What is 'German Documentaries'?
'German Documentaries' is the international label for the promotion of German documentary films abroad. An initiative of the German Documentary Association AGDOK
and German Films Service + Marketing GmbH,
'German Documentaries' presents German non-fiction films at international festivals and markets, and organizes co-production meetings and film series.
'German Documentaries' also publishes an annual catalogue
featuring some 200 new films which are available for distribution worldwide.
GERMAN DOCUMENTARIES online
For over ten years, the “german documentaries” catalogue
has accompanied all activities of the German documentary
film scene at markets and festivals. At first, the German
Documentary Association AG DOK – with over 800 members,
the largest German professional association of independent
directors and producers – published the catalogue
at its own expense. Then the film division of the Federal
Ministry of Economics and Technology became a solid supporter.
Since 2004, “German Films,” the national information
and advisory centre for the promotion of German films
worldwide, has financed the publication of “german documentaries,”
whose content remains solely in the hands of
filmmakers and producers, and not a publisher, sales
department, or institution.
In its twelve editions, “german documentaries” has presented
some 1000 films – from ten-minute shorts to feature-length
theatrical documentaries, from artistically crafted
film essays to documentary series...
"Above and Below" wins German Film Prize "Lola" 2016
28 May 2016: Above and Below
by Nicolas Steiner (Prod. Helge Albers, Flying Moon Filmproduktion) is the winner of this year's German Film Award 'Lola' in the documentary category. Director of Photography Markus Nestroy was awarded the prize for best cinematography.
Far, far away and out of sight, that’s where April, Dave, Cindy, Rick and the Godfather are creating life on their own terms. From the depths of the flood channels under Sin City, to a reclaimed military bunker in the middle of the dusty, heated Californian nowhere land to beyond the stratosphere where Mars now lives on earth. Each individual has been flung into periling circumstances on this rollercoaster ride called life. Through the hustle, pain, and laughter, we are whisked away to an unfamiliar world where we discover its inhabitants to be souls not unlike our very own.
For a complete list of winners and nominees, please click here.
German Documentaries at the European Film Market EFM, Berlin, 11-19 February 2016
10 February 2016: The German Documentaries Association AG DOK and German Documentaries invite you to visit us at our booth #17 at the European Film Market (EFM)
in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstr. 7, 10963 Berlin from 11-19 February.
You can find our booth next to the German Films pavilion. Kordula Hildebrandt will be hosting the booth. She can be reached by phone at +49 (0) 30 - 400425416 from 9:30 - 18:30.
On Monday, 15 February, we will host a meet and greet cocktail reception from 18:00 - 20:00 at our booth. Drop by and say hello!
Where to meet German Documentary delegations in 2016
2016 offers a wealth of opportunities to meet German documentary filmmakers. Thanks to the support of German Documentaries, delegations of German documentary filmmakers will be attending the following national and international film festivals, events, co-production meetings and markets:
- Berlinale (Berlin, Germany): The German Documentary Association AG DOK / German Documentaries will have a booth at the European Film Market EFM.
- AIDC (Adelaide, Australia)
- Co-Production Forum Africa (IREP Lagos / Ecrans Noirs Yaoundé)
- MIPDOC/MIPTV (Cannes, France)
- Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada)
- Docudays UA (Kiev, Ukraine)
CoPro Israel (Tel Aviv, Israel)
- Sheffield Documentary Filmfestival (Sheffield, UK):
- Sunny Side of the Doc (La Rochelle, France):
- Asian Side of the Doc (China):
- TBA - a film festival/market in South America
- MIPCOM (Cannes/France)
- Rossiya Film Festival (Yekaterinburg,...
Best Wishes for 2016
German Documentaries wishes German documentary filmmakers and fans of German documentaries world-wide a happy, healthy, and productive new year! We hope to meet up with you at one of the numerous documentary events around the globe this year.
Where to meet German Documentary delegations in 2015
For many years now, German Documentaries has brought delegations of German documentary filmmakers to international festivals, events, co-production meetings and markets. In 2015 you can meet our delegations here:
- European Film Market / Berlinale (February, Berlin)
- World Content Market (February, Prague, Czech Republic)
- Australian International Documentary Conference AIDC (March, Adelaide,
- Asian Side of the Doc (March, China)
- Co-Production Forum Africa IREP (March, Lagos, Nigeria)
- Docu Days Kiev (March, Kiev, Ukraine)
- MIPDOC/MIPTV (April, Cannes, France)
- Hot Docs Toronto (May, Toronto, Canada)
- CoPro Israel (May, Tel Aviv, Israel)
- Sheffield Documentary Film Festival (June, Sheffield, UK)
- Sunny Side of the Doc (June, La Rochelle, France)
- Co-Production Forum Africa Ecrans Noirs (July, Yaoundé, Cameroon)
- Message to Man Festival (September, St. Petersburg, Russia)
Corruption Uncovered at all Levels of German Television
31 July 2015: In his detailed study of Germany's five largest television stations, media economist Harald Rau uncovers what has long been suspected among media insiders – deep-rooted corruption has swept across all levels of German television. In today's interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Rau outlines his major discoveries. Germany's largest public broadcasters ARD and ZDF head the list.
"Citizenfour" wins German Film Prize 'Lola'
20 June 2015: The German-US co-production CITIZENFOUR
by Laura Poitras (DE/US, Praxis Films) is the winner of this year's German Film Prize 'Lola' in the Best Documentary category. The award was presented in a gala ceremony at the Palais am Funkturm in Berlin last night, and comes with €200,000 of funding toward the next project by producers Dirk Wilutzky, Laura Poitras and Mathilde Bonnefoy.
was also nominated in the Best Editing (Mathilde Bonnefoy) and Best Sound Design (Alexander Buck, Frank Kruse, Matthias Lempert) categories.
is American director Laura Poitras' inside view of the Edward Snowdon revelations, from the moment he plots the release of the confidential documents he took from the NSA from his hotel room in Hong Kong, to his present-day exile in Moscow. After years of repeated harassment form US government officials,...
"Citizenfour" wins Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature
23 February 2015: The German-US co-production CITIZENFOUR
by Laura Poitras (DE/US, Praxis Films) is the winner of this year's Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The German producers Dirk Wilutzky and Mathilde Bonnefoy received the prize in person during the gala ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood last night. CITIZENFOUR
is American director Laura Poitras' inside view of the Edward Snowdon revelations, from the moment he plots the release of the confidential documents he took from the NSA from his hotel room in Hong Kong, to his present-day exile in Moscow. After years of repeated harassment form US government officials, Poitras relocated to Berlin to be able to live and work freely.
was one of two German co-productions in the running for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. German director Wim Wenders was also nominated for the...
Visit the German Documentaries booth at the EFM, Berlin 5-13 February 2015
5 February 2015: Once again, the European Film Market
at the Berlinale offers an excellent opportunity to meet German documentary filmmakers and become better acquainted with the German documentary film scene. We welcome you to visit us at our booth at the Martin-Gropius-Bau. Michael Würfel and Erik Meininger will be manning the booth throughout the opening hours.
AG DOK/German Documentaries booth
European Film Market Stand 15
Berlin Film Festival 2015
+49-(0)30-209159-417 (AG DOK/German Documentaries)
"The Salt of the Earth" and "Citizen Four" nominated for Oscars
16 January 2015: German director Wim Wenders has been nominated for an Oscar® in the category of Best Documentary Feature for the French production THE SALT OF THE EARTH. Another nomination went to the German co-production CITIZENFOUR by Laura Poitras (DE/US, Praxis Films)
THE SALT OF THE EARTH is about the Brazilian photographer and explorer Sebastião Salgado, which he realised together with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. The film had its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at last year's Cannes Film Festival. This is the third Oscar® nomination for Wim Wenders.
The German producers Dirk Wilutzky and Mathilde Bonnefoy were nominated in the category of Best Documentary Feature for the Edward Snowdon portrait CITIZENFOUR (DE/US, Praxis Films). CITIZENFOUR's director Laura Poitras lives in Germany.
The 87th Oscar® awards ceremony will be held in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 22 February 2015.
An overview of all of the Oscar® nominations can be found here.
"Master of the Universe" wins European Film Award
15 December 2014: MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE
(DE/AT, bauderfilm) by Marc Bauder was named European Documentary 2014 at the European Film Awards. The gala ceremony took place in Riga on 13 December 2014.
MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE
celebrated its world premiere at the 2013 edition of the Locarno Film Festival, where it won the main prize of the Semaine de la Critique. It then went on to screen at a large number of international festivals, including IDFA in Amsterdam.
The documentary features a true international finance industry insider, who was once one of Germany’s leading investment bankers, telling all. Rainer Voss, who easily handled millions in his heyday, reveals his personal insight on how the glittering financial world really operates, speaking about all of its dark abysses, lack of scruples and its semi-religious rules. MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE can currently be seen in cinemas in...
Meet the Germans at IDFA, 23 November 2014
20 November 2014: German Documentaries cordially invites all IDFA guests to a get together on Sunday, 23 November from 19-20:30 at The Escape Lounge (enter through Escape Caffé), Rembrandtplein 15, 1017 CT Amsterdam.
Drinks and snacks will be served.
German Documentaries is an initiative of the German Documentary Association AG DOK and German Films.
For a complete list of German films participating in this year's competition, please click here.
Acclaimed German documentary essayist, author and artist Harun Farocki dead at 70
1 August 2014: The acclaimed German documentary essayist, author and artist Harun Farocki died on 30 July 2014 at age 70. The creator of more than 120 films and art installations, Farocki inspired generations of artists, theorists and critics. His best-known films include "Inextinguishable Fire" (1969) and "Images of the World and Inscription of War" (1988).
For more information, please read Kodwo Eshun's obituary on Harun Farocki's official website.
German Documentary Association rescues more than 20,000 film cans and sound reels
5 June 2014: Yesterday, members of the German Documentary Association AG DOK, headed by AG DOK board member Dr. Thorolf Lipp, began clearing out more than 20,000 film cans and sound reels from the cellar of the former film lab Film- und Videoprint in Berlin-Kreuzberg, which declared bankruptcy in 2008. Since the early-1970s, Film- und Videoprint was a cherished film lab for low-budget filmmakers working in all genres, particularly documentary. But it was unable to adjust to the challenges of the digital age, and had to close its doors.
Many of the original camera negatives were stored in the lab's storage vault, but became inaccessible when bankruptcy proceedings began on 29 January 2008. Since then AG DOK lawyer Andreas Schardt has been negotiating with the liquidators to find a solution for housing the entire film collection. With financial support from the the German Federal Film Board (FFA), and with the assistance of a Berlin moving company and scores of volunteers, the AG DOK was...
Meet the Docs at European Film Market, Berlin
6 February 2014: The European Film Market
and the European Documentary Network (EDN)
will once again be hosting Meet the Docs
– a series of networking events for the international documentary community. This is an excellent opportunity to meet festival programmers from German and international festivals, as well as distributors, producers, directors and other members of the international documentary community.
Meet the Docs is located on the 2nd floor of the Martin-Gropius-Bau at stand #201. Tel. +49-30-863950-455.
German Documentaries Booth at the European Film Market, 6-14 February 2013
7 February 2014: The German Documentary Association AG DOK
is once again hosting a booth at the European Film Market
in the Martin Gropius Bau from 6-14 February. Commissioning editors, buyers, film festival programmers, and anyone else interested in the German documentary film scene is invited to drop by to catch up on the latest happenings. Michael Würfel will be running the booth (#16), which is located next to the German Films pavilion on the ground floor, and can be reached at +49-30-863950-423.
"Song from the Forest" wins IDFA
29 November 2013: Song from the Forest
by Michael Obert (Prod. Tondowski Films & Friends) is the winner of the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (€12,500) at the 21st International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA.
The film focuses on American Louis Sarno, who has lived for 25 years with a tribe of Pygmies in the jungle of Central Africa and decides to take his son to America for the first time.
In addition, the jury presented a Special Jury Award to "A Letter to Nelson Mandela" by Khalo Matabane (South Africa / Germany), in which the filmmaker takes a critical look at Nelson Mandela, his status and role in the reforms that took place in South Africa in the 1990s.
AG DOK comments on European Commission's New Cinema Communication Draft
25 June 2013: Today the German Documentary Association / AG DOK issued a statement to Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President and EU-Commissioner for Competition of the European Commission in response to the Commission's current Cinema Communication. The statement reads:
Vice-President, EU-Commissioner for Competition
Fax: +32 02 29 80 999
25 June 2013
Esteemed Mr. Almunia, Ladies and Gentlemen:
The German Documentary Association / AG DOK would like to comment on the new Cinema Communication draft which the European Commission has presented. With more than 800 writers, directors and producers, the AG DOK is the largest professional association of independent filmmakers in Germany. Our members are firmly committed to maintaining high cultural standards in our work. For this reason, we are deeply concerned about the cultural-political consequences of the Cinema Communication, particularly the planned treatment...
"Dragon Girls" wins Hot Docs
5 May 2013: Dragon Girls
(D: Inigo Westmeier; P: Inigo Westmeier, Andreas Simon; Germany) is the winner of the Best International Feature Documentary Award at this year's Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
in Toronto. Sponsored by A&E, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
follows three young female students living far away from their homes and families as the train to become Kung Fu fighters at the Shaolin Tagou Kung Fu School in China.
For a complete list of winners, please click here.
"More than Honey" wins German Film Prize 'Lola' + Honorary Prize for Werner Herzog
27 April 2013: Markus Imhoof's More than Honey
(Prod. Thomas Kufus, Helmut Grasser, Pierre-Alain Meier - zero one film GmbH, Allegro Film, Thelma Film) is the winner of this year's German Film Prize 'Lola' in the category 'Best Documentary', presented at a gala ceremony at the Friedrichstadt Palast in Berlin last night.
In More than Honey
Imhoof travels the globe in search of answers to the mystery of why billions of honeybees have vanished over the past several years. More than one third of our food production depends on pollination by honeybees. If honeybees continue to vanish in such numbers, the effects on the human food supply will be devastating. Albert Einstein once said: “If bees ever die out, mankind will have only four years left to live”.
More than Honey
is a 2 million Euro documentary by Oscar® nominated director Markus Imhoof and...
Grimme-Preis 2013 winners announced
28 March 2013: The winners of the 2013 Grimme Preis – the German equivalent of the Emmys – were announced during a press conference in Düsseldorf yesterday. The winners in the category "Information" are:
Seelenvögel (Soul Birds)
Thomas Riedelsheimer (writer/director/camera/editing)
Production company: Filmpunkt
Ein deutscher Boxer (A German Boxer)- NDR/SWR
Eric Friedler (writer/director)
Production company: NDR
Annekatrin Hendel (writer/director)
Production company: It Works! Medien
Lebt wohl, Genossen (Farewell, Comrades} - ZDF/ARTE/rbb
Andreï Nekrasov, György Dalos (writer)
Christian Beetz (Producer)
Georg Tschurtschenthaler (Producer)
Production companies: Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, Artline Films
Documentary trilogy "Was lebst du? – Was du willst – Wo stehst du?“ (How Do You Live? - What Do You Want?...
Top German Theatrical Documentaries of 2012
22 February 2013: Sixteen documentaries are among the top 100 films at the German box office in 2012 according to an analysis conducted by the Haus des Dokumentarfilms based on figures supplied by the German Federal Film Board.
Wim Wenders' 3D dance spectacle PINA
continued to attract large numbers for the third year in a row, outpacing all other auteur films. Only high-gloss travel spectacles such as "Bavaria - The Trip of a Lifetime" and "Germany from Above," the surprise hit "The St. Thomas Choir" about the legendary Leipzig choir, the nature spectacle "The Green Planet," and the yoga film "Asana Travelogue" topped Wenders' hit about Pina Bausch and her dance troupe.
Valentin Thurn's 2011 box office hit Taste the Waste
(about the vast waste in the food industry) continued to draw impressive numbers, as did newcomer "More than Honey" about the dying out of bees.
Other highlights included...
German Documentaries at the Berlinale, 7-17 February 2013
7 February 2013: A wealth of German documentaries and co-productions will be screening at the 63rd Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival,
running from 7-17 February in Berlin, Germany. The films by section:
(Germany/Poland) - Dir. Marcin Malaszczak
Yugoslavia, how ideology moved our collective body
(Serbia / France / Germany) - Dir. Marta Popivoda
(Germany) - Dir. Daniel Kötter
(Luxembourg/Germany) - Dir. Angela Christlieb
Out in East Berlin - Lesbians and Gays in the GDR
German Documentaries Booth at the European Film Market, 7-15 February 2013
7 February 2013: Once again, the German Documentary Association AG DOK
is hosting a booth at the European Film Market
in the Martin Gropius Bau from 7-15 February. Commissioning editors, buyers, film festival programmers, and anyone else interested in the German documentary film scene is invited to drop by to catch up on the latest happenings. Michael Würfel will be running the booth (#16), which is located next to the German Films pavilion on the ground floor, and can be reached at +49-30-609027-423.
Short List for 'Lola' (German Oscars) announced
20 January 2013: Fourteen German documentaries have been shortlisted for the 'Lola' – the German equivalent of the Oscars. All fourteen films will be screened in the "Lola@Berlinale" section of the Berlin International Film Festival
From the fourteen shortlisted films, three will be selected for a nomination, which will be announced on 22 March.
The shortlisted films:
CINEMA JENIN - THE STORY OF A DREAM
Produziert u.a. von Boomtown Media GmbH&Co.KG (AG DOK)
Regie: Marcus Vetter (AG DOK),
HEINO JAEGER-LOOK BEFORE YOU KUCK
Produziert von Gerd Kroske / realistfilm
Regie: Gerd Kroske (AG DOK)
DAS LIED DES LEBENS
Produziert von Wolfgang Bergmann / Lichtfilm GmbH (AG DOK),
Regie: Irene Langemann
MEINE FREIHEIT, DEINE FREIHEIT
German co-produtions "The Gatekeepers" and "Open Heart" nominated for Oscars
10 January 2013: The German documentary co-productions The Gatekeepers
(Dir. Dror Moreh, IL/DE/BE/FR, NDR) and Open Heart
(Dir. Kief Davidson, Prod. Urban Landscapes, gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, ARTE) have been nominated for Oscars in the categories Best Documentary Feature and Best Short Documentary respectively.
The stylish, critically acclaimed The Gatekeepers
features interviews with all the surviving former heads of the Israeli security agency Shin Bet, whose membership and activities are closely kept state secrets. It already received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and the National Board of Review Award in the US, a 2nd place at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards and is currently nominated for the Producers Guild of America Awards. It screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA last November and will be shown at the Sundance...
Songs of War wins International Emmy® Award
21 November 2012: Songs of War
by Tristan Chytroschek (prod: a&o buero filmproduktion / ZDF / ARTE) is the winner of the 2012 International Emmy® Award in the category Arts Programming.
The jury statement: "Music elates, touches the soul, and bypasses reason. Music is magic. This magic can also turn music into an insidious weapon. In Songs of War
the relationship between music and violence is explored."
The German Documentary Association / AG DOK warmly congratulates the Cologne-based production company a & a buero, producer Robert Tasso Pütz, director Tristan Chytroschek and their collaborators on this tremendous success. Songs of War
beat out three other films from Japan, Brazil and the UK.
The 52-minute film Songs of War
German films win big at DOK Leipzig
4 November 2012: German documentaries and co-productions are among the big winners at the 55th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, which concluded today.
The Silver Dove (2nd place) in the long metrage catagory went to Ilian Metev's "Sofia's Last Ambulance" (Bulgaria, Germany, Croatia).
The Golden Dove for the best German documentary went to "Heino Jaeger - Look Before You Kuck" by Gerd Kroske. An honorable mention went to Dirk Schäfer's "A Sort of Love."
The Golden Dove for the Best Documentary under 45 minutes went to "Bouchbennersch Otto/How to Treat Differentness" by Janina Jung (Germany)
The Filmpreis "Leipziger Ring" for the best documentary about the subject of democracy went to Dirk Heth and Olaf Winkler (Germany) for the film "The Great Fallacy."
The DEFA-Sponsoring Prize went to Mario Schneider (Germany) for the film "The Man's Field"
The Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize went to David Sieveking (Germany, Italy) for the film...
AG DOK Study: Creativity for a Dumping Price
25 October 2012: The German Documentary Association/AG DOK Presents Its Survey of the Employment and Income Situation of Documentary Filmmakers
Writers and directors of documentary films are paid miserably and rank at the bottom of the payment scale in the media industry. The German Documentary Association/AG DOK has often spoken out against this disregard for documentary work. Now for the first time, the Association can support its criticism with impressive numbers culled over the past several months from a very detailed survey of the employment and income situations of a representative cross section of writers and directors. The results are sobering: the average net income of documentary film directors is €1380/month. Approximately 18 percent of those surveyed earned less than €636/month. A mere 15 percent stated that they can make a living from their writing and directing work. The remaining 85 percent – the vast majority – are forced to supplement their income with jobs which...
"Gerhard Richter Painting" Wins German Film Award
27 April 2012: Gerhard Richter Painting
by Corinna Belz (Prod. Thomas Kufus, zero one film) is the winner of this year's 'Lola' – the German equivalent of the Oscar. The prize comes with €200,000 for the producer to use toward a future production.
In 2009, Gerhard Richter granted filmmaker Corinna Belz access to his studio, where he was working on a series of large abstract paintings. Gerhard Richter Painting,
is a fascinating portrait of one of the world's most significant contemporary artists at work.
This year's German Film Awards marked the eight time that the over 1300 members of the German Film Academy voted on the winners. The prizes were awarded tonight at the Friedrichstadt Palast in Berlin in a gala event moderated by Jessica Schwarz and Elyas M'Barek.
For a complete list of winners in all categories, please click here.
"Taste the Waste" breaks 100,000 viewer mark
2 April 2012: This past weekend, Taste the Waste
by Valentin Thurn (co-prod: Thurnfilm and Schnittstelle Film und Video GmbH) broke the 100,000 viewer mark at the box office – a rare feat among German documentaries. Seven months after its premiere at the 2011 Berlinale, Taste the Waste
was launched theatrically across Germany by Cologne-based distributor W-film.
The film helped set off a heated national debate about food waste in Germany.
Taste the Waste
can still be seen in selected theatres in Germany. The DVD will be released on 20 April.
Nominations for German Film Prize 'Lola' announced
23 March 2012: The German Minister for Culture and the members of the board of the German Film Academy – Christiane Paul, Petra Zieser, Ulrich Mattes and Burghart Klaussner – announced the nominees for the German Film Prize 'Lola' in a ceremony at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin this morning.
The three nominees in the best documentary category are:
Charlotte Rampling - The Look
- Dir. Angelina Maccarone, Prod: Gerd Haag, Michael Trabitzsch, Charlotte Uzu - Prounen Film, Tag/Traum, Les Film D'ici
Gerhard Richter Painting
- Dir. Corinna Belz, Prod: Thomas Kufus - zero one film
The Big Eden
- Dir. Peter Dörfler, Prod. Benny Drechsel, Karsten Stäter - Rohfilm
Each nomination is worth €100,000. The winner will receive an additional €100,000.
Member of the German Film Academy select the nominees in their disciplines...
DOK Leipzig participates in global support day for Syrian Doc Festival Dox Box on 15 March 2012
13 March 2012: DOK Leipzig
will be participating in the worldwide screening events commemorating the anniversary of Syria's revolution on 15 March. Because Syrian unrest makes it impossible for the DOX BOX documentary film festival
to take place in Syria this year, cities around the world will be screenings Syrian documentary films on this day to show their solidarity with Syrians.
is Syria's only documentary film festival and one of the most important documentary festivals in the Arab world, reaching nearly 30,000 people last year.
For a complete list of cities and venues worldwide, please visit the Dox Box website.
News from the EFM
16 February 2012: It has been another exciting year at the German Documentaries booth at the European Film Market
in Berlin. Michael Würfel, who has been running the booth for years, reports continued interest in German documentaries among festival programmers, broadcasters and producers from around the world. As in the past years, the German Documentaries booth, located just around the corner from the gigantic German Films booth on the ground floor of the Martin Gropius Bau, has offered a cozy retreat from the hectic market for anyone wanting to familiarize themselves with the German documentary scene. While the market is winding down, it is still possible to pick up brochures, the newly published 2012 German Documentaries catalogue and more. Michael can be reached at the booth at +49 30 767 646 - 417.
AG DOK/German Documentaries Booth at EFM, Berlin 9 - 17 February 2012
4 February 2012: Once again, the German Documentary Association AG DOK will have a booth at the European Film Market
in the Martin Gropius Bau from 9-17 February. Commissioning editors, buyers, film festival programmers, and anyone else interested in the German documentary film scene is invited to drop by to catch up on the latest happenings. Michael Würfel will be running the booth and can be reached at +49 30 767 646 - 417.
PINA ON THE WAY TO THE OSCARS®
24 January 2012: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards®. Wim Wenders’ PINA
is in the race for the prestigious award in the category Best Documentary. In 1999, Wim Wenders’ music documentary BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB was also among the nominees.
Wim Wenders: “It is fantastic to be nominated in the category of Best Documentary a second time, after BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, especially as it is the first time for a 3D film to be granted that honor. All the dancers and collaborators of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, together with the crew and the production company Neue Road Movies, are extremely proud of this. With our journey into the magical kingdom of the great German choreographer Pina Bausch we wanted to raise a monument to this pioneer of modern dance. The success of PINA with audiences worldwide and now this Oscar® nomination are a fantastic reward and recognition...
German Filmmakers Join Boycott of Cinema Verité Festival in Iran
5 November 2011: German documentary filmmakers have joined the international boycott of the Cinema Verité Film Festival in Iran. The boycott is to protest the imprisonment of Iranian producer and distributor
Katayoun Shahabi and five other Iranian filmmakers on 17 September 2011. They were arrested on the false accusation of collaborating with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which the Iranian regime labels as the media wing of the British Intelligence Service.
The state-run Cinema Verité Festival was boycotted two years ago, when the political repression of filmmakers in Iran was at another peak.
As of today, 29 of the 36 films scheduled to be shown at the festival have withdrawn. We urge the remaining seven filmmakers to join the boycott. For more information, visit the Free Katayoun Shahabi Facebook page.
Five German Documentaries receive German Films Distribution Support
28 October 2011: In its sixth sitting of 2011, the German Films Distribution Support awards committee funded 17 foreign theatrical campaigns of German films with a total of € 125,000. Another three theatrical releases were already awarded €10,000 in a prior decision.
Five documentaries are among the films which received support:
· EL BULLI – COOKING IN PROGRESS
in Japan (Doma Inc.) and Sweden (Nonstop Entertainment)
in Estonia (Estinfilm)
· THE TWO HORSES OF GENGHIS KHAN (DAS LIED VON DEN ZWEI PFERDEN)
in Mongolia (Media Group NTV)
in the USA (IFC Films)
· UNDER CONTROL (UNTER KONTROLLE)
in Japan (Daguerro Press)
The "Distribution Support" funding program has existed since 2005 and supports the theatrical...
Overview of autumn documentary festivals in Germany
11 October 2011: Autumn time is always peak season in the German documentary world. Three of the country's major documentary film festivals will be taking place during the next four weeks, each with a different profile.
Now in its 54th year, DOK Leipzig
continues to be the primary documentary festival in Germany as well as a major event for animation. This year's edition will take place from 17-23 October, and will feature hundreds of new docs and animation films as well as a wealth of industry events. The festival program is now online.
The Kassel Dok Fest
is in its 28th year. While not nearly as large as Leipzig, the festival focuses not only on documentaries, but also on media installations and audiovisual performances. This year's edition will take place from 8 - 13 November.
Parallel to Kassel, the Duisburger Filmwoche
German Documentary Association AG DOK now on Facebook
11 October 2011: The German Documentary Association AG DOK,
with some 900 members the largest professional film organization in Germany, recently set up an open group on Facebook.
For those who can read German, this is another opportunity to tune into what's going on in the German documentary film scene.
Large German Delegation at 1001 Documentary Film Festival Istanbul, 29 Sept. -3 October 2011
19 September 2011: Nine German documentaries and co-productions will be featured at the 14th International 1001 Documentary Film Festival,
running from 29 September to 3 October in Istanbul, Turkey. Thanks to the generous support of German Films
and German Documentaries,
all filmmakers from Germany will be invited to present their films in person and to discuss them with Turkish audiences. The filmmakers will also have the opportunity to meet with Turkish producers to discuss possible future collaborations. Thomas Frickel, chairman of the German Documentary Association AG DOK,
will be attending the festival to present his latest film The Moon Conspiracy
and to discuss ways in which documentary filmmakers in the two countries can collaborate and improve the situation for documentary filmmakers. AG DOK board member and...
9 German Documentaries and Co-Productions Receive Distribution Support from German Films
16 September 2011: German Films allocates € 134,500 in funding for theatrical releases of German films abroad. In the fifth sitting of 2011, the „Distribution Support“ awards committee funded 21 foreign theatrical campaigns of 16 German films, including an unprecedented 9 documentaries.
The documentaries selected:
EL BULLI – COOKING IN PROGRESS
by Gereon Wetzel in France (Zootrope)
CHARLOTTE RAMPLING – THE LOOK
Angelina Maccarone in Switzerland (Xenix Filmdistribution)·
GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING
by Corinna Belz in the United Kingdom/Ireland (Soda Pictures)
by Lorenz Knauer in the USA (First Run Features)
by Cyril Tuschi in France (Happiness Distribution)
PINA represents Germany in the race for the 84th Academy Awards
8 September 2011: The independent expert jury, which was appointed by German Films to select the German entry to compete for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, has under the chairmanship of Steffen Kuchenreuther selected the film PINA by Wim Wenders, making it the first documentary feature to compete for Germany in this category for the coveted prize.
The jury on its decision: “PINA is a cinematic synthesis of the arts, harmoniously combining dance, music and film and thereby going beyond the purely documentary aspect. The film conveys a sensual experience of dance and is an exquisite portrait of one of the greatest German artists.”
Wim Wenders (screenplay, director, producer) and producer Gian-Piero Ringel on the jury’s decision: “After having ventured a lot with PINA and going into new 3D territory, the great success in Germany as well as the admissions and reviews in all of Europe are a huge reward. Now being allowed to represent Germany as the submitted...
3rd Nomination Added in Documentary Category of German Film Awards
26 August 2011: In a major breakthrough for the German documentary community, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Bernd Neumann has created a third nomination in the documentary film category of the German Film Awards.
Beginning in 2012, three German documentaries will be nominated. Each nomination will be awarded €100,000 in funding to be invested in new projects.
In making his announcement, Neumann declared: "My decision to add a third nomination in the documentary film category reflects the steadily growing artistic and economic relevance of the documentary film genre." Neumann's decision ends a longstanding debate in the German film industry, where year after year an increasing number of cinematic documentaries were competing for the two coveted nominations in the documentary category.
Every year, The German Film Award, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Culture BKM, presents a total...
Meet the Germans at Sheffield Doc/Fest, 8-12 June 2011
1 June 2011: Once again, a large delegation of German filmmakers and producers will be traveling to the Sheffield Doc/Fest - the UK's premiere documentary event, taking place from 8 - 12 June.
The following German documentaries and co-productions will be screening during the festival (listed by section):
Music Docs/Docs EU:
by Mika Kaurismäki, Starhaus Filmproduktion (DE/ZA/FI)
NYMAN IN PROGRESS
by Silvia Beck, Monarda Arts
THE LAST DAYS OF THE ARCTIC by Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson, Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion (IS/GB/US/DE/NL)
ECUMENOPOLIS: CITY WITHOUT LIMITS by Imre Azem, York Street Productions International (TR/DE)
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS by Werner Herzog (US/GB/DE/CA/FR)
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Werner Herzog
THE DAY WE DANCED ON THE MOON by Tristan Daws, Kloos und Co. Medien
Numerous German producers...
Dokfest München Highlights - Protagonists - Ambivalent Heroes?
6 May 2011: Dokfest München
is in full swing and will be featuring not only a wealth of fascinating new films, but also some intriguing discussions.
A real highlight is Saturday's AG DOK Film Discussion: Protagonists - Ambivalent Heroes? How Documentaries Change Lives, which will be held from 14-16:00 at the Filmmuseum. Moderated by festival director Daniel Sponsel, the discussion will feature filmmakers Doris Metz and Wolfgang Ettlich
and the protagonists from their films Shadow Fathers and The Schuetzes
talking about the filmmaker's responsibilities towards his or her protagonists, and the various ethical issues involved when the camera enters into the private sphere. It's a rare opportunity to witness filmmakers and their contributors talking up close and personal about their often ambivalent relationship.
The event will take place in German, and is free and open to the...
Docs triumph at German Film Awards
8 April 2011: Three of the four documentaries nominated for prizes at this year's German Film Awards
came out on top. As expected, Wim Wenders' 3D dance spectacle PINA
took the prize for the Best Documentary, beating out underdog KINSHASA SYMPHONY,
which was one of the most successful German documentaries of the past year.
After making a splash at its world premiere at this year's Berlinale in February, PINA
has been racking up the numbers at the German box office and delighting audiences at home and at festivals abroad. The film will also open theatrically in the US and the UK during the next month.
The real breakthrough for German documentaries this year, however, was in the categories usually dominated by our narrative cousins. The children's documentary [CHANDANI...
Winners of Grimme Preis (Germany Emmys) announced
1 April 2011: And the winners are ...
Five non-fiction films and series were awarded the Grimme Prize
– the German equivalent of the Emmy - during a gala ceremony with 750 guests at the Marl Theater tonight:
Aghet - A Genocide (ARD/NDR) by Eric Friedler, Prod. Katharina Trebitsch
Iran Elections 2009 (WDR/ARTE) by Oliver Stoltz, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Prod. Dreamer Joint Venture (short version of The Green Wave )
The Lawyers - A German Story (WDR/NDR/rbb/ARTE) by Birgit Schulz, Prod. Bildersturm
DDR Ahoi! (ARD/MDR/NDR) (2 episodes) by Lutz Pehnert, Prod. Hoferichter & Jacobs GmbH
20 x Brandenburg (rbb) various directors, prod. DOKFilm, Andreas Dresen
for a complete list of winners in all categories.
Meet the Germans at MIPDOC and MIPTV, 29 March - 7 April 2011
28 March 2011: A large delegation of German documentary producers will be attending the MIPDOC
(29 - 30 March) and MIPTV,
(4 - 7 April) in Cannes.
Visit us at the "German Films" booth 01.15.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet with some of Germany's finest documentary producers and filmmakers to discuss their current and upcoming projects and co-production opportunities.
And don't forget to pick up your very own copy of the German Documentaries 2011 catalogue for an overview of the latest German documentaries.
Download the flyer
(PDF, 179 kb)
Large German delegation at HotDocs, 28 April - 8 May 2011
4 April 2011: A large delegation of German documentary directors and producers will be attending this year's Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival,
running 28 April - 8 May 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
For contact information about all delegates, please download the flyer
The films by section (click on links for screening times and venues):
EL BULLI - COOKING IN PROGRESS
by Gereon Wetzel (GER)
NO ENTRY NO EXIT by Julie Kreuzer, Mareille Klein (GER)
THE DAY WE DANCED ON THE MOON
by Tristan Daws (GER)
THE GUANTANAMO TRAP
by Thomas Selim Wallner (GER, CAN, CH)
BLOOD IN THE MOBILE
Four German documentaries nominated for German Film Prize LOLA
11 March 2011: At a press conference at the German Cinematheque in Berlin this morning, the nominees for the German Film Prize LOLA
– the most prestigious prize in Germany – were announced.
From the twelve feature-length documentaries on the short list, two nominees were selected: Pina
by Wim Wenders (Prod. Neue Road Movies} and Kinshasa Symphony
by Claus Wischman and Martin Baer (Prod. C-Major Entertainment).
In the category best children's film, Chandani - The Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer
by Arno Birkenstock (Prod. Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH) was one of the two nominees.
In the 'best sound design' category, Ansgar Frerich, Sabine Panossian, Niklas Kammertöns were nominated for their work on the film Pianomania
German and Franco-German docs selected to pitch at Hot Docs Forum, 4-5 May 2011
9 March 2011: One German documentary project and one German-French co-production have been selected to be pitched at the prestigious Hot Docs Forum,
running 4-5 May 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
WORLD ACCORDING TO IRVING
BUFFALO BILL AND THE CONQUEST OF THE EAST
See the complete list
of selected projects.
German Documentaries in Thessaloniki, 11-20 March 2011
10 March 2011: Eleven German documentaries and co-productions will be screening at the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival,
running 11 – 20 March 2011 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The films by section:
Views of the World
JAFFA, THE ORANGE’S CLOCKWORK by Eyal Sivan (IL/BE/FR/DE)
Stories to Tell
WELCHER GLAUBE FÜR MEIN KIND? (LOST IN RELIGION) by Marc Burth, Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion
HERBSTGOLD (AUTUMN GOLD)
by Jan Tenhaven, Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion (DE/AT)
DEM HIMMEL GANZ NAH (CLOSE TO HEAVEN)
by Titus Faschina, ma.ja.de (DE/RO)
KHAIMA by Athanasios Karanikolas, Athanasios Karanikolas (DE/GR)
THE PALACE by Ioannis Roumeliotis, Ioannis Roumeliotis (GR/DE)
by Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer, Sounding Images
"Autumn Gold" opens One World International Human Rights Doc Fest in Prague
4 March 2011: AUTUMN GOLD
by Jan Tenhaven will opens this year's One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival,
running 8 – 17 March in Prague. It is among 15 (co-) productions from Germany.
All the films by festival section:
HERBSTGOLD (AUTUMN GOLD)
by Jan Tenhaven, Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion (DE/AT)
by Cyril Tuschi, Lala Films
by Jennifer Fox, Lichtblick Film (USA/FI/NL/IT/CH/DE)
THE GREEN WAVE
by Ali Samadi Ahadi, Dreamer Joint Venture
THE OTHER CHELSEA
by Jakob Preuss, Kloos & Co. Medien (DE/FI/IL/US)
Right to Know
BLOOD IN THE MOBILE
Program of Documentary Campus Industry Session in Prague, 11-13 March announced
21 February 2011: The [Documentary Campus e.V.,]www.documentary-campus.com one of the leading documentary training programs in Europe, has just announced the schedule of its Industry Session running 11-13th March in Prague, Czech Republic.
The event will take place under the motto:
One World, Many Ways –
New Directions in Human Rights Documentaries
Who are the right broadcasters for Human Rights docs?
Peter Hamilton, creator of the hit website www.documentarytelevision.com will give us his top Human Rights broadcasters list.
Meet key committed Human Rights broadcasters…
including Mette Hoffmann Meyer - Commissioning Editor Danish DRTV and Claire Aguilar Vice President of Programming for the Independent Television Network (ITVS) based in San Francisco.
What happened in Cairo? A very special guest and activist filmmaker from Egypt will fill us in, and show us his own images from the heart of a revolution.
The Age of Wikileaks!
Vaughan Smith from Frontline Club...
AG DOK party to open Berlinale tonight
10 February 2011: To celebrate the opening of this year's Berlin Film Festival Berlinale,
the German Documentary Association AG DOK
is hosting a party at one of the city's most beloved cinemas, the Babylon Kino
in Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30 in Mitte. The fun begins at 8 p.m. tonight and is open to all AG DOK members and guests. So if you're already in town for the film festival, drop by and join the bash!
2011 German Documentaries catalogue now available
10 February 2011: The 15th edition of the English-language "German Documentaries" catalogue is now available both online
and in print. The printed version will be available at the AG DOK booth at the European Film Market throughout the Berlin Film Festival, running from 10-20 February, and at other major film festivals and markets during the rest of the year.
A joint project of the German Documentary Association AGDOK
and the German Film Service + Marketing GmbH,
the catalogue provides an excellent overview of the latest German documentaries. It is distributed to buyers, commissioning editors, festivals scouts, journalists and other members of the film industry at international film festivals, markets and conferences.
Khodorkovsky doc stolen one week before premiere at Berlinale
7 February 2011: Two laptops and hard drives containing the finished version of the German documentary Khordorkovsky,
which traces the controversial trial and imprisonment of oligarch turned Kremlin critic Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, were stolen from the Berlin production offices of director Cyril Tuschi last Thursday.
was set to have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival
on Feb. 14. An earlier version of the film was delivered to the Berlin Fest two days ago and will be screened if the stolen material cannot be recovered.
This is the second time material relating to the documentary has been stolen. A few weeks ago, a laptop containing an earlier version of the film was stolen from a hotel room in Bali, where Tuschi had gone on vacation to finish his movie.
Berlin police are investigating the matter, but have no leads so far. The...
AG DOK booth at the European Film Market, Berlin
7 February 2010: Once again, the German Documentary Association AG DOK will have a booth at the European Film Market
in the Martin Gropius Bau from 10-18 February. Commissioning editors, buyers, film festival programmers, and anyone else interested in the German documentary film scene is invited to drop by to. Michael Würfel will be running the booth and can be reached at +49-30-498 779 428.
Large lineup of German Documentaries at Berlinale, 10-20 Feb. 2011
6 February 2011: Once again, the Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale
will be screenings a wide selection of German documentaries. The films by section:
Official Program Berlinale 2011 (out of competition):
- Dir. Wim Wenders, Prod. Neue Road Movies
THE BIG EDEN
- Dir. Peter Dörfler, Prod: rohfilm, Co-Prod. strandfilm
BRASCH - Das Wünschen und das Fürchten // BRASCH - WORDS OF WANT, WORDS OF FEAR
- Dir. Christoph Rüter, Prod. Tag/Traum
HOUSE OF SHAME - Chantal All Night Long
- Dir. & Prod. Johanna Jackie Baier
IM HIMMEL, UNTER DER ERDE. Der Jüdische Friedhof Weißensee // IN HEAVEN, UNDERGROUND- The Jewish Cemetery in Berlin Weissensee
- Dir. Britta Wauer, Prod. Britzka Film
"The Green Wave" at Sundance, 20-30 January 2011
17 January 2011: THE GREEN WAVE
by Ali Samadi Ahadi (Prod. Dreamer Joint Venture Filmproduktion) will be screening in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival
For further information, please contact Kim Liebeck, Email: email@example.com
4 German Documentaries and German Co-productions in Helsinki, 25-30 January 2011
17 January 2011: Four German documentaries and German co-productions will be screening at Doc Point Helsinki,
running 25-30 January 2011.
HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA von Dimitry Vasyukov, Studio Babelsberg
WAR AND LOVE IN KABUL von Helga Reidemeister, ohne Gepäck Filmproduktion
ATMAN von Pirjo Honkasalo (DE/FI)
GOODNIGHT NOBODY von Jacqueline Zünd (DE/CH), mixtvision
For further information, please contact Julia Basler, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Loads of German Documentaries in New Zealand, 16 Feb.-27 March 2011
17 January 2011:
Numerous German documentaries will be screening at the Documentary Edge Film Festival
in Auckland (16 February – 6 March 2011) and Wellington (10 March – 27 March 2011). The films by category:
EICHMANNS ENDE – LIEBE, VERRAT, TOD (EICHMANN’S END – LOVE, TREACHERY, DEATH) by Raymond Ley, Doc.station Medienproduktion
THIEVES BY LAW
by Alexander Gentelev, LE Vision (IL/DE/ES)
Heroes & Icons
EL BULLI – COOKING IN PROGRESS
by Gereon Wetzel, if…productions
JANE’S JOURNEY by Lorenz Knauer, NEOS Film, CC Medien
OUT OF THE DARKNESS by Stefano Levi, Kubny & Schnell Film- und Fernsehproduktion
All in the family
ALLE MEINE VÄTER (ALL MY FATHERS)
by Jan Raiber, Baden-Württemberg Film Academy
[CHANDANI UND IHR ELEFANT (CHANDANI – THE DAUGHTER OF THE ELEPHANT...
German Film Awards Short list announced
14 January 2011: 12 documentaries have been shortlisted for the 2011 German Film Awards ('Lola')
- the German equivalent of the Oscars. The two nominees will be announced on 11 March.
The short list (in alphabetical order):
DAVID WANTS TO FLY
- Dir. David Sieveking, Prod. Martin Heisler, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger / Lichtblick Media GmbH, Lichtblick Film GmbH
- Dir: Rick Minnich, Matt Sweetwood, Prod. Olaf Jacobs / Hoferichter & Jacobs GmbH
HERBSTGOLD (AUTUMN GOLD)
- Dir: Jan Tenhaven, Prod. Christian Beetz / Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion Köln GmbH & Co. KG
IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY MANSIONS
- Dir. Hajo Schomerus, Prod. Marcelo Busse / busse & halberschmidt Filmproduktion oHG
4 German documentaries in Biarritz, 24-30 January 2011
14 January 2011: Four German documentaries will be screening at the [FIPA-International Festival of Audiovisual Programs,] www.fipa.tm.fr/en/
running from 24 - 30 January in Biarritz, France.
The films according to section:
Documentaires de creation et Essais
SERGEJ IN DER URNE (SERGEY IN THE URN)
by Boris Hars-Tschachotin, Liquid Blues Production, ma.ja.de Filmproduktion, 3 sat
Grands Reportages et Faits de Société
GIER UND GRÖSSENWAHN – WIE DIE POLITIK BEI DER BANKEN-RETTUNG ÜBER DEN TISCH GEZOGEN WURDE (GREED AND MEGALOMANIA – HOW THE POLITICIANS WERE HUNG OUT DRY IN THE BANKING) by Hubert Seipel, WDR
Musiques et Spectacles
KENT NAGANO – MONTREAL SYMPHONY
by Bettina Ehrhard, bce films & more, ZDF
TRAUM IM HERBST by Luc Perceval, Zuckerfilm GmbH
For further information, please contact Konstanze Welz, Email: email@example.com
Overview of German Documentaries market activities in 2011
23 December 2010: A delegation of German producers and filmmakers will be present under the German Documentaries label at the following markets in the first half of 2011:
1.) Berlin International Film Festival,
10-20 February 2011 --- look for our booth at the European Film Market
in the Martin-Gropius-Bau
2.) World Content Markt,
Prague, 21-23 February 2011. The German Documentary Association AG DOK will be offer a "Co-producing with Germany" panel.
2-3 April 2010 in Cannes
4- 7 April 2010 in Cannes
4 German Documentaries in Palm Springs, 6-17 January 2011
4 January 2011: Four German documentaries will be screening in the Palm Springs International Film Festival,
running from 6 - 17 January 2011 in Palm Springs, California, USA.
In the section 'True Stories'
HERBSTGOLD (AUTUMN GOLD)
by Jan Tenhaven, Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion
DAVID WANTS TO FLY
by David Sieveking, Lichtblick Film
by Lorenz Knauer, NEOS Film, CC Medien
In the section 'Cinema Safari'
by Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer, sounding images
For further information, please contact Kim Liebeck, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 German docs at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival PÖFF, 24 Nov.-5 Dec. 2010)
22 November 2010: Three German documentaries and German co-productions will be screening at the 14th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival PÖFF,
running from 24 November - 5 December 2010:
THE WOMAN WITH THE 5 ELEPHANTS
by Vadim Jendreyko, Filmtank Hamburg (DE/CH)
DAVID WANTS TO FLY
by David Sieveking, Lichtblick Film, Lichtblick Media (DE/AT/CH)
THIEVES BY LAW
by Alexander Gentelev, LE Vision (DE/IL/ES)
32 German Docs and German Co-productions at IDFA, 17-28 Nov. 2010
10 November 2010: Four German documentaries and German co-productions will be screening in the main competition and numerous more will be screening in the other sections at the 23rd edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA,
running 17-28 November 2010. With 280 titles, selected from 3,200 submissions, IDFA is the largest and most prestigious documentary film festival in the world. The films by section:
Competition Feature Length Film (competing for the €12,500 prize):
THE GREEN WAVE
by Ali Samadi Ahadi, Dreamer Joint Venture
SEHNSUCHT NACH SCHÖNHEIT (LONGING FOR BEAUTY)
by Julian Benedikt, Benedikt Pictures
BLOOD IN THE MOBILE
by Frank Poulsen, Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion (DE/DK)
MY HEART OF DARKNESS
by Staffan Julen, Gebrüder Beetz...
Loads of German Docs at RIDM Montreal, 10-21 Nov. 2010
10 November 2010: Numerous German documentaries will be screening at the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal RIDM,
running from 10-21 November 2010.
The films by section:
NUTSHIMIT – ON THE LAND (DE/CA) by Sarah Sandring (Sarah Sandring)
THE WOMAN WITH THE 5 ELEPHANTS (DE/CH) by Vadim Jendreyko (Filmtank)
Caméra au poing
NEUKÖLLN UNLIMITED by Agostino Imondi, Dietmar Ratsch (Indi Film)
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE by Stefanie Brockhaus, Andy Wolff (Brockhaus/Wolff, University of Television and Film/Munich)
AUTUMN GOLD by Jan Tenhaven (DE/AT) (Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion)
SILVER GIRLS by Saara Alia Waasner (Royal Pony Film)
PLUG & PRAY by Jens Schanze (Mascha Film)
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German Documentaries in Florence, 13-20 Nov. 2010
12 November 2010: Seven German documentaries and German co-productions will be screening at this year's Festival dei Popoli
in Florence, Italy, running from 13- 20 November 2010. The films by section:
Competition Long Documentary:
I AM FREE (SOY LIBRE)
by Andrea Roggon, Baden-Württemberg Film Academy (DE/CU)
by Tamara Trampe and Johann Feindt, Zero One Film
NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT by Patricio Guzman, Blinker Filmproduction (FR/DE/CL)
by Jennifer Fox, Lichtblick Film (US/DE/CH/IT/NL)
Competition Short Documentary
HOLDING STILL by Florian Riegel, Academy of Media Arts Cologne
by Rainer Komers, Kloos & Co. Medien
DAVID WANTS TO FLY
Kassel Documentary and Video Festival, 9-14 Nov. 2010
3 November 2010: The program of the 27th Kassel Documentary and Video Festival
is now online. The festival will open with the film BAD BOY KUMMER by Miklós Gimes about Swiss journalist Tom Kummer, who for years sold fake interviews with Hollywood stars to a number of reputable magazines in Germany. His exposure in 2000 started a huge media scandal.
For the complete festival program click here.
German Docs in Taipei, 3-20. Nov. 2010
2 November 2010: Two German documentaries are among the large number of German films screening at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, running from 3-20 November in Taipei.
The section "Film Culture – The Story of an Artist" will feature
by Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck (DE/AT), oval filmemacher, and the section "Film Culture – All about Cinema" will feature NYMAN IN PROGRESS by Silvia Beck (DE/UK), RM Arts.
Large German presence at Sheffield Doc/Fest, 3-7 Nov. 2010
25 Oct. 2010: Three German films will be screening at this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest
- the UKs premiere documentary film event:
Planet Galata by Florian Thalhofer
Postcard to Daddy
by Michael Stock
I Shot My Love by Barak Heyman
Six German projects have been selected for the Meet Market:
The Umbrella Murder - Producer: Susanne Petz, Die Freibeuterin, Director: Klaus Dexel
Miles and War - Producer: Thomas Kufus, zeroone film, Director: Anne Thoma
Who Owns the World? - Producer: Volker Ullrich, Filmkantine, Director: Hannah Prinzler
The World According to John Irving - Producer: Rieke Brendel, Florianfilm, Director: André Schaefer
One Fine Line - Producer: Peter Gerard, Accidental Media, Starcrest Media Director: Jo-Anne Velin
Odessa - Producer: Razvan Georgescu, Sub-Cult-Ura, Starcrest Media, Director: Florin Iepan
Additionally, the new project...
Jane's Journey in Sevilla, 5-13 Nov. 2010
4 Novermber 2010: Jane's Journey
by Lorenz Knauer (Production: NEOS Film) will be screening int the Eurodoc section of the Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo, which runs from 5-13 November. The film is an intimate portrait of the world-reknowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, and follows her as she travels around the world in an effort to save our endangered planet.
DOK Leipzig winners announced
25 October 2010: The top prizes at this year's DOK Leipzig
festival, which concluded yesterday, go to films from Sweden and Finland. But several German films and German co-productions also went home with prizes.
The Golden Dove in the International Competition, which comes with €10,000 donated by Telepool, was awarded to the Swedish film "Vodka Factory" by Jerzey Sladkowski. The Silver Dove in the International Competition, which comes with €3000, went to the film "Miesten vuoro" ("Steam of Life") by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen (Finland, Sweden).
The German winners by section include:
International Competition: Honorable mention to Jacqueline Zünd for "Goodnight Nobody" (Switzerland, Germany)
German Competition: Golden Dove and €10,000 donated by Kinowelt GmbH go to Gereon Wetzel and Jörg Adolph for "How to Make a Book with Steidl"
German Competition: Honorable Mention goes to Chris Wright and Stefan Kolbe for the film "Kleinstheim"...
30th Anniversary of the German Documentary Association AGDOK at DOKLeipzig 20 Oct. 2010
19 Oct. 2010: The German Documentary Association AG DOK will celebrate its 30th anniversary with two special events at DOK Leipzig on Wednesday, 20 October.
During the three-hour discussion (in German) titled "Who's Funding Whom Here?" ("Wer fördert hier wen?"), which begins at 15.00 at the Vortragsraum des Zeitgeschichtlichen Forums, Grimmaische Straße 6, various leading figures in the German documentary film scene will debate the growing influence of television in Germany. At the heart of the matter is the question of whether or not independent filmmaking is still possible in Germany without television involvement. With German film funds requiring at least one broadcaster on board before funding a project, and with broadcasters handing more and more contracts to their affiliate companies, independent filmmakers are feeling the squeeze.
The debaters include film journalist Ellen Wietstock; Heiko Hilker from the Dresdner Institut für Medienbeobachtung; Manfred Schmidt, head...
Help Choosing Which Films to Watch at DOK Leipzig
16 October 2010: Need some help trying to decide which of the hundreds of films to watch at DOK Leipzig? If you can read German, then help is on the way. German broadcaster MDR has launched the DOK-O-MAT. Just select the genres you're most interested and answer the follow-up questions, and a list of films meeting your criteria will pop up. Give it a try here.
2 German Co-Productions in international competition at DOK Leipzig
11 October 2010: Two German co-productions will screen in the international competition of this year's DOK Leipzig Film Festival:
"Close to Heaven" (Dem Himmel ganz nah) by Titus Faschina (Germany, Romania) and "Goodnight Nobody" by Jacqueline Zünd (Switzerland, Germany).
The short "Natasha" (Natascha) by Anja Strelets (Germany 2010, 8:45 min.) will screen in the International Short Documentary Competition.
For a complete list of films playing in the International Competition, click here
For the list of films in the German Competition, click here.
For an overview of all festival programs, click here
For a list of all industry events taking place during the festival, click...
DOK Leipzig: Focus on Leipzig Screenings, 20-21 Oct. 2010
11 Oct. 2010: In its fifth year, the Leipzig Screening
is a firmly established part of the German documentary scene, as well as forming an exciting part of DOK Leipzig’s industry offers. During two days, a selection of outstanding, new German documentaries are presented on screen to an audience of international buyers, commissioning editors, distributors and sales agents. Many German films have been discovered and bought for the international market during the first four years of the Leipzig Screening.
During the private screenings the producers have the opportunity to present their films to a carefully chosen group of industry professionals. One-on-one discussions and networking are further encouraged by the participants’ lunches. All guests are invited to make use of the other DOK Leipzig facilities such as the digital DOK Market and festival screenings to see even more German documentary productions.
"Robert Jay Lifton: Nazi Doctors ("Wenn Ärtzte Töten") at Film Forum in NYC 6-12 Oct. 2010
4 Oct. 2010: The documentary ROBERT JAY LIFTON: NAZI DOCTORS (WENN ÄRZTE TÖTEN)
will played at the legendary FILM FORUM
in New York for one week beginning Oct. 6th. Co-director Wolfgang Richter and star of the film, Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, will be present for a Q & A after the Oct. 7th and 8th screenings.
“This is a fascinating, compelling, profoundly disturbing movie that
miraculously leaves one agreeing with Lifton that ‘there is room for hope.'” – Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum –
ROBERT JAY LIFTON: NAZI DOCTORS
PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY HANNES KARNICK & WOLFGANG RICHTER
GERMANY • 2009 • 86 MINS. • IN ENGLISH
FUNDING Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media / Hessian Film Fund
Wednesday, October 6 – Tuesday, October 12 • One Week
Showtimes: 1:00, 2:50, 4:30, 6:20, 8:10, 10:10
A wealth of German docs at Berlin and Beyond Festival, San Francisco, 22-28 Oct. 2010
4 October 2010: The 15th edition of the Berlin and Beyond Film Festival
in San Francisco's legendary Castro Theater will feature a wealth of German documentaries: Pianomania
by Robert Cibis and Lilian Franck, The Woman with the 5 Elephants
by Vadim Jendreyko, Autumn Gold
by Jan Tenhaven, Home from Home
by Sung-Hyung Cho, Human Failure
by Michael Verhoeven, The Last Giants - Oceans in Danger
by Daniele Grieco, Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Strange
by Andrew Davies and André Schäfer, Silver Girls
by Saara Alia Waasner,
for a complete list...
Breathless Films: Czech theatrical premiere of five documentaries
28 Sept. 2010: Five documentary films realised during the Czech-German documentary project Breathless – Dominance of the Moment
from 2008 to 2009 are going to premiere in Czech cinemas on 5 October 2010, 7pm at the Cinema Svetozor in Prague.
The project was initiated by Zipp – Czech-German Cultural Projects, an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, DOK Leipzig and the Prague-based Institute of Documentary Film.
For further information on the Breathless project please visit the official website.
To read more about the films that will be released check out this article on dokweb.net.
Kinshasa Symphony at 10th Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires, 23-29 Sept. 2010
20 Sept. 2010: The documentary KINSHASA SYMPHONY,
which premiered at this year's Berlinale, will be screening as part of the 10th Festival of German Films
in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which runs from 23-29 September. The film portrays Central Africa’s only symphony orchestra, L’Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste.
5 German films nominated for Prix Europa
17 Sept. 2010: Five German films and one German-Polish co-production have been nominated for the Prix Europa – Best TV Documentary award:
A Film Unfinished
Aghet - A Genocide / Aghet - Ein Völkermord
Soul Birds / Seelenvögel
by Thomas Riedelsheimer
Thieves by Law / Die Ehre der Diebe
by Alexander Gentelev
Without My Fourth Child / Ohne mein viertes Kind
and the Polish-German co-production "Komeda- A Soundtrack for a Life / Komeda-muzyczne ścieżki życia" by Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy.
The Prix Europe is the largest competition for television, radio and emerging media in Europe. From 16 to 23 October, creative forces in the media industry across the continent will meet in Berlin. The Prix Europa 2010 will be given to productions in nine different categories including a best TV Documentary Award. The award ceremony will take place on 23 October 2010.
Of the total of 543...
Documentary Sound Design Symposium in Cologne, 16-17 September 2010
9 September 2010: The Dokumentarfilminitiative dfi
will be hosting a two-day symposium on current tendencies in sound design for documentaries at the Filmforum NRW on from 16-17 September 2010. Directors Bernhard Sallmann ("Lausitz Dreams"), Rainer Komers ("Kobe") and Carolin Schmitz ("Benidorm") will discuss their sound concepts, and sound designers and engineers will discuss their implementation. The sound designers of Ari Folman's "Waltz with Bashir" and Ali Samadi Ahadi's "Green Wave" will present different picture-sound tracks. Film scholar Prof. Thomas Elsaesser from Amsterdam will discus the significance of listening within the context of film reception and the hearing-seeing hierarchy. Film scholar Berta Luise Heide will discuss the familiar synchronicity problem of picture and sound, and how new digital configurations are putting an end to this.
A symposium highlight is the screening of Peter Schreiner's "Totó" at 19:30 in the Filmforum....
10th anniversary celebration of Documentary Campus 10-12 Sept. 2010 in Munich
29 July 2010: The training initiative Documentary Campus will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a three-day event in Munich, Germany from 10 to 12 September.
One of the highlights of the special anniversary programme is an exclusive preview showing of the 3D documentary film Cane Toads - The Conquest
by director Mark Lewis. The production has been described as "Chaplin comedy, Hitchcock suspense, ecological paranoia and Homeric 3D odyssey," and filmmaker Lewis has been named a "master of world cinema!"
Cane Toads will kick off the 10 Years of Documentary Campus weekend on Friday, 10 September 2010.
Other celebration activities include controversial and thought provoking panels, Masterschool screenings and a party with live music. Further details and surprises will be announced soon.
Registration for 10 Years of Documentary Campus is now open at:
Italian-German short doc. "Future Archaeology" at Venice, 1-11 Sept. 2010
30 July 2010: The short documentary "Future Archaeology" (Italy/Germany, 20 min.) by Armin Linke and Francesco Mattuzzi will be screening in the Orizzonti sidebar at this year's Venice International Film Festival, running 1-11 September.
"Forbidden Films" symposium in Berlin 9-10 Sept. 2010
17 August 2010: iRights.info and the German Cinematheque will host the symposium "Forbidden Films: Remix meets the Poison Cabinet"
9-10 September. The symposium will be in German and English, and will focus on legal restrictions on films. Speakers include renowned LA entertainment lawyer Michael C. Donaldson; AGDOK board member Cay Wesnigk; AGDOK lawyer Christlieb Klages; artistic director of the German Cinematheque Dr. Rainer Rother, director Hannes Stöhr; film historian and co-founder of Friends of German Cinema Ulrich Gregor; writer and director Winfried Bonengel; director Hendrik Handloegten.
For more information and to register for the symposium, please go here.
The site is in German, but there is a translation button at the top right.
Call for entries: Duisburg, Leipzig, Kassel, Neubrandenburg
12 August 2010: The 34th Duisburger Filmwoche
(01-07 Nov. 2010), the 53rd DOK Leipzig
(8-24 Oct. 2010), the 27th Kasseler Dokfest
(9-14 Nov. 2010) and the 19th dokumentART Neubrandenburg
(8-13 Oct. 2010) are all open to submissions for this year's festivals. Please see the respective websites for more information and entry forms.
German Documentaries at 34th Montréal World Film Festival, 26 August - 6 September 2010
11 August 2010: Several German documentaries will be screening at this year's Montreál World Film Festival:
AGHET – A GENOCIDE (AGHET – EIN VOELKERMORD by Eric Friedler (DE/AM/US), THE BEETHOVEN PROJECT (DAS BEETHOVEN-PROJEKT) by Christian Berger, NARGIS – WHEN TIME STOPPED BREATHING by Kyaw Kyaw Oo and Maung Myint Aung (MM/DE) and THE TRUTH ABOUT DRACULA (DIE WAHRHEIT UEBER DRACULA) by Stanislaw Mucha will screen in the "Documentaries of the World" section along with the shorts ANNA by Khoa Lê and Mathieu Verreault (CA/DE), NIGATU – THE RUNNING DREAM by Steve Doeschner (ET/DE) and LES VOIX DU GRENIER by Anna Brass and Magdalena Hutter (CA/DE).
Alongside the Toronto International Film Festival, the Montréal World Film Festival is the largest film event in Canada. German films are traditionally very well represented here.
German Film Prize Winner helps re-open West Bank cinema
5 August 2010: Marcus Vetter, whose film The Heart from Jenin
won this year's German Film Prize for Best Documentary, has helped re-open the West Bank's largest cinema, the Cinema Jenin. Closed down at the beginning of the Intifada in 1987, the Cinema Jenin was re-built with the help of 950,000 Euros Vetter collected, including 150,000 Euros from Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters and a generous contribution from the German Federal Foreign Office.
as well as the latest in projection and production equipment.
"It always bothered me that I couldn't give back anything to the people I film with," says Vetter. So together with Ismael Kathib, the father of the killed boy from The Heart of Jenin,
who generously donated his son's organs to Israeli children, Vetter decided to rebuild the theater. Some fifty volunteers, including German students and...
"Das Schiff des Torjaegers" world premiere in Locarno, 4-14.8.10
19 July 2010: The German-Swiss co-production Das Schiff des Torjaegers
("The Goal-Kicker's Ship") by Heidi Specogna will celebrate its world premiere in the 'Semaine de la Critique' section of this year's Festival del Film Locarno,
running 4-14 August. The film investigates the events surrounding the 2001 story of an old ferry off the West African coast which was transporting hundreds of African children sent away by their parents as child laborers. When it became known that the Nigerian football star Jonathan Akpoborie, who played in the German Bundesliga, was the owner of the ship, the story made the headlines and Akpoborie was out of a job overnight. In her film, Specogna tracks down Akpoborie and numerous children who were aboard the ship, and weaves their stories into a portrait of the modern-day slave trade.
3 German Docs at FID Marseille 7-12 July 2010
15 June 2010: The Festival International du Documentaire FID Marseille
(July 7 to 12) will feature three productions from Germany in the International Competition: the feature-length films DAY OF THE SPARROW (DER TAG DES SPATZEN)
by Philip Scheffner and THE DUBAI IN ME by Christian von Borries as well as the medium-length film MADMAN’S DICTIONARY
by Benno Trautmann.
5 German Docs and German Co-productions at Silverdocs 21-27 June 2010
15 June 2010: Five German or German-international documentary productions have been invited to the [8th Silverdocs International Documentary Film Festival,] silverdocs.com/
taking place from 21-27 June in Silver Spring, Maryland. The festival is organised by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel and is one of the most important in North America. 10 films are competing for the Sterling Award in the main competition for feature-length films. Germany is represented by THE WOMAN WITH THE 5 ELEPHANTS (DIE FRAU MIT DEN FUENF ELEFANTEN)
by Vadim Jendreyko (D/CH) and A FILM UNFINISHED by Yael Hersonski (IL/DE). LA ISLA – ARCHIVES OF A TRAGEDY ( LA ISLA – ARCHIVE EINER TRAGOEDIE)
by Uli Stelzner (DE/GT) will be shown in Silver Spectrum. ARIRANG: LETTER TO BARACK by Gerd Conradt and HOLDING STILL by Florian Riegel are screening in the Sterling Short Competition .
Short doc "Wagah" at Los Angeles International Film Festival 17-27 June 2010
7 May 2010: The short documentary WAGAH
by Supriyo Sen has been selected for the Short Films section of this year's Los Angeles International Film Festival, running from 17-27 June.
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Two German documentary co-producrtions at Sundance, 19 - 29 January 2017
5 December 2016: Two German documentary co-productions will be screening in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 33rd Sundance Film Festival,
German Documentaries at Festival of German Films in Moscow, 30 Nov. - 5 December 2016
25 November 2016: FASSBINDER by Annekatrin Hendel (It Works! Medien, Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation) and PAVLENSKY - MAN AND THE MIGHT (PAVLENSKY - DER MENSCH UND DIE MACHT) by Irene Langemann (Lichtfilm)...
"War of Lies" wins International Emmy
23 November 2016: Matthias Bittner's War of Lies
(Prod. Zischlermann Filmproduktion) is the winner of the 2016 International Emmy in the category "Documentary"....
Winners of Kassel Dokfest announced
German Documentaries reception at IDFA, 20 Nov. 2016
"Cahier Africain" wins German Human Rights Prize
9 November 2016: Heidi Specogna's Cahier Africain
(DE/CH, prod. Filmpunkt, PS Film together with ZDF/3Sat) has been awarded the [German Human...
Harun Farocki retrospective in Turin, 18-26 November 2016
10 November 2016: This year's Torino Film Festival
will feature a retrospective of artist and filmmaker Harun Farocki, who left behind over ninety films when...
German documentaries and co-productions in Tallinn, 11-27 November 2016
8 November 2016: Several German documentaries and co-productions will be screening at the 20th Black Nights Film Festival,
which runs from 11 – 27 November in...
German Documentaries and co-productions win big in Leipzig
Kassel Documentary Festival program now online
DOKLeipzig opens 31 October with animated film "My LIfe as a Courgette"
27 October 2016: The Franco-Swiss animated film My Life as a Courgette
will open the 59th edition of the [International...
A wealth of German documentaries and co-productions at IDFA, 16-27 November 2016
Two German documentary co-productions in Sevilla, 4 - 12 November 2016
24 October 2016: AUSTERLITZ by Sergei Loznitsa (Imperativ Film) and
HOMO SAPIENS by Nikolaus Geyrhalter (AT/CH/DE) will screen in the New Waves Non-Fiction Competition at the [13th Sevilla European Film...
Large program of German documentaries and co-productions in Vienna, 20 October - 2 November 2016
Mo Asumng Wins Berlin Order of Merit
2 October 2016: Filmmaker and moderator Mo Asumang
is among the ten recipients of the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin. She and the other recipients were honored...
"Eat that Question - Frank Zappa in His Own Words" wins in San Sebastián
26 September 2016: EAT THAT QUESTION – FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS by Thorsten Schütte (FR/DE, UFA Fiction-Produktion) is the winner of the [Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award at the 64th San Sebastián International...
"War of Lies" nominated for International Emmy
26 September 2016: Matthias Bittner's "War of Lies" (Prod. Zischlermann Filmproduktion) has been nominated for an International Emmy in the category "Documentary". The film tells the story of "Curveball"...
Three German Documentary Co-productions in Chicago, 13 - 27 October 2016
"Sonita" at The Hamptons, 6 - 10 October 2016
21 September 2016: SONITA by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (DE/IR/CH, Tag/Traum) will be screening in the "Films of Conflict & Resolution" section of the [24th Hamptons International Film Festival,] running...
"Austerlitz" wins in Venice
12 September 2016. AUSTERLITZ
by Sergei Loznitsa (Imperativ Film) is the winner of the Mouse d’Oro Award: Mouse d’Argento – Out of Competition at...
Berlinale Launches First Endowed Documentary Award in 2017
6 September 2016: Thanks to the support of Glashütte Original watch manufacturer from Saxony, the Berlin International Film Festival is launching a new award, the Glashütte Original Documentary Award.
German Documentaries and Co-Productions at San Sebastian, 16 - 24 September 2016
German Documentary Short "Bending to Earth" at New York Film Festival, 30 Sept. - 16 October 2016
18 August 2016: Rosa Barba's short documentary "Bending to Earth" (USA/Germany) will screen at the 54th New York Film Festival,
running from 30 September - 16 October...
Seven German Documentaries and Co-Productions at Toronto,
Four German Documentaries and Co-Productions nominated for the European Film Award 2016
16 August 2016: Four German documentaries and co-productions are among the fifteen films nominated for the European Film Award:
Europe She Loves (Switzerland/Germany) - Directed by Jan Gassman, produced...
Short documentary "Tarfala" competing for Student Oscar in Gold
2 August 2016: The 27-minute documentary TARFALA by Johannes Östergård from the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF) has made it into the final round of the Foreign Documentary category and...
Last Call for DokLeipzig Co-Production Market. Deadline 1 August 2016
"The Tchaikovsky Files – Confessions of a Composer" wins ECHO Classic Award 2016
21 July 2016: "The Tchaikovsky Files – Confessions of a Composer“ by director Ralf Pleger will be honored with the ECHO Classic Award 2016!
"The Tchaikovsky Files" will be awarded in the category...
German Documentaries in Locarno, 3-13 August 2016
Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival extends deadline to July 15, 2016
1 July 2016: Due to the large interest, the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival has extended the application deadline for its 33rd edition to July 15, 2016.
The festival accepts current films,...
German Documentaries at TV Festivals in Monte Carlo, Shanghai, Banff
7 June 2016: June is the month of TV festivals. Three of the leading TV events are being held in Shanghai, Banff and Monte Carlo. The 2016 editions of all three festivals will prominently feature German...
Two ZDF documentaries win Bavarian Television Award
4 June 2016: The ZDF documentaries "Nobody May Know: Corinne and Her Secret" ("37°"-Reportage Niemand darf es wissen - Corinne und ihr Geheimnis") by Maike Conway (Prod. Tellux Film GmbH) and "The Virgin...
Dokfest Munich just around the corner, 5-15 May 2016
29 April 2016: DOK.fest München,
one of Germany's largest documentary film events, will run from 5-15 May in Munich. The opening night event – a screening of Walter...
German Documentary Association AGDOK reception in Sheffield, 13 June 2016
1 June 2016: The German Documentary Association AG DOK will once again host a reception at this year's Doc Sheffield. We cordially invite all festival participants to drop by for a drink on Monday, 13...
Dokville Program announced, Ludwigsburg 16-17 June 2016
29 April 2016: The program of the 12th industry get-together Dokville
has been announced. This year's event will focus on "Transmedia Storytelling," and will take place from...
"The Vietnam War - Faces of a Tragedy" wins in New York
Laura Poitras' "Risk" to premiere at Cannes, 12 - 22 May 2016
19 April 2016: The new documentary RISK
by Oscar® winner Laura Poitras (US/DE, Praxis Films Berlin) will celebrate its world premiere in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs...
Nominees for German Film Prize "Lola" announced
15 April 2016: The nominees for the German Film Prize 'Lola' have been announced. In the category Best Documentary, the nominees are:
ABOVE AND BELOW Helge Albers, Cornelia Seitler, Brigitte Hofer /...
A large selection of German documentaries and co-productions in Toronto, 28 April - 8 May 2016
23 March 2016: North America's most important documentary film festival Hot Docs
has programmed a total of 13 German films and co-productions for its 35th edition, running from...
German Documentaries and Co-productions in Sofia, 10 - 20 March 2016
11 March 2016: A large number of German documentaries and co-productions will be screening at the Sofia International Film Festival,
running from 10 – 20 March in Sofia, Bulgaria. The...
2016 Grimme Preis winners announced
9 March 2016: The winners of the 52nd Grimme Preis
– Germany's most important television awards – were announced in a press conference at the Grillo...
German documentary co-productions in Cleveland, 30 March - 10 April 2016
German documentary co-productions in Prague, 7 - 16 March 2016
German documentary co-productions in Hong Kong, 21 March - 4 April 2016
"Our Last Tango" in Miami, 4 - 13 March 2016
22 February 2016: OUR LAST TANGO (EIN LETZTER TANGO) by Germán Kral (DE/AR, Lailaps Pictures, German Král Filmproduktion, Schubert International Productions) is competing for the $10,000 Knight Documentary...
German documentary co-productions in Guadalajara, 4 - 13 March 2016
22 February 2016: Two German documentary co-productions will be screening at the 31st Guadalajara Film Festival,
running from 4-13 March 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico....
"Chuck Norris vs. Communism" in Rotterdam, 27 January - 7 February 2016
22 January 2016: CHUCK NORRIS VS. COMMUNISM
by Ilinca Calugareanu (GB/RO/DE, Kloos & Co. Medien) will be screening in the section "Deep Focus: ID: Community Cameras"...
10 BILLION – WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE? in Santa Barbara, 3 - 13 February 2016
5 February 2016: 10 BILLION – WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE? by Valentin Thurn (Celluloid Fabrik Filmproduktion, Prokino, Thurnfilm) will be playing in the Screen Cuisine and Social Justice sections of the...
"Girls Don't Fly" wins in Saarbrücken
25 January 2016: GIRLS DON'T FLY by Monika Grassl (DE/AT, INDI Film, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg) is the winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 23th Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis,
Grimme Preis nominations announced
21 January 2016: The nominations for the 52nd Grimme-Preis 2016
have been announced. The nominees in the "Information & Culture/Special" category are:
"Friedland" at FIPA, Biarritz, 19 - 24 January 2016
"La Buena Vida - The Good Life" wins Bavarian Film Prize
17 January 2016: La Buena Vida - The Good Life
by Jens Schanze is the winner of the Bavarian Film Prize 2015 in the category Best Documentary. The awards were presented...
"1ha 43a" at Slamdance, 22 - 28 January 2016
11 December 2015: "1ha 43a" by Monika Pirch will be screening in the Documentary Feature Film Competition at the 22nd Slamdance Film Festival,
running from 22 – 28 January 2016...
German Documentary Co-Productions at Sundance
3 December 2015: Three German documentary co-productions have been selected to screen in the International Documentary Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival,
"Under the Sun" wins in Tallinn and Jihlava
1 December 2015: UNDER THE SUN by Vitaly Mansky (RU/DE/CZ/KP, Saxonia Entertainment) is the winner of the Jury Prize for the Best Director and the Special Jury Prize at the 19th Black Nights Film Festival,
German documentaries in Moscow
1 December 2015. Two German documentaries are among the fourteen films screening at the Festival of German Film in Moscow, running from 2 - 6 December in Moscow, Russia.
Director Matthias Bittner can...
Legendary German Documentary DOP Christian Lehmann receives DEFA Award for his life's work
22 November 2015: German director of photography Christian Lehmann is the recipient of the DEFA Foundation's
lifetime achievement award, which comes with €10,000 in prize...
"Citizen Four" wins Grierson Award
3 November 2015: The German-US co-production CITIZENFOUR
by Laura Poitras (DE/US, Praxis Films) is the winner of the category "Best Documentary on a Contemporary...
German documentaries and co-productions win in Leipzig
2 November 2015: Several German documentaries and co-productions are among the winners of the [58th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film,] which ran from 26 October - 1 November...
Large selection of German documentaries and co-productions at IDFA, 18-29 November 2015
German documentaries and co-productions win in Jihlava
1 November 2015: "Under the Sun" (V paprscích sluice) (Czech Republic, Russia, Germany, North Korea, Latvia, 2015), by Vitaly Mansky is the winner of the BETWEEN THE SEAS section at this year's [Jihlava...
Large program of German documentaries and Co-productions in Copenhagen, 5-15 November 2015
German Documentaries and Co-productions in Vienna, 22 Oct. - 5 November 2015
2 German documentaries and co-productions in Stockholm, 11-22 November 2015
Six German films and co-productions in Jihlava, 27 October - 1 November 2015
"1989" wins Prix Italia
10 October 2015: “1989 – A Statesman Opens up” by Anders Østergaard and Erzsébet Rácz is the winner of the Prix Italia 2015 in the category “Best documentary in cultural and general interest”....
3 German documentaries and co-productions shortlisted for European Film Award
23 September 2015: Jens Schanze's LA BUENA VIDA - The Good Life, Ayat Najafi's NO LAND'S SONG, and Nicolas Steiner's ABOVE AND BELOW are among the fifteen documentaries shortlisted for the European Film...
Citizen Four nominated for a Grierson Award
15 September 2015: The German-US co-production CITIZENFOUR
by Laura Poitras (DE/US, Praxis Films) is one of four films to be nominate for the coveted Grierson...
REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF at Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires, 10-16 September 2015
2 September 2015: REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF by Cem Kaya (UFA Fiction) will be screening in the Documentary section of the 15th Festival of German Films in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The festival will take place...
German Documentaries and Co-productions in Montréal, 27 August - 7 September 2015
Three German Documentary Co-Productions in Toronto, 10 - 20 September 2015
German Documentaries and co-productions in Melbourne, 30 July - 16 August 2015
German Documentary and co-productions in Sarajevo, 14 - 22 August 2015
30 July 2015: A large selection of German documentaries and co-productions will be screening at this year's Sarajevo Film Festival,
which runs from 14 – 22 August in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina....
Two German Documentary Co-Productions in Locarno, 5 - 15 August 2015
German documentary and German co-production win in Marseille
Kassel Documentary Festival extends deadline to July 17th
German Documentary Co-Productions in Moscow, 19 - 26 June 2015
"Song from the Forest" wins German Documentary Prize
19 June 2015: Song from the Forest
by Michael Obert is the winner of the 2015 German Documentary Prize, which carries a €20,000 purse. The film portrays...
German documentary co-productions win in Krakow
16 June 2015: Two German documentary co-productions are among the winners at the 55th Krakow Film Festival,
which ran from 31 May – 7 June in Cracow, Poland.
German Documentaries and co-productions in Shanghai, 13 - 21 June 2015
German Documentary Co-Productions win in Krakow
16 June 2015: Two German documentary co-productions are among the winners at the Krakow Film Festival,
which ran from 31 May – 7 June in Krakow, Poland.
German Documentaries and co-productions in Edinburgh, 17 - 28 June 2015
German Documentary Co-Productions in Karlovy Vary, 3 - 11 July 2015
German Documentaries in Madrid, 9 - 14 June 2015
2 June 2015: Two German documentaries will be screening at the [17th Festival of German Films,] running from 9 - 14 June in Madrid.
Organized by German Films, the festival will show a total of 17 feature...
German documentary co-productions win in Warsaw
22 May 2015: Three German documentary co-productions are among the winners of the Docs Against Gravity Film Festival,
which took place from 25 – 31 May in Warsaw, Poland.
German Documentaries in Seattle, 14 May - 7 June 2015
Three German documentaries receive funding for theatrical releases abroad
11 May 2015: German Films allocates 95,500 euros funding for theatrical releases of German films abroad, including three documentaries:
BELTRACCHI in the US (Distr.: KimStim, World Sales: Global Screen,...
German Documentaries and Co-productions in Sheffield, 5 - 10 June 2015
8 May 2015: Six German documentaries and co-productions will be screening at this year’s Sheffield Doc Fest,
running from 5 - 10 June in Sheffield, United Kingdom. The films...
German Documentary Co-productions in Sydney, 3 -14 June 2015
6 May 2015: Two German documentary co-productions will be screening in the International Documentaries section at the Sydney International Film Festival,
running from 3 - 14 June...
German Documentaries and Co-productions win in Nyon
Ingmar Trost Producer on the Move at Cannes, 15 - 18 May 2015
21 April 2015: Ingmar Trost of the Cologne-based production company Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion will be representing Germany in the PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE networking platform at this year’s Cannes Film...
Hotel Straussberg wins in Nijmegen
German Documentaries in Linz, 23 - 28 April 2015
German Documentaries and co-productions in Nashville
7 April 2015: Two German documentaries and co-productions will be screening at the 46th Nashville Film Festival,
which ran from 16-25 April in Nashville, Tennessee,...
German Documentaries and co-productions win in Montréal
"A German Youth" in San Francisco, 23 April - 7 May 2015
1 April 2015: A GERMAN YOUTH
by Jean-Gabriel Périot (FR/DE/CH, Blinker Filmproduktion) will be playing in the Golden Gate Award (Documentary Feature Competition)...
German Documentaries and co-productions in Buenos Aires, 15 - 25 April 2015
31 March 2015: A large selection of German documentaries and co-productions will be screening at the [17th Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival,] running from 15 - 25 April in Buenos Aires,...
Festival of German Films in Turkey 4 April - 10 May 2015
30 March 2015: For the first time, a Festival of German Films will be held in Turkey. Current German films will be shown during the film festivals in Istanbul and Ankara as well as at own events organized...