Franz Rodenkirchen

Script Consultant

Franz Rodenkirchen is a Berlin-based independent script advisor, teacher and tutor in workshops and individual project development. He regularly works with TorinoFilmLab, as a tutor for their Script Lab and Feature Lab programs as well as with CineLink /Sarajevo and SEAFIC Lab (Southeast Asian Fiction Film Lab). For Berlinale Talents he selects and mentors projects at their annual Script Station and he also teaches at dffb – Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. Together with Françoise von Roy he founded Script Circle in 2014, a bi-monthly script development-workshop in Berlin, and –also with Françoise von Roy– runs the script consulting workshop Six Days of Practice for film professionals.

During and after his studies in Media Consulting and German literature, Franz co-wrote four feature-films (1987-1994) with director Jörg Buttgereit and helped in bringing them to the screen. In 1996 Franz started working as a script consultant for international independent projects. In 1999 he participated in an extensive international training for script consultants. Between 2001 and 2010 Franz was a partner in the Berlin-based script development company Script House, where he eventually became Head of Consulting. From 2006 – 2015 he was one of the core advisors at Binger Filmlab/Amsterdam.

In 2013 he was Artist in Residence at the Master Film of the Dutch Film Academy, Amsterdam. With Ellen Blumenstein and Daniel Tyradellis he co-curated the exhibition „Real Emotions – Thinking in Film“ (Feb. – April 2014) at KW – Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Franz has an ongoing interest in researching modes of visual narration. He occasionally publishes short essays about different aspects of his work and lectures for diverse institutions on script consulting approaches.


Consulting Fee full day 700 €
Consulting Fee half day 400 €
Hourly Fee 100 €
Prep fee scripts 300 €
Prep fee treatments 200 €

Consulting Projects (a selection of completed films):


COMPARTMENT NO. 6 – (D.:Juho Kuosmanen, Wr.: Andris Feldmanis, Livia Ulman) FI, EST, DE, RU 2021; Cannes Official Competition - Grand Prix 2021

SMALL BODY – (D.: Laura Samani, Wr.: L Samani, Elisa Dondi, Marco Borromei) IT, FR, SI 2021; Cannes, Semaine de la Critique 2021

MEDUSA – (Wr./D.: Anita Rocha da Silveira); BR 2021; Cannes Quinzaine

THE SEA AHEAD – (Wr./D.: Ely Dagher); FR, LB, BE, US 2021, Cannes Quinzaine

NATURAL LIGHT – (Wr./D.: Denes Nagy); HU, LV, FR, DE 2021; Berlin, Official Competition, Silver Bear Best Director

TASTE (Wr./D.: L  Bao); VN, SG, FR, DE, TH, TW 2021; Berlin, Encounters 2021

ONE OF THESE DAYS (Wr./D.: Bastian Günther); D 2020; Berlin, Panorama 2020

LARA (D: Jan-Ole Gerster, W: Blaz Kutin); D 2019; Karlovy Vary (Special Jury Award)

THE ORPHANAGE (Wr./D.: Shahrbanoo Sadat); DK, LU, FR, DE, AF 2019; Cannes Quinzaine

TOUCH ME NOT (D. & Wr.: Adina Pintilie); RO, FR, DE, BG, CZ 2018; Berlin, Official Competition 2018, Golden Bear.

STYX (D. & Co.-Wr.: Wolfgang Fischer, Wr.: Ika Künzel); D, AU 2018; Berlin, Panorama 2018

SICILIAN GHOST STORY (D. & Wr.: Fabio Grassadonia/Antonio Piazza); IT, FR, CHE 2017; Cannes, Semaine de la Critique 2017, Davide de Donatello Award Best adapted script 2018.

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (D. & Wr.: Sebastian Lelio; Co-Wr.: Gonzalo Maza); CL, D, USA, ES 2017; Berlin Official Competition 2017, Silver Bear Best Screenplay; Academy Award for best foreign language film 2018.

THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI (D.: Juho Kuosmanen; Wr.: Mikko Myllylahti, J.Kuosmanen); FI, SE, D 2016; Cannes - Un Certain Regard 2016 (Grand Prix).

AUF EINMAL (W.&D.: Asli Özge); D 2016; Berlin Panorama 2016.

MOUNTAIN (W./D.: Yaelle Kayam); IL/DK 2015; Venice, Orizzonti 2015

INTERRUPTION (W./D.: Yorgos Zois); GR; FR; HR 2015; Venice, Orizzonti 2015

BETWEEN 10 AND 12 (Wr./D.: Peter Hoogendoorn); NL, BE 2014; Venice IFF 2014

SALVO (Wr./D: Antonio Piazza/ Fabio Grassadonia); IT, F 2013; Grand Prix - Semaine de la Critique, Cannes 2013.

LEONES (Wr./D: Jazmin Lopez); ARG, F, NL 2012; Venice, Orizzonti 2012.

LORE (Wr./D.: Cate Shortland); D, AU, UK 2012; Toronto 2012.

WADJDA (Wr./D.: Haifaa-Al-Mansour); Saudi-Arabia/D 2012; Venice, Orizzonti 2012.

BEST INTENTIONS (Wr.:/D: Adrian Sitaru); Ro/Hu 2011; Golden Leopard, Best Director; Locarno 2011

ADRIENN PAL (D: Agnes Kocsis, Wr: A.K. & Andrea Roberti); Cannes, Un Certain Regard 2010

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN (Wr./D: Shirin Neshat) D, AT, F 2009; Silver Lion – Venice IFF

SNOW (D: Aida Begic, Wr: A.B.& Elma Tataragic), BiH, DE, F, Iran; Grand Prix – Semaine de la Critique, Cannes 2008

GRBAVICA (Wr./D: Jasmila Zbanic), AT/DE/BiH/HR 2005, Golden Bear, Berlin 2006

HOTEL (Wr./D: Jessica Hausner), AT/DE 2004, Cannes, Un certain regard 2004; Grand Prix Best Film and Screenplay Prize at Diagonale, Graz 2005

SUZHOU RIVER (Wr/D: Lou Ye), CN/DE 1999, Tiger Award Rotterdam 2000

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