June 2017
Florian David Fitz (© Eduardo Candel Reviejo)
Peter Tempel, Mariette Rissenbeek, Reinhard Maiworm (© Alberto Nevado)

The move to Madrid's Palacio de la Prensa cinema for this year's festival proceeded without a hitch: over 5,000 spectators came to the 19th edition of the Festival of German Films which was held from 6 - 11 June 2017 at an even more centrally located venue. This means that there was a percentage increase in the attendance at the screenings compared to the previous year. The Audience Award went to Lars Kraume's TERROR, an interactive film event that created quite a stir in Madrid - both among the audience, which gave its guilty or innocent verdict at the end of the trial's presentation, as well as in the Spanish press which included reports in the national TV evening news. The actor and director Florian David Fitz really won over the hearts of the Madrid cinema-goers, and was involved in animated and engaged discussions - at times even in Spanish - with the audiences during the Q&As after the sold-out performances for TERROR and THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY. The school screenings were again extremely popular: over 800 children took part this year.

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More about other audience favorites and guests as well as successful theatrical openings of German films in Spain during 2017…

German delegation in Shanghai (courtesy of German Consulate General Shanghai)
Jakob Preuss (courtesy of Shanghai International Film Festival)

Cinema 'made in Germany' made a particularly strong appearance at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival (17 – 26 June, 2017). WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA by Jakob Preuss (Weydemann Bros.) received the Golden Goblet for Best Documentary, the Prize for Best Live Action Short went to BAKA by Arvid Klapper (DE/FR, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg). There was also very positive reactions (at this one of the most important and largest film events in Asia) for the other German entries In and Out of Competition as well as the German Focus. Well attended screenings, animated Q&As and strong interest from Chinese distributors made the journey to the megalopolis more than worth its while for the 15 filmmakers and producers in the German delegation.

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Anna Maria Mühe (courtesy of Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo)

June is the month for TV festivals. The industry meets up at three of the leading events for this sector in Shanghai, Banff and Monte Carlo. German TV productions regularly demonstrate their outstanding quality and international reputation with a number of awards there.

This year's prizes...

MIFA stand
Ulrich Wegenast & Andreas Hykade greet the guests at the German Reception

Annecy may only have around 125,000 inhabitants, but it is then transformed into the center of the animation world each year in June. The Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market (MIFA), the leading event in this sector, regularly attracts the industry's Who is Who. This year, animated films from Germany used this platform in variously different ways to present themselves. On the one hand, the festival program presented no less than ten films in the competition sections and the Prize for the Best Student Film was awarded to Jonatan Schwenk for his short animated film SOG. The British production REVOLTING RHYMES by the German directors Jan Lachauer, Jakob Schuh und Bin-Han To received the prize for the Best TV Production.
More about the German Films MIFA stand, the traditional German reception and the first event of the new initiative "Animation Germany"…


German Sundance and Cannes hits in Karlovy Vary. More...

German films in Vila do Conde, Palm Springs, Seattle, Edinburgh and Cluj-Napoca.


Awards for German films in Tokyo, Huesca and Zlin.


International releases of German films in July 2017 supported by the German Films Distribution Support Program. More...


Norway likes RICHARD THE STORK and IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT on top of German arthouse charts. More...