HFF Munich Summerschool

The University of Television and Film (HFF) Munich is offering its successful SUMMER SCHOOL for the fifth time in late summer 2022 – due to the great demand, again with four courses and a mixture of tried and tested and new course formats.



Conceptual Design in Documentary Filmmaking

29th August – 11th September 2022
10 Participants
Fee: 800 € for externals
Application period: 20th June – 1st August 2022

Documentary film design
Practice Workshop: How to make your documentary a cohesive cinematic work of art.
Plan – shoot – cut

  • on-site

A two-week hands-on seminar focusing on documentary work and design intent. Documentary films often fall short of their visual possibilities. The seminar is designed to give directors*, cinematographers and editors* concrete tools with which they can achieve strong visual work. The first week focuses on planning a creative concept and the associated camera work. The second week is the associated editing process.
It goes from planning the design concept to execution to evaluation and review. Following the seminar, an introduction and exercises on working with live-visual programs can be attended on two further days. This is intended to stimulate a new approach to the creative process of editing.

Academic Direction: Prof. Beatrice Babin

Workshop Leader: Paola Calvo,Patrick Jasim, Ginés Olivares

Application form

Declaration of Consent

Treatment in Five Days

05th – 09th September 2022
10 Participants
Fee: 750 € for externals

Application period: 1st July – 10th August 2022

  • online 
From the idea to the first treatment in five days:
This intensive seminar introduces the essential dramaturgical basics and tools, deepens them and combines theory with writing sprints and feedback from day one. With dramaturgical guidance from experienced instructors, participants will write a complete treatment for a feature film within 5 days. Suitable for beginners and professionals. For brand-new ideas as well as for concepts that have long wanted to be written.
Prerequisite: The idea for a feature film, summarized on a maximum of 1-3 pages.
Goal: Creation of a treatment for a feature film.

Dozenten: Benedikt Schwarzer, Prof. Florian Puchert

Application form

Declaration of Consent

Directing Drama Series

19th – 24th September 2022
16 Participants
Fee: 500 € for externals
Application period: 1th July- 15th August 2022

  • hybrid

We go into the depth of directing serial formats and want to learn from the best. How do you successfully implement dramaturgical highlights of a series in a stage setting? How do we adapt to the needs of Production & Showrunner? Adaptation: what needs to be considered? Direction at an international world order such as THE CROWN: How can you succeed in cleverly integrating a personal handwriting into the dramaturgy and look of a well-known series? What role do regional characteristics play in a 30 something comedy series like SERVUS BABY? How can we dive into the world of WE ARE THE WAVE? And how do you share the responsibility in collaborating like in HACKERVILLE or a duo work as in THE BOAT Season III? Which do’s and don’s have to be considered when directing concepts of serial formats & where are the pitfalls?

Goal: In the end, each participant should develop a director’s concept with moods

Academic Direction: Prof. Tac Romey, Prof. Dr. Julia von Heinz

Moderation: Pauline Roenneberg

Workshop Leader: Baran Bo Odar, Christian Schwochow, Julia von Heinz, Anna Winger, Natalie Spinell

Application form

Declaration of Consent

Women Writing Lab

26th September – 05th October 2022
10 Participants
Fee: 600 € for externals
Application period: 15th July – 20th August 2022

  • on-site

WOMEN WRITING LAB is a workshop by award-winning and Oscar®-nominated writer & director Robin Swicord, who has written the books for THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, or LITTLE WOMEN, among others. In a week-long workshop setting, you will learn practical tools for creating compelling stories that are well-founded in the essential elements of drama. We will address the development of strong original characters, and how all story rises from character. We will explore the use of themes to ground every story in universal meaning. Through guided exercises, you’ll develop your own instincts for story, character, and powerful, visual scenes. During daily writing hours, you will expand and develop your own story ideas, and refine your ideas in individual mentoring sessions with the workshop leader, Robin Swicord.
The goal of the workshop is for each participating writer to develop a full story as a detailed treatment for a feature film or a multi-part episodic TV story, which will become the immediate blueprint for your screenplay. This is the workshop that will launch you into your first draft, or your next draft.

Workshop Leader: Robin Swicord

Application form

Declaration of Consent

In our SUMMERSCHOOL 2022, we are also relying on a mix of proven and newly designed modules The WOMEN WRITING LAB with Oscar®-nominated writer & director Robin Swicord is now in its fourth round, which makes us incredibly happy. And we are also continuing the success story of the DIRECTING DRAMA SERIES workshop – exactly how remains exciting with new instructors and of course participants every year. TREATMENT IN FIVE DAYS is going into the second round this year, and the module CONCEPTUAL DESIGN IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING with our montage professor Beatrice Babin is brand new in our program. In general, the commitments of our lecturers, whose films and series are known and successful worldwide, are a great honor and confirmation for the SUMMERSCHOOL. I am very much looking forward to this year’s edition and can highly recommend it to anyone who wants to continue their education or perhaps reinvent themselves!

Elena Diesbach

Initiator and director of the SUMMERSCHOOL, Head of the International Office of the HFF Munich


Application form Conceptual Design in Documentary Filmmaking

Application form Treatment in Five Days

Application form Directing Drama Series

Application form Women Writing Lab

Declaration of Consent

After successful application and acceptance, each participant will receive an individual invoice, which he/she has to transfer before the start of the Summerschool (proof of payment is required).