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SPOTLIGHT: USA
AFM: German Films umbrella suites (© Nicole Kaufmann)

AFI photo: DER NACHTMAHR director AKIZ with Nicole Kaufmann and Oliver Mahrdt (German Films), Jacqueline Lyanga and Jasmine Jaisinghani (AFI FEST) (© AFI FEST / Jasmine Lord)

Business was brisk for German international distributors at the American Film Market in Los Angeles (4 – 11 November 2015). They had many meetings with international buyers in the umbrella suites organized by German Films. And several sales of German films can be reported already...

At the AFI Fest taking place simultaneously in Los Angeles (5 - 12 November 2015) AKIZ’s "Narcotic-Mindfuck-Melodrama" DER NACHTMAHR (OOO-Films Produktion, Bon Voyage Films) was shown at the midnight screening. As well as the director, actors Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht and Kim Gordon had also made the trip. There were many young people among the approx. 400 guests in a sold-out auditorium. The Los Angeles Times had recommended the film in advance as an AFI Fest insider tip. 

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More positive news from the Oscar® 2016. Three German films and coproductions have made it onto the short list of 10 entries for the short film category.  TILL THEN by Benjamin Wolff (avenueROAD Films), EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY by Patrick Vollrath (DE/AT), and AVE MARIA by Basil Khalil (PS/DE/FR, Flying Moon Filmproduktion) all hold out hopes for a nomination on 14 January 2016.

 
 
FOCUS ON GERMAN CINEMA IN THESSALONIKI
Screening PETTING ZOO (© Dennis Ruh)

Thessaloniki International Film Festival (6 – 15 November 2015) gave a very prominent place to German cinema this year. Not only did VICTORIA by Sebastian Schipper (MonkeyBoy, deutschfilm, RadicalMedia) open the most important film festival in the Balkans, A HEAVY HEART by Thomas Stuber (DEPARTURES Film, deutschfilm) and PETTING ZOO by Micah Magee (DE/GR/US, The Match Factory, DFFB) also featured in the festival's international competition. Indeed, it was possible to see a total of 28 German films and coproductions there. In addition, German Films organized a networking-brunch together with the Goethe-Institut and the General Consulate. 

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More about screenings, guests and brunch in Thessaloniki…

 
 
ROUND TEN AT THE NIGHT OF SHORTS IN MOLODIST
Monika & Martina Plura, Stefan Ramirez Perez, Andrea Wink (© Molodist International Film Festival / Ірина Лацис)

Originally, the "Long Night of the German Short Films" at Molodist International Film Festival Kiev was planned as a special, unique program. But the response from the audience was so positive that – with support from German Films – it became a fixed, annual institution. At the 45th edition of the Ukraine's oldest and most important film festival (24 October - 1  November 2015) the special program was taking place for the tenth time already and showed, among others, classics from the past nine years. German short films were very well represented in Kiev otherwise, as well. A total of 33 short films from Germany were shown, four of them in the competitions. The director-duo Florencia Rovlich and Ygor Gama introduced #YA in person in Kiev, and Patrick Vollrath presented EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY (DE/AT), which received bronze at the Student Oscars® and has made it to the shortlist for the Oscar® in the category Live Action Shorts 2016.

More about AG Kurzfilm's workshop and networking meetup for Ukrainian and German filmmakers, and the well-attended touring program EMERGING ARTISTS…

 
 
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

European Film Awards 2015: Nominations for VICTORIA, Sebastian Schipper and Christian Friedel. More...

European Shooting Stars 2016: German film critic Tobias Kniebe part of the jury. More...

Awards for German films at Sevilla, Cork and Valladolid.

Awards for German shorts at Tehran, Brest, Rio de Janeiro and Bejing.

 
 
FESTIVALS

German Films at DubaiGoa, Poitiers, Les Arcs, Torino, Gijon, Bilbao, Tallinn, Sevilla, Arras, Cairo  and Cameraimage.

German shorts at Brest, Tehran, Rio de JaneiroAnimated Dreams Talinn and Sleepwalkers Tallinn.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

International theatrical releases of German films in December 2015 supported by the German Films' Distribution Support Program. More...

 
 
BOX-OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

Germany: FACK JU GOEHTE 2 most successful German production in 13 years.

International: FACK JU GOEHTE 2 in the Czech Republic.

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