August 2019
30 August 2019
Team 7500 (© Hubert Boesl/German Films)
Team SPACE DOGS (© Hubert Boesl/German Films)

Patrick Vollrath thrilled the audience on Locarno's Piazza Grande with his tense thriller 7500 which is set in the cockpit of an airplane.

And the documentary SPACE DOGS about the animal descendants of the first female dog in space, captured the hearts of the festival audience.

In fact, German films and co-productions had a large presence in all of the important sections at the popular summer festival in Switzerland (Piazza Grande, Competition, Filmmakers of the Present Competition, Out of Competition, Semaine de la Critique).

More about the German presence in Locarno ...

Nina Hoss in THE AUDITION (© Judith Kaufmann/Lupa Film)

Another strong German presence is expected at the 44th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (5 – 15 September 2019). A total of 30 German films and co-productions will be shown there. MY ZOE by Julie Delpy, CUNNINGHAM by Alla Kovgan and THE AUDITION by Ina Weisse are among the titles having their world premiere at the largest festival in North America. Other films by German directors will have their North American premiere in Toronto after having previously screened at the festivals in Berlin, Cannes or Venice.

More about the German presence at TIFF …


The jury has decided: SYSTEM CRASHER by Nora Fingscheidt will represent Germany in this year's Oscar® race in the category for Best International Feature Film.

More about the film, selection, and the rest of the Oscar® timetable…

Oscar® time is always at the beginning of the year, but the Student Oscars are traditionally presented in the autumn. That time will come around again this year on 17 October 2019, and three women directors from Germany – Nicole Aebersold, Veronica Solomon and Gisela Carbajal Rodriguez – are among the finalists.

Here are all the films aspiring to win a Student Academy Award® in 2019…


London times two:

The German Film Weekend is being held in London for the second time from 20 - 22 September 2019. German Films is collaborating once again with the Regent Street Cinema to show a program of six German films and present the faces of this year's FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign to the London public. Check out the complete program here.

A Focus Germany is being staged in cooperation with the Raindance Film Festival. In addition, an industry event will take place with three of the FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS talents present. You can find out more about this here.


German films and co-productions at Giffoni, Palic, Pristina, Sarajevo, Yerevan, Seoul, New York Film Festival, Sao Paulo, Odense, Toronto and Raindance.


Awards for German films and co-productions at Stony Brook, Palic, Locarno, Sarajevo and Haugesund.


A total of 329 German films (majority and minority) have been released in cinemas around the globe since the beginning of this year with box-office revenues totalling 54.5 million euros.

The most successful title thus far was THE AFTERMATH which had box-office takings of 8.4 million euros in 29 territories.

Another great success was the theatrical release of THE TRAITOR in Italy, an Italian-German-Brazilian-French co-production, which has attracted more than 700,000 cinema-goers in Italy alone since May 2019 and taken a box office of 4.7 million euros.

The Oscar® candidate NEVER LOOK AWAY has proven to be a lasting success for several months with a box office of 4.5 million euros in 18 territories to date.

Almost 200,000 cinema-goers have seen LEBERKÄSJUNKIE since its theatrical release in Austria at the beginning of August.