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Sep 27, 2022

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Sep 27, 2022

Screen Institute at the ZFF Summit Climber

The first ZFF Summit Climber took place from September 23 to 25, 2022 at the prestigious Dolder Grand.

During the 3 day programme, participants met Industry leaders that include Kristen Figeroid, Managing Director & EVP of Sierra/Affinity, Tom Quinn, CEO of NEON, Roeg Sutherland, Co-Head of the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and David Taghioff, Chief Executive Officer of Library Pictures. Julia Short together with Beatrice Neumann has provided mentoring support throughout the weekend.

The ZFF Summit Climber is designed as a mentored approach to support each of the 8 participants in their career development as well as offer various networking opportunities. The programme will impart a comprehensive understanding of transatlantic financing structures and offers a unique opportunity to expand North American and European networks through contact with Zurich Summit guests.

Selected participants for the ZFF Summit Climber 2022

ABDI ALI - Bankside Films
FANNY GAVELLE - The Festival Agency
MARCIN ŁUCZAJ - New Europe Film Sales
MARTINA MOUDRA - Self-employed
MINH NGUYEN - SquareOne Entertainment
STEPHAN HENZ - DCM & Arthouse Commercio Movie
VITO MARCHIANO - Rushlake Media
YI HU - GFM Film Sales

Jul 19, 2022

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Jul 19, 2022

Sustainability Management Course: first speakers announced

Do you already want to know who will be the speakers at our Sustainability Management Online Course in October? We will keep you informed!

Meet Emmy award-winning filmmaker Larry Engel, Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communication and Associate Director at Center for Environmental Filmmaking who will give you a Carbon Literacy Refresher and inform you about Net Zero’s LEAF (Leadership in the Environment, Activism in Film Certification). He was one of the co-authors of the first green codes ever published.

If you like to learn more about how Data Storage, Streaming and Digital Solutions can be GREEN, Donald Houwer will be able to tell you. Donald is an awarded film director and author and founder of the environmental film festival “Green Me” and the streaming platform “betterstream.de”.

Psychologist Katherine Dennis Gonzalez, who also has a background in philosophy, social anthropology, and neurology will focus on Social Sustainability, which is an often-overlooked aspect of sustainability, however it is fast becoming a vital area of concern for all businesses.

Do you want to drive change to your company or project? Do not wait any longer and apply for our Sustainability Management Course!


Jul 8, 2022

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Jul 8, 2022

Audience Design

From June 28 – 30 five groups of professional filmmakers, directors & producers gathered in Vienna to attend The Screen Institutes’ Audience Design Lab. Síle Culley hosted this very innovative and practical lab and was herself one of the five Audience Designers who have been working intensively with their groups, approaching a new way of thinking on how to reach the right audience for their project. After an initial industry summit day and having experienced The Testing Room with usheru (who focuses on efficient marketing and social media campaigns), the participants made the most of every minute they worked together with their Audience Designers. We should have counted the number of post-its and fully written flipchart papers that adorned the walls of each workshop room ☺

“I feel much more empowered with my project now” stated one of the participants at the end of the course and Greta Nordio, Audience Designer, resumed: "The Lab has been a wonderful, enriching experience. Working on such an exciting project and committed team in person for 3 days, exchanging a lot of ideas, was a dream!"

See some photos about the Audience Design Lab on our facebook page.

Jul 8, 2022

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Jul 8, 2022

European Presence

The International Screen Institute had been given the opportunity to participate and inform at the following events:

  • Reach Out! How to Attract Your Audience, an international event dedicated to tools and methods for building an audience for films and exploring new trends in marketing, was organised by Creative Europe Desk Poland on 9 June in Warsaw. Julia Short was part of the panelist about “Master Your Marketing”.

  • Síle Culley, Course Director of our Audience Design Lab, was invited to participate as a speaker at the FEST PRO - Directors Hub, a collaboration between the festival and the Information Centre Creative Europe MEDIA (CIEC), at the conference "Identifying and connecting with your audience".

Jun 23, 2022

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Jun 23, 2022

“This was a perfect production!”

The International Screen Institute Team is very happy with the overwhelming positive reactions from both participants and speakers on the first edition of the Legal & Business Affairs Course (June 13 to 17 in Vienna). The participants very much appreciated the mixture of theoretical inputs and practical case studies. Moreover, they liked the easy approach and open discussions with the experts who brought great insights from different countries and perspectives.


Many networking opportunities during the course were used to exchange thoughts, to learn from each other and also to have fun. “I leave this course much stronger”, “I learned so many new things”, “It was an amazing week with excellent speakers and a great group”, and as one participant said “This was a perfect production!” were just a few of the reactions from participants at the end of the week. Julia Short, Head of Studies said “the Screen Institute was delighted to have a truly amazing group of participants who very much appreciated the speakers who were generous in sharing their knowledge and expertise.”

For more photos about the Legal & Business Affairs Course, visit our Facebook Page.

May 25, 2022

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May 25, 2022

International Screen Institute in Cannes

The International Screen Institute had its first ever networking event in Cannes!

We were delighted to welcome our partners, board members, course directors, and speakers, Creative Europe MEDIA Desks representatives as well as some participants for our upcoming courses at one of the very well-known beach bars on the Croisette.

The team was busy connecting with partners and festival representatives, and attending some interesting panel sessions. It felt so much better meeting and talking in person.

And, of course, doing some red carpet …

May 18, 2022

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May 18, 2022

ZFF Summit Climber in parternship with International Screen Institute

Since the beginning, Zurich Film Festival is strongly engaged in supporting the next generation of filmmakers. The 18th ZFF will now expand its talent support offer with a new programme – the ZFF Summit Climber.

ZFF Summit Climber in partnership with Screen Institute is a talent development programme for sales and distribution junior executives. From September 23 - 26 2022, eight selected up-and-coming executives will get the opportunity to join the programme and learn from the best in transatlantic finance, sales, distribution and production. Get more insight on the programme here.

Applications are now open until Monday, August 15 2022, 10.00am CEST. More information

May 17, 2022

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May 17, 2022

Speakers Announced: The Audience Design Lab – Apply until Friday 27th May 2022

We are delighted to confirm the speakers for our Industry Summit, who each bring a wealth of expertise in their field and will contribute to an exciting and open conversation on the landscape of independent European film today.

  • Charlene Lydon | Head of Programming, Element Cinemas (Ireland)
  • Fredrik Nilsen Scholze | Digital Media and Acquisitions, Arthaus (Norway)
  • Ewa Bojanowska | Marketing & Festivals, New Europe Film Sales (Poland)
  • Natalie Ralph | Director of Distribution, MUBI (Europe)

Also joining us are our experienced Audience Designers, bringing insight from across Sales, Academia and Distribution to work with film teams one-on-one on a custom strategy for their film throughout Module One.

  • Benjamin Cölle (Germany)
  • Clara Miranda Scherffig (Germany)
  • Petar Mitric (Denmark)
  • Greta Nordio (Italy)

As previously announced, Síle Culley will lead The Audience Design Lab which will be running from 28 – 30 June + 19 September (online). Apply here.

May 9, 2022

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May 9, 2022

The Audience Design Lab x The Testing Room with usheru - Deadline extended until Friday 27th May 2022

For our Audience Design Lab, the International Screen Institute is partnering with usheru on The Testing Room, each film team will develop an engaged audience profile via deep analysis of a digital ad campaign, built with marketing experts.

The International Screen Institute is keen to explore innovative digital audience engagement tools to teach filmmakers how to optimise social media platforms. This session has been designed for each film team to get a deeper understanding of audiences and online engagement with their primary audience.

Shauna Farrell, usheru Head of Client Success, will be the speaker during The Testing Room session on The Audience Design Lab.

Do you want to learn more about this? Apply now. More information

Apr 26, 2022

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Apr 26, 2022

Speakers Announced: Legal & Business Affairs – Deadline extended until Friday 29th April 2022

International Screen Institute (ISI) are pleased to confirm the speakers for our upcoming course Legal & Business Affairs, running from 13 - 17 June 2022 in Vienna.

Speakers include:

  • Andreas Pense | Lawyer & Partner at UNVERZAGT Rechtsanwälte with a focus on copyright and media law
  • Charlotte Lund Thompson | IP LEGAL AND POLICY COUNSEL
  • Christos Michaels | Head of Lee & Thompson’s film sector team
  • Sébastian Lachaussée | Founder of L’Avocat, focused on film, music and technology law
  • Karine Riahi | Spring Legal
  • Mark Byrne | Element Pictures
  • Joris van Wijk | Le Boxeur Films
  • Ildiko Kemeny | Pioneer Pictures

As previously announced, Angelika Schouler will lead the Legal & Business Affairs course.

Legal and business affairs can appear quite daunting, especially in the earlier stages of a career in film and TV. This programme has been designed to address this, and will cover the legal framework that is required for a film or TV series. The course starts with the early stage development, to financing, to distribution and finally reaching your audience. It will also cover key areas of the legal knowledge needed in order to create confidence in the individual when discussing and preparing contracts.

More information on the course can be found here

Mar 29, 2022

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Mar 29, 2022

Applications open: The Audience Design Lab

Don't miss it: Innovative workshops with Audience Designers
from 28 - 30 June 2022 + 19 September 2022

  • Custom-tailored creative workshops
  • For fiction and documentary feature teams
  • Get to know to the methodology of Audience Design
  • Work together with highly skilled Audience Designers

Get more information

Mar 29, 2022

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Mar 29, 2022

Applications open: Legal & Business Affairs

Apply now for our Legal & Business Affairs Course from 13 - 17 June 2022 in Vienna!

  • Get the knowledge of legal basics in film and tv contracts
  • Understand sales, distribution and streamer deals
  • Learn how to do deals with writers and directors
  • Sessions will be led by industry legal experts

Get more information

Feb 3, 2022

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Feb 3, 2022

FREE Webinar on Co-Productions - Hints and Advice & Introduction to ISI Courses for 2022 @ EFM

ISI Webinar: The Ins and Outs of International Co-Productions - Hints and Advices

- In Conversation with Dr Andreas Pense, Unverzagt and Maximillian Leo, Producer/Founder, Augenschein

The International Screen Institute (ISI) will be hosting a coffee table chat on the advantages of international co-productions through the evolution of a film production company based in the heart of Europe. Followed by the launch of ISI training programmes to be offered in 2022.

This session will cover international co-productions through the lens of the evolution of a film production company Augenschein. The session will be hosted by Dr Andreas Pense of Unverzagt. Over the years Augenschein have co-produced many local language arthouse films with production partners from across the continent. In 2019, they moved into English language features and have co-produced/co-financed out of Germany for the global market. In this session we will cover structuring of co-productions under the European Convention as minority or majority co-productions, and international co-production and co-financing of English language features for an international audience. We will also cover the economic reasons behind these options and will also share hints and advise on the challenges. This session will last 60 minutes, including a Q&A.

At 11:00am, ISI will launch its training offering for 2022 and will detail the courses and content. Come and learn more about what courses we will be delivering for this year.

Please, see link below to register to the webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_psaFIr3qTHyBrFFzDSK4JA

For more information go to our website screeninstitute.eu, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram.

Nov 17, 2021

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Another free ISI webinar will take place 17 January 2022: Sales & Distribution Agreements Top Tips

This is a free webinar and will be on 17 January, 5pm GMT / 6pm CET.

Following on from our Market Ready webinar, this session will inform you on the Differences between a Distribution Agreement and a Sales Company Agreement: key points you should consider in your agreements, obligations and approval rights, and a useful deal checklist.

This webinar is designed for emerging producers and filmmakers working in feature film and feature documentary and want to be equipped to take their project or slate to a film market. It will be most beneficial to producers and filmmakers who are in late development of their first feature or on their 2nd feature.

Understanding of :

  • Sales and Distribution Agreements
  • What can and can’t be negotiated
  • Understanding of rights & the term and payment terms.
  • Clauses to be aware of in your agreements
  • Obligations from a Producer’s Perspective

The 45min presentation is followed by a 15min Q&A.

Please, see here the link to the webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KqQ62085Q2uEFCjjIIertA

For more information go to our website screeninstitute.eu, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram.

Oct 20, 2021

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Oct 20, 2021

A new ISI-Webinar is coming up: 7 December 2021 - Market Ready - How to prepare to take your project to market.

This is a free webinar and will be on the 7 December, 5pm GMT / 6pm CET.

Are you planning on attending IFFR (Rotterdam) or the EFM (Berlinale)? This webinar will help you to be best prepared to attend a film market. It will give you an insight into how to present yourself and your project or slate, how to take full advantage of the market offerings and leave the market with the best possible results. 

This free webinar is designed for emerging producers and filmmakers working in feature film and feature documentary and want to be equipped to take their project or slate to a film market. It will be most beneficial to producers and filmmakers who are in late development of their first feature or on their 2nd feature.

Understanding of

  • What do Distributors want?
  • What are Sales Companies acquiring?
  • Identify the most suitable market(s) for your own individual projects and film slates
  • Understand what research you need to do prior to a market
  • What materials should you have prepared

The 45min presentation is followed by a 15min Q&A.

Please, see here the link to the webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ErF0tTDdScagCGdm6gwSfQ

For more information go to our website screeninstitute.eu, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram


Jun 22, 2021

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Jun 22, 2021

ISI announces a new Webinar: How does Film Distribution actually work ?

On 22nd of July ISI shared a webinar with the topic "How does Film Distribution actually work ?" - 5pm BST / 6 pm CEST

This webinar delivered a clear break down of the distribution sector and best practice when it comes to making a deal and working with distributors. This webinar was designed for emerging producers and filmmakers working in feature film and feature documentary and want to understand the world of distribution. It was most beneficial to producers and filmmakers who are in late development of their first feature or on their 2nd feature.

The distribution world is very complex and it is hard to discern what services a film and documentary distributor actually provides or should provide. There is often a confusion where a sales company’s services end and a distributor’s services start.

Outcomes:

Understanding of

  • What a film distributor does
  • What film distribution costs
  • What information to request before making a deal or approving a distribution deal
  • What a film distributor expects and needs from a filmmaker

Julia Short (ISI Head of Study) and Beatrice Neumann (ISI Course Director) broke down sales company business models, licensing structures (who takes what rights) and shared further top tips on how to determine which sales company is right for your project. The 45min presentation was followed by a 15min Q&A.

For more information go to our website screeninstitute.eu, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram



Mar 5, 2021

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Mar 5, 2021

ISI launches with first webinar: How to Pick a Sales Company

On 2nd of March ISI - International Screen Institute launched with a special event at EFM, followed by its first webinar How To Pick a Sales Company.

ISI is a brand-new training centre for the film and media industry and initiated by major international production companies Terra Mater Factual Studios and Satel Film. The institute will be a European centre of excellence for the training and development of industry professionals with courses starting this summer.


ISI will offer innovative and top-level training from Vienna, the heart of Europe, reflecting the diversity of both the continent and the Film and TV industry and is strongly focused on business aspects. ISI is committed to five core values that will strengthen the future of European audio-visual industry: collaboration, quality, inclusion, innovation, and sustainability. The various courses on offer are taught by international experts and industry practitioners and are aimed at professionals at all levels of their careers, from emerging filmmakers and executives to company owners and senior executives. ISI’s goal is to develop sustainable careers and businesses.

Collaboration is at the heart of ISI’s mission, as well as the quality of the teaching on offer. This means fostering professional experience and skill exchange across sectors and borders. A major focus is placed on diversity and inclusivity when it comes to both speakers and participants. The digital emphasis aims to future-prove the skillsets of course participants and extends to course content and innovative teaching methods. Sustainability is a top priority in ISI’s management and training: not only will environmental and ethical values be part

of every course curriculum, but the operation of the institute and the courses will also be measured by these same standards.

ISI’s Head of Studies, Julia Short joins with vast experience of running European training programmes including Creative Europe Funded INSIDE PICTURES and the Media Business School’s Marketing & Distribution programme. Short will work with Course Director Beatrice Neumann, an independent international film and distribution consultant, trainer and mentor. Petra Gnad, takes on the management of the institute alongside her role as Managing Director of Jackson Wild Austria.

At a critical time when the industry is going through seismic changes, we are delighted to have the opportunity to design and deliver industry-focused training which will meet the challenges of the future. “ Julia Short and Beatrice Neumann emphasize.

Courses at ISI will commence in July 2021. The first is Sustainability Management, led by Beatrice Neumann, which will be the first in a 3-course series applying environmental and ethical standards not only to film and TV production but also to the operation of projects and businesses across all sectors of the industry. The course is aimed at anyone running a company, large projects in the film & TV industry from productions, production companies to festivals, financiers, sales and distribution companies and people who want to train as sustainability coordinators and monitors. Applications will open in late spring.

Following this in December, will see an intensive short course aimed at early-career professionals: Market Ready. Led by Julia Short, the course improves participants’ knowledge of international markets, developing strategies, and confidence for packaging, pitching and negotiating deals. Individual mentoring on specific projects is included, as well as a visit to EFM Berlin 2022. A combination of in-person and online teaching, plus a mixed cohort of students (filmmakers, sales agents, and distributors) aims to impart a deeper understanding of the interconnected nature of the film industry.

Further to these practical courses, and while in-person teaching opportunities continue to be limited by Covid-19, ISI aims to offer a range of webinars in collaboration with international festivals, conferences and markets. The training on offer will continue in 2022, with course highlights including Making an Impact: Audience Engagement, Sales & Distribution Forum & Mentoring, Legal & Business Affairs and Europe to LA, a business TV series programme.

As a non-profit organization, founded by Terra Mater Factual Studios and Satel Film, both of which are based in Vienna, ISI is also supported by partnerships with the Austrian Film Institute (ÖFI) and Unverzagt Rechtsanwälte based in Hamburg and Berlin.

“Terra Mater has always been dedicated to connecting and supporting great talent on the threshold of the international film industry, across all genres and continents. We are delighted to now bring ISI to life together with Satel Film and our supporting partners, who share our passion for the audio-visual industry and the wellbeing of our planet. ” says ISI chairwoman Dinah Czezik-Müller, COO Terra Mater Factual Studios.

Heinrich Ambrosch, ISI Deputy Chairman CEO Satel FILM, ads: “Film and series shape our culture. That’s why we at Satel Film strive for unique, local content that reaches international audiences. Together with Terra Mater Factual Studios we launched the International Screen institute in Vienna. Top-level training and development of young industry professionals at our doorstep, will certainly strengthen the Austrian and European media landscape and it will help us to tell more exceptional stories that defines our identities and shape our experiences. We are proud to be part of this innovative collaboration.“

Roland Teichmann, Director of ÖFI, confirms: “The founding of the International Screen Institute (ISI) in Vienna is a great private initiative. We fully support its mission to train industry professionals to high standards in all relevant fields of production. Film production is becoming more and more complex, so state-of-the-art training providing a broad range of all aspects of modern production is inevitable for further development and sustainable success.