Dima Stoianov

Scriptwriter

Born:

18.11.1986, Chisinau (Moldova)

Education: 

Master’s Degree in Investigative Journalism, University of Gothenburg Sweden

Place of Residence:

Chisinau (Moldova)

Writes in Languages:

Romanian (Moldovan dialect), Romanian, Russian, English

Biography

Dima Stoianov was born in Moldova, receiving his education in Romania and Sweden. Dima worked most of his professional career in TV and investigative journalism, turning to filmmaking in 2016 with a screenplay to PRACTICA/DAYDREAM, ultimately produced by BRIO Studio and directed by the prominent Moldovan director, Igor Cobileanski. In 2017 he wrote the screenplay called THE ISLAND, that got attention at international festivals in Sarajevo, Transilvania and at Cottbus IFFs the same year.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

MAMA

short fiction
developed script

A coming of age story about careless young artist that finds out she got pregnant at a party. The only goal she has at first is to make an abortion. But on her way to the gynecologist she encounters people from her closest environment, who have totally different goals: her best friend wants the father of the baby to take the responsibility; her frustrated family wants her care and attention; while the doctor wants her to keep the baby at any cost.

Attached to the project: director, co-producer
Looking for: co-producer

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HORA

feature fiction
synopsis

A period love story, a 1990s teenager road movie and a modern day social drama are interconnected by a detective-like tale about a huge treasure hidden in a small Moldovan village.

Attached to the project: director
Looking for: producer, co-producer

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INSULA / THE ISLAND

feature fiction
1st draft of the script

A Moldovan immigrant woman gets stuck on a remote island in Sweden, being suspected in a connection with serial killings. Under this pressure, her social drama transforms into a psychological thriller in which she becomes obsessed with finding the real killer.

Attached to the project: producer
Looking for: co-writer, director, co-producer

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More from Projects

WHERE ARE YOU?

short fiction
1st draft of the script

A psychological drama with mystical elements about a mother who lost her daughter. One night (or maybe even any other night) she becomes desperate to find out who’s guilty for her daughter’s death. As a result she heads up into a nocturnal city odyssey by encountering and fighting her daughter’s father, friends and ex-employers.

Attached to the project: co-producer
Looking for: co-producer

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Filmography and Awards

2019 DAYDREAM, short film, writer 

My five favourite films

  1. Funny Games (1997)
    by Michael Haneke
  2. Celebration (1998)
    by Thomas Vinterberg
  3. Happiness (1998)
    by Todd Solondz
  4. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
    by Stanley Kubrick
  5. No Country for Old Men (2007)
    by Joel and Ethan Coen

Favourite scene I wrote

INT. MAIMUTA’S ROOM – DAY

TOSIA, 30, enters her niece MAIMUTA’s (”Monkey”), 12, room – furnished like a typical Soviet style children room. The girl is lying on the bed with her face stuck in the pillow. TOSIA sits on the edge of the bed and starts playing with MAIMUTA’s hair.

TOSIA

So did you have money or not?

MAIMUTA doesn’t answer.

TOSIA (CONT’D)

And you’ve spent them on snacks, as

usual, right?

TOSIA changes the tone.

TOSIA (CONT’D)

Tomorrow, grandma will take you.

The girl says something intelligible into the pillow.

TOSIA (CONT’D)

What?

MAIMUTA turns to TOSIA:

MAIMUTA

I don’t want to go to grandma.

She puts her face on the pillow again. TOSIA continues playing with her hair, but, this time, does this pasiveagressively.

TOSIA

Okay — tell me what you want me to

buy you, so you’ll want to go

there?

MAIMUTA pulls her head up:

MAIMUTA

Can I go at your place?

TOSIA takes a deep breath.

TOSIA

I cannot take you now. I have a lot

of work.

(Irritated)

Maybe next weekend. We’ll see…

MAIMUTA puts her face back on the pillow.

TOSIA (CONT’D)

Maybe you want some new clothes,

maybe a book…

MAIMUTA takes her head from the pillow:

MAIMUTA

(Ironically)

A book, hm…

TOSIA

I don’t know… What the girls of

your age usually want?

MAIMUTA takes a sitting position.

MAIMUTA

A guy in my class gave me a blow.

TOSIA make a pause to process the answer.

TOSIA

What?

MAIMUTA

We were in the toilet. I’ve pulled

my pants down. And told him:

“put ‘it’ in your mouth”!

TOSIA analyzes MAIMUTA suspiciously.

TOSIA

That’s some kind of a joke, or

what?

MAIMUTA looks down and answers ashamed:

MAIMUTA

(Quietly)

Yes…

TOSIA continues to analyze her. Then, suddenly, stands up.

TOSIA

You’ve got food in the fridge.

Tomorrow you’re going at grandma’s!

You’ll stay with her till the end

of the week — and that’s not

negotiable!

MAIMUTA

(Angry)

If you don’t give me 50 lei — I’ll

steal money from grandma again…

TOSIA

Excuse me?

MAIMUTA

You’ve asked me what do I want!…

Give me 50 lei!

MAIMUTA, still angry, streches her hand towards TOSIA

My favourite film quote

“There are no two words more harmful than ‘good job’.”

Whiplash (2014)