UK writer-director Richard Kwietniowski, the Polish Film Institute's deputy director Maciej Karpinski, Italian writer-director Giovanni Robbiano and Christina Kallas, president of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE), have been named as members of an international jury for the first Central European Pitch Forum (CEPF).

This four-person jury will select 12 screenplays after the May 15 deadline to be presented by their authors at the Pitch Forum during the Pecs International Film Festival in Hungary from September 27-30.

The forum is open to screenwriters and/or writer-directors from each country participating in the MEDIA Programme, with a focus on the latest European member states and the Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). A condition of entry is that a producer should not yet be attached to the submitted project.

Speaking to Screen Daily, CEPF organisers Laszlo Kresz and Gabor Krigler explained that the writers of the 12 selected projects will receive coaching from pitching trainers Franz Rodenkirchen and Juergen Wolf before presenting their scripts to a panel of internationally acclaimed producers on the forum's third day. A cash prize of $13,210 (Euros 10,000) will be awarded to the CEPF's most outstanding and promising screenplay.