Franz Rodenkirchen

Script Consultant

Franz Rodenkirchen is a Berlin-based independent script advisor, teacher and tutor in workshops and individual project development. 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.

He regularly works with CineLink /Sarajevo and Berlinale Talents, where he selects and mentors projects at their annual Script Station. He also teaches at dffb – Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, at the University of Malta and several other film institutions.

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 he started working as a script consultant for international independent projects. 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. From the inauguration of the program until 2020, Franz was also a tutor for TorinoFilmLab’s Script Lab and Feature Lab. For SEAFIC (Southeast Asian Fiction Film Lab) he was their script consultant during the whole duration of their activities.

In 2013 he was invited as 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. He still believes that Cinema is a unique and powerful form of creative expression worth supporting and exploring further.

For each consultation of treatment, script or edit a prep fee is invoiced in addition to the consulting fee.
Consulting Fee full day 800 €
Consulting Fee half day 500 €
Hourly Fee 125 €
Prep fee 300 €

Consulting Projects (a selection of completed films):

THE ZONE OF INTEREST – (Wr./D.: Jonathan Glazer) UK, US, PL 2023; Cannes Official Competition – Grand Prix 2023

AUTOBIOGRAPHY – (Wr./D.: Makbul Mubarak) ID,FR,DE,PL,SG,PH,QA 2022; Venice IFF Orizzonti 2022 – Fipresci Award

SWEET DREAMS – (Wr./D.: Ena Sendijarevic) NL, SE, ID, FR 2023; Locarno Main Competition 2023

THE WOODCUTTER STORY – (Wr./D.: Mikko Myllylahti) FI,DK,NL,DE 2022; Cannes, Semaine de la Critique 2022

UNRUEH – (Wr./D.: Cyril Schäublin) CH 2022; Berlinale, Encounters 2022 Best Director

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

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

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