Another of MIDPOINT's TV content dedicated sidebar programs, MIDPOINT Cold Open is designed to train the skills of independent producers interested in shifting from feature films to television content.
Offering practical knowledge connected to the producing and financing of television series in Europe, the program will familiarize its participants with the current landscape, genre and slot preferences within different territories, will compare the narrative and concept structures of feature films and scripted series as well as supply hands-on skills of production planning and financing of drama content.
The one-off event is set up within the diverse industry program of When East Meets West, and consists of lectures, group sessions and individual consultations. The program runs in the English language.
The program targets independent producers, with a background in feature film producing, aspiring to shift to high quality television content. The program’s graduates will acquire knowledge and skills connected to the processes of producing and financing TV series, and will get acquainted with European television industry landscape.
The program is participant-based, with each producer required to select 1 - 3 series ideas to serve as a base for the purpose of training.
Note: Do you have a series project in development and want to work on it under the leadership of world-renowned tutors? Our "idea-to-market" project development program MIDPOINT TV Launch might be just the right thing for you! Within this program, we are also offering a training for aspiring development executives.
In case of an interest to enhance your craft and television writing skills, as well as to get acquintaned with the structure and workflow of a writers' room, explore our side-bar training program MIDPOINT Writers' Room.
January 19 - 22, 2020
in collaboration with WEMW / Trieste, Italy
* Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine
* WEMW 2020 focus countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
* 300 EUR per participant
The tuition, half-board and accommodation is offered within the participation fee. Travel costs should be covered by the participants themselves.
In order to submit your application and the required materials you need to create your own account and fill in the online form following this link.
/ basic information on the attending producer
/ biography and photo of attending producer
/ motivation letter (explaining the applicant's professional background, motivation to join the television industry and reasons for joining Cold Open) - max. 3 pages / uploaded in .pdf
/ 1 - 3 series ideas (basic idea/outline for a series, in terms of story, genre, type or target audience) - 1 page each / uploaded in .pdf
How many participants does the Cold Open program expect to select?
We're anticipating approx. 6 - 8 participants.
Yes, but what exactly?
If you're hesitating how to describe this “idea”, you can share the story, the genre, the type of series (limited, ongoing, anthology...) or what target audience/market you have in mind. We'd however like to emphasize, the “idea” is not what we will be primarily selecting upon, it is just a tool we will use for our training.
Can I get a scholarship within Cold Open?
As the Cold Open training covers the tuition, as well as your accommodation, we won't be allocating scholarships, sadly. However, we strongly recommend you to apply/contact your local funding organizations: national or regional film funds, associations, ministries of culture, which usually support or at least partially support training activities, even if they don't support television development in general.
What background should the applicants have?
The training is targeting feature film producers with the ambition to shift into series projects.
Is it obligatory to submit “series ideas”?
No. If you don't have any particular idea of a show in your mind, the second option is to send us just an idea of what kind of shows you would be interested in producing or what segment of the audience you'd like to address (e.g. family shows, limited drama series, teen series, fantasy/sci-fi, mind-twister...). Be encouraged to use examples of produced shows – international or European. This will help us to tailor the training to your needs.
What is meant under a “series idea”?
This simply means just a one-page description of a series you'd like to produce in the future. You may have a writer attached to the series, but it may also just be a producer-driven series with no writer attached to it yet. You can describe this “idea” in a one-paragraph annotation, or can go for a full one-pager.
Is it obligatory to submit three “series ideas”?
No, submitting just one is perfectly fine. The opportunity to submit three gives us the chance to prepare a better-balanced group and fine-tune your training.
Main goal of this lecture is to put a light on key differences between production and distribution processes of film and tv series. For the most of producers it means completely new role, especially in creative process. We will try to understand new project hierarchy and how to avoid turning life in "love triangle" producer-writer-director into the hell. We will try to identify sources of "soft money" and how to get it on different stages of project - pre-production, production and postproduction. In order to properly approach client and find the best home for our projects we will try to understand main differences between broadcasters and programme needs of networks (terrestrial, linear) and cable (streaming). We will try to understand main differences between theatrical and TV distribution, how to find good distributor, on what stage of the project, what could be the role of distributor in development process and how to find distributor who will be capable to set up successful business and co-production model. What is the meaning of second window in TV series distribution and how important is that for producer.
Savoia Excelsior Palace / Trieste, Italy
When you embark on a feature film project, you need to have one great story. When you want to set up a TV series, what you must have is one great premise. If you and the writers you work with play your cards right, this premise will give birth to several great stories over multiple episodes and, hopefully, seasons. It needs careful planning, organization and management to run with your premise. We will take a look at how to begin this process.
Savoia Excelsior Palace / Trieste, Italy