Admis­sions Pause: Look­ing at the Future of the DFFB

We would like to inform you about an impor­tant devel­op­ment at the DDFB: We will not be admit­ting any new stu­dents dur­ing the win­ter semes­ter of 2024/​25. This means that there will not be an appli­ca­tion process start­ing this fall. We under­stand that this news comes as a sur­prise to many, but we made this deci­sion for the good of all cur­rent and future stu­dents.


               Plan­ning ahead for a bet­ter Study Expe­ri­ence

The DFFB has big plans: In 2025, we are sched­uled to move to our new premis­es in the Berlin Decks in Moabit. These premis­es will offer us gen­er­ous office and sem­i­nar spaces, two cin­e­mas, two stu­dios, a large tech­ni­cal ware­house, and mod­ern post-pro­duc­tion work­sta­tions. Study­ing and mak­ing films at the DFFB will be a whole new expe­ri­ence!

Our deci­sion to delay appli­ca­tions was made with a lot of thought. The first year of study at the DFFB is very inten­sive. Each stu­dent cre­ates a short film in spring/​summer, and a total of 32 short films are pro­duced. The suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of these first-year films is foun­da­tion­al – what stu­dents learn dur­ing this time forms the basis for the rest of their DFFB stud­ies. For this first year to be suc­cess­ful, we need opti­mal con­di­tions for film­ing and post-pro­duc­tion. Because of this large move, we can­not guar­an­tee stu­dents an opti­mal envi­ron­ment for the smooth pre-pro­duc­tion, pro­duc­tion, and post-pro­duc­tion of their films.

It is very impor­tant to us to not com­prise on our high edu­ca­tion­al stan­dards. These stan­dards are exem­pli­fied by the DFFB stu­dents’ par­tic­i­pa­tion is many inter­na­tion­al film fes­ti­vals in 2023, such as the Berli­nale (GERANIEN by Tan­ja Egen), Cannes (IL COMPLEANNO DI ENRICO by Francesco Sos­sai), Locarno (AS IF MOTHER CRIED THAT NIGHT by Hoda Taheri and SLIMANE by Car­los Pereira), Venice (SENTIMENTAL STORIES by Xan­dra Popes­cu) and Toron­to (ARTHUR & DIANA by Sara Sum­ma).


               Next Appli­ca­tion Oppor­tu­ni­ty

The appli­ca­tion process at the DFFB takes sev­er­al months. This process usu­al­ly begins in the fall; suc­cess­ful appli­cants then begin their stud­ies the fol­low­ing win­ter semes­ter. To ensure that the next gen­er­a­tion of young and tal­ent­ed film­mak­ers has a suc­cess­ful first year at the DFFB, we are open­ing our next appli­ca­tion peri­od in the fall of 2024. This means that incom­ing stu­dents for the win­ter semes­ter of 2025/​26 will be able to begin their DFFB careers at our won­der­ful new cam­pus!

We would like to sin­cere­ly thank you for your under­stand­ing. Togeth­er, we are shap­ing a promis­ing future for the DFFB!


               Open House Day

The upcom­ing Open House will take place on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 18, 2023, and will be an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn more about the DFFB. We are sure that a vis­it to the DFFB will be worth­while, even if the appli­ca­tion process only takes place the fol­low­ing year.

  • Film Pro­gram: Come by and watch a pro­gram of DFFB short and fea­ture films in our cin­e­ma!
  • Stu­dent Advis­ing: Get to know our lec­tur­ers at the stu­dent advis­ing ses­sions!
  • Q&A: Get insights into the cre­ative work of our alum­ni and their expe­ri­ences at the DFFB dur­ing mod­er­at­ed talks!
  • Net­work­ing: Get to know our stu­dents, fac­ul­ty, and staff. Learn first-hand what sets our acad­e­my apart and what oppor­tu­ni­ties it can offer you!
  • Pre­view: Get a pre­view of our new space and your future school!


If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact our sup­port at bewerbung.​support@​dffb.​de.