The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg (also known as Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg in German) is a symphony orchestra based in Potsdam, Germany. It was founded in 1993 by Klaus Peter Beyer. 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 were produced. The Film Orchestra frequently presents live performances of silent films and is very active in recording music for the television and film industries. Additionally, the orchestra often collaborates with prominent artists in popular and jazz music on crossover projects.
The Orchestra has worked with the German Metal Band Rammstein and appeared on their 2009 Album "Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da." It has also worked with the German Progressive Rock Band Karat, perhaps most notably on its 1997 album "Balance" and its live album "25 Jahre Karat" (25 Years of Karat, 2001).
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.
The German Film Orchestra's current Chief Conductor is Scott Lawton, who assumed his post in 1999. The former conductor was Frank Strobel.