Three workshops focused on the development of feature films are in progress from May 3 till May 9, 2019 in Kaunas, Lithuania. All of them are organized by a training platform MIDPOINT which operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
One of these programs is MIDPOINT Feature Launch. This unique program is aimed at emerging creative teams (filmmakers, directors and producers) from Central and Eastern Europe who are developing their first or second feature film projects. Nine feature film projects go through an intensive four-module program focused on script and project development as well as other funding and co-production possibilities.
Simultaneously, this program offers a specialized training for emerging script consultants who join the creative process of project development.
The first residential workshop of this year-long program was held in January 2019 in Trieste, Italy, the second has started on May 3rd in Lithuania. The third workshop will be held in collaboration with Karlovy Vary IFF. Within this workshop, the projects will be presented to an audience of industry decision makers. The final session will take place in January 2020, again in Trieste within the prestigious co-production market When East Meets West.
The second workshop of Feature Launch, hosted by Kaunas, Lithuania and organized in partnership with Lithuanian Film Centre, is being held from May 3 till May 9, 2019.
The lecturers Anne Gensior, Christian Routh and Ivo Trajkov (Head of the editing department of FAMU), director and scriptwriter Gyula Gazdag (artistic director of prestigious American training institution the Sundance Filmmakers Lab) and producer Danijel Hocevar will continue their collaboration. Apart from them, the workshop will welcome several guest lecturers such as the director of co-production market When East Meets West Alessandro Gropplero, Polish film sales expert Marcin Luczaj, Greek film marketing expert Christina Pelekani, German pitching trainer Gabriele Brunnenmyer and Greek producer Amanda Livanou.
For more information about this workshop, please visit: https://www.midpoint-center.eu/news/137-second-workshop-of-feature-launch-is-about-to-take-off
The second and final workshop of the program MIDPOINT Shorts (3. 5. – 9. 5. 2019) is also being held in Kaunas. This program is dedicated to short fiction films in development. Its first workshop took place this January in Trieste, Italy. Group leader and script consultant Pavel Marek from the Department of Directing at FAMU will continue the deep script analysis. Three selected projects from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Lithuania will participate in several script consultations as well as lectures and individual meetings with short-film professionals such as the director of Tampere Film Festival (Finland) Jukka-Pekka Laakso, Polish film sales expert Marcin Luczaj or Lithuanian producer Marija Razgute.
For more information about this workshop, please visit: https://www.midpoint-center.eu/news/135-midpoint-shorts-2019-final-workshop-to-start-in-kaunas
The third workshop held in Kaunas, Lithuania, is tailor-made MIDPOINT Intensive Lithuania (5. 5. – 9. 5. 2019), a program aimed exclusively at Lithuanian film professionals. Four selected feature film projects are represented by creative teams consisting of scriptwriter / director and producer. Renowned script consultant and scriptwriter David Pope (United Kingdom) will act as the group leader.
For more information about this workshop, please visit: https://www.midpoint-center.eu/news/136-midpoint-intensive-lithuania-is-here