Blogposts in January 2017:

Alexandra Balteanu Wins Two Prizes at the Max Ophüls Prize Festival

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VANATOARE (Director: Alexandra Balteanu, Screenplay: Xandra Popescu, Cinematography: Matan Radin, Production: Stanislav Danylyshyn) has won the Ecumenical Jury Award and the Film Prize of the Minister President of the Saarland in the category Best Director at the 38th Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival!

The Film Prize of the Minister President of the Saarland is awarded for an outstanding directorial achievement in the Feature Film Competition and is endowed with 5,500 Euro. The prize is supplemented by distribution funding to the tune of 5,500 Euro.

A snippet from the jury statement:

“The direction is honest, precise, dramatic, funny and strikingly credible. The camera follows the protagonists through snapshots of their lives (…)”

The INTERFILM und SIGNIS Ecumenical Jury Award is endowed with 2,500 Euro and is awarded jointly by two Saarland-based Catholic and Protestant organisations promoting adult education (Katholische Erwachsenenbildung Saarland-Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft e.V. and Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft für Evangelische Erwachsenenbildung im Saarland e.V., represented by the Evangelische Akademie im Saarland.)

An excerpt from the jury statement:

“There are plenty of things about this film that don’t give viewers an easy ride: many dialogues (sometimes in a foreign language), many scenes shot with a hand-held camera, concentrating doggedly and at length on the events unfolding, refined sound design(…)“

Published on January 30, 2017

Save The Date - Berlinale Reception Hosted by Screenwriters' Collective Q3

Screenwriters’ Collective Q3 invites you to their 2017 Berlinale Reception 2017!

Come along for a coffee and find out more about projects developed by the DFFB Screenwriting Academy’s alumni on Friday, 10th February 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the DFFB, Room 9/1 at Potsdamer Platz 2, right at the top of the Filmhaus.

Save the date!

Das Schreibkollektiv Q3
Julia Penner
Jonas Lindt
Sandra Stöckmann
Jonas Zimmermann
Jasmina Wesolowski
Sabina Gröner
Gesa Scheibner

Published on January 27, 2017

Apply now for Serial Eyes and Up.Grade

As of now you can apply for our postgraduate programmes SERIAL EYES and UP.GRADE:

SERIAL EYES prepares the next generation of European TV writer-producers to bring first-class serialized storytelling to the television screen.
Website Serial Eyes
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Deadline for applications and scholarships: March 1st 2017
Final Deadline applications April: 1st 2017

UP.GRADE is the first European postgraduate programme in colour grading.
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Deadline for applications and scholarship: February 12th 2017
Final Deadline applications: February 28th 2017

Published on January 25, 2017

The DFFB Film Festival Starts Today at Eiszeitkino

Current productions and international festival successes will be shown in an exclusive student-curated screening series from 20th-22nd January 2017 in the Eiszeit Kino

Friday, 20th. January 2017

8 p.m.: Opening
Followed by:
Zwischen uns das Meer mit An der Tür und Schwarzer Panther

Saturday, 21st. January 2017
3 p.m.
Breaking Walls mit The House in the envelope und Zhaleika

3.15 p.m.
Docs unterwegs mit Coming of Age, Hotel der Diktatoren und Spuge

5.45 p.m.
Finger in die Wunde mit Ein proletarisches Wintermärchen und Komm und Spiel

6 p.m.
Die Welt zu Hause mit Das Geschenk und Das merkwürdige Kätzchen

8.15 p.m.
Catch the Thrill mit Berlin Troika und Die Frau hinter der Wand

8.30 p.m.
Berlin über Kopf mit Der Fall, Geschützter Raum, Nicht zu früh nicht zu spät, Pass, Wada

Sunday, 22nd. January 2016
3 p.m.
Dreikäsehoch mit Beschwerden eines Jünglings, Biester, Irgendwo anders, Meral Kizim, Prinz Alfred

3.15 p.m.
Zwischen uns das Meer mit An der Tür und Schwarzer Panther

5.30 p.m.
Sideways mit Poema del Dia und The Green Triangle

6 p.m.
Freihand mit Death & Maiden, Hochzeitsvorbereitungen auf dem Land, Masha Natasha, Shoes from Trieste

8.15 p.m.
Verrückte Liebe mit Die Raumfahrer und Violently Happy

8.30 p.m.
Kaleidoskop mit It´s dark in the city, 8848, What happens in your brain if you see a german word like…?, Colophon und Kill me with a kiss.

The film programmes will be presented by DFFB alumni and lecturers, including Sol Bondy, Tara Biere, Michael Hammon, Bastian Günther, Micah Magee, Jan Speckenbach, Armin Dierolf, Hendrik Handloegten, Karsten Aurich, Hella Wenders, Eva Stotz, Britta Wauer.

The programme was curated by a group of students, who arranged the films into thematic programmes.

The full programme brochure is available here.

Tickets will be on sale during the festival weekend in the EISZEIT KINO: 5 Euro for a single ticket, 20 Euro for a one-day pass and 36 Euro for a festival pass for all three days.

Published on January 20, 2017

PETTING ZOO and FADO nominated for the 2016 German Film Critics Awards

The news is just out today: two DFFB degree films are among the 27 films nominated for the German Film Critics Awards:

Petting Zoo (Director/Screenplay: Micah Magee, Cinematography: Armin Dierolf, Production: Friederike Steinbeck, Johan Carlsen), is competing with four other films in the Best First Feature Film category and

FADO (Director/Screenplay:Jonas Rothlaender, Screenplay: Sebastian Bleyl, K: Alexander Haßkerl, Production: Luis Singer, Dennis Schanz, Ole Lohmann, Tara Biere) has been nominated in 3 categories (Best Feature Film, Best First Feature Film and Best Actress - Luise Heyer).

With a tradition reaching back over more than 60 years, the German Film Critics Award is the only German film prize awarded exclusively by film critics. It does not apply economic, regional or political criteria, but is awarded solely in the light of artistic merit. It is organised by the Verband der Deutschen Filmkritik e.V. (German Film Critics Association).

The award ceremony will be held on 13th February at this year’s Berlinale and we are already keeping our fingers crossed for both film teams!

Published on January 10, 2017

Apply for UP.GRADE now

We want you for UP.GRADE 2017/2018!

The application process for the third year has started.

UP.GRADE - Colouring Tomorrow is an intense 9-month full-time postgraduate European programme for colour grading which runs from June 2017 until February 2018 and is organised by the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB).

Visit our new application website UP.GRADE and send in your application.
Here’s the direct link to our application plattform.

Please be aware of the following deadlines:

Deadline for scholarships: 12th February 2017
Final deadline: 28th February 2017

UP.GRADE is funded by the EU’s CREATIVE EUROPE Programme MEDIA, with additional support provided by ARRI and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Published on January 10, 2017

Passing on the baton for the FILM AUS PAPIER /FILMS MADE OF PAPER screenplay reading

There wasn’t an empty seat in the house at the latest reading in Sputnikkino, even though Christmas was looming. Another successful evening in the FILM AUS PAPIER /FILMS MADE OF PAPER reading series, created a year and a half ago by the Schreibkollektiv Q3 (Q3 Screenwriters’ Collective), a group of former DFFB screenwriting students.

Since then, together with a fantastic ensemble of actors, they have been reading scenes from their screenplays, and sometimes even entire short films or prose texts.

The Christmas reading was a great example of this: here an interfering hippy mum showing up her daughter at dinner, there a plump Sleeping Beauty wakening from her slumbers in 2017 with a bad dose of narcolepsy, then two sleepless lovers feuding at night, not to mention hefty shooting stars experimenting with battered old cuddly hamsters as fuel for their journey through the night skies.

The atmosphere was fantastic, as ever. The actors slipped right into their various roles; there was laughter and tears, and rapt attention from the audience.

But there was also something special about this reading, for at the end Schreibkollektiv Q3’s members officially passed the baton to the next class of alumni, handing over organisation of the readings to their younger colleagues.
The readings proved hugely beneficial for everyone in Schreibkollektiv Q3. They have grown more open-minded and audacious, and are now all working as professional screenwriters.
They wish just as much success to the next classes of alumni: forge alliances and tell stories, read them out, try them out in front of an audience and test their impact.
May FILM AUS PAPIER /FILMS MADE OF PAPER continue to exist for many years and become a permanent fixture.

You can find all the information about the readings here:

Published on January 04, 2017