6 essential tips for receiving €60.000 for your film

Independent producers have the opportunity to apply for a potentially lucrative grant from the MEDIA Development Fund to develop movie projects that have international marketing potential. In 2014 MEDIA launched the fifth round of its Program Creative Europe with a budget  of 5 Million Euro. The aim of the program: To strengthen Europe’s audiovisual industry. Individual projects in the area ‚Movies‘ can apply for up to 60.000 Euro. Bonus points are awarded, for example, to projects aimed at the Under-16’s. However, competition for these program funds is intense. If you wish to be successful nonetheless, you should consider the following:

Do not submit too soon
Only enter your project into the race when the material has taken concrete shape and you’ve attached a number of partners (internationally renowned creatives, co-producers or distributors) to your project. Formal letters-of-intent from your partners will strengthen your application.

Clearly identify any weaknesses of the material submitted
Rather than gloss over any weakness, do identify problems and articulate concrete suggestions for solutions. Be clear about the direction you wish to take your project.

Identify and name the partners you wish to attract to the project to add value to your script
For example, if your author has been unable to deliver a convincing exposé, treatment or first draft script, then look for a strong partner who will significantly improve the quality of the project. Identify and name the script consultant or dialogue writer you’ve attracted to the project and add their letter-of-intent and filmography. Explain clearly why you’ve chosen this particular person to join the creative team.

Make sure your MEDIA submission is coherent
We notice time and again that the proposed project phases do not match proposed costs in the requested funds calculations. A likely reason for this is several people, such as production manager and producer, will have contributed to the submission. It is therefore important that the whole application is carefully proofread for consistency and coherence. Check whether all proposed tasks have been sufficiently considered in the costs.

Do a detailed time plan
Include a time plan in your submission. You should allow sufficient time for each phase of development. Take care to make this time plan realistic, such that everyone involved in the development of your project is able to stick to it and deliver.

Identify your target group as closely as possible
You should reveal and elaborate on who the specific target group for your movie is. Explain which measures will be taken to reach this group. Consider who could be an attractive partner when it comes to marketing your film. Examples would be interest groups or forums.

„BuchScout & SerienScout“ is a Script Consulting and Sales Agency headquartered in Berlin. We search for content on the German bookmarket and among European talent scriptwriters. We develop, dramaturgically consult and broker innovative feature films and series for the national and international market. 

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
merkel@serienscout.net              pradel@serienscout.net