5 Pre-selected digital short form series pitches will be presented to Telekom decision makers.
The winner of the pitch contest will receive €20,000 in development funding for their project. Upon delivery of the developed project, the winner will then be eligible to receive up to €130,000 in production funding – all thanks to Deutsche Telekom!
The 5 Finalists are:
Daniel Chadalakian Kurz
Viking Film Productions
Senior Manager Content Acquisition & Portfolio Strategy
As part of Telekom’s TV content team, Sven Philipp is always looking for new and exciting projects to develop and produce or must-see shows to acquire. He has been key in driving Telekom’s on- demand content strategy and bringing high-end drama series like THE HANDMAID’S TALE to Entertain TV, Telekom’s TV platform. Before joining Telekom, Sven served as Director of Content Partnerships for MusicNet in the US and held editorial positions for Billboard magazine and Chesky Records in New York. He studied Film & Media at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and Sussex University in the UK.
Elke Sander founded mainFREIRAUM in 2005.
The marketing & communication agency is specialised on the entertainment industry and consults studios and further companies of or entering the entertainment market.
mainFREIRAUM develops communication strategies and campaigns by combining classical channels with digital platforms, formats and contents. The agency accompanies their clients via the whole life circle of their products starting in production stage to concepts for catalogue marketing.
As trained business coach with focus on change management Elke also supports clients in their business innovation and ideation processes. She studied Film, Theatre & Media at the University of Erlangen and Arts & Design at the Central Saint Martins College London.
Meredith Burkholder is the founder and CEO of Webfest Berlin.
Webfest Berlin, founded in 2015, is the first international festival in Germany dedicated to presenting, recognizing, and advancing digital short form series from around the world. Since 2015 she has offered her digital short form series expertise regularly as juror, panelist, speaker, and moderator at relevant industry events, including Rio Web Fest, Seoul Web Fest, Roma Web Fest, Seriencamp Festival, Sicily Webfest, Wendie Webfest Hamburg, Die Seriale, Cinema Jove, TV Series Festival, Digital Production Challenge, Bilbao Web Fest, Storytelling for Startups, LA Web Fest, and Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Before founding Webfest Berlin, Meredith worked for 10 years as a freelance producer for photography and television based in New York City. In 2011, she co-founded the marketing and production company, Et Tu Tableau, GbR, in Berlin, Germany. And in 2018, she founded her solo venture, Ensoki Productions, GmbH. She studied Art History at Boston University.
Originally from France, Joel Bassaget currently lives in Berlin. He has been writing and producing TV cartoons since 1987. In 1998, he created an animated series of 20 second episodes for friends and family to download. The following year, he discovered Icebox.com which inspired him to create a website to watch online animated shows and pilots for future series. He created his own platform, in 2001, with the help of some of his animation friends. The site only lasted about a year, but the experience strengthened his enthusiasm for short form. In the 2000’s he dove in to the ‘seriesmania’ of the time. He created the blog “720 lignes” on LeMonde.fr and then the blog “Des Séries et des Hommes” for Liberation.fr. He co-wrote two books on TV series (“Seriescopie” and “Créatures, les monstres de la television”) and participated in various podcasts on the topic. In 2014, he left “Des Séries et des hommes” to his colleague Benjamin Campion and created “Web Séries Mag”, a blog solely dedicated to web series and also hosted on Liberation.fr. In 2015, he created the Web Series World Cup and completed the first statistical study about the web series phenomenon, “Web Series Anatomy” which was presented in various masterclasses around the World. In 2016, he wrote “Web Series: la nouvelle vague”, a guide to the best web series by genre, and began presenting his “Best of Short Form” session at MIPTV and MIPCOM. At the same time, he began teaching narrative short form and giving lectures for cinema and TV schools around the world. He regularly publishes reviews and analysis and consults for production companies willing to ‘go web’. He has been a member of the Webfest Berlin board of advisors since 2016.
Anne Santa Maria
Pioneering the online scripted short form genre in France, Anne is a pacesetter in digital series. She produced the first Studio 4 & Arte France online series of which the multi award winning web series “Osmosis” is now being adapted for Netflix. She has operated within major media players such as TF1, FremantleMedia, Gaumont, Newen Group, consolidating her multicultural and multidisciplinary in-depth experience in linear TV and streaming platforms across various models of scripted content: commissioning, development, production, sales, license and format deals. She now consults globally in Original Content Strategy.
She is a regular contributor as a juror, conference speaker and trainer worldwide to digital content events (WebFest Berlin advisory board, MIPTV, CanneSeries, Conecta Fiction, Quebec Cinema, Are You Series, Luchon, Sicily Web Fest, Die Seriale, Seoul Web Fest, etc.).