The idea behind the new KlassiXs collaboration between 3sat and the Film University is to transfer archaic stories and their archetypes to the present and develop them further. Titled "(Images of) Women in Global Dramatic Literature", the first edition in 2017 challenged students of the Film University to create concepts for short feature films providing new interpretations and further developments of dramatic works and their characters. The goal was to find innovative and intense ideas for films telling the stories of female characters or dramatists within a broadcasting time of 30 minutes.
Currently, the project duration is limited to two years. The project is based on the idea of reinterpreting classic dramatic works. The subject and dates for the next edition, which will be part of 3sat's broadcast schedule in 2019, have not been determined yet.
Digital production and distribution technologies have had a sustainable impact on the possibilities of filmic storytelling. Viewers are becoming users, the traditional boundaries of genres and formats are gradually disappearing, and there is an increasing demand for new and innovative content. For these reasons, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Film University, and the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) developed the DIGI.TALe pilot program, which supports the creation of innovative and experimental narrative audiovisual content. There are no limitations in terms of genres, formats, length, or distribution channels. Anything is possible: From web series or apps to narrative games or interactive story worlds, from virtual or augmented reality applications to cross-media formats – made for YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, or other channels.
"As a film university, we should play a key role in promoting media development. After all, our degree programs provide plenty of time and opportunity to experiment. I would like to thank Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg for supporting our efforts in this field." Prof. Dr. Susanne Stürmer, President of the Film University, about the support initiative.
With its "MDR Kurzkino" initiative, Germany's Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) television channel supports contemporary filmmaking and gives students of the Film University the opportunity to bring their filmic visions to television.
"To MDR, offering young filmmakers a platform does not only mean to invest in young cinematic talent, but also to add new and exciting stories and perspectives to the film landscape. We at MDR consider promoting young talent extremely important and part of our tradition. With our "MDR Kurzkino" initiative, we give young filmmakers the opportunity to artistically express themselves and the chance to reach a broad audience," says Karola Wilke, Director of MDR.
In 2012, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg united their numerous efforts in the field of cinema funding and created the LEUCHTSTOFF initiative, which supports feature and documentary filmmaking in the region – from graduation and debut films to major motion pictures made by experienced directors.
Each year, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) co-produces new "rbb movies" with the film universities located in its broadcasting area: Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb).