September 2020
30 September 2020
The new German Film Office logo
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Mark October 1st in your calendars: That day the German Film Office opens for business!

The joint New York based office of German Films and the Goethe-Institut is being established to pool resources and activities and use the synergies of this collaboration to position German films even more soundly on the North American market. The German Film Office is supported by the Federal Foreign Office and the Minister of State for Culture and Media.

In 2019, the Northamerican market was again hugely important for the German film industry. With revenues of almost 8 million euros for majority German films, it contributed to the international box office success of German films with a market share of 12.8 percent.

All about the Who - What - Where at the German Film Office in New York...


Press conference via Zoom
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The interest in the Festival of German Film in Buenos Aires on its 20th anniversary was exceptionally high from both the press and the audience.

38 journalists took part in the advance press conference on Tuesday, September 8, when German Films' foreign representative Gustav Wilhelmi explained this year's online version of the festival and told them more about the films to be screened.

More about the Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires 2020...

Lead actress Mala Emde and director Julia von Heinz in Venice
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The Venice International Film Festival was the first major festival in 2020 since the Berlinale to be staged as a physical event. The organisation under Covid-19 conditions resulted in numerous changes to the festival's daily routine: a multitude of hygiene measures was implemented. For example, face coverings were mandatory across the entire festival grounds and there were security checks at the entrances with temperatures being measured and festival-goers having to adhere to social distancing rules.

On September 11, an independent jury awarded the Bisato d'Oro in the Best Actress category to the feature film AND TOMORROW THE ENTIRE WORLD by Julia von Heinz. The prize went to lead actress Mala Emde. The Bisato d'Oro was awarded for the 14th time alongside the festival's official awards.

More about the German films and co-productions in Venice 2020...


Call for submissions for the Euro Connection Short Film Co-Production Forum in Clermont-Ferrand
German producers, who are planning a short film project as a European co-production, can apply to AG Kurzfilm by October 20 at the latest to participate in the Euro Connection Co-Production Forum which will be held on February 2-3 as part of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2021. Further information is available at

Two German projects selected for European Short Film Pitch
12 short film projects were selected for Nisi Masa's European Short Film Pitch 2020, including two projects by German producers: DUTY FREE by Hilke Rönnfeldt (North Ship Film) and TRAITORS OF THE EYES by Saad Dnewar & Abdelrahman Dnewar (Reynard Films). Workshops with the selected projects will be held in the coming months, with the projects being presented to the international short film industry at the Co-Production Forum of the Brest European Short Film Festival (November 10-15, 2020).
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Two German short film candidates for European Film Award 2020
22 of the 24 qualifying European festivals had named their short film candidates for the European Film Award (EFA) 2020 by the end of September. Germany is in the running with two shorts: LAKE OF HAPPINESS by Aliaksei Paluyan (DE/BY) was selected at the Leuven International Short Film Festival, and FAVOURITES by Martin Monk (AT/DE) has just qualified as a candidate at the Drama International Short Film Festival. The participating festivals decide on the five EFA nominations for the European Short Film award category, with the announcement being made at the end of October.

Hong Kong's FILMART was held online from August 26 - 29, 2020.
German Films contributed financially to EFP's virtual joint stand. This served as an online umbrella stand for European sales agents. Germany was represented by Albatross World Sales, ARRI Media International, Beta Cinema, Films Boutique, Global Screen, MAGNETFILM, media luna new films, Picture Tree International, M-Appeal, The Match Factory and SOLA Media.

The list of buyers was rated as "good" by the participating sales agents, and FILMART made an active effort to bring the buyers and sellers into contact with one another. If FILMART is held online again next year, it would be useful to have tracking of the respective sites so that the number of visitors can be calculated.

36th Warsaw Film Festival (9-18.10.2020)

German films and co-productions will have a strong presence at this year's edition of the festival:
Free Spirit Competition: NOTES OF BERLIN by Mariejosephine Schneider
Documentary Competition: THE SECOND LIFE  by Davide Gambino (BE/DE)
Special Screenings: EXILE by Visar Morina
Discoveries: HONG KONG MOMENTS by Zhou Bing (HK/DE)
KIDS RUN by Barbara Ott
Family Cinema Weekend: THE PEPPERCORNS AND THE TREASURE OF THE DEEP SEA by Christian Theede

The German short film is also prominently featured at the festival. To begin with, there will be a screening of the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2020 program, and various shorts can also be seen in the different sections.
Short Films Competition – World Premieres:
TWONESS by Lara Torp
GOOD GERMAN WORK by Jannis Alexander Kiefer
TO END by Anna Verena Müller
Short Special Screenings: ELLI by Vivien Hartmann
Family Cinema Weekend – Shorts for Kids: TOBI AND THE TURBOBUS by Verena Fels and Marc Angele

Moreover, Peter Rommel and Visar Morina are members of the festival jury.


German films and co-productions at Busan Short Films, Kyiv, Sao Paulo, Ottawa, Bejing, Telluride, New York Film Festival, Ankara, Seoul, Zlin Drama, London, San Sebastian, Zurich, Busan,Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Liverpool, The Hamptons, Heartland, Bristol, Zagreb, Chicago, Vancouver and Vila do Conde.


Awards for German films and co-productions at Haugesund, Venedig, Tel Aviv, Kyiv, Toronto, Fantasia Montreal, Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival and Drama.


International releases of German films in October 2020 supported by the German Films Distribution Support program. More...