ifs-film of the week: Kriegerstock

#20jahreifs On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the ifs presents a #ifsfilmderwoche online every Tuesday. The graduation film »Kriegerstock« (2009) by Joseph Lippok (Director), Nathan Raimann (Screenplay) and Tobias Leveringhaus (Production) from the 3rd cohort is the 13th in the series. The short feature film was made in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk and was […]

09.07.: Graduation of the MA Digital Narratives

The participants in the second year of the international Master’s programme in Digital Narratives complete their studies this semester. On 09.07. the handing over of the Master’s certificates will take place – due to Corona in a small scale. They will present their interactive and/or cross-media final projects – from web series and games to […]

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 […]

Success for ifs students at the Reception of the German Film Schools

The ifs final film project »Zeitpunkt X« (Time X) by Simon Schneider (Director), Franziska Wieden (Producer) and Dario Haramustek (screenplay) was awarded two of five prizes at the reception of the German film schools: the Producers Network Award of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for Franziska Wieden and the Fest Award of the New Fest – […]

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? […]

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 […]