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The Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW) (formerly the Filmbewertungsstelle Wiesbaden) is a German federal authority for evaluating and rating film and media. It was founded by resolution on August 20, 1951 by a regular assembly of all German state ministers of education, (Kultusministerkonferenz). The FBW, overseen by the Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts, renders an expert opinion on films. Its two certification marks for outstanding quality are "valuable" (Wertvoll) and "especially valuable" (Besonders wertvoll).

The first film to be reviewed and decorated by this institution was Peter Lorre's directorial debut, Der Verlorene.

The FBW and the Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft (Voluntary Self Regulation of the Movie Industry, also known as FSK), based in Wiesbaden, work independently from each other. The FSk (similar to the British Board of Film Classification) manages a motion picture rating system with regard to the eligibility of films for children, and concentrates on how old viewers must be before they might be allowed to consume the examined media without the company of an adult. While the FSK has a remit to examine all media before they can be sold in Germany, the FBW audits only selected films of suitable quality.

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