UPDATE on the Coronavirus

*** March, 17: In order to protect students, teachers, staff and guests of the ifs in its best possible way, the ifs internationale filmschule köln will be closed from March 19 to April 10. The ifs staff can still be reached as usual by e-mail and telephone. *** *** March, 13: The North Rhine-Westphalia state […]

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Until 31 March: Call for Application for the MA 3D Animation for Film & Games

The application period for the third year of the part-time Master’s programme 3D Animation for Film & Games, which starts in September, runs until 31 March. The cross-media study course for 3D animation is jointly organized by the ifs and the Cologne Game Lab of the TH Köln. Language of instruction: English Application period: 1 […]

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Grimme Award 2020: Films by ifs graduates and professors awarded

The documentary film »Dark Eden«, funded by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, wins a Grimme Prize in the category »Competition Information & Culture«. The film was produced by Melanie Andernach (MADE IN GERMANY), who studied creative production at the ifs. Michael David Beamish, who became a co-director during the shooting and fell ill from the […]

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ifs internationale filmschule Köln - Summerschool

Summer School Screenwriting 2020

An intense and enjoyable introduction to the art of visual storytelling for film and TV. This three-week Summer School course aims to support aspiring writers in developing their creative writing skills in the area of screenwriting. In an enjoyable, supportive setting and through a combination of theory, practice and collaborative exercises, an international group of […]

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Showrunner Morgan Gendel at the ifs

The »Writers’ Room« method is now also being used more and more in this country for the development of drama series. But what exactly is the difference between a team of authors and a Writers’ Room? Why do functioning Writers’ Rooms not only form the basis for particularly efficient work but also for outstanding quality? […]

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Call for application: BA FILM

The Bachelor’s degree in Film focuses on teaching artistic, scientific and craft basics for professional filmmaking. The selectable specializations are Screenwriting, Directing, Creative Producing, Directing of Photography, Editing Image & Sound, VFX & Animation, Production Design. An information evening will take place on March 27th at the ifs and an information session as part of […]

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Jutta Pohlmann is the new professor for Director of Photography

The new year also sees the start of a new professor at the ifs internationale filmschule köln: Jutta Pohlmann is the first camerawoman to take up the ifs professorship for Camera – Director of Photography with a focus on feature films. More information can be found in the press release.

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PERFECTING YOUR PITCH with Kathie Fong Yoneda

Kathie Fong Yoneda Kathie Fong Yoneda has worked in film and television for more than 30 years. She has held executive positions at Disney, Touchstone, Disney TV Animation, Paramount Pictures Television, and Island Pictures, specializing in development and story analysis of both live-action and animation projects. She is an internationally known seminar leader on screenwriting […]

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Apply now for the Master’s program in Digital Narratives

The application phase for the 3rd year of the international Master’s program in Digital Narratives, which starts in the winter semester of 2020, runs until the beginning of March and enables committed media and cultural practitioners to engage artistically and scientifically with narratives in digital culture and digital media. The two-year course combines theoretical questions […]

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LABEL ME won the Prix du Public / Audience Award

The ifs graduation film LABEL ME is on an international festival tour. After several screenings in the USA and UK (ImageOut LGBT Film Festival in Rochester New York, Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, OUTfest in Los Angeles and Raindance Festival in London) it is now shown for the first time in France at the […]

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»Managed Magic – How to design a writers’ room« with Morgan Gendel

In the age of streaming services and serialized TV shows, collaborative writing is not only more desirable than ever – it’s a necessity. That’s because the creative goals of any single episode are subordinate to the immense effort of telling a season-long story. But what is the difference between a writing team and a writers’ […]

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