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Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

The Film Academy Baden-Württemberg is among the most renowned film and media schools in Germany and enjoys an outstanding reputation internationally as well, guaranteed by a curriculum that is highly team- and project-oriented and more than 300 guest docents, highly qualified experts from the film and media business currently instructing about 450 students. The Film Academy has its own Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction and also awards the Atelier Ludwigsburg Prize. The project-oriented curriculum triggers learning by doing and has ensured that the Film Academy, founded in 1991, and its approximately 250 productions per year across genres, are well represented in the public awareness. One declared goal of the course, usually four years in duration, is to support the students in developing beyond the boundaries set by formats, creating open space within which they may develop their own artistic idiom and handwriting. Under the leadership of Prof. Thomas Schadt, the Film Academy was the first German film school to teach all film-related subjects, introducing students to real-life production processes already during their studies. Student teams from all the various departments create films of all genres, many of which have won prizes at film festivals. Currently, the Film Academy is striving to internationalise its activities and implement cross-media production and communication channels within the existing structures.