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MIDPOINT announces its selection for Feature Launch 2021


- Nine projects by first- or second-time directors from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe will be part of the new programme alongside three script-consultant trainees

MIDPOINT announces its selection for Feature Launch 2021
A previous edition of MIDPOINT Feature Launch

The new edition of Feature Launch is ready to unspool, and the MIDPOINT Institute's leading feature-length film training programme has invited nine projects by debuting or sophomore filmmakers and three script-consultant trainees to take part this year.

The teams, consisting of writers, directors and producers from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro and Poland, are participating in the year-long development platform, which this time starts in February and will run until January 2022. They will be joined by three script-consultant trainees from the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Poland.

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The programme starts with two consecutive events: a preparatory seminar for the script consultants (17-20 February) will be followed by the online kick-off workshop for all participants (24-26 February). The second workshop will be held in mid-April, while it is expected that the selected projects will be presented after their third workshop in early July at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, within its Eastern Promises Industry Days, as part of the Works in Development – Feature Launch event. After this presentation, the main financial KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development Award of €10,000 will be handed out. Finally, the producers of the selected projects will be part of the special Feature Launch Spotlight event, which will be co-organised with When East Meets West in January 2022 in Trieste.

Here is the complete list of MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2021 projects:

ALIYA (Israel/UK/Poland/Cyprus)
Writer: Greer Ellison
Writer/director: Dekel Berenson
Producer: Anna Rozalska

BIJUTERIE (Lithuania)
Writer: Birutė Kapustinskaitė
Writer/director: Tomas Vengris
Producer: Emilija Sluškonytė

Writer: Gatis Mūrnieks
Writer/director: Pauls Ķesteris
Producer: Inese Boka-Grūbe

Brothers (Montenegro)
Writer: Stefan Bošković
Director: Bojan Stijović
Producer: Veliša Popović

Head Nurse (Czech Republic)
Writer: Václav Hašek
Writer/director: Jan Vejnar
Producer: Kamila Dohnalová

Leave the Door Open (Croatia)
Writer/director: Judita Gamulin
Producer: Rea Rajčić

No Reverse (Montenegro)
Writer: Milo Masoničić
Writer/director: Branislav Milatović
Producer: Miljan Vučelić

Thinking David (Czech Republic)
Writer/director: Šimon Holý
Producer: Pavla Klimešová

What It's Like To Be a Girl (Estonia)
Writer: Leana Jalukse
Director: Maria Reinup
Producer: Maario Masing

Script-consultant trainees

Olga Michalik (Slovenia)
Mikuláš Novotný (Czech Republic)
Eliza Subotowicz (Poland)

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