MASO #1 presents an opportunity for filmmakers to develop short films and short series. The program aims to support both experienced professionals and emerging talents in realizing their creative visions. In this inaugural edition, up to eight creative teams, consisting of a director/screenwriter and a producer, will be selected to participate. These teams will receive guidance from international experts throughout the development, production, and distribution phases of their projects.

MASO is inclusive, welcoming filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and experience levels. An Advisory Board composed of international short film experts will oversee the selection process.

The program operates in two stages. First, creative duos submit their short film projects. Then, selected teams will engage in workshops and mentoring sessions to bring their projects to fruition. Workshops will be held in Norway and Italy, with additional support provided for financing, distribution, and promotion strategies.

MASO is made possible through collaboration with international partners who provide grants for selected projects from their respective regions.

Key Dates:

  • Applications: April 16 - June 30, 2024
  • Project selection: July 1 - July 31, 2024
  • Announcement of selected projects: Early August 2024
  • Workshop #1: November 26 - December 3, 2024, in Øverbygd, Norway
  • Online mentoring sessions: December 2024 - March 2025
  • Workshop #2: April 2025, at the Bolzano Film Festival Bozen
  • Shorts production: Starting April 2025
  • Premiere of completed shorts: At the Bolzano Film Festival Bozen and other international festivals

For more information, please refer to the Open Call for Projects and Application Guidelines.


Our thanks to the official partners of MASO #1 for their support and cooperation:

Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen - South Tyrol; Bolzano Film Festival Bozen (BFFB); Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire; Fachverband der Film- und Musikwirtschaft (FAMA); Federal Ministry Republic of Austria for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport (BMKOES); FilmCamp Norway; Fondo per l’Audiovisivo del Friuli Venezia Giulia; Free University of Bozen-Bolzano; Gewächshaus - Verein zur Förderung von Diversität im Film; Hessen Film & Medien GmbH; IDM Film Commission Südtirol; Nordnorsk Filmsenter - North Norwegian Film Centre; ZeLIG - School for Documentary, Television and New Media Bozen/Bolzano