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.
GOALS OF THE
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 Muncher at the end), with individual 3-week-long Pop Up Film Residencies in between.
1ST AUGUST - 19TH SEPTEMBER, 2021
Applications are open
20TH SEPTEMBER - 8TH OCTOBER
Time for the selection committee
9TH & 10TH OCTOBER
Online interviews with 12 finalist submissions & final selection
17TH - 21ST NOVEMBER
First get-together at Filmschoolfest Munich
First online meeting with residency hosts & mentoring
The participants and their hosts get to know each other and discuss the initial conditions & needs of each project, defining the main focus of the mentoring work.
JANUARY - MARCH 2022
Pop Up Film Residency
Each participant travels to the individual residency for a three-week stay. The goal of the residency is discussed individually. The development work is structured and focused accordingly.
MARCH - MAY
Second, third & final mentoring
The participants meet their mentors online and continue to work on their projects. Also they prepare the project for presentation at the FILMFEST MÜNCHEN.
30TH JUNE - 3RD JULY
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.
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 2021 to June 2022), 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.
Six to eight-page treatment
for feature film.
LOOK & FEEL
Three photos and visuals to describe
For us to get to know better.
One previous short film you either wrote or directed.
Three-minute video (1.5 min. about the applicant, 1.5 min. about the project).
Q&A – MUNICH FILM UP! IN
#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 9 October 2021. Notification of acceptance will be on 11 October 2021.
#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?
#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.
SUBMIT MY PROJECT
If you have any questions about your application, you can send us an email
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”.
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.
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