Master Classes and Workshops

General information:

Writer/director/producer Rick Minnich teaches documentary filmmaking part-time at MET Film School Berlin.

He also offers master classes and workshops on working as an independent filmmaker. While he has some experience in narrative filmmaking, his specialty is documentary.

These events are flexible in structure and duration depending on the needs and resources of the organizers, and can range from a screening of one of his films with an extended discussion (approx. 3 hours total) to a week-long workshop on documentary filmmaking.

Rick is also available for one-on-one consultations and mentoring to help filmmakers shape their stories both BEFORE shooting and DURING the editing process.

Rick is based in Berlin, Germany, but is available for workshops and mentoring worldwide, both virtually and on location. For more information, please contact him at

Some points covered:

• What kind of story do you want to tell and how can you best tell it?

• How to follow your instincts and unveil your underlying motivations for wanting to make a film.

• Finding the creative and financial partners suitable to you and your project

• Research: What and how much?

• Shooting alone vs. with a crew

• Narration: Does your film need it? If so, what kind and how much?

• Working with home movies and/or archival footage

• Music: When, what, why, and how much? How to use music (composed or licensed) to express story elements and emotions which images and words alone cannot convey. How to work with a composer.

• Getting your finished film out there: navigating the often confusing and overwhelming world of film festivals, sales agents, distributors, and broadcasters

• Screenings of key documentaries of various genres which might help and inspire workshop participants

Latest Dates:

August 12 – October 4, 2019 Berlin, Germany
Rick will be teaching an 8-week intensive documentary film course at MET Film School Berlin, where he has been teaching part-time since 2013.

August 31 – December 14, 2017 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA)
Rick will be the “Documentary Filmmaker in Residence” at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania for the fall semester. He will be teaching an undergraduate documentary film course, and will be participitaing in several public events in the Pittsburgh area revolving around his films.

July 8 – 17, 2016 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Rick will be returning as a mentor at the Sabah Film Academy at the Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival in Malaysia.

May 31 – June 11, 2015 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Rick will be the director and dean of the Sabah Film Academy at the Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival in Malaysia.

October 16 – 20, 2012 Sibiu, Romania
Rick will be a tutor at the Doc Stories Black Sea workshop.

December 17, 2009 Beijing, China
Rick will be giving a master class on Forgetting Dad at the iDocs Conference at the Beijing Film Academy.

May 13, 2009 Warsaw, Poland
Rick will be giving a master class “How to Create a Film About Family Trauma” at the Planete Doc Film Festival.