High-profile new appointments for professorships at the ifs

  • Media expert Frédéric Dubois becomes new professor for »Digital Narratives – Theory«
  • Filmmaker Katalin Gödrös takes over professorship for »Directing«

Katalin Gödrös © Jutta Pohlmann & Frédéric Dubois © Jonas Walter

On December 1st, two new professors start at the ifs internationale filmschule köln: Dr. Frédéric Dubois, Canadian-German author, producer, journalist, and scholar of digital media, is the newly appointed professor for »Digital Narratives – Theory«. Together with Lena Thiele, ifs professor for »Digital Narratives – Art & Design«, he is responsible for the Master’s Program Digital Narratives. New Professor for Directing will be renowned director, producer, and screenwriter Katalin Gödrös and, together with ifs professor Ruth Olshan, she will thus be in charge of the study department Directing of the Bachelor’s Program Film.

Media expert Dr. Frédéric Dubois becomes new professor in MA »Digital Narratives«
After getting his master’s degree in Communication from the Université du Québec à Montréal, Dr. Frédéric Dubois earned his PhD at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and most recently was a Fellow at the Visual Narratives Laboratory of the Łódź Film School.

He has co-authored and produced award-winning interactive storytelling features such as »Atterwasch« (2014, Lead Award Gold – Webfeature of the Year) and »Field Trip« (2019, Gold & People’s Award at Lovie Awards). With the National Film Board of Canada and ARTE, he has worked on different digital projects, e.g. as web coordinator on »GDP« (received the Webby Award – Best Documentary Series), as author of »The Hole Story Interactive« (The FWA, Site of the Day) an das game master on »Fort McMoney« (Grimme Online Award).

As a journalist, Frédéric Dubois is a specialist for internet- and data-related topics, working with nonprofits such as the Association for Progressive Communications and Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). He is the co-founder and managing editor of Internet Policy Review, a scientific journal on internet policy issues. Furthermore, Frédéric Dubois is also a coach and trainer for digital and transmedia storytelling projects (e.g. ARD.ZDF medienakademie, DOK Leipzig, Institute for Documentary Film Prague) and organizer of storytelling hackathons, the net documentary interactive documentary meet-ups and the VR Conference for Journalism and Documentary, Berlin. He has been a guest lecturer for Interactive Storytelling at numerous film schools, including Łódź Film School, dffb Berlin, HFF Munich, and Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

“I’m delighted at the prospect of working alongside gifted story architect Lena Thiele and the talented ifs colleagues to unleash students’ creative and scholarly potential. The Master of Arts in Digital Narratives is the right space to do, undo, and redo digital stories, while reflecting on and generating knowledge about the larger digital society”, says Frédéric Dubois about his appointment at the ifs.

Nadja Radojevic, Chief Executive Director of the ifs: “The appointment of Frédéric Dubois as professor for Digital Narratives – Theory is a real stroke of luck: We have gained an experienced lecturer as well as an high-profile author and producer of interactive media, who has dealt with the topic of digital narratives scientifically as well as practically in works that won numerous awards.”

Renowned filmmaker Katalin Gödrös becomes professor for »Directing«
After studying at the Film Academy in Budapest with a focus on production, the Swiss-born filmmaker first worked as a production manager for feature films in Berlin. Katalin Gödrös gained her first experience in directing by directing short films. In 2002, her feature film debut, the feature film »Mutanten«, premiered at the Berlinale and was successfully screened at international festivals. From then on, Katalin Gödrös worked mainly as a director, but also as an author, co-producer and material developer. In 2010, the feature film »Songs of Love and Hate«, which she directed and wrote, was shown in the international competition of the Locarno Film Festival. Further directorial work followed – also for TV series (»Der Bestatter«, »Tatort«, among others).

She is currently working on new movie projects, including the historical feature film »Jakobs Ross«, a Swiss-Luxembourg co-production, and the feature flim »In Absentia«, with which she received a scholarship at the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam and the Societé Suisse des Auteurs.

Furthermore, she is in involved in cultural politics – as the initiator of the International Romani Film Commission or as a juror at the Roma Filmfestival Berlin. Until 2012, she was the artistic director of »Cinema Total«, a series of events for Eastern European cinema at the am Collegium Hungaricum Berlin. For fiften years, Katalin Gödrös has been teaching Directing and Screenwritung Berlin (dffb), Zurich (Focal, ZHDK) and is a mentor at the Drehbuchwerkstatt Zürich/München.

“For me it is important, to bring talents together, to inspire them and to excite them, so that there is room for creative, high-quality, and fruitful collaboration. The director needn’t and cannot be omniscient. An examination of the material and one’s own idea works in cooperation, by appreciating the various trades makes a convincing implementation possible in the first place”, says Katalin Gödrös about her attitude as a filmmaker.

Nadja Radojevic: “The combination of professional specialization and interdisciplinary cooperation is characteristic of the studies at ifs. We are very pleased that with the appointment of Katalin Gödrös as professor for Directing, we have been able to gain a true team player who cares deeply about all film trades and who furthermore has extensive teaching experience.”

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