What’s the story? 2023

What’s The Story? is an intensive five-day short film development writing workshop – part of the new Talents Generator Factory initiative. The main purpose of the workshop is to boost the creative process of story development for short films in a limited amount of time and in a collective way.

To organize a What’s the Story? workshop in your city, region, state, get in touch with the TGF artistic team by writing to: info@talentsgeneratorfactory.com

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What’s The Story? Belgium

Location: Ostend, Belgium, Flanders

Period: 30.01-02.02.2023

Tutors: Iulia Rugină, Giovanni Vanoli

Partner:  Ostend Film Festival

Ostend Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in Belgium, distinguishing itself with a unique Flemish film programme and an inclusive, audience-friendly, but above all atmospheric character. During ten days of FFO, Ostend transforms into a vibrant city festival where international and national (film) professionals come together, and where a sizable audience (46,000 visitors in 2019) of cinephiles, locals and tourists enjoy the wide range of films and events.

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What’s The Story? Cyprus

Location: Limassol, Cyprus

Period:  09.10-13.10.2023

Tutors: To Be Announced

Partner:  ISFFC – The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus

The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus is the official competition festival for short films in Cyprus, showcasing and celebrating an outstanding narrative, animated, documentary and experimental original short film content. Since 2019, the ISFFC is an official partner festival of the European Film Academy. Through the years, it has become an excellent platform for local and international filmmakers to showcase their work, and it maintains its reputation as an audience favourite.

With a developing presence in the short film arena, the ISFFC has become an ever growing Festival for shorts in the Eastern Mediterranean region, where established and emerging filmmakers enjoy the blissful experience of seeing their film on the big screen to packed audiences.

The ISFFC aims to always be ahead of the curve when it comes to integrating creativity and innovation by introducing new technologies and innovative initiatives every year. Alongside its main competition programme, the ISFFC organises a range of site-specific events in collaboration with local artists, various thematic screenings and masterclasses, aiming towards the integration of several art forms.

The Festival week culminates with the Awards ceremony in the national and international competition, with the Jury panel presenting the winners with generous cash and in-kind awards. The ISFFC Jury is comprised each year of five established international and Cypriot film professionals, academics, festival directors and short film programmers.

 

The Festival was founded by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture and Rialto Theatre in 2000. Initially, it showcased exclusively a national competition section, but, since 2011 it expanded into an international competition festival. Today, it is co-organised by the Department of Modern and Contemporary Culture of the Deputy Ministry of Culture of Cyprus, and the Rialto Theatre.

What’s The Story? Cyprus is an intensive five-day short film development writing workshop – part of the new Talents Generator Factory initiative promoted by Talents and Short Film Market (TSFM).

The workshop is led by two experienced tutors and will require active participation and a mindset open to collaboration from all participants. The work will be conducted both in class during the face-to-face hours and in between the meetings, with specific tasks and assignments to be accomplished for the following day.

At the end of the workshop, two participants will be picked by the tutors and invited to take part in another workshop happening during Talents and Short Film Market vol. 8 from November 27th to 30th 2023 in Torino, Italy. The second event will be focused on the feasibility and production of the developed projects and it will be concluded with a co-production pitching session and a series of one-on-one sessions with film professionals. The second workshop does not include any registration fees for participants. Accommodation will be provided by TSFM. Travel costs will be covered by each participant.

What’s The Story? Cyprus is open to up to ten selected filmmakers – film directors, screenwriters – who will work together in order to kickstart their respective storylines for an upcoming short film.

Only filmmakers living or born in Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel and Lebanon can apply.

What’s The Story? Cyprus is scheduled to take place from Monday October 09th to Friday October 13th 2023.

What’s The Story? Cyprus is scheduled to take place in Limassol, Cyprus.

The main language of What’s The Story? Cyprus will be English.

The submitted documents for the selection process of the participants must be in English.

The text materials written during the must be in English.

What’s The Story? Cyprus tutors will be announced shortly.

Applications to What’s The Story? Cyprus can only be submitted via the official submission form at this link:

https://forms.gle/VhXwTscz2SKePWhC9

The deadline for submissions to What’s The Story? Cyprus is set on Monday August 28th 2023.

The submission fee to What’s The Story? Cyprus is free of charge.

The participation fee to What’s The Story? Cyprus is free of charge.

ISFFC – The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus will provide accommodation and one meal per day for all the selected participants. No travel expenses will be covered.

Do you have more questions?

For further information please send and email to:

wts@talentsgeneratorfactory.com

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What’s The Story? Festival La Cabina

Location: Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

Period:  02.10-06.10.2023

Tutors:  Massimiliano Nardulli, Gonzalo G. Lobato

Partner:  Festival La Cabina

Since the year 2008, the International Medium-length Film Festival La Cabina brings the best 30 to 60 minute cinema to the city of València. The Festival has been continuously celebrated since its inception, growing in sections, activities and international impact. La Cabina offers three different medium-length sections: Official Section, including fiction films; Amalgama, including non-fiction and new filmic language movies, and Inédits, including medium-length films recovered from the past. Additionally, it offers Visuals, a meeting point for live music and audiovisual projections. La Cabina presents a young, fresh and innovative festival with a diverse audience that has become established in the city of València year after year. Following new trends in cinematographic culture, La Cabina stands out due to its sustainable growth, distinct dynamism and a qualitative development.

What’s The Story? Festival La Cabina is an intensive five-day short film development writing workshop – part of the new Talents Generator Factory initiative promoted by Talents and Short Film Market (TSFM) in collaboration with Festival La Cabina.

The workshop is led by two experienced tutors and will require active participation and a mindset open to collaboration from all participants. The work will be conducted both in class during the face-to-face hours and in between the meetings, with specific tasks and assignments to be accomplished for the following day.

At the end of the workshop, two participants will be picked by the tutors and invited to take part in another workshop happening during Talents and Short Film Market vol. 8 from November 27th to 30th 2023 in Torino, Italy. The second event will be focused on the feasibility and production of the developed projects and it will be concluded with a co-production pitching session and a series of one-on-one sessions with film professionals. The second workshop does not include any registration fees for participants. Accommodation will be provided by TSFM. Travel costs will be covered by each participant.

What’s The Story? Festival La Cabina is open to up to eight selected filmmakers – film directors, screenwriters – who will work together in order to kickstart their respective storylines for an upcoming short film.

Only filmmakers living or born in Spain with a perfect knowledge of the Spanish language can apply.

What’s The Story? Festival La Cabina is scheduled to take place from Monday October 2nd to Friday October 06th 2023.

What’s The Story? Festival La Cabina is scheduled to take place in Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain.

The main language of What’s The Story? Festival La Cabina will be Spanish.

The submitted documents for the selection process of the participants must be in Spanish.

The text materials will be translated into English and participants must be fluent in English.

What’s The Story? Festival La Cabina tutors will be Massimiliano Nardulli and Gonzalo G. Lobato.

Applications to What’s The Story? Festival La Cabina can only be submitted via the official submission form at this link:

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The deadline for submissions to What’s The Story? Festival La Cabina is set on Friday July 14th 2023.

The submission fee to What’s The Story? Festival La Cabina is free of charge.

The participation fee to What’s The Story? Festival La Cabina is 150 €. The fee could be waived by presenting unemployment certificate paper.

Festival La Cabina will provide accommodation, breakfast and a lunch per day for all the selected participants. No travel expenses will be covered.

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What’s The Story? Greece

Location: Drama, Greece

Period:  05.09-09.09.2023

Tutors: To Be Announced

Partner:  Drama International Short Film Festival

Drama International Short Film Festival is Greece’s leading short film festival, and the annual meeting place for filmmakers and industry professionals. Based in the picturesque city of Drama, the festival is the leading Greek and South-Eastern European gateway to the world’s most prestigious short film awards, and nominated filmmakers qualify for the European Film Awards (EFA). DISFF presents an annual International Competition showcasing the best new films from Greece and around the world, as well as parallel events including pitching lab, film market, interviews, masterclasses, concerts, book presentations, panels and networking opportunities for filmmakers and professionals.

What’s The Story? Greece is an intensive five-day short film development writing workshop – part of the new Talents Generator Factory initiative promoted by Talents and Short Film Market (TSFM).

The workshop is led by two experienced tutors and will require active participation and a mindset open to collaboration from all participants. The work will be conducted both in class during the face-to-face hours and in between the meetings, with specific tasks and assignments to be accomplished for the following day.

At the end of the workshop, two participants will be picked by the tutors and invited to take part in another workshop happening during Talents and Short Film Market vol. 8 from November 27th to 30th 2023 in Torino, Italy. The second event will be focused on the feasibility and production of the developed projects and it will be concluded with a co-production pitching session and a series of one-on-one sessions with film professionals. The second workshop does not include any registration fees for participants. Accommodation will be provided by TSFM. Travel costs will be covered by each participant.

What’s The Story? Greece is open to up to ten selected filmmakers – film directors, screenwriters – who will work together in order to kickstart their respective storylines for an upcoming short film.

Only filmmakers living or born in Greece, Albania, Cyprus, Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Turkey can apply

What’s The Story? Greece is scheduled to take place from Tuesday September 5th to Saturday September 09th 2023.

What’s The Story? Greece is scheduled to take place in Drama, Greece.

The main language of What’s The Story? Greece will be English.

The submitted documents for the selection process of the participants must be in English.

The text materials written during the must be in English.

What’s The Story? Greece tutors will be announced shortly.

Applications to What’s The Story? Greece can only be submitted via the official submission form at this link:

https://forms.gle/SLTJHb8gk5KDK6Cs9

The deadline for submissions to What’s The Story? Greece is set on Saturday June 10th 2023.

The submission fee to What’s The Story? Greece is free of charge.

The participation fee to What’s The Story? Greece is free of charge.

Drama International Short Film Festival will provide accommodation and one meal per day for all the selected participants. No travel expenses will be covered.

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What’s The Story? Südtirol/Alto Adige

Location:  Bozen/Bolzano, Italy, Südtirol/Alto Adige

Period:  08.05-12.05.2023

Tutors: Ella Cieslinski, Massimiliano Nardulli

Partner:  IDM Film Commission Südtirol

IDM Film Commission Südtirol has operated as a financing and service partner for film and TV productions in South Tyrol (Italy) since 2011. IDM’s mandate also includes production and location services for projects that will be filmed in the region, promoting South Tyrol as a film location at home and abroad, and professionally developing South Tyrol as a film location.

What’s The Story? Südtirol/Alto Adige is an intensive five-day short film development writing workshop – part of the new Talents Generator Factory initiative promoted by Talents and Short Film Market (TSFM).

The workshop is led by two experienced tutors and will require active participation and a mindset open to collaboration from all participants. The work will be conducted both in class during the face-to-face hours and in between the meetings, with specific tasks and assignments to be accomplished for the following day.

At the end of the workshop, two participants will be picked by the tutors and invited to take part in another workshop happening during Talents and Short Film Market Summer Event #1 from June 29th to July 2023 in Bozen/Bolzano and Schlanders/Silandro, Italy. The second event will be focused on the feasibility and production of the developed projects and it will be concluded with a co-production pitching session and a series of one-on-one sessions with film professionals. The second workshop does not include any registration fees for participants. Accommodation (B&B) will be provided by TSFM. Travel costs will be covered by each participant.

What’s The Story? Südtirol/Alto Adige is open to up to eight selected filmmakers – film directors, screenwriters – who will work together in order to kickstart their respective storylines for an upcoming short film.

Only filmmakers living or born in Südtirol/Alto Adige, Trentino, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia can apply.

What’s The Story? Südtirol/Alto Adige is scheduled to take place from Monday May 8th to Friday May 12th 2023.

What’s The Story? Südtirol/Alto Adige is scheduled to take place at ZeLIG, Via Brennero, 20D, 39100 Bozen/Bolzano, Italy.

The main language of What’s The Story? Südtirol/Alto Adige will be English.

The submitted documents for the selection process of the participants might be in either English, German or Italian.

The text materials written during the workshop might be in either English, German or Italian, albeit the English version is preferable in order to maximize the international outreach.

What’s The Story? Südtirol/Alto Adige tutors will be Ella Cieslinski and Massimiliano Nardulli.

Ella Cieslinski graduated from Film University in Munich in 2018. Since then she has written and co-written several feature projects, as well as supported projects as a script consultant. In accompanying directors in their search for writing she sees her responsibility in guiding them to their inner desire for the movie and the need to create it: in order to find the most honest way to tell it and to approach the characters. No matter if it’s a fictional, documentary or experimental film. In her writing and filmmaking, she was always interested in complex relationships, the subconsciousness of the human being and the exploration of communication – verbal or nonverbal – with each other, nature and our surroundings. Having lived parts of her life in Brazil, France, Uruguay, Russia and the US., Ella feels naturally drawn to international projects with their own melody and rhythm of each language.

Massimiliano Nardulli. During the last 15 years he worked as curator, programmer and artistic director for several festivals around Europe among which Brest European Short Film Festival and Amerique Latine Biarrtiz (France), Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland), NexT and Timishort (Romania), !F Istanbul (Turkey). Massimiliano is one of the creators and curators of TSFM (Italy), of the European Talent Lab for low budget films LESS IS MORE and of Word-Frame, a laboratory for storytelling and scriptwriting for short films. He has worked as script advisor, associate producer and tutor for several international projects. He is a member of Académie des Arts et Techinque du Cinéma – César (France) and Gopo Award (Romania), and he sat on the board of Breizh Film Fund (Brittany, France).

Applications to What’s The Story? Südtirol/Alto Adige can only be submitted via the official submission form at this link:

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The deadline for submissions to What’s The Story? Südtirol/Alto Adige is set on Sunday April 09th 2023.

The submission fee to What’s The Story? Südtirol/Alto Adige is free of charge.

The participation fee to What’s The Story? Südtirol/Alto Adige workshop is 250,00 € per individual. The sum is payable before the beginning of the workshop via bank transfer only to IDM Südtirol/Alto Adige.