This project-based program is designed for creators of short-form series (up to 20 mins per episode) coming from the Central and Eastern European region.
The program focuses on participants with a background in the audiovisual industry that want to shift to short-form series development. It will be working with 3–4 projects in 1 group.
The workshop will help the participants define their series concept, outline their pilot script and season, and will train and explain the specifics of short-form series and the difference to long-form series in storytelling. Besides receiving the tutors' attention and guidance, the projects will also have the option of receiving feedback from their fellow participants.
Smash Cut uses lectures, group work and individual consultations as its methodological tools. The participants will also be actively writing during the workshop working days, under the supervision of the tutors. Thus, participants leave the workshop with actual results and progressed materials.
The working language of all MIDPOINT meetings and events is English, which is why a good knowledge of English is essential for participation.
Smash Cut 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.
Note: 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 sidebar training program MIDPOINT Writers' Room.
Independent producers interested in shifting from feature films to series content, feel free to learn more about our yet another series dedicated program MIDPOINT Cold Open.
Long form series are developed under the MIDPOINT TV Launch program.
Preparatory kick-off: beginning of November 2021
Workshop: November 14–20, 2021
Preparatory kick-off: online
Workshop: Tallinn, Estonia / in collaboration with Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event
* writer/s with a project
* teams of writer/s and producer with a project
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine
In case you're not sure about your eligibility, please contact us!
* September 20, 2021
* 500 EUR per participant
The tuition, full board and accommodation is offered within the participation fee. Travel costs should be covered by the participants themselves.
To apply for the workshop, please create an account on the MIDPOINT Visitor Page and follow the instructions within the submission form.
Please note that the detailed description on the requested materials is to be found within the submission form. You can save your form anytime and come back to it later without submitting it.
/ basic info on the project
/ short and long synopsis of the series
/ series pitch
/ description of 1 – 2 main characters
/ statement of purpose
/ moodbook – optional
/ writing sample of the writer/s on the team
/ bios and photos of the attending team
What is a short-form series?
In the olden golden world, you might've known these formats as "web series". The world is changing, though, and to reflect that it is the length of an episode that matters, not the channel it is delivered on (television or streaming), these are now called "short-form series".
I have an idea of a series but it's still early development. Can I apply anyway?
Absolutely! The sooner in the development process you apply, the better. Smash Cut will help you create your show from scratch.
What exactly is a "series pitch" or "statement of purpose"?
You can find a detailed description on all the requested submission materials on the first page of your submission form. You can access the form once you've created a profile at the MIDPOINT Visitor Page (see intructions in the "Application" folder). No worries! You can save the form anytime you like and come back to it later, and you can also save or submit any number of applications you like!
What is the length of a short-form series episode?
A few years back, these were ranging up to 10 minutes. There is a general tendency for the episodes to grow in length, that's why we are accepting anything up to 20 minutes.
Can I apply with an animation or documentary series project?
Sadly, Smash Cut does not work with animation or documentary projects, as these require a different set of skills and address a different market.
I'm a writer. Can I apply myself?
Sure. That said, we generally support and recommend arriving in a team – either of writers, or a writer and producer. It simply makes the brainstorming and creative process easier and more effective, particularly when it comes to series. But you're most welcome to apply as a single writer as well.
I'm developing a 10-minute per episode online show. Am I eligible?
You are our dream applicant! Smash Cut is designed specifically for short-form series. So hurry up with that application.
Does MIDPOINT offer scholarships?
Sadly, not for this particular program. We HIGHLY recommend to submit an application to a national organization (fund, institute, ministry) at the same time you're applying to MIDPOINT Institute. You can always withdraw your application if not selected, but as the processing time of this support can be rather long, it might be quite late to do this once we confirm you're in.
Can I apply with more than one project?
Of course – but we'll only choose one. :)