October 17 - 20, 2012
The Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, Slovakia

miniMIDPOINT at Early Melons

An intensive two-day creative workshop led by Giovanni Robbiano for screenwriters, directors, producers, and other authors and creators


Giovanni Robbiano was born on November 25, 1958, in Genoa, Italy. He studied film at the University of Bologna, before moving to New York to study screenwriting at Columbia University. His class was taught by Emir Kusturica.

After graduating, Robbiano returned to his native Italy, where he continued as a screenwriter and, later, director of various feature films. In addition to his creative work, he was also a lecturer at the universities of Bologne and Milan; currently, he teaches at the University of Genoa. As of 2000, he is the head lecturer for the Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI), which specializes in the development of young film talent within Mediterranean cinema.

Robbiano has directed four feature films - Figurine (1997), A Deadly Compromise (2000), 500! (2001), and Hermano (2007) - and is the author of numerous scripts. His old teacher and close friend, Emir Kusturica, played a cameo role in Robbiano’s last film, Hermano.

Robbiano, per his own words, considers himself to be more of a screenwriter than a director. For this reason, among others, his workshop will focus significantly more on screenwriting.

Info about MIDPOINT workshops

MIDPOINT is a year round, international program focused on further educating those working in the film industry while encouraging collaboration between screenwriters, producers, and directors during the development process. The program was founded at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague; partner schools include the Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava, the National Film School (PWSFTViT) in Łódź, the Academy of Drama and Film (SZFE) in Budapest, the National University of Theatre and Film I.L. Caragiale (UNATC) in Bucharest, and the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB).


Student Workshops

MIDPOINT is primarily aimed at fresh or recent graduates who are involved with the development of a short or feature film. The three-month training program includes two residency workshops and a consultation session. The first workshop is held in June, as part of the MFF Art Film Fest in Trenčianske Teplice in Slovakia. The second workshop is held at the end of August in Poněšice, in the Czech Republic. The program concludes with a ‘pitching session’ in which students can present their projects to an international panel made up of professional producers and representatives of co-production markets and film festivals.

Workshops for Czech and Slovak Film Professionals

This workshop is focused on script analysis for feature films which will have a theatrical release; participants will work in screenwriter-producer teams. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the Czech Film Center, MEDIA Desk (Czech Republic), and the CHARACTER: Film Development Association (Slovak Republic).

Training the Trainers

Meant for young screenwriting or drama teachers, film and/or television script editors, and those working in film or television centers who wish to enhance their teaching and/or screenwriting skills for feature films. 

Dramaturgy in the Editing Room

A workshop aimed at graduate projects in the rough cut stage.

miniMIDPOINT Workshops and Courses miniMIDPOINT is a single- or multi-day workshop designed to fit the specifications of the supporting partner.

Master Classes

Offered throughout the year, these specialized lectures offer students a 

professional look at film editing. Previous classes have been led by Jean-Claude Carrière, Todd Haynes, Bence Fliegauf, Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, Jim Stark and  Christoffer Boe. 


MIDPOINT : Central European Script Center


c/o Studio FAMU, Klimentská 4, Prague 1, 110 00

midpointcenter@famu.cz / www.midpointcenter.eu