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After two successful rounds of the script competition for series, the script competition team is pleased to announce a new call for entries for heroines in series – Let’s change the picture.

Extension Submission Deadline


Dear screenwriters, dear people interested in writing!

The submission deadline for Heldinnen in Serie - Let's change the picture is over!

We look forward to all the diverse applications!


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On May 7th, 2024, the award ceremony for the screenplay competition "HELDINNEN IN SERIE - Let's change the picture" took place at the Marmorsaal of the BMAW. 

The ceremony began with a discussion with Federal Minister Martin Kocher, Silke Burmester (Lets Change The Picture, Berlin), film producer Oliver Auspitz and actress and jury member Konstanze Breitebner.

In the presence of the local film industry, the best four exposés from almost 140 submissions were awarded and their successes were duly celebrated.

You can find photos on our Facebook page.

The Press Release can be found here (German)!

  • Strohpuppe by Roland Hablesreiter & Agata Malesińska
  • Queen of the Flies by Daniel Andrew Wunderer
  • PTA - Permission to attack by Felix Krisai
  • Luzid by Ella Stanley & Moritz Licht


Together with the actresses Konstanze Breitebner, Susi Stach and Margarethe Tiesel, we invited people to the “APERITIVO der Heldinnen” in the Gatto in Graz in order to draw attention to the underrepresentation of women in the film industry and to draw attention to the jury’s interim status in the “Heldinnen in Serie” script competition. 

“It fills us with great pride that a total of 138 scripts were submitted in the third round of the 'Heldinnen in Serie' script competition. The anonymous shortlist with 21 submissions is currently being read and judged by a top-class jury; the most exciting series ideas for Austria as a film location will be honored in May. We are thrilled by how different the authors’ approaches are,” said Sylvia Vana from the BMAW.

The actors Proschat Madani, Barbara Spitz, Karl Fischer as well as producer Danny Krausz, Katharina Schenk (ORF), Barbara Frätzen (BMKÖS) and director Kat Rohrer and screenwriter Robert Buchschwentner also celebrated in a good atmosphere and made plans for the future.


The scripts will be selected in the jury meeting taking place in spring 2024 by the following top-class jury:

Chair: HBM Martin Kocher

  • Regine Anour
  • Sandra Bohle
  • Konstanze Breitebner
  • Robert Buchschwenter
  • Gesine Cukrowski
  • Katharina Schenk
  • Renée Schroeder
  • Claudia-Elisabeth Wulz

Find their statements here (German)!

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There was great interest and enthusiasm at the press breakfast on January 15, 2024, where Adele Neuhauser, Brigitte Kren, Konstanze Breitebner, Michou Friesz, Susi Stach and Michaela Rosen came together at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Economic Affairs to draw attention to our script competition “Heldinnen in Serie”. and present our video to the press!

In addition, Federal Minister Martin Kocher and Secretary General Eva Landrichtinger reported about measures to promote women in business and the labor market with a focus on MINT careers.

“I believe that the media as a whole tends to pass on existing role clichés. We all do that,” says Economics Minister Martin Kocher.

"We would like to improve the quality of the representation of female characters aged 55 and over. The aim is to consciously strengthen the positioning and presence of women in the film industry," said Secretary General Eva Landrichtinger.

Submissions are possible at and have been extended until January 28th, 2024. More information about the script competition and the submission criteria can be found below.

From all submissions, 20,000 euros will be awarded four times and participation in a mentoring program will be possible.

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With the words “so that you can also see the faces for which the characters are written,” a video produced specifically for the script competition Heldinnen in Serie was presented at an event in the Filmhauskino on Spittelberg in Vienna.

Here you can find the short and long versions of the video!

Under the slogan “Let’s change the picture,” Austrian actresses have their say and show that 55 years of age is far from over.

We are looking forward to receiving numerous submissions by January 28th, 2024 and if you have any questions, you can of course be reached by email at

Together with our partners from Let’s change the picture (Palais F*luxx and Gesine Cukrowski) and the Drehbuchforum Vienna, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



We cordially invite you to the kick-off, which will take place on December 14, 2023 in the Filmhaus am Spittelberg. The competition will be presented again there and there will be two panels with top-class guests to provide inspiration and inspiration. There will then be an opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas.

5:30 p.m.: Start and welcome by Elisabeth Scharang as well as Mag. Sylvia Vana (BMAW), Nina Keidies (FILM in AUSTRIA) and Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg (Drehbuchforum Wien)

5:45 p.m.: Panel 1: Role models, support and situation in Austria with Secretary General Eva Landrichtinger and Konstanze Breitebner

5:55 p.m.: Screening of a video well-known Austrian actresses as a kick-off for the script competition

6:00 p.m.: Panel 2: MINT and serial scripts with Renée Schroeder and Agnes Pluch

6:15 p.m.: Presentation of the script competition by Nina Keidies (FILM in AUSTRIA)

6:20 p.m.: Discussion and questions followed by drinks 

Please register at:

We would like to thank the Drehbuchforum Wien for the organization and our cooperation partners Gesine Cukrowski & Palais F*luxx!


As part of Heldinnen in Serie - Let's change the picture, we are only looking for ideas for series with at least one central female protagonist over 55 years old from the areas of MINT - mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology. The stories submitted are intended to convey positive role models, encourage girls to become active in these areas and break down role stereotypes of women over 55.

Submissions are possible from today at and was extended until January 28th, 2024.

We are pleased about a renewed collaboration with the Script Forum Vienna, who support us especially in the entire mentoring process, and our new partners from Let’s change the picture (Palais F*luxx and Gesine Cukrowski)!

Announcement (German)

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Here you will find all the submission documents for Heldinnen in Serie - Let's change the picture! (German)

GDPR (German)

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Conditions (German)

pdf, 120 KB

Submission form

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Project description

pdf, 905 KB

Joint statement

pdf, 897 KB

Consent to media use

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