EFB(Europaiisches filmzentrum babelsberg) and Kwetu Film Institute organizes Masterclass 2018 Serial Writing.
“A unique challenge for enthusiastic, advanced AUTHORS, SCRIPT WRITERS for TV, Web-TV, Film”
The workshop programme
The first week the workshop will deal with key elements of serial storytelling in practical lectures, screenings and workshops. Each participant shall provide one serial idea, which will be part of the group discussions and excercises. Two of these participants’ ideas will be choosen by a jury for the work in week two, in which smaller groups will develop characters, a season arc and episode plots for that ideas exemplary. These Writers’ Rooms will be guided by the mentors.
In the weeks following the workshop each participant writes a screenplay for one episode (shooting script), at least two episodes each of the two series will be produced and filmed by a team.
Goal of the Masterclass are two so called series packages – including a series bible, episode screenplays and at least two produced episodes.
SERIAL WRITING Class May 7 to May 18 in Kigali followed by a three weeks online tuition from May 21 to June 8, 2018
Enthusiastic, advanced AUTHORS, SCRIPT WRITERS – also for novels, short stories
For authors and script-writers
Solid writing experience is indispensable!
Documents required : written application with letter of motivation, CV, essay (topic : What I wish to develop in Rwandan media industry), concept for a Web Series on a Rwandan topic, references, work samples
Please request your application form at
Fully completed applications in english have to be submitted till April 8th, 2018
Prof. Klaus Keil recently retired from his position as professor for Interdisciplinary Film Economics at the Film and Television University Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany, and as managing director of the Erich Pommer Institute, one of Europe’s leading institutes for media law, media management, and media research. His professional career includes positions as assistant director, production manager, and producer, as well as subsequent management positions at Bavaria Film and Constantin Film in Munich. In 1989, Keil was appointed as professor and dean at the Academy of Television and Film Munich, where he set up Germany‘s first academic programme for film production and media economy. Since its inception in 1994 until 2004, he was CEO of the funding body Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg. He is also founding chair of the German Federal Film Production Association (Bundesverband Produktion) and a member of the board of trustees of the Cottbus Film Festival.
Jürgen Seidler is a writer, script consultant, producer and lecturer at German Film and TV Academy. Jürgen studied Politics, Sociology and German language in Freiburg and Berlin, and took a Diploma in Political Science in 1982. Moving to Zürich he studied directing at the Actors Academy Zürich and obtained a Diploma in directing 1988.Jürgen Seidler was an assistant professor in the department for film and TV production at the University for Film and TV in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1994 to 1997. He was head of study at “Babylon International”, a training programme for European and African filmmaker, financed by the EU Media Program and the Nigerian Film Corporation. In 1999 Jürgen founded Script House and heads the company as a managing director since then. He built Script House to a highly recommended agency for script development in Germany and Europe. Jürgen contributed to numerous films and TV series as a script editor, writer and producer. In 2012 he was hired by nova film as an employed senior producer for a long running German TV series. In 2014 and 2015 he was part of a writers room at Saxonia TV production. He wrote numerous episodes for a German TV series.
Timo Gößler After his studies at Filmuniversity Babelsberg Timo worked as a writer for several TV shows and was a story editor in Germany’s first primetime writers’ room for the crime show UNSCHULDIG. As script consultant he coached many feature films, documentaries and TV series – like ALARM FÜR COBRA 11 or the children’s show LÖWENZAHN. As creative consultant Timo worked for several German broadcasters like ZDF, KiKA or rbb. Recently he worked as a development producer for the children’s hit show BEUTOLOMÄUS, a fantasy drama. Timo Gößler is an assistant professor for serial storytelling, screenwriting and dramaturgy at Filmuniversity Babelsberg. He is the head of studies of several training programs like the “Sitcom Class” or the “Winterclass Serial Writing and Producing”, an international graduate level workshop focusing on the development of High End Drama in which he worked together with US showrunners like Kelly Souders (SALEM) or Alex Gansa (HOMELAND).
Mazimpaka Jones Kennedy is the current Vice President of Rwanda Film Federation, an apex body of Rwandan Filmmakers. He is a stage and film actor with over 40 years of acting on stage and 20 years of acting in film. He has featured in 8 International film productions and 37 local short and feature film productions. Kennedy is a holder of 6 Certified Certificates in Filmmaking from different workshops and master classes conducted by Rwanda Cinema Center and RMP. He has mentored in different master classes at Kwetu Film Institute and has a Tutorial Assistant title of the East African University film school in Nyagatare Eastern Province. His professional career includes stage and film director, scriptwriter and positions as Assistant Director and Production Manager.