TOUR DE FORCE (photo © Majestic Film/Wolfgang Ennenbach)
WHO AM I - NO SYSTEM IS SAFE (© photo © Wiedemann und Berg Film)

The spring is bringing fresh new German films to the Big Apple. KINO! 2015 Festival of German Films will be showing ten new feature-length films as well as the GERMAN SHORT FILM NIGHT program from 9 – 16 April 2015 in the Cinema Village in New York. Five guests will present their works in person at the festival. Panel discussions will complement the program. KINO! is organized by German Films.

In its second year as an independent festival, KINO! will present a wide cross-section of German filmmaking to the New York audiences – from moving drama through adventurous road trip to suspense-laden genre thriller and original children's film. The films were selected by three representatives of the New York film scene: distributor Ian Stimler, journalist Karl Rozemeyer and festival consultant Nicole Guillemet. 

KINO! will open in the Tribeca Cinemas on 9 April 2015 with TOUR DE FORCE (Majestic Filmproduktion). The tragicomedy with a top-notch acting ensemble led by Florian David Fitz was previously shown at such international festivals as Locarno and Toronto. Director Christian Zübert will introduce his film together with a moderated film discussion.

Another prestigious festival guest will be Hannah Herzsprung, who appears in Baran bo Odar's WHO AM I – NO SYSTEM IS SAFE (Wiedemann & Berg Film). Director Mark Monheim will come to New York for a film discussion on ABOUT A GIRL (Imbissfilm), as will Christian Rainer whose short PITTER PATTER GOES MY HEART is showing in the GERMAN SHORT FILM NIGHT program. Producer Philipp Budweg will accompany the screening of the family film THE PASTA DETECTIVES by Neele Leana Vollmar (Lieblingsfilm).

The accompanying program in collaboration with the Deutsches Haus at New York University and the Goethe-Institut in New York includes a panel discussion on the documentary BELTRACCHI - THE ART OF FORGERY (Fruitmarket Arts & Media) with director Arne Birkenstock and a discussion about the political thriller THE LIES OF THE VICTORS (Heimatfilm) with the director Christoph Hochhäusler and the filmmaker Amie Siegel, moderated by Professor Ulrich Baer of New York University.

An audience award is being presented at the festival for the first time this year. The audience can vote online at the festival website for their favorite film.

All of the films at KINO! 2015 Festival of German Films...

I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER (© 2014 Thilo Schmidt/Petrolio Film)

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (23 March - 6 April 2015), one of the most important film festivals in Asia, is particularly intensive this year in devoting part of its program to German cinema. Eight films will be shown in a German focus: German Cinema Now. Moreover, I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER by Hannes Lang (DE/IT, Petrolio Film) has been programmed in the Documentary Competition, and two German films are screening in the Short Film Competition. In total, 33 German films and co-productions can be seen in the festival program. German Films also participated in the umbrella stand of the European Film Promotion at the parallel film market FILMART.


POSSESED BY DJINN (© Lichtblick Film)

12 German films and co-productions have been programmed at the Hot Docs in Toronto, the most important documentary festival in North America. Four films can be seen as world premieres from 23 April to 3 May 2015, with another five celebrating their North American premiere at the festival.



The digital exploitation of feature films is increasingly gaining in importance and the video on demand (VOD) market is experiencing strong growth in Germany as well as on an international level. Turnover from VOD doubled in Europe from 2008 to 2011. In the UK, for example, it has now become so much a part of daily life to be signed up to a VOD provider that these costs were included in March 2014 as one of the expenditures which are regularly monitored for the consumer price index (see German Films VOD study).

German Films also wants to stay abreast of this development and use its potential for the circulation of German films abroad. Thus, in 2014, a cooperation was entered into with the UniversCiné and platforms to present German productions on VOD for the first time concurrently with the Festivals of German Films in Paris and Moscow. This is also planned in 2015 for other Festivals of German Films such as the one in Madrid. A collaboration with platfoms in key territories like the USA or China is currently in the works.



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