MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2017 results and winners

October 19, 2017

MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2017 has concluded in Pisek, Czech Republic, and the winners have been found. The main award of 8.000 EUR goes to ZANA by writer/director Antoneta Kastrati and producer Casey Johnson.


Alive in Moscow
Images of Love
Mnk Boy
Night of the Whale

MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2017

Sibel Altinbas
Vlado Bulajic
Mete Gümürhan
Casey Johnson
Eliza Jones
Antoneta Kastrati
Anastassia Oudovitchenko
Darko Sinko
Ann-Julie Vervaeke

19 writers, directors and producers have participated in this year's MIDPOINT Feature Launch with their feature film projects. Since June's workshop in Macedonia, the teams have been improving their scripts and project development. Today it all concluded at the final workshop, when all 9 projects were pitched to an invited group of international experts.

MIDPOINT Development Award and a cash prize of 8.000 EUR was awarded to:

/ Zana – writer/director Antoneta Kastrati, producer Casey Johnson (Kosovo)

The motivation of the selection committee:

"Exploring the personal impact of horrific loss, this project examines long-held cultural traditions and living scars of war that continue to torment people from a remote corner of Europe."

Connecting Cottbus Award – 4 projects have been selected to pitch at Connecting Cottbus East West Co-production Market in November under the banner MIDPOINT Selection 2017. They are:

/ Inventory – writer/director Darko Sinko, producer Vlado Bulajic (Slovenia)
/ Mnk Boy – writer Sibel Altinbas, director Mete Gümürhan, producer Bas Broertjes (Netherlands/Turkey)
/ Waterwolf – writer/director Ann-Julie Vervaeke, producer Anastassia Oudovitchenko (Belgium)
/ Zana – writer/director Antoneta Kastrati, producer Casey Johnson (Kosovo)


CineMart Award – 1 producer has been handpicked to participate in Rotterdam Lab including CineMart access during Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam in Jan. 2018. The winner is:

/ Eliza Jones who participated at MIDPOINT with the project 'Asunden'

"The team communicates a certain openness and ambition that confirms that Eliza Jones is at the right point of her career to expand her network and producing skills in the context of the international marketplace that Rotterdam Lab has to offer. I have no doubt that 'Asunden', a project strongly rooted in both Sweden and the USA, is in the right stage and hands to benefit from this award", says Inke van Loocke, Coordinator CineMart & Rotterdam Lab and Guest Tutor at Feature Launch.

Kristyna Plhonova, Program Coordinator of Feature Launch says about the program overall,

"Feature Launch 2017 has offered our participants script consulting and project development in equal parts, and it has proved to be the right path. We have been truly blessed with a wonderful selection of projects. – In addition we have expanded our industry partnerships, and I cannot wait for another edition, which starts already in January in collaboration with Trieste FF, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and When East Meets West."

Here are this year's tutors and experts.

And here are all participants.

MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2017 is realized in collaboration with Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Czech Film Fund, International Visegrad Fund, Macedonian Film Agency, Creative Europe MEDIA Desk CZ, APA – Audiovisual Producers' Association, COCO – Connecting Cottbus and CineMart.

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