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What’s the Story? Cyprus 2024 - Open Call

The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (ISFFC) invites for the third consecutive year short filmmakers to participate in the international intensive workshop What's the Story?  The workshop is part of the Talents Generator Factory (TGF) initiative.

What is it?

What’s The Story? Cyprus is an intensive five-day short film development writing workshop – part of the Talents Generator Factory initiative.

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.

Approximately one month after the conclusion of the workshop, TGF will provide online pitch training for all course participants. In the following weeks, participants will meet various international producers interested in co-producing short films. The meetings will be held online and managed by TGF. Additionally, participants can publish a summary sheet of their project on the TGF website to promote their developing film. The sheets can be updated as the film progresses in development.

After the conclusion of the workshop and the submission of the required final materials, one participant per workshop will be chosen by the tutors to further develop the film script. The development will be held online in the months following the end of the workshop and it will be guided by one of the two tutors. The meetings will take place online and will be aimed at further developing a complete draft of the short film script.

The selected participant will be then invited to take part in a live pitching session with industry professionals where to present their short film project to be held in Bolzano, during the industry days of Bolzano Film Festival in 2025. Accommodation (B&B) will be provided by TGF. Travel and food expenses will be covered by the participant.

Who is it for?

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, Lebanon and Palestine can apply.

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.

When is it scheduled?

What’s The Story? Cyprus is scheduled to take place from Monday October 14th to Friday October 18th 2024.

Who are the tutors?

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

How do I apply?

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

When is the deadline for submissions?

The deadline for submissions to What’s The Story? Cyprus is set on Saturday August 31st 2024.

How much does it cost?

The submission fee to What’s The Story? is €100. 

Accommodation and one meal per day for all the selected participants is provided by ISFFC - The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus. 

No travel expenses will be covered.

For further information please send an email to:

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