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 2023

THE

PARTICIPANTS 2023/24

 

Learn more about the participants of this year.

GOALS OF THE

PROGRAMME

 

Aside from nurturing the individual projects on a content level, the MunichFilmUp! lays a special focus on the networking aspect. Participating filmmakers will meet renowned producers, directors, and screenwriters from the international media industry, who will help them achieve their projects most effectively.

We thank the Pop Up Film Residency, our exclusive partner, who will contribute not only its expertise in screenplay development, but also its network of brilliant and experienced international filmmakers as well as industry representatives.

The programme is set to create ideal conditions: the possibilities to find the means necessary to create the developed screenplays to evolve into six new film projects. In the final analysis Munich FilmUp! will benefit not only from our participating filmmakers but also from the film production center Munich in general.

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 filmmaker based in Paris. Through a choir of life paths, her films aim to shed sensitive light on the contemporary social dynamics that surround her. The sets are walls that unfold in confusion, sadness, joy and love.

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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.

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.

APPLICATION

PACKAGE

 

MunichFilmUp! supports the filmmakers throughout their feature-lenght films creative process, offering them an individual development plan especially 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 question 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.

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.

READY TO

SUBMIT MY PROJECT

 


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