Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)

German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB)

Full member

Basic facts

Complete Name and Acronym (in original language):
Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Complete Name and Acronym (in English language):
German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB)
Year of Foundation:
Year of Admission as CILECT Member:
Year of Receiving a State Accreditation:
Agency (-ies) Who Awarded the State Accreditation:
Name of Director:
Ben Gibson
Address :
Potsdamer Str. 2

Mission & Strategy

The DFFB is a well-established film academy (founded in 1966). As one of Germany’s oldest film schools it has a long tradition of training creative film industry professionals. Working on a relatively small budget, the DFFB succeeds in striking the right balance between training in the artistic dimension of filmmaking and fostering a commercial understanding in students which can also be seen in the exceptional and extremely professional films by our students.

Its strong links with the European film industry make it well-placed to bring together film students from across the continent, the DFFB has kept pace with the times and its courses are tailor-made to prepare students to work in today’s film and television industry. The DFFB adopts a pioneering approach to practice-based film training. The DFFB’s professional level courses are structured to focus on the key tools of the trade in filmmaking: directing, scriptwriting, production and cinematography. The DFFB also sets particular store by the vital creative aspects of filmmaking.
Throughout the entire course there is a particular emphasis on fostering the development of each student’s individual signature style in their chosen field of study, a crucial aspect of preparing graduates for their subsequent careers in film or television. 25% of the students come from outside Germany.

All the courses are taught by a rotating team of international film industry professionals (around 100 per year), who work with the students for seminars lasting from 1-6 weeks. This gives students a unique opportunity to benefit from the experience and knowledge of these teachers. New modules are offered each year, keeping the course fresh and right at the cutting edge of the film business.

The DFFB has operated a number of exchanges and partnerships with international institutions, organisations and schools, including La fémis (Paris), FAMU (Prague), the London Film School, the Tel Aviv University and the California Institute of the Arts and the Columbia University in the United States. In all its activities the DFFB aims to highlight the value of the school in the European and international industry context, to promote professional technical and creative skills in its graduates and to connect the school more effectively to current practice around the world, both in teaching terms and in the film industry. It offers a unique blend of artistic training and a clear commercial focus.

The DFFB runs two Media financed post graduate programmes: SERIAL EYES Europe’s first postgraduate 8-month full time programme focused on serial drama writing and production (, and UP.GRADE, an intense 9-month full-time postgraduate European programme for colour grading (


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Degree areas

Cinematography (4-6 years, Full-Time)
Directing (4-6 years, Full-Time)
Producing ( 4-5 years, Full-Time)
Scriptwriting (3 years, Full-Time)

Non-degree courses

Basic Short Courses
(for students with a high Institution diploma ONLY):
Post-Graduate Training
(for students with a B.A degree):
Post-Graduate Training
(for students with an M.A or M.F.A. degree):
Advanced Training of Professionals:

Student incentives

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research per year:
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Professors (incl. Full, Associate & Adjunct):
Teaching Assistants:
Industry Professionals:
Administrative Staff:
Technical Staff:

Key teaching staff (Tenure Staff and/or Industry Professionals)

Key guest lecturers (Visiting for Masterclasses, Seminars, Workshops, etc.)

Facilities, equipment & production


Library & Film/DVD Archive:

Number of Volumes
Professional Films on DVD, Blu-Ray, etc. (Total):

Technical Facilities:

Number and Square Meters
Example: 2*30 sq.m.
Computer Auditoriums:
1*38 sq.m.
TV Studios:
1*134,72 sq. m.
Editing Studios:
10*16 sq.m., 1*22 sq.m.
Sound Studios (recording, editing, mixing, foley):
1*26 sq.m., 1*10 sq.m.
Music Recording Studios:
1*51 sq.m., 1*32 sq.m.
Visual Effects Studios:
1*13 sq.m.
Film Labs:
1*26sq.m., 1*10 sq.m.
Screening Halls (with capacity less than 50 people):
seminar rooms with beamer
Screening Halls (with capacity between 50-350 people):
one cinema, 75 sq.m., 62
Screening Halls (with capacity more than 350 people):

Camera Equipment:

Number and Type
Example: 3*Canon EOS 6D, 5*ARRI D21
Film Cameras 35 mm:
1* N35 BL4 ARRI
Film Cameras 16 mm:
4* S16mm SR3, 3*NS and 1*HS ARRI
Digital Cinema Cameras:
2* Alexa, 2*Amira ARRI
HD Cameras:
10* 7D DSLR Canon, 6* EX3 Sony, 2* PDW700 Sony
SD Cameras:
2 PD150

Editing Stations :

Number and Type
Example: 2*AVID
1*Steenbeck 16/35mm, 2* Steenbeck 16mm
4* Avid MediaComposer, 7* Apple FinalCutPro

Sound Equipment:

Number and Type
Example: 2*Sennheiser Mic
Basic Field Recording Equipment:
7* 744T Sounddevice, 4* nH4 Zoom

Visual Effects Stations:

Number and Type
Example: 2*Apple iMac

Production Design Equipment:

Number and Square Meters
Example: 2*20 sq.m.

Total Annual Production:

16 mm:
ca. 40h
ca. 260h
ca. 600h

International research/creative/pedagogical collaboration


Strategic alliances with the industry

New research

Past successful graduates

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