Apply now for the 3rd Female Scriptwriter´s Residency

Apply for the EWA Network 2019 Edition of the Scriptwriter’s Residency in BerlinEWA scriptwriter’s residency programme is an initiative dedicated to supporting the career of the next generation of screenwriting talents among members of the European Women´s Audiovisual Network (EWA). It helps them to enter the industry with the best script (feature films only) possible by working on the strategic positioning of their project. Its purpose is to give a selected woman scriptwriter or director the opportunity to be mentored by a script consultant, to work with her before the Berlinale and to attend the EFM at the Berlinale 2019 to make connections.

“Despite the fact that I am back in a rollercoaster of everyday duties with all the other projects and my kids, I keep a memory of the residency as an important and precious kick off which pushed me so much ahead. It also helped me build up my self-confidence as a female author with a unique view on things.”

filmmaker Andrea Culkova 

Who is eligible?
female scriptwriter, screenwriter/director or screenwriter/producer with a European nationality and resident in Europe (47 Council of Europe countries) having written or directed at least one feature film (fiction or  documentary) distributed (Theatrically/TV/wide festival trajectory) in one European country. No screenwriter teams are accepted.
2 who is an EWA member. If you are not an EWA member you can join us now 
3 who has a first draft of a script in English for a full length feature film. Fiction only.
4  the principal photography of the film should be done in Europe

Elements to be provided:
1 CV in English
2 copy of valid ID
3 Draft script in English
4 Synopsis in English
5 Project status information
6 Motivation letter for the residency in English.
7 Evidence of release of previous films

***Please send the requested material before September 30***

A commitee of three industry experts will select the best project among those received.

The Offer: travel costs from and to Berlin. accommodation in a private room + access to a kitchen in Berlin starting from 17 January 2019 – and ending 17 February 2019, including four working sessions with a well-known script consultant (3 in Berlin + 1 Skype session after the Berlinale) and accreditation for the Berlinale.

The EWA scriptwriting residency and the script consultancy must be mentioned in the credits of the later film.

Suzanne Pradel is the script consultant attached to the programme.

Suzanne is an international script consultant, lecturer and bookscout. For many years, 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.


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# Jury at work # 23. Turkish German Filmfestival 2018

09.03.-18.03. 2018 in Nürnberg

The Jury for feature films at the 23. Turkish German Filmfestival in March 2018 

from left to right

Tuba Ünsal (Actress, Producer)

Mahmut Fazil Coskun (director)

Suzanne Pradel (creative content developer and owner/ BuchScout Agency)

Klaus Eder (journalist, film critic, FIRESCI)

Kyra Scheurer (script consultant)


March 11-13: How do we get out of the box of patriarchal thinking in storytelling?

“This is a man´s and woman´s world”

At the EAVE producers workshop  the script consultant Suzanne Pradel will talk about how to challenge the way we shape women and men in our films and become an innovative creator of female and male characters.

Suzanne will question what impact do patriarchal thought patterns have on character development? As filmmakers, how do we influence the fictional presentation and perception of women and men? What are the new tools for shaping characters in a more balanced way? What does it mean to activate a more feminine gaze on the world no matter whether you are a man or a woman? How we can help give birth to new perspectives and create more sensitive and visionary characters?

Trough a keynote, a sensing journey and one-to-one sessions she will analyze the characters in the scripts and help to enrich them using new development approach and tools.

Simona Nobile´s keynote will be about female archetypes and Alessia Sonaglioni will present the European Women´s network.

This special workshop is a cooperation between EAVE producers workshop and the European Women’s Audiovisual Network (ewa).^

Suzanne Pradel is an international script consultant, lecturer, sales agent and bookscout. For many years, she has been working as a script expert for Eurimages MEDIA Programme, Sat1ProSieben and Degeto.
In 2009 she founded the BUCHSCOUT AGENCY which specializes in novel-tofilm adaptations as well as international script consultancy, developing sophisticated European TV features and cinematic features.
In 2018 she additionally founded the SERIENSCOUT AGENCY which specializes in the development of  serial content Suzanne  is a member of the German Association of Script Consultancy (VeDRA) and is a member of the European Women´s Audiovisual Network (ewa).

Jury Feature Film of the German Turkish Filmfestival in March 2018

09.03.-18.03. 2018 in Nürnberg
The Jury for feature films at the 23. Turkish German Filmfestival in march 2018 are Klaus Eder, Suzanne Pradel, Mahmut Fazil Coskun, Kyra Scheurer




Klaus Eder (journalist, film critic, FIRESCI)






Suzanne Pradel (creative content developer and owner/ BuchScout Agency)






Mahmut Fazil Coskun (director)






Kyra Scheurer (script consultant)

SerienScout is your serial content developer

The SerienScout Agency was founded in January 2018 by script consultant Suzanne Pradel. The SerienScout Team searches for serial content on the German bookmarket and among European talent scriptwriters. We develop, dramaturgically consult and broker innovative series for the national and international market.

SerienScout is your creative serial content developer
The SerienScout agency regularly scans the German`s book market for the latest narrative and thematic trends. Our many years of experience as dramatic advisors and script experts, as well as our attendance at fairs and festivals, gives us far-reaching insights into the current European film scene. Our knowledge benefits you.
We supply outstanding new serial concepts and broker the rights. These can be original ideas or adaptations – and we write marketable concepts to facilitate your search for partners.
We not only discuss the development process of your series dramaturgically from the initial idea to the finished scripts, but also develop the strategically targeted conception. Thus we make sure that your series is innovative, high-quality and, above all, internationally outstanding.

SerienScout is your partner in the development of original series
Agency: We broker the rights for series in our catalog made for the national and international market. As your creative developers, work into finished scripts together with the authors.
Script consulting: We accompany the development of your series – from script analysis of one episode to the dramaturgical support of an entire season.
Authors search: We support you in the search for nationally and internationally suitable experienced authors for your series.
Series concept: We design, revise and write a market-ready series concept in German, English or French.
Writers’ room: We take on the organization of a writers’ room as regards content to develop your series idea into a marketable series concept. We search out a suitable showrunner / head writer and organize as well as dramaturgically supervise the work of the authors in the writers’ room.
Training: We also offer the chance to involve your employees in the work of the writers’ room or to train them in this method of working.

SerienScout is your partner in filmic adaptation
Novel search: We search the German book market for novels ripe for marketing as serials according to your production profile.
Book market overview: We supply you with current trend lists from the German book market.
Novel rights brokerage: In rare cases, we can offer you book rights to novels taken up by our agency because of their extraordinary theme or artistic merit and which can be marketed as serials.

SerienScout connects you with the right international partners
By providing you with continuous assistance and advice, the SerienScout agency looks after you beyond the script development. In addition, you benefit from our European network built up over many years. In this way, we help you in the search for suitable and trustworthy European partners (co-producers, authors, directors, lawyers …).

SerienScout gets your project noticed in the web
The SerienScout agency distributes and promotes important news of our joint project in the social networks.

SerienScout stands for:
socially relevant – narratively sophisticated – eco-politically visionary – ethical-philosophically inspired – culturally seismographic – audio-visually revolutionary – artistically original


Katrin Merkel                             Suzanne Pradel    


EWA gives Special Mention for the screenplay “It’s Bonny by the Sea“ by Rebecca Innes

The high quality and diversity of the projects submitted for the EWA´S 2nd Female Scriptwiter´s Residency in Berlin made the decision-making process very challenging and inspiring, that´s why the jury of the European Women´s Audiovisual Network decided to give the project „It’s Bonny by the Sea“ by Rebecca Innes a special mention and a script consultancy session with the script consultant Suzanne Pradel.

Rebecca Innes
Whilst studying Media Production BA (Hons) at Northumbria University Rebecca also worked freelance within the Art Department on several short and feature films including the BAFTA-nominated ‘I Am Nasrine‘ and Gillian Wearing’s art documentary ‚Self Made‘. She then moved to London to work at the London Film Academy where she met Writer-Directors Syed Zul Tojo and Kevork Aslanyan and co-wrote feature films and pilots ‘Melaka‘ and ‘No White‘. Since then Rebecca and Syed have co-written ‘Hijabsta Ballet‘, Malaysia’s first research film, which was released theatrically in July 2017. Rebecca continues to co-write with Kevork and works on her own projects in the U.K. Rebecca is also an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University, teaching screenwriting on the Animation BA (Hons) degree. BuchScout Agency is her agent.

„It’s Bonny By The Sea“ is a film about love, heartache and self-care. Polish care worker Irena arrives to the run-down coastal town of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland looking for breathing space from her failing marriage but instead she finds Alex, a caring and capable young man stunted by his small-town existence. Brought together through their mutual care for Alex’s nan Sally, a simple but wise old woman trapped by Alzheimer’s disease, the pair bring hope to one another and come to learn the value and purpose of pragmatic love.

Winners of EWA’s 2nd Female Scriptwriter’s Residency

“Testosterone Story – The Fragile Beauty of Masculinity”, written by Andrea Culkova, has been selected for the 2nd EWA’s scriptwriter residency programme in Berlin.

The female scriptwriter residency program of the European Women´s Audiovisual Network (EWA) is a great initiative dedicated to supporting the next generation of screenwriting talents, and helping them enter the industry by working the strategic positioning of the project with the best script possible. Its purpose is offering to one selected woman scriptwriter or director the possibility to be mentored by the script consultant Suzanne Pradel to work with her before and after Berlinale and to have the opportunity to attend the EFM at the Berlinale 2018 to make connections.

Andrea Culkova is a film director, creative artist, pedagogue and mother of three. She received a degree in art education from Prague’s Charles University and later in documentary direction from the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Her feature film “Sugar Blues” had its international premiere at CPH:DOX in 2014 and was screened at numerous festivals and sold worldwide. The meta-art project H*Art On was made in cooperation with the National Gallery in Prague and the Dok.Incubator Workshop 2015, and premiered at Dok Leipzig 2016 – Next Masters competition. Alongside “The Brainwashing Experiment” it was included in the 2016 Camp4science program. Andrea Culkova’s background in fine arts is evident in the original style she brings to her audiovisual work and the unique interpretation she finds in each of her projects.

Synopsis: In the heart of Europe there’s a swimming pool where the water is almost completely still and the surface is just barely disturbed by the clumsy limbs of those who have been kissed by death. Testosterone’s fanatic riders have been brought here, the Kladruby Sanatorium, from all over the world to attempt the practically impossible – a return to life. To do this they must reconsider all their previous goals and accept the fact that the world will never be the same as before death’s kiss, but that even this is a triumph. Yet not everyone is able to understand this and not everyone will make it during their five-month stay in the sanatorium. After all, it’s the past with all its debts, mortgages, and unresolved relationships that mercilessly catches up with them here. Indeed, nothing tests a relationship more than the serious injury of a partner. And what about Adam and his wife, the rehabilitation nurse Štěpánka? How do they fit into all of this?