CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
European research project »future.film.education« on online teaching and diversity in film schools
The European project aims to contribute to a more innovative, inclusive and diverse film and higher education – both online and offline.
future.film.education was initiated by the ifs internationale filmschule köln in cooperation with the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in Hungary and the Cooperativa de Formação e Animação Cultural (COFAC) of the Universidade Lusófona in Portugal. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
Start of the project is in 2022 with the launch of the website www.futurefilm.education
Current social developments and the effects of the global pandemic are also resonating at universities, prompting film schools in particular to review their structures and concepts. The lack of diversity in the media landscape has made it clear that diversity must already be promoted at universities and in the curricula. In addition, the recent pandemic-related necessity to adapt practical film courses to an online teaching environment has shown that there is a great need for optimisation in this area. This is reason enough for a joint research project to improve the quality, capacity and accessibility of online education as well as the diversity of European film schools.
Within the framework of the project, research groups will develop two toolkits, one focusing on online teaching, the other on diversity, as well as a massive open online course (MOOC) for European film and art schools. These can be used to improve online teaching as well as to address (in)equality in education, to develop strategies for introducing diversity and inclusion as study goals – and thus to establish them as a central concept in higher education. The toolkits are to include course materials, best practices, guidelines, and a self-assessment survey. For the MOOC »Diversity in Film and Media«, an online pilot course will be developed and tested with students from the participating film schools.
The toolkits will be freely available on the website from the end of July 2022 and the MOOC from March 2023.
Further information at www.futurefilm.education
Clash of Realities
Conference »Clash of Realities«
Once a year the TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) organizes the conference »Clash of Realities – Conference on the Art, Technology and Theory of Digital Games« in Cologne.
The conference offers experts, lecturers and students from a wide range of disciplines an interdisciplinary exchange in the form of lectures, presentations, discussions and workshops on design, technological developments in the social perception of digital games.
Responsible for the Clash of Realities concept and program layout are the Cologne Game Lab and the Institut für Medienforschung und Medienpädagogik of the TH Köln, the ifs internationale ﬁlmschule köln, the Institut für Medienkultur und Theater der Universität zu Köln, Electronic Arts, and AG Games.
Initiators: Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth (ifs / CGL), Prof. Björn Bartholdy (CGL)
Project sponsors include the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the City of Cologne, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, MedienNetzwerk NRW and Electronic Arts.
PAST RESEARCH PROJECTS
2013 to 2016
On April 10, 2014, the author and television pioneer Wolfgang Menge would have turned 90. On this occasion, the Cologne Game Lab and the ifs internationale filmschule köln invited to the one-day research conference »Der Televisionär – Forschungskonferenz zum 90. Geburtstag von Wolfgang Menge« on 10 April 2014, which marked the start of the research project »Der Televisionär«.
The research project concludes with the publication »Der Televisionär. Wolfgang Menges transmediales Werk. Critical and documentary perspectives«, edited by ifs professors Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth and Dr. Lisa Gotto, as well as the event »Kultnacht – Wolfgang Menge: Der Televisionär« on 9 October 2016 as part of the Film Festival Cologne, at which ifs, Cologne Game Lab, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and WDR cooperated to focus on the screenwriter Wolfgang Menge.
Initiators: Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth, Prof. Dr. Lisa Gotto
Supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.
2009 to 2012
»Serious Games« is a research project of the ifs, which was funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with »Objective 2« funds of the European Union. Under the direction of Prof. Dominik Wessely and Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth, the research project is dedicated to the concept development of innovative body-based Serious Games.
The project ended with the publication »Serious Games, Exergames, Exerlearning. Zur Transmedialisierung und Gamification des Wissenstransfers«, edited by ifs professors Dr. Lisa Gotto and Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth as well as Fabian Wallenfels (ifs), and the conference »Sportlich spielend lernen: Lehren und Lernen mit Exergames?«, which took place on 16 and 17 March 2011. The conference sought answers to questions such as what are the reasons for a body-based approach in the development of innovative serious games, what are the objections and what could be the consequences of their use in (school) instruction.
Initiators: Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth, Prof. Dominik Wessely
Supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and Creative.NRW.
Picture and Bit
Lecture Series: »Picture and Bit«
23 November 2010 until 22 February 2011
The lecture series of the ifs internationale filmschule köln in the winter semester 2010/2011 was dedicated to the media upheaval of the transition from industrial to digital culture.
On six evenings, guests lecturers presented their positions on the nature and transformation of the image under digital conditions. The lecture series was conceived and moderated by Prof. Dr. Lisa Gotto and Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth.
People on Sunday 2010
People on Sunday 2010
2009 to 2011
In 2010, the participants of the German-American Summer School »People on Sunday« – young filmmakers from ifs and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Theater, Film & Television – were to be inspired by the silent film classic »Menschen am Sonntag« (People on Sunday, 1930) to create short documentary or semi-documentary portraits of everyday life in Cologne. The story development was preceded by an academic week with theoretical seminars by professors from both schools, including Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth and Prof. Dr. Lisa Gotto from ifs. Four documentary short films and one compilation film were produced in German-American teams. The Summer School was headed by ifs professor Gundolf S. Freyermuth, who initiated the cooperation and developed the concept.
On 6 November 2011 the premiere of this compilation took place – as part of a matinee at the Goethe-Institut in Los Angeles. In addition, on 8 November 2011 at UCLA there was a screening of the directors’ cuts of the individual short films and the making-of. The program ended with a reception at the Villa Aurora on the subject of »German filmmakers in Hollywood« with a reading of the texts by Billy Wilder, the Siodmak brothers, Edgar Ulmer and a conversation with director Wolfgang Petersen.
The films of »Menschen am Sonntag – People on Sunday 2010« celebrated their German premiere on 30 May 2012 at the Filmforum NRW/ Kino im Museum Ludwig, to which the ifs and Amerika Haus e.V. NRW contributed.
Initiator: Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth
Supported by the state government of NRW.