An international mindset, tolerance, mobility, and transparency are key values of Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

The university is open to young people from across the globe. Already during GDR times, the school provided film education to students from a number of countries (such as Vietnam, Chile, various Arab and African states, Israel, and Bulgaria). Currently, some 13% of the student body come from abroad. As students from different cultures collaborate on projects, they learn together and from each other.       

The university fosters early involvement in projects allowing students to gather experience outside of Germany. Students films made in India, New Zealand, Argentina, Norway, or the U.S. are no longer exceptions.

This is exemplified by the nationally and internationally celebrated graduation films of two students who completed the school's Directing program: Daniel Carsenty's After Spring Comes Fall, a highly topical drama on the situation of Syrian refugees in Berlin, attracted much attention. In his German-Dutch co-production Transit Havana, Daniel Abma presents a very original perspective on the struggles of transsexual men in Cuba.    

As a member of the International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT) and the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), the school provides a wide range of international contacts and promotes networking worldwide.

Visiting lecturers from abroad regularly teach at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Likewise, the school's teaching and academic staff assume teaching positions at international institutions and present their work at festivals and conferences across the globe. Films made by students of the university are shown at festivals all over the world. Numerous international prizes attest to the skills of Babelsberg's young film and television talent: In 2013, a total of 83 prizes – among them 24 international prizes – were awarded to films made by the school's students.

Every year, numerous international filmmakers come to Babelsberg for Europe's largest international student film festival SEHSÜCHTE, which is organized and staged by the university's students. Every late April, filmmakers, festival guests, and visitors from throughout the region gather to enjoy the festival's multicultural and unique atmosphere.

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