The Film and Television University "Konrad Wolf" (HFF), which was founded in 1954 as the German Film Academy, is not only the only arts academy in the German Land of Brandenburg, but also the oldest, yet at the same time one of the most modern and largest, film academies in Germany. Thanks to its location directly on the grounds of the renowned and world-famous Studio Babelsberg, the HFF has become an integral part of the Potsdam-Babelsberg media centre, which is unique in Europe. The trinity of film education, film production and film distribution that has developed and is available at this location has an unrivalled form and offers an attractive and international educational setting. Students at the HFF can make the most of a modern teaching and studio building and excellent supervision from internationally renowned teaching staff and service-oriented administrative staff, as well as a family-friendly university environment.
The Babelsberg schools for animated, documentary and feature films have influenced the self-concept of the HFF with their development of a cinematic style and specific artistic signatures, for example observational documentary films, poetic animation films or realistic feature films. On the basis of this cultural heritage, the HFF is now dedicated to the entire spectrum of moving image media, placing a particular focus on film as the source of these media and as an artistic form that is recognised as a single entity by other types of art.
The aim of all of the artistic, artistic and technical and scientific educational courses and research activities at the HFF is to guarantee top-quality education for selected talented individuals. In order to promote the special gifts and skills of its students, the Academy has committed itself to a educational philosophy focusing on the media industry from the word go, offering a range of highly specialised courses and research opportunities that is unrivalled in Europe. The HFF uses a very special combination of artistic freedom and a theory-based methodology together with pragmatic requirements and the acquisition of manual and technical skills involving the latest state-of-the-art media technology. In doing so, the HFF consciously seeks to achieve a productive and creative confrontation between proven concepts and current problems and issues such as the requirements of new forms of media and corresponding innovative cross-medial developments.
In order to accommodate the high division of labour in the media industry in general and the complex interaction involved in film production in particular, the second focus of the comprehensive education offered by the HFF is placed on the combination of individual courses in interdisciplinary group projects. This varying mutual influence and inspiration among students from a variety of courses results in unique, and often award-winning pieces of work, namely films, audio dramas, theatre productions, artistic media projects and, last but not least, media studies projects.
The degree courses at the HFF, which welcomes and supports education at international film academies with which it has established cooperative partnerships, aim to develop individuals who are both artistically moulded and scientifically reflective, as well as being film technicians who can work well in a team. Furthermore, dialogue-oriented contact between teaching staff and students in an experimental process exploring various issues and problems aims to increase students' communication skills and encourage them to have an influence on society. This approach not only ideally prepares HFF graduates for the constantly changing conditions and requirements in the media industry but also enables them to use artistic and scientific work to transform the current media system!
In order to confirm its unique profile and cement its position on an international level, the "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam-Babelsberg Film and Television Academy is striving to change its future status in and become a film university of the German Land of Brandenburg.