24 WEEKS (© Friede Clausz/zero one film)
METEOR STREET (© credo:film/Maurice Wilkerling)
Jella Haase (© Debora Brune)

German films in the program

The Berlinale's Competition (11 - 21 February 2016) has programmed 24 WEEKS, the second feature film by Anne Zohra Berrached (zero one film, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg) as well as the German co-productions ALONE IN BERLIN by Vincent Perez, produced by X Filme Creative Pool together with French and British partners, and SOY NERO by Rafi Pitts (DE/FR/MX, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion). More...

German filmmakers like Doris Dörrie, Dominik Graf, Ulrike Ottinger and Hans Steinbichler will be present with their films in other sections. Piotr. J. Lewandowski is part of the program with his first feature film, Asli Özge with her second feature. In addition to the productions shown in the section Perspektive Deutsches Kino, various short films also represent upcoming German film talent. German Films supports the retrospective GERMANY 1966 - REDEFINING CINEMA with subtitles. 

All of the announced German films and co-productions at Berlinale so far can be found here....

The complete Berlinale program will be published on the Berlinale's website on 2 February 2016.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

The Perspektive Deutsches Kino section showcases thematic and stylistic trends of the next generation of German filmmakers and gives a perspective on future German cinema. The opening film in 2016 is METEOR STREET by Aline Fischer (credo:film, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF). German Films supports the section and offers the filmmakers opportunities to network with international festival delegates and distributors as well as a program of coaching in PR. Here are all the films being shown in the 2016 edition of Perspektive Deutsches Kino...


This year from 13 - 15 February 2016 will be the 18th time that European Film Promotion is presenting Europe's best young acting talents and forging contacts with the industry. The German SHOOTING STAR in 2016 is Jella Haase. More...

LOLA @ Berlinale

The Berlinale's LOLA@Berlinale sidebar shows 39 German theatrical films which are in the pre-selection for the 2016 German Film Award. The screenings are open to all accredited delegates and will be published on at the beginning of February.

Meet German Films in Berlin

from 11 - 21 February 2016 
at the European Film Market in the Martin Gropius Bau
Stand number: 17
Tel: +49-30-400425- 415

EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY (© Sebastian Thaler)

EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY (DE/AT) by the German director Patrick Vollrath has been nominated for an Oscar® in the Best Live Action Short category. There were other nominations for the German co-productions BRIDGE OF SPIES by Steven Spielberg (US/DE/IN, Studio Babelsberg), THE DANISH GIRL by Tom Hooper (UK/US/DE, Senator Global Productions), MUSTANG by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (FR/DE/TR/QA, VISTAMAR Filmproduktion, Uhland Film) and AVE MARIA by Basil Khalil (PS/DE/FR, Flying Moon Filmproduktion). 


PHOENIX (© Christian Schulz/Pfiffl Medien)

In 2015, 111 international theatrical releases of German films were supported by German Films' Distribution Support Program with a total of 680,500 Euros for additional marketing measures. This represents a significant increase in the number of supported theatrical releases and the amount of funding allocated compared to 2014: the increase was around 30% in both cases. Never before had so many international distributors applied for Distribution Support from German Films.

Distribution Support was awarded for 37 territories during 2015. Most of the funding went to French distributors, followed by Poland in second place, and Spain and Hungary in third place. PHOENIX and VICTORIA were the films with the most applications and support (eleven overall), followed by LABYRINTH OF LIES and THE CUT with nine apiece. Of the total amount of funding in 2015, some 255,000 euros were issued to international distributors as conditionally repayable loans and 425,500 euros as grants.

FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR (© Mathias Bothor/Majestic)

Tom Tykwer, Fatih Akin, Margarethe von Trotta, Werner Herzog, Angela Schanelec, Wim Wenders, Doris Dörrie, Wolfgang Petersen – these are just a few of the top-class directors due to complete new works in 2016. So, German cinema has quite a lot of promising things in store for 2016.

Here is a selection of what we can look forward to...


Sundance: US-distributor for MORRIS FROM AMERICA by Chad Hartigan (DE/US, Lichtblick Media, INDI Film).

Netflix buys LOOK WHO'S BACK by David Wnendt (MYTHOS FILM, Constantin Film Produktion).



DEUTSCHLAND 83 becomes highest rated foreign-language drama in UK television history. More... 


German films and co-productions in GöteborgAngers, Palm Springs and at Flickerfest Sydney.


Audience Award for LABYRINTH OF LIES in Palm Springs. More... 

FIPA: Marie Bäumer Best Actress for LETTER TO MY LIFE. More...

Awards for German films at Max Ophüls Prize Festival in Saarbrücken, the most important festival for young German-language cinema. More... 


International theatrical releases of German films in February 2016 supported by the German Films' Distribution Support Program. More...


International: HEIDI in Portugal, BIBI & TINA 3 in France, and OOOPS! NOAH IS GONE... in France.

Germany: BIBI & TINA 3 already very successful in Germany.