Christmas Newsletter

Dear partners, friends and colleagues,

A turbulent year comes to a close.

Since January 2016 Silke Hoffmann is supporting our team to scan the book market for interesting novels to adopt.

Suzanne Pradel has dramaturgically accompanied the development of a multitude of projects from which a few have been presented to the audience this year.

How we can shape a better future by knowing our history? This question was the center of the documentary about the work and life of Dr. Gerda Lerner „WHY WOMEN NEED TO CLIMB MOUNTAINS“ by Renata Keller.The film was well-received by its audiences from Berlin to Hamburg, London, Paris and Melbourne, consequently sparking lively discussions.
The English version will be soon available. View the trailer:

The international coproduction „GALLOPING MIND“ by the Belgian director Wim Vandekeybus and produced by Bart Van Langendonck (Savage Film) travels this year to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Filmfestival Cottbus and the Cairo International Film Festival.
View the trailer:

The non-fiction book „TO UNDERSTAND LIFE“ by the bestselling author and philosopher Wilhelm Schmid traces important questions about life, which have been the result of ten years of conversations with patients and doctors in a Swiss hospital.

BuchScout is delighted that the studio-musical „A MAN AND A PIANO“ by Árpád Bondy will have its premiere at the Theater Pforzheim.

Also for 2017 we have a multitude of projects in the pipeline. Thus it stays exciting.

BuchScout wants to wish you merry Christmas and countless happy moments for the New Year! We’d like to thank you for the fruitful collaborations this year and we’re looking forward to launching new, fascinating projects with you in 2017.

Your BuchScout Team

Nov 6th: Premiere in Australia: Why Women Need To Climb Mountains

12718195_1088957164495102_5629232043889521782_nThe fabulous documentary “Why Women Need To Climb Mountains” about the life of Dr. Gerda Lerner will be premiered at 18:00 – 21:00 AEDT at Palace Cinema Como, Torah Road, South Yarra, VIC 314 in Australia.

The evening and documentary will be introduced by Karen Downes, it has been produced and directed by Renata Keller and tells the story of Gerda Lerner’s contribution to women’s history and freedom and her profound message and example that needs to be passed on. Women need to progress and continue to work on self-authoring their lives. Gerda Lerner’s heroic attitude to overcoming obstacles symbolizes the strength
and power that lies within each woman. There is more to understand about the significance of her work and it is important that the next generations learn not only from her theoretical analysis of women’s history but also from her full-hearted and unrelenting spirit in making social change happen, by also rewriting history where women have been left out of the narrative. The film will challenge the audience to think about our collective future and will give a powerful message about the evolution of human dignity. We will complete the evening with a Q & A session.

English trailer:

Nov 12th: GALLOPING MIND at FilmFestival Cottbus

MV5BMTUzNjA5NjU5M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTA3MDAyNjE@._V1_SY317_CR50214317_AL_-203x300The artistically interesting arthouse movie is an international coproduction directed by Wim Vandekeybus and produced by Bart Van Langendonck (Savage Film). Suzanne Pradel was the script consultant on this project.

Performance:  2016-11-12 | 22:00 Weltspiegel

Belgium, Hungary, The Netherlands, 2015, 120 Min
Sam and Sarah lead a comfortable and blissful life, despite Sarah’s wishes to have a child and Sam’s gnawing reluctance to become a father. Yet destiny has a wicked sense of humour; an encounter with the explosive Lula will topple their relationship forever in this harrowing debut drama from Wim Vandekeybus.

Winners of the Pitching Platform for Feature Films at the Antalya Film Forum 2016

The 1. prize goes to the film SISTERS of the director Emin Alper and the producer Nadir Operli (Liman Film).
This artistic film tells a unique story of three sisters, revealing the practice of sending poor girls to work as servants for rich families. A strikingly beautiful representation on how people from an inferior class are trapped in their social status. The story is socially relevant as the gap between rich and poor people is growing all over Europe.

The 2. prize goes to the film TRUST/ Güven of the director Sefa Öztürk Colay and the producer Serkan Acar (FilmFabrik).
This project is an interesting mix of two genres with a multi layering of suspense. Thus the story explores relational problems in a very unique way as it questions what connects us other than trust.

The jury thanks all participants for presenting their projects to us.

Members of the Jury:
(l to r)
Serkan Yildirim (Erbay Media)
Sabina Mitevska (Sister And Brothers Mitevski Production)
Suzanne Pradel (BuchScout Agency Berlin)
Arten Zharku (Kosova Cinema-tography Center)

Oct 21st: Antalya Film Festival: “Working With A Script Consultant”


Learn more about what does it mean to work with a script consultant and how this helps to improve the quality of your script.

„Working with a Script Consultant“

Panel at the Antalya Film Festival on October 21st from 15:00 to 16:30


Speakers: Anne Gensior, Suzanne Pradel

Moderator: Eng Palabiyik




Apply For The First Female Scriptwriter Residency in Berlin!


The First Scriptwriter Residency Programme of The European Women´s Audiovisual Network (EWA) has been launched on 22/09/2016.

The EWA scriptwriter residency programme is a great initiative dedicated to supporting the next generation of screenwriting talents among EWA members, and helping them enter the industry with the best script possible. Its purpose is offering to one selected woman scriptwriter/director the possibility to be mentored by a script consultant, to work with her before Berlinale and to have the opportunity to attend the EFM at the Berlinale to make connections.

The Offer: travel costs from and to Berlin. Accommodation in a private room + access to a kitchen in Berlin starting from 20 January 2017 – and ending 17 February, including four working sessions with a renowned script consultant (3 in Berlin + 1 Skype session after the Berlinale) and accreditation for the Berlinale.

Suzanne Pradel is the script consultant attached to the programme.

img_1231Suzanne is an international script consultant, lecturer and bookscout. Since 2008 she has been working as a script expert for Eurimages and MEDIA Programme. In 2009 she founded the BUCHSCOUT AGENCY which specializes in novel-to-film adaptations as well as international script consultancy, developing sophisticated TV features and cinematic features.

More detailed information you will find here:


Paris: Unesco invites the documentary WHY WOMEN NEED TO CLIMB MOUNTAINS in September

The f12718195_1088957164495102_5629232043889521782_nilm Why Women Need to Climb Mountains – A Journey of Discovery with Dr. Gerda Lerner asks the question:

How does knowing our history affect our potential to shape the future? This documentary explores the courageous life, work, and vision of Dr. Gerda Lerner and looks at the creative and collective spirit of women activists who spearheaded the field of women’s history.

BuchScout is happy to announce that the documentary will be screened at the Unesco in Paris.

Screening at the Unesco in Paris on Thursday September 15, 2016 at 4.30 pm

(2016, 85 minutes, original version in English and German with English subtitles)

Un voyage dans la vie et l’œuvre du Docteur Gerda Lerner
(2016, 85 minutes, version originale en anglais et en allemand, sous-titrée en anglais)

Jeudi 15 septembre 2016 à 16 h 30

La projection sera suivie d’u,n débat en présence de la réalisatrice Renata Keller.

Un événement organisé par l’UNESCO et les Délégation permanentes de l’Autriche et des Etats Unis d’Amérique auprès de l’UNESCO


July 18th, Premiere in London “Why women need to climb mountains”

WhyWomenneedINf A journey through the life and work of Dr. Gerda Lerner – a grassroots activist, social reformer and pioneering feminist historian.

Dr. Gerda Lerner is one of the most inspiring women of the 20th century. This documentary shows in detail her courageous life and work and ask the question: How does knowing our history affect our potential to shape the future?

This film is deeply inspiring for women and men!

The Premiere followed by Q&A with the director Renata Keller will take place on Monday, July 18th, 7pm at Ethelburgas, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG (


Tips: Who is your audience for your film? Where do you find it? How dos you get in contact with your audience?

Unknown-3Learn more about this by watching these videos produced by Emily Best (Seed&Spark).

You will find lots of practical tips for your film no matter if you do a crowdfunding campaign or not. It´s important to think about this already at an early stage of script development. This will help you to shape your project.