Program dedicated to short fiction films in development. It is open to projects of professional or graduation short films coming mainly, but not exclusively, from Central and Eastern Europe and the wider Mediterranean area.
MIDPOINT Shorts selects teams of writers, directors and producers of short film projects.
The selected projects go through one online and two residential workshops during which the participants focus on script and project development while also being able to gain deeper knowledge about other aspects of the industry.
The whole program concludes with the project showcase within the prestigious When East Meets West Co-production Forum.
The program schedule and the form of the organization inevitably depend on the development of the coronavirus pandemic situation.
Preparatory online workshop: September 2020
Workshop 1: October 2020
Workshop 2: January 2021
Preparatory online workshop
Workshop 1: Prague, Czech Republic
Workshop 2: Trieste, Italy
* teams of writers and/or directors and producers
* projects of professional or graduation short films
August 12, 2020
* 750 EUR per participant (max. 3 participants in creative team, possible to pay in installments)
We advise participants to apply for scholarships for participation fees and/or travel costs in their countries, as many public film funding bodies are usually supporting such training costs.
The fee includes accommodation, board and tuition during both workshops. Travel costs are NOT included.
“The ideal program to explore, discover and nurture the future generation of European filmmakers.”
The creative teams work in a small group under the guidance of an internationally renowned and experienced script consultant tutor.
Most of the selected projects usually are in the early stage of development either with a treatment or an early draft of the script, therefore the Preparatory online workshop and Workshop 1 are mainly focused on creative development and structural dramaturgy. During the first residential workshop, the participants also start working on their strategies together with the producer tutor. Workshop 2 serves as a platform to further advance the scripts, while it also incorporates distribution strategies into the development process and addresses the important matters connected to presentation skills and promotion. The whole program concludes with the project showcase within the prestigious When East Meets West co-production market.
All three 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 further develop their projects.
Tailor-made online consultations follow every workshop according to the need of each project.
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.
/ basic information about the participants 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
/ previous work of writer
/ previous work of director (if attending)
/ photos of all team members