Interview with Catalyst Berlin Film Production student Masih Tajzai about creative journey as a refugee filmmaker

Journalism, documentary and non-fiction performance

Get in front of the camera


For journalists who want to get in front of the camera, documentary filmmakers who want to up-skill and narrate or feature in their own work, and the trained actor who wants to extend their range or transition to non-fiction performance.

Whether you’re interested in presenting, narrating or hosting, this 4 week short course is designed for you. With in-depth practice and expert tuition from industry professionals, this course will rapidly expand your nonfiction knowledge and performance skillset. This is an intermediate course in a specialist area so some experience in front of a camera, or behind the scenes would be useful.

Walk away with new expectations of your capabilities in these specialist areas and video of the work you've done to share with others.

Course details

  • News anchoring
  • Field reporting
  • Talk show hosting
  • Documentary interview skills
  • Nature documentary voice overs 
  • Technical studio voice recording
  • Public speaking 
  • Non-fiction monologue delivery

This course is designed for two audiences.

The first audience are those looking for a productive way to spend 4 weeks developing their non-fiction acting and performance skills to support their own projects and meet like minded people to work with. For this audience the likely progression routes are:-

  1. Returning to their own project with a new set of skills
  2. Returning to Catalyst to take one of our other short courses.

The second audience are those students wishing to progress onto one of our longer courses whom require some practical experience to help prepare them for the longer course. The most likely courses they would progress onto are:-

  1. HE Certificate Screen Acting (1 Year)
  2. BA Hons Bachelor Degree Screen Acting (3 Year)

Designed for those wishing to join our main programmes, but lacking the formal education requirements to apply through standard entry.

These free workshops run at the same time as your short course programme and cover writing skills, reading, structuring arguments, debate and understanding context.

They utilise task and project based learning methodology to ensure that you’re prepared and ready for our longer HE certificate or degree level programmes.

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Our team

Our tutors are industry experienced with a passion for passing on their knowledge to others. Here are a few of the experienced and friendly tutors that will be supporting you throughout your learning process.

An international creative community

This year our students came from more than 55 different countries.

As an organisation we celebrate that incredible level of diversity. If we had an organisational face it would have a big smile stretched across it. It’s a total privilege to be able to bring this diverse community together in the inspirational space of our Funkhaus campus in the world class creative metropolis of Berlin.

It's a golden opportunity to meet up and collaborate with like minded peers from around the world. A key part of our approach to learning involves working with others whether as peers, mentors, collaborators, audience or fellow travellers. Passion is always better shared!

Student work

In the end it doesn’t matter what we say or do. What matters is what our students are doing during their time with us. Watch one of our favourite videos directed, shot and edited by our filmmaking short course students, starring their fellow acting colleagues and decide for yourselves.

Essential information

The most important prerequisite for attending any course at Catalyst is that you must be passionate about building and developing your skills as an actor.

Our short courses are designed to be accessible to anyone so we do not require any level of academic certification to apply. To qualify you should usually be aged 18 or over. If you're coming from outside the EU a holiday/travel visa will usually suffice.

We accept applications up to 14 days before the course start date but places are assigned on a first come, first served basis so we recommend you make an application as soon as possible.

For more information please contact a member of the team. We love to chat! Please reach out to us at [email protected] or call us at +49 30 2900 9052.

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Next available dates: 19 July 2021 - 14 August 2021

Course length: 4 weeks

Application deadline: 30th of April 2021 for priority application

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Deposit: €750

Course fee: €1500

Total: €2250


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