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MIDPOINT Shorts 2023-2024

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Take your short-film idea and make it a reality.

Benefits

Get closer to realisation of your creative idea

The only complex program dedicated to script and project development of the short films in Europe connected vitally to the film industry. The combination of in-depth script analysis and professional project development directs projects on their path in the cinema. Thanks to a multi-stage project selection process, the program allows to support more emerging talents. 

For teams of writers, directors and producers 

  • it will bring your project to the next level and prepare for entering the industry world (from one-pager to treatment, from treatment to script, from the first draft to final one, from scratch to pitch)
  • chance to get a deeper understanding of the creative aspects involved in the work, as well as insights into financing, sales, festival, and distribution strategies
  • showcase at When East Meets West
  • networking & meeting new industry partners
  • front gate to The Focus WiP section of Cannes Court Métrage

Program Structure

Comprehensive project-development program for short-film projects

  • Online Feedback Session
    August 16 - 18, 2023 | Online

    From all applications, the reading committee will select approximately 20 projects, whose creative teams will receive a detailed online assessment from two experienced professionals (script consultant and producer) during the online feedback session.

  • Online Ideas Incubator
    August 30 - September 1, 2023 | Online

    Based on assessments from the online feedback session, approximately 10 projects will be selected into the Ideas Incubator, a 3-day consultation online workshop focused on further script and project development of your project.
    After this incubator, the final 4-5 projects will be selected for the MIDPOINT Shorts program (two residential workshops).

  • Workshop 1: Script Development & Project Packaging
    October 16 – 22, 2023 | Brno, Czech Republic / in collaboration with International Short Film Festival BRNO16

    This workshop focuses primarily on creative development and dramaturgy. Participants also begin to work on promotional materials and production strategies with the Producer Tutor. They also meet Guest Tutors from the short-film industry through special lectures and inspiring masterclasses. The workshop is organized within the framework of ISFF BRNO16, offering short film screenings and networking opportunities.

    Lectures
    The Do’s and Dont’s of Co-Production
    Dora Nedeczky
    Wednesday, October 18, 14:15 | Brno, Czech Republic

    After long years of backbreaking work, you’re finally ready to spread out and look for partners for your film in development. Now what? Tallinn-based Hungarian producer Dora Nedeczky’s lecture on co-production from the filmmakers’ perspective will equip you with the essential toolkit you need for navigating the film industry and to choose the most fitting path for your film project. She’ll lend you her knowledge via practical info: from positioning your film on the market to setting realistic expectations. Expect a deep dive into maintaining healthy producer-director relationships but also examining out-of-the-box, hands-on ideas and advice on how to streamline the process and benefit from it.

    I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face: Screening & Masterclass with Sameh Alaa
    Sameh Alaa
    Wednesday, October 18, 16:15 | Brno, Czech Republic / in collaboration with International Short Film Festival BRNO16

    After being separated for 82 days, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes.

    Screening of a short film I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face awarded by Palme d´Or at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival (and many other awards). The screening will be followed by a masterclass with its director Sameh Alaa, moderated by Pavel Marek.

    From Shorts To Feature
    Pavel Marek
    Thursday, October 19, 10:00 | Brno, Czech Republic / in collaboration with International Short Film Festival BRNO16

    Many prominent filmmakers began their careers making short films. The works of these creators often reveal a spontaneous arsenal of formal devices, foreshadowing style and thematic focus. The transition to feature-length films then demonstrates the process of combining a unique vision of the world with conceptual dramatic thinking. In this lecture by Pavel Marek, we will watch several short films and reflect on the filmmakers‘ “signature style”. The affectivity of style and its synergy with dramatic structure can also be an inspiring topic for a discussion about the differences in strategies in the creation of short and feature films.

    All You Need To Know About Co-production Markets
    Alessandro Gropplero
    Friday, October 20, 10:00 | Brno, Czech Republic / in collaboration with International Short Film Festival BRNO16

    All around the year and all over the world, there are hundreds of opportunities to present your project and find new financial and creative partners. It doesn't matter if you are developing a short or a feature, a documentary or a live-action, it is essential to plan your strategy and carefully combine all the possible ingredients to introduce your ideas at their best in the international marketplace.

    Financing Case Study: ASTERIÓN
    Veronika Kuhrova
    Friday, October 20, 12:30 | Brno, Czech Republic

    International coproduction is not privileged for feature films only. Shorts are as challenging. What does it take to produce and distribute a film, that returns to the beginning of the cinema? Andalusian Dog’s brother Asterión was an underdog that turned to a diamond of the Czech cinema. 

  • Online Consultations
    December 2023 | Online
  • Workshop 2: Industry Insights & Project Showcase
    January 18-24, 2024 | Trieste, Italy / in collaboration with When East Meets West and Trieste Film Festival

    This workshop serves as a platform to develop scripts further, while also incorporating distribution strategies and addressing presentation skills and promotional materials. The entire program concludes with a project showcase within the When East Meets West Co-Production Forum, plus one-on-one meetings with important decision-makers within the industry.

     

  • Follow-up Online Consultations
    Spring 2024 | Online

Projects

Gone

Jindra (40) is supposed to spend New Year’s Eve with his daughter - Bara (15). The atmosphere between them is tense. Bara blames the father for the divorce of her parents. Right after arriving at ...
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Little House

Tatjana (40) lives with her parents in the village. She spends much of her time on Pinterest, dreaming of having her own house that she can't afford. She starts her day working as a manicurist in a ...
MIDPOINT participants: Nika JurmanKatja LenarcicNika Jurman
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Second Law of Thermodynamics

Egon and Marko are two architechts hiding their relationship from everyone in their office, due to Markos position as son of the owner who’s expected to inherit the firm from his father. When Markos ...
MIDPOINT participants: Jozo SchmuchAna VidovicJozo Schmuch
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Unavailable

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, 18-year-old Serhii lives in the evacuation zone at the West of Ukraine while his mother decided to stay in their occupied hometown to take care of Serhii's ...
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Tokos

On Christmas Eve, Tomi, a trans man and Larissa, a trans woman, while preparing for dinner at Tomi’s mom start a conversation about having a baby. Thinking he might be pregnant, Larissa hopes he'll ...
MIDPOINT participants: Andreia NunesAry ZaraAry Zara
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Participants

Tutors

Inspirational professional with a passion for sharing experience

Build on the solid foundations of traditional script analysis, MIDPOINT Shorts brings experts from the short-film industry to the service of your stories.

Head of Studies & Group Leader

Pavel Marek is a globetrotter – born in India, early childhood in the USA, now a writer and director of Czech features, shorts and docs, and professor of directing at FAMU Prague.

As Head of Studies, Pavel oversees the methodology of the program, ensures participants' needs are met, and guarantees the practical value and industry impact of the training you receive.

As Group Leader, Pavel also oversees the development of all projects from the beginning of the program through graduation.

Pavel Marek
Czech Republic  
Pavel Marek is a graduate of the Faculty of Computer Engineering, Technical University and the Directing Department at FAMU. He received a scholarship at the NFTS in the UK. During the communist era ...
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Producer Tutor

The Producer Tutor makes sure each project develops effective promotional materials and realistic budgets and schedules.

Dora Nedeczky
Estonia  
Dora is a Hungarian producer and strategist, with a background in aesthetics and film theory/history. She's lived in ...
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Guest Tutors

Sameh Alaa
Egypt  
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Alessandro Gropplero
Italy  
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Veronika Kuhrova
Czech Republic  
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References

A motivational experience that elevates your project

Fee & how to apply

Online Feedback Session

20 EUR
per project

Online Ideas Incubator

150 EUR
per project

Workshop 1 + 2

800 EUR
per participant
The fee includes accommodation, board, and tuition during the residential workshops. Travel costs are NOT included.

Applications closed

JULY 13, 2023

Who can apply

  • teams of writers, directors and producers (2–3 members in one team)
  • open to projects of professional or graduation short films
  • eligible countries:
    open to projects from the whole world with a focus on CEE region

Application requirements

To apply for the workshop, please create an account on the MIDPOINT Visitor Page and follow the instructions within the submission form.

Application process:
The multi-stage application process runs online. Applicants are asked to fill out the application form and submit all attachments in PDF format (if not stated otherwise).

The application materials consist of:

  • basic information about the applicants and the project
  • synopsis (0,5–1 page)
  • author´s statement (0,5–1 page)
  • producer´s statement (0,5–1 page)
  • previous work of director - link(s) to previous reference film(s) of the director (including English subtitles, ideally unlisted YouTube or Vimeo link)
  • short professional biographies of all team members in full sentences (max. 1000 characters incl. spaces per each biography)
  • photos of all team members
  • optional materials: treatment (2-3 pages), moodboard

Please note that the most important is the creative potential of your project - NOT the development phase or amount of optional materials you submit (if any).

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