In Cannes, the eighth annial Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast award has gone to Merican Chick.

Evita Naušová and Viktor Tauš from the Czech Republic get the prize along with €10,000 ($14,000) to further develop their project. The award recognises a script from Eastern and Central Europe. 

The script is about a defiant circus girl in the 1980s who is kidnapped from the US and taken back to communist Czechoslovakia.

A special mention was given to Life Beats Reality by Andreea Valean (Romania), a “unique 21st century family portrait”.

The selection was made by the Advisory Board members, comprising Sandy Lieberson, Manfred Schmidt, Simon Perry, Antonio Saura, Dariusz Jablonski, and heads of studies Tom Abrams and Christian Routh.

Past Kieslowski award winners that have already been produced include The House by Zuzana Liova and Womb by Benedek Fliegauf.