Marina Bendocchi Alves (*1989), originally from Brazil, completed her Master’s in Serial Storytelling at the ifs international film school in Cologne and specializes in writing serialized content, in German, English, and Portuguese.
Marina has developed movies and series proposals/scripts for German production companies like Schiwago Film, G5 fiction, Bavaria Fiction, UFA Fiction. She gained experience as a staff writer on the longrunning German daily soap »Berlin – Tag & Nacht« writing 14 episodes for its 8th season, and worked as a junior producer for G5 fiction (ZDF Enterprises), assisting multiaward-winning Producer Uwe Kersken.
Marina’s screenplays have received recognition in several screenwriting competitions, e.g. Austin Film Festival, ScreenCraft Scifi & Fantasy Screenplay Contest, The Golden Script Competition, Table Read My Screenplay. Her series »Lauf, wenn du kannst« has been selected for 2020’s First Movie Plusprogram, a launch pad for young writers and producers created by the Bavarian Film Centre in Munich. Furthermore, Marina reveived a grant from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2020 to create a web series.
Before focusing on screenwriting, Marina wrote and directed a socio-critical theater play named »Shitty Shitty Plem Plem«, which was performed at the Pasinger Fabrik in Munich and is now being distributed by Zuckerhut Theaterverlag. During her Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies, Marina made several (particularly experimental) short films. »Jump Lola, jump!« and »Substage« were nominated for the AABER Award 2012 - a cultural award for young artists in Bavaria. »Substage« was selected in the Top 30 of one-minute short films at the International Film Festival Azyl (Bratislava 2012).
Marina moreover worked in the film industry as Sound Editor in films such as »Wir waren Könige« (Best Narrative Feature - Austin Film Festival 2014, MFG Star - Baden Baden TV Film Festival 2014) and »Der Bunker« (Best Picture - Fantastic Fest 2015, Best Film - Palmares Mauvais Genre Festival 2015).