Goethe Institut’s FIRST FILMS FIRST is an intensive professional training program aimed at supporting young Southeast European film directors to develop their first feature-length fiction film.
FIRST FILMS FIRST consists of 4 modules, over a period of one year, which allow the participants to develop their first feature film project, step-by-step, through different phases of project development.
The program provides participants with:
- mentorship by renowned European film professionals through different phases of development of the first feature film project
- the necessary arts and crafts required to enter the professional international scene
- first-hand insight and practical knowledge about the ever-changing contemporary European film-making world
- contacts with some of the most important European decision makers, auteurs and experts
FIRST FILMS FIRST focuses on 8 participants only, in order to provide a face-to-face approach, individually adapting and modifying the program in order to accommodate each participant’s specific needs.
1st module: DEVELOPING STORIES TO SCRIPTS
within the framework of the Transylvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca / Romania
2nd module: FINDING A UNIQUE VISUAL STYLE FOR YOUR FILM & FURTHER SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT
within the framework of the “Manaki Brothers” International Cinematographers Film Festival, Bitola / Macedonia
3rd module: DIRECTING ACTORS & FURTHER SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT
within the framework of the Auteur Film Festival, Belgrade / Serbia
4th module: GETTING READY FOR THE BIG WORLD – PITCHING & PACKAGING YOUR PROJECT
within the framework of the Sofia International Film Festival / Bulgaria
The program finishes with a pitching presentation of the projects before a group of internationally relevant producers, commissioning editors, distributors and funds representatives at the Sofia Meetings, one of the leading regional co-production markets.
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