Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin

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The German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb ) is a film school, which is run as a non-profit with the State of Berlin as the sole shareholder. It was founded in 1966 in the Federal Republic of Germany. The dffb is located together with the Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art eV, the Kino Arsenal and the German Film Archive - Museum for Film and Television in the movie house at the Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz.


The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Willy Brandt, the Academy opened on 17 September 1966 in the rooms of the house of the SFB Germany. In less successful movies of the postwar period, the promotion of young talent should now come into play. The dffb was in the founding period greatly influenced by the political turmoil of the time the late 60s and is regarded as a typical Berlin construct. Already in the following year after the foundation came Student Union and Directorate increasingly together. The will to political agitation was clearly in the foreground. In the 1970s, the dffb then acquired mainly through documentaries recognition. Only in the 1980s played the narrative feature film a greater role.

In 1993, the operation of " professionalized " under the new leadership of Reinhard Hauff in that one stronger worked with television and film productions. Among the courses of study directing and cinematography were added screenwriting and production.

From January 2006 to July 2009 was Hartmut Bitomsky director of dffb. Since September 2010, the dffb is directed by Jan Schütte. His controversial leadership led in November 2011 to a mass resignation of the student council.


Per year, the dffb up to twelve places for training in directing, up to six places in -camera, and up to eight places in specialist production. The selection for the occupation of places in a multi -stage selection process. At the beginning of the course, students must have attained the age of 21.

One of the basic principles of dffb 's film can not be taught, film you can only learn. There is a two-year basic education for all faculties, in which all students, regardless of whether the camera, producing or directing each performing different tasks like camera and directing, must meet as film production line. Only after the study is divided into the individual faculties. The attached script Academy is linked to the first half year with the other students before they completely focused on the screenplay.

Focus of the Academy is the very practice -oriented studies. The lecturers come from different countries, 90 % of them are freelance. The intensive cooperation with broadcasters arise feature-length films and documentaries in co-production.


Is financed by the Film Academy of the Berlin Senate and the federal government, meanwhile, the Academy has further access to sources of funds in the form of donations and tuition fees. A unique result of the politicization phase was the ( to the closed resignation of the student council in November 2011) tripartite composition of the committees; This distinguished the dffb of all comparable film schools.


In the film, university ranking of the news magazine Focus ( Issue 22 /2006) the dffb together with the international film school cologne and the KHM Cologne, with 76 out of 100 points took the second place, according to the Film Academy Baden- Württemberg (78 points). In addition to the reputation of the university, the care situation of students, the technical equipment and the number of prizes won were an evaluation criterion.

Helene Black Price

The long -time secretary of the dffb, Helene Black (* 1927), Treasurer of the Society and student counselor, is named after the Helene Black Prize, which was launched to mark the 40th anniversary of the dffb to life. The prize is awarded for outstanding film productions since 2006 every two years.

Graduates and students ( selection)

  • Thomas Arslan (born 1962 ), German -Turkish film director and screenwriter
  • Milena Baisch (* 1976), German author
  • Wolfgang Becker (born 1954 ), German film director
  • Ingo J. Biermann (born 1978 ), German filmmaker
  • Hartmut Bitomsky (* 1942), German author and filmmaker
  • Detlev Buck (born 1962 ), German actor and director
  • Richard Claus (* 1950), German film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor
  • Jonas Dorn Bach ( * 1978 ), German film producer
  • Sebastian Edschmid (* 1965), German cameraman
  • Harun Farocki ( b. 1944 ), German filmmaker and author
  • Hendrik Handloegten (* 1968), German film director
  • Christoph Heller ( born 1981 ), German film director and producer
  • Jakob Hilpert (* 1966), German writer and director
  • Dennis Jacobsen (born 1976 ), German film director
  • Oliver Jahn ( b. 1969 ), German film director and actor
  • Tom Kimmig (* 1968), German documentary filmmaker and cinematographer
  • Dieter Koester ( b. 1947 ), German film director and cinematographer
  • Ingo Kratisch (* 1945), German cameraman
  • Lars Kraume (* 1973), German film director and screenwriter
  • Chris Kraus ( * 1963), German film director
  • Bernd Löhr (* 1962), German film director and cinematographer
  • Pia Marais (born 1971 ), director and screenwriter
  • Michael Meert (* 1953), German film director
  • Holger Meins (1941-1974), German filmmaker and painter
  • Hakan Savaş Mican (* 1978), German -Turkish filmmaker
  • Eoin Moore ( born 1968 ), German film director
  • Reinhard Münster (* 1955), German film director
  • Rafael Fuster Pardo ( born 1951 ), Catalan film director
  • Cristina Perincioli ( b. 1946 ), Swiss media producer and writer
  • Wolfgang Petersen ( born 1941 ), German film director
  • Christian Petzold (* 1960), German film director
  • Nesrin Samdereli (* 1979), German filmmaker and author
  • Günther Sand (1941-1989), German graphic artist
  • Helke Sander ( born 1937 ), German filmmaker and author
  • Clean Werner (1947-1975), Swiss photographer and filmmaker
  • Angela Schanelec (* 1962), German actress and film director
  • Einar Schleef (1944-2001), German writer, painter, photographer, theater maker, director, stage designer, graphic artist and actor
  • Daniel Schmid (1941-2006), Swiss director
  • Uwe Schrader (born 1954 ), German film director
  • Uli M Schueppel (* 1958), German music and documentary
  • David Sieveking (* 1977), German director and documentary filmmaker
  • Hannes Stoehr (born 1970 ), German film director
  • Gisela Tuchtenhagen (* 1943), German cinematographer, editor and filmmaker
  • Sören Voigt (* 1968), German film director and screenwriter