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February/March 2021

GERMAN FILMS ABROAD – 2020 FACTS AND FIGURES

In 2020 326 German films in 62 countries generated a total Box Office of 32,2 million euros and were seen by more than 5,1 million cinema-goers around the globe.

This represents a drastic drop of around 70 percent from the results of previous years, and was mainly caused by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Detailed analyses of German films abroad in 2020 are available on the German Films Website.

For further information, please contact Andrea Schiefer.

STRONG GERMAN PRESENCE AT THE BERLINALE 2021

Everything was different at this year's Berlinale: the first part of the event, the European Film Market (EFM), was only aimed at the professionals in virtual form from March 1-5 instead of having glamorous receptions and packed cinemas. The special circumstances were then compensated for by an extensive program featuring numerous German films and co-productions and presented to the industry as part of the EFM. German Films was able to draw upon the services of the Golden Globe© and Screen Actors Guild Award©-nominated young actress Helena Zengel (SYSTEM CRASHER, NEWS OF THE WORLD) to present a one-hour-long video preview of the German highlights which generated a positive response from the jury and the press.

More about the German presence at the Berlinale 2021...

6TH FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS - THE FILMMAKERS

© German Films/ Marcus Höhn/ The Dream Factory

Our FACE TO FACE campaign will once again be presenting personalities from the German film industry to the international film world during 2021. Films and series are created through teamwork - that's why German Films is highlighting a wider variety of film professions in its new FILMMAKERS campaign. Here are the Faces for 2021:

- FREYA ARDE, composer
- ULÉ BARCELOS, costume designer
- SARAH BLAßKIEWITZ, director
- TUA EL-FAWWAL, actress
- ANNEKATRIN HENDEL, director
- LORNA ISHEMA, actress
- LAILA PETERSEN-JAMA, storyboarder
- JIEUN YI, cinematographer

More about this year's FACE TO FACE campaign...

GERMAN FILMS DIVERSITY INITIATIVE 2021

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How diverse is the German film industry? Does it truly represent the wealth of facets, ideas and strengths in society? This question is being asked more and more, and not infrequently with sobering results. But what consequences can the industry draw from the criticism that has been levelled at it for years now – by people with a migration or refugee background, black people, indigenous people and people of color, representatives of people with disabilities, and those fighting for gender equality? German Films asked 52 different players in the German film industry to provide information about these and other questions.

More about the Diversity initiative of German Films…

DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT

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In the first sitting of 2021, German Films' "Distribution Support" awards committee decided to support 16 foreign theatrical releases of German films.
In total 135,864.60 Euros were allocated.

More about the Distribution Support program and the supported films…
 

NEW EPISODES – SHORT TAKE: THE GERMAN FILMS PODCAST

© Lena Juergensen, © Tom Wagner, © Andreas Dauerer, © Stephan Zwickirsch, Lailaps Pictures GmbH / X Filme Creative Pool GmbH

Three new SHORT TAKE: THE GERMAN FILMS PODCAST episodes appeared in February and March. They feature the two actresses Sibel Kekilli (GAME OF THRONES, WINTER JOURNEY, BULLETS) and Narges Rashidi (TIGER MILK, GANGS OF LONDON, GLAUBEN) as well as Reza Memari (OOOPS! NOAH IS GONE...RICHARD THE STORK (3D)THE LAST WHALE SINGER), writer, director and CEO of Telescope Animation.

More about German Films' SHORT TAKE podcast...
 

NEWSBITES

©faktura film GmbH, The Post Republic GmbH, Maier Bros. GmbH und Ludwig Kameraverleih Markus Koob
© Pocaligarim

43. MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (22.-29. April)
1 German film in the competition:
BLOODSUCKERS (BLUTSAUGER) by Julian Radlmaier (Faktura Film)

German Films supports the Russian-speaking Podcast POCALIGARIM
Since March 2021 German Films has been supporting the Russian speaking podcast POCALIGARIM. POCALIGARIM is a podcast about German Cinema, created in Moscow by Russian film journalists - Ksenia Reutova, Ira Posrednikova and Maria Buneeva. The main aim of the podcast is to showcase interesting insights about German Cinema in all its facets to a Russian speaking audience. Specialties are portraits, hot-button topics, history reviews and news about German film industry today.

The episodes of the podcast are released on Tuesdays, every other week, on the POLICARIM platform: https://taplink.cc/pokaligarim

The podcast is also available on Apple, Spotify, Castbox, Youtube, SoundCloud, Yandex Music and Google.

Latest episodes:
March 22: Bruno Ganz: Angel from WINGS OF DESIRE, dictator from DOWNFALL
March 9: We Children from Bahnhof Zoo - book, film, series
February 23: German actresses and actors in American films and series
February 9: Berlinale - democratic, scandalous, political  

More Information about the Podcast POCALIGARIM can be found here.
 

FESTIVALS


German films and co-productions in LuxembourgBuenos Aires, Ann Arbor, GlasgowClevelandHong KongSeattle and Moscow.

AWARDS


A German co-production won an award at SXSW in Austin.

INTERNATIONAL RELEASES IN MARCH AND APRIL


International releases of German films in March and April 2021 supported by the German Films Distribution Support program.

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