NEXT WAVE is a full-time course at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) from October through June, with visits to partner film schools and festivals. Participants must be available and present (on-site or online, depending on the general health situation) full-time throughout the programme.

NEXT WAVE is aimed at committed young professionals with a collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial mind-set and with backgrounds in film sales, distribution, exhibition, festivals and curatorship, marketing or audience development.

Applicants must have relevant, documented experience of three to five years in creating, producing, distributing, marketing or programming in formats that engage audiences across different platforms. An excellent standard of spoken and written English is essential. All classes are taught in English. The recommended age for participants is 25 to 33 years.

NEXT WAVE will take on up to 15 European participants (in exceptional cases up to three applicants from non-European countries will be accepted).

Application Dates

We are currently not accepting further applications.

The application process includes a proposal for an individual project and in a second round a video interview will be held with the selection committee.

The video interviews will take place in mid-July 2020.

The final decision will be communicated until the beginning of August 2020.

Cost and Scholarships

The program fee is 4.000 €.
This fee covers the tuition fee as well as all cost for travel, accommodation and accreditations related to the study trips during the program.

A monthly public transport ticket for Berlin will be provided for all participants for the duration of the program (October 2020 – June 2021).

Applicants from European Low Production Capacity Countries can apply for one of the MEDIA – Creative Europe scholarships. See details in the FAQ section below.


Will the Covid-19 pandemic affect the NEXT WAVE programme?
We are closely monitoring the developments regarding the public health situation and regulations. Depending on the situation, parts of NEXT WAVE could take place remotely as online classes.

How exactly is NEXT WAVE different from other training programmes?
To date, there has been no comparable long-term post-graduate level programme bringing together young professionals who will reinvigorate sales, festivals, marketing, programming and audience engagement in the European landscape and beyond. It combines teaching modules with practical assignments and the development of the participant's own project.

How can I find out whether NEXT WAVE is the right programme for me?
To make sure applying for and attending NEXT WAVE is the right step for you, please get in contact with the programme coordinator to schedule a Skype call via

How many hours per week is the course? Is it done in weekend modules?
The programme runs from October 2020 through June 2021 and consists of 20-25 hours of seminars and workshops as well as additional individual and group work. Teaching, study trips and group seminars will take place during three to four days per week, assignments will be done independently. Depending on the public health situation, certain modules might be taught remotely as online classes.

What does a typical week at NEXT WAVE look like?
The schedule at NEXT WAVE typically runs Monday to Thursday and includes seminars, workshops and case studies, mostly during the day, with a part of the programme also taking place in the evenings. Study trips will also include weekends.

Can I pursue a full-time job while enrolled in the programme?
Due to the intensive nature of the course, a full-time employment during the programme will be too big of a workload. Based on the individual circumstances, we recommend participants to reduce their working time to 10 hours per week and focus mainly on the content of the training programme.

Will I receive a degree at the end of NEXT WAVE?
No official academic degree will be awarded, since this programme is outside of any bachelor or master course. The NEXT WAVE Summit and Pitch will provide you with the opportunity to present your individual project and yourself to an audience of professionals. You will receive a certificate that states the content of the curriculum but no credits will be given. The core benefits of attending NEXT WAVE are the learning experience, the material and examples that you will be able to present to potential clients and employers as well as the international network you will build.

Will there be any on or off-campus-housing provided to the participants?
No housing or accommodation will be arranged or paid for you. You will need to find and arrange accommodation for yourself. However, we will point you to some helpful internet addresses.

I have no previous experience in sales, distribution, curatorship, marketing or audience engagement, but I am very interested in this field. Can I still apply?
Unfortunately not. We can only consider applicants with relevant, documented experience in creating, producing, distributing, marketing or programming in formats that engage audiences across different platforms.

What is the scholarship/tuition waiver and who can receive it?
The scholarship covers the full tuition fee of 4.000 €. Only applicants from European Low Production Capacity Countries (as of March 2018 these are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, FYROM, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) can apply for one.