December 2019
18 December 2019
Q&A for SYSTEM CRASHER (© Broadway Cinematique Library)

The 7th Festival of German Cinema in China was held in Beijing from 15-24 November 2019. Around 3,400 spectators saw the line-up of 16 films, including four documentaries, as well as a diverse supporting program. Four of the films shown at the festival already had a Chinese distributor who was able to use the festival as a supporting marketing tool.

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FOR THE TIME BEING (© Salka Tiziana)

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (22 January - 2 February 2020) is not only the largest film festival in The Netherlands, but has also made a name for itself as a platform for up-and-coming talents. It provides them with an outstanding forum which also includes the competition sections. 2020 will again see several German films having their world premieres there.

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Marie Masmonteil, Mia Hansen-Løve, Serge Toubiana (© Catherine Kohler)

Discussions at the 17th edition of the German-French Film Meeting (26 & 27 November 2019) in Mulhouse/France, centered on working with SVOD platforms and shooting in both countries as well as on how to understand and further motivate audiences in Germany and France. The Atelier Network also presented a panel on 50/50 Gender Parity in the film industry.

Innovations this year included the Co-Production Space which was open during the whole of the Film Meeting and provided space for networking, as well as the invitation extended to the Association's members to attend various working groups and a Lab whose results were presented to the event's participants in Mulhouse.

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KINO 2019: German Cinema in Turkey
Izmir was the event's third stop - from 12-16 November (after Istanbul and Ankara in April) before the finale in Diyarbakir from 29 November-1 December. The opening film in Izmir was ROADS by Sebastian Schipper, a German-French co-production. The event was held at the Institut Français. Jakobine Motz (ADAM AND EVELYN) and Cem Göktas (ORAY) were the festival's guests in Izmir. All of the films shown can be found here on the website.

Approx. 4,000 people were in the cinemas during the Festival of German Films in Moscow. This represents a very significant increase in the number of spectators (compared to approx. 3,000 in the previous year). The most popular films were TRAUMFABRIK (which was released theatrically a day after the festival's opening), THE GERMAN LESSON, PRÉLUDE and RUSSIA FROM ABOVE. Additional performances were even organized for the last three titles. You can find out more about the festival here.


German films and co-productions in Mar del Plata, Cairo, Seville, Torino, Goa, Cork, Arras, La Rochelle, Kerala, at Sundance, at Slamdance, in Gijon, Macao, Havana, Sitges, Valladolid, Bilbao, at the Chicago Children Film Festival, in Marrakesch, Rio, Geneva, Zlin, Lanzarote, Palm Springs and Sydney.


Awards for German films and co-productions in Bilbao, Stockholm, Mar de Plata, Sevilla, Brisbane, Tallinn, at the Gold Coast IFF, in Sitges, Valladolid, at the Chicago Children Film Festival, in Zlin, Gent, Lanzarote and Leuven.


International releases of German films in December and January supported by the German Films Distribution Support program. More...


Detailed general report including figures & data on German films abroad in 2019 will be published in the January newsletter.