Film still for "Lotte in Weimar"


In cooperation with Bertz + Fischer Verlag, the DEFA Foundation publishes its series of publications, which in irregular intervals provide access to important texts on the history of DEFA. It publishes essays, documentaries and research work from the foundation's sponsored projects.

In collaboration with other publishing houses, volumes on individual DEFA artists are also being produced. The series of manuscripts features unpublished funding results.

Foundation Series

The following volumes, published by Aufbau Publishing, Peter Lang Publishing, Christoph Links Publishing, Das Neue Berlin, Edition Ebersbach, Röhrig University Press, or the Filmmuseum Potsdam, are also part of the DEFA Foundation’s publication series:

Journal of the DEFA-Foundation


The Journal of the DEFA-Stiftung

A journal entitled "Leuchtkraft" was published for the first time on the 20th anniversary of the founding of the DEFA Foundation. The title alludes to Jochen Krausser's grotesque film Leuchtkraft der Ziege (1987). The journal highlights the work of the foundation, what has been achieved and what is still to come. It offers texts, interviews, analyses and reports on DEFA research and DEFA events. The editorial team has been in the hands of Linda Söffker since 2022.

The journals are available to download free of charge on the following pages (in German):


“apropos Film” is an annual publication by the DEFA Foundation that appeared from 2000 to 2006. It approaches DEFA history through academic essays and testimonies, but it also deals with new German film production. Reports by the Board of Directors provide an overview of the foundation’s work and funding activities. The 2005 yearbook is the last volume of this series.

The Publishers

Dr. Erika Richter was editor of the journal wissenschaftliche Mitteilungen for many years. She wrote her dissertation on DEFA’s contemporary films of the early 1970s. From 1992 to 1999 she was responsible for the publication of the magazine Film und Fernsehen.

Ralf Schenk was editor of the journals Film und Fernsehen, Weltbühne and Wochenpost. He was also a staff member of the Filmmuseum Potsdam, editor and publisher of numerous film books, and he wrote about a dozen television documentaries for ORB and MDR.

Claus Löser was born in 1962. Since 1990, he has worked as a freelance author and film critic, as well as program developer for Brotfabrik Cinema in Berlin-Weißensee. He is the author of Counter Images: GDR Underground Films, and he is co-editor of a book about filmic subversion in the GDR from 1976-1989, which appeared under the title Gegenbilder.

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