University of Television and Film Munich

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University of Television and Film Munich
founding July 19, 1966
Sponsorship state
place Munich
state Bavaria
country Germany
President Bettina Reitz
Students approx. 350-400
HFF building in Gabelsbergerstrasse.
Entrance area of ​​the HFF

The University of Television and Film Munich ( HFF Munich ) is a state film school sponsored by the Free State of Bavaria .


Former HFF building in Frankenthaler Straße.

The university was initiated and co-founded on July 19, 1966 by the then television director of Bayerischer Rundfunk, Helmut Oeller , who taught there for a few years and was later also rector of the university. Since the founding year, 1664 students have completed their studies at the HFF Munich. From 1967 to 1988 the Munich Film School was housed in an old villa on Kaulbachstrasse . Since the building was only partially suitable for teaching all subjects, the rooms in Ohmstrasse, the former German Institute for Film and Television (DIFF), the BR studios at Rundfunkplatz and in Freimann, the Bavaria in Geiselgasteig and of the ZDF in Unterföhring. Department II technology and the cutting rooms were housed in the Prinzregententheater , which was not used at the time. In 1988 the company moved to the former bed spring factory in the Ramersdorf district of Munich (on the border with the Giesing district). The HFF Munich got its first own film and television studio. In 2007 the HFF Munich celebrated its 40th anniversary, as well as the laying of the foundation stone for a new building in the Kunstareal Munich on the former site of the south building of the TU Munich , based on the design by Cologne architect Peter Böhm , which was built on Gabelsbergerstraße opposite the Alte Pinakothek and was inaugurated on September 15, 2011. Today the postal address is Bernd-Eichinger-Platz 1 . The new HFF building houses seminar rooms as well as three cinemas, 2 TV studios, 2 film studios and a post-production wing.

In 2015, several changes to the status and election of the president came into force. For the first time, the position was advertised publicly, previously only professors and department heads could apply. Up to and including the term of office of Gerhard Fuchs , which ended on September 30, 2015 , the HFF was headed by a part-time president (until 2007 rector ). From his successor, Bettina Reitz , it is a full-time position with a term of office of four years.

The HFF is a founding member of MedienCampus Bayern , the umbrella organization for media education and training in Bavaria.


The application documents are online on November 15th each year. The application deadline is February 28th every year.

You can apply for the following five courses:

  • Department III - Direction of cinema and television films
  • Department IV - Documentary and TV journalism directing
  • Department V - Production and Media Management
  • Division VI - Screenplay
  • Department VII - camera

The courses offered by the

  • Department I - Media Studies
  • Department II - Technology

Additional electives are offered by cross-degree courses:

  • Creative Writing Chair
  • TV journalism area
  • Chair of Advertising
  • Chair of Cinematic Space
  • Chair of image, light, space
  • Assembly Chair
  • Chair VFX (Visual Effects)
  • Chair of serial storytelling

In addition, there is a postgraduate course in theater, film and television criticism in cooperation with the Bavarian Theater Academy August Everding .

Since 2007, the HFF Munich has also offered parts of its technical course to external students. The Study Center for Film Technology at the HFF Munich has been holding practical and theoretical workshops on film technology topics from February to April since 2009. In addition, some modules can also be booked as e-training .


In the film university ranking of the news magazine Focus (issue 22/2006), which was created in cooperation with the Art Directors Club , the HFF Munich took a place in the middle. The Baden-Württemberg Film Academy , the Cologne International Film School , the Cologne Academy of Media Arts and the German Film and Television Academy Berlin took top positions. In addition to the reputation of the university, the supervision situation of the students, the technical equipment and the number of prizes won were an evaluation criterion. The entire film school ranking of the Focus and the Art Directors Club was later accused of methodical errors from various sides.

In 2012, the HFF Munich took 16th place in the US magazine "The Hollywood Reporter", making it the only German film school to rank among the 25 film schools rated. The HFF lost this position in the international ranking in 2015. In 2014, the HFF Munich was also ranked 9th in The Hollywood Reporter's list of Top 15 International Film Schools . In 2017 the HFF was selected as the only German film school in its presentation of the best film schools worldwide by the US trade journal Variety and in 2018 again as the only German university by the Hollywood Reporter.

Achievements at the Oscars

Some graduates and students of the HFF Munich were nominated for or received the Oscar or student Oscar: Katja von Garnier received the Student Oscar for Make-up in 1994 , Florian Gallenberger won the Student Oscar in 2000 and the Short Film Oscar in 2001 Awarded for Quiero ser , Caroline Link received an Oscar nomination for Beyond Silence in 1997 and finally won it in 2003 for Nowhere in Africa . Wim Wenders has already been nominated three times for the Oscar in the category Best Documentary: 2000 for 'Buena Vista Social Club', 2012 for 'Pina' and 2015 for 'The Salt of the Earth'. In 2005, the Oscar nomination for The Story of the Weeping Camel crowned the film success of the two HFF students Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa .

On February 25, 2007 the Stasi drama The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck received the Oscar in the category of best foreign language film . In May 2007, Fair Trade by Michael Dreher and Milan by Michaela Kezele were nominated for the student Oscar.

In 2014 Lennart Ruff received the gold student Oscar for his short film Nocebo . In 2016, the student Oscar went to the HFF Munich for the social media thriller 'Invention of Trust' by HFF students Alex Schaad (director), Ahmed El Nagar (camera) and Richard Lamprecht (production).

In 2017, director Maren Ade with producer and also HFF graduate Janine Jackowski was nominated for her comedic family drama Toni Erdmann for the Oscar category Best Foreign Language Film . At the 2018 Academy Awards , a Chilean film co-produced by the two won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film : A Fantastic Woman .

Several films with the participation of HFF students or alumni were nominated for the Oscars 2019: HFF student Christopher Aoun was responsible for the image design of the Lebanese film Capernaum , which is nominated for the category Best Foreign Language Film . Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and producers Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann were again nominated for Best Foreign Language Film , which was also nominated for Best Cinematography , with the film Werk ohne Autor . HFF graduate Tobias N. Siebert was in the running for the Oscar for Best Documentary as a producer with Of Fathers and Sons .

Professors & department heads

Currently teaching is Doris Dörrie , Gerhard Fuchs , Michaela Krützen , C. Bernd Sucher , Andreas Gruber , Michael Gutmann , Ulrich Limmer , Tom Fährmann , Franz Kraus, Claus Richter , Josef Rödl , Peter C. Slansky , Karin Jurschick, Peter Zeitlinger , Henning Patzner , Michael Coldewey , Stefan Arndt , Martin Moszkowicz , Doron Wisotzky , Karina Ressler and Tac Romey permanently at the HFF. From 2016 to 2018, the directors Julia von Heinz and Michaela Kezele worked as supporting visiting professors for the cinema and television film department. Ms. Kezele and director Marcus H. Rosenmüller have shared a professorship for the cinema and television film department since 2018.

Honorary professors at the HFF are and have been a. Michael Ballhaus , Helmut Jedele , Reinhold Kreile , Dieter Kronzucker , Caroline Link , Helmut Oeller , Fritz Pleitgen , Bettina Reitz , Günter Rohrbach , Albert Scharf , Mathias Schwarz , Georg Stefan Troller and Wim Wenders .

The former professors of the HFF include a. Wolfgang Längfeld († 2012), Clemens Münster , Eberhard Piltz († 2011), Peter Przygodda († 2011), Gerd Ruge , Klaus Schreyer , Christian Köster , Axel Block , Toni Lüdi , Georg Feil and Heiner Stadler .

In 2020, Julia von Heinz and Marcus H. Rosenmüller will take over the management of the cinema and television film directing course as a dual leadership , as the successor to Andreas Gruber , who will retire in October 2020 and head the department for 18 years.

Well-known graduates

Graduates from the University of Television and Film Munich are among others. a. Maren Ade , Baran bo Odar , Jantje Friese , Franz Xaver Bogner , Peter F. Bringmann , Sven Burgemeister , Jakob Claussen , Byambasuren Davaa , Doris Dörrie , Uli Edel , Klaus Eichhammer , probably the most famous German film producer Bernd Eichinger , the director of several disaster films ( among others 2012 ) Roland Emmerich , Tom ferryman , Max Färberböck , Florian gall Berger , Dennis Gansel , Katja von Garnier , Hajo Gies , Dominik Graf , Nina Grosse , Benjamin Heisenberg , Veit Helmer , Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck , Nico Hofmann , Sherry Hormann , Rainer Kaufmann , Mika Kaurismäki , Karl Walter Lindenlaub , Caroline Link , Vivian Naefe , Uschi Reich , Thomas Riedelsheimer , Marcus H. Rosenmüller , Josef Rödl , Michael Schaack , Michael Schanze , Hans-Christian Schmid , Konrad Sabrautzky , Heiner Stadler , Herman Weigel , the President of the European Film Academy Wim Wenders , Christian Weisenborn , Egon Werdin and Sönke Wortmann .

Furthermore, Christian Becker , Quirin Berg , Christoph Biemann , Friedrich Böhm , Christian Ditter , Andreas Dorau , Jakob M. Erwa , Frauke Finsterwalder , Sikander Goldau , Margrét Rún , Esther Gronenborn , Jörg Grünler , Oliver Herbrich , Benjamin Herrmann , Christoph Hochhäusler , Vanessa Jopp , Lutz Konermann , Thomas Kronthaler , Gabi Kubach , Sebastian Kutzli , Niels Laupert , Nina Maag , Joachim Masannek , Rainer Matsutani , Sebastian Niemann , Lasse Nolte , Jobst Oetzmann , Philipp J. Pamer , Wolfram Paulus , Michael Polle , Christopher Roth , Lennart Ruff , Dorothee Schön , Marco Serafini , Robert Sigl , Peter Stauch , Max Wiedemann and Tomy Wigand to the group of HFF Munich graduates.


  • Judith Früh, Helen Simon (ed.): The films of the HFF Munich, Vol. 1: Images of wild years (1967-1979). Munich: edition text + kritik 2011, ISBN 978-3869160665 .
  • Judith Früh, Catalina Torres (ed.): The films of the HFF Munich, Vol. 2: Pictures from the time in between (1980-1989). Munich: edition text + kritik 2014, ISBN 978-3869162638 .
  • Juliane A. Ahrens, Judith Früh, Judith Westermann (eds.): University for television and film. 50 years - 50 films. An outrageous selection . Munich: edition text + kritik 2017, ISBN 978-3869165592 .
  • Peter C. Slansky (Ed.): From the resistance of the device. 50 years of HFF Munich, 50 graduates, 50 film devices . edition text + kritik, Munich 2017, ISBN 978-3869165585 .

Web links

Commons : University of Television and Film Munich  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Statistical Office: Students at universities winter semester 2013/14 (PDF; 4 MB; page 78) Retrieved on April 14, 2017
  2. ^ HFF Munich. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on May 6, 2013 ; accessed on May 31, 2013 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Monika Lerch-Stumpf (Ed.): HFF Guide, Volume 1: Course AQ, Munich 2007
  4. Blickpunkt Film: , Article online since September 22, 2011
  5. Press release Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, Science and Art from September 18, 2015
  6. Chair VFX
  7. Focu sRanking der Filmhochschulen, edition 22/2006. ( Memento from December 18, 2006 in the Internet Archive )
  8. ^ Peter C. Slansky: Film schools in Germany. History - typology - architecture ; Pp. 777 ff. Edition text + kritik, Munich, 2011. ISBN 978-3-86916-116-7
  9. The Hollywood Reporter: , issue July 25, 2012
  11. The Hollywood Reporter: , issue August 8, 2014
  12. Variety: , online edition April 26, 2017
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  14. Die ZEIT online: , article online since September 23, 2016
  15. Süddeutsche Zeitung: , article online since January 24, 2017
  16. Una Mujer Fantastica. Retrieved April 21, 2019 .
  17. First Steps:
  18. ImdB:
  19. Die Welt: Article online since October 17, 2018
  20. ^ Honorary professors at the HFF Munich on the university's website
  21. Josef Grübl: Training: Together against the ego monsters. In: August 9, 2020, accessed August 10, 2020 .

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