ifs @ Film Festival Cologne

AI in Fiction, current projects and new series trends
ifs at the Film Festival Cologne 2019

This year, the ifs internationale filmschule köln is again represented at the Film Festival Cologne as a cooperation partner with numerous events: The »ifs-Showcase« (11th Oct.) with get-together offers the opportunity to get to know young filmmakers from the ifs with their current projects. Artificial intelligence in fictional formats is discussed at the interdisciplinary conference »Science Meets Fiction« (13th/14th Oct.). The »European Series Day« (11th Oct.) gives an overview of current trends in series development and the event series »Cologne Futures« (11th Oct.) is entitled »The indiscreet charm of holography« this year.

On 11th Oct. the ifs-Showcase will present a selection of current works from the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs as well as the Masterclass Non-Fiction at the Filmpalast at 4 pm. With pitches and teasers, the students will present nine current projects: fictional and non-fictional, short films and feature films, series and transmedia projects. Afterwards there will be a get-together at Café Brownies – and thus the opportunity to talk to the filmmakers.

The fourth European Series Day, which is dedicated to new trends in European series development and international evaluation options, will take place at the Filmforum NRW also on 11th October at 10 am. This time, in addition to exciting new projects – from Belgium among others – and international co-productions, the current situation of writers’ rooms in Europe will also be in the spotlight. The organizers are the Film Festival Cologne, the Creative Europe Desk NRW, the ifs internationale filmschule köln and the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.

On the same day, as part of its Cologne Futures series, the festival invites you to the event »The indiscreet charm of holography« at the ifs cinema starting at 10 am – in cooperation with the Institut für Medien- und Kommunikationspolitik and ifs. The series »Cologne Futures« is dedicated annually to various aspects of media and technology evolution. This time, a look will be taken at the current state of hologram technology, at the technical prerequisites as well as the social implications.

A two-day conference (13th/14th Oct.) is a joint event of ifs, the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS and the Foundation for MINT-Entertainment-Education-Excellence (MINTEEE), dedicated to the topic »Science Meets Fiction – Relevance and Credibility in Fiction through the Example AI«.

On 14th Oct. a part of the conference will take place publicly for professionals, who are interested, at the ifs from 1 pm onward. Under the title »AI in Fiction and Reality – Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence or How Science and Fiction May Join Forces for The Greater Good«, lectures, panels and a case study will deal with the social relevance of fictional formats on the subject of artificial intelligence. Among the guests at the event are US screenwriter Kath Lingenfelter (»Westworld«, »Dr. House«), renowned AI researchers from the field of medicine as well as central representatives of the film and media industry. In advance, an internal workshop will deal with the social responsibility of the narrator on 13th Oct.. Among other things, ifs students will learn how to program artificial intelligence themselves and develop ideas for possible themes around the topic of AI together with scientists.