The Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg – as one of the most-renowned film schools in Europe – offers practical education in film, television and new media to over 500 students. Future actors, animators, composers, directors, directors of photography, editors, media designers, producers, production designers, screenwriters and sound designers can benefit from the Filmakademie’s learning-by-doing philosophy - creating films with the help of guest teachers from the industry.
The project-oriented curriculum triggers learning by doing during all the different stages of a film and television production. More than 300 highly qualified experts from the film and media business instruct the students and take care of their projects. About 250 films of all genres and formats with top rankings on international festivals are produced every year by teams of students enrolled in scriptwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, animation, series, film production, film score, sound design and production design. The Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg only admits students who have at least one of year of practical experience in the film business and two years for its producers program.
The programme is aimed primarily at students attending foreign film schools and universities who wish to study at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg for a certain period of time (max. 6 months). The programme offers courses in directing, cinematography, producing, film music, working on a film or shooting of an own film. Preferably, the foreign film schools or universities should be members of CILECT, the international association of film and television schools.
In 2003, the Art Directors Club awarded the Filmakademie the title of Germany’s most creative university. In 2006, issue 22 of FOCUS, the Filmakademie was ranked as the best film school in Germany. Evaluation criteria were the reputation of the university, the support for the students, the technical equipment and the number of awards won.The animation institute at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg was listed as second in the 3D World ranking in 2007, a global "Ivy League" table of the world‘s top animation schools.In 2010 the prestigious magazine The Hollywood Reporter listed the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg as the only German institution on its ranking of the world's best film schools.
Students from the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg have already been nominated for the Student Oscar several times for their productions. Film Academy productions have won numerous other prizes such as the Adolf Grimme Prize and the Golden Bear at the Berlinale etc. Recent proof of the Film Academy's philosophy of teaching are the Golden Leopard awarded to "Das Verlangen/The Longing" at the Locarno International Film Festival (2002), an Oscar nomination for "Das Rad" in the category "Best Animated Short Film" (2003), the Student Oscar at the Student Academy Awards for "Nimmermeer/Nevermore" in the category "Best Foreign Film" (2007).