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GFQ 1_2013

GFQ 1-2013 40 GERMAN FILMS: A PROFILE SHAREHOLDERS are the Association of German Film Pro- ducers, the German Producers Alliance, the Association of German Film Exporters, the German Federal Film Board (FFA), the Deutsche Kinemathek, the German Documentary Associa- tion, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and the German Short Film Association. ADVISORY BOARD Martin Moszkowicz Chairman Peter Dinges Antonio Exacoustos Sylke Gottlebe Kirsten Niehuus Ulrike Schauz In addition, German Films has foreign representatives for Eastern Europe, China, and the USA/Canada. German Films’ budget of presently €4.7 million comes from film export levies, the office of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and the FFA. The seven main regional film funds (FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, and Nordmedia) make a financial contribution – currently amounting to €345,000 – towards the work of German Films. German Films is a founding member of the European Film Promotion, a network of European film organizations with similar responsibilities to those of German Films. The organiza- tion, with its headquarters in Hamburg, aims to develop and realize joint projects for the presentation of European films on an international level. In association and cooperation with its shareholders, German Films works to promote feature, documentary, television and short films. RANGE OF ACTIVITIES  Close cooperation with major international film festivals, in- cluding Berlin, Cannes, Venice, San Sebastian, Locarno, Rome, Karlovy Vary, Montreal, Toronto, New York, Shanghai, Warsaw, Moscow, and Busan  Organization of umbrella stands for German sales companies and producers at international television and film markets (Berlin, Cannes, AFM Los Angeles, Shanghai) Staging of Festivals of German Films in selected international territories Staging of the German Premieres industry screenings in New York, and other selected territories  Providing advice and information for representatives of the international press and buyers from the fields of cinema, video, and television  Providing advice and information for German filmmakers and press on international festivals, conditions of participation, and German films being shown Organization of the annual Next Generation/Short Tiger short film program, which presents a selection of shorts and is inter- nationally premiered at Cannes  Publication of informational literature about current German films and the German film industry, as well as international market analyses and special festival brochures  A website ( offering information about new German films, a film archive, information and links to German and international film festivals and institutions, and a VOD platform for buyers and festival delegates  Organization of the selection procedure for the German entry for the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film  Collaboration with Deutsche Welle’s DW-TV KINO program which features the latest German film releases and inter- national productions in Germany  Organization of the German Films Previews geared toward arthouse distributors and buyers of German films  Selective financial Distribution Support for the foreign releases of German films  Organization with Unifrance of the annual German-French film meeting TEAM Mariette Rissenbeek Managing Director Julia Basler Documentary Film Angela Hawkins Publications & Website Editor Barbie Heusinger Distribution Support Nicole Kaufmann Regional Coordinator: USA, UK & Northern Europe Birgit Koch Press & PR Verena Köstler Accounts Iris Reiz Assistant to the Managing Director Dennis Ruh Festival Coordinator Maike Schantz Regional Coordinator: Southern Europe & South America Martin Scheuring Project Coordinator & Short Film Bernhard Simek Regional Coordinator: Eastern Europe & Australia Konstanze Welz Television, Regional Coordinator: Asia German Films Service + Marketing is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide. It was established in 1954 under the name Export-Union of German Cinema as the umbrella association for the Association of German Feature Film Producers, the Association of New German Feature Film Producers and the Association of German Film Exporters, and operates today in the legal form of a limited company. In 2004, the company was reorganized and now operates under the name: German Films Service + Marketing GmbH S.40_GF_Profile_Layout 1 25.01.13 15:27 Seite 1