MIDPOINT Feature Launch, Shorts and Writers' Room – OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

MIDPOINT Feature Launch , one of MIDPOINT Institute's core programs, aims to support writers, directors, producers and aspiring script consultants coming mainly from Central and Eastern Europe and the wider Mediterranean area.

Feature Launch / Project Development Training

A unique training and networking platform for emerging talents – teams of writers, producers and first- or second-time directors.

The 9 feature film projects go through an intensive 4-module program that enables them to work closely on the script and project development, and provides them with financing and co-production opportunities and marketing strategies.

The program consists of 3 residential workshops and the project showcase which takes place within Karlovy Vary International Film Festival with the KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development. Award of 10.000 EUR for the best project.

Producers are invited to participate also at the follow-up module organized within When East Meets West Co-Production Forum.


Feature Launch / Script Consultancy Training

The development process that the Feature Launch projects go through is used as a platform to train three attending script consultant trainees, who are learning the principles of script consultancy to enhance their future careers.

Industry partners: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, When East Meets West, CineMart, connecting cottbus

MIDPOINT Feature Launch supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA

Program accepts
Projects – first or second feature films ⃰ (teams of writers, directors and producers) coming from Central and Eastern Europe and the wider Mediterranean area

⃰ the rule regarding first or second feature film applies only to the director

Script Consultant Trainees – script consultants, writers, editors, creative producers and other film professionals (with some experience in story-editing) with the ambition of becoming script consultants

Dates and venues
Workshop 1 / January 2021, Trieste, Italy
Workshop 2 / April 2021, Trnava, Slovakia
Workshop 3 and Works in Development – Feature Launch project showcase / July 2021, Prague and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Feature Launch Spotlight / January 2022, Trieste, Italy

Fee
1500 EUR: writers, directors, trainees
1800 EUR: producers
The fee includes accommodation, board and tuition during the workshops. Travel costs are NOT included. Scholarships are available.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

You can find more information and access the application here.

The program schedule and the form of the organization inevitably depend on the development of the coronavirus pandemic situation.

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MIDPOINT Writers' Room 2020

"It takes you out of your zone and forces you to learn fast, mingle well and grasp other perspectives. Fulfilling by all means." Adina Sadeanu, writer, MIDPOINT Writers' Room 2019 alumna

Conducted as a sidebar module of one of our core programs, MIDPOINT TV Launch, it is aimed at writers and creative producers (with some experience in writing and the ambition of becoming creators/showrunners) without a particular project in development and is designed not only to train practical skills but also to stimulate the creative process and spark new ideas.

The 8-10 selected participants will enjoy lectures, plotting and writing training, and simulation of a writers' room.

The program's graduates will acquire knowledge and skills connected to the processes occurring during series writing, such as creative teamwork, joint brainstorming, and creating or following one unified narrative voice and vision as well as the structure of a series episode itself. To learn more about the program and to access the application, please click here.

Accepting
Writers
Creative producers with some experience in writing and the ambition of becoming creators/showrunners

Date and venue
October 19 - 24, 2020, Prague, Czech Republic

Fee
500 EUR per participant
The tuition, full board and accommodation is offered within the participation fee. Travel costs should be covered by the participants themselves.

The program schedule and the form of the organization inevitably depend on the development of the coronavirus pandemic situation.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

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MIDPOINT Shorts 2020-2021

"The ideal program to explore, discover and nurture the future generation of European filmmakers." Alessandro Gropplero, WEMW Director

MIDPOINT Shorts is a training and networking platform intended for young and emerging talents with projects of professional or graduation short films.

It selects teams of writers, directors and producers of short film projects mainly from the Central and Eastern Europe and the wider Mediterranean area to go through one online and two intensive residential workshops dedicated to script and project development. Project showcase takes place within When East Meets West Co-Production Forum.

To learn more about the program and to access the application, please click here.

Accepting
Projects – professional or graduation short film projects (teams of writers, directors and producers)

Dates and venues
Preparatory online workshop / September 2020
Workshop 1 / October 2020, Prague, Czech Republic
Workshop 2 / January 2021, Trieste, Italy

Fee
750 EUR (per participant, max. 3 participants in the creative team, possible to pay in installments)

The program schedule and the form of the organization inevitably depends on the development of the coronavirus pandemic situation.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: AUGUST 12, 2020


MIDPOINT Feature Launch is realized with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Czech Film Fund and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund. It is presented in cooperation with Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Trieste Film Festival, When East Meets West, connecting cottbus, CineMart, Les Arcs Film Festival, CHARACTER, Audiovisual Producers' Association and FirstCut+. MIDPOINT Institute operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

31. July 2020