The DFFB offers five specialist programmes of full time study in Directing, Producing, Cinematography, Editing & Sound and Screenwriting. Applications to these five specialisations are accepted in the autumn of each year for the following academic year. The entrance examinations take place in the spring; the academic year begins at the end of September.
To enrol in studies at the DFFB, candidates must go through a comprehensive application process. The DFFB invites a small proportion of applicants to attend a one-week entrance examination at the academy. This examination is overseen by an examination board.
How to apply
Applications for study are accepted every year via a process that begins in autumn for the following year (the academic year runs from September to July).
The academy’s online application process is divided by study specialisation, and it requires the submission of photos, film exercises, texts, images, and other materials. After this submission, the examination board selects the candidates who are invited to the DFFB for the entrance examination in the spring. The entrance examination includes oral, written, and practical elements. They are intended to identify an applicant’s potential as well as their practical, collaborative, and creative abilities. At the end of the process, a new class will join the DFFB for the following academic year.
Every year, 6-10 students from Germany and abroad are admitted into each specialisation. Admission to the programme depends solely on successfully passing the final entrance examinations.
Dates and deadlines:
November: Applications for the preselection process are published on the DFFB website.
December/January: open period for the online application process.
April: Applicants are informed of the decisions of the examination board, and a small number of applicants is invited to attend the entrance examinations.
May-June: Entrance examinations at the DFFB
The candidates will be informed in advance regarding the precise dates and structure of the examination week.
Applicants should be 21 years old at the beginning of their studies.
Practical experience or academic degrees in related fields are not requirements, but increase the chance of admission.
An individual candidate cannot apply more than twice for admission to the DFFB.
Please note that good written and spoken German is required to study at the DFFB.
Foreign applicants must prove their German language skills in the form of the Goethe Certificate B2 (or equivalent), which has to be presented at the beginning of the second part of the application, the examination week at DFFB in Berlin.
The written application may be submitted in English and the oral/practical examination may be conducted in English if German language skills are not sufficient by then.
Good written and spoken English-language skills are required for all candidates. English is the second language of the DFFB, and a number of seminars are taught in English by international teachers.
Directing // Cinematography // Producing // Editing/Sound:
For annual registration fees and equipment insurance, the DFFB levies a surcharge of 225,00 € per academic year. During the first four academic years, students also purchase a BVG semester ticket (participation in public transportation), which currently costs approximately 380,00 €.
The DFFB screenwriting programme is an externally funded programme, therefore students of this progamme pay different tuition fees. These fees are:
First academic year: 1.200,00 € plus fees for a BVG semester ticket
Second year of study: 750,00 € plus fees for a BVG semester ticket
Third year of study: 450,00 € plus fees for a BVG semester ticket
The BVG semester ticket costs currently 380,00 €
Information on applications 2017 and 2018 (just for inspection, please go to our current application forms to apply):