Project pitches for – Award for New Narrative Formats at – sponsored by the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for New Media

How is film narration changing due to the development of new technologies? Sponsored by the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for New Media (BLM) and endowed with 2,500 euros, the Award seeks innovative solutions for the storytelling of documentary or journalistic factual content.

The Nominees 2023

DIE DOPPELTE FRAU, Web series by Beate Thalberg
Hundreds of black and white photos in a suitcase put a Salzburg private detective and his mysterious client in danger.

DIE SUCHE NACH DEM GUTEN TOD, Documentary podcast by Lukas Sam Schreiber
Euthanasia is no longer illegal in Germany. Host Lukas Sam Schreiber's mother suffers from Alzheimer's and wants to die. He goes in search of the good death to find answers for her.

OLYMPIC WOMEN, Storytelling website and documentary film by Friederike Wagner, Paula Buchta, Laura König-Svetozarova, Fabi Lou Sax and Ayca Tari
The project tells the story of women in the male-dominated world of competitive sport across all media, through the experiences of four female Olympic athletes and a female coach.

YOU DESTROY. WE CREATE | THE WAR ON UKRAINE'S CULTURE, 360° film by Gayatri Parameswaran and Felix Gaedtke
A 360° film about the inspiring people who protect Ukrainian art and culture during the war.

TRUTH DETECTIVES, Serious Game by Anja Reiss and Raphael Perret
Use your gamer skills to uncover the truth on war crimes and learn to apply them to actual conflicts.

Jury and Moderation

Robin Burgauer, Digital Storytelling Expert, Inlusio Interactive
Marc Lepetit, CEO & Producer, UFA Documentary
Max Permantier, Funding Representative XR, VR & Webseries, FFF Bayern
Gülseren Ölcüm, Format Developer, ZDF
Katharina Schulz, Content & Media Competence Division of BLM

The event will be moderated by Dörthe Eickelberg.


The event will be held in German.

This is a hybrid event.

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Paula Buchta
(Paula Buchta)
Dörthe Eickelberg
Presenter and director (Labo M)

Dörthe Eickelberg is a director and presenter. She graduated from the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, where she is also a guest lecturer today. After touring as a comedian and improv actress, she was hired by ARTE as a presenter for the daily science magazine XENIUS. Meanwhile she cofounded Labo M and she realized the award-winning arte documentary series CHICKS ON BOARDS. Her book THE NEXT WAVE IS YOURS was just published as a top title by PENGUIN BOOKS.

Laura König-Svetozarova
(Hochschule München)

Born in Munich and raised with a Russian-German background, Laura König-Svetozarova has found her passion for film through acting and music. In 2020, she began her studies in Photodesign at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, where she was able to flourish in the field of visual art. One of her notable achievements was the documentary film "Olympic Women", in which she was involved in the production, camera work, and post-production, earning the team a special recognition at the "Flimmern&Rauschen" Children & Youth Film Festival in the category of 22-26 year old filmmakers. Her short film "Orchid", which she directed, produced, filmed, and edited, was showcased at an exhibition in ZIRKA Munich in collaboration with SOMA. Laura currently works at a film production company in Hamburg.

Marc Lepetit
Geschäftsführung (UFA Documentary GmbH)
Gayatri Parameswaran
NowHere Media (NowHere Media)

Gayatri Parameswaran is an awarded director and producer of immersive works that examine contemporary issues through a critical lens. She co-founded NowHere Media, a Berlin-based storytelling studio working at the intersection of technology and social change. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Film Festival, Festival de Cannes, Tribeca, and SXSW. Gayatri has received numerous accolades, including the Tribeca Storyscapes Award, SXSW Best Use of Immersive Arts, and the Lumiere Award.

Max Permantier
Förderreferent XR/VR/Webserie (FFF Bayern)
Raphael Perret
Co-Gründer, Partner (Studio ZB)

Raphael Perret studied interactive media and scenography. He explores the tension between physical and virtual reality in his research-based art practice and applies his knowledge to the design and implementation of media installations in exhibitions, smartphone applications, digital products, interactive films, and games. His projects have been exhibited from Zurich, London, Rio de Janeiro to Gwanju.

Anja Reiß
Geschäftsführerin (Studio ZB)

Anja Reiss works as an independent author and director in Berlin, Freiburg and Zürich.? Alongside her realization of documentaries, she also develops interactive formats. Based on her feature film Truth Detectives she is producing the game Truth Detectives in collaboration with Raphael Perret, funded by the Digital Content Fund of the MFG Baden-Württemberg.

Katharina Schulz
Referentin bei der Bayerischen Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM) (Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM))
Gülseren Ölcüm
Formatentwicklerin (ZDF)

Gulseren Olcum, born in Berlin in 1985. She is an editor at ZDF. She has been working as a full-time correspondent for the Y-Kollektiv since 2016 to 2022. She completed her undergraduate degree in Near East Studies in Berlin and London and a master's degree in Journalism in Aarhus and Sydney. She took on the role as an editor for and, with her team, she won the Grimme Online Award for her work. She went on to volunteer for the Bayerischen Rundfunk (Bavarian State Network) and has presented on radio, television and the web. She was the Juliane Bartel Media Award for her documentaries "Sugarbabes - Escort and rinsing (?) as a part-time job" and "Sexism in football". She also won the Spanish television award, Premios Ondas, for her documentary "Turks, decide!". Gulseren is also a fellow of the Mercator Foundation.