Film Academy Baden-Württemberg

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Film Academy Baden-Württemberg
founding 1991
Sponsorship state
place Coat of arms Ludwigsburg.svg Ludwigsburg
state Baden-WürttembergBaden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg
country GermanyGermany Germany
director Thomas Schadt
Students about 500
Film Academy Baden-Württemberg

The Film Academy Baden-Württemberg is a Founded in 1991 film academy in Ludwigsburg , which is run as a non-profit GmbH with the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg as the sole shareholder. Albrecht Ade was the founding director . Since 2005 it has been led by Thomas Schadt as director and managing director. The more than 450 students make around 250 films of all film genres every year . The students are looked after by over 300 professionals from the film and media industry. The Film Academy shares the campus with the affiliated animation institute, the Academy for Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg and the post-graduate training Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris .



The film academy offers the three diploma courses Film + Media, Production and Film Music + Sound Design as a four-year full course, which is divided into a two-year basic course and a two-year project course. For applicants with a bachelor's or intermediate diploma, lateral entry into project studies is generally possible. From the 2018/19 academic year, the following eight major subjects will also be offered as postgraduate courses: TV journalism, motion design, production design, interactive media, animation / animation effects producer, animation / technical director, film music and film sound / sound design.

The three courses of study are divided into different areas of specialization, some of which in turn are divided into various specializations:

FILM + MEDIA animation Animation / Effects Director

Animation / Effects Producer

Character animation

Concept artist

Effects artist

Technical Director

Image composition / camera
script Content development

Series producing

Feature film (for lateral entry)

Series (with lateral entry)

TV journalism -

Culture education science

Interactive media Transmedia / Games Artist

Transmedia / Games Director

Transmedia / Games Producer

Assembly / cut
Motion design
Production design
Scenic film
Commercial Commercial director

Promotional film producing

PRODUCTION Content development

International producing

Promotional film producing

Animation / Effects Producing *

Transmedia / Games Producer *

Commercial Producing *

Film sound / sound design

Animation institute

The animation institute was founded in 2002 as part of the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. Since then it has developed into one of the most successful and nationally and internationally most respected training centers for animation, VFX and interactive media.

The training is practice-oriented and project-related: the curriculum covers the entire spectrum of animation and the interdisciplinary exchange with all departments of the film academy is encouraged from the start. Renowned international guest lecturers organize the lessons and the institute is in constant contact with the leading film schools around the world. In particular, the graduate's graduation films regularly win prizes at major industry festivals, including the SIGGRAPH and the VES Awards. The institute's alumni begin their careers, for example, in international media companies and well-known studios. Others set up their own companies, often on the basis of concepts they developed during their studies.

As an annual highlight, the animation institute has held the FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media since 1994 . The English-language non-profit event is considered the most influential European conference on the creation, production and distribution of digital entertainment and brings the most important players in the industry to Stuttgart every spring.

Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris

The Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris has been a one-year training program for budding European film producers and distributors in the areas of story development, financing, production, sales and marketing, which has existed since 2001. It is offered by the La Fémis film school in Paris and the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. In 2007 the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield near London was added as a cooperation partner.

Every year, nine short films on a common theme are made at the Ludwigsburg-Paris studio. The series are German-French co-productions and are produced by ARTE, SWR, the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy and La Fémis . The participants of the studio are responsible for the film production in binational producer teams. All films are u. a. presented at the French Film Days in Tübingen and the Max Ophüls Prize Festival and broadcast on ARTE.

Film acting

Twice a year, the Film Acting Department organizes a self-contained course, which is aimed specifically at young talents who want to expand their classically completed acting training to include film acting.

The film acting workshop takes place in the winter semester in cooperation with the Academy for Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg and in the summer semester with the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart and also offers external actors the opportunity to further qualify for work in front of the camera.

Prizes and awards

A number of films were made as part of the course and received important prizes at national and international festivals. These include Student Oscars for Rochade (1998, director: Thorsten M. Schmidt), NimmerMeer (2007, director: Toke Constantin Hebbeln ), Von Hunden und Pferde (2012, director: Thomas Stuber ), Settlement of a thing (2015, director: Dustin Loose ) and Galamsey - Eine Handvoll Gold (2017, Director: Johannes Preuss), German Short Film Awards for Simply Staying That Way (2003, Director: Sven Taddicken ), Von Hunden und Pferde (2011), Sunny (2013, Director: Barbara Ott) and helicopter house arrest (2015, director: Constantin Hatz), also z. B. Grimme Awards for Der Peitschenmeister (1999, director: Daniel Nocke ), Sonbol - Rallye durch den Gottesstaat (2009, director: Niko Apel ) as well as for The Inner War (2010, director: Astrid Schult ) and Nacht vor Augen (2010 , Director: Brigitte Maria Bertele ). In 2017 was Anne Zohra Berracheds degree film 24 weeks at the German Film Prize in 2017 awarded the Lola in silver.

In 2010, the renowned specialist magazine The Hollywood Reporter put the Film Academy as the only German institution on the list of the best film schools worldwide. In 2015–2017, the Film Academy was again represented on this list. The Film Academy lost this position in the international ranking in 2018.

The animation institute has also been awarded the most important prizes in the industry, including at SIGGRAPH for 458 nm (2006, directors: Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber), Loom (2010, directors: Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay), Globosome (2012, directed by Sascha Geddert), Herr Hoppe und der Atommüll (2012, directed by Jan Lachauer , Thorsten Löffler), Rollin 'Safari (directed by Kyra Buschor, Constantin Päplow and Ännie Habermehl) and for Harald (2013, directed by: Moritz Schneider) and Wrapped (2014, directors: Roman Kälin, Falko Paeper, Florian Wittmann). The film Das Rad (directors: Heidi Wittlinger , Chris Stenner , Arvid Uibel) was also nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Animated Short in 2003. The international awards and mentoring platform The Rookies named the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy with its animation institute the Best Visual Effects School worldwide in 2017 and placed it in second place in the Best Animation School category.


As a rule, applicants must have a high school diploma and at least one year of practical experience in the film or media sector. In the case of an application for a lateral entry into the project study or a postgraduate course, at least a preliminary diploma or bachelor's degree in certain fields must be proven. The entrance exam takes place in April / May.

Web links


  1. The most important prizes and awards up to April 2011 ( Memento from September 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) at (PDF; 169 kB)
  2. German students win Oscars. In: Spiegel Online , September 17, 2015, accessed January 16, 2016 .
  3. ^ "The best film schools in the world" The Hollywood Reporter, 08/2010
  4. Top 15 International Film Schools Revealed. Retrieved October 25, 2019 .
  5. ^ The Top 15 International Film Schools . In: The Hollywood Reporter . August 15, 2018 (English, online [accessed August 19, 2019]).

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