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MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2022

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

Projects

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.

A Flower is Not a Flower

Ana, an 11-year-old girl is abandoned by her parents in a Romanian orphanage for “irrecoverable” children. In this communist institution, children are treated like stacks of meat. Against the ...
MIDPOINT participants: Cristian Pascariu Adriana Racasan
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ALL MY FRIENDS SOON WILL BE DEAD

A group of millennials who are yet to find their place in this world, start to fall apart during a psychedelic music festival, while their close friends Ieva and Alex are at the hospital, having the ...
MIDPOINT participants: Armands ZacsAlise Gelze
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Dolphin

Anna learns that stable relationships can get ruined by surprises when her boyfriend Jan comes back from holidays in a state of pregnancy, with a little dolphin growing inside his belly. Anna cannot ...
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My Best Friend’s Baby

Damir (33) floats between Grindr dates and late nights at Stockholm’s gay clubs, but hasn’t come out to his family who live in Croatia. His best friend Sara (37) has decided to have a child on her ...
MIDPOINT participants: Sophie VukovicEliza Jones
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My name is Lily

Lily announces to her business partner and admirer, Alex, that she wants to adopt, revealing she was born intersex. Rather than the rejection she had feared, he supports her. But, while acquiring a ...
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Side by Side

Four young millennials living their dynamic urban lives find themselves in a strangely magical forest without any technologies. Unbalanced Sebastian is trying to save his relationship with Andrea ...
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Twentyseven

Four best friends who promised that their friendship would last forever turn twenty-seven. After Hana gets married, Bažo moves to Germany and Maja falls in love, David finds himself all alone. He is ...
MIDPOINT participants: Gregor ValentovicZora Jaurova
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The First Week of August

A family drama with elements of a thriller analyzing the workings of a dysfunctional upper-middle class family, and the effects of Zoran and Ivana Ler’s actions on the behaviour of their ...
MIDPOINT participants: Filip MojzesMatej Merlic
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You Better BE

Tanya (50), a general’s daughter under the military boot as a kid, became a control-monster with dinosaur ambition for her children. Projecting success at all times, she hides her advanced cancer ...
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Participants

The next generation of European film professionals

Script Consultant Trainees

Tutors

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.

We have not yet completed the list of tutors for this edition. But you can get a notion of our network of experts from the list of tutors in the previous edition.

Producer Mentor

Danijel Hocevar
Slovenia  
Film producer and CEO of Vertigo, a Ljubljana (Slovenia)-based production company with distinctive track record and extensive working experience on international co-productions and narrow budget ...
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Group Leaders

The Group Leaders oversee the development of projects in their group from the very beginning of the of the program through graduation. They also coach the script-consultant trainee 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 ...
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Pavel Marek
Czech Republic  
Pavel Marek is a graduate of the Faculty of Computer Engineering, Technical University and the Directing Department at ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Guest Tutors

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

Jiri Konecny
Czech Republic  
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Olmo Omerzu
Slovenia  
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Franz Rodenkirchen
Germany  
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Katarina Tomkova
Slovakia  
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Structure

Comprehensive program combining various formats

The nine creative teams, split into three groups, work under the guidance of internationally renowned and experienced tutors and in close collaboration with script-consultant trainees, who are involved in all parts of the program.

 

  • Script-consultant Trainees
    Preparatory Seminar
    March 10-11, 2022 | Prague, Czech Republic

    Script-consultant trainees are briefed and given some introductory training by their mentor. The aim is to become acquainted with the mentor, the group leaders and the projects, and to learn the fundamentals of script consultancy.

     

  • All participants
    Workshop 1
    March 11-17, 2022 | Prague, Czech Republic
    TEAMS WITH PROJECTS

    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.

    Tailor-made online consultations follow the workshop according to the needs of each project.

    SCRIPT-CONSULTANT TRAINEES

    The trainees are trained by both their mentor, who supervises their entire learning process, and Feature Launch tutors, who help them understand the different approaches and strategies they use while developing feature-film projects. Each trainee is assigned to one of the three groups, and works closely with their mentor 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 important, learn how to give constructive feedback to the creative teams to help them move forward in their development.

    Lectures
    Project Development – A View of the Producer
    Danijel Hocevar
    March 13, 4:30 p.m. | Prague, Czech Republic

    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.

    Masterclass with Olmo Omerzu and Jiri Konecny
    Jiri Konecny, Olmo Omerzu
    March 15, 4:30 p.m. | Prague, Czech Republic

    Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu, based in Prague, and Czech producer Jiri Konecny will talk about their long-term collaboration which started already on Omerzu's 2012 student film A Night Too Young, and continued not only throughout his next features (Family Film, Winter Flies, Bird Atlas), but also on his short (The Last Day of Patriarchy). How are mutual decisions made, what challenges does the director-producer relationship stand against and how long-term trust is built - will be discussed on specific examples of their film careers. 


    Moderated by Katarina Tomkova.

    Gift Service: How to “Sell” a Film Project
    Katarina Tomkova
    March 16, 4:30 p.m. | Prague, Czech Republic

    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.

  • All participants
    Workshop 2
    May 3-6, 2022 | Online

    Online individual consultations, group work, lectures focused on script/treatment development (writing a new step outline or other assignments given by group leaders with respect to the project), financing plan, production financing plan. Individual consultations serve the purpose of the tutors to consult every project individually in the interim process between the workshops, giving their feedback and notes. The group work enables to incorporate feedbacks also from the fellow participants.

    Lectures
    How to Pitch Your Film - 6 Questions for the Pitch
    Gabriele Brunnenmeyer
    May 6, 2022, 2:00 p.m. | online

    To pitch your project means to know everything about your project, to be aware of its strengths as well as of its weaknesses. The lecture will introduce in the essential elements of a pitch and underline the possibilities to include your specific vision in the presentation. A focus will be put on the elements that help writers, directors and producers to analyze the status quo of the project and to find a language to promote your current story to decision makers.

  • All participants
    Workshop 3
    June 30 - July 7, 2022 | Prague and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
    TEAMS WITH PROJECTS

    This workshop serves as a platform to further advance the scripts, while also incorporating marketing and sales strategies into the development process. It also includes intensive and critical training about how to present and promote projects, including the basics of business development and sustainability. This workshop is immediately followed by the Works in development - Feature Launch project showcase at the Karlovy Vary IFF, where all ninevselected 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.

     

    SCRIPT-CONSULTANT TRAINEES

    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 bring dividends for future careers.

     

  • All participants
    Workshop 4
    November 22-25, 2022 | online

    Individual consultations, group works, master classes, lectures focused on marketing and distribution strategies including new formats (new opportunities for cross-media promotion and distribution particularly exploring the options of digital and social platforms), introduction to the company development training, individual consultations with script consultants and producer tutor.

  • Producers
    Company Time
    January 2023 | Trieste, Italy

    This follow-up workshop offers participating producers support in the areas of company sustainability and strategic business planning. This training is designed and co-organized with our partner EAVE.

    The workshop is led by Linda Beath, an expert on project financing and strategic business planning who advises both European and international producers. Her areas of expertise also include public policy and new business models relating to digital media.

    Over four days, participants will enhance their entrepreneurial skills, analyze their own companies, and receive feedback from both Linda and renowned experts from the industry, who have experience working both inside and outside Central and Eastern Europe.

    In addtion, this workshop is run in collaboration with the Trieste FF and within the frame of When East Meets West, which brings participants further networking opportunities through its industry program.

    After the workshop, participants have the opportunity to follow up with an expert online, to discuss the individual strategy for their company further.

Successful films

Selection of our successful alumni

References

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

Contact

Did we forget something? Don't hesitate to ask

Sona Morgenthalova
Program Coordinator
sona.morgenthalova@midpoint-institute.eu

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