Final presentation of the MA Digital Narratives

What will the digital narratives, interactive stories and immersive narrative worlds of the future look like? Eight students from four continents spent two years creatively exploring this question in the Master’s program Digital Narratives. Today they presented their final projects to the industry in a virtual presentation – including interactive web series and graphic novels, […]

ifs-film of the week: Lost in Hope

#20yearifs On the occasion of its 20th anniversary the ifs presents a #ifsfilmderwoche online every Tuesday. »Lost in Hope« (2016) is the 25th film in the series and graduation film by Aline Hochscheid (director, screenplay), Dennis Colquhon (production), Kyrill Ahlvers (camera), Zoltan M. Geller (editing, sound design). The short film, funded by the Film- und […]

HACK A DOC #1: Kurzfilm-Contest mit ZDF Digital

In cooperation with ZDF Digital, the ifs announces the first short film competition. In 96 hours, a documentary film is to be produced exclusively mobile with the RIZECUT app developed by ZDF Digital.A jury – put together by the ifs and ZDF Digital – will decide on the winners of the competition, who will be […]

MA Serial Storytelling Writers’ Room 2020

Done! Last week the Writers’ Room ended for the students of the international Master’s programme Serial Storytelling – under the direction of Ulrike Molsen (German track) and Keith Cunningham (international track) the students developed three drama series projects. More impressions here.

Congrats! Graduation Ceremony Digital Narratives

09.07.: In a festive graduation ceremony yesterday, the graduates of the international Master’s program Digital Narratives were presented with their certificates – on a small scale at the ifs. Two graduates were connected live via video, as they could not be present in person. They will present their interactive and/or cross-media final projects – from […]

Application period starts: Masterclass Non-Fiction

From now on interested documentary filmmakers can apply for the Masterclass Non-Fiction at the ifs. The Masterclass is an in-service training course consisting of 11 weekend modules of 32 teaching days and a four-day congress module. Application deadline: 30 September 2020 Programme start: 13 November 2020 Programme duration: November 2020 – November 2021 Here you […]


»The death of George Floyd affects us all – and is only the tip of the iceberg. At the weekend, Cologne set an impressive example against racism. We would like to join this: There is no place for racism at the ifs. We also stand up for diversity and equal treatment in our structures and […]

»Bad Banks« in the MA Serial Storytelling

We are pleased to be able to welcome smaller groups of students to attendance events at the ifs again from this week on, in individual cases and in compliance with the hygiene protection measures. Today and on Friday, dramaturge and guest lecturer Alkioni Valsari is preparing, together with the students of the MA Serial Storytelling, […]

Simone Stewens takes her leave as chief executive director of ifs

Farewell at the ifs: Simone Stewens headed the ifs for 18 years. Today, April 30th, she says goodbye as managing director of the ifs and will henceforth dedicate herself to new projects. With a great deal of passion she has built up and expanded the ifs into one of the most recognised German training and […]

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 […]