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.