Plans for a Film Academy in Görlitz Move Forward

The Kaufhaus in Görlitz – Photo by Tessa Enright

Görlitz has become known worldwide as a popular location for filmmakers. Now the mayor, Octavian Ursu, has announced that he wants Görlitz to have a film academy – a place where young people can learn the skills needed to work in the film industry. In talks with Stefan Arndt, managing director of the production company X-Films which has worked on such productions as “Run Loal Run” and “Babylon Berlin“, the shortage of skilled workers for the film industry was discussed and the ways in which Görlitz could help with this problem.

Having a film academy here would cement Görlitz as a “film city” and provide skilled training for young people in the region in areas like lighting, equipment and sound technology. The Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz is involved in the talks, as well as the Senckenberg Museum, whose director Willy Xylander would like nature filmmakers to benefit from the training. Still in the planning stages, the goal is to have the first 12-18 students able to start a course of study by the summer semester of 2021.