It was founded in 1918 as Ufa-Sinfonieorchester and was re-established in 1993 by Klaus Peter Beyer under its current name. The orchestra derives its name from the legendary Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam-Babelsberg, a city part of Potsdam today, where notable films such as Metropolis, Dr. Mabuse and The Blue Angel, Inglorious Basterds or Bridge of Spies were produced
The Film Orchestra frequently presents live performances of silent films and other concerts and is very active in recording music for the television, gaming, music and film industries. Additionally, the orchestra has collaborated over 800 times collaborates with prominent artists in popular and jazz music on crossover projects. It has worked with artists like Shania Twain (Up!), Celine Dion (A New Day Has Come) and Bryan Adams (Colour Me Kubrick). It appeared on several albums the German Metal Band Rammstein, like "Mutter" (2001), "Reise, Reise"(2004) and "Liebe ist für alle da" (2009), and several Max Richter Albums. It has also worked with the German Progressive Rock Band Karat on its 1997 album "Balance" and its live album "25 Jahre Karat" (25 Years of Karat, 2001). In 2012 the Orchestra took part in creation of sixth Avantasia's studio album "The Mystery of Time". In 2015 it backed Ronan Harris on VNV Nation's Resonance: Music For Orchestra Vol. 1, which was a No. 7 hit in Germany, on the mainstream GfK Entertainment Charts.
The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg appears on more than 1.000 film productions, such as "Arlo the Alligator Boy", "Ad Astra" , "Tides", "Love, Death & Robots", "Sleepless", "Timeless", "Alone in Berlin", Hitman: Agent 47", Escobar: Paradise Lost", "Hector and the Search for Happiness", "The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared", "The Congress", "Anonymous", "Little Big Panda", Ninja Assassin", Laura´s Star" and "Snow White".
From 1993 the studios of the orchestra were located in the former radio quarters of the GDR, at Nalepastraße in Oberschöneweide, Berlin. In December, 2007 the orchestra was able to move "back to the roots" in Babelsberg, into a building in the area of Film Studio Babelsberg.
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