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April 2021

GERMAN FILM OFFENSIVE AT DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVALS

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Important documentary film festivals follow one another in swift succession in April and May: Visions du Réel took place in Nyon from 15 to 25 April, followed by CPH:DOX in Copenhagen (21 April to 12 May) and Hot Docs rounding off from 29 April to 9 May. German films are strongly represented in all three line-ups, and the impressive presence runs through every section. The audience can look forward to numerous world premieres.

More about the German presence at Visions du Réel, CPH:DOX and Hot Docs…
 

ANIMATION GERMANY: PITCH WORKSHOPS FOR PRODUCERS

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"First impressions count, you have to fall in love with a project straightaway!", that is something the participants of the "How to pitch your project online" expert coaching session can agree on. The digital pitch for a project is increasingly gaining importance in virtual meetings with business partners. Animation Germany therefore joined forces with the Animation Production Days (APDs) (online from 4 - 7 May, 2021) to offer dedicated workshops to selected German producers. The moderator and executive media trainer Johannes Büchs presented a program of expert coaching in three modules from 15 to 30 April.

More about the coaching program and Animation Production Days...

INTRODUCING KINO! FILM SALON

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KINO! Film Salon is an English-language monthly online film club to discuss German film. How it works: Each month we’ll choose a German film or series currently available to stream, watch it independently, and come together for a hosted conversation with other fans of German film.

More about KINO! Film Salon and participation...

GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA

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The 2021 edition of the German Film Festival will be held in seven Australian cities from 25 May to 20 June. A total of 29 films will be screened as part of a cooperation with PALACE CINEMAS and the Goethe Institut in Australia, with six of these titles being presented in Goethe Institut's KINO FOR KIDS program. The first films - including highlights from this year's Berlinale - have already been announced.

More about the German Film Festival in Australia...

DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT

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In the second sitting of 2021, German Films' "Distribution Support" awards committee decided to support 11 foreign theatrical releases of German films.
In total 132,200 Euros were allocated.

More about the Distribution Support program and the supported films…

NEW EPISODE - SHORT TAKE: THE GERMAN FILMS PODCAST

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In April, the cinematographer and director Uta Briesewitz was a guest in a new episode of SHORT TAKE: THE GERMAN FILMS PODCAST. Born in Leverkusen, she lives with her family in Los Angeles and has been behind the camera on numerous successful series and films - plenty of material for entertaining anecdotes with an extra helping of Hollywood feeling. What's more: PARA - WE ARE KING began airing on TNT Serie on 22 April. We had already spoken with the screenwriter Hanno Hackfort back at the beginning of the year, it's worth giving a listen!

More about the German Films Podcast SHORT TAKE...

NEWS BITES


GERMAN FILMS INDUSTRY SCREENINGS IN ASIA
In March and April, German Films organised Industry Screenings for film buyers and other industry professionals in Tokyo (23 March) and Beijing (20 April). The event in Japan was organised locally in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut in Tokyo. 15 guests attended in person and were shown six selected German films. The screenings in Beijing attracted 30 people. Five German films as well as festival highlights were screened there. The program for the two Screenings included such titles as RIVAL by Marcus Lenz, WHO WE WERE by Marc Bauder, MOONBOUND by Ali Samadi Ahadi and THE OGGLIES – WELCOME TO SMELLIVILLE! by Toby Genkel and Jens Møller. The events gave people an opportunity at long last to have a personal exchange again and were well received by the participants.

VILLA AURORA ONLINE EVENT: FEMALE FILMMAKERS IN HOLLYWOOD
In collaboration with German Films and the Consulate General of Germany in Los AngelesVilla Aurora hosted a virtual panel discussion on 24 April entitled "Times Up? - Female Filmmakers in Hollywood". Taking stock of the situation of women in the film business, the three German filmmakers Anja Marquardt (THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE), Nora Fingscheidt (SYSTEM CRASHER) and Julia von Heinz (AND TOMORROW THE ENTIRE WORLD) spoke about their experiences in the European and American film business. The event was moderated by Sydney Levine, International Consultant and Director of the Women in Cinema Conference of the Dhaka International Film Festival.

A video of the talk is available on the Villa Aurora YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KayCOnstz0o

BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ OPENS IN THE USA
Burhan Qurbani's award-winning reinterpretation of Alfred Döblin's eponymous novel, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ, opens in American cinemas on 30 April. Welket Bungué (Francis) shines in the leading role with European Shooting Star 2021 Albrecht Schuch (Reinhold) and Jella Haase (Mieze) in the supporting roles. Kino Lorber is releasing the epic drama on the big screen across the nation in both physical and virtual screenings as part of KINO! Germany NOW!, a program of the German Film Office in New York.

More about KINO! Germany NOW! can be found here.

KINO! Germany NOW!: ALSO IN THE UK FROM MAY
German Films will be launching its social media activities in the UK and Ireland from May as a way of giving more visibility to German filmmaking. Following its successful introduction in the USA, the KINO! Germany NOW! label will now have a UK version providing information about German cinema and German talent on the Facebook and Instagram channels - with a focus on German film content at festivals, theatrical releases as well as films airing on TV and streaming platforms, and much more. Stay Tuned!

More information in the social media:
https://www.facebook.com/kinogermanynowuk
https://www.instagram.com/kinogermanynowuk

ATELIER LUDWIGSBURG-PARIS: TRAINING PROGRAM FOR BUDDING PRODUCERS
The one-year training program Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris for European film producers and distributors at the beginning of their career conveys practical and theoretical knowledge about financing, film funding, script development, calculating a budget, distribution, sales and marketing as well as drawing up a shooting schedule and shooting a film.

The Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris is open for applications of non-European candidates in order to support young non-European professionals who intend to work mainly in Europe. In 2021/2022, applications by only English-speaking candidates will be accepted.

The application deadline is 31 May 2021. More information on how to apply is available here.

SPACE DOGS WINS PRIZE IN BOLZANO
Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter's film SPACE DOGS was awarded the Prize for Best Documentary at the 34th Bolzano Film Festival. The story about two street dogs in Moscow was produced by Raumzeitfilm as a co-production with It Works!, the company of Face to Face with German Films talent Annekatrin Hendel.

AWARD FOR GERMAN CO-PRODUCTION AT THE ANNIE AWARDS
The German co-production THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE by Max Lang and Daniel Snaddon won the prize in the "Best Special Production" category at the 48th Annie Awards in Los Angeles. The animated film is based on a children's book by the British author Julia Donaldson about a snail and a whale's adventures togeher.

More information about German animated films can be found at https://www.animationgermany.de/.

QUO VADIS, AIDA? WINS INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD
The German co-production QUO VADIS, AIDA? was awarded the prize for Best International Film at the Independent Spirit Awards on 22 April. Jasmila Žbanić's film won against competition from Brazil (BACURAU), India (THE DISCIPLE), Ivory Coast (NIGHT OF THE KINGS), and Hungary (PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME).

FESTIVALS


German films and co-productions at AnnecyNew Directors/New FilmsRaindance, in San FranciscoNijmegenAtlantaBolzano and Tribeca.

AWARDS


Awards for German films and co-productions at Ann ArborNijmegenSan FranciscoSeattle and Bolzano.

INTERNATIONAL RELEASES IN MAY


International releases of German films in May 2021 supported by the German Films Distribution Support program.

More about the film releases…



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