MIDPOINT Feature Launch

Project development

MIDPOINT Feature Launch

This is a training platform for emerging talents aimed at scouting the most talented filmmakers and producers of the future who are developing their first or second feature film projects. It focuses primarily on creative teams from Central and Eastern Europe.

Dates 2020: 
Workshop 1: 15-22 January 2020, Trieste, Italy
Workshop 2: 19-25 April 2020-June 2020 (online)
Workshop 3: November 2020, Prague, Czech Republic
Feature Launch Spotlight: January 2021, Trieste, Italy

Dates 2021:
Workshop 1 / January 2021, Trieste, Italy 
Workshop 2 / April 2021, Trnava, Slovakia
Workshop 3 and Works in Development – Feature Launch project showcase / July 2021, Prague and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Feature Launch Spotlight / January 2022, Trieste, Italy

Deadline for submissions: 20 September 2020

Every year the organisers select teams of writers, directors and producers of 9 feature film projects and 4 script consultant trainees who join the creative process.

The nine selected projects go through an intensive 4-module programme, spanning over a year that consists of two residential workshops, a project showcase and a follow-up session.

During the two residential workshops the participants focus on script and project development while also being able to gain deeper knowledge about other aspects of the industry.

The 9 creative teams work in small groups under the guidance of internationally renowned and experienced script consultant tutors.

Most of the projects that are selected are in an early stage of development either with a treatment or an early draft of the script, therefore Workshop 1 focuses mainly on creative development and structural dramaturgy. Workshop 2 serves as a platform to further advance the scripts, while it also incorporates marketing strategies into the development process and addresses the important matters connected to presentation skills and promotion.

Both workshops consist of group work, plenary sessions, inspiring master-classes and case studies which offer a deeper understanding of the creative aspects involved in the work, as well as insights into financing, sales, festival and distribution strategies.

There are also one-to-one meetings with guest tutors and international experts from different areas of the audiovisual industry to help the participants develop their projects further.

Tailor-made online consultations follow every workshop according to the need of each project.

After the development process of the two residential workshops, all 9 selected projects are presented at the Works in Development - Feature Launch at the Karlovy Vary IFF to an audience of industry decision makers, including funders, sales agents, producers and festival programmers. The creative teams are prepared for the final presentation by a pitching trainer within a one-day intensive training immediately preceding the Works in Development - Feature Launch.

To close the cycle of the one-year programme, the co-production market When East Meets West invites all Feature Launch 2019 selected producers one more time to offer them the chance to have a follow up with their potential artistic and financing partners during the Feature Launch Spotlight.

Target groupProducers, Scriptwriters, Directors, Script consultants
1800, producers EUR 1,500 writers.directors; 1250 script consultant trainees