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01./02.11. 2019



When film comes to life on paper.

The treatment for the documentary film, the writing of the topic, the concept and the vision of the film for sponsors/clients is of great importance in today's funding landscape and for television.


In the two-day seminar, the participants are given criteria based on examples and goal-oriented questions, with which they can develop and design their treatment and project proposals in the future.

First of all, the treatment serves the filmmakers themselves to analyze and specify their own film project. The strengths and weaknesses of the project are revealed in the written word. Possible content-related, structural or formal inconsistencies become visible here and invite you to find a solution.
Once these important aspects have been clarified, the idea and vision of the film should be made comprehensible for the reader. Just as I entice the viewers to see in the film, my treatment should entice the readers to read. In order to achieve this, possibilities are opened up in the seminar to give a coherent structure to the various aspects of the documentary film project, such as information transfer, dramaturgy, visual language, authorship, etc. in the project application.

Narrative craftsmanship for the texts is made transparent and usable, but the focus is also sharpened on the strengths of the author's individual handwriting.

All attachments that (can) accompany a funding application will be discussed in the seminar. The focus is on the content of the funding application. The main focus is on the treatment/visualization of the film.

The course participants have the opportunity in advance to send Bettina Braun their own treatment/film idea. She will give her feedback on this in the seminar.


Bettina Brown*1969. Studies in London 1989-1993 (Harrow College of Higher Education and Central St. Martins College of Art&Design). 1995-1997 additional studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Bettina Braun works as a freelance documentary film author and director for cinema and public broadcasters. Her films are screened at national and international festivals and have received numerous awards. For her documentary trilogy: “What are you living?”, “What you want”, “Where do you stand?” she received the Grimme Prize Special in 2013. In 2016 her film "Stefan" from the WDR series "Nordstadtkinder" was nominated for the Grimme Prize and won the Kindernothilfe Media Prize.
Bettina Braun has been continuously involved in teaching since 2004.She is a member of the funding committee/graduation film of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.


DAY 1, FRIDAY, 01.11.2019, 10 AM - 6 PM

10.00 - 12.00:
Analysis of a funded treatment for a feature-length documentary.
What questions arise during the development and before the start of a documentary film and what does that mean for putting the idea into writing?
Which topics and aspects should be dealt with in the treatment? How can I structure them coherently?
How does the realization of the film project open up for the readers?
Elaboration of criteria for creating a treatment.

12.00 - 13.00:
Which other attachments belong in a funding application and what do they contain?

lunch break

14.00 - 15.30:
We see the film made for the treatment.

coffe break

16.00 - 17.30:
What has been redeemed in the film in terms of the visual language, the narrative style and dramaturgy and the events that the treatment describes? Where have there been shifts in content, narrative or aesthetics and where were these possibly already recognizable in the treatment phase?
How can the written word upfront help avoid potential pitfalls and difficulties during the shoot?

17.30 - 18.00:
final round of the day

DAY 2, SATURDAY, 02.11.2019, 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM

9.00 - 12.00:
Based on the criteria worked out the day before, we analyze and "edit" 1-2 treatments of the course participants as an example.

12:00 – 13:00:
Individual or group discussions with the course participants about their individual project/treatment.

lunch break

14.00 - 14.30:
Individual or group discussions with the course participants about their individual project/treatment.

14:30 – 15:30:
Small writing exercise (possibly for your own project) and discussion based on selected examples

coffe break

16.00 - 17.00:
final round

time + place

Friday, November 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

Guild management in the Arminius market hall
Arminiusstrasse 2-4
10551 Berlin-Moabit
(near underground station Turmstrasse)

participation fees

- AG DOK members: 275 euros
- Students and members of cooperating professional associations*: 300 euros
- Non-members*: 370 euros

Lunch and drinks are included in the price.

Bonus vouchers for the education bonus programare accepted!

*The fee savings when joining the AG DOK can be so great that you receive the member services in addition to attending the seminar and still pay less overall, so it may be worth taking a look at our service overview and the fee rates.

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