MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2019 Awards Winners

The third workshop of Feature Launch 2019 has successfully finished last week in Karlovy Vary. Feature Launch program is organized by MIDPOINT, the international training and networking platform operating under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Eighteen participants with eight exciting projects and two script consultant trainees attended the final workshop, which was held from June 28 till July 3, 2019 in the Czech Republic – starting in Prague and finishing within Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Eight promising projects of feature films were pitched on Monday, July 1 during Works in Development – Feature Launch – a project showcase and networking event.

Three awards altogether were given out to Feature Launch 2019 participants:

KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development Award

The main award of 10.000 EUR was received by Hungarian project Some Birds, Daniel Hever's feature debut, written by Zsanett Kertesz and produced by Laszlo Dreissiger.

The jury consisting of Hugo Rosak (Head of Industry at KVIFF), Danijel Hocevar (producer, Feature Launch Head of Studies) and Katriel Schory (producer, Feature Launch Expert) has awarded the project “for a story about two characters that are trying to find a place in the world creating a special bond which transcends generations.”

This joint financial award of the Karlovy Vary IFF and MIDPOINT is aimed to support emerging talents mainly from Central and Eastern Europe and help to further develop their feature film project.

connecting cottbus Award

The graduate project Rattlesnakes, presented by producer Maja Ilic and director Nikola Ljuca, was granted the opportunity to attend the connecting cottbus co-production market in November 2019 in Germany.

Rattlesnakes is a dramatic story of a former activist couple, Nadja and Boris, who find themselves intermingled into a situation when personal, corporate and state interests are confronted with love and moral values.

 "As every year at Midpoint, the project selection was outstanding, so for us it was not an easy choice", says the team of connecting cottbus. "RATTLESNAKES is a daring script that delves deeply into today’s corporate landscape and shows how quickly idealism and love can be corrupted."

Rotterdam Lab Scholarship Award

Elene Margvelashvili, the producer of the Georgian project Grey Skies, was chosen to participate in the professional training program for producers, Rotterdam Lab, which will take place within International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2020.

To follow up on Feature Launch as a year-long program, the co-production market When East Meets West invites all the participating producers to Trieste, Italy in January 2020, offering them one more chance to meet with their potential artistic and financing partners during the Feature Launch Spotlight.

For more information, please visit: https://www.midpoint-center.eu/

9. July 2019