FOUR KINGS team (© Dennis Ruh)
Theresa von Eltz (© Alice nella Città)

Succes all along the line for FOUR KINGS (C-FILMS (Germany), TATAMI FILMS) at the 10th Rome Film Fest (16 - 24 October, 2015): the feature film debut by Theresa von Eltz made a great impression on the jury of 25 young people in the Alice nella città sidebar and won the independent section's main prize. The German co-production ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES (IN/DE, One Two Films) by Pan Nalin won the festival's Audience Award.

One could already see at the screening of FOUR KINGS that the film was going down well with the audience: the more than 300 seats in the auditorium of the Parco della Musica were all taken. Director Theresa von Eltz brought her lead actors Jella Haase, Clemens Schick and Moritz Leu as well as the producer Benjamin Seikel along to the international premiere, and they were all delighted with the positive reactions and great interest from the audience and critics. Many young cinemagoers gathered around the actors after the screening in the independent Alice nella città sidebar, which is dedicated to films for young adults and families, and there were many happy smiles as people went home with photos or autographs. Following the screening, the team also gave a series of interviews for TV, radio and print.

German Films organized a networking lunch for the German filmmakers at the festival to make contacts with international buyers.

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Alice Pehlivanyan, Agnes Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Tom Sommerlatte (© Maike Schantz)

Turning 20 - and still going strong: The Festival of German Films in Paris celebrated its 20th birthday in 2015 with the usual high interest from the audience and around 4,600 admissions. No less than 14 leading filmmakers came to the Cinéma L'Arlequin to congratulate the birthday child. The German Federal Film Fund's CEO Peter Dinges and the Supervisory Board Chairman of German Films Peter Herrmann were joined by German Films Managing Director Mariette Rissenbeek in welcoming the guests at the opening. The festival opened in a packed cinema with the French avant-premiere of 13 MINUTES (Lucky Bird Pictures, Delphi Medien, Philipp filmproduction) in the presence of the screenwriter and co-producer Fred Breinersdorfer and screenwriter Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer. The film by Oliver Hirschbiegel about the Nazi resistance fighter Georg Elser has been showing in French cinemas since 21 October 2015 thanks to Sophie Dulac Distribution. Young German cinema was at the fore this year when the decision was made on the Audience Award: it went to Tom Sommerlatte's debut SUMMERS DOWNSTAIRS (DE/FR, Osiris Media).

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PHOENIX (© Piffl Medien/Christian Schulz)

PHOENIX, LABYRINTH OF LIES and VICTORIA - German cinema is currently making a very positive stir in the USA with this trio. PHOENIX by Christian Petzold (Schramm Film Koerner & Weber) has strong appeal with US-audiences and has reached the impressive box-office figure of over $ 3.1 million. A lot of positive attention with festivals and important media went to LABYRINTH OF LIES (Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, naked eye filmproduction) and VICTORIA (MonkeyBoy, deutschfilm, RadicalMedia) before their theatrical releases.

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DEUTSCHLAND 83 (courtesy of Sundance TV)

DEUTSCHLAND 83 (UFA Fiction) has become an international bestseller: 20 broadcasters and streaming providers have already bought the eight-part spy series. The German TV spy series - created by Anna and Jörg Winger - had its world premiere at the 2015 Berlinale and was the first German-language drama series to air on US television. The cable channel Sundance TV broadcast it from June 2015 with very positive reactions from the audience and media.


ANIMATION MADE IN GERMANY (courtesy of German Producers Alliance)

Are you looking for information on animation companies that work out of Germany?

The German Producers Alliance - Film & Television, with support by the German regional funding institutions, has published a practical handbook presenting over 60 German animation companies.

Click here to see the brand new guide ANIMATION MADE IN GERMANY 2015...

LABYRINTH OF LIES (courtesy of Beta Cinema)

In total, 81 countries have submitted entries to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Oscar® 2016 in the Best Foreign Language Feature Film category. Germany entered Giulio Ricciarelli's LABYRINTH OF LIES (Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, naked eye filmproduction) to the competition. The directors Visar Morina, who is representing Kosovo with BABAI, and Kaan Müjdeci, in the running for Turkey with SIVAS, both live and work in Germany. The delegate producer for BABAI is NiKo Film with producer Nicole Gerhards. 

German producers are also involved as co-producers in 13 of the 81 entries in the Best Foreign Language Feature category. Another 124 films were submitted for the category of Best Documentary, including five German films and co-productions. More...

Shortly before Christmas, there will be an announcement of the nine films which have made it to the "short list“. The names of the five films nominated for the Oscar® will then be announced 14 January 2016. The Oscar® ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 28 February 2016.


Come and visit us at the German Films umbrella suites at American Film Market. More...  

Looking for information about the performance of German films around the world? Market studies for 29 countries are online here

International premiere of ME AND KAMINSKI at São Paulo International Film Festival. More...

German films at Molodist, AFI  FestCopenhagen, Vienna, Stockholm, Valladolid, Jihlava, Cork, Philadelphia, Gent, Montreal, Tokyo and the Hamptons.

German short films at Seoul, York, Beijing, Winterthur, Uppsala, Santiago de Compostela, Chicago Children's Film Festival, IndieCork and Timishort.


Awards for German films at Waterloo, Warsaw, Athens, Busan, San Diego, Bend, Austin and San Sebastian.

Awards for German short films at Sapporo, Zagreb, Belo Horizonte and Montreal Nouveau Cinema.


International theatrical releases of German films in October 2015 supported by the German Films' Distribution Support Program. More...


Germany: LOOK WHO'S BACK on top of the box-office charts.

International: FACK JU GOEHTE 2  released in Hungary.