Sweet 16 - Analogue Film Camp

Photo: Dennis Krischker

"Sweet 16" is a six day creative exploration of the art of 16mm filmmaking.

Date: tba Language: English
Number of participants: 10 - 12 (from 18 years) Location: Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF & LaborBerlin

In this hands-on workshop, international participants will learn the basics of artistic analogue filmmaking with 16mm film. The focus is on experimenting with the material and alternative forms of filmmaking. To this end, each participant will learn how to use a Bolex camera, shoot a roll of 16mm film and develop it by hand. The finished films will be edited and projected at the end of the workshop.

Further information on the new programme and details on registration will be published in spring 2024.

Content & Objectives

In this workshop, the focus is on visual expression and exploration through the medium of analogue film. The images themselves are the main protagonists and the technical features of the camera and the qualities of 16mm film will be the source of inspiration. Special attention will be given to the focus and concentration that working with analogue film demands.

Renowned filmmakers Ute Aurand and Juan David González Monroy will guide the participants through this process of using 16mm film as an artistic medium. The workshop will begin with a theoretical component– in which the principles of analogue filmmaking will be explained – after which there will be an introduction into the 16mm Bolex camera and its many functions, with emphasis on its use as a creative instrument. This will be followed by a screening of films selected by the instructors to highlight the unique qualities of 16mm and illustrate its expressive potential.

Next, participants will shoot roll of film as a group in a “chain film” format. Every member of the group will shoot a single shot and pass the camera around until the roll is completed. This will allow every participant to get a feel for the camera and a sense of its capabilities in relationship to their own creative interests. The group will then learn the basics of hand developing and work together to develop the chain film. 

Finally, for the second exercise, participants will put all of the previous knowledge into practice by shooting and develop a roll of 16mm black and white negative film.  Working in teams they will shoot, develop, scan and edit the film, so that each person will produce his/her own digitally edited film. The final films will be projected for the class and there will be time for discussion and feedback.

Registration and Participation

The course is directed at participants aged 18 or older who have a strong interest in film and would like to explore the theory and practice of analogue filmmaking in a workshop setting with international participants. Previous experience with 16mm filmmaking is not required but some knowledge of filmmaking and photographic principles is expected.

Participants are asked to register online using our application form. Spots are limited and will be awarded based on registration date after assessment of the application and receipt of the participation fee.

The fee covers the participation in the course, materials, and technical equipment. Meals and accommodation expenses are not included and must be covered by participants. We will happily provide you with recommendations for accommodation options in the vicinity.


This course includes 34.5 hours of in-person instruction, which equates to one ECTS credit recognized by the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. To earn these credits, participants must complete a group film exercise in which they collectively shoot and hand-develop 30 meters of 16mm film. They then present and critically reflect on their work (without grading). Upon successful participation and attendance of 80%, the participants receive a certificate confirming the award of the ECTS credits. Please verify with your university whether it recognizes these credits before registering for the course.