Scriptwriter of the Month: Lana Pavkov

Lana Pavkov is a Serbian filmmaker. Her master’s degree film 19 SCHAFFARIK STREET, that travelled successfully the festival circuit, leans a lot on her background in theatre.


To find out a bit more about what Lana is working on, check out her MTSW profile here.


To find out a bit more about the way she thinks, check out our short conversation.


1. What makes the 5 films on your Top 5 list so special?

They have a unique, authentic approach to telling a story.


2. Why did you decide to go into film?

In comparing film to theatre, which was my primary interest ever since my studies, I like the amount of control a director as an author has when making a film. It is much more precise and gives you more space to express yourself throughout all the tools a film offers. It feels most suitable for telling stories.


3. Commercial films or art house?

As a viewer, a good film is a good film, whether commercial or art house. But as an author, not surprisingly – art house.


4. How and when did you begin writing?

I remember I wrote about 50 pages of a book when I was a kid, but it got lost. Thinking about it now, I realize it was something like a magical realism. A somewhat surreal journey of a girl in her garden all happening on one spring day. I remember I loved reading it over and over again.


5. Where do you like to write the most?

So far, at home, or wherever I am at the moment I need to write. But as I am getting older, I am starting to feel the need for a studio, a working space, where I can go and focus only on my work. Cafes have never worked for me.


6. What kind of music do you listen to while writing?

Most of the times, silence works the best. If I do listen to some music, it depends on my mood that day, it changes. In case I listen to music, it’s always instrumental.


7. Where do ideas come from?

They should come from deep down of our souls, but it is sometimes hard to reach there, since we find ourselves among so many influences due to internet possibilities. Tricky.


8. If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?

A dream I could direct and make it last as much as I want to.