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
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.
Recap the day of women’s focused programming with a smile and a cocktail!
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.
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.
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.).
Every year Canadian 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
JASMINA MARIA WESOLOWSKI
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.
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.
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.