Logo Munich Film Up!

Open to film students
& fresh graduates
From all over the world

FOR
6 PROMISING
YOUNG
FILMMAKERS

A mentoring & residential Lab

MunichFilmUp! was founded to create an inspiring space for creativity and ideas, to enable young filmmakers to find their own personal way to evolve their stories into finished screenplays.

Our objective is to turn six film visions/ideas into an equal number of feature-length debut films.

Apply before 1ST September 2024

THE

PARTICIPANTS 2023/24

 

MunichFilmUp! 2023/24 participants

KIRCH FOUNDATION AWARD

WINNER

 

Leila Basma

Statement of the jury
KIRCH FOUNDATION AWARD
MUNICHFILMUP!2024

Kirch Foundation Award Winner Leila Basma for her project
RUNNING WITH BEASTS
Through the eyes of very young, life-hungry people, we look at the condition of an entire society, without ever being didactic. Leila Basma’s RUNNING WITH BEASTS is a powerful dance on the edge of a knife, radically relevant and brutally honest.

Elena Diesbach - Munich Film Up

Dr. Reinhard Scolik (Kirch Foundation), Leila Basma

KIRCH FOUNDATION AWARD

Special mention 

Leonardo Martinelli

Statement of the jury
KIRCH FOUNDATION AWARD
SPECIAL MENTION
MUNICHFILMUP!2024

Special Mention for Leonardo Martinelli with his project
FANTASMA NEON
Through a fresh perspective and an unusual approach to the musical genre, Martinelli honestly depicts the dreams and the ambitions of a young student forced to work as a rider in Rio de Janeiro, showing the contradictions of a country like Brazil, and more universally all the absurdities of digital capitalism.

Elena Diesbach - Munich Film Up

Leonardo Martinelli

The

SCHEDULE

 

The 6 promising young filmmakers are offered a 8-month journey that starts & ends all together in Munich (at the Film School Fest Munich at first & at the Filmfest Muncher at the end), with individual 3-week-long Pop Up Film Residencies in between.
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15TH JULY - 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2024

Applications are open

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1ST SEPTEMBER - 1ST OCTOBER, 2024

Time for the selection committee

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1ST AND 2ND OCTOBER, 2024

Online interviews with finalist submissions & final selection

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19TH - 24TH NOVEMBER, 2024

Kick-Off & First get-together at Filmschoolfest Munich 2024

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DECEMBER 2024

Participants work together on their projects (online).

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JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2025

Each participant travels to the individual residency for a three-week stay –

operated by the Pop Up Film Residency. The goal of the residency is discussed individually. The development work is structured and focused accordingly.

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MARCH - APRIL 2025

Extra mentoring online by film & media representatives.

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18th - 22nd of MAY 2025

Cannes

All six participants travel to Cannes for the award ceremony of the Kirch Foundation Award and to present their projects in one-to-one meetings to professionals from the international film industry.

APPLICATION

PACKAGE

 

APPLICATION FORM

A document to download here. It will help our teams to know you better!

TREATMENT

Six to eight-page treatment
for feature film.

LOOK & FEEL

Three photos and visuals to describe
your project.

CURRICULUM VITAE

For us to get to know better.

SHORT FILM

One previous short film you either wrote or directed.

INTRODUCTION VIDEO

Three-minute video (1.5 min. about the applicant, 1.5 min. about the project).
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declaration of content

Q&A – MUNICH FILM UP! IN

10 QUESTIONS

 

#1. Am I required to develop my film project in English?
We only accept applications and documents in English.
#2. Can I submit more than one project per lab?
Each filmmaker may submit one project per session.
#3. Can I submit a short/mid-length project?

Each filmmaker may submit a feature-length project.

#4. Can I apply with an adaptation or documentary project?

Yes for both. We accept feature film projects only, but are open to hybrid formats.

However for an adaptation, you should be able to demonstrate proof of securing the adaptation rights for your project .

#5. What if the project has two screenwriters ? Can a second writer or producer take part?

Munich Film Up! will cover the expenses of the main writer/filmmaker (as detailed in the participant obligations).

A second writer/filmmaker may join the sessions at their own expense and share the same room assigned to the main writer/filmmaker.

#6. What is the attendance fee for the Lab?

The expenses for travel to Munich and local accommodation for both FILMSCHOOLFEST and FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, for the mentoring and networking sessions, as well as for the pop-up residencies are covered by the Lab program.

#7. If I am accepted, how and when will I be notified?

Online interviews will take place on 10th and 11th October 2022. Notification of acceptance will be on 13 October 2022.

#9. Do I need to submit a copy of my graduation with my application?

Yes, we need to check the date of your graduation from film school. Candidates are eligible for up to three years after graduation.

#8. Can I apply with a project that has been submitted or supported elsewhere?

Yes.

#10. What video codec should I use for my application video?

We do not download video files. Please upload it online and send us the link.

WANT TO

CONTACT US?

 

If you have any questions about your application, you can send us an email
at International@hff-muc.de.

Our teams will answer you as soon as possible!

TEAM

DIRECTORS

 

Elena
Diesbach

Co-director

Elena Diesbach is Head of the International Office & the Summerschool of the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). Diesbach was Co-Director of the Greek Filmfestival Munich and HELLAS FILMBOX BERLIN 2017. She has been working for major filmfestivals in Germany such as the FILMFEST MUNICH or the INTERNATIONALE HOFER FILMTAGE in different positions since 2011. A member of the board of examiners of the FSK since 2006,  Diesbach was sales & acquisitions manager at the HELKON MEDIA AG, editor of TV clips & commercials at PRIMAVISTA and project manager of the EU Project “Échanges individuels de jeunes européens”.
Elena Diesbach - Munich Film Up
Matthieu Darras - Munich Film Up
Matthieu
Darras

Co-director

Matthieu Darras is the director of Pop Up Film Residency that he founded in 2017.
Previously, he founded & directed the European Network NISI MASA, and later on co-founded and was the artistic director of the TorinoFilmLab. A writer for the film magazine Positif, Matthieu Darras has been working as festival programmer, notably for the Cannes Critics’ Week and the San Sebastian Film Festival (since 2010). He co-founded First Cut Lab in 2015 and serves as Director.

TEAM

HOSTS

 

Pop Up Film Residency is happy to connect you with its hosts in Europe.
All of them are to discover on its website. Let’s go!

THE

PARTNERS

 

A PROGRAMME presented by
HFF Film Munich
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Film School Festival Munich
FILMFEST MUNCHEN
Pop Up Film Residency

Supported
by the Kirch Stiftung

FILMFEST MUNCHEN