Take your short-film idea and make it a reality.
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
Comprehensive project-development program for short-film projects
Online Feedback SessionAugust 16 - 18, 2023 | 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 IncubatorAugust 30 - September 1, 2023 | Online
Based on assessments from the online feedback session, approximately 10 projects will be selected into the Ideas Incubator, a 3-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 PackagingOctober 16 – 22, 2023 | Brno, Czech Republic / in collaboration with International Short Film Festival BRNO16
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. The workshop is organized within the framework of ISFF BRNO16, offering short film screenings and networking opportunities.LecturesThe Do’s and Dont’s of Co-ProductionWednesday, October 18, 14:15 | Brno, 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 setting realistic expectations. 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.I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face: Screening & Masterclass with Sameh AlaaWednesday, October 18, 16:15 | Brno, Czech Republic / in collaboration with International Short Film Festival BRNO16
After being separated for 82 days, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes.
Screening of a short film I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face awarded by Palme d´Or at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival (and many other awards). The screening will be followed by a masterclass with its director Sameh Alaa, moderated by Pavel Marek.From Shorts To FeatureThursday, October 19, 10:00 | Brno, Czech Republic / in collaboration with International Short Film Festival BRNO16
Many prominent filmmakers began their careers making short films. The works of these creators often reveal a spontaneous arsenal of formal devices, foreshadowing style and thematic focus. The transition to feature-length films then demonstrates the process of combining a unique vision of the world with conceptual dramatic thinking. In this lecture by Pavel Marek, we will watch several short films and reflect on the filmmakers‘ “signature style”. The affectivity of style and its synergy with dramatic structure can also be an inspiring topic for a discussion about the differences in strategies in the creation of short and feature films.All You Need To Know About Co-production MarketsFriday, October 20, 10:00 | Brno, Czech Republic / in collaboration with International Short Film Festival BRNO16
All around the year and all over the world, there are hundreds of opportunities to present your project and find new financial and creative partners. It doesn't matter if you are developing a short or a feature, a documentary or a live-action, it is essential to plan your strategy and carefully combine all the possible ingredients to introduce your ideas at their best in the international marketplace.Financing Case Study: ASTERIÓNFriday, October 20, 12:30 | Brno, Czech Republic
International coproduction is not privileged for feature films only. Shorts are as challenging. What does it take to produce and distribute a film, that returns to the beginning of the cinema? Andalusian Dog’s brother Asterión was an underdog that turned to a diamond of the Czech cinema.
Online ConsultationsDecember 2023 | Online
Workshop 2: Industry Insights & Project ShowcaseJanuary 18-24, 2024 | 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 ConsultationsSpring 2024 | Online
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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.
The Producer Tutor makes sure each project develops effective promotional materials and realistic budgets and schedules.
A motivational experience that elevates your project
Fee & how to apply
Online Feedback Session
Online Ideas Incubator
Workshop 1 + 2
JULY 13, 2023
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
To apply for the workshop, please create an account on the MIDPOINT Visitor Page and follow the instructions within the submission form.
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, ideally unlisted YouTube or Vimeo link)
- 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: treatment (2-3 pages), moodboard
Please note that the most important is the creative potential of your project - NOT the development phase or amount of optional materials you submit (if any).
You may ask...
Can I apply with a documentary short film project?
Sadly, this program does not work with documentary projects, its focus are live-action fiction.
Can I apply without a writer OR director OR producer in the team?
You can't. All these creative roles have to be present in your team. One person could represent more than one role (writer/director OR director/producer, etc.), or there could be two people representing one role (2x writer OR 2x producer, etc.). In any case, the team must consist of 2-3 people.
Are there any time requirements regarding the minimum or maximum length of the short film?
The recommended length is approximately 7-25 minutes.
Do we have to have some financing in place while applying for the workshop?
My English no good. Me can 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.
Selection of our successful alumni
Sixteen-year-old Alex is the only girl on a boys’ ice hockey team coached by her father Michal. She is a tough player who feels little affinity for the world of women. But this all begins to change when she falls in love with one of her teammates and yearns to be seen more like a girl.
A twelve-year-old Michal was born with a cleft lip.
He feels inadequate because of his deformed face.
His only friend Ondra convinces him to join a street gang to finally break free from a position of an outsider.
Two friends have one afternoon to show they have what it takes to pass the admission to the gang. Michal desperately wants to prove he is good enough, but the tempting adventure suddenly turns into an initiation ritual into adulthood.
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.