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MIDPOINT TV Launch 2019

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About

This "idea-to-market" project development program is the only existing residential, project-based program targeting and tailoring its content for emerging television professionals – both creative teams and development executives - coming from the Central and Eastern European region and the only project-based program of this kind accepting mini-, digital / web series, as well as ongoing series projects.

The program focuses on participants primarily coming from Central-Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Baltic countries and the wider Mediterranean area, with a possible background in filmmaking or with previous experience in TV writing, wanting to shift to quality television production. 

General project methodology

MIDPOINT TV Launch is defined as an “idea-to-market” program, spanning over 9 months, that focuses on the development of the 6 broadcast and 3 web / digital series participating projects.

The projects go through thorough and effective development process, and are built from the “bottom-up”: from a very early development stage, the creative teams are led to defining their series concept and theme and outlining their pilot scripts at Workshop 1, to completing their pilots and creating their season arc and season outlines, as well as pitching documents and a financing strategy at Workshop 2, to marketing and pitching their project and expanding their network at Workshop 3. The projects will be showcased and pitched within the CineLink Drama market at the Sarajevo FF.

Each project is accepted with a creative team of writer/s and producer/s.

The participants are divided into 3 groups per 3 projects, to ensure that all projects receive a significant amount of the core tutor’s attention and guidance, but they will also have the option of receiving cultural exchange and feedback from their fellow participants: Groups A & B for traditional / broadcast series projects and C for digital / web series projects.

General development executive methodology

The entire development process is used as a platform to train the attending development executive participants, who will be trained for their future role of broadcasters on real, existing series projects, acquiring skills needed for developing a diverse range of projects.

The development executives will be training by both their own tutor, who will supervise their entire learning process and will be present at all workshops, but will be exposed and working with a number of other TV Launch's tutors (mainly the group’s core tutors), to understand the different approaches and strategies that can be used while developing scripted television series. They will be assigned to groups and will work closely with the projects in their group, following all sessions during the program.

By doing this, the development executive participants will learn how to read and give notes to a project, and most importantly, how to give constructive feedback to the creative teams to push them forward in their development. They will witness the different stages of development of the projects up to the final pitching event.

Further information

The workshop uses group work, individual consultations, tutorial analysis, lectures, presentation of experts and pitching as its methodological tools. The participants will also be actively writing during the workshop working days, under the supervision of the tutors. Thus, participants leave the workshop with actual results and progressed materials. 

The working language of all MIDPOINT meetings and events is English, which is why a good knowledge of English is essential for participation.

MIDPOINT TV Launch is realized with the support of Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Dates

Workshop 1: November 10 - 17, 2018
Workshop 2: mid-April 2019
Workshop 3: mid-August 2019

Venues

Workshop 1: Banska Stiavnica, Slovak Republic
Workshop 2: Pilsen, Czech Republic (within Finale Plzen FF)
Workshop 3: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (within Sarajevo FF)

Who is it for?

project team members
/ writer/s
/ producer

junior (aspiring) development executives

 

Deadline

September 21, 2018

Fee

project participants' fee
/ 1.500 EUR per participant for entire program (500 EUR per workshop)

development executives' fee
1.500 EUR per participant for entire program (500 EUR per workshop)

The fee includes accommodation, board and tuition at the workshop. Travel costs are NOT included. Scholarships are available.

Contact person

Katarina Tomkova
Program Coordinator
katarina.tomkova@amu.cz