WCOS 04 Berlin – Press Release

Berlin, September 18th, 2018. The Guild of German Screenwriters (VDD, Verband der Deutschen Drehbuchautoren) will host writer colleagues from all continents at the 2018 World Conference of Screenwriters, to be held at the Academy of Arts at Pariser Platz on the 10th and 11th of October.

The event is presented in cooperation with the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG), who, together, represent approximately 60,000 Screenwriters worldwide.

The World Conference is a vibrant international forum that has previously been held in Athens, Barcelona, and Warsaw. The conference is a place for creative exchange as well as the transfer of knowledge between writers and guilds. Additionally, the conference is intended as a place for the examination of the world as reflected in films and television series.

Screenwriters are important seismographs of the current age and the political reality of the countries in which they work. With the erosion of political security and societal values around the globe, the world conference will be significantly more political than in the past.

The first day of the conference will focus on the theme of Power by exploring the creative influence of screenwriters on the production process and the status of screenwriters as creators, while the second day will focus on the theme of Freedom. The freedom of screenwriters and the diversity of storytelling are increasingly threatened in multiple ways, including a backlash from authoritarian regimes and right-wing populist movements, due to their creative work.

Amongst the international participants are countless screenwriters, who have achieved worldwide success through their screenplays and format development, including James Schamus (USA/Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain), David A. Goodman (USA/Family Guy, Futurama, Star Trek: Enterprise), Steven Moffat (United-Kingdom/Sherlock, Dr. Who), Camilla Ahlgren (Denmark/The Bridge), Dorothee Schön (Germany/Charité), Sigurjón Kjartansson (Iceland/Trapped), Vasant Nath (India/Sacred Games), Leora Kamenetzky (Israel/Fauda), Elena Soarez (Brazil/The Mechanism) as well as many others.

The interest in the 2018 conference is overwhelming − several weeks prior to the event, it is filled to capacity with delegates from around the world.

More information about the conference and the programme can be found here.

The World Conference of Screenwriters 04 (WCOS 04) organized by the Screenwriter’s Guild of Germany (VDD, Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren), the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG).

Head of programming:

Carolin Otto, screenwriter, Vice President of the FSE, Advisory board member of the VDD-board and as long term member of the VDD responsible for international themes.

Responsible for organization:

Jan Herchenröder, General Manager VDD

International Press Contact:

  • Amélie Clement (FSE) : Email: info(at)scenaristes.org
  • Jan Herchenröder (VDD) : Email: info(at)drehbuchautoren.de