In 2018, the Short Film Corner – with the support of NISI MASA – launched the Focus CoPro’, an event dedicated to first feature film projects, in the aim of highlighting young talents on an International scale. The idea is that any filmmaker, whose short is either selected in the Official Competition, the Directors’ Fortnight, and the Critics’ Week or presented at the Short Film Corner can apply to present her/his feature film project during a dedicated event of the festival – 8 projects will be selected! With the intention of providing additional support to filmmakers bridging the gap from short to feature, the Short Film Corner and the Pop Up Film Residency decided to join forces.

Pop Up Film Residency: Bratislava 2022

Thomas Woodroffe

Thomas Woodroffe


Thomas is a director, screenwriter and cinematographer. He directed and wrote the short film Austral Fever, which not only had its world premiere in the official competition of La Biennale di Venezia 76, but also obtained a special mention in the NEST competition of the San Sebastian Festival and participated in the official selection of the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) 2019.

He was director of photography for The Summer of The Electric Lion, a short film that won the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 and the Panavisión award at the NEST competition of the San Sebastián Film Festival 2018. It was also shown in the official short film competition at Sundance 2019.

In the 2019 edition of the Guadalajara Film Festival, Thomas was part of the jury for the Mexican feature film competition.


After a long time trapped in the glaciers of Patagonia, the ghost of cameraman Lucien Le Saint is released. Dazed, he follows the same navigation route taken a century ago, stopping at the places where he once filmed native peoples. On this journey, he crosses paths with new inhabitants of a technocratic society and the vestiges of an indigenous past.


Viera Čákanyová

Viera Čákanyová

Slovak director Viera Čákanyová (1980) studied screenwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and documentary filmmaking at FAMU in Prague, where she received an award at the FAMUfest festival for her student films Piraňa (2007) and Alda (2009).
Her experimental documentary FREM premiered at the Ji.hlava IDFF 2019 and was further presented at the Berlinale 2020, Sheffield IDFF, or Vienale 2020. Its loose sequel White on White won the Opus Bonum prize at the Ji.hlava IDFF 2020 and went on to be screened at Sheffield IDFF 2021 and Montreal IDFF 2021.
Besides working on her own films, she also works as a script editor and editor of independent film projects and makes documentary films for non-profit organizations and television.


Jessica Sarah Rinland

Jessica Sarah Rinland

Argentine-British artist filmmaker, Jessica Sarah Rinland’s work has been screened and exhibited internationally at Toronto Film Festival, New York Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Cinema du Reel, Taipei Biennial, Somerset House and Bloomberg New Contemporaries. She has won awards including Special Mention at the Locarno Film Festival, Best Film at Documenta Madrid, Primer Premio at Bienale de Imagen en Movimiento, Arts + Science Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival, ICA’s Best Experimental Film at LSFF, and M.I.T’s Schnitzer prize for excellence in the arts. Residencies include Film Studies Center at Harvard University, Somerset House Studios, MacDowell, Ikusmira Berriak and Flaherty Featured Artist. She currently teaches at University College London and Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola and works as a projectionist at the Barbican Center, London. She holds a BA (Honors) in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and an MSc in Arts, Culture and Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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