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An International Network

One of the things that the Ludwigsburg campus does best is forging deep ties between students. At this school, students naturally spend more time with each other than at film schools in major cities. This intensive environment fosters networks that, in many cases, go on to form enduring foundations for successful careers. As careers these days are focussed less and less on a solely national, let alone regional basis, a film school that is considered one of the best in the world must also give its students the opportunity to establish international connections. The Film Academy brings this about at various levels. Today, many applicants feel that these manifold opportunities play a big role in deciding on Ludwigsburg as their place of study. They see participating in international programmes as a strategic investment in the expansion of the scope of their professional performance. Currently 25% of students voluntarily take part in international programmes, and the trend is increasing. This means that the maintenance and development of international opportunities is gaining core, strategic significance. In addition, international elements have become, in a few places, part of the curriculum, such as the Immersion in International Producing in the Production course; the Ludwigsburg-Paris workshop runs a one-year programme for European trainee producers at various European locations and the Animation sans frontières programme, run by the Animation Institute in cooperation with other schools, lends Animation graduates an European perspective. The Porsche International Student Advertising Film Award takes a special stance: since its establishment in 2016 with the National Film and Television School (NFTS), it has been offering an international showcase of young advertising film-makers, alternating between Ludwigsburg and London. The ongoing development of international relationships has mobility opportunities in mind that are even more finely tailored to students’ widely diversified, individual interests. International activities are not strictly linked to the film academy’s courses and immersion programmes, rather they can be freely chosen by the students as part of projects. There are currently 12 foreign partner schools who have agreed to bilateral exchanges with us, including Bezalel University in Jerusalem, Ryerson University in Toronto, or Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. We are currently discussing opportunities with other institutions, too. Alongside these are project-focussed programmes with Lebanon (since 2014), the Hollywood Workshop, Los Angeles (since 2000) or the Fiction Alexa project at the fémis in Paris (since 2008) which are targeted towards all kinds of students. Though these “Outgoings” programmes have enjoyed a long tradition at the Film Academy, foreign exchange students have only been a staple of campus life in consistently high numbers since the 2014/2015 academic year. From then on, students from the partner institutions of the Film Academy have been able to attend the International Class (ICLA) in English. With an open mind towards all types of motion pictures and cultural backgrounds, the ICLA is formed from twelve students who spend a winter semester together at the Film Academy. The hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum offers exchange students extremely high quality English language courses. The fact that the ICLA teachers themselves often come from abroad contributes to the internationalisation of the teaching. What started out as an experiment soon became an inextricable part of campus life. Numerous encounters with regular students, both inside and outside of the classroom, have nurtured an ongoing dialogue with mutual interest from both sides. Over the course of its short existence, the ICLA has so far already shaped CVs with its cosmopolitan charm and initiated film projects in countries such as Israel, Myanmar or Lebanon which would not have been possible before. All participants of the ICLA come away with a different perspective on their own life and artistic work. By showing them directly and practically the enriching experiences that an international perspective can provide, the ICLA realises ideas of building up a global network, bringing together the big picture of the film academy’s international programme. Many parts of the international programme of the Film Academy have been made possible thanks to the generous and ongoing support of its sponsors, above all the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Verwertungsgesellschaft für Nutzungsrechte an Filmwerken (VGF).

 

 


Management

Guido Lukoschek
Coordinator of International Relations
Tel:+49 7141 969 82194
E-Mail

Guido Lukoschek
Guido Lukoschek

Management, International Office, Grants, Pitching

Sujatha Wanigesinghe
Assistant
Tel:+49 7141 969 82106
E-Mail

Sujatha Wanigesinghe
Sujatha Wanigesinghe
Guido Lukoschek
Guido Lukoschek
Coordinator of International Relations
Sujatha Wanigesinghe
Sujatha Wanigesinghe
Assistant