FIRST FILMS FIRST IS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS!
The deadline is March 1st
Goethe Institut’s FIRST FILMS FIRST is an intensive professional training program aimed at
supporting young Southeast European film directors to develop their first feature-length
FIRST FILMS FIRST consists of 4 modules, over a period of one year, which allow the
participants to develop their first feature film project, step-by-step, through different
phases of project development.
The program provides participants with:
mentorship by renowned European film professionals through different phases of development of the first feature film project
the necessary arts and crafts required to enter the professional international scene
first-hand insight and practical knowledge about the ever-changing contemporary European film-making world
contacts with some of the most important European decision makers, auteurs and experts
FIRST FILMS FIRST focuses on 8 participants only, in order to provide a face-to-face
approach, individually adapting and modifying the program in order to accommodate each
participant’s specific needs.
1 st module: DEVELOPING STORIES TO SCRIPTS
within the framework of the Transylvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca /
2 nd module: FINDING A UNIQUE VISUAL STYLE FOR YOUR FILM & FURTHER SCRIPT
within the framework of the “Manaki Brothers” International Cinematographers Film
Festival, Bitola / Macedonia
3 rd module: DIRECTING ACTORS & FURTHER SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT
within the framework of the Auteur Film Festival, Belgrade / Serbia
4 th module: GETTING READY FOR THE BIG WORLD - PITCHING & PACKAGING YOUR
within the framework of the Sofia International Film Festival / Bulgaria
The program finishes with a pitching presentation of the projects before a group of
internationally relevant producers, commissioning editors, distributors and funds
representatives at the Sofia Meetings, one of the leading regional co-production markets.
Depending on the pandemic, the modules could be moved online.
All information about the application process you can find on