Berlin Film Production

Berlin Film Production is a thriving industry.

Berlin has historic film industry ties, and in fact was part of the early pioneering of film production both technically and artistically.

Universum Film AG (Ufa or UFA) was founded in Berlin in November 1917, served the Weimar Republic and the Nazis, and was one of the world's most powerful film production studios through the end of WWII. It is still in business and was the birthplace of German cinema.

UFA pioneered the "bergfilm"; this film was entirely a German genre which glorified and romanticized rugged outdoor Winter sports and physical feats. Germany in general has been a nation that produces a lot of avant garde films.

Berlin film production and other German directors have been experiencing a renaissance since the 1990s in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

German films are largely co-produced by international partners these days. German film producers and directors such as Bernd Eichinger, Wolfgang Peterson, and Roland Emmerich have now made important names for themselves in Hollywood.

Great legendary films such as "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," "Nosferatu," Fritz Lang's "Testament to Dr. Mabuse", and the 1930-made "Blue Angel," which stars German film actress legend Marlene Dietrich, have all been restored and are now kept in the national Federal Film Archives in Berlin.

"Uur collection is comprehensive and reflects the society, fashion and cultural tastes of Germany at different periods, from the silent movie era onwards, through the Weimar and Nazi periods to the present time," says a departmental head at the archives office in Berlin named Karl Griep.

The Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission handles getting permits to shoot on location and must be gone through by anyone who wishes to film in Berlin.

The German government loves to give tax and financial incentives to film producers who wish to shoot in Berlin and Germany making Berlin Film production a good place to shoot. Some major productions have used Germany due to this reason.

"Why is the German government planning new tax incentives for investment in German films when the industry is capable of making movies without them?...Film production is always a risk. That's why the German industry needs risk capital in order to continue its upswing. If the government succeeds in finding a tax plan that will help attract risk capital for films, it might still look like subsidies, but it would be sensible. In the long term, that kind of investment model would be better than direct subsidies," that paper editorialized in 2006.

Indeed, very few films are shot in Berlin without at least some public funding.

Deutsche Film-und-Fernsehakademie Berlin, and the University of Applied Sciences: Audiovisual Media/Cinematography are two of the leading film making schools that one can attend in Berlin.

Videographers, Soundmen, Cameramen, and Production Assistants are often in demand in Berlin. With the once-again-strong filming industry there, there are opportunities for actors and actresses to find their way in the film industry, too.

Facil, Vau, and Lutter & Weggner's are restaurants where yo will find film industry celebrities in the city eating, drinking, and socializing.

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