PRIX EUROPA MasterClass in Berlin: Connecting Europe – Reflecting all Voices!


Connecting Europe – Reflecting all Voices

was held during the Festival Week

on Friday 19 October 2018 at rbb Haus des Rundfunks

Major single piece and serial television documentaries from different countries provided the focus of a conversation about experiences with international co-productions. Georg Tschurtschenthaler (Germany) told the audience how Gebrüder Beetz found international co-production partners and financing for their documentary ‘The Cleaners’ about the people who ‘clean’ the Internet; Eric Lieshout (Netherlands) introduced his series ‘Made in Europe’; Stéphane Siohan (France) talked about the complex media co-operations on his Ukrainian, Polish, French documentary ‘Home Games’; Daniela Drastasta (Croatia) and Frans Jennekens (Netherlands) presented a sneak preview of their just completed series ‘New Neighbours’ and Sören Klovborg (Denmark) spoke about working with the Why Foundation on the documentary ‘Maid in Hell’. The conversation was hosted by Ruurd Bierman, an acclaimed keynote speaker.

A unique chance to compare notes with other experienced filmmakers, to ask questions and share experiences.

PRIX EUROPA MasterClass in Berlin: How to survive on the choppy seas of independent radio/audio production?


How to survive on the choppy seas of independent radio/audio production?

was held during the Festival Week

on Thursday 18 October 2018 at rbb Haus des Rundfunks

Alan Hall from London-based “Falling Tree Productions”

- “a hallmark of excellence when it comes to radio documentaries” – (The Observer)

in dialogue

with Belgian master students (Royal Institute for Theater, Cinema & Sound) and Swedish master students (Stockholm University of the Arts).

A unique chance to compare notes with other experienced radiomakers, to ask questions and share experiences.

PRIX EUROPA MasterClass in Berlin: ‘Successful digitally based projects by public broadcasters’


‘Successful digitally based projects by public broadcasters’

was held during the Festival Week on Friday 19 October 2018

at rbb Haus des Rundfunks

This is a unique opportunity to gain inside knowledge about how broadcasters are making a success of their digital projects.

Kirsty Drain (Senior Producer at BBC Scotland), will tell the success stories of ‘The Social & The Social 2.0’ under the heading: ‘Successful digital diversity on social media – and beyond’.  

Manuel Thalmann (programme developer for young target groups at the Swiss SRG SSR) will explore ‘Public Service on Youtube’. Meet SRG SSR (Schwitzerland), FUNK and RTS TAKAI.

And Kåre V. Poulsen (executive producer at DR, Denmark) will present ‘The relation triangle: Successful mixtures of cross media, co creation and partnerships’. In addition, he will present a selection of examples from Submarine Channel (The Netherlands): Advanced learning on Digital storytelling 2012-2018.

Kåre V. Poulsen and Manuel Thalmann, Coordinators of the PRIX EUROPA 2018 Online Jury Group, will moderate the conversation.

PRIX EUROPA MasterClass in Vilnius: Around the World of Radio Features in Two Days


On 7 and 8 November 2017 in Vilnius a small group of highly motivated journalists from Lithuanian Radio (LRT) took part in the PRIX EUROPA MasterClass.

In two days, a freshly coined tutoring team Edwin Brys from Belgium and Agnieszka Czyzewska-Jacquemet from Poland (see tutor info below) covered basic ingredients of radio documentary - from the seemingly simple, but fundamental question ‘What is radio documentary?’, to finest details like how to use music to create worlds for your characters, or how to – literally – get closer to your interviewee to get top quality recordings, without ‘attacking’ their private space.

What makes a story relevant? How to use scenes? Do you need a narrator? Where do you find your protagonists? How do you keep listeners’ attention? Those were some of the questions that Edwin and Agnieszka tried to illuminate on the first day, with the help of compelling sound examples and real-life anecdotes.

Focusing on storytelling and dramaturgy, the second day was organised like a PRIX EUROPA: the presentation of Agnieszka’s ‘Crap Business’ (Radio Lublin, 2016) and ‘Everyday Something Disappears’ which Edwin made together with Luc Haekens (VRT, 1993) was followed by a discussion, analysing both pieces. The discussion was moderated by Vaida Pilibaitytė, the initiator and co-organiser of the MasterClass in Vilnius.

Finally, the MasterClass was rounded off with a pitching session - participants were invited to share their ideas for programmes, to brainstorm, think of opportunities, possibilities, and challenges.

Compact and functional, we hope to bring this MasterClass to a number of radio stations that could benefit from such combination of theory, practice and - inspiration.
Also, we are looking forward to follow development of the Vilnius feature hub, and hope to play many of their programmes in the future editions of PRIX EUROPA!

Edwin Brys
After a career as a radio documentarian and head of the Radio Documentary Department at the VRT (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep), Edwin Brys lead the Radio Training Department there. He teaches radio documentary radio at the Institute for Drama, Radio and Television in Brussels, and is a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Radio Documentary Project Group and the International Features Conference.

Agnieszka Czyzewska-Jacquemet has been working at the Features Department of Polish Radio Lublin, specializing in documentaries and features since 1993. Agnieszka received a Radio Documentary Maker of the Year award in 2014. Her feature “Crap Business” got Prix Europa Special Commendation in 2016. A feature “Marble and Children” which she co-produced with Katarzyna Michalak won Prix Bohemia In 2017.

PRIX EUROPA MasterClass in Prague


The 30th anniversary of PRIX EUROPA is accompanied by series of MasterClass workshops across Europe. Our last stop was Prague, where the Czech audiences were introduced to the best of European TV Fiction.

On 3 and 4 December a total of ten television shows from the PRIX EUROPA 2014-2016 festival programme was screened in the Světozor cinema.

The MasterClass started on Saturday, 3 December, with an introduction from Jan Maxa, Czech Television director of programme and format development, and Susanne Hoffmann, PRIX EUROPA festival director. This was followed by a screening of selected films and episodes of series and miniseries by European television stations. The Czech Television representative Eights, a winner of the PRIX EUROPA award for the best European TV drama of the year 2014, wrapped up the MasterClass.

‘Prix Europa is an entirely unique festival. It is not only a convergence of performed, documentary, and journalistic work from all across Europe, but also of their creators in an extremely open and motivating discussion,’ remarked Jan Maxa. ‘Each nominated programme must also send one of its creators – a screenwriter, director, or producer – to the festival, where they will join the judges’ panel for the given category. The primary goal of the entire festival is not solely about the final awards, but also about the discussions that are led by all of the category participants about each nominated show. I experienced it myself in 2015 with Jan Hus, and it provided extremely valuable feedback.’ At this year’s festival, the crime series Rapl was nominated for the TV Fiction category. Its screenwriter and director Jan Pachl sat on the judges’ panel and afterwards affirmed: ‘Prix Europa is the biggest event in European television festivals. The winning films are truly the best of contemporary television.’

You can find the full programme of the Prague MasterClass here:

If you speak Czech, you can also take a look at the interview with Jan Maxa on Czech television (starting from 172:10):

PRIX EUROPA 2016 MasterClass in Berlin


PRIX EUROPA - in collaboration with the Nordic Embassies in Berlin, Electronic media school - ems and XEN.ON TV - have the pleasure to invite you to the PRIX EUROPA Masterclass in Berlin on Friday, October 21!

The 30th anniversary of PRIX EUROPA is accompanied by series of Masterclass workshops across Europe.
In Berlin our focus will be Nordic Storytelling – tackling the topic from various angles and fresh perspectives.
We have the honour to bring experts from all the Nordic countries on stage.

The masterclass is free of charge and will be held in English.
An unique day of Nordic media dialogue at the Felleshus (Pan-Nordic Building)!

The registration is now closed as we have reached full capacity for the Masterclass! Thank you! See you all on Friday!

PROGRAMME - 21.10.2016

Registration & Morning Coffee

Welcome Words
Sofie Backman - Culture Coordinator, Embassy of Finland
Cecilia Benkö Lamborn - President of PRIX EUROPA, Director General, Sveriges Radio
Jo Raknes, NRK - Moderator of the Masterclass

Virtual Reality: From Documentary to Porn
VR and 360-degree video are one of the most hyped technologies at the moment. What hides behind the concepts? Why is VR important for us in the media industry?
Ståle Grut - Journalist, NRK (NRKbeta)
Eirik Solheim - Senior Strategic Advisor, NRK (NRKbeta)

Storytelling at Mobile Games
Using stories at the mobile games to support the engagement of the users and the business goals of the product.
Miika Tams - Vice President, Games, Rovio Entertainment

Survival and Storytelling just below the Arctic Circle
How Iceland has created a booming and compatible film and TV industry from limited resources.
Margrét Örnólfsdóttir - Screenwriter

Lunch break

The Difficult Task of Keeping It Simple
In the golden digital age of the radio documentary the times are rapidly changing. But some things never change.
Robert Barkman - Producer, Sveriges Radio

The Danish Drama Strategy: In the Past, the Present and the Future - and a Unique Look into the Writers’ Room of the Danish Hit Series, The Legacy.
Piv Bernth - Head of DR Drama Fiction
Maya Ilsøe - Creator and Head Writer of The Legacy

End of the Day

PRIX EUROPA MasterClass in Amsterdam


To celebrate the 30 years of PRIX EUROPA jubilee and the 20 years of TV IRIS category – PRIX EUROPA in cooperation with NTR and Mediafonds organised a Masterclass focusing on “Diversity and Development of Talent” in Amsterdam on September 5, 2016.

The event was hosted by Anousha Nzume and gathered around 80 participants working in the field of media in the Netherlands. Award-winning directors Gülsah Dogan, Hadja Lahbib and Meral Uslu had a lively discussion with the audience about their successful films and the important role of diversity in film making and storytelling. The day also included a sneak preview to the Dutch nominations for the PRIX EUROPA TV IRIS Category 2016 – competing for the Best European TV Programme of the Year about Cultural Diversity.

The Head of Strategy of NPO Anne-Lieke Mol gave a presentation about the plans to make a new fund for filmmakers as the Mediafonds is closing its’ doors this October.

The masterclass closed with a panel discussion about the future of diversity in Dutch film and television - how to promote and include this complex topic into the industry of film making. The panelists included Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen (Head of Industry IDFA), Dorien van de Pas (Head of New Screen Film Fund), Claire van Daal (programmer Dutch Film Festival NFF) and Bart Römer (General Manager of the Dutch Film Academy).

Prix Europa MasterClass in Helsinki!

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We welcome you to take part on the 30th of August 2016, 13.00 - 16.00, at Yle / Studiotalo / Studio 2 / Pasila

The focus on this Masterclass will be VR and 360 videos - on both - the technical and storytelling side of these very hyped medias.

13.00 - 14.00
Virtual Reality: From Documentary to Porn
Eirin Solheim & Marius Arnesen / NRKBETA

VR and 360-degree video is one of the year’s most hyped technologies. What hides behind the concepts? Why is VR important for us in the media industry? NRKbeta takes on the topic with examples, depth, humor and analysis. Eirik Solheim and Marius Arnesen take you all the way from games, through architecture, art, warfare and further to news, documentaries and video production.

14.00 - 15.00
The Future of Storytelling
Klasien van de Zandschulp & Femke Deckers

Klasien and Femke investigate the role of storytelling in our current timeframe. In their joint presentation they consider the lessons of previous projects, discussing what lead to success and connect these to their case studies on online storytelling, mobile technology and mixed reality. As founders of the Interactive Storytelling Meetup in Amsterdam they will share the results of a half year of meetups presenting the highlights and trending topics.

15.00 - 16.00
Panel discussion - Virtual reality, Storytelling and Fiction
Klasien van de Zandschulp, Femke Deckers, Mikko Pöllä, Eirik Solheim & Marius Arnesen.

Combining all of the expertise of these digital experts, we’ll discuss about digital storytelling, especially in VR. We could discuss about technology for hours and hours, but how do we produce the core - stories for our online projects? What are the difficulties in scriptwriting, planning and the actual making of projects that try new technologies, such as VR? What are the possibilities and what is actually possible at the moment? Finnish scriptwriter Mikko Pöllä will join the conversation and bring in the point of view from the world of fiction. Mikko will pitch his new series idea before the panel. Mikko is developing a series which is based on a whole new virtual reality world which is not yet possible, but how long will it be impossible?

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Salla-Rosa Leinonen
Web Producer
Yle Drama

PRIX EUROPA 2016 MasterClasses!


To celebrate the 30 years of PRIX EUROPA jubilee we will organise Master Classes together with our partners all over Europe during the Summer 2016:

PRIX EUROPA will tour to broadcasting houses in Stockholm, Gdansk, Dublin and Amsterdam.
Starting in Sweden on 11 May 2016 - the Sveriges Radio and the PRIX EUROPA present:

Vision Builds the Future Radio
The concept of radio is being redefined. Swedish Radio is the leading player in terms of innovation -both journalism, digital and technology -to be relevant to a large audience in the changing media world. What is radio today and what will it be tomorrow?

Welcome to a Master Class where we will talk about our strategies, challenges and approaches.

You will meet
• Tomas Granryd, project manager for the Innovation team - new ideas for how to reach the audience.
• Cajsa Lindberg, channel manager for P3 that gives a picture of how we are working to reach the young audience.
• Kodjo Akolor, the hostess, who among other things, speaks of one of our most digital projects - Musikhjälpen.
• Camilla Jettman, head of the development department on how we together with others produce technological innovations for digital journalism.

Time: Wednesday, 11 May 13.00-16.00
Location: Swedish Radio Studio 5, Oxenstiernsgatan 20 Stockholm

Next stop Gdańsk!


The 30th anniversary of PRIX EUROPA is accompanied by series of Master Class workshops in five countries across Europe. In Poland, the leading issue of the Master Class is investigative journalism on Friday 10 June, 2016.

Showing the work of laureates of PRIX EUROPA from recent years should ignite discussion on condition of public service journalism in Poland as well as in whole Europe. It will also be a great opportunity to learn from each other. We welcome you in Gdańsk – the city where “Solidarity” was born, where work of courageous reporters let the world hear the sound of Polish freedom!

Susanne Hoffmann, Director of PRIX EUROPA
Maciej Stanecki, Member of the Management Board, TVP S.A.


10:00 - 10:10
Opening Notes
Susanne Hoffmann, PRIX EUROPA
Maciej Stanecki, TVP

10:10 - 10:30
Renata Puchacz (TVP) + Irena Piłatowicz-Mądry (Polish Radio)
Presentation of Polish TV and radio laureates & nominees in PRIX EUROPA since 2008

10:30 - 12.00
Rolf Stengård, SR (PRIX EUROPA Lifetime Achievement Award 2015)
Public service media as a watchdog: Some examples from Sveriges Radio.

12:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 13:00
Żaneta Walentyn, Michał Słobodzian. PL
Chichot szatana / Satan ’s Chuckle
Nominated for PRIX EUROPA Radio Current Affairs Category 2015

13:30 - 14:15

14:15 - 15:10
Inger Sunde and Espen Aarsvold
“Brennpunkt: A Nobel Cause”
Best Current Affairs TV Documentary 2015

16:00 - 16:15

16:15 - 17:15
Ryszard Kaczyński, Piotr Morawski, PL
The Promise of Happy Childhood (Obietnica Dzieciństwa)
Nominated for PRIX EUROPA TV Documentary Category 2014

The event will be held under the patronage of the President of Gdańsk

Event date: June 10, 2016
Place: Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdańsk
Contact person: Aleksandra Jacków, Tel. 22 547 55 97, e-mail:
Please confirm your participation until June 2, 2016 at: