filmtank develops and produces documentary films and TV documentaries, conceives theme evenings, documentary series and convergent formats. filmtank also focuses on the development and production of cross-media projects.
The company was founded in February 2001, as a joint venture between Wüste Film (i.a. Head-On by Fatih Akin) and Thomas Tielsch. To strengthen the presence in Baden-Württemberg, filmtank stuttgart was founded three years later.
In 2007 filmtank berlin was established as a fusion with former Programmreform GbR of Saskia Kress and Michael Grotenhoff.
CEOs of filmtank GmbH are Thomas Tielsch and Saskia Kress.
filmtank received numerous nominations and awards for its films. One of the most successful productions of the recent years is The Woman with the 5 Elephants by Vadim Jendreyko. It received nominations i.a. in 2011 for the German Documentary Film Award and Adolf Grimme Award and in 2010 for the German Film Award (Best Documentary Film 2010).
In 2009 filmtank has already been nominated twice for the Adolf-Grimme-Award. The TV-version of The Mosquito-Problem and Other Stories and Andreas Pichler’s The Way of a Warrior received nominations. Raffaele Brunetti’s film Second Hand - Mitumba obtained the Italian Globo d’Oro for Best Documentary Film in 2005. And Call me Babylon by Andreas Pichler was awarded with the Adolf-Grimme-Award in 2004.
Numerous films are shown at international festivals, such as The Woman with the 5 Elephants, which had its world premiere at the Visions Du Réel in Nyon and the co-production The Mosquito-Problem and Other Stories by Andrey Paounov, which was a big success in Cannes 2007.
Emphasis in terms of subject-matter is placed on current social developments, cultural phenomena and history, whereby historical subjects are regarded primarily with a view to their relevance to the present day.
Moreover, the transmedial approach becomes more and more crucial for filmtank. The latest project we are currently producing Conquest of the World, a two-part documentary combined with an online game, is paradigmatically for this kind of comprehensive strategy. filmtank’s participation in the Documentary Campus Masterschool 2011 with its cross-media production Cyberattack 2.0 - What if...? also provides access to these advanced and forward-looking fields in media and enables filmtank to expedite its transmedial projects.