Take your short-film idea and make it a reality.
Five promising short-film projects
Creative teams work in a group under the guidance of internationally renowned tutors.
The next generation of talented film professionals
Inspirational professionals with passion for sharing experience
Build on the solid foundations of traditional script analysis, MIDPOINT Shorts brings experts from the short-film industry to the service of your stories.
Head of Studies & Group Leader
Pavel Marek is a globetrotter – born in India, early childhood in the USA, now a writer and director of Czech features, shorts and docs, and professor of directing at FAMU Prague.
As Head of Studies, Pavel oversees the methodology of the program, ensures participants' needs are met, and guarantees the practical value and industry impact of the training you receive.
As Group Leader, Pavel also oversees the development of all projects from the beginning of the program through graduation.
The Producer Tutor makes sure each project develops effective promotional materials and realistic budgets and schedules.
The Pitching Tutor helps participants prepare the presentation of their projects, not only for the program's final pitching session but for any eventuality.
Guest Tutors include established professionals who usually attend one of the two workshops to share their expertise.
Comprehensive project-development program for short-film projects
Five creative teams work together in a small group under the guidance of an internationally renowned and experienced script consultant. During the workshop, they gain a deeper understanding of their creative tasks and insight into financing, sales, festival and distribution strategies.
Online Kick-offSeptember 29–October 1, 2021 | online
Participants become acquainted with tutors, with one another, and with the methodology they'll use during the workshop. They begin work on their scripts and set up the group's dynamics.
Workshop 1: Script Development & Project PackagingOctober 18–22, 2021 | online
This workshop focuses primarily on creative development and dramaturgy. Participants also begin working on promotional materials and production strategies with the Producer Tutor. They also meet Guest Tutors from the short-film industry through special lectures and inspiring masterclasses.LecturesA Short Journey Through Co-Production MarketsOctober 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!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 TalkOctober 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 AVIATIONOctober 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 participantsOnline Consultations
Workshop 2: Industry Insights & Project ShowcaseJanuary 20-26, 2022 | Trieste, Italy
This workshop serves as a platform to develop scripts further, while also incorporating distribution strategies and addressing presentation skills and promotional materials. The entire program concludes with a project showcase within the When East Meets West Co-Production Forum, plus one-on-one meetings with important decision-makers within the industry.LecturesPitch or PerishJanuary 7, 2022, 10:00 a.m. | Online
Public and on-line presentations of new projects and professional talent have become widespread and filmmakers and producers must master the skills of verbally presenting themselves and thier new proposals in brief. The plenary examines what the pitch means for the various players attending a public forum, a one-to-one meeting or an on-line pitch, what it implies at different levels and how to structure and handle it.Masterclass: I Am Afraid to Forget Your FaceJanuary 24, 2022, 10:30 - 12:00 a. m. | Savoia Excelsior Palace / Trieste, Italy
Masterclass by Egyptian filmmaker Sameh Alaa, mostly about his short film I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face awarded by Palme d´Or at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival (and many other awards).Festival Strategy for Shorts in the Long RunJanuary 25, 2022, 9:30 - 11:00 a. m. | Savoia Excelsior Palace / Trieste, Italy
With plenty of film festivals out there and new ones popping up every day, it is easy to get lost trying to find the ones that suit your film (and you) best. When and where to start whilst working on your film, what festivals to screen at in the beginning and what choices should you make after having your premiere? How can you get the most out of your festival run? What are the possibilities for spreading and screening your film online? In this we will explain the best way to get your short film out into the world.
All participantsFollow-up Online ConsultationsSpring 2022 | online
Selection of our successful alumni
Parents struggle to earn money, so sisters basically take care of each other alone.
-Why do we walk on the grass?
-So that we step into dogshit and are lucky.
Thanks to the bond they have, they might have already won over life´s shit.
2003, four years before Slovakia entered the Schengen Area. Martin and Denisija, a young couple from Ukraine, are trying to get illegaly to Germany through Slovakia, like many people before them. The border between Slovakia and Ukraine will be in a couple of years one of the most secured borders in Europe, but in 2003 it is still open for smugglers and for people hoping to find a new life in Western Europe. Martin and Denisija both dream about getting to Germany, a place they’ve never been to, both ready to sacrifice everything they have to reach this destination.