (feature)
2011 UFO w Piekarach / UFO in Piekary (short)
2016 W SPIRALI / INTO THE SPIRAL (feature)


Roman Przylipiak - director / scriptwriter
Born in 1973 in Gdańsk. He graduated from the National Film School in Łódź with a degree in Film and TV Direction, and from the Wajda Film School. He studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk and graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He participated in a special workshop programme, organized by the Goethe Institute and ran by Marcel Łoziński, during which 33 directors from 10 countries made feature and documentary films based on their original scripts.
Apart from feature and experimental films, his portfolio includes several dozen music videos awarded with multiple prizes and awards. He won the second prize in the ‘Crossing Boundaries’ International Competition for his short film ‘Kurs’/’Course’.
He creates visualizations for theater plays – for Powszechny and Studio theatres in Warsaw, and for the Ludwik Solski Academy for Dramatic Arts in Cracow. He makes films for the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. His portfolio also includes several experimental projects in which photography blends with film, and film such as: ‘Pociąg Relacji’/’Relationship Train’, exhibited at the National Museum in Warsaw in 2005. In 2013 he published a comic book ‘Papierowe Chłopaki’/’Paper Boys’ – a sentimental journey in time to the turn of the 1990s.


Agnieszka Gomułka
Born in Warsaw. A freelance director, screenwriter, editor and producer. She graduated from the University of Warsaw and Warsaw Film and Television Academy. She is a well-known and award winning author of many documentaries. Her first short film “Szczęściarze” (“Lucky Ones”) was shown at the 31st Polish Film Festival in Gdynia in 2006. She has worked in MTV NETWORKS POLSKA and as a producer and editor of many reportages for TV. Since 2009 she has been a member of the Polish Filmmakers Association. She debuted with her feature film “Lato w mieście” (“Summer in the City”) in 2012.



Jarosław Szoda
As director of photography, Jarosław Szoda he has shot 13 features films, three twelve episode television series, a number of theatre plays for television, and over 20 short films and documentaries. Among those is ‘With Hands Up’ directed by Mitko Panov which won Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He directed, wrote, and produce a number of documentaries and shorts. As a highly successful music videos director / producer / DOP he shot over 60 music videos for renown artists. He shot, directed and produced a similar number of commercials for the major advertising agencies. He is double and triple winner of all Polish awards for music videos and advertisings, as well as recipient of the best cinematography award at the Polish Feature Film Festival. His experience includes also producing and directing TV shows and large-scale open-air events. He graduated from the Cinematography Department of the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódz. He was awarded a British Council grant and has taken seminars at The Beaconsfield Film and Television National School (UK). Winner of many awards. Lecturer at the PWSFTviT in Lodz. Former EAVE national coordinator.

Sylvia Schwarz
Actress, Acting Coach, Trainer for Meisner Technique.
Sylvia studied acting in France and Germany before she became a member of Thalia Theater in Hamburg for 6 years. She then worked in different theaters in Germany and internationally, played in numerous movies and television and started teaching acting. She studied various Acting Techniques, like Cechov, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, learned from a lot of different Acting Teachers, a.o. Ivana Chubbuck, Susan Batson and Great Seacat and is constantly looking for new impulses to integrate into her own teaching. She offers Meisner Technique seminars in state acting schools and coaches actors for movies and plays.

Boris Laaser
Is based in Berlin and works as psychological advisor and counselor internationally. For almost 20 years, he had worked as senior duty editor, author and director for the German state and private TV programmes, as well as for cinema productions. Today, he works as spin doctor for cinema scripts, conducts and designs creative intervention tools for international cooperation projects. In 2012, his ‎project "My Palestine", a vision&film workshop in the Palestinian territories, was internationally recognized - the 6 short films were shown on film festivals in Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Switzerland, Spain, Egypt, Germany and the Middle East. For four times, one short film out of this collection won a film prize, and for one time, the whole collection won a prize.

Alicja Jagodzińska
Graduated from PWSFTvIT and Media Business School. She worked as an executive producer in video clips and short films e.g."Unfortune Teller", production manager in number of projects: video clips, shorts, commercials, and as a I AD in student Oscar winning "Tenants”. She also gained experience on full lengh movie sets, in Polish TVP station and in HanWay Films in London. Currently, she is developing a full lenth documentary and three short features.

Script Competition Jury:

Rolf Kemnitzer
Was born 1964 in Germany and is living in Berlin.
After his education as theatre-director he worked in several german theatres, in free groups in Berlin and as theatre pedagogue. He got several grants for his theatre plays, for example from the “Akademie der Künste”, and published in the “Verlag der Autoren”. 2013 he founded an intercultural theatre center in Berlin/Neukölln.

Agnieszka Inez Kruk
Script-neuron collider, that is... scriptwriter, educator, creator and organizer of Script Fiesta, the biggest Polish festival for scriptwriters. Traslator of Linda Aroson's "21st Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow's Films". The only certified script coach in Poland. Story consultant working with scriptwriters, novelists and filmmakers. Expert evaluating documentary and feature projects for the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. Founder and head lecturer at StoryLab.pro.

Wojtek Nerkowski
Wojciech Nerkowski is a Polish screenwriter, translator and academic. He studied English Literature at Warsaw University and Universiteit Antwerpen. His MA Thesis was devoted to film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. He has written numerous screenplays for television series and films. His credits include the Polish version of the popular telenovela „Ugly Betty” that won a Telekamera for Best Adapted Series.



36 participants will take part in the project - 18 from Poland and 18 from Germany. The participants must be 18+. No prior film education is required - we’re open to all who love films and already have some film experience.


The total cost of taking part in the project is 550 PLN ( EUR 140). You pay only after you’ve been selected to take part in the project. There’s no fee if you take part only in the screenwriting competition.

Accommodation & Travel:

You cover the accommodation and travel expenses. However, if you decide to host one participant, in return you get the accommodation in the other city.

October 2016

14-16, three day meeting in Warsaw
Participants will be divided into 3 groups / 3 film crews
21-23, three day meeting in Berlin


What we should know before we start shooting (2h)
Shakespeare in films (2h)
My way - meeting with the director (2h)
Cinematographer’s Craft (2h)
Editing and postproduction (2h)
How to work with actors (2h)


The 3 groups working with their mentors / script development, production preparation (22 h)

October/November 2016
25.10 - 20.11 - time for shooting the films. Each group will get: 2 days of shooting, which include:

  • Equipment
  • Budget
  • Mentor’s assistance
  • The rest is up to you

November/December 2016
20.11 - 05.12 - editing, postproduction

December 2016
10.12 - the official premiere in Berlin and Warsaw

Important Documents:

Contact Information:

E-mail: info@tendermetropolis.com
Wojtek Augustyniak
Telephone: 0048 660477834
Urszula Sobczak
Telephone: 0049 177 3916740

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