Institutionen bundesweit

Associations and institutions nationwide (many of the websites linked below may only be available in German)

The ADU – Assistant Directors Union is the association of assistant directors.

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm (AG DOK) is the professional association of broadcaster-independent authors, directors and producers in Germany and acts as a film and media policy lobby for documentaries.

The AG Kino – Gilde e.V. represents the interests of arthouse cinemas.

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kurzfilm - Bundesverband Deutscher Kurzfilm represents the interests of the short film sector.

More than 30 film distributors form the AG Verleih – Verband unabhängiger Filmverleiher e.V.

The non-profit Akademie der Deutschen Medien is one of the leading media academies in Germany, with over 4,500 participants per year.

The Allianz Deutscher Produzenten – Film & Fernsehen e.V. is the leading association of producers in Germany, with around 270 member companies.

The AVÜ is the association of film translators.

The "Bund der Filmbüros" is a loose association of initiatives that support and advise film associations and cinemas, especially in the cultural sector, and has the following members:

Film & Medienbüro Niedersachsen e. V.
Film- und Kinobüro Hessen e.V.
Filmbüro Bremen
Filmbüro Baden Württemberg e.V.
Filmbüro NW e.V.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Film e.V.
Filmkultur Schleswig-Holstein e.V.
Filmverband Sachsen e.V.
Filmverband Südwest e.V.
Saarländisches Filmbüro e.V.

The Bundesverband Audiovisuelle Medien e.V. (BVV) represents the interests of the major German video program providers.

The BVB – Bundesverband Beleuchtung und Kamerabühne e.V. is the interest group of freelance lighting and camera stage employees.

The Bundesverband deutscher Film- und AV-Produzenten e.V. is a network and interest group.

The Bundesverband Filmschnitt Editor e.V. (BFS) represents the interests of film editors.

The Bundesverband Film- und Fernsehschauspieler represents the interests of actors.

The Bundesverband Green Film & TV Consultants Deutschland e.V. advocates for more sustainability in media production.

The Bundesverband Jugend und Film e.V. (BJF) is the central organization for children's and youth film work in Germany.

The BVK – Bundesverband Kinematografie is the professional association of freelance, image-creating cinematographers and their employees.

The Bundesverband kommunale Filmarbeit (BkF) is the umbrella organization of municipal cinemas in Germany.

The BVL – Bundesverband Locationscouts represents the interests of location scouts in the media industry.

The BVP – Bundesverband Produktion e.V. is a professional association for filmmakers in the production sector.

The bvft – Berufsvereinigung Filmton e.V. is the association representing the interests of film sound professionals.

The Deutsche Filmakademie is an initiative for the promotion of German film and awards the German Film Prize annually.

The non-profit Erich Pommer Institut is one of the leading training providers in the German and European media industry.

The European Film Academy is an association for the promotion of European film culture and awards the European Film Prize annually.

The Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW) awards films the ratings "valuable" and "especially valuable" providing orientation in the wide range of films available.

The FDW Werbung im Kino e.V. represents the interests of all member companies involved in advertising on the big screen.

The Filmwerkstatt Münster has been active and well-known as a regional center for film in Münster, in North Rhine-Westphalia and beyond since 1981.

The Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft (FSK) reviews and issues age ratings for films.

The Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung works to preserve, restore and reconstruct cultural film heritage and make it accessible to the public.

German Films is a national information and advisory center for the international distribution of German films.

The Hauptverband Cinephilie e.V. advocates the promotion and dissemination of cinematic art and culture.

With currently 602 member companies operating 3,260 screens at 801 locations, the HDF KINO e.V. is Germany's largest cinema association.

The IDS – Interessenverband Deutscher Schauspieler is a professional organization for actors.

The ifs internationale filmschule köln is an artistically and academically oriented training and further education institution for media professionals.

INCA-DV is the association of casting agencies and actors' agents.

The Medienwerkstatt Linden e.V. offers workshops and training courses on film production and media education.

The Produzentenverband e.V. is the oldest German producers' association and a platform for small and medium-sized film and TV producers.

The Scope Institute is a non-profit educational institution for film and digital media.

The Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft e.V. (SPIO) represents the interests of the German film, television and video industry.

VeDRA is the association of dramaturges.

The VSK – Verband der Berufsgruppen Szenenbild und Kostümbild e.V. represents the interests of production designers, film architects and costume designers.

The VdFk – Verband der deutschen Filmkritik is the interest group of film journalists, film scholars and film historians.

The Verband der Filmverleiher e.V. (VdF) was founded in 1948 to represent the interests of distributors.

The VDD – Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren e.V. represents the interests of German screenwriters.

The VDS is is the association of voice actors.

The VDT – Verband Deutscher Tonmeister is the professional association for professionals from all areas of the audio industry.

The Verband deutscher Filmexporteure e.V. represents the interests of German world distributors.

The Verband technischer Betriebe für Film und Fernsehen e.V. represents the interests of service companies.

The Vereinigung der hessischen Filmwirtschaft e.V. represents the interests of the state of Hesse and other bodies and structures.

The Verlag der Autoren is an agency for writers for the stage, TV, film and other media.


The Bundesverband Schauspiel Bühne Film Fernsehen Sprache – BFFS offers a monthly BFFS Stammtisch in Frankfurt for all film and TV actors.

Every 2 months on the last Thursday from 6-7pm, Hesse's up-and-coming filmmakers meet at the (virtual) Film & Media Meetup.

Virtual international network platforms

Crew United sees itself as a platform for the professional film and television industry.

Cinando is a database for the international film industry and thus offers a good overview of the film industry.

Production Paradise is an international network specifically for creative professionals in the fields of commercial and image film, digital imaging and photography.