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The first MIDPOINT Shorts workshop gets under way


- Five projects from the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Slovakia and Ukraine have been selected for the latest edition of the specialised workshop

The first MIDPOINT Shorts workshop gets under way
This year's MIDPOINT Shorts participants

The first workshop of the MIDPOINT Institute’s MIDPOINT Shorts programme is already running, having started on 18 October, and it will wrap on Friday 22nd. This comes after the (online) preparatory-day kick-off workshop that was held from 29 September-1 October, during which the participants obtained initial feedback on the projects and met their colleagues and tutors.

After the end of the workshop, the participants behind the five selected projects, who hail from the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Lebanon, Slovakia, Ukraine and the UK, will continue to work on their projects further with the script-consultant tutor and MIDPOINT Shorts head of studies, Czech script consultant and director Pavel Marek, and Lithuanian producer and short-film expert Marija Razgute.

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Several guest tutors will contribute to the programmes with online lectures: Alessandro Gropplero will take the participants on “A Short Journey Through Co-production Markets”, while producer and tutor Marija Razgute will discuss “Packaging a Short Film: Materials”. Moreover, the participants will get the chance to attend a Creative Talk and one-to-one meetings with versatile producer, sales agent and distributor Ben Vandendaele, and Balint Kenyeres will impart a master class entitled “The History of Aviation”.

The next and final workshop will bring the participants to Trieste in January 2022 to present their projects as part of the When East Meets West Co-production Forum and network further with film-industry experts.

The selected 2021-2022 MIDPOINT Shorts projects are as follows:

The Annunciation (Ukraine)
Writer, director: Nadia Parfan
Producer: Aleksandra Kostina

April 1989 (Slovakia)
Writer, director: Maxmilian Turek
Producer: Marek Urban

Night Shift (Cyprus)
Directors, producers, writers: Alasdair Bayne and Talat Gokdemir

Rites (Czech Republic)
Writer, director: Damian Vondrasek
Writer: Lukas Csicsely
Producer: Martina Netikova

Wedding, Berlin (Czech Republic)
Writer, director, producer: Farah Abou Kharroub
Producer: Patrik Svehelka

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