Schuldenberg Films

Schuldenberg Films is an independent film production company based in Berlin and Bad Endorf (Bavaria). SBF focuses on the production of genre-bending films with a critical and political approach, spanning from feature films, documentaries to short and experimental art works. Visionary and bold stories are combined with a diverse, feminist, and progressive approach in assembling crews and structuring productions. Schuldenberg Films is jointly managed by producers Sophie Ahrens, Fabian Altenried and Kristof Gerega.

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Features      Go to: Shorts & mid length

Life is not a competition but I'm winning

Doc, 79 minutes, colour/b&wWriter & director Julia Fuhr Mann
Premiere Settimana Internazionale della Critica Venice 2023
Coproduction w/ HFF Munich, ZDF/3satDistribution CineGlobal (GER)Sales First Hand Films
Awards First Steps Award Micheal-Ballhaus-Award for Best Cinematography / Best Cinematography Int. Women Film Fest Dortmund + Cologne / British Pathé Archive Award 2021 / Sunny Side of the Doc Prize 2021 DOK.fest Munich / ARRI Production Award 2021
Part of Locarno First Look 2022

Salty Water

Original title Südsee
Drama, 89 minutes, colourWriter & director Henrika Kull
Premiere Filmfest Munich 2023
Awards German Cinema New Talent Award for Dor Aloni


Thriller, 86 minutes, colourWriter & director Ann Oren
Premiere Concorso Internazionale Locarno 2022Distribution Salzgeber (GER), Oscilloscope (US/Canda)Sales Rediance
Awards Junior Jury Award Locarno / Best Feature Calgary / Silver Hugo Chicago / Best Film Junior Jury Márgenes Madrid / Spirit of the Festival Award Cork / Prix du Jury Gerardmer / Best Production and Best Director Achtung Berlin / German Film Critics Award Best Debut Feature 2023
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Beyond Revolution

German title Generation Euromeidan
Documentary, 94 minutes, colourWriter & director Kristof Gerega
Coproduction with Thurnfilm, Weltfilm
Commisioner ZDF / Das Kleine Fernsehspiel
Premiere Human Rights Film Festival, Berlin 2022Sales New Docs
Awards German Documentary Audience Award 2023
Watch here: ZDF Mediathek


Drama, 81 minutes, colourWriter Tucké RoyaleDirector Johannes Schmit
Premiere Max Opühls Preis 2020Distribution SalzgeberSales Media Luna New Films
Awards Best Debut Film, German Film Critics Award / Best Feature Film Max Ophüls Preis /
Prize For Socially Relevant Film Max Ophüls Preis / Braunschweiger Filmpreis
Pre-selected for the German Film Prize "Lola" 2021
Special event Geteilte Gegenwart
VoD VimeoOther services
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No Longer Our Homeland

Documentary, 92 minutes, colourWriter & director Kristof Gerega
Coproduction w/ weltfilm (Ger), FilmArtProduction (PL), TVP (PL)
Premiere Mostra São Paulo IFF 2016

Oilfields Mines Hurricanes

Experimental, 122 minutes, colourWriter CollectiveDirector Fabian Altenried
Premiere IFF Rotterdam 2014

Noah –   post-production

Drama, ca. 80 minutes, colourWriter & director Ali Tamim
Coproduction w/ Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF & RBB
Funded by Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg
Awards German Script Award ("Lola") 2023

Strange River –   pre-production

Drama, ca. 100 minutes, colourWriter & director Jaume Claret Muxart
Production Miramemiracoproduction Schuldenberg Films
Funded by Eurimages; FFF Bayern (GER); ICEC, ICAA, TCV (ESP) Broadcaster Spain TVC
Labs & Markets Ikusmira Berriak SSIFF, L’Alternativa Mentoring Projects

Objet a –   development

Drama, ca. 90 minutes, colourWriter & director Ann Oren
Funded by BKMDevelopment funding Medienboard Berlin BrandenburgScript funded by BKM
Labs & Markets Alliance for Development Locarno 2023, FIDLab Marseille 2023

Abitanti –   development

Drama, ca. 90 minutes, colourWriter & director Kerstin Neuwirth
Coproduction w/ WDR
Development fundeding Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Labs & Markets Torino FeatureLab 2022, Crossing Europe FF Linz 2022, Forum Alentours 2021, Screenwirters Residency Pustnik 2019

Molécules –   development

Drama, ca. 90 minutes, colourWriter & director Vero Cratzborn
Production Tomsa Filmscoproduction Schuldenberg Films
Developtment funding FFA (Ger) / CNC, Pictanovo (Fr)
Labs & Markets Allicance for Development Locarno 2022

Shorts & Mid length      Go to: Features

Ash Wednesday

Musical/drama, 29 minutes, colourDirectors Bárbara Santos, João Pedro Prado
Writers Bia Krieger, João Pedro Prado, Bárbara Santos, Uriara Maciel
Premiere Berlinale Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2023

I Loved You First

Fiction, 15 minutes, colourWriter & director Hai Anh Trieu
Premiere Competition Max Ophüls Preis 2023 Festival Distribution Agencia Freak


Experimental, 13 minutes, colourWriter & director Ilaria di Carlo
Premiere Filmfest Dresden National Competition 2022Sales & Distribution Radiator
Awards (Selection) Best Short Film 40. Torino / Special Mention Drama ISFF Greece / Wagnis Prize Flensburg / Grand Prix Split Croatia / Special Mention Landshut / NaturVision Short Film Prize
Part of Short Export - Made in Germany
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Papaya & Pommes

Political cooking series, 5 x ca. 7 minutes, colourCreators Daeng Khamlao & Kristof Gerega
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Drama, 29 minutes, colourWriter & director Fabian Altenried
Premiere Vienna Shorts Competition 2021 / Filmfest Dresden Competition 2021

Two Stones

Art/doc, 60 minutes, colourWriter & director Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Premiere FID Marseille International Competition 2020 / HKW Berlin (installation) 2019
Sales & Distribution LUX

1000 Smiles Per Hour

Drama, 15 minutes, black&whiteWriter Anne HeierDirector Fabian Altenried
Premiere Edinburgh IFF / Sarajevo FF, 2017

Cinema Olanda

Art/doc, 17 minutes, colourWriter & director Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Premiere Berlinale 2018 / La Biennale di Venezia (installation) 2017
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Looking For Europe

Documentary, 34 minutes, colourWriter & director Kristof Gerega
Premiere FilmFestival Cottbus 2018

Prologue: Squat / Anti-Squat

Art/doc, 34 minutes, colourWriter & director Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Premiere La Biennale di Venezia 2017 / daad Berlin 2017


Schuldenberg Films
Sophie Ahrens, Fabian Altenried, Kristof Gerega

Hobrechtstraße 79
12043 Berlin

Langbürgnerseestraße 10c
83093 Bad Endorf

+49 30 55475478

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