Jun 10, 2024


Jun 10, 2024

Meet our Business and Legal Affairs Speakers and Participants!

We are delighted to be starting our new Business and Legal Affairs course this week and wanted to share with you all the amazing speakers and participants who will be joining us:

Course Directors:

Kai May - Lawyer and Partner, Unverzagt Rechtsanwaltwälte

Maria-Christine Rieder - Head of Legal, Terra Mater Studios

Course Speakers:

Stéphanie Berland-Basnier - Lawyer and Partner, Steering Legal

Willemijn de Best - Director of Commercial and Legal Affairs, Fintage House

Stephan Mallman - Consultant, Freelance

Mark Byrne - Group Head of Business Affairs, Element Pictures

Christos Michaels - Partner, Lee & Thompson Film Group

Andrea Schütte - Founder and Producer, TamTam Film

Charlotte Lund Thomsen - IP Legal and Policy Council, Charlotte Lund Thomsen IP Legal & Policy Advice


Adnan Peter al Malki - Producer, FS Production e.U

Aline El Sayed - Senior Legal & Business Affairs Manager, MAJID AL FUTTAIM CINEMAS LLC

Arlette Kumor-Beghin - Legal Counsel, Terra Mater Studios

Catrin Strasser - Producer, MR-Film

Dara McGrath - Business Affairs Executive, Element Pictures

Hanna Hedqvist - Head of Legal, Mylla Films

Konstantin Müller - Production Coordinator, AMOUR FOU Vienna GmbH

Maria Mattkay - Assistant to Producers / Junior Line Producer, Film AG Produktions GmbH

Mariana Oliveira Martins - Junior Legal Counsel, Red Bull

Monique A. Goeschl - Policy Advisor, Film & Music Austria (FAMA)

Patrick Michael Oeffl - Broadcast Production Manager / Producer, amiki films

Paul Murray - Company owner, Boy313

Paula Comley - Founder/Producer, Ça Marche Media

Sarah Smyth - International Distribution and Commercial Development Officer, Screen Scotland

Tetiana Yershova - Associate Producer, Kraken Films

Mag. Doris Liebhart - Producer, PAMMER FILM GmbH

May 31, 2024

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May 31, 2024

Industry Talk: Business & Legal Affairs "Music Rights Clearance" 

The International Screen Institute’s “Business & Legal Affairs” Course opens its doors for all interested professionals for an insight into what producers need to know about music rights clearance.

Meet the international group of course participants, experts and industry professionals.

Thursday 13th June, 2024 at 18:00

Stay tuned for the final line-up of speakers, partners and more details.

Visit the event page to register now! https://international-screen-i...

Open doors! All interested professionals are welcome!

Event Schedule:

Thursday 13th June, 2024

  • Industry Talk: 18:30-19:30
  • Networking Drinks & Snacks: 19:30-22:00

🌿 This event is environmentally conscious (Green Event).

Event Language: English

May 13, 2024

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May 13, 2024

Cannes NEXT and International Screen Institute Present: AI and the Film Sector

Are you intrigued by the intersection of creativity, technology, and the future of filmmaking? If so, mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 15th, at 14:30 GMT+2, as Cannes NEXT and the International Screen Institute present a panel discussion on "AI and the Film Sector: A Deep Dive in Creative/Business Opportunities and Legal Considerations."

Located at the Main Stage Riviera, this panel brings conversations featuring industry experts who will delve into the practical applications of AI in filmmaking. From exploring the creative potential of artificial intelligence to navigating the legal landscape, this session will offer invaluable insights and hands-on guidance.

Meet the Panelists:

  • Charlotte Lund Thomsen: An IP Rights Specialist who brings a wealth of legal expertise to the discussion.
  • Ben Lumsden: Executive Producer at Dimension, known for his innovative work at the crossroads of creativity and technology.
  • Caleb & Shelby Ward: Pioneers of the world’s first online AI filmmaking course at Curious Refuge, offering unique perspectives on the subject.
  • Sarah Nörenberg: Producer and Chairwoman of International Screen Institute, providing industry insights and facilitating the discussion.

Following the panel discussion, attendees are invited to a networking event with cocktails, providing an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and continue the conversation.

Registration Details:

Marché Badge Holders: No registration required. Simply join us at the Main Stage Riviera.

Non-Badge Holders: If you don’t have a market badge but wish to attend the networking event, please send a message to to secure your spot.

Special Offer:

As a bonus, the International Screen Institute is opening up additional spaces for their Business and Legal Affairs course in June. If you're eager to deepen your understanding of the business aspect of film and TV production, don’t miss this opportunity. Apply now via our website.

Apr 30, 2024

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Apr 30, 2024

Creative Europe Get-Together

Our very own Esther Krausz will be in Linz from May 1st-3rd presenting The International Screen Institute and our Audience Design Lab. Anyone who would like to meet up with her can find her contact details in the about section of the website.

Apr 15, 2024

Speaker and Participant Showcase

Apr 15, 2024

Market Ready Speakers and Participants

We are delighted to be starting our new Market Ready course this week and wanted to share with you all the amazing speakers, mentors and participants who will be joining us:

Speakers and Mentors:

Julia Short: Course Director International, Screen Institute

Satesh Mathura: Course Director International, Screen Institute

Mark Byrne: Group Head of Business Affairs, Element Pictures Ltd

Simon Crowe: Managing Director, SC Films International Ltd

Holly Daniel: Film Festival Industry Market, Training, Events & Talent Development Producer, Freelance

Michael Frenschkowski: Head of Features & Special Projects, Terra Mater Studios GmbH

Eun-Zi Kim: Media Consultant / Creative Producer, Freelance

David Pope: Creative Producer and Script Consultant, Advance Films

Xavier Henry-Rashid: CEO, Film Republic

Lena Simone Vurma: Head of Acquisitions/ Producer, Filmwelt Verleihagentur/Dragonfly Films/Skye Films


Guido Broscheit: Managing Director / Producer / Actor, Dropkick Pictures

Eamon Hughes: Production Manager, Samson Films

Michael Kleinfeld: Producer/Director, Weissfeld Films

Marta Krzeptowska: Producer, ORKA

Vietha Luong: Filmmaker, Perfectdance

Kevin Marron: Producer, 12pt Pictures

Agnieszka Puciło: Sales Coordinator, New Europe Film Sales

Viktorija Rimkutė: Producer, Dansu

Viktor Schaider: Producer / DP, Viktor Schaider Filmproduktion

Simone Scheid: Showrunner & Head Writer, Das R&

Catrin Strasser: Producer, MR-Film

Bastian Schöttner: Junior Producer, Terra Mater Studios Germany GmbH

Daniel Tenné: Producer, 70 Steps - Baker, Tenné GbR

Margarita Veberaite: Producer, Margarita Veberaite / Shakehaus

Olivia Vieweg: Writer, Freelance

Romas Zabarauskas: Producer, Director, Writer, Naratyvas

Mar 28, 2024

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Mar 28, 2024

Industry Talk: Market Ready

Join us for an exclusive industry insight with international experts! The International Screen Institute’s “Market Ready” Course Director Julia Short will share key-take-aways of the course and lead an engaging conversation with key players from the film-industry. Discover co-production opportunities and what Austria and Vienna, as a film location, has to offer. Meet and mingle with the international group of course participants, industry professionals and experts.

Panel Speakers:

Julia Short / Course Director Market Ready

Catrin Strasser / producer of Vienna Blood, MR Film

Nina Keidies / Film Commissioner, FILM in Austria

Marijana Stoisits / Managing Director, Vienna Film Commission

Katrin Fürnkranz / Sales and Project Manager, Hq7 Studios

Event Schedule:

Industry Talk: 18:00-19:30

Networking Drinks & Snacks: 19:30-22:00

🌿 This event is environmentally conscious (Green Event).

Event Language: English

📝 Register here! or for more details visit the event page.

Sign up for the studio tour -

Hq7 offers an exclusive tour of the new studios on Friday 19 April at 15:00, please sign up here.

Dec 20, 2023

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Dec 20, 2023

We are launching a brand new course!

Launching in 2024: Market Ready Course

We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new course, Market Ready, in 2024. This comprehensive 5 day program is designed to equip emerging filmmakers, distributors, and sales agents with the skills and knowledge they need to navigate the international film market successfully.

Apply by clicking HERE

We will be hosting a Webinar on Thursday 8th Feb at 13:00 CET you can sign up for that HERE

The Market Ready course will cover a range of essential topics, including:

  • Understanding the film market landscape: Gain insights into the various types of film markets, the key players involved, and the industry's evolving trends.
  • Planning and targeting your approach to meetings: Develop effective strategies for identifying and connecting with potential buyers and partners for your projects.
  • Taking full advantage of the market offerings: Learn how to effectively navigate the market, identify the right people to meet, and maximize your time.
  • Leaving the market with the best possible results: Implement strategies to follow up on leads and secure deals.

Nov 13, 2023

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Nov 13, 2023

Celebrating our Alumni - Jelena Stojanovic

Dear ISI Community,

We are thrilled to share a moment of immense pride and joy as we celebrate the outstanding success of our distinguished alumna, Jelena Stojanovic, and her production company Contrast Studios’ recent cinematic masterpiece, "Heroji Halijarda / Heroes of Halyard."

About the Film: " Heroji Halijarda / Heroes of Halyard" is an inspiring cinematic journey that pays homage to the largest single rescue operation of Allied pilots behind enemy lines in the history of world aviation, famously known as "Operation Halyard." Jelena's dedication to portraying this remarkable story is a testament to her passion for storytelling and commitment to preserving historical narratives.

Box Office Triumph: We are excited to announce that the film has achieved unprecedented success since its release, capturing the hearts of audiences across Serbia. As of a few days ago, "Heroes of Halyard" proudly claims the top spot in the Serbian Domestic charts for Box Office returns.

Key Achievements:

  • Dominated the local box office in its first week with an impressive 21,239 admissions.
  • Grossed an outstanding 85,155 EUR / 9,980,739 RSD, showcasing not only financial success but also the deep connection audiences have formed with the film.

Once again, congratulations to Jelena Stojanovic and the entire Contrast Studios family on this remarkable achievement. Your dedication and talent inspire us all, and we look forward to witnessing the continued success of Contrast Studios on the cinematic landscape.

Information about the film can be found here:

Nov 9, 2023

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Nov 9, 2023

Upcoming: Breaking Down the Business of Film: A Special Focus on Sales and Distribution with Julia Short

Explore the intricacies of film sales and distribution with Julia Short at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in corporation with Industry@Tallinn and Baltic Event: ITBE. Whether you're an experienced filmmaker or emerging producer, gain valuable insights into the global film landscape.

All professionals and talents in the film industry are welcome to attend the I@T&BE 2023 on 13-17 November

Session 1: What does a sales company do and why might you want one

  • Date: 15th Nov, Wednesday
  • Time: 09:00 EET
  • Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, Arcturus
  • Understand the current sales landscape, business models of sales companies, and considerations for finding the right fit for your project.

Session 2: How does film distribution actually work

  • Date: 15th Nov, Wednesday
  • Time: 13:30 EET
  • Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, Arcturus
  • Join Julia Short to learn about film distribution, including the role of distributors, distribution costs, key information for deals, and filmmaker expectations.

Session 3: 1:1 Meetings with Julia Short - Day 1

  • Date: 16th Nov, Thursday
  • Time: 16:00 EET
  • Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, Suite Exclusive
  • one-on-one meetings for emerging producers and filmmakers to receive personalized guidance on sales, distribution, or self-distribution.

Session 4: 1:1 Meetings with Julia Short - Day 2

  • Date: 17th Nov, Thursday
  • Time: 09:00 EET
  • Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, Suite
  • Continued opportunity for personalized consultations with Julia Short.

Session 5: Design Your Festival Strategy

  • Date: 17th Nov, Thursday
  • Time: 14:00 EET
  • Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, Suite
  • Jarod Neece and Teresa Cavina provide insights into European vs. American festivals, helping you design an effective festival strategy.

About Julia Short: Julia Short, ISI Consultant, offers expertise in film distribution, working with sales companies, distributors, and navigating film festivals.

Don't miss these tailored sessions for those in late development of their first or second feature. Gain clarity on services provided by sales companies and distributors to successfully bring your projects to the global stage. Join us at the 'Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - Discovery Campus.'

Industry@Tallinn and Baltic Event: ITBE

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event is the key business platform, summit and networking event for audiovisual sector professionals in the Nordic-Eastern European region greeting over 700 international guests in the heart of Tallinn.

Find out more about the programme:

Jun 30, 2023

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Jun 30, 2023

Sustainability Management Module 1 Recap

The first module of the Sustainability Management course took place last week in Vienna, Austria (19 - 23 June 2023).

Our multi-dimensional approach encompassed the economical, ecological, cultural, and social perspectives, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of sustainability's role in transforming the industry.

Those five days were heavily emphasising the importance of community building within the audiovisual industry. By fostering connections and collaboration, we can create a network of like-minded individuals committed to sustainability and positive change.

Thanks to all the speakers and participants who made the first module of the course a resounding success as well as Creative Europe MEDIA Austria for sponsoring the first welcome dinner.

May 22, 2023

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May 22, 2023

#CannesNext | Growth to Sustainable Management: How to Harness Power of Sustainable Innovation in the Creative and Film Business with International Screen Institute

During the talk, ISI introduced its multi-dimensional Sustainability Approach, which went beyond green and economical perspectives to include cultural and social aspects such as empowerment and mental well-being. By embracing new technologies, ISI aimed to help create an industry that respected both the environment and the people within it.

Cannes Next and ISI were thrilled to bring together to the opening session a globally acclaimed sustainability innovation leader, Hadas Zucker (PWC Germany), a sustainability advocate and filmmaker, Emma Doxaidi (everybodies, Thessaloniki International Film Festival), a sustainability-focused film producer, Michael Frenschkowski (Terra Mater), and an industry expert and head of studies at the International Screen Institute, Nikolaj Nikitin.

Apr 3, 2023

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Apr 3, 2023

Diagonale Film Meeting

As an intro to the Diagonale Film Meeting 2023, Dinah Czezik-Müller, ISI Chairwoman, spoke during the Update Day with Wiktoria Pelzer, Managing Director of Stadtkinos (cinemas and film distribution, Vienna) on Wednesday, 22nd March.

The initiatives and projects that can structurally change the industry, processes that have already been started, and measures that go beyond self-interest and become the interest of the industry were presented.

Mar 22, 2023

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Mar 22, 2023

Webinar + Q&A: Sustainability Management

On Tuesday 21st March, Katja Schwarz, Course Director of the Sustainability Management course, shared eco-friendly life hacks and insights into the course topics which will be tackled in the second edition.

In case you have missed the webinar, you can still watch it here.


For more information about the programme, the application form or the financial support needed to attend this course, please contact us via email.

Jan 2, 2023

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The Screen Institute was present during the Script Pool competition, a part of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event film market activities and Discovery Campus educational program, which takes place for the sixth time already.

Beatrice Neumann, former Course Director of the Sustainability Management course delivered three tailor-made workshops: How To Pick The Right Sales Company, Sales and Distribution Agreements Top Tips, and How To Develop a Festival Strategy. Moreover, Script Pool participants had a one-on-one session with Julia Short and Beatrice Neumann.

Dec 19, 2022

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Dec 19, 2022

Sustainability Management Course Module 2

On Monday 12th December, we had the last Networking day as part of the Sustainability Management Course Module 2 which took place one more time online and was chaired by Nicola Knoch. The participants were asked to present their projects to the cohort by giving an update on how their projects have progressed since Module One as well as share their challenges and ideas with each other.

Moreover, a keynote from Nicola Knoch on design thinking was also presented.

Oct 21, 2022

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Oct 21, 2022

Sustainability Management: Beyond Green Producing

6 days over two weeks, 18 participants gathered online to learn more about all aspects of running a company or project in a sustainable manner. Module 1 of the Sustainable Management course has been a great success, speakers from different parts of Europe have brought different perspectives and interesting topics with relevant practical knowledge from mental health to data storage. Participants were from Austria, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, the UK, France, Switzerland, Croatia and Romania. As part of the programme, the participants were able to share the key sustainability policies in their countries in order to better inform others and share best practices.

Thank you once again for your excellent initiative, the courses were really interesting, they opened up my view on the sustainability topics, I feel stronger to implement a wide approach of sustainability in my company, due to you.” – Benjamin Vanhagendoren from Wallimage, Belgium.

Each participant has been given a dedicated mentor who will support them in applying learnings to their sustainability goals. The participants will give an update for Module 2 on Monday, December 12.

The Screen Institute Team is excited to see their progress and looking forward to meeting them again.

Oct 20, 2022

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Oct 20, 2022

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event and Discovery Campus in partnership with International Screen Institute

Industry @ Tallinn & Baltic Event is a summit and trade fair for audiovisual industry professionals held annually in November during the Black Nights Film Festival – one of the largest and the only FIAPF-certified competitive feature film festivals in Northern Europe.

Black Nights Discovery Campus: PÖFF and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event are building a world-class online learning platform for filmmakers, audiovisual and creative professionals.

The International Screen Institute is excited to announce the partnership with Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event and Discovery Campus as part of Discovery Campus' new Script Pool programme happening on November 20-25, 2022.

Julia Short together with Beatrice Neumann will give three workshops and one feedback session per project as part of the Future to Film programme.

Three tailor-made workshops will be provided as part of this year's event.


This session will break down sales company business models, and licensing structures (who takes what rights) and share further top tips on how to determine which sales company is right for your project.


Following on from the sales company workshop, this session will inform you about 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 helpful deal checklist.


The strategy for your film may be to launch at a festival, which is the proper festival, which is the right strand? Do international buyers attend? Will your movie get reviewed? Does your movie really rely on a festival launch? Would a specialist festival be best suited?

This session will take you through the options so that you can design your film festival strategy.

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

Speakers Announced: Sustainability Management Course

Do you already want to know who will be the speakers at our Sustainability Management Online Course in October? Speakers for the first of the edition will include:

  • Larry Engel (USA) | Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communication & Associate Director at Center for Environmental Filmmaking
  • Katherine Dennis Gonzalez (Colombia/Germany) | Psychologist & Founder of Expanding Circles
  • Dr. Hemini Mehta (Switzerland) | Sustainability Lead at the European Broadcasting Union
  • Francesca Scott (Switzerland) | Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer at the European Broadcasting Union
  • Birgit Heidsiek (Germany) | CEO and Founder of the European Centre for Sustainability in the Media World, FFA Green Cinema Consultant, TEDx speaker
  • Holly Arnold (UK) | Sustainability and B Corp Consultant and Project Lead at Planet A Consultancy
  • Maxime Efoui-Hess (France) | Project Manager at The Shift Project
  • Donald Houwer (Netherlands/Germany) | Managing Partner at Edison Filmgesellschaft
  • Dr Chaden Diyab (France) | Freelancer
  • Tim Wagendrop (Belgium) | Sustainability Coordinator at the Flanders Audiovisual Fund Head of European Film Agencies at the EFAD Sustainability Working Group
  • John Letham (UK) | Coach, Mentor, Coach Supervisor, Trainer & Facilitator at Considered Thinking
  • Anastasia Laukkanen (Turkey) | Co-founder and Change Agent at Living Lab
  • Nicola Knoch (Germany) | Freelance Coach

Jul 8, 2022


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

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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


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


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


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


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:

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Nov 17, 2021

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Nov 17, 2021

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:

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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:

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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.


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, 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.