No less than seven German films and three German-international co-productions are taking part in the 15th AFI Fest Los Angeles (1-11 November 2001), including five in the festival's three international competition sections.
Wilfried Huismann's documentary DEAR FIDEL (LIEBER FIDEL - MARITAS GESCHICHTE) about Castro's former mistress Marita Lorenz will be participating in the documentary competition. In addition, the short KANAKE by Mevlut Akkaya (USA/Germany/Turkey) can be seen as a supporting film for one of the films in the documentary competition.
Three German film school productions will be shown in the festival's shorts competition: FENSTERSTURZ by Lancelot von Naso (HFF Munich) and WILDE EHE by Kathrin Feistl (dffb Berlin), which had both been previously screened at the Montréal World Film Festival, and DER VOGELFORSCHER by Kathrin Nowak (Hamburg Film Workshop).
Finally, the European Showcase will be the host for the US premiere of Hannes Stöhr's film BERLIN IS IN GERMANY. Moreover, there will be presentations of THE TUNNEL (DER TUNNEL) by Roland Suso Richter and of the co-productions MORTAL TRANSFERT (France/Germany) by Jean-Jacques Beineix and A SONG FOR MARTIN (Denmark/Germany/Sweden) by Bille August.
The event is organised by the American Film Institute (AFI) and attracts considerable press interest as Los Angeles' most important international festival. For the first time this year, the festival is organising an accompanying programme under the banner of "Film Community Alliance" (FCA) which will give all the delegates of the participating films the chance to meet up with the film industry of Hollywood.