What film or YouTube fan doesn’t dream of making a film themselves? Not just something shaky taken on a smart phone, but a real one. Today it is easier than ever, you don’t need much equipment at all.

But you have to learn how to make better films. How do I find my story? How do I find out whether it interests other people too? Why is the camera placed where it is? Is a tripod really necessary? What does a director actually do and what does cutting the film have to do with rhythm?

The Open Minds Workshops offer girls and young women between 13 and 25 the opportunity to try all this out together. Even if participants don’t yet have any practical experience, this is the place to discover all about it and ask the questions you always wanted to ask.

The participants learn in small teams to produce short clips and films – exciting, funny, romantic or scary – whatever ideas you have. At the end of the work there will be a proper film preview (including popcorn), at which all the films are shown and celebrated.

At the start the participants develop stories in which they show their view of Germany and the world. Then they get going with cameras, microphones and lights. The tasks on the film set are allocated and working methods explained, and then they’re off!

The main topics of the workshop programme:

  • My world, your world and our world: get to know each other, exchange experiences, develop ideas
  • A look behind the scenes of film and media productions: visits to media branch companies, workshops
  • Own film projects: video production, photos, texts

The workshops will be held in suitable premises in Frankfurt. We offer a five-day workshop program that will be offered three times in the year of 2020.

Dates, times and information on the programme of the workshops:

Group 1:  09 – 13 March 2020

Group 2:  31 August – 04 September 2020

Group 3:  19 – 23 October 2020

If you would like to participate or if you have any questions, please contact us by email:

Your film on YouTube

The films are intended to tell stories and contain information which is of interest to others. Central to them are your experiences and your view of Germany and the world. We want your film to be seen and for others to be able to learn something from it, to better understand or afterwards find themselves asking the same questions you asked yourself.

And so over time a YouTube channel will be created in which your film and other films are published, recommended and above all seen by others. And at the same time the channel will be an important source of information for young refugees and new migrants.

The topics can be as different as you and the other participants.

You will find our video channel here: YouTube-Channel Open Minds

Open Minds

A project by Filmhaus Frankfurt in conjunction with media and creative industries of Frankfurt / Rhein-Main.

Under the patronage of Kai Klose (Hessian Minister for Social Affairs and Integration) and Rosemarie Heilig (City Councillor for Environment and Women, Frankfurt am Main).

Supported by the Hessen regional campaign WIR.