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MIDPOINT Shorts 2022-2023

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Take your short-film idea and make it a reality.

Benefits

Get closer to realisation of your creative idea

The only complex program dedicated to script and project development of the short films in Europe connected vitally to the film industry. The combination of in-depth script analysis and professional project development directs projects on their path in the cinema. Thanks to a multi-stage project selection process, the program allows to support more emerging talents. 

For teams of writers, directors and producers 

  • it will bring your project to the next level and prepare for entering the industry world (from one-pager to treatment, from treatment to script, from the first draft to final one, from scratch to pitch)
  • chance to get a deeper understanding of the creative aspects involved in the work, as well as insights into financing, sales, festival, and distribution strategies
  • showcase at When East Meets West
  • networking & meeting new industry partners
  • front gate to The Focus WiP section of Cannes Court Métrage

Program Structure

Comprehensive project-development program for short-film projects

  • Online Feedback Session
    September 5-7, 2022 | Online

    From all applications, the reading committee will select approximately 20 projects, whose creative teams will receive a detailed online assessment from two experienced professionals (script consultant and producer) during the online feedback session.

  • Online Ideas Incubator
    September 12-15, 2022 | Online

    Based on assessments from the online feedback session, approximately 10 projects will be selected into the Ideas Incubator, a 4-day consultation online workshop focused on further script and project development of your project.
    After this incubator, the final 4-5 projects will be selected for the MIDPOINT Shorts program (two residential workshops).

  • Workshop 1: Script Development & Project Packaging
    November 13–18, 2022 | Prague, Czech Republic

    This workshop focuses primarily on creative development and dramaturgy. Participants also begin to work 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.

    Lectures
    Masterclass: Love, Dad
    Diana Cam Van Nguyen
    November 14, 17:30 p.m | Mama Shelter Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

    Masterclass by Czech-Vietnamese filmmaker Diana Cam Van Nguyen, mostly about her short film Love, Dad (2021) which is nominated for Best Short Film in European Film Awards 2022, won BFI Short Film Award, Clermont-Ferrand Connexion Award and several other awards. 

    The Do’s and Dont’s of Co-Production
    Dora Nedeczky
    November 15, 9:30 a.m | Mama Shelter Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

    After long years of backbreaking work, you’re finally ready to spread out and look for partners for your film in development. Now what? Tallinn-based Hungarian producer Dora Nedeczky’s lecture on co-production from the filmmakers’ perspective will equip you with the essential toolkit you need for navigating the film industry and to choose the most fitting path for your film project. She’ll lend you her knowledge via practical info: from positioning your film on the market to building up your package. Expect a deep dive into maintaining healthy producer-director relationships but also examining out-of-the-box, hands-on ideas and advice on how to streamline the process and benefit from it.

    All You Need to Know About Co-Production Markets
    Alessandro Gropplero
    November 16, 9:30 | Mama Shelter Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

    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 carefully combine all the ingredients you can use to best introduce your project.

    The lecture will be presented in a hybrid format. 

    Masterclass: The Chicken
    Una Gunjak
    November 17, 9:30 a.m | Mama Shelter Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

    Una Gunjak will present a masterclass about her short film The Chicken which premiered at Cannes Film Critics Week and won the European Film Academy Award for Best Short Film in 2014. The film was shown at 270 festivals in total, including Sundance Film Festival, New Films and New Directors, and won 70 awards altogether. 

  • Online Consultations
    December 2022 | Online
  • Workshop 2: Industry Insights & Project Showcase
    20 - 26 January 2023 | Trieste, Italy / in collaboration with When East Meets West and Trieste Film Festival

    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.

  • Follow-up Online Consultations
    Spring 2023

Projects

Honey of War

Honey of War is a story that takes place in a War torn country. We follow Sasha, an old nomadic beekeeper, on his journey to make the finest honey, and where he will cross paths with Ari, a lost ...
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Certificate of Life

Vera, a cheerful 75 years old lady living in a small town is wrongly written as dead by the city administration. The fight with the system becomes absurd, at times funny, but for her an exhausting ...
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We're Having a Boy

A young liberal couple is out shopping for groceries when the girlfriend's wallet goes missing. The likeliest culprit seems to be a Romani boy. But approaching him is easier said than done. Trying ...
MIDPOINT participants: Rok BičekAtila UrbančičLun Sevnik
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Welcome Home

VERA who has been living in Slovenia for seven years is informed of her father's death, so she and her son JAN go to their hometown in Zagorje, Croatia. Her mother MARIJA sees her grandson Jan for ...
MIDPOINT participants: Filip JembrihEva Kučera Šmon
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The Big Night

Sara, a teenage girl from an average Macedonian family, is host of an exchange student Jill. The school year is over and the two girls are preparing for their last party together, before Jill leaves ...
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Participants

Tutors

Inspirational professional with a 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.

Pavel Marek
Czech Republic  
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 each project develops effective promotional materials and realistic budgets and schedules.

Dora Nedeczky
Estonia  
Dora is a Hungarian producer and strategist, with a background in aesthetics and film theory / history. She's living ...
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Guest Tutors

Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Czech, Vietnam  
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Alessandro Gropplero
Italy  
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Una Gunjak
Bosnia and Herzegovina  
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References

A motivational experience that elevates your project

Fee

Online Feedback Session

20 EUR
per project

Online Ideas Incubator

200 EUR
per project

Workshop 1 + 2: 700 EUR

700 EUR
per participant
The fee includes accommodation, board, and tuition during the residential workshops. Travel costs are NOT included.

Application deadline

July 29, 2022

Who can apply

  • teams of writers, directors and producers (2–3 members in one team)
  • open to projects of professional or graduation short films
  • eligible countries:
    open to projects from the whole world with a focus on CEE region

Application requirements

To apply for the workshop, please create an account on the MIDPOINT Visitor Page and follow the instructions within the submission form.

Application process:
The multi-stage application process runs online. Applicants are asked to fill out the application form and submit all attachments in PDF format (if not stated otherwise).

The application materials consist of:

  • basic information about the applicants and the project
  • synopsis (0,5–1 page)
  • author´s statement (0,5–1 page)
  • producer´s statement (0,5–1 page)
  • previous work of director - link(s) to previous reference film(s) of the director (including English subtitles)
  • short professional biographies of all team members in full sentences (max. 1000 characters incl. spaces per each biography)
  • photos of all team members
  • optional materials: script / treatment / step outline, moodboard

FAQs

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Successful Shorts

Selection of our successful alumni

Contact

Did we forget something? Don't hesitate to ask

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

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