Looking for a good international screenwriting program?

I think there are two areas of film writing and filmmaking that have big futures: very low budget small productions designed with web distribution in mind from the start, and international co-productions (but not on the old “we’ll have one German, one British, and one French actor…”) model. If you’re interested in getting in on the ground floor of the new model of international co-production and have the time and funds, this could be of interest:


For Writers, Directors, Editors, Sound-Designers, Producers and everyone who shows strong artistic skills in writing and wishes to develop feature films for the international film market.

This Master program is a collaboration between the ifs internationale filmschule köln in Cologne, Germany, the School of Media, Music and Performance at the

University of Salford in Manchester, UK, and the Tampere Art and Media School at the University of Applied Sciences in Tampere, Finland.

This program offers writers an environment in which to develop scripts for an international market that are not only innovative, but also commercially viable. The program’s key objective is to strengthen the economic and creative viability of European writers, and offers access to an exclusive European network while encouraging intensive dialogue between students.

In the course of the program, students will complete two feature film scripts.

It starts in Tampere in September 2012 and continues in Salford in the second semester, completed by an intensive writing period in the students’ home countries.

Application deadline is May 3, 2012.

The online application is available on If you require additional information, please  contact  Julia Grünewald, Head of Screenwriting Dept. ifs