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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


Ferdi Ortaeri


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


Faezeh Nikoozad


  • 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)


Mariam Mekiwi


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


Rosana Cuellar, Willy Hans


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


Maya Connors, Benjamin Wölfing


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


Hana Kim


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


Heiko Volkmer, Helena Wittmann


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


Il Kang, Bernhard Hetzenauer


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


Victor Orozco Ramirez


  • 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)

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

We cordially invite you to the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as to the presentation of the Hiscox Art Prize on November 4 from 6 p.m. via 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.

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

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?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.