Take your short-film idea and make it a reality.
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.LecturesPitch or PerishSaturday, January 20, 14:00 CET | Miramare, Savoia Excelsior Palace
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 their 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.Mastering the Art of Festival NetworkingMonday, January 22, 18:00 CET | Imperatore, Savoia Excelsior Palace
We all acknowledge the value of creating relationships for a sustainable career in the industry, but networking, especially at international festivals, can be quite challenging for even the most talented and experienced professionals. How do you position yourself confidently, connect with ease and keep the conversation going? From introducing yourself to a stranger at the coffee bar, to cocktail pitching and presenting your project at 1:1 meetings, what do you really need to know - and do - to set yourself up for success?
In this dynamic interactive session we’ll look at what comes into play during different types of encounters and give tips and insights to help you start to build relationships that carry on beyond the festival. And you’ll get to try some things out for yourself right away ;-)Festival Strategy for Shorts in the Long RunTuesday, January 23, 14:30 CET | Miramare, Savoia Excelsior Palace
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.Post-post: the afterlife of your shortTuesday, January 23, 16:30 CET | Miramare, Savoia Excelsior Palace
The practicalities and the personal realities of finally finishing your film. From industry programmes to social media, through all production phases, how can filmmakers best prepare for festival/sales/distribution/future-filmmaking success? And what do we do if it all goes wrong?
Follow-up Online ConsultationsSpring 2024 | Online
HAVC & MIDPOINT Development Award
A cash prize of 3000 EUR for the best project of MIDPOINT Shorts 2023-2024 program. The award aims to support emerging filmmakers with the financial support to further develop their creative vision and bring their short film project to life. The winner will be awarded during When East Meets West in January 2024.
Awarded project: unavailable
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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.
The Pitching Tutor helps participants prepare the presentation of their projects, not only for the program's final pitching session but for any eventuality.
A motivational experience that elevates your project
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.