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The Deutsche Filmakademie eV was founded in 2003 in Berlin. It aims 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 the schools. Since 2005, the winners of the Deutscher Filmpreis (colloquially known as the Lolas) are elected by the members of the Deutsche Filmakademie.
The Deutsche Filmakademie is an independent organization and 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 the winners of the Deutscher Filmpreis will automatically get a full membership. Honorary members shall be appointed for their contributions to the German films. Supporting members are companies and legal persons from the film industry. Friends are other filmmakers who want to support the work of the association.
In 2008, was launched the academy's Internet service 24 – Das Wissensportal der Deutschen Filmakademie. The portal provides an insight into the making of a movie, with the hope of making more transparent and accountable the work of independent filmmakers.
The Deutsche Filmakademie eV must not to be confused with the 1938's Deutsche Filmakademie, founded in Babelsberg.
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