German, French
1 year (October to September)
Paid by host:

travel and living expenses during study visits

part of the accommodation costs in Paris and London

It is possible to apply for a stipend - for further information, please contact the Atelier managers.

Paid by artist:
  • program fee
  • accommodation in Ludwigsburg (organised by the Atelier but at the charge of the participant) and part of accommodation costs in Paris and London.
  • health insurance
Application guidelines:

The Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris is aimed at European graduates from film schools or other relevant courses of study. Applicants should already have acquired some professional experience in the film industry to serve as a foundation to this intensive and specific training course on film production and distribution from a European perspective. Candidates should be from one of the MEDIA countries (EU countries, Croatia, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland), be under 30 and must have a good knowledge of English, and of either French or German. German applicants should send their applications to the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, French applicants should submit their applications to La fémis in Paris. Applicants from other EU countries may submit their application to either La fémis or the Film Academy, depending on their language skills. If their initial application is not successful, applicants may make submit one further application to participate in Atelier. Find out on the Atelier website how to apply.


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Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris

Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris

French-German Filmacademy

The Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris is a one-year training programme for budding European film producers and distributors. Well-regarded professionals from the film and media industry teach classes on production and distribution.

The atelier aims to:

  • convey comprehensive knowledge with a strong practical slant about the European film industry, focussing on script and project development, financing, production, distribution and marketing.
  • set up and develop a network of young European producers.
  • establish contacts in the European film industry.
  • awaken curiosity and enthusiasm for the French and German language, culture and mindset.

The taught modules in Ludwigsburg (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg), Paris (La Fémis) and London (NFTS) convey practical and theoretical knowledge about financing, film funding, script development, calculating a budget, drawing up a shooting schedule and shooting a film. These modules also cover contract law, as well as film distribution and world sales. Additionally, the study trips to the international film festivals in Berlin and Cannes offer participants a chance to discover what a festival has to offer, how the festivals are organised and the opportunities they present. Students receive official film professional accreditation, allowing them access to film screenings, the Film Market and many other festival events.

Read more about the programme course here.


The development and production of short films is a leitmotif running through the entire course. Since 2003 each class has produced a series of short films on a stipulated topic in the form of a co-production with ARTE and SWR. ATELIER participants assume the role of producers here.


Mainly in Ludwigsburg, Germany (at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg) and in Paris, France (La Fémis). Additionally, study trips are organised to Strasbourg (visit to the broadcaster ARTE), Munich (visit to ARRI post production, the ARRI cinema and Bavaria Film), Angers (Premiers Plans Festival), London (study session at NFTS) and to the Berlinale and Cannes Film Festivals.

Contact information

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Akademiehof 10
71638 Ludwigsburg

La fémis, 6 rue Francœur
75018 Paris

Anne_Christine.Knoth [at]
christine.ghazarian [at]