Potsdam - UNESCO Creative City of Film

Since 1911/12, when the first film studio was built in Nowawes (today named Babelsberg), Potsdam has been the cradle of film in Germany. UFA, DEFA and international film and TV production companies have shot numerous feature films, documentaries and TV-series here. Directors and producers are attracted to the outstanding film and media infrastructure and the network of competent film professionals and companies in our city, which is located in close proximity to Berlin. Talented students learn all about film-making at the internationally recognized Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the oldest film university in Germany. The university’s film festival Sehsüchte is by now the biggest student film festival in Europe. Potsdam features the tourist attractions Film Park Babelsberg and the Film Museum. In 2019, Potsdam was designated the first German UNESCO Creative City of Film.

Potsdam – the first UNESCO Creative City of Film in Germany

On 30 October 2019, Potsdam was designated a UNESCO Creative City of Film and has since been a member city in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). This network includes 246 cities, including a total of 18 film cities. Potsdam is the first UNESCO Creative City of Film in Germany.» more

Film Festival 'Sehsüchte'

Sehsüchte is the biggest student film festival in Europe and the center of attention every year for hundreds of filmmakers from all over the world. Besides feature films, Sehsüchte shows and gives awards for documentaries and animated films as well.» more

Film Museum Potsdam

The Film Museum Potsdam is the oldest film museum in Germany and is located in the “Marstall”, the historic horse stables of the Prussian kings next to the City Palace.» more

Filmpark Babelsberg ... and action!

Everything pertaining to film is staged for visitors: set, props, costumes and technical equipment from yesterday to the present.» more

Media City Babelsberg

Far beyond the borders of Potsdam, the district Babelsberg is especially known as a media location.» more

Cinemas in Potsdam

Potsdam has several cinema locations. The spectrum of films shown includes the latest film productions as well as opportunities for fans of classic, cult, and experimental films.» more