The German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB), founded in 1966, is one of the most prominent film schools in Europe. Concentrating on the essential crafts of filmmaking, the school offers five specializations in Screenwriting, Cinematrography, Directing, Producing and Editing/Sound. The DFFB is a place where young filmmakers from Germany and abroad come together to tell stories and make creative and innovative films. Prominent DFFB graduates include Helke Sander, Christian Petzold, Angela Schanelec, Wolfgang Becker, Lars Kraume and Emily Atef. With its internationally oriented education programmes Serial Eyes, NEXT WAVE and UP.GRADE as well as the Filmnetzwerk Berlin, the DFFB also offers attractive opportunities for specialisation and networking.

In September, our new professional training programme NEXT WAVE, 
focussed on  in 21st-century film markets, starts. The programme runs for 9 months and covers sales, distribution, curatorship, marketing and audience engagement.

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We congratulate Reinhard Hauff on his 80th birthday and wish him all the best, great health and a wonderful party! The television maker, cinema director and honorary prize winner of the German Film Award left a lasting influence on the DFFB, established during his tenure from 1993 to 2005. Under the slogan “LOW BUDGET – …

„Go where the fear is!“

An interview with Linus de Paoli (director) and Anna de Paoli (producer and Head of Production Studies at DFFB) by Tanja C. Krainhöfer – – – – – With their collective “Schattenkante” they bring daring cinema from Germany into the world. If need be, even without support and station help: Their new film A YOUNG MAN …


DFFB films you should know

At DFFB, around 120 films – including 15 feature films – are developed, produced and edited every year. They travel to around 200 film festivals worldwide. In 2018, they won prizes in 25 festivals.

Here you can find a selection of three to four DFFB films which are either brand new or are currently traveling to the most important festivals worldwide.