11-18 March 2021


Humour and Box-Office – an Inspirational Talk

Speaker: Dr. André F. Nebe (Dipl. jur.) , Head of participatory and interactive storytelling, Filmuniversity Potsdam-Babelsberg. André is a Movie-maker, scientist and lecturer and has recently published a book on his PhD Thesis on humour in successful kids films

After completing his law studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin, specializing in copyright and media law, he studied film directing at the University of Hamburg under Hark Bohm and has been working as a freelance director, author and producer in the film and television industry since 2004. In addition to various cinema film projects funded by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the FFA and the Thuringian State Chancellery, he has worked for German broadcaster ZDF / Löwenzahn and the SWR.

His international cinema debut as director, "The Race" with Colm Meaney and Susan Lynch in the leading roles, was released in 2009. He published two kid’s novel serials (The Gostriders and Wolves of the Coast) in 2012 and 2018 with ongoing episodes.

As a lecturer, he worked at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, at the DEKRA Media University in Berlin, at the FH Darmstadt, for the German Film Institute Frankfurt / Main and the German Media School (DMA).

Since 2010 he has been working at the film university on his dissertation on the subject of "Humor in children's films - Structures of a filmic medium in high-traffic German children's films". His dissertation on Humour in kid’s films was published by Springer in 2019. Since 2018 he works as Head of participatory and interactive storytelling at the Filmuniversity Potsdam-Babelsberg.

Funny is money but "funny" also needs money. What successful kid's films do better than others. An insight look into the deep structures of audiovisual humour and how it can be used for writers, directors, producers and funders.

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