Germany is represented by a total of 33 productions at the 15th Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA, 22.-27.1.2002) in Biarritz; of these, no less than ten films are being presented in five of the six competitive sections of this TV festival.
Two German productions are taking part in the feature film competition: WAMBO by Jo Baier (SAT1), a portrait of the Bavarian actor Walter Sedlmayer, which attracted substantial attention on its airing in Germany, and the film DEAD MAN (TOTER MANN) by Christian Petzold (ZDF/ARTE), which can be seen almost simultaneously at the festivals in Rotterdam (23.1.-3.2.2002) and Göteborg (25.1.-4.2.2002).
DER VERLEGER by Bernd Böhlich (NDR/WDR) will be shown in the competition for series; another two productions will be running in the competition for reportages: HÄFTLING # 113 993 by Peter F. Müller (NDR) and HEAVEN ON EARTH by Rick Minnich.
Three German entries will be shown to the public as part of the competition for music programmes and performances: EINE KIELSPUR IM MEER by Bettina Erhardt (ARTE); KURT WEILL by Sven Düfer (SFB) and MULTIPLE IDENTITIES - ENCOUNTERS WITH DANIEL BARENBOIM by Paul Smaczny and Isabel Iturriagagoitia (SFB/ARTE).
Germany is also represented with two entries in the short film competition: LEHRFILM ÜBER DIE REKONSTRUKTION VON STASIAKTEN by Anke Limprecht and OLEG by Dirk Lienig.
The section "New French-international Co-productions" will show DIE MANNS - EIN JAHRHUNDERTROMAN by Heinrich Breloer (WDR) outside of competition.
Germany is also very well represented again this year in the selective TV market FIPATEL. A total of 15 German programmes and seven German-international co-productions will be available for viewing by the market delegates, including ABSOLUT WARHOLA by Stanislaw Mucha; LALE ANDERSEN by Irene Langemann; LIEBE UND VERRAT by Mark Schlichter; TODESSTRAFE - EIN DEUTSCHER HINTER GITTERN by Michael Wenning; ENTSCHEIDUNG IM EIS by Jörg Grünler; ROMEO by Hermine Huntgeburth; TANZ MIT DEM TEUFEL by Peter Keglevic and MAJESTÄT BRAUCHEN SONNE by Peter Schamoni (Germany/Netherlands).
The FIPA is regarded as one of the most important TV festivals in Europe and is run by the former director of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Pierre-Henri Deleau. The Export-Union des Deutschen Films has been the festival's Germany correspondent since 2000