MIDPOINT/Norway Script Development Program successfully concluded

May 05, 2016

MIDPOINT module focused on script development and co-operation of film schools culminated in Prague.

Originally, FAMU Prague together with other European film schools created MIDPOINT programme for European students of filmmaking with the aim to support the creative collaboration between screenwriters, directors and producers during the film development process.
In 2016, Norwegian Film School joined this MIDPOINT net of Europe film schools thanks to the support of Norway Grants.

Current script development progamme was designated for the students of both national film school with the aim to strenghten the international co-operation of young talents and the script development of screenplays. 
The three-month training programme with two residential workshops was open for the short film projects as well as feature film projects and projects of TV series.

The first workshop of the programme was held in Lillehammer (February 29 – March 4, 2016), the second one – after intensive re-writing and online consultations – was held in Prague, May 2 - 6, 2016.
Altogether, 10 projects were selected to participate in this program. Workshops included group and team work on projects, with each team lead by a professional script doctor, as well as in-​depth one to one meetings with core tutors, guest tutors, and also inspiring master classes.

Core tutors of the workshop come from both film schools, one group of students is led by Pavel Jech, dean of FAMU and Head of Studies of MIDPOINT.
The second group is led by Sveinbjörn Baldvinsson, Associate Professor and Head of Screenwriting department of the Norwegian Film School. 
The workshop also welcomed guest tutors: in Lillehammer we met screenwriter Nikolaj Scherfig and producer Silje Hopland Eike.

The Prague workshop was enriched also by two guest tutors, who held master classes met participants within one on one consultations. Firstly, Sasa Gedeon, Czech writer and director introduced his second feature film Idiot Returns (1999), answered questions of students and consequently met them for consultations.
Very interesting plenary covering the system od Czech Film and TV Financing Support was  given my Marta Lamperova, Head of Producing Department of FAMU. She also met all participants within one on one consultations.

The workshop was spiced by very appealing visit to Barrandov Studio, where the participants were guided by Lubomír Konečný,  Head of Co-production and Development of Barrandov Studio.

The program was supported by Norway Grants 
About Norway Grants
Through the Norway Grants and EEA Grants, Norway contributes to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. Norway cooperates closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). 
For the period 2009 – 14, Norway’s contribution is €1.7 billion. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with Norwegian entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016. Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage. 
http://​www​.eea​grants​.cz/ http://​eea​grants​.org/ 

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