For the first time, the participants who consist of teams of writers, directors and producers, will experience a year-long development platform, which takes off in January in Trieste and runs till January 2019. Feature Launch has partnered with Trieste Film Festival and Eastweek, Film Center Serbia, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and When East Meets West, to make this possible.
9 projects have been selected from the countries of Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Ukraine. Representatives from the new partner organisations have taken part in the project selection, which secures an in-depth knowledge of each project's needs from the very beginning. The projects and participants are:
Balaur – writer/director Octav Chelaru, producer Livia Radulescu (Romania)
Brazil – writer/director Thelyia Petraki, producer Kostas Tagalakis (Greece)
Clouds On Leashes – writer/director Gunel Eva, producer Maria Ibrahimova (Azerbaijan)
Homeward – writer Marysia Nikitiuk, writer/director Nariman Aliev, producer Vladimir Yatsenko (Ukraine)
Leave No Traces – writer/director Jan P. Matuszynski, producer Leszek Bodzak (Poland)
Sex, Wire, Rock'n'Roll – writer/director Gabor Fabricius, producer Viki Reka Kiss (Hungary)
The Last Balkan Film About the War – writer/director Lee Filipovski, producer Adi Dizdarevic (Serbia)
The Ugly Mandarine – writer/director Piaoyu Xie, producer Veronika Kuhrova (Czech Republic)
Sirin – writer Claudia Bottino, director Senad Sahmanovic, producer Velisa Popovic (Montenegro)
The project 'Leave No Traces' by Jan P. Matuszynski received the MIDPOINT Scholarship Award at Connecting Cottbus which secures access to Feature Launch 2018.
Schedule for Feature Launch 2018
/ Feature Launch Workshop 1: January 20 - 26 – Trieste, Italy (during Trieste Film Festival and EASTWEEK)
/ Feature Launch Workshop 2: April 27 - May 3 – Serbia (with Film Center Serbia)
/ Project Showcase with Industry experts: July – Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (during Karlovy Vary IFF)
/ Feature Launch Spotlight: January 2019 – Trieste, Italy (during When East Meets West)
Read more about the platform here.
MIDPOINT Feature Launch is realized in collaboration with Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Czech Film Fund, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Trieste Film Festival, When East Meets West, Film Center Serbia, COCO – Connecting Cottbus and CineMart.