Blogposts in February 2013:

Special Mention for CHIRALIA

The jury of the FGYO “Dialogue en perspective” prize gave a Special Mention to CHIRALIA by Santiago Gil (Screenplay: Santiago Gil / David Möhring, DOP: Carmen Treichl, Production: France Orsenne).


More information about the prize here

And about the film here and on Facebook

Published on February 16, 2013

Award for Chris Kraus

The 25,000 Euro Thomas Strittmatter Scriptwriting Prize was awarded this year to Chris Kraus and his screenplay “Die Blumen von gestern” (AT).

The Baden Württemberg Scriptwriting Prize was renamed in honour of Thomas Strittmatter on 13th February 2008, at the award ceremony marking its 10th anniversary. In 2013 the jury found the ideal award-winner, with all the qualities Jan Schütte cited in his laudatio for Thomas Strittmatter at that historic ceremony five years ago: a scriptwriter who tells the fascinating hidden stories of this country, observing attentively, with irony and humour.

The jury awarded the 2013 Thomas Strittmatter Prize to a screenplay that does not spare us as we once again confront dark chapters from the past, yet never depicts events as simply black or white; a screenplay that is enormously entertaining, although at times our laughter sticks in our throats; this romantic comedy with its impressive storytelling presents a crystal-clear analysis of how the NS past is dealt with today.

More information about the prize here

Published on February 15, 2013

DFFB Berlinale Reception

Our Berlinale reception was held last night in conjunction with the London Film School in our café tucked under the Sony Center’s roof.

From left to right: Bodo Knapheide (DFFB), Ben Gibson (LFS), Jan Schütte (DFFB) and Ira Deutchman (Columbia University)

Students, partners, friends, lecturers and staff from both film schools raised their glasses in a special toast to the four DFFB films screening at the Berlinale.

Celebrating together with us: the London Film School (LFS), an important partner school for the DFFB, is currently running a distribution workshop, MAKING WAVES, at the DFFB.

Published on February 14, 2013

Speaking Images: The Cinematographers' Perspective

On Sunday Jan Schütte moderated a debate at the Berlinale Talent Campus. On the panel with him were DOP Matthew Libatique (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) and DOP Philippe Le Sourd (A Good Year, Seven Pounds), who has just created the cinematography for Wong Kar Wai’s new film The Grandmaster.

Published on February 12, 2013

OH BOY piles up the prizes

The German Film Critics Association awarded the 2012 German Film Critics’ Award today in Berlin: “Oh Boy” by Jan Ole Gerster won the awards for Best First Feature and Best Film Score.

Published on February 11, 2013

Couchsurfing the Berlinale

For the third year in a row the DFFB’s students invited visitors to COUCHSURFING THE BERLINALE.

25 film students from all over Europe – Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Austria – are the guests of 25 DFFB students and sleep on their Berlin hosts’ couches during their stay.

Berlin’s Tagesspiegel also reported on this initiative (article in German): Berlinale Nachwuchs: Junge Filmemacher auf der Couch

Published on February 11, 2013

DFFB Alumni auf der Berlinale

In addition to the four DFFB films screening at the festival, three 2012 degree films will be showcased in the German Cinema – LOLA@Berlinale sidebar:
the award-winning documentary BERG FIDEL by Hella Wenders, Jan-Ole Gerster’s portrait of a generation, OH BOY, which has also already received a whole host of prizes, and the drama DIE VERMISSTEN (REPORTED MISSING) by Jan Speckenbach.

Both German Competition entries are also by DFFB alumni: GOLD (Director: Thomas Arslan) and LAYLA FOURIE (Director: Pia Marais).

In addition, Lars Kraume’s new film MEINE SCHWESTERN (MY SISTERS) is screening in the Panorama Section, HALBSCHATTEN (EVERYDAY OBJECTS) by Nicolas Wackerbarth is part of the Forum programme and David Sieveking’s VERGISS MEIN NICHT (FORGET ME NOT) screens in the German Cinema – LOLA@Berlinale sidebar.

Published on February 10, 2013

Jan Speckenbach wins Young Filmmakers’ Prize

Jan Speckenbach wins Young Filmmakers’ Prize
DFFB graduate Jan Speckenbach has been awarded the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship” at this year’s Berlinale for his new treatment DAS KLOPFEN DER STEINE (THE SOUND OF STONES).

Die Jury mit dem Preisträger v.l.n.r. Hans-Christian Schmid, Jan Speckenbach, Heino Deckert, Nicolette Krebitz

The jury with the award-winner (from left to right) Hans-Christian Schmid, Jan Speckenbach, Heino Deckert, Nicolette Krebitz
The 15,000 € prize, sponsored by Glashütte Original, seeks to support young German directors working on content, script and project development.

Published on February 09, 2013

Four films at the Berlinale

This year we have 4 films in the Berlinale programme!
The festival starts tomorrow and our filmmakers are raring to go:

Screening in the Berlinale Forum Section

SIENIAWKA by Marcin Malaszczak

And in the Berlinale – German Cinema Perspective

CHIRALIA by Santiago Gil

Here are the links to the press kits:

Pressemappe CHIRALIA

Published on February 07, 2013


The moment we’ve all been waiting for:
The opening of Brigitte Lacombe’s exhibition ON SET WITH SCORSESE in the DFFB café.

Brigitte Lacombe, renowned for her striking, very personal portraits of stars of the silver screen, has had a close working relationship with Martin Scorsese for many years. She has been intimately involved in many of his films as the set photographer on productions ranging from SHUTTER ISLAND to GANGS OF NEW YORK and THE AVIATOR, to cite just a few examples.

ON SET WITH SCORSESE showcases photographs reflecting this collaboration.

World-famous photographer Brigitte Lacombe is presenting selected works from her oeuvre for the first time in Germany in the solo show ON SET WITH SCORSESE.

The exhibition will run to 15th June, and is open Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Brigitte Lacombe, bekannt für ihre beeindruckend-persönlichen Star-Porträts, ist eine enge und langjährige Weggefährtin von Martin Scorsese. Als Set-Fotografin begleitete sie viele seiner Filme von SHUTTER ISLAND über GANGS OF NEW YORK bis hin zu THE AVIATOR, um nur ein paar wenige zu nennen.

In der Ausstellung ON SET WITH SCORSESE präsentiert Lacombe nun Aufnahmen dieser Zusammenarbeit.

Erstmalig in Deutschland zeigt die weltberühmte Fotografin Brigitte Lacombe in der Einzelausstellung ON SET WITH SCORSESE ausgewählte Werke ihres Schaffens.

Die Ausstellung ist bis 15. Juni von 10-17 Uhr geöffnet.

Published on February 02, 2013