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May/June 2020
 
30 June 2020
 
 
 
SHORT TAKE – THE GERMAN FILMS PODCAST – PREMIERES WITH JONAS NAY

The German Films podcast – SHORT TAKE – went online with its first episode on 25 June. The interviews with German actors and filmmakers are in English, with the questions loosely based on the Proust questionnaire. There will be new episodes every three weeks.

The aim of the podcast is to raise the international audience's interest for German content and the creative minds on both sides of the camera. At the same time, the podcast team wants to make sure that the podcast is a fun experience for listeners and interview partners alike. Additional, longer formats are set to follow in the future. 

More about the German Films SHORT TAKE podcast and where to find it...

 
 
FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS & GERMAN SERIES TRENDS @ SÉRIESERIES

This year's SérieSeries series festival – which is being held from June 30 to July 2 – will feature a German Focus thanks to a cooperation between German Films and the festival. The festival will present some of the writers from the FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS 2020 campaign: Jana Burbach and Rafael Parente will be introduced to the international audience and top industry players under the banner of "Meet the New Generation of German Talent - SérieSeries x German Films".

More about the German Focus at SérieSeries 2020...

 
 
22nd FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS IN MADRID

Everything was quite different at the Festival of German Films in Madrid this year. The event, which took place from June 5-11, was turned into an online festival in cooperation with the long-established festival partner FILMIN as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This change had a positive effect: the German films at this year's Festival de Cine Alemán subsequently reached even more viewers than in previous years, including many young viewers, in particular.

More about the Festival of German Films in Madrid 2020...

 
 
TORINO FILM LAB AND GERMAN FILMS BEGIN COOPERATION

The first steps in a project are often the most difficult. German Films will be embarking on a cooperation with the TorinoFilmLab from 2021 as a way of supporting German filmmakers to take these steps on the international stage.

Simone Baumann, German Films' managing director explains: "I am really looking forward to the cooperation with the TorinoFilmLab which internationally is one of the most successful training initiatives. This is how we can support German producers to develop their projects in an international context and thereby achieve greater visibility for German films abroad".

More about the cooperation between German Films and the TorinoFilmLab...

 
 
MARCHÉ DU FILM ONLINE 2020

The motto of the Marché du Film 2020 was "The Show must go on" - and it did. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Marché took place as a virtual market with 10,000 participants from 122 countries. The numbers for the market are indeed impressive: 1,235 screenings, 3,500 films & projects, more than 200 panels & conferences and 323 booths were part of the Marché du Film Online.

German Films was not only present at the Marché with a virtual pavilion but two special film programs, the Next Generation Short Tiger showcase as well an expert panel in partnership with Deadline.

More about the film programs and the panel at the virtual Marché du Film...

 
 
NEWSBITES

KARLOVY VARY EASTERN PROMISES 2020
3 German films and co-productions are part of the Eurimages Lab Project Award:

HELLO MY FRIEND directed by Bettina Blümner and produced by Jamila Wenske (Achtung Panda! Media, DE/CU)
STEPNE directed by Maryna Vroda and produced by Maryna Vroda, Agnieszka Dziedzic (UA/DE/PL)
FIVE DREAMERS AND A HORSE directed by Vahagn Khachatryan, Aren Malakyan and produced by Vahagn Khachatryan, Eva Blondiau (Color Of May, AM/DE)

 
 
FESTIVALS

German films and co-productions at HotDocs, in Barcelona, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, at Vienna Shorts, Krakau, Jeonju, Sydney, Cannes Official Selection, Taipei, Palm Springs, at AFI Docs, in Huesca, Locarno and at the New Zealand FF.

 
 
AWARDS

Awards for German films and co-productions at Tribeca, in Nyon, Krakau, Annecy and Palm Springs.

 
 
BOX OFFICE – GERMAN FILMS ABROAD 2019

The global box-office takings of majority German films released between January and December 2019 totalled over 62 million euros. Almost 11 million cinema-goers saw majority German films outside of Germany. That represents a share of about 70% of all German films shown abroad.

The genre generating the most turnover was the one for drama with a 33% share of the total box office (21 million euros). 88 majority German dramas were distributed in 51 of 64 countries. If one looks at the performance of all German films including co-productions, there were 196 dramas that managed to account for 45% of the total box office (40 million euros).

In 2019, the European market delivered the largest share of overall international revenues for majority German films with 57.5% (excluding Germany). The Asian market contributed 15.7% to overall revenues, followed by the North American market with 12.8%.

Looking at the global picture for 2019, Austria was joined in the list of those territories with the highest  turnover for majority German films (14.4 million euros) by China (over 8 million euros), France (7 million euros), the USA/Canada (just under 6 million euros) and Great Britain/Ireland (over 4 million euros).

Detailed analyses on the performance of German films abroad can be found here.

For further information please contact Andrea Schiefer.