For one year, STARTBÜRO Babelsberg supports projects by alumni teams in the Media City with space, mentoring and financing. The joint initiative of Studio Babelsberg, Medienboard, ILBand Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF promotes young filmmakers in the Media City Babelsberg. Two team-based projects will receive a coworking space directly on the premises of Studio Babelsberg for one year, including basic equipment, as well as up to 10,000 euros each to implement their projects. In addition, mentors from the participating partners accompany and advise the project participants during the course of the grant. Funding is provided not only for the development, possibly realization, and distribution of filmic and interactive content that is expected to have a unique selling point due to its specific approach. Teams can also apply that would like to realize an innovative project project that sets impulses for media production with the development and application of new processes and technologies.
The successful model started in 2015 with the "Sehr gute Filme" team around the talented director and actor Axel Ranisch, who still emphasizes its sustainability today.
STARTBÜRO Babelsberg was our start in the professional film world. We moved onto the studio lot with a large media presence, were welcomed warmly and openly as new neighbours by the professionals, and were able to make valuable contacts. The perfect breeding ground to develop film material far beyond our submitted series concept and to enter into discussions with partners. We will certainly be drawing on the productivity of our time at Babelsberg for some years to come.Axel RanischSehr gute Filme
The teams 2022: Contando Films and Copy Paste Games
Selected from the numerous applications was the young production company CONTANDO FILMS. Their mission is to seek out and invent regionally rooted stories with universal significance and to cast them in innovative narrative and cinematic forms. Producer Virginia Martin and writer-director Michael Fetter Nathansky already realized several collaborative film projects and together they pursue the goal of connecting art and audience. Their films GABI (2017), SAG DU ES MIR (2019) and the dance project SALIDAS (2021) were presented at numerous festivals and were able to open the Berlinale section Perspektive Deutsches Kino, among others. During their time at Startbüro, the two film school alumni want to professionalize themselves. With their debut film MANNEQUINS (AT) as well as the script development of their follow-up projects HANG ME OH HANG ME (AT) and LORCA'S ORACLE (AT), they aim to build a solid foundation for the future of their production company.
Film University screenplay graduate and multimedia producer Johannes Dreibach and his team member Julius Peinelt, computer science graduate of the University of Würzburg, software developer and musician, combine their expertise to found COPY PASTE GAMES, a studio for interactive story worlds. They want to explore the narrative possibilities of the interactive medium. STARTBÜRO will enable them to prototype their first cinematic game project THE ASHEN HEART (AT) - an atmospheric mix of arthouse and mainstream, with influences from the art of German Romanticism. Through this first project, the founding duo aims to build a workflow for many more productions. The goal is to create an independent studio that produces according to its own quality criteria, while understanding the market and finding its own niche.
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The Teams 2021: Schattenglanz and Schubert Film
Under the name "Schattenglanz", producer Marie-Luise Scharf and director Jakob Schmidt founded their production company specializing in long-term observational documentary films. After their award-winning graduation film "Zwischen den Stühlen" (Between the Chairs), they will now jointly develop a series of documentary film projects with the help of STARTBÜRO.
Johannes Schubert recently founded his company SCHUBERT FILM in Babelsberg. His work focuses on the development, production and exploitation of national and international film and series projects. As an alumnus of the B.A. Production program at Babelsberg Film University, he brings to STARTBÜRO Babelsberg feature film projects with international filmmakers in addition to projects with his former fellow students such as Jan Gadermann ("Laika & Nemo").