13th German-French Film Rendez-Vous (26 - 27 November 2015)
Cultural freedom was the focus of exchange among filmmakers from both countries at the 13th German-French Film Rendez-Vous, which ended in Marseille on 27th November. Organized by German Films and UniFrance films in close agreement with the German-French Film Rendez-Vous association around 200 participants attended. On 26th and 27th November 2015 a total of 11 expert panels provided stimulus for discussion and exchange. A coproductions market also formed part of the gathering.
In his opening speech the president of the German-French Film Rendez-Vous association, Alfred Hürmer, emphasized against the background of current political developments: "We, the creatives in the movie industry, must defend democratic and cultural means and will not allow these universal values to be curtailed." Alfred Hürmer appealed to participants to use the opportunities during this meeting "to fathom the possibilities of cinema; let us participate in discussions and find solutions in the spirit of this cultural and universal freedom."
The expert panels encompassed themes such as new possibilities of VoD exploitation, the struggle against piracy, ecological filmmaking, or an analysis of the distribution success of LABYRINTH OF LIES in France. They were presented by top-quality speakers such as Isabelle Giordano (UniFrance films), Johannes Klingsporn (VdF, Association of Film Distributors), Sophie Dulac (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Cornelia Hammelmann (DFFF), Torsten Frehse (Neue Visionen film distribution), Marie Masmonteil (Elzévir Films) and Dan Franck (director and author).
At the coproductions market, 23 producers from Germany and France introduced their projects and were given the opportunity to speak individually with potential coproduction, financing and distribution partners.
For the up-and-coming film generation, the association Atelier Network organized a panel on new narrative structures. For the third time, a sponsorship program was also part of the film meeting. This provided newcomers to the industry with an opportunity to get advice and exchange with experienced producers.
More information about the German-French Film Meeting on the website.