MIDPOINT Feature Launch is a professional training programme open to creative teams of filmmakers (scriptwriter, director and producer). The five-month program is intended for emerging film professionals who are developing their first and second feature film projects.
MIDPOINT Feature Launch
This program was created to provide support to writers, producers and directors to enable them to constructively participate in the development process. MIDPOINT Feature Launch is a professional training programme open to creative teams of filmmakers (scriptwriter, director and producer).
The five-month program is intended for emerging film professionals who are developing their first and second feature film projects, helping them to integrate into the marketplace by facilitating experience in international collaboration and networking opportunities.
During two one-week long residential workshops the teams will work on creative development of the script as well as on the development, production & promotional aspects of their projects. Between both residential workshops, tailor-made online consultations will follow, according to the need of each project.
Residential workshops consists of group work within small groups of participants, each being led by internationally renowned and experienced script consultant, accompanied with plenary sessions and one-to-one meetings by international team of experts from different areas of audiovisual industries, in-depth meetings with guest tutors and inspired master-classes and case-studies by renowned film-makers and other film professionals.
In the end of the second residential workshop, a MIDPOINT Development Award of 8.000 EUR will be awarded to one of the participating projects. Moreover, several other partner and networking awards (participation on co-production markets) are to be announced soon.
Workshop 1: June 10 – 16, 2017
Workshop 2: October 15 - 21, 2017
Workshop 1: Ohrid, Macedonia
Workshop 2: Písek, Czech Republic
/ teams of writers and/or directors and producers
/ projects of first and second feature films
March 24, 2017
/ 1st participant / 1000 EUR per participant per both workshops
/ 2nd participant / 800 EUR per participant per both workshops
/ 3nd participant / 800 EUR per participant per both workshops
The fee includes accommodation, board and tuition at BOTH workshops. Travel costs are NOT included.
To apply for the MIDPOINT Feature Launch workshop with your feature film project or rough-cut project, please create an account on the MIDPOINT Visitor Page and follow the instructions.
The system will be open on February 5, 2017.
/ application form
/ completed script or advanced treatment
/ producer’s letter elaborating production strategy
/ profile of the production company
/ premilinary financing plan
/ development and production timetable of the project
/ brief distribution strategy of the project
/ biography and a photo of each team member
/ personal motivation letter from the writer
/ evidence of previous work of each team member
MIDPOINT DEVELOPMENT AWARD
MIDPOINT Development Award of 8.000 EUR
will be awarded to one of the participating projects.
CONNECTING COTTBUS AWARD
Selected projects from MIDPOINT Feature Launch will get the unique chance to present themselves during this newly launched pitching event within connecting cottbus co-production market. The projects will also be granted the opportunity to get individual consultations with international film professionals and experts who are attending the event.
One producer will be handpicked to go on to participate in the professional training program for producers, ROTTERDAM LAB 2018, which takes place during IFFR/International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2018.
In truth, it takes most people a lifetime to learn how to write a screenplay, and even the most accomplished screenwriters never quite feel that they have truly mastered the art of creating screenplays. Despite this, we are often tempted by the promise that some magic rules exist that can instantly teach us how to write a script. And, in the event that such magic rules really existed, it would also be convenient, if these rules were simple, easy to learn, and and maybe even entertaining. So, in this hourlong lecture, we will not actually solve all the problems that screenwriters and directors have when writing films, but we will explore some common concerns and open up some discussion about some basic principles that could maybe be useful. And hopefully, once or twice we might even laugh a little.
To pitch your project means to know everything about your project, to be aware of its strengths as well as of its weaknesses.
The lecture will introduce in the essential elements of a pitch and underline the possibilities to include your specific vision in the
presentation. A focus will be put on the elements that help writers, directors and producers to analyze the status quo of the
project and to find a language to promote your current story to decision makers.
Danijel Hočevar will in his plenary lecture explore the creative relationships between the producer and the director (and writer).
How to develop the same creative idea and avoid possible different views, approaches and some-time even disagreements?
What is the (right) role of the producer during the development? How to discuss the creative and other aspects of the project
with your director? How to convey a (common) vision of the future film?
This are just a few questions each producer is addressing when developing the main idea of the pro-ject together with the
director (and writer) during the development, usually the most creative pro-cess for the whole creative team.
Part of the lecture will also be dedicated to the main characteristics of the development financing from European perspective.
The lecture will focus on both the form and the content of the text as well as on other elements important for the story and its
narrative. It is aimed not only at screenwriters and directors but also at producers who are often neglected but are an equally
important part of the creative process and can be valuable at the very early stage of the project’s development. What are the
important elements to focus on when developing a script? How to recognize the essence and the core of the script? How to
find the “secret ingredient” and to be able to explain the unexplainable? In general, how to read a script in a proper way that
will push the project forward and gather the writer/ director/ producer as a team?
Plenary will give participants the insight on how to find a right approach when directing a script, either the one which you have
written yourself or the one which isn’t your own. Every story has its own energy and the only thing the director has to do, is to go
with that flow, not against it. But how to find this specific flow of each script, how to recognize which style to use? And how to
involve all the crew members in the process and pitch your (creative) demands to the producer? Comparing different films and
talking about his own work, Ognjen will try to explain which are the elements of the script which give us an answer to a biggest
question: How will I direct this stuff? In order to do that, the director has to be able to read the script in a proper way. Even if
(s)he is the writer of that material, when directing process begins, (s)he has to be a reader and communicator. Script in on one
side, the producer on the other, while the director is in the middle. This plenary lecture will try to put some light on this process.
The second lecture by Elma Tataragić will be the analysis of the Oscar award-winning film Manchester by the Sea (2016)
directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Film received two Academy Awards, for the Best Original Screenplay for Lonergan and for the
Best Actor for Casey Affleck. It will be a comparative analysis of the script and the film focusing basically on the structure,
characters and their development, narrative and the visual approach.