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Master’s Pitch of the ifs serial talents

Final presentation of the master’s programme »Serial Storytelling« for the first time at the Seriencamp

Anniversary class in the 10th anniversary of the master’s programme

As part of the Seriencamp Conference, the graduates of the fifth year of the Master’s programme »Serial Storytelling« at the ifs Internationale Filmschule Köln will present their Master’s series projects to an industry audience tomorrow on 15.06. at 4.15 pm.

Fifteen authors from Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Iran, Israel, Italy and the Netherlands have analysed, researched and developed classic and innovative forms of serial storytelling over the past two years. In the process, numerous series projects have emerged – in the »German-language track« for the local audience and in the »international track« in English for an international series market.

At tomorrow’s Final Master’s Pitch, the graduates will present their master’s projects as well as selected series projects that were developed jointly in the »Writers’ Lab« project in cooperation with Paramount+. In front of an international industry audience, the entire genre variety from comedy to dramedy and coming-of-age to political and satirical drama or sci-fi thriller will be pitched. With their individual series concepts as well as with their different focuses, talents and cultural backgrounds, the aspiring series authors recommend themselves to the industry in order to help shape the future series landscape. At the subsequent get-together in cooperation with Network Movie, there will be the opportunity to talk to the up-and-coming talents.

Those who miss the presentation at the series camp will have another chance to convince themselves of the quality of the Master’s series projects on Saturday, June 17, starting at 10 a.m.: At the Friends- & Family-Pitch at the ifs, in addition to the pitches, the graduates will receive their diplomas and thus the academic degree »Master of Arts«.

The four-semester international master’s programme »Serial Storytelling« is the first and still the only international series master’s programme in Europe. Accompanied by their professor, screenwriter and media scientist Dr. Joachim Friedmann (e.g. »Der letzte Bulle«, »Lindenstraße«), and other renowned series creators such as Jane Espenson (»Battlestar Galactica«, »Game of Thrones«), Kath Lingenfelter (»Westworld«), Lisa Albert (»Mad Men«), Annette Hess (»Ku’damm 56/69/63«, »Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo«) or Jeppe Gjervig Gram (»Borgen«), the students analyse the secrets of success of popular series and develop their own series concepts.

In addition to series dramaturgy and character development, the »Writers’ Room« as a central model of collective writing is at the centre of the practical work. At the end of the programme, students develop and elaborate an original series concept as a master’s degree project.

Renowned partners such as Paramount+, btf bildundtonfabrik, Warner Bros. ITVP and Network Movie support the programme.
Graduates of the MA Serial Storytelling work as creators or in writers rooms of serial formats (including »Tschugger«, SRF; »Kljun/Awake« Nova S; »1899«, Netflix and »How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)«, Netflix), as games, transmedia and VR writers, as script consultants and editors for a wide variety of series markets and platforms.

The programme is offered every two years. The next class will start in the winter semester 2023/24.

Information about the graduates and their projects at:

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