1) for filmmakers: screenwriters, directors, producers, but as well
camerapersons, editors, costume and set designers, composers and sound designers
2) for young media professionals: digital techs, visual artists, cross-media researchers
Spectacular cities to explore for filmmakers
And a new AIR programme to come soon:
media pros in interchange Berlin-New York
About five years ago Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg started to run its residency programmes called ‘24/7’, at first only welcoming filmmakers from abroad in Berlin-Brandenburg.
Since more than three years it is working reciprocally and gives film creative from Germany, based in the capitol region, the opportunity to travel to Israel, France, China, India and Mexico, and to host film professionals from these countries contemporaneously.
The aim is to provide the chance to work on, maybe even to realise a project abroad, like writing a film script, or just to find inspiration from the different culture, habits, landscapes and languages for the tangible work.
The already existing running residency programmes are affiliated in the department Film Funding, especially in charge is Dr. Teresa Hoefert de Turégano.
In terms of selection of course, Managing Director Kirsten Niehuus is strongly involved.
Depending on the destination, housing and programming is organised differently.
For example, the close collaboration with the Israel Film Fund is the most established one. Executive Director Katriel Schory is involved throughout the procedure,
In Tel Aviv e.g. housing is arranged in a private flat, unlike to Paris.
There the exchange fellows are accommodated at the Cité Internationale des Arts based in the 4th arrondissement, hence directly in the city centre of Paris around ÎIe Saint-Louis, where they find ateliers, rehearsal studios, and moreover common space for commutation and reflection with artists of divers disciplines and backgrounds. Detailed information on the other cities, on deadlines and requirements can be found online.
Also director Matthias Luthardt participated as a resident in Tel Aviv with his film project ‘The Dog’, which will be in production soon.
One of the first stipends hosted in Berlin was the Israeli-Arab director/screenwriter Suha Arraf, writing the script for her film ‘Villa Touma’ here, the film shown at this years’ Venice Film Festival, causing scandals
Generally, Medienboard has a flexible approach to the projects the candidates are applying with as well as to the practical proceedings on location. The focus remains on the personal profile and requirements of the stipend.
A tip for potential applicants: Teresa Hoefert de Turégano emphasised that the motivation letter is particularly important to her, stressing motives for and impact on the creative work.
Apart from the national film funds, companions are the German Federal Film Fund (FFA), Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten mbH (GWFF), Goethe Institutes in the related countries, Institut Français Germany, Ville de Paris, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival, and others.
See the blog article about the residency Villa Aurora, L.A.
To reach the Medienboard offices at Media City via public transport, the closest S-Bahn train station is ‘Griebnitzsee’. Just across from the station’s entrance there is beautiful lake Griebnitz. It is definitely worth climbing down the stairs for taking a little timeout and looking over the waters on a late summer’s day.
New Media AIR ‘Berlin-NY, NY-Berlin’
Medienboard and Made in NY Media Center by IFP are currently developing an exchange programme for young media entrepreneurs and creatives.
The scheme was largely adapted, taking over successful modules, plus adding branch specific extra aspects:
Two entrepreneurs, media professionals and young business people from the Berlin region have the chance of a three-month fellowship in New York City. While at the same time two New York media practitioners and creatives will be invited to spend three months in Berlin-Brandenburg, being accommodated in the city.
The goal of the programme is to strengthen the international networks linking these two media hubs, particularly interesting through its interdisciplinary approach and the coaching elements.
Both residency programmes cover travel and accommodation costs, both organised by partner institutions; In Berlin e.g. the practical proceedings are taken over by Nipkow Programm and Startup Germany. Moreover, the fellows receive a monthly allowance of 1.000 Euro.
The calls are sent out in autumn, and the selected next term residents are usually announced on a festive occasion during Berlin International Film Festival.
Especially in the film and media branch, realising a project and producing a film is a process, which takes a long time, usually several years. So it is kind of immanent to grow and keep connected with the fellows through their careers.
And who actually is…?
The company is the first stop for professionals in film and media industries in the area. It unites film funding and business development of both federal states, Berlin and Brandenburg, under one roof.
Its goal is to strengthen and further develop the film and media industry in the capital region.
Photos: NY Media Center, A.M.;
Dr. Teresa Hoefert de Turégano,
Filmfunding Advisor, and
Consultant Media Business Development,
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH,
Babelsberg, 20th August 2014.