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January 2019
 
31 January 2019
 
 
 
OUTLOOK: GERMAN FILMS & SERIES IN 2019
THE SUNLIT NIGHT team in Sundance (© Thomas Mikusz)

2019 began on a very positive note in January with two Oscar® nominations for NEVER LOOK AWAY, and an Oscar® and Independent Spirit Award nomination for OF FATHERS & SONS. The rest of the year will also see German producers of films and series preparing an exciting line-up.

The start was made by the director – and FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS 2018 talent – David Wnendt in Sundance with his new film THE SUNLIT NIGHT which was shown at the American indie film festival in the Premieres program on 26 January. 

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FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS: SIX NEW TALENTS FOR THE FOURTH EDITION
© German Films/Anne Wilk/The Dream Factory

After three successful campaigns, FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS is going into its fourth year. The initiative by German Films, which presents German filmmaking and extraordinary talents from Germany, will focus on six actors and actresses in its fourth edition.

With Maria Dragus, Christian Friedel, Luise Heyer, Jonas Nay, Jördis Triebel and Fahri Yardim, six of the most exciting and dynamic faces are representing the German film and series industry and will take center stage in upcoming marketing and press activities at the Berlinale and throughout 2019.

FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS 2019 @ Drama Series Days…

 
 
DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT IN 2018: 22% INCREASE IN FUNDING
IN THE FADE (© bombero international/Warner Bros. Entertainment/Gordon Timpen)

German Films' Distribution Support Program supported 131 foreign theatrical releases of German films during 2018 with a total of 1,123,400 euros for additional marketing measures. Compared to 2017, the number of supported theatrical releases grew by 3% and funding by 22%.

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GERMAN FILMS ABROAD DURING 2018

In 2018, 406 German films in 75 countries generated a box office of more than 154 million euros and were seen by more than 26.5 million cinema-goers. This represents a significant drop from the results for the previous year (430 million euros box office and 81 million cinema-goers); however, 2017 was particularly dominated by the prominent success of RESIDENT EVIL – THE FINAL CHAPTER (268 million euros box office and 52 million cinema-goers) and was an extraordinarily successful year.

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NEWSBITES

The selection screenings for NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER took place in Munich on 17 and 18 January. There were screenings of 59 entries from 11 film schools and 10 Short Tiger candidates (up to 5 minutes) which had been produced outside of film schools and were pre-selected by an AG Kurzfilm jury. 55 films had been submitted to AG Kurzfilm.

The jury for 2019 was made up of director Doris Dörrie, Daniel Ebner (artistic director Vienna Shorts), and Gregory Theile (managing director, KINOPOLIS). The jury proposed five films under five minutes, "which are ideally suited for programming as a supporting film in the cinemas", for the Short Tiger Award. The films are part of the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER program for which another eight films produced by six film schools and with running times of between 5-15 minutes are then selected.

The Short Tiger will be presented in Berlin at the end of April, the premiere of the 22nd NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER program will be held on Sunday, 19 May, during the Festival de Cannes. The program will then screened around the globe at the Festivals of German Films.

The FIPADOC (22-27 January) was held for the first time this year as the new successor to the FIPA TV festival in Biarritz with a focus specifically on documentaries. Germany was chosen as the guest of honor at this year's edition. Apart from numerous German films in the regular program and a German focus, a French-German afternoon was staged including a discussion about the future of co-productions in both countries as well as a German-French pitching sesson.

In addition, a reception was held on 25 January in honor of the German participants. The film LA BESTIA – TRAIN OF THE UNKNOWNS by Manuel Inacker (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF) won the Erasmus+ Award. It screened in the festival's New Talent section.

THE MANDARIN TREE by Cengiz Akaygün won the Special Mention Jury Prize in the International Competition at Sydney's Flickerfest Short Film Festival.

ULRICH KÖHLER Retrospective: This event is being held in London from 18 - 27 February. The organizers are the Goethe-Institut in London and the Deptford Cinema. All of the films in the retrospective can be found here.

 
 
FESTIVALS

German films at  Bogotá, Havana, Clermont-Ferrand, Poitiers, Cork, Palm Springs, Macao, Angers, Göteborg, Biarritz, Santa Barbara, Rotterdam, Doc Fortnight New York and Dublin.

 
 
AWARDS

Awards for German films at Palm Springs and the Miami Jewish Film Festival.
     

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

International releases of German films in February 2019 supported by the German Films Distribution Support program. More...

 
 
BOX OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

German films are a hit with audiences in Poland and Croatia. More...