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PARIS: FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILM WOWS AUDIENCE

LE PRINCE leading actor Passi Balende in front of the Cinema L'Arlequin, © Thomas Bartel

A select line-up of German films and a series flickered across the screens of Cinema L'Arlequin in the Parisian artist quarter of Montparnasse at the 26th Festival of German Films from 29 September to 3 October. The audience also had the chance to see some of the filmmakers presenting their works live on stage.

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FESTIVAL OF GERMAN CINEMA IN CHINA

I'M YOUR MAN, © Christine Fenzl

A select line-up of 13 German productions is being screened at the Festival of German Films in China from 5 to 14 November. The event, which is being organised by German Films with the support of the Goethe-Institut in Beijing and Broadway Cinema, will now be held for the ninth time in physical form in the Chinese capital. Audiences will have the chance over the course of 10 days to enjoy award-winning works by and with some of the best-known German filmmakers up on the big screen.  

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GERMAN FILMS QUARTERLY – 4-2021 EDITION

Nilam Farooq, © Jules Fysta

The new issue of our magazine GERMAN FILMS QUARTERLY has been available since the beginning of October. In the current issue you will find the continuation of our series on diversity in the German film industry. In addition, German talents from film and television are presented in four portraits (Leonie Krippendorff, İlker Çatak, Philipp Kreuzer & Nilam Farooq), as well as new film projects from different genres.

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SHORT TAKE - THE GERMAN FILMS PODCAST: NEW EPISODE

Dascha Dauenhauer, © Bas Bogaerts

Film composer Dascha Dauenhauer has been behind the scores of numerous award-winning feature films, documentaries and short films ,and one of these distinctions was the European Film Award in 2020 for her compositions for Burhan Qurbani's modern interpretation of the novel BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ. In October, the talented musician was a guest on our podcast.

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NEWS BITES


GERMAN FILMS AT MIPCOM
After a digital-only market in 2020, this year the MIPCOM market returned from October 11-14 as a hybrid event, taking place online as well as physical in Cannes at the Festival Palais. On location at the Croisette, German Films, as in previous years, hosted the GERMAN PAVILION again, an umbrella booth that also included the World Sales companies AG DocumentariesThe Playmaker Munich (formerly ARRI Media International), Albatross as well as Spiegel TV and Euroarts as Meeting-Point Partners. Although less busy than in previous years due to Covid-19 travel restrictions for international, especially for US and Asian buyers, it was a successful and healthy market for all German participants.

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GERMAN FILMS PRESENCE AT THE MIA MARKET
2021 was the first time that German Films attended the MIA Market with an umbrella stand. The international platform for the audiovisual industry was held in Rome from 13 to 17 October and attracted over 2,000 industry professionals from 58 countries. The German-based world sales companies The Playmaker MunichSola MediaGlobal Screen and Picture Tree International were also on-site, made new contacts and benefited from the wide-ranging programme on offer to the professional audience.

More information about the MIA Market is available here: https://www.miamarket.it/en/

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STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS FOR TWO GERMAN SHORT FILMS
The 2021 Student Academy Awards were presented during an online event in Los Angeles on 21 October. Director Murad Abu Eisheh from the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and his team had cause to celebrate since their short TALA'VISION was awarded the much-coveted Gold Student Award in the category "Narrative /International Film Schools". The second award-winner from Germany is Simon Denda with his graduation film ADISA which was made at the University of Television and Film in Munich; he received the Academy Award in Silver. Both films celebrated their world premieres at the 42nd Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival at the beginning of this year.

More information about the Student Academy Awards can be found here:
https://www.oscars.org/news/tag/student-academy-awards

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KINO! FILM SALON: MARIA-MANIA
The English-language online film club KINO! FILM SALON met in October to discuss the series UNORTHODOX - the next meeting in November will see us focusing again on a work by Maria Schrader: her latest film and the German Oscar entry I'M YOUR MAN. The unusual romantic comedy starring Dan Stevens and Maren Eggert opened in US cinemas in September and offers plenty of food for thought and interpretation revolving around the topic of artificial intelligence and the question of what really defines us as humans. Maren Eggert won the Silver Bear for her performance at this year's Berlinale, and I'M YOUR MAN was also a winner at the recent German Film Awards: the film won awards in four categories. If you would like to take part in the next discussion, you can register for KINO! FILM SALON at the following link:

RSVP: https://bit.ly/kinosalonrsvpimyourman

Date and time: Sunday, November 14, 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 association with the German Film Office.

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PODCAST TIP: WOMEN IN THE GERMAN AND RUSSIAN FILM INDUSTRIES
On 2 November at 6pm (CET), a live discussion about "Women in the German and Russian Film Industries: Rights, Opportunities, Prospects" will be held as an episode of the Russian POCALIGARIM podcast dedicated to German-language cinematic art.

The discussion can be followed live via https://www.youtube.com/c/GoetheInstitutRussland. The recorded episode will be available here later https://taplink.cc/pokaligarim.

The video talk is one of the events in the "Deutschland-Express"online festival as part of the Germany Year in Russia 2020/2021.

The podcast hosts - Ksenia Reutova, Ira Posrednikova and Maria Buneva – will be talking with German and Russian experts about gender balance in the film industry, discrimination and measures to combat it, the proportion of women in German and Russian films and series, and the influence of the #MeToo movement on cinematic art in the two countries. In addition, the podcast's guests will talk about the ProQuote Film organisation which has been actively campaigning since 2014  to increase the proportion of women working in all areas of the film industry.

Guests:
Biene Pilavci, actress, director and co-founder of the film policy initiative NichtmeinTatort.
Narges Kalhor, director
Simone Baumann, producer and managing director of German Films – service centre for the international promotion of German films
Ksenia Leontieva, lecturer at the Department of Film and Television Production at the St. Petersburg University of Film and Television

The discussion will take place in German and Russian with simultaneous translation.

The partner of this episode is Moscow FemFest, the international festival on gender awareness, freedom of choice and human dignity (https://moscowfemfest.ru/).
Information partner: She is an expert, working group of female experts in various fields (https://she-expert.org/).

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43RD RESIDENCE OF THE CINEFONDATION CANNES
Two students from German film academies - Sabine Ehrl (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF) and Borbála Nagy (DFFB) - have been selected by the Cinéfondation of Festival de Cannes for the 43rd edition of its Residence Programme. The six participants will be invited to Paris from October to February to develop the scripts for their first or second feature film projects. During this period, they will receive intensive mentoring and have opportunities to network with industry professionals at such festivals as Rotterdam and Cannes. Sabine Ehrl, whose short F FOR FREAKS was nominated for the German Short Film Award in 2019, is participating with her project PARADISE_bleeding, which had already been awarded the Jury Prize of the Talent Village at Les Arcs in 2020. Borbála Nagy won the German Short Film Award in 2020 with her short LAND OF GLORY and is currently developing the feature-length project NOTHING TO SEE HERE which had already been presented at the CineLink Co-Production Market in Sarajevo in 2020.

More information at: https://www.cinefondation.com/en/residence/session

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ACE PRODUCERS SELECTED
The professional network ACE Producers has selected 18 experienced independent producers to join the ACE network after completing the 31st edition of its annual programme. The selected producers from 17 different countries will participate in three workshops in 2021 and 2022 moving the projects with which they applied forward.

Here are the German candidates and their projects:
Melanie Andernach, Made in Germany Filmproduktion – LOVE GHOSTS (Director: Benjamin Heisenberg).
Nina Frese, freelance – NIGHT SWEATS (Director: Maria Solrun)

More information about ACE Producers at: https://ace-producers.com/

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KIDS KINO INDUSTRY WARSAW: AWARD FOR GERMAN PROJECT
On 29 September, the winners of the Kids Kino Industry Pitch were announced in Warsaw. The three winning projects included the German entry MY NAME IS..., produced by Eliza Płocieniak-Alvarez and Carol Ratajczak from Blaue Pampelmuse, which was awarded the CEE Animation Award. The award was presented by Martin Vandas and includes an accreditation for two members of the team and the opportunity to present their project in the "Out of Competition" section of the CEE Forum.

MY NAME IS... is a humorous pre-school series that provides the perfect starting point for learning how to deal with emotions.

More about the winners of the Kids Kino Industry Pitch: https://kidskinoindustry.pl/2021-kids-kino-industry-winners-announced/

FESTIVALS


German films and co-productions at ChicagoMontclairTehranSão PauloRioPhiladelphiaUppsalaNew YorkCorkWinterthurNewport BeachBilbao and Cambridge.

AWARDS


Awards for German films and co-productions at OttawaHamptonsEspinhoBucharestWarsawHot Springs and Chicago.

INTERNATIONAL RELEASES IN NOVEMBER


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

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