Professional script and project development program designed to foster diversity in storytelling and provide crucial support to filmmakers in the realm of queer narratives.
Queer storytelling in spotlight
This training and networking platform targets international creative teams (writers, directors, and producers) who are actively developing feature fiction film projects with a queer focus.
For teams of writers, producers, and directors
- Creative development /script & project
- Presentation skills and promotion
- Financing and co-production opportunities
- Pitching & Networking at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
A unique experience
Selected feature film projects undergo a two-workshop program that enables them to work closely on the script and project development, and provides them with financing, networking, and co-production opportunities.
MIDPOINT Intensive Queer will now partially run concurrently with the MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2024 program, thereby enhancing networking opportunities and capitalizing on the presence of tutors and experts attending the events.
Workshop 1March 4-10, 2024 | Czech Republic
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.
Online consultationsMay 2024 | online
Workshop 2June 26 – July 3, 2024 | 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 project showcase at the Karlovy Vary IFF, where all 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.
Eurimages Co-production Development Award
For the first time, Karlovy Vary IFF will host the Eurimages Co-production Development Award of 20,000 EUR for one of the projects in development presented within their Eastern Promises Industry Days.
MIDPOINT Intensive Queer 2024 projects are also eligible to compete for this award, which will be granted based on the
project´s artistic quality and its prospects of remaining a European co-production.
Detailed description of the award.
Sullivan Le Postec
Fee and how to apply
JANUARY 8, 2024
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:
- Basic information about the participants and the project
- Synopsis (max. 1000 characters)
(approx. 10 pages, in PDF format) Please do NOT upload scripts (even if you already have one) - they will not be considered at this stage of the selection.
- Selected scene (max. 5 pages)
- Author´s Statement (max. 1 page)
- Financing Plan (in Excel format)
- Producer´s Statement (max. 1 page)
- Motivation video (max. 4 minutes)
- Moodboard (optional)
Who can apply?
- Creative teams of writers and/or directors and producers (2-3 participants per team)
- Projects featuring LGBTQ+ characters and/or themes central to the story
Huge motivation boost and way to move your project to the next level
You may ask
I am just a writer/director and do not have a producer attached to the project yet. Can I apply?
Unfortunately, no. The crucial part of the training leans in strengthening teamwork and building a strong creative team, which is why - the writer, director and producer must always participate together.
As a producer, why am I required to participate? Do I need to participate actively?
Yes, exactly. We are aiming for producers who are used to (or want to start) being a part of the creative process, to know the project better, to understand it better to develop it better.
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.