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MIDPOINT Shorts 2021-2022

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The program that makes your short film idea become a marketable project.

Projects

5 promising short film projects

The creative teams work in a small group under the guidance of an internationally renowned and experienced tutors.

Rites

The story of two twelve-year-old boys, Michal has a deformed face due to a cleft lip, his only friend Ondra is from a poor background. Ondra comes up with an idea to finally break free from an ...
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The Annunciation

Mary is in her 30s. She has not had any sex for a long time. One day Mary discovers that her period is delayed. She makes an appointment with her gynecologist. The doctor makes ultrasonography and ...
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Wedding, Berlin

Ramle and Yazur plan a big and traditional Palestinian wedding for their daughter, Bissan, who was born and raised in Berlin. Omar, who is Bissan’s husband to be, has dreamt of this night for the ...
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Night Shift

Adeeb, 24, washes up on the shores of Cyprus. On the beach, a sign instructs outsiders like him to turn back and leave; the penalty being death. Meanwhile, two brothers Gokhan, 32, and Yasin, 22, ...
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April 1989

A few months before the velvet revolution in the Czechoslovakia two teenage boys try to flee and emigrate to the west. With one desire to join the French legion and continue practicing their one and ...
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Participants

The next generation of talented film professionals

Tutors

Inspirational professionals with passion to share experience

The MIDPOINT Shorts program invites experts from the field of short film industry. However, it connects all important parts of the film industry in general and is build on solid foundations of traditional script analysis.

 

 

Head of Studies & Group Leader

The Head of Studies oversees the general methodology of the program, ensures the needs of the participants are met in the most effective way, and guarantees the practical value and industry impact of the training delivered.

As the Group Leader, Pavel also oversees the development of projects in their group from the very beginning of the training until they graduate from the program.

Pavel Marek is a globetrotter - born in India, professionally acting in the Czech Republic as writer and director of features, shorts and short documentaries and serving as a professor of Department of Directing at FAMU Prague.

Pavel Marek
Pavel Marek is a graduate of the Faculty of Computer Engineering, Technical University and the Directing Department at FAMU. He received a scholarship at the NFTS in the UK. During the communist era ...
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Producer Tutor

The Producer Tutor makes sure the projects prepare solid package materials and production plans and would budget their films in a most effective and realistic way.

Marija Razgute
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Pitching Tutor

The tutor prepares the projects and participants to present themselves not only for the final pitching of the program, but for the general presentation of the project at any imaginable time and place.

Guest Tutors

Established professionals arriving usually for one of the workshops to share their professional expertise. 

Alessandro Gropplero
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Balint Kenyeres
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Ben Vandendaele
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Structure

Comprehensive project development program for short film projects

Five creative teams work in a small group under the guidance of an internationally renowned and experienced script consultant tutor. Within the course of the workshop, they gain deeper understanding of the creative aspects involved in the work, as well as insights into financing, sales, festival and distribution strategies.

  • Online Kickoff
    September 29–October 1, 2021 | online

    Participants get acquainted online with the tutors, fellow participants and the implemented methodology. They already start working on their scripts and set up the dynamics within the group.

  • Workshop 1: Script development & Project packaging
    October 18–22, 2021 | online

    Workshop 1 is mainly focused on creative development and structural dramaturgy. During the first workshop, the participants also start working on their package materials and production strategies together with the producer tutor. They will also meet with guest tutors from the short film industry through specialized lectures and inspiring masterclasses.

    Lectures
    A Short Journey Through Co-Production Markets
    Alessandro Gropplero
    October 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. | online

    All around the year and all over the world there are hundreds of opportunities to pitch your film and find new financial and creative partners. No matter if you are developing a short or a feature, nor if it is a physical or a virtual presentation, it is always essential to plan your strategy and combine carefully all the ingredients you can use to best introduce your project.

    Packaging a Short Film: Materials!
    Marija Razgute
    October 19, 2021, 12:00 p.m. | online

    Before a short film is ready for the screen the usual way of communicating it to the talents, partners or funds is providing them with your package of materials – treatment or script, logline or synopsis, intentions, budget, financing plan, distribution strategy and etc. The new loglines and synopsis of each group will be discussed throughout the lecture.

    Creative Talk
    Ben Vandendaele
    October 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m. | online

    Creative talk with a versatile producer, sales agent and distributor, Ben Vandendaele, about the short film industry and both traditional and alternative ways of distribution.

    Masterclass: THE HISTORY OF AVIATION
    Balint Kenyeres
    October 20, 2021, 4 p.m. | online

    Normandy, 1905. The picnic is over; the upper middle class party prepare to go home. They are waiting for just one last photograph, but someone is still missing from the group…

  • All participants
    Online consultations
  • Workshop 2: Industry insights & Project showcase
    January 2022 | Trieste, Italy

    Workshop 2 serves as a platform to further advance the scripts, while it also incorporates distribution strategies into the development process and addresses the important matters connected to presentation skills and promotion. The whole program concludes with the project showcase within the When East Meets West Co-Production Forum, followed by one-to-one meetings with the decision-makers.

  • All participants
    Follow-up online consultations
    Spring 2022 | online

Successful Shorts

Selection of our successful alumni

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