Germany will be playing a rather special role at the 9th Les Arcs European Film Festival (16 – 23 December 2017): the young festival in the French Alps will not only be assuming the role of host – in partnership with German Films and UniFrance – for the 15th German-French Film Meeting (18 – 20 December 2017), but will also have a focus on German cinema in its program. Numerous distinguished guests will be coming to present their works or participate in various expert panels.

Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films: "The European Film Festival Les Arcs has developed in just a short time into one of the most innovative film festivals in Europe. German films and filmmakers were always well represented there, but we are particularly pleased that we can give a more in-depth look of the latest output and the festival's inspiring atmosphere is sure to give the impetus for new projects."

However, there won't only be 12 German feature films and seven German shorts being presented in the festival's German focus as cinema from Germany will also be featured prominently in other sections at the festival. For example, Robert Schwentke's THE CAPTAIN (DE/FR, Filmgalerie 451) will be screened in the Competition with the director in attendance. A total of 15 guests will be presenting their works in the program, including the directors Thomas Arslan, Theresa von Eltz, Florian Gallenberger, Jan Ole Gerster, Oliver Kienle, Anna Koch, Julia Langhof, Felix Randau and Ramon Zürcher. Many more German filmmakers with their projects and industry figures will be involved in the festival's various sections.

Moreover, it will be a premiere for the German-French Film Meeting: this is the first time that a film festival is providing the backdrop for the industry event which is organized by German Films and UniFrance in cooperation with the German-French Film Academy and with support from CNC and the FFA, among others. Around 200 participants from the two countries are expected to attend the 15th edition from 18 to 20 December 2017, with the focus being on production.

The Film Meeting will take advantage of the synergy effects with the festival in the Savoy Alps by opening up its panel events to all of some 600 festival delegates coming from various European countries. Leading experts such as Peter Dinges (FFA), Frédérique Bredin (CNC), Marc Thonon (Bureau Export de la Musique), Anja Braune (GEMA), Philipp Hoffmann (Rushlake Media), Marie Masmonteil (Elzévir Films), Nicole Gerhards (NiKo Film), Tobias Seiffert (Tobis Film), Radu Mihaileanu (L’ARP), Xavier Lardoux (CNC), Dr. Andreas Bareiss (SKW Schwarz) or Frieder Schlaich (Filmgalerie 451) will be presenting expert panels on current Franco-German film topics. Discussion will focus on such issues as digitization in the area of film compared to the music industry, Europe's digital single market, a comparison of the challenges for media chronology faced in both countries, or developments in Franco-German co-productions. In addition, there will be an case study of the success of TWO IS A FAMILY in Germany, and Poland will be presented as a co-production partner.

The Film Meeting's traditional co-production market has been merged with the festival's Co-Production Village. Four German and six French projects will be pitched there by their producers, directors or screenwriters, and two German projects were selected for the market's Work in Progress section for films in postproduction.

All of the German films and co-productions as well as the German projects at the co-production market in Les Arcs 2017…

The German-French Film Meeting was initiated in 2003 by the German-French Film Academy. Its goals include the harmonization of the production systems in both countries to facilitate co-productions and promote the distribution of German films in France and French films in Germany. After editions in Strasbourg (2009), Heidelberg (2010), Paris (2011), Berlin (2012), Nancy (2013), Leipzig (2014) and Marseille 2015, the Meeting was held in Saarbrücken in November 2016 as the event alternates between the host countries each year.

More information about the German-French Film Meeting on the website.

Maike Schantz (Regional Coordinator France)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)