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HFF Munich Summer School

The University of Television and Film (HFF) Munich is offering its successful SUMMER SCHOOL for the fourth time in late summer 2021 - due to the great demand, again with four courses and a mixture of tried and tested and new course formats:



  • WOMEN WRITING LAB 20. September – 29. September 2021

    20. – 29. September 2021 *online course*
    Apply until bis 25 / 8 / 2021
    Max. number of participants: 12
    Fee: 750 €

    „STRENGTHENING YOUR SCREENWRITING TECHNIQUES” is a craft-based workshop designed to build on your foundational screenwriting skills.  In a week-long workshop setting, you will learn practical tools for creating compelling stories that are well-founded in the essential elements of drama.  We will address the development of strong original characters, and how all story rises from character.  We will explore the use of themes to ground every story in universal meaning. Through guided exercises, you’ll develop your own instincts for story, character, and powerful, visual scenes.  During daily writing hours, you will expand and develop your own story ideas, and refine your ideas in individual mentoring sessions with the workshop leader, Robin Swicord. 
    The goal of the workshop is for each participating writer to develop a full story as a detailed treatment for a feature film or a multi-part episodic TV story, which will become the immediate blueprint for your screenplay. This is the workshop that will launch you into your first draft, or your next draft.

    Application Form (Download)

    Declaration of Consent (Download)

    Workshop leader

    Robin Swincord
    CV (Download)


    Screenwriter and film director

  • DIRECTING DRAMA SERIES 20. September - 25. September 2021

    20.9. – 25.9.2021 / *hybrid*
    Application deadline: 25.08.2021
    Final notification: 03.09.2021
    Fee: 690 EURO
    max. 16 Participants

    Akademic direction: Natalie Spinell, Prof. Tac Romey
    Speaker: Natalie Spinell, Taç Romey, Pauline Roenneberg, Anca Miruna Lăzărescu, Christian Schwochow, Dennis Gansel, Hans Steinbichler, Moritz Polter
    Host: Pauline Roenneberg

    We go into the depth of directing serial formats and want to learn from the best. How do you successfully implement dramaturgical highlights of a series in a stage setting? How do we adapt to the needs of Production & Showrunner? Adaptation: what needs to be considered? Direction at an international world order such as THE CROWN: How can you succeed in cleverly integrating a personal handwriting into the dramaturgy and look of a well-known series? What role do regional characteristics play in a 30 something comedy series like SERVUS BABY? How can we dive into the world of WE ARE THE WAVE? And how do you share the responsibility in collaborating like in HACKERVILLE or a duo work as in THE BOAT Season III?
    Which do's and don’s have to be considered when directing concepts of serial formats & where are the pitfalls?

    Goal: In the end, each participant should develop a director's concept with moods

    Target group: For a small group of max. 18 participants, including 9 students from the HFF Munich in the Directorate & Screenplay departments

    Application Form (Download)

    Declaration of Consent (Download) 

  • TREATMENT IN FIVE DAYS 06. September - 10. September 2021

    From idea to film treatment in five days
    6.-10. September 2021 *online*
    Fee: 650€

    This intensive seminar introduces and elaborates essential writing tools and combines theory, writing sprints and immediate feedback. Guided by experienced instructors you will write a full feature film treatment in 5 days. This seminar is for beginning writers and professionals alike, open for brand new ideas as well as for concepts you’ve always wanted to write.

    Requirement: An idea for a feature film, summarized in 1-3 pages max.

    Application Form (Download) 

    Declaration of Consent (Download) 


    Prof. Florian Puchert



    Born and raised in Germany, Florian Puchert made his way into the film and TV business by first interning and later working for Munich-based production company K5 Film as a junior producer.

    But since writing has always been his main focus, he quit producing and started writing and directing short films, music videos and industry films, while working as a 1st AD, reader and consultant. His short films screened at over 120 festivals worldwide and won several awards.

    His first writing credit was on the 2005 horror film BLOOD TRAILS, which got picked up by Lionsgate in the US. His most recent credits include writing on the international thriller series DIGNITY (2019-2020) for German streamer Joyn and the mini-series UNSERE WUNDERBAREN JAHRE (2020) for German broadcaster ARD. He’s currently developing several original TV drama series and movies.

    Florian is an honorary professor at the University of Television and Film Munich and has been giving workshops and screenwriting seminars there with his writing partner Robert Krause since 2013. Together they’ve also run several writers’ rooms for German production companies like Bavaria Fiction and UFA.

    Benedikt Schwarzer



    Born and raised in Germany, Benedikt Schwarzer started out as a photographer’s assistant and photo designer in advertising and portrait as well as an assistant director and camera assistant on documentary and fiction films. With the foundation of a production company, he produced industrial films.

    From 2010 to 2017 he studied documentary filmmaking at the HFF Munich, shot music videos, trailers, some animated, and video installations. His short documentary SHOOT ME (co-directed by Narges Kalhor) was screened at national and international film festivals and was nominated for the German Short Film Award and the German Human Rights Award.

    His debut, the feature length documentary THE SECRETS OF HANDSOME LEO premiered at DOK.fest Munich in 2018, screened at different festivals and was released theatrically in 2019. The Film was nominated for the German Directors’ Award Metropolis, the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award and the German Documentary Film Award. He won the ARRI pitch Award and the Starter Film Award of the City of Munich.

    His first contact with Club23 / Robert & Flo / Screenplay in 23 Days was during the making of his debut where he wrote his research into a fictional screenplay in 23 days.

    Benedikt Schwarzer is working a freelance documentary filmmaker and educator with Club23.

  • STORYBOARD-WORKSHOPS I und II 06.-10.und 13.-17. September 2021

    Visual Storytelling is key when it comes to cinematic filmmaking and since audio and moving image have to be mastered, it is one of the most difficult art forms. Storyboards can help us finding the right position and order of the characters in the scene, set the lights and the movement of the camera. In visual storytelling known since the old masters in painting and the rules of geometry are applied to a moving image. Finding this translation from the words in the screenplay to the final image in the storyboard sequence will be practiced with preexisting screenplays.

    Conditions of Participation (Download) 


    - HFF München -
    Worskhopleader: Prof. Michael Coldewey
    06. September - 10. September 2021
    Deadline: 23. August 2021
    Guest Speaker: Tobias Schwarz

    Max. 15 Participant
    Fee: 500€

    Transferring a screenplay into images, words into drawings, and giving characters visual expressions, is a magical and wonderful process. Breathing life into a storyline is a moment of divine power. We will learn how to break down a script, how to develop floorplans, how to stage scenes with actors and cameras and how to put those scenes into action.

    Application Form (Download) 

    Declaration of Consent (Download) 


      - HFF München -
    Wokshop leader: Prof. Michael Coldewey
    13. September - 17. September 2021
    Deadline: 23. August 2021
    Guest Speaker: Tobias Schwarz

    Max. 25 Participants
    Fee: 500€

    Transferring a screenplay into images, words into drawings, and giving characters visual expressions, is a magical and wonderful process. Breathing life into a storyline is a moment of divine power. We will learn how to use the advantage of a drawing software like Procreate on Apple iPadPro. At the end of the course we will have an animatic (storyboard slideshow with timing) of a sequence.

    Application Form (Download) 

    Declaration of Consent (Download) 

Initiator & project manager: Elena Diesbach (International Office and Alumni * ae office)

Artistic direction: Professor Taç Romey