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August 2021

GERMAN CINEMA ABROAD – FACTS AND FIGURES

The first half of 2021 saw 196 German films (majority and minority productions) generating international box office totalling 19.6 million Euros and attracting more than 3.6 million cinema-goers around the globe.

A detailed analysis of the international figures for the first six months of 2021 will be available on the German Films website from mid-September.

Please contact Andrea Schiefer for further information.

LOCARNO: SUCCESS FOR GERMAN PRODUCTIONS

Saskia Rosendahl © German Films

Numerous German films and co-productions managed to impress the jury members at this year's Locarno Film Festival in August and subsequently garnered various awards. Other German titles received prizes in various sections in addition to the Golden Leopard for VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH (ID/SG/DE) by Edwin, which had Match Factory Productions and Bombero International onboard as partners from Germany.

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GERMAN FILMS AT THE 46TH TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

THE DEVIL'S DRIVERS © Daniel Carsenty / Mohammed Abugeth

The line-up of this year's Toronto International Film Festival includes 17 German films and co-productions in seven sections. The world's largest public film festival will be looking to attract audiences and industry professionals from 9 to 18 September in a hybrid format with almost 200 films in its official selection.

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FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS IN BUENOS AIRES

Cinema is at last back in the cinema! After the pandemic meant that the 20th anniversary of the Festival de Cine Alemàn in Buenos Aires could only take place in 2020 as an online event, film fans will now be able to return to the cinemas to enjoy selected highights of German feature film, documentary and short film production on the big screen from 16 to 22 September. German Films and the local Goethe-Institut have chosen the fitting motto of "BACK TO THE CINEMA - DE VUELTA AL CINE" to invite cinema-goers to a week of films in the cinemas of Cinépolis Recoleta.

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FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS IN PARIS

FABIAN © Lupa Film / Hanno Lentz

Savoir-vivre meets great cinema in the artists' quarter of Montparnasse: this will now be the 26th time that German films are making a stop in the French capital for the Festival du Cinéma Allemand. Eleven films, numerous short films and a series will be shown on the screens of the Cinema L'Arlequin from 29 September to 3 October in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut in Paris. Local cinema-goers will have an opportunity to meet top-notch guests and see a select programme of films.

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SHORT TAKE: THE GERMAN FILMS PODCAST: NEW EPISODE

Zamarin Wahdat © Lisa Knauer

Zamarin Wahdat took time in August to have a chat with us. The cinematographer and director, who is primarily known for her award-winning shorts, talks about her current projects, the people who inspire her, unusual experiences while shooting, and much more.

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NEWS BITES


KINO! FILM SALON VENTURES ONTO THE STYX
Wolfgang Fischer's drama STYX will be the subject of the next meeting at the English-language KINO! FILM SALON online film club. The 2018 film features a tour de force performance by Susanne Wolff in the lead and deals with humanity and morality in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation: during a sailing trip from Gibraltar, German paramedic Rike finds herself after a storm near to a stricken boat of refugees. In a race against time and without any help forthcoming, she has to make a decision. Registration for the next KINO! FILM SALON is possible via the following link:

RSVP: https://bit.ly/kinofilmsalonstyx 

Date and time: Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 11am - 12pm PDT, 2pm - 3pm EDT, 8pm - 9pm CET.

Hosted by Sidney Levine

KINO! FILM SALON is a production of Telescope Film, in partnership with the German Film Office.

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS 2021
Six films by students from German film schools are in the running for the awards at this year's Student Academy Awards:

Alternative/Experimental (Domestic and International Film Schools)
APOCALYPSE BABY, WE ADVERTISE THE END OF THE WORLD by Camille Tricaud, Franziska Unger (University of Television and Film Munich - HFF)

Documentary (International Film Schools)
HAEBERLI by Moritz Müller-Preißer (University of Television and Film Munich - HFF)

Narrative (International Film Schools)
ADISA by Simon Denda (University of Television and Film Munich - HFF)
DAY X (TAG X) by Katharina Rivilis (DFFB German Film and Television Academy Berlin)
I AM by Jerry Hoffmann (Hamburg Media School)
TALA’VISION by Murad Abu Eisheh (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)

The awards ceremony will take place as an online event on 21 October in Los Angeles.

MUNICH FILM UP! INTERNATIONAL MENTORING PROGRAMME
The initiative MUNICH FILM UP! sees the HFF Munich supporting six debut projects on the basis of a treatment in cooperation with the Filmschoolfest Munich and the Filmfest München and as part of an exclusive partnership with the Pop Up Film Residency. Filmmakers will receive comprehensive mentoring between November 2021 and June 2022. This includes an individual residency lasting three weeks, support with the first draft of the film's script, and intensive networking activities within the industry and at festivals. The programme is free of charge for the six finalists and also includes travel and accommodation.

International film school students and young alumni (up to three years after graduation) can apply up until 15 September.

Further information is available here: www.munichfilmup.org
 
GERMAN FILM WINS IN GIFFONI
A German film celebrated a splendid success at the Giffoni International Film Festival at the end of July: NIGHT FOREST by André Hörmann and produced by Kurhaus Production won the Gryphon Award for Best Film in the Elements 10+ competition. The story about two best friends who go on a great adventure together in the Swabian Alb impressed both the jury and audience at the world-famous children's film festival.

FESTIVALS


German films and co-productions at BrusselsOttawaTorontoOdesaSão PauloNew YorkMarseille and Sarajevo.

AWARDS


Awards for German films and co-productions at MarseilleLocarno and Karlovy Vary.

INTERNATIONAL RELEASES IN SEPTEMBER


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

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