Training Programme for Television Writers and Producers Focusing


Deadline: 15 april 2020, 11pm


Serial Eyes is a full-time course based in Berlin at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) from September through May, with visits to Copenhagen, London and the Séries Mania Festival in Lille. Participants must be available and present full-time throughout the programme.


Applicants must be from the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, or Tunisia. Applicants from other countries may apply for a very limited amount of places on the programme.

Applicants should have at least 1-3 years of professional experience as a screenwriter and should ideally have written at least one episode for a drama or comedy series for a TV channel in their own country.

Applicants should enter the programme with multiple ideas for original TV series that could be further developed over the course of the programme.

A high standard of spoken and written English is essential.

Selection Process

Based on the application material, the selection committee – comprised of the Head of Programme and three instructors – will make a first selection considering the author’s voice, skills, style and overall artistic talent. In the second round, we will ask the shortlisted applicants to write a brief treatment for a drama episode based on a creative brief and invite them to a Skype interview with the Head of Programme.

In selecting the twelve participants, we shall also take account of the overall composition of the group (gender/country mix) and the contribution the applicant will make to his/her peers.

Required Application Material

CV with work and training experience (if applicable: with links to films you have made)

Personal letter of motivation outlining why you would like to participate in the Serial Eyes programme, your expectations and your professional goals (1-2 pages)

Analysis of a TV series from your country (1 page)

Proposals for 3 potential TV series concepts you would like to develop at Serial Eyes (up to 1 page each)

A writing sample of your choice (10 pages)

For applicants requesting a tuition waver: Scholarship application letter that specifies your financial reasons for the scholarship request

A letter of recommendation in English by a producer or broadcaster

All application materials must be in English and submitted online via the serial eyes website


The programme fee is 4.500 € and covers the tuition fee travel from Berlin to Copenhagen, London and Lille and accommodation during the study trips. A monthly public transport ticket for Berlin will be provided for all participants for the duration of the programme.


Applicants from Low Capacity Countries can apply for one of the three MEDIA – Creative Europe scholarships. Alongside each applicant’s country of residence and citizenship, we shall consider the following criteria in our allocation policy: the participant’s potential in the European audiovisual industry, the participant’s financial situation, their background and the situation of their local film industry. The scholarship covers the full tuition fee of 4.500€.

Low Capacity Countries (as of 22.03.2018) are: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia and Ukraine.

Application for the 2020/2021 cycle

Opening of the application process:  20 February 2020, 9 am

Deadline for applications: 15 April 2020, 11 pm

Interviews for those admitted to the second round will be held end of May 2020. Final decision will be announced by mid June.

For more information and register is HERE