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MIDPOINT Shorts 2024-2025

Shorts
Open Call

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

Benefits

Get closer to realisation of your creative idea

A 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. 

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

Tutors

Inspirational professional with a passion for sharing

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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Group Leader

Gabriele Brunnenmeyer
Germany  
Gabriele Brunnenmeyer is a script mentor, project consultant, and pitching coach. She has been an artistic advisor for ...
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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 lived in ...
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Fee & how to apply

OPEN CALL
May 14 - June 17, 2024

Online Feedback Session

40 EUR
per project

Workshop 1+ 2 

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

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 materials

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:

The application materials consist of:
/ basic information about the applicants and the project
/ short synopsis (approx. 1000 characters)
/ treatment (2-3 pages)
/ author´s statement (0,5–1 page)
/ producer´s statement (0,5–1 page)
/ preliminary financing plan (in Excel format)
/ production company profile (approx. 1000 characters)
/ 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 - uploaded in .jpg, high resolution (preferably front face photos with full-face view, no sunglasses)
/ optional materials: 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).

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