In order to put our students into contact with the media world at an early stage, the University maintains a wide variety of external relations. It has also established working contacts with all national and several international media academies and has concrete co-operation agreements with the following (film) academies:
Communication University of China (CUC), Peking
Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste, Berlin)
German Film and Television Academy, Berlin (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie, Berlin)
Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (Kunsthochschule für Medien, Köln)
University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Wien)
Lucerne School of Art and Design (Hochschule Luzern - Design & Kunst, Luzern)
School of Film,Television & Performing Arts der Leeds Metropolitan University (LMU)
Hanoi Theatre and Cinema College, Hanoi
La Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión, Havanna
All-Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK), Moskau
Budapest School of Communication (BSC), Budapest
Hochschule Wismar - University of Technology, Business and Design
Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires
Film Department der Sooreh University, Teheran
Tashkent State Art Institute, Uzbekistan
Sapir College, Israel
The University is also a member of a wide variety of national and international associations, for example the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision - CILECT, the European League of Institutes of the Arts, ELIA, the German Short Film Association, AG Kurzfilm, the media.net berlin-brandenburg and many more.
It also boasts co-operation agreements and contacts with the Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcaster, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, the Universum Film AG film studio, UFA, the film studio Studio Babelsberg AG, the Hans Otto Theater Potsdam, the Filmpark Babelsberg and other partners, which add an additional boost to the exchange of innovation between the University and media in practice.
Together with the German Society for the Safeguarding of Film and Television Rights (GWFF) in Munich and the Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcaster, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), the HFF annually awards the Erich Kästner Television Prize for the Best German-Language Programme for Children and Young People (Erich Kästner-Fernsehpreis für das beste deutschsprachige Kinder- und Jugendprogramm) the Sponsorship Award for the Best Graduate Film (Feature Film) (Förderpreis für den besten Absolventenfilm (Spielfilm)) and the Sponsorship Award for the Best Graduate Film (Documentary Film) (Förderpreis für den besten Absolventenfilm (Dokumentarfilm)) as part of the Babelsberg Media Prizes (Babelsberger Medienpreise) event.
It is without a doubt thanks to at least some of these diverse external relations that a growing number of HFF student films are being produced in co-production with partners from the media industry and are successfully making their way into television and onto the big screen.