Deutsche Filmakademie

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Deutsche Filmakademie
Deutsche Filmakademie e.V.
Founded atBerlin, Germany
TypeIndependent association
2,200 (2022)[1]

The Deutsche Filmakademie is a German independently run organization with a focus on filmmaking.


The academy was founded in 2003 in Berlin, on the initiative of Helmut Dietl, Bernd Eichinger, and Ulrich Felsberg.[2] It initially comprised 100 members—[3] and was intended as a way to provide native filmmakers a forum for discussion and a way to promote the reputation of German cinema through publications, presentations, discussions, and regular promotion of the subject in schools.

Since 2005, the winners of the Deutscher Filmpreis (colloquially known as the Lolas) have been elected by members of the Deutsche Filmakademie.

In 2007, a group of academy critics—including filmmakers Hans-Christian Schmid, Andres Veiel, and Hans Weingartner, several film festival directors, and the German association of film critics—opened talks with German culture minister Bernd Neumann, in an effort to return to the previous system and have politicians and critics, not academy members, decide who gets the Lolas.[4][5]

In 2008, the academy's internet service 24 – Das Wissensportal der Deutschen Filmakademie was launched. The portal provides an insight into the creation of a movie, with the hope of making the work of independent filmmakers more transparent and accountable.

The Deutsche Filmakademie is not to be confused with the 1938 Deutsche Filmakademie, founded in Babelsberg.


The academy is financed by membership dues of full members, honorary members, associate members, and friends. Full members must be recommended by at least two filmmakers who have applied for full membership and have been accepted. All winners of the Deutscher Filmpreis automatically get a full membership. Honorary members are appointed for their contributions to German film. Supporting members are companies and legal persons from the film industry.



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  1. ^ Die Deutsche Filmakademie lädt 106 neue Mitglieder ein Deutsche Filmakademie, press release of 3 November 2022.
  2. ^ Christiane Peitz (8 September 2003), Kultur: Emanzipation ist machbar Der Tagesspiegel
  3. ^ Adam Datrey (5 February 2006), German Academy gears up Variety
  4. ^ Katja Nicodemus (3 May 2007), Wer wird Millionär? Die Zeit
  5. ^ Karsten Kastelan (19 October 2007), Money talks: Lola prizes stir behind scenes debate The Hollywood Reporter
  6. ^ a b c Ed Meza (9 September 2003), German filmmakers form own acad Variety
  7. ^ a b Michael Althen and Verena Lueken (20 March 2010), Iris Berben und Bruno Ganz im Gespräch: "Man lernt, der Kamera zu vertrauen" Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  8. ^ Christiane Peitz (19 March 2019), Interview mit Ulrich Matthes: "Hört auf mit den Vorurteilen!" Der Tagesspiegel
  9. ^ a b Bert Rebhandl (21 June 2022), Deutsche Filmakademie: Es ist schlimmer, als man sieht Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  10. ^ Thomas Kufus neuer Vorsitzender der Filmakademie Bild, 15 November 2009
  11. ^ Filmakademie wählt Präsidum und Vorstand Deutsche Filmakademie, press release of 11 February 2019

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