Sep
14
4:15 PM16:15

WORKSHOP: #WFBPOWERUP - From Creative Filmmaker to Entrepreneur

How money, structure and mindset can allow you the freedom to lean in on your creative strengths and transform from a creative to a creative entrepreneur.

 

SPEAKER:

KARA DUFFY

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Serial entrepreneur and 20 year veteran of the global footwear & apparel industry, Kara applies what she's learned in the corporate and start-up worlds as a Consultant & Coach guiding people to success in life, business and finances. Kara is also the founder of Powerful Ladies and host of the Powerful Ladies Podcast on a mission to empower women to live a life bigger than they've dreamed by sharing stories of inspiration, tools & resources to make it happen and a community of support.

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Sep
14
2:30 PM14:30

WORKSHOP: Stress Relief to Maximize Creativity

SPEAKER:

ADELINE BONDU

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Adeline is a stress-free life guru guiding people through how to release stress and anxiety to discover the peace and confidence within themselves. Her powerful workshops combine habit technique, meditation, mindfulness, healing, and yoga giving participants a place to reconnect with who they are and begin to transform their lives.

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Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

WRITING WORKSHOP: Writing Women Characters

All too often we see the same tropes repeated time and again when creating women characters. Find out what to avoid when writing genuine, original women.

SPEAKER

JASMINA MARIA WESOLOWSKI

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Jasmina is a member of the writers collective „Schreibkollektiv Q3“, which consists of seven writers who graduated from Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (dffb) and are now successfully working together as a network, in various writers rooms and collaborations. After extending her studies in the first Writers Room: Lab-programme at Bayrisches Filmzentrum, Jasmina worked on the fourth season of the award winning web series „DRUCK“ (funk/Bantrybay Productions) with members of the collective and as one of the creators of the Prime Time series „Nachtschwestern“ (UFA Serial Drama/RTL). Furthermore she worked on projects for Warner Bros. Germany/Cartoonfilm, Network Movie, ZDFe, TLC, Saxonia Media and currently for Neuesuper/Sky.

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Sep
14
10:30 AM10:30

MUSIC WORKSHOP: Tonegrading with Sebastian Oswald + How to Find the Right Music Efficiently with Epidemic Sound

#WFBpowerup your music game with the Tonegrading-Workshop - a method to develop music concepts by providing communication tools enabling non-musicians to speak about music. Once you’ve got the tools to properly develop your musical concept, find out how to implement the concept with insider tips from Epidemic Sound.

SPEAKERS:

SEBASTIAN OSWALD

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Sebastian Oswald is a composer based in Berlin.

He has been working for TV (e.g. two time Emmy-nominated Series „Dance Academy“), Advertising, Brand-Sound and Theatre. He produces the neoclassical project „Laurence Ipsum“ for silentbeatrecords and writes concert music whenever he finds the time.

The Tonegrading-Workshop has been developed based on his experiences working for TV and Ad’s.

ARAM WINKLER

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Following three years in a marketing and sales position at Red Bull in Hamburg, Aram moved to Amsterdam to study International Music Management. Today he oversees Brand Marketing in the GSA region for the wildly successful Swedish Production-Music Company Epidemic Sound.  

 

Epidemic Sound

At Epidemic Sound we are reinventing the music industry. Our carefully curated catalog, with over 30,000 tracks, is tailored for storytellers, streaming services, and in-store soundtracks. Countless clients around the world, from broadcasters, production companies, DSPs, and YouTubers rely on our tracks to help them tell their stories. Epidemic Sound’s music is heard in hundreds of millions of online videos daily, across millions of playlist streams, and in thousands of in-store locations. Headquartered in Stockholm, we’re spread across offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Sydney. We’re growing fast, have lots of fun, and are taking the music industry with us.

 

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Sep
13
to Sep 14

BERLINORAMA: FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY + BERLIN SELECTION SCREENINGS

This year’s Berlin Selection features ‘Stories from the Streets’ from Berlin to Kosovo, to Paris and Toronto, we find human stories highlighting common experiences, struggles, and victories that bring us closer together. Network, get inspired, and take the fun to the next level! Includes Berlin Selection screenings, music, and more! Welcome drink provided by Beck’s.


FÜR UMME (DE)

To overcome obstacles the acting life is confronting him with, Mo Mikkelsen, a master of disguise, has to take his acting skills to the next level: life itself.


ÇOHU (STAND UP - CH)

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The quick-witted feminist Adelina and the leader of the LGBTI Community, Lendi, fight side by side against patriarchy and for equal rights for all sexes in Kosovo. Although both are repeatedly confronted with verbal and physical attacks, their friends and community give them strength to continue fighting for their cause in a country that has to re-form between modernism and tradition.


#KÄMPFERGEIST (DE)

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Martial artist Akın starts a criminal career while his older brother wants to protect him from the same mistakes he made in his darker past. Akın's future, as well as his home, are on the verge of total breakdown. Then Akın meets Anna from the family of his biggest enemy.


TRAFIC (CA)

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Trafic is about a female director investigating the sexual exploitation of young women in Montreal. Interviewing pimps, police officers, social workers and the victims, she attempts to understand this industry that thrives because of the high demand for young blood. But what are the clients seeking? Will she be able to speak to one of them and figure out their motivations?


SAGESSE2RUE (TALES4TODAY - FR)

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„Sagesse2rue / Tales4Today" is a social chronicle that revisits the wise fables of popular oral tradition, through short, modern and urban stories, which are shot just down the street. This web series aims to re-appropriate these tales of wisdom and their ways of thinking, inviting each of us to be attentive to the experiences of everyday life and how they can teach us to become better humans.

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Sep
13
6:15 PM18:15

SCREENING: INTERNATIONAL SERIES

Take a tour around the world with this screening block including series from 11 different countries.


BIP (COMEDY - CH)

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Marie works as a cashier in a supermarket. Her favorite hobby? Observe and imagine the lives of the customers. From the student, to the old man, to the single mother, she tells the story of people’s lives based on the products that scroll on her treadmill.


ESTREMI RIMEDI (COMEDY - IT)

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Francio and Silvio, two Italian young adults living in Milan, try to navigate their way through the lack of job and other opportunities that pester modern Italy. The results are often tragicomic.


BAD JUJU (COMEDY - UK)

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Bad JuJu is the journey of an up and coming rapper in New Mexico, USA. Internet rapper Junior got big making jokes, now all he wants to do is be taken seriously. He got a record deal, he has a beautiful girlfriend, and he’s living out your dreams. However, your dreams are not his reality. This is Bad JuJu.


GOALS (DRAMA - FI)

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Goals is a drama series that follows a group of teenagers for eight weeks on Instagram. The main characters are training at the same swimming club – they practice together but compete against each other, and spend most of their time together. What sacrifices are they willing to make to belong?


IN BED (COMEDY - RU)

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This is a story about relationships between men and women in bed, particularly about the exhausting sex life of Anya and Andrey, the joyful and emotional love of Larissa and Denis, Katya’s loneliness, and the promiscuous sex life of Jenya.


BOLDIOUK & BRADOCK (ACTION/THRILLER/SUSPENSE - BE)

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Boldiouk, a young film writer, is absolutely unable to finish the stories he's writing. Cursed by a sorceress, he gets stuck in a fantastic and scary world of his unfinished creations: The Schpountz. Can Bradock, a crazy, impulsive guy with strange hair, help him face the dangers and get home safe and sound?


HOTEL PARADISE (DRAMA - DK)

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When a big city artist is forced to spend time with his redneck family in a remote coastal hotel, he can't wait to get back home. But as mysteries start to unfold, the stopover turns out to be far less dull than first expected.


M (SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR - AR)

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Diane and Tim, a young American couple, give up the search for his father in Patagonia only to meet a local con man, Alejandro, who lures them back into the hunt. As they travel into the woods, mysteries abound. They may be hunting a man ... but what's hunting them?


DIGITAL DOCTOR (SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR - RU)

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The familiar world of modern technologies faces an amazing, frightening, new threat. It is being ravaged by some kind of digital diseases which can take on a variety of forms. Only a vagabond genius can cure them all - a man who goes by the name of Digital Doctor!


THE LOST ONES (NON-FICTION - FR)

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The Lost Ones is a web-series of true stories based on diverted images. History is punctuated with singular and extraordinary destinies, yet unknown to the general public. They are fanciful, dazzling, prodigious, impertinent lives, sometimes strange or wacky ... but always anonymous.


THE TWIST (ANIMATION/PUPPETRY - AU)

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The Twist is an animated short form documentary series that brings to life some of Australia’s most intriguing true crime stories - complex, real stories with real victims and real perpetrators.


PEOPLE LIKE US (DRAMA - SG)

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Following four gay men in Singapore, „People Like Us” is a poignant reflection and insightful look into the lives of Joel, Ridzwan, Rai, and Isaac as they navigate lust, love and life.


VAKKENVULLERS (MEET THE STOCKERS - COMEDY - NL)

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A web series about the lives of teenage stockers in a local supermarket. On the job, all are equal and have to work their asses off, or at least pretend to.


GEORGES EST MORT (GEORGES IS DEAD - COMEDY - CA)

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Étienne, a salesclerk at a sporting goods store in a Montreal suburb, is reeling from the loss of his best friend Georges. The series, focusing on unlikely encounters between an assortment of characters, tells a story in which closeness, tension and conflict lead to reflections on friendship between men, friendship between men and women, and friendship, period. #bromance

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Sep
13
5:10 PM17:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: BRANDED SERIES

Increasingly, brands are using short form series to reach their target consumers. This year we’ve seen brands across the globe shift away from hosted formats and toward scripted series. This panel will focus on what is behind this shift and how branded series are approached in different markets.

SPEAKERS:

BARBARA DABROWSKA

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Barbara Dabrowska is Director “Brand Solutions” at global media brand VICE. Barbara started working with VICE in Germany eleven years ago and successfully built and decisively shaped the brand not only during her seven years as deputy editor-in-chief. She was in charge for the print magazine as well as for the website VICE.com and produced several investigative features of all kind. Currently the 35 year old heads the digital unite for brand solutions in the Berlin office, offering tailor-made solutions for brands connecting them with the VICE-audience. Branded content as well as video- and experiential-productions based on specific client KPIs result in individual media plans that guarantee that the brand message is anchored authentically in the young target group of VICE.

NIKLAS WARNECKE

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Nick founded production company INSTANT WAVES MEDIA in 2015. The team of ten produces video and photo content with a a strong focus on branded content series and campaigns. While the still young at heart and multi-lingual crew offers creative services internationally in all fields of production, they are specialized in sports, e-sports and economic content. Some of their rather well known clients are Germany´s favorite bank, the DKB, Riot Games (League of Legends) and International consultancy firm EY, formerly known as Ernst & Young. 

ALINA HENDRIKX

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Alina is project manager at Divimove, Europe’s leading digital video studio. Together with an international team of strategists, creative concepters and a huge production unit, she is responsible for the realization of many different projects. During the process, she is the main contact person for the clients and handles the communication between internal and external parties in consideration of timelines, budget and the clients’ KPIs.

After having started as an MCN / Multi Channel Network in 2012, Divimove merged with UFA X at the end of 2018 and became part of the RTL Group in January

MODERATOR:

ANDREA KAUL

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Based on 20+ years of professional and leadership experience with international media companies and a large personal network, Andrea founded her own Marketing Consulting company in 2015. Andrea advises and supports international media and media events like conferences, markets, and festivals in strategy, marketing, conference management and business development.

Fascinated by the unfolding opportunities for media in times of digital change Andrea combined her profound background in international TV ad sales & marketing with her passion for content and storytelling to nurture and advocate video and branded content initiatives.

Andrea currently works a.o. for MediaTech Hub Conference, Germany's leading business event for future media technologies, as project lead, organises matchmaking sessions and networking programmes for the leading TV markets MIPTV/MIPCOM in Cannes, and curates international video sessions for Medientage München. Further projects include consulting international producers, media start ups and brands in marketing and business development.

 

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Sep
13
4:15 PM16:15

SCREENING: BRANDED SERIES

Watch how brands are using short form series and prepare your questions for the branded series panel immediately following the screening.


MEINE GANG (MY GANG - DE)

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From VICE+ in Germany, this integrated content campaign for YouTube Music focuses on two German musicians' entourage. "My Gang" gives fans unusual and intimate insights of the microcosmos behind artists Eunique & Nico Santos, who show us how essential their team is for their overall success.⁠


A-LIVE (IT)

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Andrea is a young girl who is starting to face a life that so far seems unsatisfactory. On the way to her graduation discussion, she runs into a runaway thief, Marco. He will force her into an adventure that will change her prospects and make her feel alive again.


DAS SECHSTE ELEMENT (THE SIXTH ELEMENT - DE)

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This influencer-studded mini-series deals with a threatening alien invasion. Each video tells a continuous story, but also works independently. However, anyone who wants to understand all connections should look at all episodes. The advertising messages relating to the services and products of the chemical industry are integrated into the story.


WIND BELL (KR)

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Set against the backdrop of Seoul’s most popular tourist spots, including Han River and Bukchon, this drama is a story about a Korean-American writer, Daniel, who was adopted by a family in the US when he was 10 years old. He comes back to Korea to meet his family, including his birth mother, who was forced to put him up for adoption.


LOCATION SCOUTS (AU)

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Two misfits, „Millennial" Morgan and "Baby Boomer" Steve are forced to work together as location scouts on the upcoming Australian feature film, „Top End Wedding'. During their misadventures, Steve, a seasoned scout who’s there for work (and work only), finds the holiday of a lifetime, while Morgan, who is there for what she thinks will be a holiday, finds a job for life.


IT’S A MATCH! (DE)

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"It's a Match!" is a branded web series from UFA X / Divimove for Durex condoms. In the series a young woman has different sex partners each episode and quite different experiences as well.

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Sep
13
2:50 PM14:50

SCREENING: GERMAN SERIES

See what’s happening here in Germany with a selection of German series from the official competition.

ANOMALIE (SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR - DE)

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Jan, a young man, travels to Darmstadt to solve the mystery of his heritage. His parents, acclaimed scientists in the field of quantum mechanics worked there until their mysterious disappearance. Step by step he uncovers his own connection to the city and the secrets that might just put him and his new found friends in harm's way.


SINGLES’ DIARIES (COMEDY - DE)

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„Singles' Diaries" is a webseries about five singles and their daily struggle in the dating jungle. What the most of them have to learn is to stop hunting their desires and turn to each other, giving a person a chance. The storytelling is very special. After every episode the narrator view changes from one to another character.


BASTARDS. (NON-FICTION - DE)

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BASTARDS. is a wrestling documentary series about Maggot and Prince Ahura, the Pretty Bastards. These two characters couldn't be any more different, yet they still have much more in common than their sport. Meet the Bastard Sons of Wrestling!


VIDEOHUNTERS (NON-FICTION - DE)

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The videotape is dead - long live the videotape! Two guys want to complete their videotape collection, but they have to hurry: video stores are closing down everywhere. On their journey through Germany, Bart & Daniel also learn a lot about recent film history in the eight-part web series.

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Sep
13
2:00 PM14:00

NETFLIX, CHANNEL 4, AND SHORT FORM: A Chat with Lee Mason, Commissioning Editor of 'The End of the F***ing World'

How is Channel 4 adapting to the change in viewing habits and why did their smash hit ‘The End of the F***ing World’ kick the traditional linear format in favor of something shorter? Find out from the commissioner himself!

SPEAKER:

LEE MASON

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Lee Mason is a Drama Commissioning Editor at UK broadcaster Channel 4 and has overseen series including The End of the F***ing World, No Offence, Ackley Bridge, Loaded, Crazyhead and Hollyoaks. Before Channel 4, Lee worked with a number of production companies and broadcasters including Tiger Aspect, BBC, Endemol Shine, Shed Media and Keshet International. Upcoming series include The End of the F***ing World 2 by Charlie Covell, Adult Material by Lucy Kirkwood, The Boys (WT) by Russell T Davies, and Gen Z by Ben Wheatley.

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Sep
13
11:30 AM11:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: QUEBEC SERIES - THE FUTURE IS NOW

Every year Canadian and Quebecois short form series are some of the most selected and awarded in festivals around the world and market opportunities seem to be booming. Join us in learning how Canada has made a smooth transition to digital from both funding decision makers and producers.

SPEAKERS:

MARA JOLY

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Trained as a stage actress, Mara has been seen in 2h14, the masterpiece from M. Goldman, Les Jumeaux Vénitiens and Les Fourberies de Scapin. On TV, she has been a cast member of Pour Sarah, Les jeunes loups and Faits divers. She co-wrote and voiced over the short film L'Air de Vent from Jonathan Tremblay which was in official competition at TIFF 2016. She also directed two short films: Finger Night (Audience Award at Festival Regard 2016). She wrote and directed the web series Col Bleu which was broadcast on TV5.ca. And this year at Cannes Series she won the audience award with her new web series La Maison des folles.

CATHERINE WHITE

Catherine is the writer and director of the web series "Le temps des chenilles" (TV5.ca), awarded Best Director in international competition at the Marseille Web Fest (2017). Since its release, the series has been selected in official competition at GIFF (Switzerland), nominated at Numix, broadcast in Argentina, and continues its festival circuit. In 2018, she wrote and filmed the series' second season (Babel Films), with support from Media Funds of Canada and Unis.TV. She is currently tackling the writing of her first feature film, while continuing to develop several projects - Black Orange Sky a new serie. In addition to her work as a filmmaker, Catherine works as an art director and set designer. She likes to create custom universe and insists on details and precision.

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QUENTIN FABIANI

Coming from an Italian family in the north of France, Quentin devotes his life to cinema. He made his first film in 2005 before studying the history of cinema at the University of Lille. He joined the EICAR School of Paris in 2010 from which he graduated with honors. In 2014, he co-directed Voices, which will be screened at the Clermont-Ferrand festival. In the spring of 2017, he made his first Super 16mm short film The end of Agawa River and directed his first web-serie Vieux jeu, which received a number of awards and recognition in festivals. He has also worked as a Filmmker mentor on a Saskatchewan Native Reserve and then British Columbia as part of the Wapikoni Mobile program.

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CLAIRE DION

For the last 20 years, Claire Dion has held a strategic position in the development of the convergent and transmedia industry in Quebec. She had the opportunity of sustaining innovative projects through the Bell Fund a pioneer in Digital Media production and development financing. She also administers the Independent Production Fund dedicated to webseries, and television drama series production.  As a Fund administrator, she has made fostering talent a priority throughout her career. Claire Dion received a Master Degree in Cinéma from USC (University of Southern California).

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MODERATOR:

JOËL BASSAGET

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Originally from France, Joël 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 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 into 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’. Joël’s newest book, “Short, Narrative, and Serialized”, a complete guide to the web series phenomenon, was released in June 2019. He has been a member of the Webfest Berlin board of advisors since 2016.

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Sep
13
11:00 AM11:00

SCREENING: CANADIAN SERIES

Take in the Canadian series in competition before hearing from Canadian producers and funding decision makers following the screening.


VIEUX JEU (DRAMA - CA)

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After 50 years, Adrian wants to retire and sell his bowling alley. Every night after work, he plays solitaire trying to get a perfect score. When a ghost from his past visits, saying he’ll die within a week, Adrian has to move fast to sell his business, make order in his life, and achieve his ultimate goal … a perfect hand of solitaire!


LES TEMPS DES CHENILLES (CATERPILLARS’ TIMES - RETURNING SERIES - CA)

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Alix and Bibi are going to spend the holidays in their native region. Alix has not set foot in her family home since her parents kicked her out last summer. Luckily, Bibi is there by her side, more crazy than ever. Especially since Alix lost her wallet. But things change when the caterpillars are sleeping. It’s a weird holiday season, not too relaxing.


LA MAISON DES FOLLES (HOME TURF - DRAMA - CA)

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Home Turf is an unlikely sisterhood that forms in the half-basement of a foster home for „ problem” teenage girls in the year 2000. Soon after arriving from Africa, Sahara is driven by CPS to a foster home. At the house, she finds four teenage girls who object to her presence and make her life miserable.

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Sep
13
10:00 AM10:00

2019 TOP PICKS: Joël Bassaget and Anne Santa Maria, share their top 6 picks from all submissions to Webfest Berlin 2019

Members of the Webfest Berlin Board of Advisors, Joël Bassaget and Anne Santa Maria, share their top 6 picks from all submissions to Webfest Berlin 2019. During this special session they will explain why they think these picks have a great potential for production or distribution.

Speakers:

JOËL BASSAGET 

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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 SANTAMARIA

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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.).

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Sep
12
to Sep 13

PREMIERE NIGHT

Catch it first at Webfest Berlin! Enjoy World and German Premiere screenings from the 2019 Selection. Music and drinks to follow.


ROBBIE HOOD (COMEDY - AU)

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Robbie Hood is only 13, but already he’s famous in Alice Springs. He and his mates — little Georgia Blue and big Little Johnny — are a notorious band of misfits who skirt the law to right the wrongs they see going down in Alice.


*WORLD PREMIERE* FINAL CUT (PILOT - RU)

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Friends shoot a prank video with a fake death in the supermarket. They do not know that their girlfriend is already in mortal danger after an Internet curse repost.


FRIDAY THE 13th (ACTION/THRILLER/SUSPENSE - KR)

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Friday the 13th: The Conspiracy Begins is the story of Mr. Philip Kim, a criminal profiler, and Ms. Yoon, an elite female detective, who follow the clues surrounding a series of suicide cases dubbed „The Suicide Syndrome.


FUROR (ACTION/THRILLER/SUSPENSE - IN)

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Seven Ganglock School students face detention in fabled Room 2’O’2. While the sound of that number turns their blood cold, what awaits is worse than anyone could imagine: a chaos spewing, morally and ideologically twisted boy, Karam, whose intentions and insights are beyond their reckoning.


DOADORES (DONORS - COMEDY - BR)

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In this sperm donation clinic, the most wild situations can happen!


DETENTION ADVENTURE (SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR - CA)

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Three nerdy friends and the school bully must get themselves thrown into detention to find the entrance to a labyrinth of trap-laden tunnels protecting the fabled hidden lab of Alexander Graham Bell.


LIGA DA MATA (FOREST LEAGUE - ANIMATION/PUPPETRY - BR)

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Liga Da Mata is an adventure based on Brazilian folklore. After the murder of a tapir in the woods, the angry shaman summons the sleeping spirits. In a city school, children are chosen. The Forest League is formed! They will fight against the evils of society and powerful enemies led by the terrible Anhangá.


GUT FEELING (COMEDY - AU)

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Gut Feeling is a comedy about listening to your gut. Set in Sydney, the web series follows 28-year-old Liv, who’s pretty happy, really, until the day she meets Uta. Her intuition personified, Uta has an office in Liv's tummy and wants her to break up with her boyfriend Luke.


*WORLD PREMIERE* 20 SECONDS TO LIVE (RETURNING SERIES - USA)

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The horror/comedy podcast for people who hate happy endings


CONTENT (COMEDY - AU)

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Lucy is not content with her boring AF existence. But when a car crash makes her a worldwide meme, her life changes course forever.


LOST IN TRAPLANTA (NON-FICTION - FR)

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Atlanta 2018. Larry, an offbeat daydreamer is appointed by the God of Rap to save the world from an epidemic of Trap Music. How? By finding OutKast, the mythical group from Atlanta. On his quest, he meets major players of the city's Hip-Hop scene, and ends up doing an accidental portrait of today's stronghold of the world Rap Industry.


BONNIE THE ELEPHANT (ANIMATION/PUPPETRY - AU)

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Bonnie the Elephant is a cheeky adult animation set inside a storybook.

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Sep
12
5:00 PM17:00

PANEL DISCUSSION: WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN

Need a mentor? Looking for someone to mentor? Look no further! The percentage of women writing and directing web series is greater than that of other formats in the entertainment industry, but still not 50%. Webfest Berlin seeks to change that and we believe that empowering women to support one another is key. In this session we will focus on how women can support one another through mentorship programs, networking, and community.

SPEAKERS:

SHARI MAHRDT

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Shari is the co-founder and creative producer of Unframed, a Berlin based concept development house, focused on high-end, diverse storytelling. The initiative was born out of the Women’s Film Network Berlin, which she started with Shannon Getty, a community of 4000+ members that fosters dynamic, new, and underrepresented voices in film and television. Shari moved to Berlin five years ago and is originally from Germany but grew up in Singapore, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

WFNB
The Women's Film Network Berlin is a local collective for women and those identifying as women across all disciplines in film, television and digital media. The group hosts meetups (every last Wednesday of the month) and events aimed to provide a space to inspire, inform and collaborate. Our mission is to advocate equality and foster fresh content and dynamic new voices in the industry.
www.womenfilmberlin.com

SYNI PAPPA

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Film director and screenwriter Syni Pappa, mostly known for her awarded short films “Whack” and “The National Garden”, was born in Cologne Germany. She finished high-school in north Greece and graduated in Film (Raindance Filmschool, London) and in Social Anthropology (Panteion University, Athens) after completing her training as a classical dancer.  She began her career as an assistant director, a position in which she gained valuable industry experience. Her own work includes a body of short films screened and awarded at festivals in more than twenty countries worldwide, as well as screenplay collaborations for feature film and tv dramas. She lives in Berlin working on her debut feature-film. Syni was a founding member of WIFT Greece and is an active member of WIFT Germany since 2018. 

WIFT Germany

WIFT Germany is a business network connecting women working in film, television and digital media, and provides a forum for continous exchange, peer support and professional collaboration. WIFT Germany is interconnected with other national and international women’s associations and is part of the global network Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI), representing more than 13,000 women in 40 countries.
https://wiftg.de

CLAUDIA NIEMANN

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Claudia Niemann joined the team of the Erich Pommer Institut in 2015. She works as

Project Manager for the female leadership programs sparkx and shift|F – innovation and change management and is responsible for workshops in cooperation with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF like e.g. Sitcom Class, Social Storytelling Lab – Make your stories matter! or Beyond Stereotypes– gender-conscious storytelling. Previously, Claudia worked for the public relation division of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin. Before that, she worked as project coordinator for HFF Academy INSIGHT OUT – an international symposium on Digital Cinema and HDTV production at the Film University KONRAD WOLF in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Furthermore, Claudia organized seminars and further educational trainings for the Filmhaus Cologne at Potsdam-Babelsberg. She holds an MA in Theater, Film and Media Studies from Goethe University Frankfurt.

 Erich Pommer Institut

The ERICH POMMER INSTITUT is one of Europe´s leading centers for media law, media economy and media research. As an independent institute, our studies follow the process of media convergence through research, advanced training and consultation. Film, television, music, games and mobile media are the focus of our work. The ERICH POMMER INSTITUT was founded in 1998. The institute is a non-profit registered company based in Potsdam-Babelsberg. The academic basis is ensured by the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and the University of Potsdam, as its associates. ERICH POMMER was one of the most important film producers of the early 20th century. His productions, such as ‘Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari’, ‘Metropolis’, and ‘Der Blaue Engel’ are famous around the world.

 

MODERATOR:

KARA DUFFY

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Serial entrepreneur and 20 year veteran of the global footwear & apparel industry, Kara applies what she's learned in the corporate and start-up worlds as a Consultant & Coach guiding people to success in life, business and finances. Kara is also the founder of Powerful Ladies and host of the Powerful Ladies Podcast on a mission to empower women to live a life bigger than they've dreamed by sharing stories of inspiration, tools & resources to make it happen and a community of support.

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Sep
12
3:05 PM15:05

SCREENING: WOMEN'S BLOCK

Enjoy a selection of series in our 2019 competition directed by, written by, or featuring women.


FOURCHETTE (DRAMA - CA)

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Sarah, a 26-year-old author, makes the decision to end her relationship with Samuel after being together several years and despite the love she continues to feel for him. Seeking to recover from the break, Sarah decides to write a novel that tells their crazy love story, while trying to take full advantage of her new found loneliness.


WOMEN OF THE ISLAND (NON-FICTION - AU)

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Women of the Island is a documentary web-series about the untold and inspiring stories of women who live on Tasmania. Each episode features a different story - as diverse, complex and interesting as the women themselves. This is HERstory and forms a rich snapshot that will ensure female stories are written into our history for future generations.


BLACKOUT (SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR - CA)

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Blackout is a 12-episode mystery/horror web series and special feature. While investigating a mysterious case of extreme sleepwalking and memory loss, a documentary production is derailed when the paranormal symptoms of their subject begin to affect the crew as well.


VERO (DRAMA - BR)

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Vero is a married woman in her thirties who, after a rough childhood, sought to learn from her traumas. When her ex-girlfriend resurfaces, she welcomes her into her home, not knowing she’s actually been sent by Vero’s aunt who wants to probe into her life.


THE VAULT (SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORRO - CA)

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The Vault is a Post-Apocalyptic / Sci-Fi series about a ragtag group of survivors living in an underground military base known as the Vault. Buried five miles beneath the earth, this state-of-the-art facility is humanity's only remaining home.


GORDA (FAT - DRAMA - AR)

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Joy is a 27-year-old, obese Jewish woman with a wry sense of humor. Unsatisfied with her professional and emotional life, and after suffering bullying in silence since her days at primary school, she lets her wild side out. She proudly accepts her condition, making us think about social hypocrisy and its prejudices.


SECOND HOME (ANIMATION/PUPPETRY - CA)

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Sahra who has just immigrated to Canada from Iran is trying to fit into a new culture. She is experiencing a series of challenges. These barriers have left her feeling lost and empty and have made her question her identity and why she has immigrated.


POLICHINELLES (COMEDY - FR)

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Nowadays, everyone is ok with partnered mothers … right? In Polichinelles, Salomé and Marion cut a clear path, both soft and crazy, that tests their deep desire for children and for their love.

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Sep
12
2:00 PM14:00

PANEL DISCUSSION: ASK A POWERFUL LADY

As part of our 2019 #wfbpowerup initiative, we are celebrating and supporting powerful women in our community and beyond. This panel gives our audience the opportunity to connect and seek advice from women who have succeeded in blazing the trail. Presented in partnership with Powerful Ladies

SPEAKERS:

NATALY KUDIABOR

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Nataly Kudiabor began her career in 1994 parallel to her studies as an editor for "Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten" at RTL Television. Subsequently she worked as an editor for RTL II, ARD Degeto, as a series producer for Ziegler Film and as a producer for "Verbotene Liebe". As Head of Development and producer, she then headed ndf's Berlin office for eleven years, developing the ARD crime series "Morden im Norden" among other things. From 2015 – 2018 she was managing director of the production company “good friends” and developed the award-winning comedy noir series "Arthur's Law". In 2017 Nataly Kudiabor secured the remake rights to the Swedish series "Bonus Familie", which was sold to ARD and is currently being shot as a mini-series. She has been working as producer for UFA Fiction since May 2019.

UFA FICTION unites all of UFA’s production activities in the fields of TV series, TV movies, high end drama and feature films. Its outstanding high-quality TV movies and mini-series have been awarded numerous national and international accolades, among them two International Emmy Awards. With high end drama productions like Generation WarNaked Among Wolves and Ku’damm 56/59, event series like Deutschland83/86 and Charité, successful long running series such as SOKO München and SOKO Leipzig, as well as theatrical feature films like The Physician and the current box office success That Boy Needs Fresh Air, UFA FICTION is one of Europe‘s market leaders.

HANNA HUGE

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After studying business management and working for publishing houses and online news companies in Germany, the US and Austria, Hanna co-founded Serienjunkies.de in 2008. As the managing director she developed Serienjunkies.de into the leading online publisher for fictional TV Shows in the German speaking market. She is an expert on media marketing for TV Channels and TV Shows. Hanna is also an avid critic member of the popular podcasts from Serienjunkies.de and the producer of the Serienbiz-Podcast.

 

MINNA PHILLIPPS

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Currently Vice President Marketing & Brand at Tag Heuer, Minna is a marketing and consumer behavior powerhouse.  She's spent her career traveling the world, navigating long distance commuting, and finding joy equally chasing her career and her passions from sport to luxury to love.

 

RAMAK MOLAVI

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Ramak Molavi (The Law Technologist) is designer, digital rights lawyer, speaker and lecturer. She is in the management Team of a games company based in Berlin and policy advisor at iRights.Lab, an independent Think Tank. Ramak is Member of the AI Alliance of the EU Commission. She was awarded “Woman of Legal Tech 2018”. Her interdisciplinary work is dedicated to sustainable and human centered technology and innovation.

MODERATOR:

KARA DUFFY

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Serial entrepreneur and 20 year veteran of the global footwear & apparel industry, Kara applies what she's learned in the corporate and start-up worlds as a Consultant & Coach guiding people to success in life, business and finances. Kara is also the founder of Powerful Ladies and host of the Powerful Ladies Podcast on a mission to empower women to live a life bigger than they've dreamed by sharing stories of inspiration, tools & resources to make it happen and a community of support.

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Sep
12
11:30 AM11:30

SCREENING: PILOTS

After you’ve seen shows with sustained success, find out ‘WHAT’S NEXT’ in our pilot section!


PANDAS DON’T CRY (DE)

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A Farm. A couple of chickens. A couple of sheep and seven city-kids between parties, drugs, petty crimes and search for meaning, who get the unique chance to a fresh start on a therapy farm. They are wild, sad, loud, desperate, silent, reasonable, in love, baffling and have always something to say.


FJER (DK)

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The pilot of FJER initiates a poetic and freaky urban fantasy web series about the young bird-woman Crane’s emancipation from Hawker. In a unique mix of Nordic anime and electronic music, it explores the process of emancipation, and discovery of one's own sexuality.


VON WÖLFEN UND MENSCHEN (OF WOLVES AND MEN - DE)

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Aza and Ralle meet up in the waiting room in a neurologist's practice. Both men are led there by different fates. Ralle is the first one to recognize that they actually know each other already. How will their story go on?


THE MOTHER LOAD (AU)

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A reckless young woman has her life gate-crashed by the daughter she gave up for adoption ten years ago.


VOL69 (FLIGHT69 - FR)

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Flight 69 is a French comedy about an airline crew who are all unsuitable for their job. The 4-person team are unable to carry out their work, ensure the safety of their passengers, or take care of their needs. One thing is for sure with Flight 69, you never know if you're gonna take off ... or if you do, whether you'll land.


THE NIGHT OF THE HUNGRY TURTLES (DE)

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It's a usual night for Bullet (Palesa Oto-Andrea Moloto) and Lilly (Lina Zaraket). They want to commit one last gas station robbery before they head to the Caribbean to start a new life there. But this night will not go as the two have planned.

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Sep
12
10:30 AM10:30

SCREENING: RETURNING SERIES

It’s our fifth anniversary, so let’s start off by seeing where we’ve been with some amazing shows who have succeeded in producing more than one season.


TERREUR 404 (CA)

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TERREUR 404 is the code for pages that don’t exist, the point at which our boring everyday reality shifts toward something strange, worrisome, horrible.


RUNNING WITH VIOLET (CA)

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Besties Miranda and Jolene get caught up in a Beauty & Wellness pyramid scheme in their small town … only to discover the biz is really a front for pushing drugs! Sucked in with dreams of big money, the women try to make the most of their situation.


ENCANTO DA SEREIA (MAGIC OF THE MERMAID - BR)

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Encanto da Sereia from Canal Demais/You Tube in Brazil has over 450 episodes, making it one of the longest running webseries in the world. It tells the stories and adventures of a girl who has special mermaid powers. The series has almost 500,000 subscribers and 90 million views.


FAST HEROES SIXTY (DE)

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Pit, Croissant and Rino are working in a normal pizza restaurant, until they get mystical superhero powers from a monk. Since then they fight for platonic love and affordable justice!


INSIDE THE EXTRAS STUDIO (US)

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A satirical interview show where the host and guests take the art of being an extra far too seriously.


NOCHE DE AMOR (AR)

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The Brunettis will face a new challenge: the wedding of Vicky, the rebellious daughter. Each episode develops a different topic around the wedding.

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