A unique professional script and project development platform for emerging talents aimed at scouting the most gifted filmmakers & producers of the future coming primarily from Central and Eastern Europe and the wider Mediterranean area.
Every year it selects teams of writers, producers and first- or second-time directors of 9 feature film projects and it also selects 3 script consultant trainees who join the creative process.
The best project of the program receives the KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development Award of 10,000 EUR. See the Awards section for more information about other networking awards the program offers.
MIDPOINT Feature Launch is realized with the support of Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
The program schedule and the form of the organization inevitably depend on the development of the coronavirus pandemic situation.
Preparatory Seminar for Script Consultant Trainees: February 18-20, 2021
Kickoff: February 24–26, 2021
Workshop 1: April 17–22, 2021
Workshop 2: June 28–July 3, 2021
Spotlight Follow-up Platform: January 2022
Preparatory Seminar for Script Consultant Trainees: online
Workshop 1: online
Workshop 2: in collaboration with Karlovy Vary IFF / online
Spotlight Follow-up Platform: in collaboration with When East Meets West / Trieste, Italy
* teams of writers and/or directors and producers (max. 3 participants per team) with projects of first and second feature films
(the rule regarding first or second feature film applies only to the director)
* aspiring script consultants
Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Tunisia
If you are not sure about your eligibility, please don't hesitate to contact us.
“The leading year-long development program for Central and Eastern Europe’s new film talents.”
General Project Methodology
The 9 selected projects go through an intensive 4-module program, spanning over a year that consists of one kickoff and two workshops, a project showcase and a follow-up session.
The program starts with an online Kickoff whose aim is to get acquainted with the tutors, fellow participants, the implemented methodology, to start the work on the scripts and set up the dynamics in the groups.
During the two workshops, the participants focus on script and project development while also being able to gain deeper knowledge about other aspects of the industry.
The 9 creative teams work in small groups under the guidance of internationally renowned and experienced script consultant tutors. Most of the projects that are selected are in the early stage of development either with a treatment or an early draft of the script, therefore Workshop 1 focuses mainly on creative development and structural dramaturgy. Workshop 2 serves as a platform to further advance the scripts, while it also incorporates marketing strategies into the development process.
Both workshops consist of group work, plenary sessions, inspiring master-classes and case studies which offer a deeper understanding of the creative aspects involved in the work, as well as insights into financing, sales, festival and distribution strategies. There are also one-to-one meetings with guest tutors and international experts from different areas of the audiovisual industry to help the participants to further develop their projects.
Workshop 2 also includes an intensive training which addresses the crucial matters connected to presentation skills and promotion. This workshop is immediately followed by the Works in development - Feature Launch project showcase at the Karlovy Vary IFF, where all 9 selected projects are presented to an audience of industry decision makers, including funders, sales agents, producers and festival programmers.
Tailor-made online consultations follow each workshop according to the needs of each project.
To close the cycle of the one-year program, When East Meets West co-production forum invites all 2021 selected producers to Trieste to offer them the chance to have a follow up with their potential artistic and financing partners during the Feature Launch Spotlight platform.
“Having well-trained script consultants is helpful to remind the writers of certain elements of craft that they may forget in the process of writing.”
Artistic Director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab
General Script Consultancy Training Methodology
The development process that the Feature Launch projects go through is used as a platform to train the attending script consultant trainees, who are being trained for their future careers as professional script consultants.
A special preparatory workshop exclusively for the script consultant trainees is organized prior to the start of the program. Its aim is to get acquainted with their mentor, the projects and gain the fundamentals of script consultancy.
The script consultant trainees are trained by both their trainee mentor who supervises their entire learning process, and Feature Launch tutors, who help them understand the different approaches and strategies they use while developing feature film projects.
The trainees attend the online kickoff as well as both workshops and the project showcase along with the Feature Launch participants. Each trainee is assigned to a group of projects and works closely with the script consultant tutor and the participants on the development of their scripts. In addition, the trainees regularly meet their trainee mentor and review their learning progress.
Through this process, the trainees are acquainted with the script and development aspects of developing a film project, enhance their communication skills in the creative process and most importantly, learn how to give constructive feedback to the creative teams to help them move forward in their development. They witness the different stages of development of the projects up through the final presentation at Karlovy Vary IFF. Simultaneously, the trainees also receive training in presentation skills and introduce themselves during the pitching forum at KVIFF.
To apply for the workshop, please create an account on the MIDPOINT Visitor Page and follow the instructions within the submission form.
The instructions will contain detailed regulations and further information on the requested materials.
For Script Consultant Trainees
/ basic information about the applicant
/ applicant's statement of purpose
/ scene analysis
/ short professional biography
/ basic information about the applicants and the project
/ short synopsis
/ long synopsis
/ treatment or script
/ writer's note
/ producer's package:
- preliminary financing plan of the project
- development & production timetable of the project
- brief distribution strategy of the project
- profile of the production company
- producer's letter elaborating the strategy
/ director's note (if attending)
/ short professional biographies of all team members
/ photos of all team members
/ previous work of the writer
/ previous work of the director (if attending)
KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development Award
A joint financial award of MIDPOINT and the Karlovy Vary IFF of 10,000 EUR for the best project of the Feature Launch 2020 program underlines the aim of the program itself – help emerging talents from Central and Eastern Europe to develop their film projects.
connecting cottbus Award
A selected project from MIDPOINT Feature Launch will be granted the opportunity to present itself during the pitching event within connecting cottbus co-production market. Participation will include individual consultations from international film professionals and one-to-one meetings with potential partners.
Rotterdam Lab Award
One producer will be handpicked to go on to participate in the professional training program for producers, Rotterdam Lab, which takes place during IFFR/International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Linda Beath interview with Ada Solomon organized in partnership with EAVE.
For filmmakers, marketing is probably the last thing that they want to consider. Not anymore. Nowadays, filmmakers are responsible for the marketing, sales and distribution of their project.
The lecture will focus on the 3 valuable C’s, which in marketing terminology stand for Consumer, Convenience and Communication. There will be presented the “secret weapons” of marketing – positioning, benchmarks, strengths & challenges, definition of target audience; distribution models, film marketing in the digital age, plus useful tips for creating the best possible promotional materials in order to stand out from the clutter, will be also part of the presentation.
One of the lecture’s objectives is to help the producers think both like a film business investor (B2B) and a fan (B2C).
The goal of the plenary is to point out to the producers that marketing is truly their friend.
This plenary will address issues of working with sales agent. New Europe Film Sales is Warsaw-based directors' driven boutique sales and production company where Marcin Łuczaj acquisitions. Where and when to find a sales agent? What's the role of a sales agent in various stages of your project? How to find a right sales agent for your film? How to prepare for your premiere? DOs and DONTs in working with sales agents, festival strategies, marketing and pitches at parties.
To pitch your project means to know everything about your project, to be aware of its strengths as well as of its weaknesses. The lecture will introduce in the essential elements of a pitch and underline the possibilities to include your specific vision in the presentation. A focus will be put on the elements that help writers, directors and producers to analyze the status quo of the project and to find a language to promote your current story to decision makers.
What written materials do we need on the long route of producing a film, who should be preparing them, and in which phase of the film’s creation do we use them? Addressing all the do's and don’ts in a film package, Katarina’s lecture will prepare the creative teams for the presentation and positioning of their project in an international context.
Calm, taciturn teenager Venera lives in a small village in Kosovo. At home, three generations are constantly under one another’s feet in their cramped house, so she has hardly any privacy. Outside too, on the streets and in the café, it’s not much better: the village is small and there’s always a brother, nephew or neighbour keeping a beady eye on her. A girl is expected above all else to protect her good reputation – and that of her family.
All of which makes it difficult for Venera to go her own way. Her spirits are lifted when she makes friends with rebellious Dorina, who already has a boyfriend. The two girls go out having fun together, as far as Venera’s father allows. One thing they know for sure: they don’t want to end up like their mothers. “I’ve never even seen my parents kiss”, Venera says.
Haunted by her long suppressed past and pressured by family to seek treatment from mystical healers for her infertility, a Kosovar woman struggles to reconcile the expectations of motherhood with a legacy of wartime brutality.
An Albanian woman, Lume, lives with her husband, Ilir, and mother-in-law, Remzije,in their small Kosovar village. Haunted by night terrors, childless and unable to get pregnant, Lume is relentlessly pressured by Remzije to fulfill her wifely duties – if Lume cannot produce a child, her mother-in-law threatens, it will be Remzije’s responsibility to bring in a younger and more eager prospective wife for her son to consider.
Bowing under the pressure of being replaced, Lume concedes to abandon modern medicine and seek the help of witch doctors and mystic healers to treat her infertility. Lume’s appointments, first to a local witch doctor and then to a famed (and costly) televangelist-healer, do seem to yield results as Lume finds herself pregnant at last. But while the family celebrates, Lume’s long-suppressed traumas from the war slowly rise to torment her again, convincing Remzije and Ilir that Lume is possessed by evil spirits, and extreme caution must be taken to protect the unborn child.
The plenary lecture of Danijel Hocevar will explore the main characteristics and different possible financing sources for film and audiovisual production, available in Europe today, from public support to market sources and from fiscal / tax incentives to private equity.
Written by Joan Tewkesbury, directed by Robert Altman.
What is the (right) role of the producer during project development? How to discuss the creative and other aspects of the project with your writer and director? How to convey a common vision of the future film and how to develop the same creative idea and avoid possible different views, approaches and sometime even disagreements?
These are just a few questions each producer is addressing when developing the main idea of the project together with the director (and writer) during the development, usually the most creative process for the whole creative team. Part of the lecture will also be dedicated to the main characteristics of the development financing from European perspective.
The process of preparing for writing a screenplay may involve different ways to conduct research and to set our mind through different exercises and practices to the focus and understanding what our story calls for and what our characters may tell us.
The forced isolation of the ongoing pandemic has changed the way we interact and connect. But connection remains an essential human impulse. Many of us now live like castaways on deserted islands. Our recourse for connection is limited, but we do not cease in our efforts to reach out. Like a castaway we find any means to reach the outside world. A Message in a Bottle.
Screenwriters have always had to negotiate a balance between the needs of solitary creation with the imperative of collaboration and teamwork. The balance is different for every project, but the goal is always the same, making sure that your communication is clearly received.
In this lecture, we share some Messages in a Bottle from your core tutors, key steps and pointers they would like you to know as you navigate the development process towards creating an engaging cinematic story.