The Benefits of Guided Script Development

Tuesday 4 July , 4–6pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

It is a proven fact that a well-treated script has a far higher chance of becoming a successful film. Join us for a panel which will explain why script doctoring has become essential in today’s film development, and what are its benefits, opportunities, processes and outcomes. MIDPOINT’s instructor Naomi Foner will give a keynote lecture, followed by a presentation of the planned the Czech Film Fund’s Script Incubator and successful showcases of Torino Film Lab’s programme. Together, we will look at the role of teachers, script-development platforms, festivals and scriptwriters themselves. Join us if you are still unsure whether script development is worth your time, money and effort. If you are a believer, come and consider your options.

Moderated by: Danijel Hocevar

Managing director of Vertigo, a Ljubljana-based production company with a distinctive track record, is a film producer with extensive working experience on international co-productions and narrow budget films. Since 1987, when he started his professional career as producer, Danijel has produced or co-produced more than 40 feature films, as well as more than 10 documentaries and 50 short films and TV productions. He is a voting member of European Film Academy and since 2011 the president of the Association of Slovenian Film Producers. Since 2005 he’s actively involved as tutor or guest expert with several European training initiatives such as MIDPOINT (since 2013, Head of Studies since 2017), EAVE (Group Leader 2009 - 2013), Nipkow Program (jury member since 2005) and Maia Workshops (since 2015). He is also a member of the selection committee of When East Meets West co-production forum since 2012.

Keynote: Naomi Foner

Naomi Foner has spent her career as a screenwriter exploring the exquisite complications of family. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and received the PEN West and Golden Globe Awards for her screenplay Running on Empty, starring River Phoenix and directed by Sidney Lumet. She also wrote and produced A Dangerous Woman, Losing Isaiah, and Bee Season. Very Good Girls, which she wrote and directed, stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and was distributed by Tribeca Films. She is currently adapting Reconstructing Amelia for HBO and Nicole Kidman and developing an original television series with producer Lianne Halfon of Mr. Mudd.

She began her career as a producer for the Children’s Television Workshop, and was involved with the development of both Sesame Street and The Electric Company, as well as the drama series The Best of Families, during her years at public television. She currently serves on the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Nichols Fellowship selection committee. Additionally, Foner is co-chair of the Scripter Awards and has taught at Columbia, UCLA and USC film schools. She also has an ongoing interest in progressive politics; she has been on the board of 826LA, and is an active supporter of the ACLU as well as The Nation Magazine. She is most proud of her children, her grandgirls and the Blue Ribbon she earned for her carrots at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair.


Jan Sverak – screenwriter
Mikko Kuparinen – writer and director
Koutaiba Al-Janabi – filmmaker
Tereza Nvotova – director
Alessandro Gropplero – Managing Director When East Meets West
Barbora Struss – Director MIDPOINT
Fabrizio Grosoli – Co-direcror of Trieste Film Festival
Hugo Rosak - Head of Film Industry KVIFF

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