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MIDPOINT Intensive Queer: projects selection!

We are pleased to announce the selection of 4 projects for our very first MIDPOINT Intensive Queer program, created to encourage diversity of topics and support filmmakers in queer storytelling. The projects will participate in a 4-day workshop in Bratislava, starting on March 15, 2023.

March 10, 2023 programs

The selected participants of MIDPOINT Intensive Queer are teams of writers, directors, and producers who are working on feature film projects with queer focus – and they are as follows:

Corruption / Bulgaria
Drago Bago, writer, producer
Kosta Karakashyan, writer, director, producer  

LAYBY / Poland, UK, Germany
Jason Bradbury, writer, director
Maria Golos, producer
Monika Matuszewska, producer

We Come From Here / Canada, Ukraine, Spain 
Taras Lesiuk, writer, director
Annick Sheedy McLellan, writer, producer

Grammatik / Germany 
Popo Fan, writer, director
Julia Collen, producer

Script consultant, writer and director Lucia Kajankova (Czech Republic) will act as the Group Leader, and the workshop will consist of group feedback, individual consultations and lectures. 

The workshop will open it´s lecture for film industry professionals:

Lucia KajankovaQUEER STORYTELLING / Wednesday / March 15 / 17:00–18:30 / Manifest Bohéma, Hurbanovo nám. 1, Bratislava

What makes a story queer? Is it the mere presence of LGTQ+ identified characters? Or is there more to the queerness of stories we tell, in a culture and society that deemed them taboo until quite recently? There was a rapid shift from caricatures or queer-coded monsters in cinema and television to proudly queer works dominating the festival scene and in some cases even mainstream cinema box office as well as streaming series hits. The presentation will touch on the topics of representation’s importance versus tokenism, the question of queerbaiting versus mainstreaming and also who has the "right“ to tell queer stories (and who "owes“ the audience their coming out). And finally - why do we even need the queer label, to highlight queer stories, in the 21st century still?

We would also like to invite everybody to the lecture by script consultant, director, writer and editor Ivo Trajkov, who will be leading the parallel program MIDPOINT Intensive SK for Slovak film professionals:

Wednesday / March 15 / 15:00–16:30 / Manifest Bohéma, Hurbanovo nám. 1, Bratislava 

How to create and develop dynamic of the characters.
Unique view on the characters three levels of dynamic and functionality of dynamic in the narrative strategies. The art of storytelling formula: “Making the audience want to know what happens next” (E.M. Forester), reached by practical usage of dynamic elements in creating of characters.

If you would like to join us for both lectures in Bratislava,
be sure to RSVP here

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Despite his family's efforts to repress his artistic tendencies, a charismatic young boy grows up to become Miro Kirov, Bulgaria's most popular popstar. In the last years of socialist Bulgaria, he ...
MIDPOINT participants: Drago Bago, Kosta Karakashyan
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Kieran is a thirty-six-year-old British lorry driver and he loves it. He loves the freedom. He loves the solitude. But most of all, he loves the sex. He’s constantly cruising in service stations, ...
MIDPOINT participants: Jason Bradbury, Maria Golos, Monika Matuszewska
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QING (25) moved from China to Germany because of his obsession with German DJ JONAS (35), to enter a university he needs to pass his German exam, but this doesn’t seem to happen as he spends most of ...
MIDPOINT participants: Popo Fan , Julia Collen
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We Come From Here

As the war breaks out in February 2022, Mykola, a Ukrainian-born Canadian, travels back to Ukraine to convince his ailing grandmother, Vera, to leave before it might be too late. When he ...
MIDPOINT participants: Taras Lesiuk, Annick Sheedy McLellan
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