MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2023

Now Running

A professional script- and project-development program for creative teams and aspiring script consultants who believe in the importance of teamwork.



An exquisite experience

The program targets creative teams with feature films in development & aspiring script consultants coming primarily from Central and Eastern Europe.

As the first film & series development platform in Europe, MIDPOINT Institute introduces within the Feature Launch program a multi-stage project selection process in order to be able to support more emerging talents.

From the applications, we will select approx. 20 projects, of which their creative teams will receive a detailed online assessment from two experienced professionals (script consultants and producers).

Based on this assessment, 9 projects will be selected for the Feature Launch 2023 program.

For teams of writers, 1st or 2nd time directors and producers

  • move your feature film project to the next level
  • create a financing, marketing, sales, distribution or pitching strategy for your project
  • work with some of the most established European and international creators and professionals who are willing to lay the cards out on the table (good or bad)
  • get unique professional international feedback from our tutors and your peers
  • explore the current film industry landscape and trends
  • pitch it & network at Karlovy Vary IFF

For script-consultant trainees

  • get unique experience, possibility to work on real projects
  • take advantage of safe environment & thorough guidance of an experienced mentor
  • enhance your script editing and communication skills
  • learn to give constructive feedback
  • master your analytic craft of writing script reports for film funds, cultural & other funding organizations
  • learn how to present yourself as a script consultant
  • pitch yourself & network at Karlovy Vary IFF


Comprehensive program combining various formats

  • Team with projects
    Online Feedback Session
    January 2023 | online

    From all applications, the reading committee will select approximately 20 projects whose creative teams will receive a detailed online assessment from experienced professionals (script consultants and producers). After this session, the final 9 projects will be selected for the MIDPOINT Feature Launch program.

  • Script-consultant trainees
    Online Preparatory Seminar for Script Consultant Trainees
    February 27-28, 2023  | online

    Online seminar exclusively for 3 selected script consultant trainees that will prepare them for further work with Feature Launch projects alongside the group leaders.

  • All Participants
    Workshop 1 
    March 3-10, 2023  | Bratislava, Slovakia

    This workshop focuses primarily on creative development and dramaturgy while also introducing greater knowledge about other aspects of the industry, such as financing and market positioning.


    Each trainee is assigned to one of the three groups, and works closely with the group leader and the participants on the development of their scripts. Trainees also meet regularly with their mentor to review their learning progress.

    Through this process, the trainees are acquainted with the script and development aspects of developing a film project, enhance their communication skills during the creative process and, most importantly, learn how to give constructive feedback to the creative teams to help them move forward in their development.

    Pursuing Truth in Dramaturgy During the Dawn of A. I.
    Pavel Jech
    Saturday, March 4, 16:00 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    A writer's freedom to make things up may seem like a simple way to determine what is true and meaningful within one's own story. But in the process of constructing their stories, writers often struggle with the fallacies – and even the truths – of their own making. As A.I. technology develops the ability to construct narratives, the issues that have always challenged writers come into renewed focus.  This lecture explores how writers and their trainers can identify what is true and false within their own stories, and how to strive for clearer meaning in the development process... Or, maybe not.

    Screenwriter‘s Paradox
    Christian Routh
    Sunday, March 5, 16:30 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    In this lecture, Christian Routh will present some tips to screenwriters about how to confront the apparent paradox of being a screenwriter, in which they need to switch from a solitary introspective mode while writing, to a more outgoing gregarious mode when the time comes to explain and present their work to the industry. This duality requires certain skills that even the most introverted writer can acquire. The presentation will utilise some inspirational quotes from assorted artists through the ages to pass on some helpful practical advice.

    Project Development – A View of the Producer
    Danijel Hocevar
    Monday, March 6, 16:30 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    What is the (right) role of the producer during project development? How to discuss the creative and other aspects of the project with your writer and director? How to convey a common vision of the future film and how to develop the same creative idea and avoid possible different views, approaches and sometimes even disagreements?

    These are just a few questions each producer is addressing when developing the main idea of the project together with the director (and writer) during the development, usually the most creative process for the whole creative team. Part of the lecture will also be dedicated to the main characteristics of the development financing from the European perspective.

    Copyright Law Roundtables
    Rudolf Leska
    Tuesday, March 7, 9:30 & 10:30  | Bratislava, Slovakia

    What is the position of a writer/director/producer in the European ecosystem, what to look out for when it comes to contracts and which expectations to have? We’ll discuss all this and more in a closed session where there are no bad questions with Rudolf Leška, an established copyright lawyer with international experience.

    Case Study: Ordinary Failures
    Cristina Grosan, Marek Novak
    Wednesday, March 8, 16:30 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    A case study about a second feature film by director Cristina Grosan premiered at Venice Days of the 79th Venice Film Festival.

    A misfit teenager, an anxious mother, and a recent widow see their day interrupted by a mysterious natural phenomenon. As their world descends into chaos, the three women struggle to find their place in life.

    Moderated by Katarína Tomková.

    Gift Service: How to “Sell” a Film Project?
    Katarina Tomkova
    Thursday, March 9, 09:00 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    What written materials do we need on the long route of producing a film, who should be preparing them, and in which phase of the film's creation do we use them? Addressing all the do's and don'ts in a film package, Katarina's lecture will prepare the creative teams for the presentation and positioning of their project in an international context.

    Masterclass: Ada Solomon
    Ada Solomon
    Thursday, March 9, 16:30 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    A unique masterclass will be offered by the renowned and award-winning Romanian producer Ada Solomon, who has over 60 film titles to her credit, including, for example, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Golden Bear, Berlinale, 2021), I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (KVIFF Crystal Globe, 2021) and many others. During her career, she co-produced with fifteen countries and is behind the film debuts of many contemporary European directorial talents, such as Marta Bergman, Chiara Malta, Federico Bondi, Adriano Valerio, Ivana Mladenovic, and Stefan Constantinescu.

  • All Participants
    Workshop 2 
    May 1-5, 2023  | online

    Online individual consultations, group work, lectures focused on script/treatment development, financing and presentation skills. 

  • All Participants
    Workshop 3 
    June 28 - July 5, 2023  | Prague and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

    This workshop serves as a platform to further advance the scripts, while also incorporating intensive and critical training about how to present and promote projects. This workshop is immediately followed by the Works in development - Feature Launch project showcase at the Karlovy Vary IFF, where all nine selected projects are presented to an audience of industry decision makers, including funders, sales agents, producers and festival programmers. One-on-one meetings and further networking follow the presentations.

    The program's awards are handed out at this event.


    The trainees continue to observe the various stages of the development of the projects, through the final presentation at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. They are present at the pitching training and rehearsals and also prepare their own presentations, as they'll pitch themselves as industry professionals during the KVIFF pitching forum.

    Networking opportunities at the event may help them in their future careers.

  • All Participants
    Workshop 4 
    October 30 - November 3, 2023 | online

    Individual consultations, group works, master classes, lectures focused on marketing and distribution strategies including new formats.

Company Time

Follow-up workshop for producers


Nine promising feature film projects

Participating projects are divided into 3 groups of 3, and development within each group is overseen by both a group leader and a script-consultant trainee.

The Boy Who Saw In The Dark

The Boy Who Saw in the Dark is a story about thirteen-year-old boy Jekabs, who is born into a family of blind parents. Like any other teenager at this age, Jekabs wants to become independent, show ...
Project detail


Klió, an actor stuck in a digital marketing career in London, is on summer holiday in her home country of Cyprus, the Mediterranean island that has been divided into a Greek Cypriot-controlled south ...
MIDPOINT participants: Argyro NicolaouConstantinos Nikiforou
Project detail

God Break Down the Door

Bob (18) is an obese boy of a simple nature who comes from a strongly religious family and lives within the confines of a safe routine of his Christian goodness. As a reward, yet against his will, ...
MIDPOINT participants: Vojtech NovotnyTomas Pertold
Project detail

Flight from Kabul

After a long informal relationship, ZIBAA (30), a filmmaker and the head of the Afghan Film Organization, has accepted the marriage proposal of her boyfriend SAMIR (29). There are two months left ...
MIDPOINT participants: Wanda Adamik HrycovaSahraa Karimi
Project detail


Athens, 2020. Nefeli, a young girl who still lives with her parents, finds shelter in the bar where her best friend Iro is working and tries to forget about her daily struggles with her failed ...
Project detail

The Portuguese House

One morning FERNANDO (40) wakes up and his wife MILENA (38) has disappeared. When he discovers she has left Spain and gone home to Serbia he has an emotional shock. He can’t go on with his life, ...
MIDPOINT participants: Gerard MarginedasAvelina Prat
Project detail

Shadow Play

Mentally ill Freya (25) grows closer to her therapist Viktor (35), a hypnosis expert who helps her find answers to her baby’s disappearance. But a sinister raven spirit (Utburdur) prevents any ...
Project detail

Soft Hours

The middle-aged Ilona’s weekdays revolve around the vain hope for the return of her son, Tóbiás who has disappeared for almost ten years. When her ex-husband, Dénes, becomes a parent again with his ...
MIDPOINT participants: Anna GyimesiGenoveva Petrovits
Project detail

whatever, lol

It’s all about coming-of-(r)age. whatever, lol follows two hectic days of three teenage girls* full of enthusiasm and rage. Too different, or not different enough, Johnny, Romi and Alex try to enjoy ...
MIDPOINT participants: Gabriela GazovaKatarina Krnacova
Project detail


The next generation of European film professionals

Script Consultant Trainees


Inspirational professionals with a passion for sharing their experience

To ensure the most comprehensive approach to training, Feature Launch works with established and respected names from all over the European industry.

Producer Mentor

The Producer Mentor oversees the development of all projects, advises them during the process regarding production and budgetary issues, and guides them through the European industry landscape.

Danijel Hocevar
Film producer and CEO of Vertigo, a Ljubljana (Slovenia)-based production company with a distinctive track record and extensive working experience on international co-productions incl. the ...
Complete bio

Group Leaders

The Group Leaders oversee the development of projects in their group from the very beginning of the program through graduation. They also coach the script-consultant trainee assigned to their group.

Pavel Jech
Czech Republic  
Pavel Jech is a graduate of Columbia University as well as of FAMU, where he has served as dean since 2008. Pavel has ...
Complete bio
Pavel Marek
Czech Republic  
Pavel Marek is a graduate of the Faculty of Computer Engineering, Technical University and the Directing Department at ...
Complete bio
Ivo Trajkov
Czech Republic / North Macedonia  
Ivo Trajkov is a director, producer, film editor, screenwriter and story editor. He was born in Skopje, Macedonia and ...
Complete bio

Script-consultant Trainee Mentor

The Script-consultant Trainee Mentor co-creates the training for the script-consultant trainees, ensuring that this training is implemented organically into the group work and that the collaborative set-up simulates a real-life industry environment. He meets regularly with the trainees, providing feedback and support.

Gyula Gazdag
United States  
Gyula Gazdag is a director of film, theatre, and television productions. He has served as the Artistic Director of the Sundance Director‘s Lab since 1997. He was a creative advisor at the Binger ...
Complete bio

Pitching Tutor

The Pitching Tutor prepares participants to present themselves and their projects, in general and for the final pitching session of the program.

Gabriele Brunnenmeyer
Complete bio

Producer Tutor

The Producer Tutor ensures each team develops effective promotional materials and positions their project in an international context.

Katarina Tomkova
Complete bio

Guest Tutors

These established professionals are usually present at at least one of the workshops to share their expertise.

Cristina Grosan
Hungary, Romania  
Complete bio
Rudolf Leska
Czech Republic  
Complete bio
Marek Novak
Czech Republic  
Complete bio
Christian Routh
United Kingdom  
Complete bio
Ada Solomon
Complete bio


KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development Award

A joint financial award of MIDPOINT and the Karlovy Vary IFF of 10,000 EUR for the best project of the Feature Launch 2023 program underlines the aim of the program itself – help emerging talents from Central and Eastern Europe to develop their film projects. 

connecting cottbus Award

A selected project from MIDPOINT Feature Launch will be given the opportunity to present itself during the pitching event within the connecting cottbus co-production market. Participation will include individual consultations from international film professionals and one-on-one meetings with potential partners.

Rotterdam Lab Award

One producer will be handpicked to participate in the professional training program for producers, Rotterdam Lab, which takes place during the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Successful films

Selection of our successful alumni


Huge motivation boost and way to move your project to the next level

Fees & Deadline

Call for Feature Launch 2023 is closed now.


Online Feedback Session
200 EUR per project
(no application fee)


Workshop 1 + 2 + 3 + 4
1, 500 EUR per participant (writers, directors, producers, trainees)
Possible to pay in installments. The fee includes accommodation, board, and tuition during the residential workshops. Travel costs are NOT included.


Company Time
300 EUR per participant (only for producers)
The fee includes accommodation, board, tuition and When East Meets West accreditation. Travel costs are NOT included.

Who can apply

  • Teams of writers, directors and producers (2-3 members in one team) 
  • Aspiring script consultants
  • The program accepts projects coming mainly from Central and Eastern Europe or with the co-production intention with this region

Application requirements

To apply for the program, please create an account on the MIDPOINT Visitor Page and follow the instructions within the submission form, where you can also find detailed information about application materials. 

The application materials consist of:

Short synopsis (max. 1000 characters) 
Treatment (approx. 10 pages, NOTE: scripts will not be considered at this stage of selection)
Two selected scenes (max. 5 pages per scene)  
Author´s statement (1 page) 
Preliminary financing plan 
Producer´s statement (1-2 pages) 
Production company profile (max. 1000 characters) 
Short professional biographies of all team members 
Photos of all team members
 work of the director (max. 2 links) 
Moodboard (optional) 

Information about application materials for script-consultant trainees to be found here



You may ask...

  • Can I apply with an animation or documentary film project?

    Sadly, Feature Launch does not work with animation or documentary projects, as these require a different set of skills and addresses a different market.

  • Can I apply without a writer OR director OR producer in the team?

    You can't. All these creative roles have to be present in your team. One person could represent more than one role (writer/director OR director/producer, etc.), or there could be two people representing one role (2x writer OR 2x producer, etc.). In any case, the team must consist of 2-3 people.

  • I'm not European, can I apply?

    Feature Launch is specifically designed for European writers, as we'd like to address the demand for training coming particularly from this territory. The main focus is put on the region of Central and Eastern Europe. However, projects with a strong co-production potential or already attached partners/team members from this region can be accepted as well. In case you are still not sure about your eligibility, please contact the program coordinator Sona Morgenthalova.

  • I'm not fluent in English, can I still apply?

    Sadly, no. As the entire training runs in English, and during the working days you'll be asked to write directly in English, we require an intermediate level of these language skills. This simply means: your grammar doesn't have to be perfect, but you need to talk/write fluently and have the vocabulary to do so.

  • Once selected, how much time should I allocate to the training?

    Quite honestly – a lot. Feature Launch is an intensive training, and apart from the assignments and work done during all residential and online workshops, it operates with a system of tasks and deadlines in between these modules. So clear that calendar up a bit.

  • Does MIDPOINT Institute offer scholarships?

    It does. However, these are only partial, cannot be allocated to all participants, and their granting therefore considers various criteria. We HIGHLY recommend applying to a local supporting organization (national or local funds, ministries of culture or education, professional associations, etc.) at the same time you're applying to MIDPOINT Feature Launch. You can always withdraw your application if not selected, but as the processing time of this support can be rather long, it might be quite late to do this once we confirm you're in.

  • Can I send you the application materials via e-mail?

    We only accept applications submitted through our Visitor Page. Firstly, that way you can be sure your e-mail doesn't end up in junk, and secondly, all submitted materials are distributed to the selection committee via the Visitor Page (please see the 'Application' section).


Did we forget something? Don't hesitate to ask

Sona Morgenthalova
Program Coordinator