December 2018
19 December 2018
Wolfgang Fischer, Mariette Rissenbeek, Simone Baumann, Bernhard Simek (© Vladimir Rudenko)

The screening of 303 was already sold out before the start of the 17th Festival of German Films in Moscow. As a result, a second cinema auditorium was arranged without further ado to give all Russian film fans an opportunity to see Hans Weingartner's road movie. The director held a lively Q&A session with the audience after the screenings. 303 will be released in Russian cinemas at the start of next year by distributor Russian Report. The success at the festival raises hopes of a successful cinema release.

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German Delegation in Beijing (© Julius Lo)

This year saw the 6th Festival of German Cinema in China in an unusual situation, whereby nine of the twelve films shown already had a Chinese distributor. This meant that valuable synergy effects were able to be utilized locally. More than 4,600 viewers enjoyed the German cinema and series offering in Beijing and Chengdu.

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Emma Drogunova (© Robin Kater)

The EFP (European Film Promotion) announced the ten young European actors who are to be honored at the Berlinale as EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2019. Emma Drogunova from Germany has been selected as one of Europe's most outstanding young talents.

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German-French Film Meeting 2018 in Erfurt (© Christopher Schmid)
Kristine Knudsen, Tania Reichert-Facilides, Ron Dyens (© Christopher Schmid)

The 16th edition of the German-French Film Meeting, held between 26 and 27 November 2018 in Erfurt, focused on animated film production and the question of whether we are in the “golden age of this series”, as well as the discussion surrounding the creation of a European-wide SVOD platform and potential opportunities for closer collaboration within the Franco-German sphere.

The 170 participants, mainly from Germany and France, but also from Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland, exchanged views on a number of different subjects during the course of the meetings and discussion panels at the Kaisersaal in Erfurt. The fact that many film-makers consider the subject of copyright laws to be of utmost importance is by no means a secret. A joint declaration regarding copyright laws was adopted on the initiative of UniFrance, German Films, SACD and the Franco-German Film Academy. This is intended to be an appeal to the European Commission, which is due to consult and decide on a new Copyright Directive in March 2019.

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NEVER LOOK AWAY by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has been nominated for a Golden Globe® Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category and is on the shortlist for the 91st Oscar® Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The German co-production AYKA by Sergey Dvortsevoy (RU/DE/PL/KZ) is also on the shortlist of the Best Foreign Language Film category for Kazakhstan.

OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki (DE/SY) is on the shortlist for the 91st Oscar® Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Feature category and is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

The Kino 2018 – German Films in Turkey event in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Istanbul was held successfully in Diyarbakir between 29 November and 2 December. The event started at the International Film Festivals in Istanbul and Ankara in April 2018. The second part took place in autumn, between October and December, in Gaziantep, Izmir and Diyarbakir. Featured films included, among others, STYX by Wolfgang Fischer, TRANSIT by Christian Petzold, IN THE AISLES by Thomas Stuber, 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON by Emily Atef and THE CAPTAIN by Robert Schwentke. Around 10,000 viewers in total saw the films.


German films at Goa, Macao, Ljubljana, Poitiers, Marrakech, Cairo, Chicago's Children Film Festival, Kerala, Sundance and Les Arcs.    


Awards for German films at Bilbao, Mar del Plata, Sevilla, Stockholm, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, IDFA, Camerimage, Chicago's Children Film Festival, Gijón, Goa, Ljubljana, Kyoto, Torino and Marrakech.        


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