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The MFI Script 2 Film Workshops kick off in hybrid form


- The MFI script and project development programme is ready to welcome its participants to a hybrid version that will run both online and on the Greek island of Nisyros

The MFI Script 2 Film Workshops kick off in hybrid form
Last year's first workshop on Nisyros

It has already been 22 years since the Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) entered the field of training, specialising particularly in script and project development. The organisation, which this year has also had to deal with the pandemic situation, is once again launching the MFI Script 2 Film Workshops.

For this year’s iteration, over 200 applications have been received by the MFI, from 28 countries, and out of these, the institute has selected 27 feature-length scripts, three TV-series scripts, six documentary projects and six trainees without a project, who will be trained in script development and team coaching. The filmmakers represent 16 countries around the world – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the USA and Zambia – and they will participate in four consecutive workshops, both online and residential.

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The first session of the 2020 MFI Script 2 Film Workshops will run from 20 July-2 August on the Greek island of Nisyros, and it will have a double-hybrid format, as it is running both online and residentially. It should be underlined that this is the first European training or film-industry event that will be held even partially in physical locations, and the hope is that this residential part will be the first step towards seeing more events return to their regular bases.

According to the plan, the group and individual consultations, along with the master classes, lectures and case studies, will be available to the MFI participants both live and on demand. Regarding the 20 trainers from the EU and the USA, tutoring in script and project development are Christina Lazaridi, professor of Screenwriting at the Postgraduate Departments of Columbia; Jan Fleischer, FAMU professor; Nicos Panayotopoulos, screenwriter and novelist; Ana Sanz Magallon, script consultant; Dimitris Emmanouilidis, screenwriter and director; Michel Sabbe, screenwriter and script consultant; Ove Jensen, European Film Market, Sunny Side of the Doc and MIPDOC; documentary director Marco Gastine; Pavel Jech, of Berlinale Talent Campus and MIDPOINT; Christian Routh, co-head of studies at ScripTeast and script editor; and writer-director Dimitris Yatzouzakis.

In terms of production and project development, the leading professionals set to deliver training in the field include producer Simon de Santiago, co-production consultant Martina Bleis, head of Connecting Cottbus Marjorie Bendeck, DOK Leipzig industry head Brigid O’Shea, Thessaloniki Crossroads and Agora Doc Market’s Angeliki Vergou and Yianna Sarri, producer Isabelle Fauvel (Initiative Film), and film marketing expert Nicolò Gallio.

After the first residential session on Nisyros, the next step will be an online session held in September, while the second residential session is scheduled for Rhodes (11-18 October), with the fourth and final online session running in December.

Here is the complete selection for the 2020 MFI Script 2 Film Workshops:


All for the BestNancy Biniadaki (Greece)
Anna Nora Chloe - Ion Papaspyrou, Stella Pantelia (Greece)
AgonyAli Vatansever (Turkey)
AlytosKonstantinos Kalogridis, Ioanna Kryona, Ioanna Petinaraki (Greece)
BackwoodsEvženie Brabcova, Peter Badač (Czech Republic/Slovakia)
The BelieversCristian Pascariu, Matei Truta (Romania)
BirthdayLara Zeidan, Séverine Tibi (Lebanon/France)
Bloody MaryPavlos Sifakis (Greece)
The Citizen Who Stole Comrade Brezhnev’s WatchEmil Spahiyski (Bulgaria)
The Cradle HouseKristina Rodemann (Spain)
The Diving ResponseNoëmie Nicolas (France)
DukieGrzegorz Mołda, Ludka Kierczak (Poland)
I Against IGeorge Ktistakis (Greece)
In the FleshAinhoa Menéndez Goyoaga, Daniel Mendez (Spain)
The JerryOrfeas Peretzis, Konstantinos Vassilaros (Greece)
Leftovers of PompeiiIsmene Daskarolis (Greece)
Maya - Tonia Mishiali, Andreas Kyriacou, Frixos Masouras (Cyprus)
Mirror of Nightingales
Karla Lulić (Croatia)
PatriotMichalis Malandrakis, Kallia Papadaki, Penny Panayotopoulou (Greece)
The Root CrownKatarzyna Gondek, Paweł Kosuń (Poland)
The Sad Life of Happy Pig!Christy Whaibe (Lebanon)
Shadow on the MountainNicholas Dimitropoulos (Greece)
SoareKaterina Yiannakopoulou (Greece)
SouvenirThanos Psichogios, Vasiliki Petsa, Nancy Kokolaki (Greece)
Victoria FallsGloria Huwiler (Zambia)
WaverGeorgis Grigorakis (Greece)

Outside Group Selection

AntiVasilis Kalamakis, Maria Karagiannaki (Greece)

MFI Series LAB

BrothersSimon Farmakas, Aliki Danezi Knutsen (Cyprus)
The Mercury 13Laurie Kahn (USA)
Silly SundaysNuria Gonzalez Blanco (Spain)


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MachtatSonia Ben Slama (France)
Mighty AfrinAngelos Rallis, Maria del Mar Rodriguez Yebra (Greece/Spain)
SuddenlyGiordano Bianchi, Paola Sponda (Italy)
Plato’s CaveValerie von Kittlitz, Maren Wickwire, Elsa Triquet-Rey (Germany/USA/France)

Training for Trainers

Aleksandra Aleksander (Poland)
Elias Demetriou (Greece)
Michael Demetrius (Greece)
Antigoni Papantoni (Greece)
Antonis Tolakis (Greece)
Konstantinos Tzouflas (Greece)

MFI’s Script 2 Film Workshops are supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA programme, the Greek Ministry of Sports and Culture, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT SA), the National Centre of Audiovisual Media and Communication (EKOME SA), the Secretariat General for the Aegean and Island Policy, and the municipalities of Nisyros and Rhodes.

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