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September 2021

SÉRIES MANIA: GERMAN COUNTRY FOCUS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

Martin Heisler (Flare Film) & Frank Jastfelder (Sky)
l.-r.: Marlene Melchior, Tua El-Fawwal, Lorna Ishema & Sabine Steyer-Violet

German Films joined forces with the regional film funders to present a German Country Focus for the first time at the largest international festival dedicated to series, Séries Mania, at the end of August. The centrepiece was an event showcasing upcoming series from Germany as well as a panel with German female filmmakers who are working in the field of series.
 
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CITY OF BUENOS AIRES HONOURS FESTIVAL DE CINE ALEMÀN

Gustav Wilhelmi & Carolina Estebarena

The Argentine capital hosted the Festival of German Films for the 21st time from 16 to 22 September. Christian Petzold's modern and slightly mythological romantic drama UNDINE was a hit with the audience at the opening in the Cinépolis Recoleta. In addition, the event organised by German Films and the local Goethe-Institut was given a very special honour this year.

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BUSAN & WARSAW 2021: STRONG GERMAN LINE-UP

TOUBAB © Camino Filmverleih

The upcoming international film festivals in Busan (6 to 15 October) and Warsaw (8 to 17 October) have numerous German films and co-productions in their programmes - including some world premieres and titles that have already garnered important awards during this year's festival season. In addition, Warsaw will be marking a special anniversary for German shorts.

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DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT

NEXT DOOR © Reiner Bajo

In the 4th sitting of 2021, German Films Distribution Support" awards committee decided to support 24 foreign theatrical releases of German films. In total 300,000 Euros were allocated.

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SHORT TAKE: THE GERMAN FILMS PODCAST: NEW EPISODES

© Haley Louise Jones & Peter Thorwarth

A cult director and a talented actress, who has made her feature film debut with her current film PRECIOUS IVIE, were guests in our podcast format in September: Peter Thorwarth (BANG BOOM BANG) talks, among other things, about his new film BLOOD RED SKY, which became a global Netflix hit, and Haley Louise Jones explains why she probably would have become a war correspondent if acting hadn't worked out.

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NEWS BITES


I'M YOUR MAN IS THE GERMAN OSCAR® ENTRY  
The feature film I'M YOUR MAN by Maria Schrader (Letterbox Filmproduktion) will enter the race for Germany for the 94th Oscar® in the Best International Feature Film category. This was decided by an independent expert committee meeting under the supervision of German Films on 15 September. German Films itself is not represented on the selection committee. A total of ten films were submitted for consideration. Whether the film makes it on to the short list of 15 titles will be announced on 21 December.

Further information about the German Oscar® entry and the selection process can be found here.

KINO! FILM SALON: UNORTHODOX
Germany and the world are in Maria Schrader fever: it's not just that her award-winning feature film I'M YOUR MAN, starring Dan Stevens and Maren Eggert, has recently opened in US cinemas and been selected as Germany's Oscar entry - the director, actress and screenwriter is also currently in the USA filming her latest project SHE SAID which deals with the events surrounding the Weinstein scandal and #MeToo. For these reasons, the English-language online film club KINO! FILM SALON will also dedicate itself to a work by Schrader: the conversation in October will centre on her series UNORTHODOX, which caused a sensation on the Netflix streaming service and won numerous awards - including a Primetime Emmy Award and two Independent Spirit Awards. Participation in the next KINO! FILM SALON is possible after registering via the following link:

RSVP: https://bit.ly/39sAq0G  

Date and time: Sunday, October 17, 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.

For those who can't get enough, videos of the KINO! Chat interviews with Maria Schrader on UNORTHODOX are available here:
YouTube: https://bit.ly/kinoschrader
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kinogermanynow/videos/156897305740699

FINAL CALL FOR THE SEVILLE CO-PRODUCTION MEETING
Today is the deadline for submissions to the third edition of the European Coproductions meeting at the 18th Festival de Sevilla (5 - 13 November) where Germany will be this year's guest country. Ten projects (five German and five Spanish) will be selected for the programme. The filmmakers will have an opportunity to present their project in a ten-minute pitch and then have one-to-one meetings with other participants, producers and industry professionals who have been specially invited to this event. A three-person jury will award two prizes, each to the value of € 5,000. for the development and post-production of the winning projects.

Deadline for submissions: 30 September, 2021

Further information is available here: http://festivalcinesevilla.eu/en/news/european-coproductions-germany  

EURO CONNECTION 2022 IN CLERMONT-FERRAND
The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival is organising the 14th European co-production forum Euro Connection on 1 and 2 February, 2022. Submissions are welcomed from short film projects up to 30 minutes (animation, feature film, documentary, VR) that are planned as international co-productions, have already secured part of the financing, and are due to start shooting from June 2022.

The contact for submissions from Germany is AG Kurzfilm, further information at https://ag-kurzfilm.de/de/networking/323.html.

The deadline is on 20 October, 2021.

FESTIVALS


German films and co-productions at MarseilleBristolTellurideLondonZurichDramaVancouverBusanMill ValleyRaindanceHamptonsHeartlandSeoulWarsawSan SebastiánGhent and Tokyo.

AWARDS


Awards for German films and co-productions at VeniceToronto and San Sebastián.

INTERNATIONAL RELEASES IN OCTOBER


International releases of German films in October 2021 supported by the German Films Distribution Support program.

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