MIZ Format Festival. 2016.

An aquarium full of triops reports its own story. An idea which seems quite absurd. In the beginning, I just had some crazy idea about primordial soup reports. But during the MIZ Format Festival process in 2015 it quickly grew into a full crossmedia format concept for sensor-based live coverage. Design Thinking, coding and pitching simply cannot be replaced by desk work.

Jakob Vicari, Science Journalist of the Year 2015 (medium magazine) and winner of the MIZ Format Festival 2015.


The MIZ Format Festival awards journalistic format ideas for the young target group (age 14-29) boardering TV, radio and online media within a four-month development process.


The MIZ Format Festival addresses journalists, hackers, trans-media storytellers, format-strategists, producers, conceptionists and broadcast revolutionists! Convince our judges and realize your idea subsequently.

During the Round Table on June 21st five ideas among all submissions will be chosen to participate in the Format Festival. Submit your ideas from 15th of April until 29th of May! Additionally it is possible for the applicants to participate in a creative workshop on May 11th at MIZ-Babelsberg.


On August 2nd and 3rd the subsequent Protothon will offer each of the final project teams the opportunity to turn their concept into a representative prototype with the help of professional programmers.

In order to encourage the development process the projectteams will receive demand-oriented coaching from 31st of August until 1st of September as well as constructive feedback from the young media consumers throughout the whole development process (babelsberger filmgymnasium and Film University KONRAD WOLF).


The participants have to submit the final prototypes and concepts to the selection committee by October 16th 2016. In the course of the official award ceremony at the MIZ Babelsberg on November 10th 2016 the judges will award a prize money of 5,000 euros and an option for a MIZ innovation funding to the strongest crossmedia concept for the young target group. 

The Judges.

Christian Beetz
Executive Director, gebrueder beetz filmproduktion

Dr. Bettina Brinkmann
Media Consultant

Ralph Caspers
host and author

Helge Haas
Head of Radio Bremen

Sebastian Horn
Chief Editor, ze.tt

Alexander Knetig
Chief Editor, ARTE Creative

Christoph Krachten
Executive Director, Videodays

Mounira Latrache
Manager, YouTube Space Berlin

Christian Nienaber
Executive Vice President Digital, RTL2

Imke Pässler-Strauß
Head of project editors new media, ZDF 

Petra Schmitz
Program coordinator ZAP & program development FS,
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Siegfried Steinlechner
Editor and project manager, ORF

Info and Submission.

Submit your idea in the period from April 15th to May 29th 2016 in form of a max. two-page outline. Emphasize the pilot’s cross-media character as well as the trend-setting usage scenarios and innovative narrative structures.

Please email your outline, workshop registration, information on you or your team (name, contact and a brief CV) and the completed form (available on www.miz-babelsberg.de). If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Sophie Hausig
Project Coordinatin MIZ Format Festival
Mail: format@miz-babelsberg.de
Phone: +49 331 / 58 56 58 88.

More details on the program are available on www.miz-babelsberg.de, Downloads in English language on the upper right side.