Oscar® Race: Search begins for German candidate

The film that is going to represent Germany at the 93rd Oscars® in competition for International Feature Film will be announced on 28 October 2020. An independent jury will decide which film this will be after convening in Munich. 

The following ten films were submitted by the German producers to German Films for consideration in selection: 

•    WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT - Caroline Link (Sommerhaus Filmproduktion)
•    BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ - Burhan Qurbani (Sommerhaus Filmproduktion)
•    CRESCENDO #MAKEMUSICNOTWAR - Dror Zahavi (CCC-Filmkunst)
•    CURVEBALL - A TRUE STORY. UNFORTUNATELY - Johannes Naber (Bon Voyage Films)
•    A WET DOG - Damir Lukacevic (Carte Blanche International)
•    ENFANT TERRIBLE - Oskar Roehler (Bavaria Filmproduktion)
•    FRITZI – A REVOLUTIONARY TALE - Ralf Kukula, Matthias Brun (Balance Film)
•    I’VE NEVER BEEN TO NEW YORK - Philipp Stölzl (Ziegler Film/UFA Fiction)
•    UNDINE - Christian Petzold (Schramm Film Koerner + Weber)
•    AND TOMORROW THE ENTIRE WORLD - Julia von Heinz (Seven Elephant Pictures)

Please note: This is not a shortlist compiled as the result of a pre-selection, but the submissions made by the rights holders without any pre-selection.

The German entry for the Oscar® in the International Feature Film category is decided by a selection committee appointed each year. This committee consists of representatives from eight different trade associations and institutions active in the field of German cinema.

The following representatives were sent by the associations this year:

•    German Producers Association: Christiane Sommer
•    German Producers Alliance / Cinema Section: Uli Putz
•    Association of German Film Exporters: Ida Martins
•    Association of German Film Distributors: Vincent de la Tour
•    Association of German Exhibitors: Marion Closmann
•    German Film Critics Association: Michael Meyns
•    German Directors Guild: Marie Noëlle Sehr
•    German Film Academy: Senta Berger, Andreas Richter

As the responsible umbrella organization, German Films is charged with the preparation and organization of the selection procedure for the German candidate who will be entered into the race for the Oscar® in the International Feature Film category. German Films is not represented in the selection committee.

More information about the selection procedure can be found here.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will announce the five nominated films in the International Feature Film category on 5 February 2021. The awards ceremony will be held on 25 April 2021.

Contact: Nicole Kaufmann