MIDPOINT presents 8 feature film projects at Karlovy Vary IFF 2019

The second edition of Works in Development - Feature Launch, a project showcase and networking event initiative between MIDPOINT and Karlovy Vary IFF, will present 8 exciting feature film projects developed within the current MIDPOINT Feature Launch program.

The projects have been carefully refined and further developed during the previous 2 workshops of the program, visiting the Trieste FF in Italy in January 2019 and Kaunas, Lithuania in May 2019.
The third workshop starts in Prague on June 27, 2019, just a few days before the project showcase, and will focus mainly on pitching training.  

The Works in Development - Feature Launch presentation, which brings together projects from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine, will take place on MondayJuly 1, 2019 at 11 am, at the Čas Cinema and will be moderated by MIDPOINT Feature Launch Pitching Trainer Gabriele Brunnenmeyer.  

The best project will receive the KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development Award of 10.000 EUR.

The presented projects are:

A Sensitive Man (Czech Republic)
Director/Writer Tomas Klein, 
Writer Katerina Traburova,
Producer Tomas Michalek (MasterFilm)

Grey Skies (Georgia)
Director/Writer Konstantine Kalandadze,  
Producer Elene Margvelashvili (Parachute Films)

Horia (Romania)
Director/Writer Ana-Maria Comanescu,
Producer Carla Fotea (microFILM)

How is Katia? (Ukraine)
Director Christina Tynkevych,
Writer Julia Gonchar,
Producer Veronika Stepanchuk (Evos Film)  

Rattlesnakes (Serbia)
Director/Writer Nikola Ljuca,
Producer Maja Ilic (Biberche)

Riviera (Greece)
Director/Writer Orfeas Peretzis,
Producer Konstantinos Vassilaros (StudioBauhaus)

Traces (Croatia)
Director/Writer Dubravka Turic,
Producer Ira Cecic (Kinorama)   

Some Birds (Hungary)
Director Daniel Hever,
Writer Zsanett Kerstesz,
Laszlo Dreissiger (Filmfabriq Cinemart)

Read more about the projects here.

Thanks to program partners, connecting Cottbus co-production market and CineMart co-production market, selected MIDPOINT Feature Launch projects will receive the following awards on July 3, 2019 in Karlovy Vary:
connecting cottbus Award 
A selected project from MIDPOINT Feature Launch will be granted the opportunity to pitch itself at connecting cottbus, the East-West co-production market during the Cottbus Film Festival.
Rotterdam Lab Award 
One producer will be selected to participate in the professional training program for producers, Rotterdam Lab, which takes place during IFFR/International Film Festival Rotterdam.

To complete the cycle of the one-year platform, the  When East Meets West co-production market invites Feature Launch 2019 producers to offer them a chance to follow up with their potential artistic and financing partners during the Feature Launch Spotlight in January 2020.

MIDPOINT Feature Launch is also focusing on the training of aspiring script consultants, who join the creative process of project development. This year´s Feature Launch script consultant training graduates are Sanita Grina from Latvia and Evzenie Brabcova from the Czech Republic

MIDPOINT to lead a discussion panel about new EU directive of the copyright law

In the frame of MIDPOINT Feature Launch activities within the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, a discussion panel “The Secret Diary of an Eastern European Writer” will be held.

In March 2019, the new directive of the copyright law approved by the European Parliament and to be implemented in all countries in the European Union in the next 24 months, the legal framework, upon which European writers operate, will change. Will they be ready? Do supporting organizations and bodies, such as writers’ unions or guilds, exist and function in Eastern Europe? Can these writers make a career internationally and what is the role of a talent agent in this closely intertwined ecosystem? MIDPOINT, as a leading training platform for fiction writers, will guide this pressing discussion with representatives of writers’ guilds, talent agencies, and local professionals, in collaboration with its partner KVIFF. 
WHEN AND WHERE: July 2 / 10 am / Hotel Thermal, Industry Pool
The panel is open to all guests with industry accreditation.

MIDPOINT graduate in the program of the Karlovy Vary IFF 2019

MIDPOINT is proud to present its alumni project in the program of the 54rd Karlovy Vary IFF.

The festival, which runs June 28 - July 6, 2019, will introduce the film from
MIDPOINT Intensive CZ 2014 program. Michal Hogenauer´s feature debut A Certain Kind of Silence will have the world premiere within the East of the West Competition.

A Certain Kind of Silence / MIDPOINT Intensive CZ 2014 
East of the West Competition  
Writer/Director: Michal Hogenauer
Producer: Petr Oukropec, Negativ
Czech Republic – Netherlands – Latvia / 2019 / 96 min.

Mia is hired as an au pair. She knows she’ll be looking after a 10-year-old boy, but that is all. Yet her very first meeting with the family suggests that she is expected to do rather more than this. She has to pay the price for a life of high financial and intellectual reward by following a set of strict rules whose infringement would result in instantaneous dismissal and a ticket back home. However, it would also mean abandoning a child she is trying to reach out to, and losing her self-respect. Michal Hogenauer’s feature film debut examines the strength of an individual’s resilience to manipulation and the extent to which people are willing to make sacrifices in order to preserve their self-esteem.

24. June 2019