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.

Anastasiya Gruba

Women Suicide Season

Anastasiya Gruba is a Ukrainian screenwriter and director, member of the NGO Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema. Graduated from Kyiv National Ivan Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University.  Participated in the European Short Pitch 2020 with the short film project Ice-Hole, in the Terrarium Residence 2020 with the feature film project Women Suicide Season and in the Script Workshop from Wiz-Art Festival 2020 with Ice-Hole. Co-writer of the feature film Chrysanthemum Day, dir. Simon Mozgovyi.


Lana Bregar

Dark Head

Lana studied photography at the Secondary School for Design and Photography in Ljubljana. Her education continued at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film, and Television, completing studies in film & television directing.
She is currently writing her first feature screenplay as part of the Slovenian workshop Scenarnica and the international Munich Film Up!
Her graduation film Otava had its international premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival and was in the semi-finalist selection for the Student Oscar.


Loïc Hobi

Cryptp Lover

Loïc Hobi is a French-Swiss filmmaker born in 1997. He studied directing at Luc Besson’s film school École de la Cité in France, graduating in 2019 with L’Homme Jetée. He has recently released The Life Underground, a coming of age short. Focusing on his identity growing up in a digital world, he has made more experimental films like New Gods. Merging his narrative and experimental sides, Loïc has just finished shooting Alexx196 & the pink sand beach. He is now developing his first feature.


Erec Brehmer

Lightenss and Weight

Born in 1987. Living in Munich, Germany. Studied directing at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). His graduation film La Palma was released in German cinemas in 2020 and is now available on Netflix Germany. He finished his first documentary Who we will have been in 2021 and participated in the 31st Drehbuchwerkstatt Munich 2019/2020, as well as the talent development programs ZFF Academy (Zurich Filmfestival 2020) and Berlinale Talents (Berlinale 2021).


Cyrielle Raingou

I`m Coming for you

Cyrielle Raingou is a Cameroonian filmmaker passionate about the concept and development of a certain African cultural identity, its promotion on an international scale and the economic interest it raises. She very often uses legends, metaphor, the symbolism of certain animals, to support human stories in their complexity, and the mystery of life. She holds master’s degrees in law and in film directing.


Pratik Thakare

A Midnight Meal

Pratik Thakare is a filmmaker based in Mumbai, India. Pratik went on to study Film Direction & Screenplay Writing at Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata. His short film Salana Jalsa premiered at Shanghai IFF and was part of film festivals such as Dharamshala IFF, Filmschoolfest Munich, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF). Having written a screenplay for an upcoming sports drama series, Pratik is currently developing the script for his debut feature.




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.


Ayman El Amir

(mentor: Anastasiya Gruba)

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

(mentor: Lana Bregar)

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

(mentor: Loïc Hobi)

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

(mentor: Erec Brehmer)

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

(mentor: Cyrielle Raingou)

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

(mentor: Pratik Thakare)

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




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

by the Kirch Stiftung