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Friday, 29th November 2019

13:00 – 14:45
Workshop with Alex LeMay
‘How To Get Paid As A Creator’

In this unique experience, somewhere between a lecture and a workshop, participants will dive into the absolute essentials that industry decision-makers need to pay you what you’re worth.
Participants will learn:

  • How to stop selling their time for money and start selling their ideas instead
  • How to clearly and specifically define themselves as a creator worth paying
  • How to build industry authority quickly
  • How to sell their content without an agent

Alex’s Biography – Alex LeMay is a web series showrunner from Los Angeles. He creates and produces web series for Universal Studios, YouTube Red, Maker, Go90, MSN, XBox and more. He runs a coaching and consulting business that helps working filmmakers sell their original content to studios without the need for an agent. Recently sold one of his web series and digital experiences to Sony Pictures, for Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy/Oz: The Great and Powerful/Evil Dead) and Joshua Donen (House of Cards, Social Network). His latest project has him producing/directing the thriller web series, CHIMERA, with Jim Uhls, writer of the film, FIGHT CLUB.

15:00 – 16:45
Workshop with Sebastian Khayat
‘Managing Your VFX Workflow’

Visual Effects (VFX) is now one of the most efficient and affordable ways to add production value to your stories. The cost of hardware and software has dramatically fallen. However, it takes a very specific expertise to make the most out of its benefits.

I will guide you through how to manage VFX workflows and enabling you to maximise your ability to create powerful and exciting moving images as well as work efficiently and effectively.

Sebastian’s Biography – Sebastian is a Motion Designer and VFX Artist who has worked on countless TV, Movies and commercials as a senior digital producer and post production supervisor including working for  RISE Visual Effects Studios on movies such as Hellboy, Shazam and Avengers: Endgame. I have also directed a number of shorts, which have gained international attention and even aired on US national television. Clients  include Porsche, Microsoft, Nokia, Google, Kia, Metallica, Universal, El Rey Network, Jung von Matt, BBDO, FischerAppelt and many more.

17:00 – 18:45 –  Public Reading (german) and discussion (german and english) of TRANSFUSION (A thriller by Jens Lubbadeh)
An old dream has come true: Alzheimer’s disease has been cured. The pharma company Astrada has put an end to this fiendly illness with its miracle pill “Bimini”. Iliana Kornblum is chief scientist at Astrada and has developed Bimini. Her own father had suffered from Alzheimer’s and is healed now thanks to Bimini. But then five dead indian girls are discovered in a container ship in Hamburg harbor, each of them had stuffed animals with Astrada’s logo with them. Is there any connection to Astrada? As she discovers secret research data, Iliana slowly realizes: For the cure and an extended human life Astrada is stopping at nothing.

Available via ROUNDHOUSE.DE

19:00 – 20:45
EMME – Into The Darkness

Emme is an electronic musician, producer and live performer from Argentina. She takes influences from all things science fiction; using a mixture of hardware controllers and synths she creates beautiful, soaring space-scapes and deep sonic explorations. 

For this live show, she will be performing songs from her latest release “Into The Darkness” , with hardware synthesisers and midi controllers, accompanied by friend musicians and live visuals, creating an immersive sound adventure with a sonic palette which moves between ambient, floating soundscapes, powerful melodies and energetic rhythms.

“Into The Darkness”, released by Modularfield, record label from Köln, is a sci-fi journey aimed at exploring the deep connection between the vastness of space and our innermost feelings and thoughts.


Saturday, 30th November 2019

13:00 – 14:45
Workshop with Alex LeMay
Pitching For Professionals

This workshop is for working filmmakers as well as for people who are serious about taking the leap into the original content space. Buyer’s look for a VERY specific set of information. Workshop participants will learn the same pitch system I use that has singlehandedly allowed me to sell over $12M worth of original web series content in less than five years.

Participants will learn:

  • How to master the verbal, in-the-room pitch to series buyers
  • How to write irresistible log-lines that get series buyers to pick up the phone
  • How to create airtight pitch materials and leave-behinds
  • Plus, participants will receive downloadable pitch deck and one-sheet templates that contain the exact information buyers need to get to ‘YES’.

Biography above –

15:00 – 16:45
Workshop with Robert FitzHugh
‘Creative filmmaking with a Smartphone’

“Are you an aspiring film-making with a burning story to tell?” The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival has put together a Smartphone Film-making programme to make it easier to create a high quality film.”

This workshop is geared to those who are interested in learning how to shoot and edit a film on a smartphone. Through extensive experience I’ll offer tips and tricks to shooting high-quality and engaging stories using just your Smartphone.

Learn the essential skills needed to write, shoot, edit and market a film made on a Smartphone including the best apps for filming and editing.

Robert’s Biography: Robert, is a filmmaker working prominently with mobile phones. He has extensive festival experience being involved with several film festivals both nationally and internationally including the Fingal Film Festival and the Reel-world Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. Robert is a firm believer that mobile devices make filmmaking accessible to everyone. He started the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival to connect the Irish and International mobile filmmaking community and to celebrate these films on the big screen.
“With the ability to write, shoot, edit and market your films in the palm of your hand, the possibilities are endless.”

17:00 – 18:45
Panel Discussion with Isabella Hermann
‘Projects of a Digital Future – interventions and talk’

With Special Guests:
  • Bronwen Deacon, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society HIIG LINK
  • Frithjof Nagel, German Informatics Society (GI), #KI50 LINK
  • Niccolo Pescetelli, Max-Planck-Institute, on “BeeMe” BBC LINK
  • And comments by special guest Carylanna Taylor, Anthropologist & Filmmaker LINK
Scientists & Professionals will present their projects reaching from utopian essays for a digital society in 2040, over the computer program BeeMe enabling web users to suggest actions for a real actor in a storyline of an evil Artificial Intelligence, to the information campaign #KI50 with the aim of demystifying the hype around AI. Let’s start a conversation about our future with digital technologies!

Isabella’s Biography: Isabella is a political scientist by training and a science-fiction fan by passion. She holds a PhD in International Relations and talks and writes about how science-fiction interacts with world politics and mirrors societal challenges. In this sense, science-fiction shows us not only alternative futures, but makes us think about in what kind of future we want to live in. Isabella works as scientific coordinator of an interdisciplinary research group on artificial intelligence at Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities at Popular Political Science.

19:00 – 20:45
Science Fiction Readings with 
The Sci-Fi Reading Club

Each member of the club has pre-selected a story to present, briefly recap the story and then provide an ‘appendix’ – highlighting points to be expanding upon. You have the chance to discuss themes, provided sharp criticism and recreated the prevailing sentiments of the time. 
READING LIST (1955-1958)
  1. Beyond Lies the Wub – Philip K. Dick
  2. The Snowball Effect – Katherine MacLean
  3. Prott – Margaret St. Clair
  4. The Liberation of Earth – William Tenn
  5. Let Me Live in a House – Chad Oliver
  6. The Star – Arthur C. Clarke
  7. Grandpa – James H. Schmitz
  8. The Game of Rat and Dragon – Cordwainer Smith 
Edited by Jeff VanderMeer and Ann Vandermeer