Blogposts in June 2015:

Studio Hamburg Young Talents Prize for Micah Magee

DFFB graduate Micah Magee was awarded the Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis (Young Talents Prize) for Best Screenplay yesterday in Hamburg for her degree film “Petting Zoo”.

Further information in German here

Published on June 24, 2015

FILM AUS PAPIER (FILMS MADE OF PAPER) Vol. I: successful premiere of screenplay reading at Sputnik Kino

Around one hundred people came together in Sputnik Kino’s cosy bar to listen to the gripping, humorous and reflective texts, most of which were presented as staged readings. Students from the dffb’s 2015/16 Screenwriting Academy graduating class have joined forces as Schreibkollektiv Q3 (Q3 Writing Collective) and are organising monthly screenplay and prose readings in conjunction with Sputnik Kino, entitled FILM AUS PAPIER (FILMS MADE OF PAPER).

In addition to screenwriters from the graduating class, the readings also always include guests from other years. The launch on Wednesday, 10th June 2015 was a roaring success.
Further readings:

Always on a Wednesday: 8th July | 12th Aug. | 9th Sept. | 14th Oct. | 11th Nov. | 9th Dec. 2015
At 8.30 p.m. in the Sputnik Kino bar.
Free entrance.
Sputnik, Kino am Südstern, Hasenheide 54, 10967 Berlin
More information at:

Published on June 18, 2015

2015 Graduates

23 production, directing, cinematography and screenwriting graduates were awarded their degree certificates on Saturday along with this year’s SERIAL EYES participants in a graduation ceremony at Kino Babylon Mitte.

(c) dffb/Christian Schulz

Cinematographer and director Elfi Mikesch presented the graduates with a quote from director Federico Fellini as they set out into the world: “To make intelligent mistakes is a great art”. Elfi Mikesch underlined that there is nothing wrong with making mistakes even after leaving film school, and indeed that mistakes are in a sense a must in order to learn from these as part of the creative process.

The Major Minors once again provided the musical accompaniment for the graduation ceremony.

This was followed in the evening by the dffb summer party at Gretchen, giving graduates, their relatives and friends as well as dffb students, staff and lecturers a chance to celebrate together.

Many thanks go to our sponsors for the summer party, Budweiser and Brezel Bar.

Published on June 15, 2015

Award for David Nawrath and Paul Salisbury

David Nawrath and Paul Salisburg have won the Emden Screenplay Award at the Emden-Norderney International Film Festival for their screenplay “Atlas”.

The award comes with 10,000 prize money: Jakob Weets, the award’s sponsor, was on the spot in Emden on Friday to present the screenwriters with their prize during the award ceremony.

The jury statement:
David Nawrath and Paul Salisbury’s screenplay “Atlas” looks with acute precision at a milieu that is not often talked about in films. Evictions, foreigners, precarious work–all anything but sexy. “Atlas” however never becomes pushy in recounting this and also avoids slipping into cliché. “Atlas” is a screenplay that has much in common its main character, Walter, making do with just a few words, and expressing and capturing all the more for that very reason. “Atlas” has such an intelligent dramaturgical construction and displays such a firm grasp of the screenwriter’s craft that is simply must be filmed. We are looking forward to the world premiere–coming soon to the Emden-Norderney International Film Festival.

Published on June 10, 2015

Fokus dffb on 12th June

Coming up once again next week: the dffb is hosting FOKUS dffb, the annual industry meeting.

Students and graduates from the dffb will be presenting their degree and debut film projects. SERIAL EYES participants will be pitching their serial projects.

A film programme with a hand-picked selection of current dffb films will screen in the cinema.

The programme from 12th June can be consulted here: Programm Fokus dffb pdf

Registration is required if you wish to attend the FOKUS dffb industry meeting. Please contact Mona Katawi ( if you are interested in attending.

Published on June 05, 2015