The Focus WiP is a selection of promising short films in production or post-production presented to key players of the short film Industry – distributors, programmers, institutions, film funds, producers and buyers – within a pitch session.
The initiative allows filmmakers to benefit from mentoring sessions and promote their project before its finalization.
Directors and producers of the chosen projects enjoy a privileged space to present extracts from their work-in-progress. The Focus WiP aims at facilitating the completion and the release of these short films on an international scale.
The project holders get access to the following benefits:
- Pitch Training workshop
- Individual mentoring session with a dedicated mentor, depending on the short’s current step of development
- Participation to the Focus WiP session – presentation of the chosen work-in-progress
- One-to-one meetings with the attending decision-makers
Thanks to the participation of Hiventy, technical partner of the Festival de Cannes, a project will benefit from a 5’000€ grant dedicated to the finalization of the short film post-production.
In 2022, project-holders had the chance to count on the expertise of various mentors:
Justine Baillargeon – h264 ; Nadia Ben Rachid – editor ; Jim Cummings – filmmaker ; Ron Dyens – Sacrebleu Productions ; Lisa Marie Russo – producer & director ; Wim Vanacker – First Cut Lab ; Florian Weghorn – Berlinale Talents
The 2023 mentors will be announced soon.
MIDPOINT Institute – Upon all the projects presented, one of them will be taken from MIDPOINT Shorts, a program dedicated to short films in development.
Submissions are made possible upon invitation.