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HELDINNEN IN SERIE: SERIAL HEROINES

Screenwriting competition for heroines from business, science and technology for serial formats!

In November 2019, the Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs launched the script competition Heldinnen in Serie in order to improve the representation of female characters, to strengthen the positioning of women in the industry and to create an impetus for the development of series in Austria.

2ND EDITION 2021/2022

We are happy to announce a second round of the script competition!

 

With Heldinnen in Serie - next generation, we are only looking for ideas for series for a young target audience, family series for children from 6 years of age and adolescents, with at least one central female main character from the fields of STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The submitted exposés are intended to convey positive role models and, above all, to encourage girls to become active in these areas.

From all submissions, a jury of several members will award six exposés with 20,000 euros each in spring 2022, which will also qualify for participation in a mentoring program for the authors that will take place between April and autumn 2022 and is organised by the script forum Vienna.

You can find all the submission documents (German) on the German website. 

The submission deadline is January 16, 2022.

Fully completed application documents and questions about the competition to: drehbuchwettbewerb@filminaustria.at

The FISA - Film Industry Support Austria team is available to answer any further questions you may have.

START OF THE 2ND ROUND

(c) Philip Hartberger

 

At the start of the competition, Federal Minister Dr. Margarete Schramböck on October 19, 2021 for a press conference at the Technical Museum Vienna. In October 1991 Austria's only manned space mission AUSTROMIR-91 took off into space. Together with author Thomas Brezina, the Minister visited the special exhibition on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Austrian space history, which also offers insights into the modern space projects and innovative space technology that is currently being researched and worked on in Austria.

Both agree on the importance of promoting a pioneering spirit in order to drive innovation. The Federal Minister emphasized her heartfelt concern to get girls excited about technology; especially since this is not just a sociopolitical, but also an economic question. Only 50% of the population cannot solve the shortage of skilled workers. This is also reflected in the specifications for the tender for Heldinnen in Serie - next generation.

A week earlier an exciting panel on the focus of female role models took place as part of the day of the Academy of Austrian Film. Sylvia Vana, responsible for FISA and FILM in AUSTRIA, discussed with Konstanze Breitebner (author, actress, winner of the heroines in series), Thomas Brezina (author), Miriam Hie (actress) and Cornelia Travnicek (author, winner of the heroines in series) on behalf of Minister Schramböck about role models in film and television. Moderated by Julia Pühringer, the Metro Kinokulturhaus spoke about the importance of the role model function of female characters in films and series and how initiatives such as Heldinnen in Serie can help increase the visibility of female role models in traditionally male-dominated areas.

 

 

1ST EDITION 2019/2020

KICK-OFF

The kick-off event for Heldinnen in Serie took place as part of the ProPro TV Day.

After being welcomed by Federal Minister Elisabeth Udolf-Strobl, film journalist Julia Pühringer gave a lively panel on the subject of "Heroines from Business, Science and Technology", where the following experts and representatives from the TV industry gave inspiring insights into their experiences with stereotypes within their own professional domain and female role models gave:

  • Christine Antlanger-Winter - Country Director Google Austria
  • Tatjana Oppitz - Vice Rector Digitalization, WU
  • Judith Angerbauer - Scriptwriter
  • Kathrin Zechner - TV director ORF

Before moving on to the following program of the ProPro TV-Day and final networking, the eagerly awaited presentation of the competition announcement by Section Head Florian Frauscher followed.

THE AWARD WINNERS

  • Die Alpen sind rot: Cornelia Travnicek
  • Bionic: Regine Anour & Daniela Purer
  • Die Entdeckung der Kernspaltung: Florian Geiger & Selina Kolland
  • 800 Gramm Leben: Konstanze Breitebner
  • The Invisible Sister: Stephanie Falkeis
  • Nachtvolk: Stefan Wolner & Dietmar Zahn

The winners were selected by an independent jury consisting of top-class experts from the film industry as well as from the fields of business, science and technology:

  • chairwoman: FBM Margarete Schramböck
     
  • Judith Angerbauer
  • Christine Antlanger-Winter
  • Sabine Haag
  • Ali Mahlodji
  • Tatjana Oppitz
  • Agnes Pluch
  • Roland Zag
  • Kathrin Zechner

After a fabulous 108 submissions and a virtual jury meeting in April 2020, we could congratulate the winners of Heldinnen in Serie, whose subjects cover a wide range of different genres, be it science thrillers, time travel, biopics, crime or mystery.

During six months of mentoring program, which was co-organized by the script forum Vienna, the award winners had the opportunity to take part in a master class with the British author Helen Jacey. At the end there was the great opportunity to pitch the materials to international partners and investors with the help of presentation videos during the series camp Munich.

GET TOGETHER

Federal Minister Margarete Schramböck invited to a get-together in September. The invited guests included the winners of the script competition Heldinnen in Serie as well as their mentors and several jury members.

The importance of role models in film and television, especially in the field of science and research, was discussed - moderated by section head Florian Frauscher.

Additional interesting impulses were provided by the experts from business, science and technology, such as Tatjana Oppitz, Ali Mahlodji and Norbert Vana, who called for complex scientific topics to be conveyed to a broad audience through more emotionality and aha-effects.

Represented at the podium were Federal Minister Margarete Schramböck (BMDW), Katharina Schenk (ORF), Uli Bree (screenwriter) and Danny Krausz (producer / professor film academy).

MASTER CLASS

After months of hard work and the dramaturgical accompaniment, the digital masterclass with the British scriptwriter, dramaturg and author Helen Jacey took place with the script forum Vienna. Under the aspect of "mini-series", our authors also had the opportunity to receive individual feedback on their work. Together, they worked on conception, dramaturgy, character development and differentiated female characters.

 

SERIENCAMP MUNICH - PITCH POOL

In November 2020, our authors had the opportunity to present their sophisticated treatments in front of an international audience at the Seriencamp Munich, where the digital pitch pool gave the opportunity to find investors and cooperation partners.

HELDINNEN X DIAGONALE

As part of the Diagonale, a Q&A with award winners from the first round of the script competition took place on June 9th, 2021. Konstanze Breitebner, Regine Anour and Stefan Wolner were present on site, while Stephanie Falkeis, Dietmar Zahn, Florian Geiger and Selina Kolland were connected via stream. Unfortunately, Dani Purer and Cornelia Travnicek could not take part due to scheduling reasons.

What about the scripts? Has anything changed in the ideas as a result of the COVID-19 crisis of last year, and if so, what? Are there already plans for implementation or new ideas? Those were questions that were of great interest to us before we start a second round of the competition in autumn.

The event was also broadcast via live stream, the video can be seen here:

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