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MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2018 - Second workshop is about to begin

Press releases 2018-04-24

The time has finally come for the second workshop of MIDPOINT Feature Launch and MIDPOINT Shorts, as well as for the first edition of MIDPOINT Intensive Serbia.

On April 27 – May 3, 2018 the script and project development platform MIDPOINT Feature Launch will take off in Belgrade, Serbia thanks to the strong partnership with Film Center Serbia.

Get more information on 9 projects from Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Ukraine here.

The Tutors

International experts will give their individual feedback to scripts of all projects, as well as cover the wide range of film development – from European film financing and co-production, sales, online distribution to project pitching and marketing strategies.

During the second workshop the teams will be guided by Head of Studies Danijel Hočevar (SVN) and Core Tutors Anne Gensior (DE), Pavel Jech (USA) and Ivo Trajkov (CZ/MK); as well as Pitching Tutor Gabriele Brunnenmeyer (DE). We are also pleased to welcome this year's Guest Tutors, Alessandro Gropplero (IT), Christina Liapi (GR), Olimpia Pont Cháfer (ESP), Inke Van Loocke (NL), Océane Portal (FR), Stefan Arsenijević (SRB) and Manfred Schmidt (DE).

Workshop program - open lectures

Sunday April 29, 17.30
HOW TO PITCH YOUR FILM – 6 QUESTIONS FOR THE PITCH, by Gabriele Brunnenmeyer

Sunday April 29, 18.45
EUROPEAN FILM FINANCING SOURCES, by Danijel Hočevar

Monday April 30, 9.00
MARKETING AS STORYTELLING, by Christina Liapi

Monday April 30, 13.30 
THE ROLE OF A SALES AGENT, by Olimpia Pont Cháfer

Tuesday May 1, 9.00
LESSONS FROM ONLINE DISTRIBUTION, by Océane Portal

Wednesday May 2, 9.00
HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE BIG JUNGLE OF CO-PRODUCTION MARKETS, by Alessandro Gropplero

Wednesday May 2, 11.30
HOW ONE SHORT FILM CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE, by Stefan Arsenijević

Wednesday May 2, 12.30
HOW TO BUILD A FUNDING STRATEGY, by Manfred Schmidt

Find out more about all the lectures here

If you are in Belgrade, you are cordially invited to take part in our open lectures. Please write to Sona Morgenthalova at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your participation until Friday April 27. We are looking forward to meeting you.

MIDPOINT Feature Launch is supported by Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Czech Film Fund, Film Center Serbia, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Trieste Film Festival, When East Meets West, Audiovisual Producers' Association, and Creative Europe Desk Serbia. Program is organised in collaboration with CineMart and Connecting Cottbus.

MIDPOINT Shorts 2018 – Workshop 2

MIDPOINT Shorts, which consists of participation of 4 short film projects from Croatia, Denmark, Hungary and Turkey, runs in parallel with Feature Launch. Teams of writers, directors and producer will develop their script and also prepare the production and promotional aspects of each project, with Core Tutor Pavel Marek (CZ) running the program and Guest Tutors Marcin Luczaj (PL) and Wim Vanacker (BE).

Learn more about the projects and participants here.

MIDPOINT Shorts program is supported by Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Czech Film Fund and Film Center Serbia.

MIDPOINT Intensive Serbia 2018

MIDPOINT Intensive Serbia is being held at the same time as Feature Launch's and Shorts’s second workshops in Belgrade. It is the first intensive workshop in Belgrade aimed at the Serbian film professionals. Thanks to a strong partnership with Film Center Serbia, this 4-day workshop is available for Serbian filmmakers.

Hungarian writer, director and script consultant Csaba Bollok will act as Core Tutor, and the workshop consists of group feedback, individual consultations, and plenary sessions and meetings with international decision makers.

Get to know the 4 selected projects and 10 participants from Serbia here.

MIDPOINT Intesive Serbia program is supported by Film Center Serbia.

Script Consulting Incubator

The new Czech training program for script consulting initiated by the Czech Film Fund and organized by MIDPOINT took off at the same time as MIDPOINT Feature Launch in Trieste and will run together with the second workshop of Feature Launch in Belgrade. The Czech Film Fund has initiated this ambitious project to heighten the quality of feature film scripts and to support a new generation of Czech script consultants. Four script consultant trainees have been selected: Lucia Kajánková, Vít Poláček, Michal Reich and Milada Těšitelová. They are mentored by Incubator's Head of Studies, acclaimed Hungarian filmmaker and Artistic director of Sundance Directors Lab Gyula Gazdag. They participate as script consultant trainees at MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2018 and will later move on to become script consultants for new Czech film projects that have received development support from the film fund. Read more here.