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MSF Original


Program
MSF Original is reserved for new MSF projects and new applicants developing their 1st or 2nd full-length feature films, fiction only. 6 projects maximum will be selected in 2020. MSF Original includes professional workshops combining individual consultancies on script-writing, producing and plenary sessions intended to provide insight into the international film market. The MSF Original’s objective is to support Myanmar emerging filmmakers and producers during the development process and to assist them in honing their professional skills.
At the end of the individual consultancies, the candidates present their projects during a pitching session in front of a jury composed of international film experts. In 2016, the jury was presided by the director Michel Hazanavicius (France) then, the following years, by directors Midi Z (Taiwan), Phan Dang Di (Vietnam) and Claude Mouriéras (France). In 2020, three projects from MSF Original will be awarded. Please find the previous years’ laureates here.

Sessions
Individual consultancies with tutors (1 hour for each project) + Plenary sessions with international experts + Pitching competition in front of a jury (30′ for each project) + Award ceremony

Calendar
Applications are now open. The deadline for 2020 MSF Original’s applications is October 30.
The finalists list will be announced November 15.
The 2020 MSF Original will take place online through Zoom from December 1 to 8.
The pitching competition in front of the jury will be held December 7 and award ceremony December 8.
Please note preparing online sessions will be held the week of November 24.

Rules
Applications are open to Myanmar candidates only.
Applications are open to candidates developing their 1st or 2nd long feature film, fiction only.
The project must not have been submitted to MSF before.
Each project must have a director and a producer. Participants cannot be represented.
The director must have directed at least one film, (regardless of duration & genre, fiction or documentary), which can be shared with the selection commission.
Participants agree that all exchanges and activities, as well as the submission materials, will be in English. Participants can however include an interpreter in their team for assisting them during the individual meetings (if they wish and at their own expense). For plenary sessions, MSF will provide the services of an interpreter.
Participants commit to have their own equipment (smartphone, computer, headsets if necessary…) with a functional Zoom application for video-conference.

Please note: Applications are not exclusive and candidates who have applied to other script funds can also apply to the MSF, and reverse. Applications to Myanmar Script Fund are free of charge. Participants commits to inform MSF team of the further selections in international festivals and markets of the film project presented to MSF.

Awards
After deliberation, the Jury will award 3 prizes for MSF Original in 2020:
MSF Script Development Award: 1.000 EUR for the continuity of the scriptwriting work. This grant will be given in 2 installments.
MSF Production Award: 2.000 EUR for the shooting of a short film related to the presented feature film project.
MSF Open Doors Award:  Invitation to a producer to participate in the 2021 edition of the Locarno Festival/Open Doors Lab from August 4 to 11 OR invitation to  a director to participate in the 2021 edition of the Open Doors Screenings by showing one of his/her short and taking part into the Open Doors Talent Immersion program from August 4 to 11.  

If you want to apply for the MSF Original 2020 and that you agree to follow the above rules, please click on the link below:

MSF Original 2020 / Application form online