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FM:Stories enters the second round!

Unterföhring, Mainz, 9 April 2024


After a successful and inspiring year, the mentoring programme of Fiction Magnet, a joint venture of ndF neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft and ZDF Studios, is entering its second round in cooperation with the Series Camp Conference! Up-and-coming writers (young or old) can now apply for mentoring.


We are looking for an idea for a series that will be developed as part of the mentoring programme with the support of experts from production and international distribution. In contrast to other funding programmes, FM:stories is intended to be a partner and mentor beyond this series project, a creative home.


The programme offers insights into the numerous productions of the Fiction Magnet, but also sparring at eye level. In addition, ZDF Studios will provide insights into the international marketing of serial formats and ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel will provide insights into ZDF’s talent development programme.


The call for applications is deliberately not only aimed at university graduates, but the prerequisite for an application is that an audience has already been reached with texts – whether poetry slam or theatre play, screenplay or advertising copy.


The mentoring programme also includes participation in a selection of exclusive workshops at the SERIENCAMP CONFERENCE, Germany’s largest industry event for broadcasters, streamers, producers and screenwriters, which will take place in Cologne from 5 to 7 June 2024.


FM:stories was held for the first time as part of the SERIENCAMP CONFERENCE 2023. Jessica Hölzl, one of last year’s winners, says: “The mentoring programme not only greatly expanded my network, but above all helped me to sharpen who I am as an author and how I can use my individual strengths in the future.” And Elena Carina Lorscheid, another participant in the mentoring programme, adds: “ndF was incredibly open and trusting – from day 1 we were allowed to get a taste of everything and our individual strengths and requirements were encouraged. I had a great time and would recommend anyone to apply for the programme!”


All information on the “FM:stories” programme can be found at and on SERIENCAMP at


Information on the programme:


Who is the programme aimed at?

Screenwriters, playwrights, poetry slammers, copywriters, poets – anyone with a passion for great stories!


How much experience do you need to have?

A prerequisite for your application is that you have already reached an audience with texts.


What are the benefits of taking part?

You will gain insights into our work, become part of our creative network and together we will develop your series project.


What exactly do I submit?

Everything we need to know about you and the stories that move you. You describe your series idea (a maximum of three suggestions are possible here) on one page per series.


Do I have to cater for a specific genre?

No – high-end drama, comedy, even documentary series, all genres are possible. The Fiction Magnet with ndF neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft and ZDF Studios as shareholders covers all genres.


How does it all work?

Send us your cover letter, information about yourself and a maximum of three project ideas to by 12 May 2024


What happens if you are selected?

You will receive a message from us by 27 May 2024 with all further information.


When and where will the SERIENCAMP CONFERENCE take place?

From 5 to 7 June 2024 in Cologne. The costs for accreditation will be covered.


Will travel costs be covered?

We will cover your travel costs to the conference and the mentor meetings. Individual events may also take place digitally.