WHAT IS IT?
A Long Way Home is an online workshop for kickstarting upcoming feature film projects based on or inspired by a previously released short film. The online workshop will end with with an onsite pre-development pitch. The workshop is divided into two strands: A Long Way Home for Filmmakers and A Long Way Home for Creative Producers.
A maximum number of five selected participants for A Long Way Home for Filmmakers will attend an online developing workshop under the guidance of a tutor and supported by a creative producer participating in A Long Way Home for Creative Producers, to whom they have been matched during the selection process, in order to start the transition of their completed short film into a feature film project.
Selected participants will be assisted by a tutor who will work with them during five two-on-one sessions (one filmmaker, one creative producer and one tutor). In order to further develop their projects, selected participants will be required to write text materials in between these sessions.
During TSFM vol. 7, selected participants will be required to present the outcomes of their online workshop. They will have ten minutes to pitch the feature film project together with the creative producer to an audience of film professionals. Following the pitch session, participants will attend a series of two-on-one meetings with industry professionals scheduled by the TSFM team.
WHO IS IT FOR?
A Long Way Home for Filmmakers online workshop is exclusively dedicated to directors and/or screenwriters, from any country of the world, that are in need of support and guidance for kickstarting the writing of a feature film project based on or inspired by a previously completed short film. Applicants with little or no experience of feature film development are encouraged to apply.
At the A Long Way Home pitch session, a diversified audience of cinema professionals – commissioning editors, buyers, distributors, festival representatives, directors, producers, and film institutions – will provide feedback to the selected projects.
WHEN IS IT SCHEDULED?
A Long Way Home online workshop sessions are scheduled in the months of July, August, September, October and November 2022. Each session lasts for two days. The exact dates and time for each session will be agreed between selected participants with their respective tutors via email. Each session is ideally scheduled three to four weeks from the previous one.
A Long Way Home pitch session is scheduled on Sunday November 27th 2022 at 14:00 CEST (02:00 pm CEST) during TSFM vol. 7.
Please note that the time and date of the pitch session might change. The TSFM team will inform prospective participants of any change of time and date that may occur as soon as any new information will be available.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
A Long Way Home online workshop sessions are scheduled to take place online
A Long Way Home pitch session and one-on-one meetings are scheduled to take place in Torino, Italy.
Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic, in order to comply with public health safety measures the location might be different. Furthermore, if required by the local safety health institutions, the A Long Way Home pitch might be moved entirely online. The TSFM team will inform prospective participants of any change of location that may occur as soon as any new information will be available.
WHAT LANGUAGE WILL BE USED?
All accompanying documents must be submitted in English. Submitted short films can be in any language. The submitted short film MUST have embedded English subtitles if the film is in a language other than English.
The online workshop will be held in English. The text materials of the selected feature film project will be written in English. The developed feature film can be spoken in any language.
Selected feature film projects will be pitched exclusively in English.
WHO ARE THE TUTORS?
A Long Way Home tutors are professionals whose expertise span both the short and feature film circuits. Moreover the tutors have years of experience in assisting and mentoring new talents.
The head of the programme is 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).
HOW DO I APPLY?
In order to take part in the selection process of A Long Way Home for Filmmakers, applicants are required to:
- Register and sign in at tsfm.filmchief.com (If applicants have already been accredited to TSFM from 2017 on, username and password remain the same and they can be used to sign in. In case of lost credentials, these can be retrieved directly on the website)
- Submit a fully filled online entry form, accessible at this link
- The upcoming feature film project must be based on or inspired by an already completed short film
- The submitted short film on which the feature film project is based should NOT EXCEED 59 minutes in length
- The submitted short film MUST have embedded English subtitles if the film is in a language other than English
- Submitted short films MUST be provided as a password protected Vimeo link.
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS?
There is a singular deadline for submitting a complete application to A Long Way Home.
The regular deadline is scheduled on Thursday June 30th 2022 at 23:59 CEST (11:59 pm CEST)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The A Long Way Home for Filmmakers submission fee is free of charge. The participation fee for the online workshop is 500,00 € (+ VAT, if due) per individual per project.
The sum is payable before the beginning of the online workshop via bank transfer or Paypal only.
TSFM will offer scholarships for selected participants who are citizens of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine. For further information about the discounted fee rate for selected participants please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN WILL APPLICANTS BE NOTIFIED OF THE SELECTION RESULTS?
Applicants will receive a selection or rejection notice via email by Monday July 11th 2022.
IN CASE OF SELECTION IS PARTICIPATION MANDATORY?
All participants are required to attend each one of the scheduled online workshop sessions. All participants are required to travel to Torino in order to attend the A Long Way Home pitch. TSFM will provide lodging for 2 nights and a free accreditation to a single representative for each selected project. Travel costs will not be covered or reimbursed.
Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic, in order to comply with public health safety measures, selected participants that might be banned from travelling to Torino will be able to attend the A Long Way Home pitch remotely from home.
IS THERE A PRIZE?
A prize will be revealed in the coming weeks.
DO YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
For further information about the open call, the structure or the working methodology of A Long Way Home please send an email to email@example.com.