Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg / Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg / Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany

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

‘24/7’ AIR programmes

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.

To let the stipends profit the most within the short period of time – the duration of the stay varies between two and three months according to the city – the cooperation with local partners is intense right from the beginning. This includes networking events and dinners introducing the guest to the film- and media industry on site, and setting up contacts considering the individual needs of the participants.
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,
including the application- and selection process till the practical realisation and involvement of the German fellow.
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.

Former fellows were e.g. Samuel Maoz with his project ‘Foxtrott’ (working title), who is the director of the multiple awarded feature film debut ‘Lebanon’, 2009.
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

related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the request for reimbursement of funds.
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.

Since 2013, there is also an AIR collaboration with Villa Aurora Berlin/L.A., the former house of German-Jewish writer in exile Lion Feuchtwanger in Pacific Palisades, California. This exchange is to enable one fellow routed in film business to link with Hollywood and stay in L.A. for a quarter of a year, together with three other residents from different branches.
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 new media fellowship created by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in conjunction with NY Media Center offers digital media professionals the opportunity to swap living and working environments with their transatlantic peers.
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 stipend will include workspace in a co-working facility at an interesting hotspot for Start-ups and young business people in the media and digital sector fostering creativity and the share of expertise, prospectively in Berlin-Kreuzberg. An individually tailored mentoring programme is rounding up the concept. The media residency programme will take place from April till June 2015, offering the fellows the opportunity to attend industry events such as Berlin Web Week and Internet Week New York, both taking place in May.
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.

The facts
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 Made in NY Media Center by IFP  Designed by MESH Architects, it is a multi-disciplinary creative space with nearly 2.000 sqm at 30 John Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. It is a place where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries and platforms create, collaborate, connect and incubate across a spectrum of programmes, events and experiences. The Center brings together innovators in film, video, gaming, technology, and more through education, mentorship, entrepreneurship and content creation.

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
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.

More info on the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg homepage and on Facebook.

Photos: NY Media Center, A.M.;
Interview with:
Dr. Teresa Hoefert de Turégano,
Filmfunding Advisor, and
Alex Röhl,
Consultant Media Business Development,
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH,
Babelsberg, 20th August 2014.