Jür­gen Seid­ler


Jür­gen Seid­ler is a wri­ter, script con­sul­tant, pro­du­cer and lec­tu­rer at dffb.

Jür­gen stu­di­ed Poli­tics, Socio­lo­gy and Ger­man lan­guage in Frei­burg and Ber­lin, and took a Diplo­ma in Poli­ti­cal Sci­ence in 1982. He work­ed as a Free­lan­ce jour­na­list for Ber­lin news­pa­pers. Moving to Zürich he stu­di­ed direc­ting at the Actors Aca­de­my Zürich and obtai­ned a Diplo­ma in direc­ting 1988.

Back in Ber­lin he foun­ded his first film pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny, pro­du­cing and direc­ting docu­men­ta­ries and fic­tion films for cine­ma and broad­cas­ters in Ger­ma­ny and the UK.

Jür­gen Seid­ler was an assistant pro­fes­sor in the depart­ment for film and TV pro­duc­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty for Film and TV in Pots­dam-Babels­berg from 1994 to 1997. Recei­ving a DAAD scho­lar­ship he moved for some month to the UCLA to stu­dy script con­sul­ting, direc­ting and pro­du­cing.

1997 he gra­dua­ted at the EAVE Media pro­gram­me. Sin­ce 2009 he is con­stant­ly hired as lec­tu­rer and men­tor at the Ber­lin based dffb, main­ly for the script wri­ting and pro­duc­tion depart­ment.

He was head of stu­dy at “Baby­lon Inter­na­tio­nal”, a trai­ning pro­gram­me for Euro­pean and Afri­can film­ma­ker, finan­ced by the EU Media Pro­gram and the Nige­ri­an Film Cor­po­ra­ti­on.

In 1999 Jür­gen foun­ded Script House and heads the com­pa­ny as a mana­ging direc­tor sin­ce then. He built Script House to a high­ly recom­men­ded agen­cy for script deve­lo­p­ment in Ger­ma­ny and Euro­pe. Jür­gen con­tri­bu­ted to num­e­rous films and TV series as a script edi­tor, wri­ter and pro­du­cer.

In 2012 he was hired by nova film as an employ­ed seni­or pro­du­cer for a long run­ning Ger­man TV series. In 2014 and 2015 he was part of a wri­ters room at Saxo­nia TV pro­duc­tion. He wro­te num­e­rous epi­so­des for a Ger­man TV series.

In 2014 the script „Piz­za Kabul“, deve­lo­ped with Jür­gen, recei­ved the Ger­man script award.  The movie „Der Kreis“ co-writ­ten by Jür­gen, recei­ved the Ber­li­na­le Pan­ora­ma Ted­dy award 2014, as well as the Swiss film and script award 2015.

Jür­gen is a mem­ber of Euro­pean Film Aca­de­my.