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Neue Teams im STARTBÜRO BABELSBERG! Bei der Schlüsselübergabe v.l. Martin Hagemann, Kristian Kreyes, Esther Niemeier, Paul M.M. Schmitt, Jörn Krug, Jonas Lobgesang, Karin Rehmer, Veronika Grob, Eike Wolf.

In terms of young film talent, MBB offers funding programmes for graduate films, STARTBÜRO BABELSBERG for 1 year of rent-free office space on the studio premises and free-of-charge finance consulting by ILB.


2 news teams have moved into STARTBÜRO BABELSBERG! In the current 6th year, directors Therese Koppe and Esther Niemeier used their funding to establish the documentary film production company Pitaya Films, dedicated to female subject matters. They are located next door to Stoff-Entwicklungsnetzwerk by Jonas Lobgesang and Paul M. M. Schmitt, who develop and produce series material with an emphasis on fair, family-friendly and eco-friendly, sustainable production conditions. STARTBÜRO BABELSBERG is a joint initiative of Studio Babelsberg, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Medienboard and Brandenburg’s business promotion bank ILB to support film university graduates in developing innovative content or use of technology.


Through a special programme for graduate films, Medienboard supports graduates of the two renowned film universities at the location. In cooperation with rbb, it funded e.g. films by Jakob Lass (“Tiger Girl”), Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu (“Anishoara”) and Max Linz (“Weitermachen Sanssouci” (“Keep going, Sanssouci”)); in cooperation with ZDF, funding was facilitated among others for Leonie Krippendorff (“Kokon” (“Cocoon”) and Nina Vukovic (“Detour”). In the most recent funding round, 10 new film projects received a total of 710,000 euros of funding, among them 7 films directed by young female directors.

The list can be found here.


Medienboard managing director Kirsten Niehuus: “New players, increased production volume, rising numbers of shoots, a demand for new subject matter – the shortage of skilled labour in the capital region also has its upsides: perspectives for new talent on both sides of the camera have rarely been this promising! We are excited to see what the next wave will bring into cinemas and onto screens!”

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