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100th anniversary of Studio Babelsberg

Studio Babelsberg will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012. The year 1912 has always been considered the year of birth of Babelsberg as Germany’s center for feature film productions. On February 12, 1912, the camera rolled for the first time in Babelsberg. In a glass-house stage, built for filming, shooting began on Urban Gad’s The Dance of the Dead, starring Asta Nielsen, the first movie star of the silent era. Our company has always focused on the year of the “creative” birth and therefore we would like to extend our appreciation and make a tribute to the filmmakers, the people, who have worked at Babelsberg in various positions.

Studio Babelsberg will celebrate in 2012 with diverse events and activities, particularly to honour the numerous German and international filmmakers, who worked at Babelsberg in front of and behind the camera.

Studio Babelsberg is the oldest large-scale studio complex in the world. Deutsche Bioscop, UFA, DEFA, Studio Babelsberg – no other film studio in the world can look back on such a moving history. Studio Babelsberg went through and survived four political systems: Monarchy, Weimar Republic, National Socialism and GDR. Countless renowned filmmakers have worked with Studio Babelsberg, engaging the studio to produce legendary films including Fritz Lang's Metropolis and Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel, starring Marlene Dietrich. Current references are Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer and Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous.

With a complete set of services that make Studio Babelsberg a one-stop-shop, the studio employs one of the best crews in the world and is well known for its unique production services, skillful set construction department and huge prop shops. With 16 sound stages, various back lots and exterior sets on a 39-acre lot, fist-class technical capabilities, highly skilled crews, attractive shooting locations nearby and its close proximity to the trendy city of Berlin, the Studio offers ideal conditions for any production need.

For more information and in case of any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Studio Babelsberg/Corporate Communications.

contact persons

Eike Wolf

Head of Corporate Communications
T: +49 331 / 721 21 37
F: +49 331 / 721 21 35
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Angelika Müller

Studio Tour 
T: +49 331 / 721 21 32
F: +49 331 / 721 21 35
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Bianca Makarewicz

Corporate Communications 
T: +49 331 / 721 21 33
F: +49 331 / 721 21 35
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