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.

INVITATION PITCHING SESSION

MUNICHFILMUP! 2024

Wednesday, 3rd of July 2024

16:30-18:00

Theatersaal, Amerikahaus

Discover the six feature film débuts ! and meet the Talents!

MunichFilmUp! Is a 9-month international mentoring & residential program promoting fresh film school graduates & their feature film débuts

PRESENTATION OF THE 5.000 € KIRCH FOUNDATION AWARD

THE

PARTICIPANTS 23/24

 

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 München at the end), with individual 3-week-long Pop Up Film Residencies in between.

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Romy Bou Nasr

Born in Beirut in 1999, Romy pursued filmmaking at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. During her 4 years of college, she was able to experiment and direct short films including ‘Apnea’, her graduation film that was screened as part of Medfilm Festival’s ‘Glances from the future’ section in 2021 and won Best Lebanese Student Short Film at the 2022 Beirut International Women Film Festival. She is currently developing the script of her first feature film ‘Clinical’ and looking to develop her storytelling and directing skills.

 

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Leonardo Martinelli

Filmmaker from Brazil. In 2021, his film Fantasma Neon won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film at the Locarno Film Festival. His films have been selected at festivals worldwide, including Toronto, San Sebastián, BFI London and others. He holds a Master’s degree in Communication and is currently developing his first feature, which was selected for the ALCA and Locarno Residency.

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Inès Sieulle

Inès Sieulle is a French artist and filmmaker. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris before entering Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains. In 2019 she made Murmurent les rivages, an experiment with virtual reality about solitude, based on the content of web chatrooms. She combines her artistic explorations in video, sculpture, digital arts and installation in order to create forms of narrative on the border between fiction and documentary.

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Berthold Wahjudi

Born in Hamburg in 1993, Berthold studied Arts & Sciences at University College London. In 2016 he joined the directing programme at the University of Television and Film Munich. His short SUMMER HIT screened at many festivals including SXSW and won prizes at Palm Springs Shortfest and Premiers Plans amongst others. It has over 7 million hits online on the Short Of The Week Youtube channel. His new short BABY BROTHER is currently in post-production. As a screenwriter and director Berthold has worked on various TV projects and is developing his first feature film.

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Leila Basma

Leila is a Lebanese filmmaker and photographer with an MFA in Film Directing from FAMU. Her second-year short documentary The Adam Basma Project was short-listed for the 48th annual Student Oscars after its festival tour, and her graduation film Sea Salt premiered at the 80th International Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti Official Short Film Competition. Leila is currently developing various film and photography projects.

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Gretta Sammalniemi

Gretta-Garoliina originates from Finland, South Lapland, where she graduated as a Bachelor in communication. She then continued her studies at the HFF München and the Icelandic Film school. Her interest can be caught especially with the weight of social and political themes and questions about identity, injected with some dry humour. Gretta-Garoliina is currently writing her first feature film “This is normal” which dives into the topics of womanhood, self-esteem and the madness of it all.

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Jury

 

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Alessandro del Vigna

Executive Producer and Writer, Italy

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Harley Chamandy

Lebanese/Greek-Egyptian filmmaker from Canada currently based in New York City

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Genia Krassnig

Producer DOR FILM West, Austria

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Florian Kamhuber

Producer & Managing Director NORDPOLARIS, Germany

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Marija Razgute

Producer and founder of M-Films, Lithuania

THE

Jury

 

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Alessandro del Vigna

Executive Producer and Writer, Italy

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Harley Chamandy

Lebanese/Greek-Egyptian filmmaker from Canada currently based in New York City

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Genia Krassnig

Producer DOR FILM West, Austria

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Florian Kamhuber

Producer & Managing Director NORDPOLARIS, Germany

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Marija Razgute

Producer and founder of M-Films, Lithuania

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PITCH Trainers

 

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Wim Vanacker

After studying psychology in Belgium, Wim Vanacker moved to Dublin to work as a psychologist in the field of drug addiction. Three years later, he picked up studying again at EICAR where he made two shorts. After graduating, he discovered NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema where he became the Head of the Script Department. For the last seven years, he’s been a member of the Selection Committee for the Official Short Film Competition of the Cannes Film Festival. Furthermore, he works as an Editorial Consultant for the First Cut Lab and he’s responsible for the Works-in-Progress Showcase as part of the Red Sea Souk in the context of the Red Sea International Film Festival. On the side, he works as a script consultant, creative advisor, programmer, curator, tutor and guest speaker for many workshops, film festivals and projects in development.

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Isabelle Lindberg Pechou

Isabelle Lindberg Pechou is an international Creative Producer with +20 years of experience in the international media industry. French with italian robots established in Denmark since 2016, she launched the Drama Agency, her one-person-consultancy company.
She spent 16 years at France Télévisions as International Fiction Executive and then held several positions in the Co-productions arena at danish outfits TrustNordisk and REinvent Studios.
She is the Creative Producer of Viaplay´s Originals TROM  and co-producer of Last light
Isabelle mentors creators and producers on their individual projects or through creative initiatives such as Series Makers, Erich Pommer Institute, Series Mania Writers Campus or the Producers Room of Cannes film Festival. 
She has been lucky to collaborate on the conceptual development, from the idea to the pitchdeck, of awarded filmmakers ́ projects based all over Europe and beyond. For both Tv series and feature films. 
From tindering ideas to designing genuine characters and impactful stories. From pitchdeck to script doctoring and final pitch. 
Delivering local and international stories in connection and respect to the creators is her raison d´être. 
Her hands-on expertise is supported by her education covering French and German laws studies, Script development at French CEEA and various training workshops such as J.Truby, R. McKee and Creative thinking at Imperial College, London.

THE

MENTORS

 

MunichFilmUp! supports the filmmakers throughout their feature-length films’ creative process, offering them an individual development plan specially designed to meet their individual needs

For the duration of the Lab (from November 2023 to June 2024), each filmmaker will be coached by its artistic director, along with top-notch international industry mentors, to continuously challenge the creative decisions made during the screenwriting and development process; and to repeatedly apply new approaches and aspects to the involved characters and dramatic structure.

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Anna Ciennik

Anna Ciennik graduated from La Fémis French film school in the produc1on department in 2010. She has been working in different capaci1es – mostly as line producer and post-produc1on supervisor – for Les César, Les Films d’Ici, Les Films de Pierre, Kazak produc1ons. In parallel, she has been reading scripts for companies and official ins1tu1ons in France and the UK including the CNC, Why Not Produc1ons, Crea1ve Films. Enriched by these experiences, she felt the urge to dedicate herself to script-development and story-edi1ng.

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Franz Rodenkirchen

Franz Rodenkirchen (*1963) is an independent script consultant and advises filmmakers on the development of their film material. He works for TorinoFilmLab, the Berlinale Talents Script Sta1on, SEAFIC Lab, and as a lecturer at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). Together with Françoise von Roy he organizes the interna1onal script development workshop “Script Circle” as well as “Six Days of Prac1ce”, a workshop on script analysis and feedback strategies for producers, sponsors and dramaturges. → Solace 23 website (Franz Rodenkirchen and Françoise von Roy)

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Ayman El Amir

Ayman El Amir is an Egyp1an script consultant and film producer. He works as a script consultant for many programs, labs and ins1tutes including Doha Film Ins1tute, The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch S1Xung, Marrakesh Film Fes1val Atlas Workshop and The Royal Film Commission of Jordan.

El Amir consults privately on films and leads several interna1onal script development workshops and masterclasses. Ayman established his produc1on Company (Felucca Films) in Egypt in 2016, which focuses on fresh and new talents and contemporary social issues.

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Magali Negroni

Magali Negroni is a screenwriter and
film consultant cinematographic, fic1on and documentaries such as: The days from before by Karim Moussaoui, Hédi from Mohamed Ben AÑa (Two prizes to Berlin), Mare Nostrum by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf, Raja’s Foreign Body Amari etc. She is also a reader at Cinémas Du Monde-CNC, Cinema teacher at the University of Paris VIll and Speaker at the Higher School of Visual Arts (ESAV) of Marrakech and FEMIS. Magali intervenes in several residency and wri1ng workshops such as The Royal Film Commission, Meditalents, Sud Ecriture etc.

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Mariana Ricardo

Mariana Ricardo was born in Lisbon, in 1980, where she lives and works. She studied Linguis1cs (Major) and Musical Sciences (Minor) at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2005). She divides her ac1vity between independent music and cinema. As a screenwriter, she has par1cipated in more than a dozen films, including works by Miguel Gomes, João Nicolau and Manuel Mozos.

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Davy Chou

Davy Chou is a French-Cambodian director born in 1983. Golden Slumbers, his first film, is a documentary on the birth of the Cambodian cinema during the ‘60s and its brutal disappearance under the Khmer Rouge dictatorship in 1975. His short film Cambodia 2099, already shot in Diamond Island, Phnom Penh, was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2014. His latest film, Diamond Island, was presented at La Semaine de la Cri1que in 2016 and went on gathering numerous selec1ons and prizes in fes1vals.

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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17TH JULY - 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2023

Applications are open

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1ST SEPTEMBER - 1ST OCTOBER, 2023

Time for the selection committee

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2ND OCTOBER, 2023

Online interviews with finalist submissions & final selection

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12TH - 18TH NOVEMBER, 2023 (exact dates in Munich tba)

Kick-Off & First get-together at Filmschoolfest Munich 2023

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DECEMBER 2023 - JANUARY 2024

Participants work together on their projects (online).

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FEBRUARY 2024

The first online meetings with residency hosts & mentoring

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MARCH 2024

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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APRIL - MAY 2024

Extra mentoring online by film & media representatives ( mostly Munich & Germany based ).

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JUNE 2024 (exact dates in Munich tba)

Script presentations & networking events at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN

All six participants travel to Munich to present the developed scripts, in front of film and media representatives from Munich, Germany and international guests of the FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. To maximize networking opportunities, individual appointments are scheduled, along with invitations to official events & meetings.

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