The  Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris is a one-year training programme for young European film producers  and distributors at La F?mis in Paris and the Filmakademie Baden-W?rttemberg in Ludwigsburg.  The programme is co-funded by the  Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme of the EU. 

Besides European applicants, international candidates are also eligible for the training year at the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris.

That gives non-European beginners the opportunity to acquire or develop their skills for a career in the European film industry.

The upcoming training year will be our  20th anniversary edition.

Please note: In 2020/2021, applications by only  English-speaking candidates will be accepted. 

But it is not only hoped that candidates will have a knowledge of German or French, they will also be taking language courses before the beginning 
of the programme and attend language classes which will be organized during the sessions in Ludwigsburg. 

The theoretical parts of the programme will be interpreted simultaneously (German<>English or French<>English) or the classes will be held entirely in English.

The application deadline for the course 2020-2021 is on 01 June 2020.What is behind the name Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris?

What is the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris exactly? What is the course about and how is it organised? And how can you apply? We are happy to answer these questions on the following pages. But let?s start with a fundamental question: What does the programme involve?

The Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris was launched by Prof. Dr. Peter Sehr und Prof. Jan Sch?tte in 2001, initially as pilot project. Both have been directors of the programme on the German side for many years. Since 2002 the programme has been a regular fixture in the coursus offered by the Filmakademie Baden-W?rttemberg in Ludwigsburg and La F?mis in Paris.

Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris is a one-year programme of continuous education funded by the European Union. More exactly: by Media, which is a sub-programme of the initiative CREATIVE EUROPE. Funds for the Atelier programme also come from the French and German governments, the German state of Baden-W?rttemberg and the Franco-German Youth Office. The training year is aimed primarily at up-and-coming film producers and distributors who have already graduated in a similar field. Prestigious lecturers come from the most varied fields of expertise in the film industry. They include producers and distributors, and also authors, directors and film composers from France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

More informations here in our trailer here or in our brochure here.

How to apply

Who is eligible to participate in the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris?
The year of continuous education is addressed to up-and-coming producers and distributors aged up to 30. It offers in-depth training with a European bias. If you have graduated from a film university or other relevant course, and have gained some professional experience in the film industry, we look forward to your application. The deadline for the academic year 2020/2021 is 1 June 2020, 12 pm CEST. If your application is positively received, we will invite you to Ludwigsburg for an entrance examination end of June 2020. The entrance examination in Paris is expected to take place in July.

Applicants from all over the world
Besides European applicants, international candidates are also eligible for the training year at Ludwigsburg-Paris.
The 2020/2021 programme is also open to applicants who do not come from member countries of the EU?s CREATIVE EUROPE programme. That also gives non-European beginners the opportunity to acquire or develop their skills for a career in the European film industry.

Necessary language skills
For the fifth time, this year English-speaking candidates can also apply – even if they do not speak French or German. However they will be required to take preparatory language courses in these languages. In addition, the Atelier offers accompanying courses in German and French. During the first two sessions in Ludwigsburg and Paris teaching in some modules will be in English or will be interpreted simultaneously (German into English or French into English).

The course fees in 2019/2020 were ?1500, plus costs for accommodation in Ludwigsburg, Paris and London (?2900) (subject to change in the 2020/2021course year). The Atelier will organise and cover the cost of accommodation for excursions and festivals. It will also organise and subside accommodation in Ludwigsburg/Stuttgart, Paris and London on a pro rata basis (included in the ?2900).
The course fee and share in accommodation costs must be paid before you start the programme at the film academy.
It is possible to apply for a scholarship for candidates who have been selected on the German side, further information will be sent to you after you receive your notice of acceptance by the Filmakademie.

Necessary application documents*
Please submit your application by email to our programme coordinator Anne Christine Knoth. Please only send one PDF file which should not exceed 3 MB. The following documents in English or German are required:

  • Application form (here)
  • C.v. in tabular form with a photo
  • Letter of motivation for participating in the Atelier and a short explanation of the career pathway you wish to pursue after the training year (maximum one DIN A4 page)
  • Portrait of a real, well-known producer (maximum two DIN A4 pages)
  • Description of a film that appeared in cinemas the last 24 months and impressed you (maximum two DIN A4 pages)
  • Proof of higher education entrance qualification (e.g. school leaving certificate)
  • Proof of academic degree (e.g. university, college)
  • Proof of at least six months of practical experience in the film industry and of at least four weeks set experience (placements etc)
  • Proof of good English skills (e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate, time spent abroad)
  • Scan of your identity card or passport
  • Optional: a link/file with a two-minute film (extracts, work samples, montages)

Where do I send my application?
German and German-speaking candidates should send their applications to Filmakademie Baden-W?rttemberg in Ludwigsburg. The same applies to English-speaking applicants without adequate French or German knowledge. Applications from French-speaking candidates go to La F?mis film school in Paris. For more details, see
If you are not taken the first time, you can reapply once for a place in Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris.

The interviews will be held in Ludwigsburg the 23rd and 24th of June and in Paris in July.

Find additional information here.


*Transmission of application documents
In the course of your application (by email/mail) various personal application data will be collected and processed by us.
This particularly includes your
?    contact details (name, address, telephone number and email address)
?    application documents (cover letter, CV, certificates or evidence of formal qualifications)
?    copy of identity card/passport
?    work samples
Your personal application data will be collected and processed exclusively for the intended purpose of selecting participants for the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris.  Your data will only be communicated to internal bodies and departments in our company that are competent for the specific application process. Your personal application data will not be transmitted to other companies without your previous express approval. Your application data will not be exploited in any other way or disclosed to third parties. Three months after completion of the application process, your personal application data will automatically be deleted. This does not apply provided that a deletion of your data conflicts with statutory regulations, a further storage is required for evidence or you have given explicit consent to further store your data for future vacancies etc. The application documents for participating in the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris are kept permanently for archiving purposes.  If an applicant is admitted to the programme, the transmitted data will be stored for the purpose of the programme in compliance with the statutory provisions.


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