October/November 2018
Festival cinema L'Arlequin (© Thomas Bartel)

The 23rd Festival of German Films in Paris (3 – 9 October 2018) offered several highlights to the audience numbering some 4,500. The festival opened on 3 October with MACK THE KNIFE - BRECHT'S THREEPENNY FILM in the presence of the director Joachim Lang, actor Joachim Król, producer Till Derenbach (ZEITSPRUNG) and commissioning editor Sandra Dujmovic (SWR). Both the opening as well as the second screening were close to being sold out.

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Andreas Rothbauer & YuanYuan Rothbauer (Picture Tree International), Moritz Hemminger (ARRI Media International), Szymon Mioduszewski (Telewizja Puls), Holger Frick (Superama Filmproduktion) (© Aaron Perez)
AFM reception with EFP and UniFrance (© Aaron Perez)

Six German sales companies were represented at the umbrella stand of German Films during this year's American Film Market (31 October-7 November 2018): Beta Cinema, Picture Tree International, Sola Media, ARRI Media International, The Match Factory, and Media Luna new films. Stricter entry conditions to the main market venue meant that sales talks and concrete negotiations could proceed away from any bustle and stress. There was a very positive reaction from the sales companies to this change.

The demand for stand space continues unabated, particularly for individual countries wanting to market their locations (services, financing, funding, locations) at the Location EXPO. More than 35 international companies had a presence in Santa Monica. Over 70 buyers from 28 countries visited the market for the first time, including nine companies from China.

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Changes at the festival in Annecy:
The previous "Head of MIFA" Mickaël Marin was appointed in July 2018 to succeed Patrick Eveno as the CEO of the festival and market organization "CITIA". A second competition for feature-length animated films, "Contrechamp", has been introduced: 12 films with "single perspectives, exploring new alleyways and contributing to widening the frontiers of film animation, both by the audacity of the topics, as well as the technical and aesthetic approaches". A competition section will be launched from 2019 for the virtual reality sidebar which has existed since 2016.

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German films at Sapporo, Uppsala, Seoul, Cambridge, Beijing, Denver, Mumbai, Stockholm, Rome, Viennale, Winterthur, Valladolid, Curta Cinema, Jihlava, Bilbao, Sao Paulo, AFI Fest Los Angeles, Arras, Thessaloniki, Mar del Plata, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Taipei, Sevilla, Kolkata, Camerimage, Gijón, Tehran, York, IDFA, Tallinn, Torino, and Leuven.


Awards for German films at Zagreb, Santiago de Compostela, The Hamptons, Haifa, Chicago, Montreal Noveau Cinema, Valladolid, Jihlava, Thessaloniki and Winterthur.


International releases of German films in November 2018 supported by the German Films Distribution Support program. More...


German films are a hit with audiences in Hungary and Switzerland. More...