Thematic workshop
If you dream of seeing a story you’ve created on television, taking part in this workshop would be the fastest way to make that happen.

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Getting to know specifics of docuseries format

Intensive workshop

One 10-hour meeting

Small workshop groups

6–10 people

Docuseries – thematic workshops

Docuseries is a thematic screenwriting workshop for graduates of Screenwriting for Beginners or Screenwriting in Practice only. The popularity of docusoap and docucrime series such as Ukryta Prawda, Lombard and Gliniarze opens new doors for screenwriters who would like to link their future with writing for television. Emotions, and “real-life” stories and characters we can identify with attract millions of viewers every day. The so-called docu- is also the fastest way to get your story on the screen!

Created entirely by graduates of Bahama Films, the series Gliniarze (Polsat) has already completed 15 seasons and constantly breaks viewing records.

How does the workshop look?

During the workshops, using examples, participants will learn the specifics of docuseries and how to arrange stories within this type of series. This is a genre that has its own rules. During our classes you will gain a workshop that allows you to efficiently tell stories, and create characters and dialogues that will appeal to producers, TV stations and millions of viewers. Ten-hour classes consist of a theoretical part and practical workshops.

At Bahama Films, we are constantly looking for talented screenwriters with whom we can develop current and new projects. Since 2016, more than 50 of our students have made their debuts on series produced for the leading TV station in Poland. The head writers of one of docuseries will participate in the classes as observers, and the texts sent as part of the homework will allow them to select potential scriptwriters for our projects from among students.

The workshop programme

Workshop trainer and mentor

Wiktor Piątkowski
Screenwriter, producer, lecturer and owner of Bahama Films.

Wiktor Piątkowski created and co-wrote HBO’s first original series produced in Poland (Wataha) and the first Polish romantic comedy produced by Netflix (Squared Love). Over the last 11 years he has worked as showrunner, head writer, screenwriter and producer on various shows (crime series, soap operas, scripted reality, period dramas, sitcom), with more than 1000 hours of TV produced). A sitcom he co-created and co-wrote, Just Push Abuba, premiered in 2018 on ZDF. Wiktor is the head writer of the first Polish TV series produced by Viaplay (Murderesses), the first co-production between Canal+ and Polsat (Sortownia) and the first political thriller series produced by Polsat (Vote of no Confidence). Wiktor’s filmography includes, among others, the feature films Heart Parade (Netflix) and Holidays Backwards (which he also produced), and the TV series War Girls.

Wiktor graduated from the Polish National Film School in Łódź, the Warsaw School of Economics, and Warsaw University (psychology), and is an alumnus of Serial Eyes (organized by the Deutsche Film and Fernsehakademie Berlin, and the London Film School), European TV Drama Series Lab, European Showrunner Training, and Racconti and Berlinale Talents. He has participated in many screenwriting courses, led by, among others Syd Field, John Truby, Robert McKee, Linda Seger, Dov Simens, Glen Benest and Sammy Montana. The list of his mentors includes James V. Hart (Dracula, Hook, Contact), Frank Spotnitz (The X Files, The Man in the High Castle), Graham Yost (Speed, Justified) and Jeff Melvoin (Northern Exposure, Designated Survivor, Killing Eve).

Wiktor Piątkowski is also a member of SEAN, the Dirty Dozen Collective, the Polish Filmmakers Association (SFP) and the Polish Screenwriters’ Guild. He has a PhD in television marketing, runs screenwriting workshops in Poland and abroad, and manages Bahama Films, an independent production company based in Warsaw.

Program terms:​

Saturday, 4.02.2023, 10.00-20.00.

Place of the meeting:

Docuseries​

Thematic workshop

600 pln

Attention! Signup slots are allocated according to the order of payments received. In the case of a larger number of applications than available places in the group, we reserve the right to carry out an additional selection of participants.