After 22 years of success, the Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI), in defiance of the challenges posed by the coronavirus, is once again organizing the European program for the development of screenplays and film projects, MFI Script 2 Film Workshops.

Following the guidelines of the European Commission (11/6/2020) to limit unnecessary travel within the EU to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and with a personal sense of responsibility towards all involved parties, the organizers have decided to implement the first round of workshops in Nisyros, live for Greek participants and online for the rest, between July 20 and August 2.

The possibilities of the digitalization will be utilized to the fullest (group and private online meetings, masterclasses, lectures, synchronized and asynchronous online forums and targeted counseling) in order to equip the participating creators with all the necessary tools to implement them.

It should be noted that, despite the general uncertainty, the number and level of applications was extremely high, making the choice difficult. Specifically, out of 103 applications and 166 creators (screenwriters, directors and producers) from 28 countries (including Cuba Zambia and Argentina for the first time), 60 filmmakers were selected with 25 film scripts, 3 TV series projects, 6 documentaries that are under development and 6 trainee assistant professors.

The MFI Script 2 Film Workshops are supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe / MEDIA program, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the General Secretariat for the Aegean and Island Policy and the Municipalities of Nisyros and Rhodes, ERT and the National Center for Audiovisual Media and Communication (EKOME S.A.)

The Mediterranean Film Institute collaborates with the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the Crossroads Production Forum, the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and the Thessaloniki Doc Market, Sofia Meetings, Meetings On The Bridge, Nyon’s Documentary Festival Visions du Reel, the DOK Industry, the Fair DOK Leipzig, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, the Film Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Stavrakos School and IEK AKMI.