University of Television and Film Munich
The University of Television and Film Munich (German: Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, HFF Munich) is a publicly funded film school
Film school
The term film school is used to describe any educational institution dedicated to teaching aspects of filmmaking, including such subjects as film production, film theory, digital media production, and screenwriting. Film history courses and hands-on technical training are usually incorporated into...

 in Munich
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, Germany
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. The school was established in 1966 by decree of the Bavarian government. The University of Television and Film Munich is one of Germany's most reputable film schools with about 350 students enrolled. Currently a new building in Munich city centre is being built to which the school will be moving in 2010. The school celebrated its 40th anniversary in November 2007.


Application deadline is February 28th of any calendar year. The examination questions for new applicants can be downloaded or ordered by mail from the 15th of November. The teacher to student ratio is about 1:9, the staff to student ratio is approximately 1:4.
  • Department III - Film and Television Drama Directing (7-9 places)
    • Department III/K - Cinematography/Fiction (2-4 places)
    • Department III/D - Screenwriting
      Screenwriting is the art and craft of writing scripts for mass media such as feature films, television productions or video games. It is a freelance profession....

      /Fiction (2-4 places)
  • Department IV - Documentary
    Documentary film
    Documentary films constitute a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record...

     Film and Television Reportage Directing (7-9 places)
    • Department IV/K - Cinematography/Documentary (2-4 places)
    • Department IV/D - Screenwriting/Documentary (2-4 places)
  • Department V - Film Production and Media Economics (10-15 places)

All students have to attend classes coordinated by departments I (Media and Communication Studies) and II (Media Technology).

Additionally, students have to choose from interdepartmental lectures in four fields:
  • Creative Writing
  • TV Journalism
  • Advertising

Distinguished Alumni

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  • Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
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  • Doris Dörrie
    Doris Dörrie
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  • Uli Edel
    Uli Edel
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  • Bernd Eichinger
    Bernd Eichinger
    Bernd Eichinger was a German film producer and director.- Life and career :Eichinger was born in Neuburg an der Donau. He attended the University of Television and Film Munich in the 1970s, and bought a stake in the fledgling studio company Neue Constantin Film in 1979, becoming its executive...

  • Roland Emmerich
    Roland Emmerich
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  • Florian Gallenberger
    Florian Gallenberger
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  • Katja von Garnier
    Katja von Garnier
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  • Mika Kaurismäki
    Mika Kaurismäki
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  • Caroline Link
    Caroline Link
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  • Wim Wenders
    Wim Wenders
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  • Sönke Wortmann
    Sönke Wortmann
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