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


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Three Nominations for DFFB Students at the FIRST STEPS Awards 2021

We are happy to announce three nominations for this year’s FIRST STEPS Awards. Two DFFB production students are nominated for the NO FEAR Award: Tamara Erbe for the film BABY BITCHKA (director: Anna Maria Roznowska, screenwriter: Anna Maria Roznowska & Tamara Erbe, cinematographer: Malte Siepen, production: Tamara Erbe) and Sara Fazilat for NICO (director/screenwriter: Eline …

Romania’s Submission to the Oscars: “Collective” by DFFB Graduate Alexander Nanau

For the first time, Alexander Nanau, DFFB alumnus and successful documentary filmmaker, has submitted a documentary film on behalf of his homeland Romania to compete for the Oscar for Best International Film. In his project COLLECTIVE (director: Alexander Nanau, screenwriter: Alexander Nanau and Antoaneta Opris, cinematographer: Alexander Nanau, producer: Hanka Kastelicova, Bernard Michaux, Alexander Nanau, …

German Film Critics’ Award 2020 for NACKTE TIERE and GIRAFFE

Yesterday evening, the German Film Critics Association announced the 2020 award winners. The award-winning films also include productions by two DFFB graduates: Melanie Waelde was presented with the Best First Feature Award for her film NAKED ANIMALS. The jury explained its decision with warm words: “Meanwhile, the film itself takes off and dares itself to …


At the DFFB, around 120 films — including 15 feature films — are written, directed, produced, and edited each year. They travel to around 200 film festivals worldwide and, in 2018, they won prizes in 25 festivals.

Here you can find a selection of DFFB films that are either brand new or currently travelling to the most important international festivals.