Digital Storytelling: Games & Interactive

The production of a video game or an interactive project needs a holistic approach to the narrative, requires the latest technology and new ways of impact campaigning. Experts in this field will meet filmmakers and game professionals from the region as well as international participants of this year's Documentary Campus Masterschool. Keynotes will give an overview of the market situation and outline opportunities to engage with new audiences. Three projects developed in partnership between filmmakers and game designers will be presented. The speakers will share their experiences, the challenges they faced and opportunities. This event offers an ideal framework to learn from each other. We want you to get inspired!

Stay on for the get-together, to exchange ideas and network with like-minded filmmakers, game developers and funders.

The event is organized by Documentary Campus in collaboration with:

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Curated and moderated by Anke Petersen, JYOTI Film, Hamburg/Berlin, Germany.


Updated programme from 16 August 2019

Welcome & Introduction

Keynote & Case Study: Complementing Documentaries with Cross-media
How do we use interactive storytelling in digital media to reach and involve our audience? Digital producer Tanja Schmoller will provide an overview of a whole range of cross-media projects complementing various documentaries of the production company gebrueder beetz. She will particularly focus on the company’s most recent multimedia web project #uploading_holocaust. The project aims to find out how today’s teenagers handle the memory of the Holocaust, and how they envisage a contemporary culture of remembrance in the digital age.

• Tanja Schmoller | Digital Producer, VR & Interactive Media | gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, Germany

Case Study 1 – From Film to App to Game: "Pre-Crime"
The case study outlines the evolution of a complex project: from a documentary film to an accompanying app to an independent video game. The presentation will not only focus on technological aspects, but also on marketing and audience-related issues.

• Mike Robbins | Producer, Creative Technologist | Helios Design Labs, Canada
• Harmke Heezen | Creative Producer | High Road Stories, Germany

Short Break

Case Study 2 – Fictionalizing Reality through Game Mechanics: A Full Motion Video Mystery Adventure: "Jessika – Underneath the System"

The game developers will give an insight into their story development, research and production process. They will speak about the ups and downs of creating a serious game about radicalization in Germany. The discussion will also focus on the use of interactive, non-linear storytelling to reflect society, politics and moral understandings. It will show how linear media can be implemented into a non-linear medium and explore the pros and cons of this approach.

• Seren Besorak | Co-Founder, TriTrie Games | BA Student, Cologne Game Lab, Germany
• Pierre Schlömp | Co-Founder, TriTrie Games | BA Student, Cologne Game Lab, Germany

Case Study 3 – Serious Game: "Hectarium"
Hectarium is a serious game about the climate and farming crisis across the globe. The game challenges the player to feed a rising population while the available fertile soil and land decreases. The case study will present how the project merges documentary filmmaking and scientific research of agricultural data to create an immersive game that will help make the player a more conscious consumer.

• Jiannis Sotiropoulos | Technical Producer | Honig Studios, Germany
• Anke Petersen | Producer | JYOTI film, Germany

Wrap Up
What kind of documentary projects can be extended into games or interactive projects?
What are the key takeaways for documentary filmmakers?


Download detailed programme and short biographies of speakers here.

Attendance is free, but seats are limited. Therefore, please register by sending an email to by Monday, 19th August with your name, company and email address. If you register, please do come!

Talks will be held in English. At the get-together following the presentations you will have the opportunity to meet international documentary experts as well as the Masterschool participants 2019.

Photo Credits:
Banner: Mike Robbins | Helios Design Labs
Gallery: Jule Kurka

Aug 22, 2019
DC Initiative
Masterschool 2019
Registration Deadline
Aug 19, 2019
KOMED | 3rd Floor, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne, Germany