Independent Day

Saturday, June 10, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

KulturStation, Lahnstraße 9, 35578 Wetzlar

Hotel & Restaurant heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Giessen

Moderation: Joël Bassaget

This day is dedicated to independent series production. Creators, festival directors and producers will talk about all aspects of independent filmmaking: funding, production, distribution, and, most important, aesthetics, style, and creators’ visions. In the “scriptwriting” workshop, the participants will be able to learn first hand and from two successful independent series how the authors developed in writing their own projects.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm | Workshop

Scriptwriting – where do I start and what's down the road?

Location: KulturStation, Lahnstraße 9, 35578 Wetzlar

Nicole Fornoff, Thomas Meudt, Christian Stadach, Stephan Zimmermann

Nicole Fornoff, author and leading actress of "Emma’s World", and the creators of “MEM”, Thomas Meudt, Christian Stadach and Stephan Zimmermann of “Tag & Nacht Media“, will take you on a journey through their very personal set of tools, tricks and experiences. Whether it is post-its on the window, character development on the subway or successful governmental script funding... the four will stop at nothing to share everything they learned with lots of trial and error, blood, sweat and tears during the past few years.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How to produce successfully and independently

Hotel & Restaurant heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Giessen

Three different project - three different types of funding. Whether self-financed, crowd-funded or commissioned by a TV channel: That’s how independent series productions work!

Caris Vujcec

Greenlight YOURSELF: Crowdfunding your Series to Production!

Taking her own production “The Pepper Project” as an example, Caris Vujcec lets us in on the specifics of crowdfunding a project: how to figure out the amount you need, how to build your crowdfunding strategy regarding social media tools, and how to be able to produce on your budget.

Atsushi Ogata

Yukata Cowboy - Adventures in New Online Cinema!

“Yukata Cowboy” has been awarded worldwide. Its creator Atsushi Ogata points out the possibilities of creating with small budget and necessity of self-promotion. He explains different stages of his production and all the challenges that came along.

Anne Santa Maria

The Art of Being Commissioned

Is it possible to produce a web series independently and to be commissioned by a TV channel at the same time? Anne Santa Maria, producer of “Osmosis”, tells us about the pros and cons of creating digital content for TV and platforms and explains the procedure of being commissioned.

1:00 pm 2:00 pm | Panel Discussion

Festival Directors & Web Series World Cup

Hotel & Restaurant heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Giessen

Guests: Meredith Burkholder (Webfest Berlin), Riccardo Cannella (Sicily Web Fest), Csongor Dobrotka (die Seriale), Otessa Ghadar (DC Web Fest), Nina Heinrich (Wendie Webfest Hamburg), Young Man Kang (Seoul Webfest), Suzette Laqua (Vancouver Web Fest), Oliver Mend (Bilbao Web Fest)

Joël Bassaget, founder of the WSWC, interviews festival directors and World Cup participants about their respective orientations and special focus, but also about funding structures and financing in different countries.

Directors’ Panel

Hotel & Restaurant heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Giessen

2:00 pm | Panel Discussion

Guests: Kaye Kittrell, Carlos Vin Lopes, Marc Schießer, Lucie Tournant

2:30 pm | Panel Discussion

Guests: Dennis Albrecht, Dipu Bhattacharya, Sara Mauleón, Ula Zawadzka

What is a good series? What is visual storytelling? And how do you find your own style? Series creators talk about aesthetics, genre and different formats - and what artistic visions they are driven by.

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