In light of this year’s anniversary edition, we will be looking back on the festival’s eventful history. The foundation for Sehsüchte was laid fifty years ago. Originally, the Film and Television Academy of the GDR organized the FDJ-Studententage to showcase local films, later expanding to include other “friendly” countries. Subsequently, the Studententage grew to become the Eastern Bloc’s largest student film festival. In 1995 the Media Studies students took on the Festival and renamed it Sehsüchte. Since then, each edition is newly formed under a team composed of that year’s class. This has enabled Sehüchte to develop into a renowned platform for the next generation of international film talent.
The Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Germany’s oldest film school, has acted as festival location and mothership for many years; not just as an educational institution, but as an inclusive forum for students from around the world. The integration of Sehsüchte into the university context, and the close network of film students and the industry, sponsors, artists and academics remains unique to this day.