It is with a heavy heart that the DFFB says goodbye to its alumnus and former lecturer David Slama. The filmmaker died on October 15 at the age of 74.
After studying with Michael Ballhaus and Peter Stein at the DFFB in Berlin, David Slama worked as a cinematographer on more than 80 feature and television films, collaborating with Luc Bondy, Reinhard Hauff, Harun Farocki, and Martin Scorsese, among others. He is rightly considered one of the most important cinematographers in German-language film.
Parallel to his artistic work, David Slama taught at the DFFB, the University of Hamburg, the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund, and the University of Applied Sciences Hannover. In 2010, he was appointed cinematography professor at IFS Cologne. He was a member of the German Film Academy.
His enthusiasm for filmmaking and his great commitment to young filmmakers will be sorely missed.