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Lithuanian scripted project wins inaugural Content Warsaw CoPro Pitch

Content Warsaw CoPro Pitch winners Ernestas Jankauskas and Gabija Siurbyte (centre) from Lithuania and members of the judging panel

CONTENT WARSAW: Drama series F**k the Law, from Lithuanian production company Dansu Films, has won the inaugural Content Warsaw CoPro Pitch prize.

At a networking cocktail here in the Polish capital this evening, the drama set between Lithuania and Norway beat off competition from five other scripted series to claim victory.

F**k the Law focuses on an international custody battle over a little girl between a Norwegian architect and a Lithuanian mother of humble origins who is accused of kidnapping her daughter under international law. When the mother loses her legal fight, she goes on the run with the child to Poland as the father throws the weight of top-tier lawyers and detectives at the case.

Dansu Films was founded in 2008 and is now one of the biggest production houses in Lithuania. Its major projects include Netflix’s Moscow Noir (directed by Oscar nominee Mikael Halfstrom), Agent Hamilton (directed Erik Leijonborg) and Troll Farm (distributed by Mumbai-based GoQuest Media).

The F**k the Law project was pitched here in Warsaw by company co-owner Gabija Siurbyte and director Ernestas Jankauskas.

Six early-stage scripted series were selected as finalists to showcase their projects live to the international coproduction community at Content Warsaw, with the winner getting US$15,000 worth of marketing across C21Media’s digital, print and event products to support development and pre-sales promotion of the show.

Anna Różalska, co-founder and producer at Match&Spark, chaired the jury, which also included Asacha Media Group’s Marina Williams, Czech TV’s Jan Maxa, Red Arrow Studios’ Rodrigo Herrera Ibarguengoytia, Banijay’s Steve Matthews and Cosmopolitan Pictures’ Ben Donald.

Różalska said: “The project deals with important contemporary issues that can resonate universally with any family. The judges appreciated that the pitch was delivered with a strong emotional connection to the story.”

The full list of finalists can be found here.

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