Preperation class for international applicants
Preparation class for international applicants (Photo: Grzegorz Karkoszka)

The PrepClass prepares prospective international students for their application at the Film University.

Dates: 11-15/ 26 May , 2/9/30 June, as well as 15-19 June 2020

Number of participants: max. 6            

Language: English

Location: ONLINE

The PrepClass is directed at prospective international students who would like to apply to a degree program at the Film University. The class offers a mix of practical exercises, individual course guidance, and help with creating compelling application documents and work samples. This workshop particularly addresses immigrants as prospective students.

The preparation class takes place in the summer term and consists of two parts: orientation & mentoring, as well as an experimental short film-workshop ‘Die Insel’.

The course is free of charge and will be held in English.

Application deadline for the PrepClass is 8 March 2020.

Content & Objectives

Orientation & Mentoring

Participants will learn about the variety of study opportunities at the Film University in Babelsberg – from Bachelor to Master Degree, artistic and academic study programs. If you are interested in our study program, we will support you with your application.

Alumni of the Film University will deliver insights into practice and talk about their experiences with the application process as well as the study program and their professional career. This way the PrepClass participants learn from former students and get valuable input and feedback for their own start into the film industry.

Current students of the Film University will accompany the PrepClass participants until the application process is finished. They will help with individual and personal counseling and support the participants with the preparation of the application and the application film.

In addition to that, the participants will get individual counseling meetings with lecturers from different study programs to clarify individual questions regarding the application.

‘Die Insel’ – with Jean Boué

‘Die Insel’ is an experimental short film workshop in which international applicants and students of the Film University will develop a short film idea from script to screen.

In three storytelling workshops the participants will develop an idea for a short film which will be realized on an excursion in Brandenburg. Participants may choose a subject to inspire their film, or participate in the suggested theme of arriving in an unknown surrounding. The goal of this workshop is to connect PrepClass participants with students from the Film University by working hands-on as well as gaining experience with student film productions.

Past Run

A couple of projects which were finalized during the PrepClass run of 2017 and 2018: The audio play "Damascus Requiem" and two movies. „The Letter“, „A Piece of German History“, "Berlin Disappears", "Erdbe" and "Light", which were all shown in an open university context. "Damascus Requiem" was awarded the AMIKO Award 2018.

The PrepClass will be held for the fourth time in 2020.


11 May, 2 pm-6 pm Opening Event
12 May, 2 pm-6 pmInsight into practice: Directing with alumna Josephine Links
13 May, 2 pm-6 pmInsights into practice: Cinematography with alumna Samuel Hölscher
14 May, 2 pm-6 pmInsights into practice: Editing with alumna Brigitte M. Schmidle
15 May, 2 pm-6 pmInsights into practice: Production with alumna Luisa Laute
26 May, 2 pm-6 pmStorytelling-Workshop „Die Insel“ with Jean Boué and students of the Film University
2 June, 2 pm - 6 pmStorytelling-Workshop „Die Insel“ with Jean Boué and students of the Film University
9 June, 2 pm - 6 pmStorytelling-Workshop „Die Insel“ with Jean Boué and students of the Film University
15-19 JuneExcursion and realization of a film project „Die Insel“
June 30Closing event and project presentation, feedback and review, next steps in the application process



Josephine Links is a film director. She studied European Ethnology and Film Studies in Berlin from 2003 to 2007. Then, from 2007 on she was a student for film directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, from where she graduated with her documentary „In The Beginning“ in 2013. Since then she has been working as a freelance director in Berlin. Her films have won various prizes and gained recognition at numerous national and international film festivals.
PrepClass | Brigitte M. Schmidle
Brigitte Maria Schmidle studied media and information at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences specializing in film editing. After engagements in London and Berlin, she worked at the Leipzig-based production company Accentus Music on internationally awarded films. Brigitte Maria Schmidle is currently studying at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF Montage (MFA) and has so far edited over twenty documentaries, short and feature films as well as animations. Among others, the documentary "Barbara Hannigan - An Opera Star on New Ways" and "Silvia is my Name".
PrepClass | Samuel Hölscher
Samuel Hölscher is a freelancing filmmaker, cinematographer and photographer and studied Cinematography at the film university from 2015 to 2019. He received the German Young Talent Award for his work in “Like in Africa” and his short film “Nach dem Fest” received a nomination at the german short film awards as well as the rating “Outstanding Value”. Samuel now studies Architecture at the University of the Arts Berlin and is working on the artistic connection between film and architecture. Besides working on free projects in documentary and feature films he is also working for the Humboldt Forum Berlin, David Chipperfield Architects, the Design Research Lab of the University of the Arts in Berlin and the publishing group Öttinger in Hamburg.
PrepClass | Luisa Laute
Luisa Laute started her career as a Set-Runner for a german fary-tale film production and has worked on more than 12 national and international TV- and Cinema productions as a location manager. She lived in Santa Barbara, California to study film production und film history for 6 months in 2015. In October 2015 she started studying Film- and TV Production at the film university and has produced many short films. After finishing her studies in 2019 she started working as a Junior Producer at UFA-Fiction and is working with Producer Tommy Wosch on Cinema and TV productions, for example ‘Gott, du kannst ein Arsch sein!’ or the RTL Sitcom “Schwester, Schwester”.

Workshop instructor

Jean Boué is an author, director and producer of documentary formats for public television and cinema. Many of his films have been broadcasted internationally and shown at festivals. His films have been awarded the German Grimme Prize and the European Civis Award, among others. He holds scholarships from DEFA and the Robert Bosch Foundation. In 2000, Jean Boué founded the production company JABfilm. He is a member of the German Documentary Association Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm and the European Documentary Network. Since 2013, he is a regular lecturer at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

PrepClass | Jean Boué

Application and Admission

The PrepClass particularly addresses immigrants who live in Germany as prospective students. Whether you are interested in a bachelor or master degree, during the PrepClass the participants will get to know the different artistic and academic study programs as well as their entrance requirement.

Applicants need to be at least 18 years of age and have already gained practical experiences.

After your successful online registration you’ll receive an application form. Please fill out the form and send it back to us.

Based on that application form we will invite you to a personal interview, which will take place between 16-20 March 2020.


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 Monika Richter

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 Julie Halten

    Julie HaltenMore information: Julie Halten Leitung Filmuni Summer School | Head of Program

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The PrepClass is supported by the State of Brandenburg within the network ESiSt - "Erfolgreicher Studieneinstieg für internationale Studierende im Bundesland Brandenburg" and by the German Academic Exchange Service and its programme Welcome – Students Helping Refugees, financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).