Logo Munich Film Up!

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


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.




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 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.


Sadeq Es-Haqi

I belong to the generation of Iranian young filmmakers who are exploring the least discussed aesthetic and thematic issues in Iranian cinema.


Double Blind (WT)

The story takes place in a criminal city. The life of a young girl is turned upside down during the course of one day.


Hang L Nguyen

A Vietnamese woman filmmaker who cares to explore the transnational female identity in relationships with family dynamics and grief. With a morbid sense of humor, occasionally.


Rooftop Lempicka (WT)

A coming-of-age drama with magical realist elements. In 2002 Saigon, Vietnam, a ten-year-old girl learns her first lessons about womanhood and sexuality by possessing a nude painting book by a female artist, and befriending her conservative parents’ new tenant.


Soham Kundu

Soham is an Indian born, London based Writer-Director, an alumna of University of the Arts London (Directing), NFTS (Writing the TV Pilot) and a recipient of the JN Tata Scholarship. His latest film ‘Love Death and Everything In Between won the ‘Prix Interculturel Award’ at Film School Fest Munich’.


The Sea Urchin (WT)

The Sea Urchin follows the story of Vitthal, a Bangladeshi immigrant in the UK, who comes to terms with his own identity, triggered by the untimely demise of his schizophrenic brother. While in mourning, he forms a unique friendship with a deaf woman who shares a similar desire to escape from the responsibilities and mundanities of everyday life.

Nancy Calmado

I am Nancy and I grew up in the Italian Alps. After studying at the HFF, now I’m based in Munich.


Wolf (WT)

Will be my debut film. It is a crazy, hilarious horror/thriller mix about the return of the ,,evil”  wolf in Europe.


Viv Li

Viv Li is a Chinese filmmaker and artist based in Berlin. She likes to approach everything with humor, especially her films.


A Hazy Romance (WT)

A Chinese layabout and a Swiss photographer accidentally drive themselves into China’s deep west. Despite the clash in culture, the two strangers must learn to trust each other in this strange get adventurous journey.


Ashmita Guha Neogi

Ashmita Guha Neogi (1991) is a filmmaker based out of Delhi, India. She studied Scriptwriting & Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She is currently developing her debut feature, Cold Ashes Can Cause Forest Fires.


Cold Ashes Can Cause Forest Fires (WT)

During a winter vacation, the teenage daughters of two families slowly discover secrets that exist between the families, threatening their own friendship.




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 2021 to June 2022), 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.


Ayman El Amir

Ayman El Amir is an Egyptian script consultant and film producer. He works as a script consultant for many programs, labs and institutes including Doha Film Institute, The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Marrakesh Film Festival Atlas Workshop and The Royal Film Commission of Jordan.

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

During the same year, he implemented the Mahd Film Lab, a Cairo-based script development programme open to filmmakers working on Arab film projects and Arab-European co-production. 


Daniel Borgman

Daniel studied directing at the Danish alternative film school Super16. His short films have premiered in A-list festivals, with LARS AND PETER officially selected for Cannes in 2009 and BERIK winning the Grand Prix in Cannes in 2010. His debut feature THE WEIGHT OF ELEPHANTS premiered in Berlin in 2013. His second feature film LOVING PIA had its world premiere in Berlin in 2017. The two feature films were developed at Cannes Cinefondation Residence and Berlinale Residence respectively making Daniel one of the very few directors in the world, being selected for both. In 2019 Daniel completed his 3rd feature film HARPIKS, a co-production between Adomeit Film and Zentropa made with support from the DFI, TV2 and FilmFyn.


Nadja Dumouchel

Nadja Dumouchel is currently engaged as a script consultant and tutor for several film labs. She is fully dedicated to the international art house film scene – accompanying a story’s process of gestation, its forming into worlds, words and images has become her main focus. As an independent story editor, Nadja is working with various filmmakers around the world on the development of their feature films and training international producing students on the intercultural aspects of scriptwriting (Filmakademie Ludwigsburg).


Marcelo Martinessi

Paraguayan director and screenwriter. He was executive director of the first Public TV in his home country from the beginning of the project in 2010 until the coup d’état of June 2012. Capturing his nation’s trauma during that political chaos he wrote and directed ‘La Voz Perdida’ (The Lost Voice), Best Short Film at Venice Film Festival in 2016. His first feature film, ‘Las Herederas’ (The Heiresses) was in Competition at the 2018 Berlinale and won two Silver Bears (Alfred Bauer and Best Actress awards) and the Fipresci prize.


Teodora Mihai

Teodora Ana Mihai was born in Bucharest, Romania, studied film at Sarah Lawrence College in upstate New York. Upon returning to Belgium, she first started working in the industry as a script supervisor and assistant director, followed by a stint in the TV industry. Teodora is a member of the European Film Academy.

Her films take on the challenge of striking a balance between social relevance and audio-visual poetry. Among other things, the creative documentary Waiting for August was nominated for the European Film Awards in 2014, and in 2021, her La Civil, produced by her Belgian based company One for the Road bvba, in collaboration with Mexican writer Habacuc Antonio De Rosario premiered in the Un Certain Regard of the Festival de Cannes.


Matthieu Taponier

Matthieu Taponier is a Franco-American screenwriter, script consultant and film editor. After studying Modern Literature in Paris, he completed an MFA in filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

As a script consultant, he received training at the TorinoFilmLab’s Script&Pitch program and has been tutoring since in workshops such as the Critic’s Week Next Step, “Next Step”, DFI’s “Hezayah Screenwriting Lab” and Le Groupe Ouest (Cross Chanel Film Lab, Puissance & Ame, LIM – Less is More).

Extract from his filmography:

2020 – Beginning by Dea Kulumbegashvili – Script & Film editor (Feature Film) – Cannes label 2020, FIPRESCI TIFF 2020, Golden Shell San Sebastian 2020

2020 – Adventures of a Mathematician by Thorsten Klein – Film editor (Feature Film) – Palm Springs 2020

2018 – Sunset, by László Nemes– Co-writer & Film editor (Feature Film) – FIPRESCI Venice 2018

2015 – Son of Saul, by László Nemes– Script & Film editor (Feature Film) – Grand Prix Cannes 2015, Golden Globe, Oscar and BAFA 2016 Best Foreign Language Filmi




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.


Applications are open



Time for the selection committee


10TH & 11TH OCTOBER, 2022

Online interviews with 12 finalist submissions & final selection


16TH - 19TH NOVEMBER, 2022

Kick-Off & First get-together at Filmschoolfest Munich 2022



Participants work together on their projects (online).



The first online meetings with residency hosts & mentoring


MARCH 2023

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.


APRIL - MAY 2023

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


26TH JUNE – 29TH JUNE, 2023

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.




If you have any questions about your application, you can send us an email
at applications@munichfilmup.org.

Our teams will answer you as soon as possible!






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 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.




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!




A PROGRAMME presented by
HFF Film Munich
Film School Festival Munich
Pop Up Film Residency

by the Kirch Stiftung