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July 2021

FESTIVAL SUMMER: STRONG START FOR GERMAN CINEMA

LE PRINCE © Komplizen Film

Not only were German co-productions and short films in abundance in the line-up at the 74th edition of the  Festival de Cannes, they also picked up no less than nine awards. The buzz around the films will now be continuing over the next few weeks at the major European summer festivals, with many German films scheduled to appear in the competition sections of LocarnoKarlovy Vary and Venice.

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NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER @ FILMFEST DRESDEN

The shortfilm makers in Dresden
© Michael Kaltenecker

NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2021, the joint talent showcase of German Films and the FFA, celebrated its premiere on the big screen at the 33rd Filmfest Dresden (July 13-18) on July 17. All the directors travelled to the city on the River Elbe to present the 11 films in the programme in person to the enthusiastic audience and the numerous professional delegates attending from Germany and further afield. The filmmakers also had the opportunity to take part in the various fringe events at the film festival.

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FIRST FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS IN ROME A GREAT SUCCESS

Actor Felix Kramer
© Goethe-Institut / Francesco Cicconi

Around 800 spectators were able to enjoy a selection of new German films screened in the open air at the first edition of the Festival del Cinema Tedesco to be held in Rome from June 26 to 29. Organised by German Films in cooperation with the German Embassy in Rome and the local Goethe-Institut, the festival presented six feature films, one documentary and the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER short film programme. Two German filmmakers also travelled to the Italian capital.

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GERMAN FILMS PREVIEWS 2021

The GERMAN FILMS PREVIEWS, which invite international film buyers to come to Germany and spend several days screening new German feature films, was held this year in the ASTOR Film Lounge of Munich's ARRI Kino from June 23-25, 2021. Apart from completed films, the sales companies and producers also presented numerous works that are still in production.

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GERMAN FILMS QUARTERLY – 3-2021 Edition

Alison Kuhn
© Christian Zipfel

The latest edition of our magazine GERMAN FILMS QUARTERLY is now available. You will find another instalment of our series about diversity in the German film industry. In addition, German talents from film and television are presented in four portraits (Alison Kuhn, Faraz Shariat, Maite Woköck & Noah Saavedra), and there is a spotlight on new film projects from various genres.
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SHORT TAKE: THE GERMAN FILMS PODCAST: NEW EPISODES

© 2021 German Films / Marcus Höhn / The Dream Factory
© Malik Vitthal

July saw us welcoming two new guests to join us in front of the microphone: storyboard artist and FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS talent Laila Petersen-Jama (PETTSON AND FINDUS) and writer-director Burhan Qurbani (BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ) answered our 19 questions.

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NEWS BITES


KINO! FILM SALON ABOUT STEFAN ZWEIG DRAMA
The next meeting of the English-language online film club will be focusing on another Maria Schrader film to tie-in nicely with the US theatrical release of I'M YOUR MAN in September: she not only directed but also wrote the screenplay for STEFAN ZWEIG - FAREWELL TO EUROPE, a drama about the life of the writer Stefan Zweig when he was in Brazilian exile. Whoever would like to take part in the meeting should register directly for the next KINO! FILM SALON.

RSVP: https://bit.ly/kinosalonfarewell

Date and time: Sunday, August 15, 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.

MAREN EGGERT A GUEST AT GIRLS ON FILM
The British film critic and presenter Anna Smith has not only been regularly featuring female film experts in her Girls on Film podcast to discuss new releases and classics from a female perspective - female directors and actresses have also had their say since the podcast was launched in 2018. This is also the case in the latest episode which was produced in cooperation with German Films to coincide with the theatrical release of I'M YOUR MAN in the UK and Ireland: Maren Eggert, the film's lead actress, was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Acting Performance at this year's Berlinale and speaks with Anna Smith about her role in Maria Schrader's unusual love story. The Episode will be published on 10 August.

Click here to listen to the podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/girls-on-film/id1439182513?mt=3D  

Curzon is opening I'M YOUR MAN in the UK and Ireland on August 13 as a day-and-date release:  https://homecinema.curzon.com/film/im-your-man/

The latest news about German cinema in the UK and Ireland can be found at the Instagram and Facebook channels of kinogermanynowuk.

CALL FOR ANNECY RESIDENCY
Writers and directors of animated feature films in development can apply for a three-month "residency" in Annecy to be held from April to June 2022. The residency programme is overseen by the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (June 13-18, 2022), and will include travel and accommodation expenses, a workspace, mentoring and participation in the MIFA Animation Film Market for the three selected projects.

More information at https://www.annecy.org/news:a2691. The deadline for applications is September 10, 2021.

GERMAN SHORT FILM AT FUTURE FRAMES IN KARLOVY VARY
EFP FUTURE FRAMES - Generation NEXT of European Cinema will be presenting ten selected short films by some of Europe's most promising film students and graduates at the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF, August 20-28, 2021). Jerry Hoffmann will be representing Germany this year with his film I AM which was nominated by the EFP member German Films. I AM was produced at the Hamburg Media School and has already been shown at numerous international festivals following its premiere at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken in 2021. The young directors have a two-part programme this year - an online pre-programme including pitching training and industry meetings (August 17-19) and the presentation of their films during the festival (August 22-24). The three-day on-site programme will be rounded off by a masterclass.

More information is available here: https://www.efp-online.com/en/films/12226/I%20AM

AWARDS FOR GERMAN DOCUMENTARIES
German documentaries and co-productions won several awards in July: one of the big winners at the 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival was Paola Calvo and Patrick Jasim's LUCHADORAS (DE/MX) which won the Special Jury Award, the FIPRESCI Award as well as the Audience Award. July 13 also saw the winners of the 14th Doc Alliance Awards being announced by the network of the seven leading European documentary film festivals during the Doc Day lunch at the Marché du Film in Cannes. The Doc Alliance Award - Best Feature Film went to THE BLUNDER OF LOVE by Rocco Di Mento, nominated by DOK Leipzig and produced at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF by Valeria Venturelli.

FESTIVALS


German films and co-productions at CannesKarlovy VaryLocarnoVila Do CondeEdinburgh and Venice.

AWARDS


Awards for German films and co-productions at Cannes.

INTERNATIONAL RELEASES IN AUGUST


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

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