AUDIOVISUAL WOMEN | October 2023 - March 2024


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AUDIOVISUAL WOMEN is a new leadership program for female professionals in mid- to senior-level management positions. It sets out to enhance the women's skillset to enable and empower them to master current industry challenges, develop innovative business models, and embrace the opportunities of digitization. Through a variety of elements, the women will increase their competitiveness, build professional networks, and gain more business opportunities, thus ensuring the sustainable and successful development of their businesses.

AUDIOVISUAL WOMEN addresses female managers working across the value chain in the European audiovisual industry, offering a highly interdisciplinary and unique approach to training and professional development. Besides the female professionals, the program also includes the hiring managers of their companies.

The program elements for the female professionals focus on topics such as (digital) leadership and entrepreneurship, innovation and change management in a VUCA world as well as communication and self-marketing. The combination of tailor-made live on-site and online training, 1:1 business coaching, exclusive networking opportunities, and a self-study phase with access to innovative online courses allows for a holistic and interactive experience. It equips women with the necessary skills to thrive in an ever-changing industry.

The hiring managers will be included in the program through a two-day training addressing gender equality and diversity management. The training provides them with tools to implement more diverse and gender-equal hiring practices to create change on a more significant level.

BewerbungsfristSeptember 04, 2023
OrtOnline as well as on-site at various locations in Europe
DatumOctober 2023 - March 2024
FormatLive online and on-site training, 1:1 business coaching, on-demand online courses, networking
ZielgruppeFemale managers working across the audiovisual value chain as well as hiring managers of their companies
Preis500 - 2.200 €
StipendienScholarships and discounts available. For more information, see below.
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Frequently Asked Questions

In order to help guide you through your application, we have collected the most frequently asked questions.

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1. I don't have a designated hiring manager in my company for module 5. What are my options?

Module 5 is created for HR Manager or the person overseeing the hiring process respectively. If you as a participant in the program are also filling this position or responsibility in your company, then of course you are invited to participate in this module as well. If this is not the case, you can also nominate a person in this role who you know would benefit from it for their respective field or company, even though they are not working in your company.

2. How much experience is required for me to participate in the program?

The program is created for women in the audiovisual industry at a mid-management level or in a leading position. This requires at least three to five years of experience in the industry which also is strongly advised. It is also necessary to have experience leading a team, even a small one, as the program has a very strong focus on leadership.

3. Can you mention a few job examples that are eligible to apply?

Audiovisual Women’s target group are female managers working across the value chain in the European audiovisual industry. A few examples are sales managers, producers, commissioning editors, entertainment lawyers, cinema managers, funding executives or festival managers.

4. What is included in the participation fee?

The fee covers all workshops and coaching sessions during the entire program, all materials needed during the workshops, access to selected EPI online courses, as well as accommodation and catering during the on-site workshops.

5. What is not included in the participation fee?

Travel costs to the workshops are not included.

6. When will I find out if I have been selected for Audiovisual Women?

We are aiming to let you know if you have been selected within 3-4 weeks after the application deadline. Please note that we are expecting a large number of applications, so it might take a while to properly assess them.

7. How many people will be selected for the programme?

We aim for a small group of 15 participants (not including the hiring managers) to create an intimate atmosphere with the possibility to interact as much as possible.

8. I am freelance but regularly work with teams that I have to lead. Am I eligible?

Yes, in that case you are eligible. It is important that part of your daily work includes leading teams, but this can be either emplyed at a company or as a freelancer.

Audiovisual Woman

How will you benefit from AUDIOVISUAL WOMEN?

How will you benefit from AUDIOVISUAL WOMEN?

  • Develop your entrepreneurial and leadership skills
  • Understand and master digital trends
  • Enhance your communication and conflict resolution abilities
  • Participate in online and on-site workshops led by experienced business coaches and industry experts
  • Take advantage of interdisciplinary networking opportunities within the group of fellow selected professionals
  • Boost your business opportunities
  • Address individual professional challenges in 1:1 business coaching sessions
  • Learn at your own pace through access to a selection of EPI's innovative online courses
  • For the participating hiring managers or decision makers: acquire the skills to implement more diverse hiring practices and support your company to become more competitive and relevant

Experts in 2023/24

Annette Birkholz
Annette Birkholz
Creative Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, BOGENAKADEMIE Berlin, Germany
Bettina Haasen
Bettina Haasen
Systemic Consultant, Coach, and Managing Director at Synchronize Consult
Andrea Halmy
Andrea Halmy
Leadership & Business Success Coach, Startup Mentor, Founder of BeYourBest4Success GmbH
Thea Mikkelsen
Thea Mikkelsen
Executive Coach & Consultant
Sabine Weber
Sabine Weber
Managing Director, equalworks GmbH, Germany


Module 1: Leadership and Communication
October 25-28 2023, Berlin

  • Understanding who you are and what drives you
  • Motivating your team through mindful and healthy leadership
  • Navigating levels of communication and conflicts
  • Communicating who you are and positioning yourself as a female leader while staying true to your values
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On-site workshop, 4 days

Module 2: Development
November 2023 - March 2024

  • Access to a selection of EPI's innovative online courses​​​​​​​
  • 1:1 business coaching by a designated business coach
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Self-study phase, 30-50 hours of learning/coaching

Module 3: New Work and Entrepreneurship
February 9-10 2024

  • Challenges of traditional vs. agile leadership
  • Finding and making informed choices for sustainable business development
  • Balancing your role as entrepreneur, AV professional and business partner
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Live online workshop, 2 days

Module 4: Innovation and Change Management in the AV Industry
February 28 - March 2 2024

  • Models of change and the psychological basics of change processes
  • Digital trends and innovation opportunities as well as risks
  • Introducing New Work and agility in your organization
  • Recognizing innovation potential, drivers and barriers in the AV industry
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On-site workshop, 4 days


Module 5: Modern Gender Equality Management
April 08-09 2024

  • Workshop for hiring managers in the businesses of the participating women to adress the issue of gender and diversity at the HR level
  • What is the point of gender equality management?
  • Implementing gender equality management in organizations
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Live online workshop, 2 days


Application Procedure

Formal application requirements:

  • Female professionals in mid- to senior-level management positions in the audiovisual industry
  • Companies from across the value chain in the European audiovisual industry (film / TV / games / digital, etc.)
  • At least 3 years experience in the audiovidual industry
  • Please note applications cannot be saved mid-process or changed after submission

Further information on the application and the selection process: 

Application evaluation criteria:

  • The level of industry experience
  • The motivation and reasons to be selected

Selection process:

  • Applications will be reviewed by a designated committee which may include the program's partners
  • All applicants will be informed about the status of their application in due time
  • If selected, information may be taken from the application form for publishing in print materials or in press releases (where stated and subject to the selected producer's revisions).

Application information to be submitted:

  1.  Personal and Contact Information
  2.  Professional or Employment Information (incl. a professional biography, max. 1200 characters ~200 words)
  3.  Company Information
  4.  Information about the Nominated Hiring Manager (incl. a professional biography, max. 1200 characters ~200 words)
  5.  Your Motivation to Apply (Letter of motivation // Questions to address: Why is this program important for you and your career at this moment in time? Why should we select you? What are your professional goals for the next ten years? max. 1000 characters)
  6.  Financing | Scholarships (incl. a letter of motivation, max. 1000 characters)

Participation Fees

The regular participation fee is 2.200,00 EUR. Various discounts and scholarships are available (see below).

We offer financing consultancy and financing plans to help producers enable their participation. Please contact us for further information. We encourage all applicants to seek financial support with their national/regional funding bodies.

Discounts and scholarships

FOCAL scholarship

Thanks to the support of FOCAL, there is a possibility of partial scholarship of 500€ for one selected team based in Switzerland.

MEDIA scholarships

A limited number of mostly partial scholarships will be available for nationals of the following countries thanks to our Creative Europe - MEDIA funding: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Participants from countries that are not part of European Union's MEDIA initiative may still be viable for a scholarship depending on their participation in the MEDIA strand. These countries include: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Ukraine.

EPI Scholarship

The Erich Pommer Institut encourages cultural and social diversity in their training activities and welcomes everyone to take part in our programs - regardless of their ethnic and social background, disability, or age. The EPI Scholarship sets out to ensure that our participants come from varied backgrounds and creates opportunities for those from marginalized groups and those who may otherwise not be able to participate.

EWA Network and WIFTI Discounts

Thanks to our partners EWA Network - European Women's Audiovisual Network and WIFTI (Women in Film & Television International), we are offering discounts of 100€ for one selected member of each organization.

EAVE Alumna Discount

Thanks to our partner EAVE, we are offering a 100€ discount for one selected alumna.

Please indicate in the application form if you want to apply for a scholarship.

Please note scholarships and discounts are non-combinable.


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Kristofer Woods
Kristofer Woods
Projektmanager Internationale Weiterbildung
+49 (0) 331-76 99 15-31 |
Katarzyna von Matthiessen
Katarzyna von Matthiessen
Projektmanagerin Internationale Weiterbildung (in Elternzeit)
+49 (0) 331.769 915-09 |
Victoria Vosseberg
Victoria Vosseberg
Projektassistenz Internationale Weiterbildung
+49 (0) 331.769 915-02 |
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