Sehsüchte Film Festival
Each year in late April, life in Potsdam-Babelsberg is all about the Sehsüchte film festival. For one week, filmmakers, cineasts, and industry experts gather in Europe's most important film region to discover young talent from across the globe.
At the Film University and the Babelsberg studios, the best films created by young filmmakers are showcased. The winners in the different categories are selected by a jury and receive their awards at the end of the festival.
But Sehsüchte has even more to offer than just films: The Schreibsüchte competition gives screenwriters the opportunity to submit their works and present innovative ideas and concepts. In panel discussions and workshops, experts provide insights into current hot topics in the film industry. A diverse social program with parties and much more allows for intercultural exchange on both a professional and personal level. With its unique atmosphere, the festival has become a trademark in the European cultural landscape.
The Sehsüchte history began with the FDJ Student Film Days established by the Film and Television Academy in 1972. After the German reunification, the festival disappeared from the screen until, in 1995, students of the Audiovisual Media Studies degree program brought it back and re-named it "Sehsüchte".
Still organized independently and exclusively by students of the Film University, the festival has become a major success. Today, up to 8,000 spectators, professional visitors, and journalists attend the festival each year. Last year, a diverse program with some 100 films from 28 countries was created from more than 3,000 submissions – which makes Sehsüchte Europe's biggest and most important international student film festival.