The Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris was launched by Jan Schütte and Peter Sehr in 2001, initially as pilot project. Both have been directors of the programme on the German side for many years. Since 2002 the programme has been a regular fixture in the coursus offered by the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg and La Fémis in Paris.
Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris is a one-year programme of continuous education funded by the European Union. More exactly: by Media, which is a sub-programme of the initiative CREATIVE EUROPE. Funds for the Atelier programme also come from the French and German governments, the German state of Baden-Württemberg and the Franco-German Youth Office. The training year is aimed primarily at up-and-coming film producers and distributors who have already graduated in a similar field. Prestigious lecturers come from the most varied fields of expertise in the film industry. They include producers and distributors, and also authors, directors and film composers from France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.