Drama Series Inspirational Lab MIDPOINT Cold Open is designed to train the skills of independent producers interested in shifting from feature films to fiction series content.
Offering practical knowledge connected to the developing, producing and financing of drama series content in Europe, the program will familiarize its participants with the current landscape, industry preferences and will compare the narrative and concept structures of feature films and scripted series as well as supply hands-on skills of financing and distributing of drama content.
The one-off event is set up within the diverse industry program of When East Meets West as one of its Inspirational Labs, and consists of lectures, group sessions and individual consultations. The program runs in English language.
The program targets independent producers, with a background in feature film producing, aspiring to shift to high end series content.
The program is participant-based, only one producer per company is accepted.
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 drama series 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 23 - 26, 2022 (residential), subject to change
* January 27 - 28, 2022 (online), subject to change
* Trieste, Italy / in collaboration with WEMW
* all Europe
* focus countries: the CEE region, Russia & anglo-saxon countries: Ireland, UK, Canada, US
* December 15, 2021
* 200 EUR per participant for the whole training
The fee includes the When East Meets West accreditation, covers the tuition and lunches.
In order to submit your application and the required materials, you need to create your own WEMW Visitor Page account and fill in the online form for the Cold Open training.
/ personal and company profile
/ motivation letter
/ series pitch - optional
Please note that the detailed description on the requested materials is to be found in the submission form.
How many participants does the Cold Open program expect to select?
Approx. 8 - 10.
What to write into my motivation letter?
It will be closely described within the actual application form, but since you're asking: it should explain your professional background, reasons to join Cold Open, your plans on company development in the light of getting into series and possible references of shows you'd be interested in making.
Is the series pitch a required part of the application?
Not at all. If you don't have a particular project in mind, just let us know about your thought or type of projects that might interest you in your motivation letter.
What background should the applicants have?
The training is targeting experienced feature film producers with the ambition to shift into series projects.
What is meant under a “series pitch”?
It's simply an overview of a series idea - should entail the basic description of the main premise of the series, the setting and arena, the main storylines and the narrative style. It's usually a 1 - 5 page long document - a first glance at the project.
Can I get a scholarship within Cold Open?
For this particular program 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.