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November 2021

FACE TO FACE WITH RAINDANCE

Segun Akinola & Freya Arde, © German Films

This year's Raindance Film Festival was held in a hybrid format in the heart of London's West End from October 27 to November 6: three German directors were there in person to present their latest works, and German Films was behind a live panel entitled "FACE TO FACE: Diverse Voices from Germany: The Language of Music" as part of the festival programme.  

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ON OUR OWN ACCOUNT: PHILIPP KREUZER NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD

Philipp Kreuzer, © Sandra Weller

The supervisory board of German Films elected its new chairman on 15 November. Producer Peter Herrmann, who had held the office since 2015, is succeeded by Philipp Kreuzer, producer and CEO of maze pictures and member of the German Producers Association. Kreuzer was previously appointed to the supervisory board by the shareholders' meeting.

More about the election of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board...

 

LIVELY EXCHANGE AT THE GERMAN-FRENCH FILM MEETING IN BONN

© Ralph Sondermann

125 producers gathered in Bonn between November 17-18 for the 19th German-French Film Meeting (Rendez-vous franco-allemands). Over the course of two days, the guests participated in the diverse programme which had been organised by German Films and UniFrance and held under 2G conditions in the spacious Bundeskunsthalle. This year, the participants benefited from a revised approach which featured hybrid elements combined with talks, panels and working groups on current topics as well as extensive opportunities for networking.

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I’M YOUR MAN STILL ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

© Sara Stevenson / German Film Office

The German candidate in the race for the Best International Feature Film Oscar® category continues to create a buzz around the globe. The team of I’M YOUR MAN presented their film in person to audiences and Academy members at various events in San Francisco and New York. What’s more, the next award could soon be in the offing.

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FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS IN MOSCOW CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Tatjana Brode (Goethe-Institut Moscow), Beate Grzeski (German Embassy Moscow), & Simone Baumann (German Films)

The Festival of German Films is currently being held in the Russian capital for what will now be the 20th time. The anniversary is being celebrated with a select line-up of 11 feature films, two documentaries, numerous short films and a series. The event, which is organised by German Films, opened on November 25 with FABIAN - GOING TO THE DOGS and NO ONE’S WITH THE CALVES in two cinemas and will continue to delight Moscow audiences with German film highlights on the big screen until December 1.

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AWARDS FOR GERMAN FILMS IN TALLINN

© Zeitsprung Pictures / Wild Bunch Germany / Peter Hartwig

At the 25th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, German films celebrated terrific successes: Not only were numerous titles from Germany represented in the line-up, some of them were also awarded prizes at the weekend. Among the winners: DEAR THOMAS by Andreas Kleinert.

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SHORT TAKE: THE GERMAN FILMS PODCAST: NEW EPISODE

Tua El-Fawwal, © German Films / Marcus Höhn / The Dream Factory

In November, for our podcast Short Take, we had the pleasure of talking to actor Tua El-Fawwal, who really hit the jackpot with her starring role in the web series DRUCK. This year, Tua was not only part of the FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign, but also selected for the BLACK NIGHTS STARS 2021 young talent programme at the Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival.

More about the new SHORT TAKE episode...

NEWS BITES


PEKING CELEBRATES GERMAN CINEMA - TO BE CONTINUED IN DECEMBER
The 9th Festival of German Films in Beijing opened on November 6 with the screening of FABIAN - GOING TO THE DOGS at the Goethe-Institut after the official cinema programme initially had to be postponed due to cinemas being closed in Dongcheng District.  
There were live Q&As with Tom Schilling on FABIAN, Maria Speth on MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS, Franziska Stünkel on THE LAST EXECUTION and Jens Meurer on AN IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT after the screenings at the Goethe-Institut,  
The festival’s official programme can then be shown in the cinemas in December. Maren Eggert took part in a Q&A which will be presented with the screening of the opening film I’M YOUR MAN. Franka Potente also addressed some words to the Chinese audience for the forthcoming screening of HOME.

The festival brochure as well as other information can be found on the website (https://festivalofgermancinema.com/). The festival's Chinese social media channels also provide information about the programme:
Weibo: https://weibo.com/p/1006062456072377/wenzhang
WeChat: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/yijIbBn-Uh-QyKwc_k1GYQ

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KINO! FILM SALON: RUN LOLA RUN
The focus of the next session of the English-language online film club KINO! FILM SALON will be on Tom Tykwer's cult film RUN LOLA RUN – the work that gave German actress Franka Potente her international breakthrough. More than 20 years later, Potente has established herself as an artist who is influential on many levels. Apart from acting, she is active as a musician and author, and has now made her first feature film as a director with HOMEHOME will be available digitally in the USA from December 3. All those cinephiles who want to revisit the beginning of Potente's extraordinary career with RUN LOLA RUN are cordially invited to participate in the last edition of the KINO! FILM SALON for this year:

RSVP: https://bit.ly/kinosalonrsvplola

Date and Time: Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 11am - 12pm PDT, 2pm - 3pm EDT, 8pm - 9pm CET.

Hosted by Sydney Levine

KINO! FILM SALON is a production of Telescope Film, in collaboration with the German Film Office. In December, Telescope's German Films microsite has a spotlight section dedicated to Franka Potente and her work.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: TORINO FEATURE LAB 2022.
Creative teams of directors and producers now have until January 17, 2022 to apply for the young talent programme of the FeatureLab which is organised in cooperation with the Polish Film Institute and German Films as part of the Torino Film Lab. The focus is on first or second feature film projects at an advanced stage of development: whether they be fiction films, creative documentaries, experimental films or animated films. Selected applicants will participate in a week-long workshop in June and an online module in the autumn, followed by a final session and participation in the TFL Meeting Event in November. The fee per team of two people is € 3,000.

More information about the programme and the application process can be found here:
http://www.torinofilmlab.it/training/training/133-featurelab-2022

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ANNECY MIFA PITCHES - CALL FOR ANIMATION FILM PROJECTS
The MIFA Pitches will be held during the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (June 13-18, 2022),. They enable authors and producers to have an exchange of ideas and get in touch with potential international partners for projects at an early stage of development. The best projects will be awarded prizes. Projects can apply in the categories of short film, feature film, TV series/TV special and digital experience (interactive/transmedia). The rules and regulations can be accessed on the festival website (https://www.annecy.org/take-part/submit-a-project). The deadline is February 8, 2022.

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY SEAHORSE ON US TV
The short documentary SEAHORSE by Nele Dehnenkamp (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg) has been successfully screening at international festivals since its premiere at DOK Leipzig 2020 and the international premiere at IDFA Amsterdam 2020. After winning "Best Documentary Short" at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival, the film entered the Oscar race and has already been nominated for the IDA Documentary Award in the category for student films, which will be presented on February 5, 2022. On November 29, the US broadcaster PBS aired SEAHORSE as part of its "POV Shorts" series (https://www.pbs.org/pov/watch/seahorse/), and the film has since been available for streaming. "POV" has presented documentaries on PBS since 1988 and included shorts there since 2018.

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EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: GERMAN FILMS NOMINATED
On November 9, the last remaining nominations for the 34th European Film Awards were announced during the European Film Festival in Seville. The nominees didn’t only include some co-productions with German participation like QUO VADIS, AIDA or GREAT FREEDOM; there’s also a German project with the chance of winning the award in the Best Documentary category with Maria Speth's sensational documentary MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS. The award ceremony will take place on December 11 in Berlin. However, only nominees and award winners have been invited to attend the ceremony due to COVID-19.

More about the European Film Awards and the nominees:
https://www.europeanfilmawards.eu/en_EN?p=1

FESTIVALS


German films and co-productions at HenaresTallinnLos AngelesLeuven and Bucharest.

AWARDS


Awards for German films and co-productions at MontclairEspinhoChicagoCarthage and Toruń.

INTERNATIONAL RELEASES IN DECEMBER


International releases of German films in December 2021 supported by the German Films Distribution Support Program.

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