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Berenberg Film Prize of the HFBK

The HFBK Film Prize, totalling 5,000 euros, was awarded for the first time in 2012.


This prize is offered by Berenberg (since 2016, before: Hamburgische Kulturstiftung) to support new talent. It is intended to assist young filmmakers in becoming independent and in planning their next film project after completing their studies at the HFBK Hamburg, and to bring new talent to the attention of the film industry.


The HFBK Film Prize is to be awarded annually in conjunction with the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg’s Final Cut film screening. The winner is chosen by an external jury of experts.

Award Winners

2020

Ferdi Ortaeri

Jury

  • Irene von Alberti, Regisseurin und Produzentin
  • Jens Balkenborg, Filmkritiker
  • Linda Söffker, Leiterin der Sektion Perspektive Deutsches Kino der Berlinale

2019

Faezeh Nikoozad

Jury

  • Katharina Duve (Absolventin der HFBK Hamburg, Filmemacherin und Mitbegründerin des Filmkollektivs AUGE ALTONA)
  • Anja Ellenberger (Freie Kuratorin mit Schwerpunkt Film)
  • Julia Teichmann (Freie Filmjournalistin, Programmkuratorin bei verschiedenen Filmfestivals)

2018

Mariam Mekiwi

Jury

  • Esther Buss (Kritikerin)
  • Jens Geiger (Filmfest Hamburg)
  • Jules Herrmann (Filmemacherin)

2017

Rosana Cuellar, Willy Hans

Jury

  • Alejandro Bachmann (Kurator, Autor, Österreichisches Filmmuseum)
  • Hermine Huntgeburth (Drehbuchautorin, Regisseurin)
  • Peter Zorn (Produzent, Kurator, Medienwissenschaftler, Werkleitz)

2016

Maya Connors, Benjamin Wölfing

Jury

  • Michael Baute (Autor, Dozent, Kurator)
  • Maike Mia Höhne (Filmemacherin, Kuratorin der Berlinale Shorts)
  • Florian Krautkrämer (Medientheoretiker)

2015

Hana Kim

Jury

  • Alexandra Gramatke (Geschäftsführung KurzFilmAgentur)
  • Monika Treut (Regisseurin, Produzentin, Autorin)
  • Florian Wüst (Künstler, Filmkurator)

2014

Heiko Volkmer, Helena Wittmann

Jury

  • Jenni Zylka (Autorin)
  • Olaf Möller (Autor, European Editor Film Comment New York)
  • Werner Ružička (Leiter der Duisburger Filmwoche)

2013

Il Kang, Bernhard Hetzenauer

Jury

  • Marieanne Bergmann (Freie Beraterin für Filmprojekte, bis 2012 Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig‐Holstein)
  • Sarah Khan (Autorin)
  • Dietrich Kuhlbrodt (Filmkritiker / Schauspieler)
  • Timo Schierhorn (Filmemacher)

2012

Victor Orozco Ramirez

Jury

  • Michael Girke (Buchautor, Filmkritiker und Kurator, Herford)Birgit Glombitza (Leitung Internationales KurzFilmFestival Hamburg)
  • Reinhard Hinrichs (bis Okt 2011 Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein)
  • Jana Schulz (Schauspielerin u.a. Schauspielhaus Hamburg)

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?