• SCHEDULE 2019

    Meet face to face our representatives and some of the producers of German documentaries, check out the new edition of the catalogue at markets ...

    Meet face to face our representatives and some of the producers of German documentaries, check out the new edition of the catalogue at markets and festivals throughout the year. German producers get further informations zur Unterstützung bei internationealen Festivals & Märkten  in German here .


     



    FIPA DOC BIARRITZ International Documentary Festival, January 22 - 27, 2019
    Representative german documentaries Cay Wesnigk. More informationan German only here.



    Asian Side of the Doc, January 30 - February 02, 2018 [2019?] Bangkok, Thailand with pitch sessions and one-to-one meetings. Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen



    European Film Market – efm, BERLINALE, February 7 - 17, 2019 Berlin, Germany
    booth 18 with representative Kordula Hildebrandt, first appearance of the annual edition of the german documentaries catalogue & LineUp german documentaries



    MIPDOC/MIPTV  April 08 - 11, 2019, Cannes, France
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   



    RIO CONTENT MARKET®,   April 23 - 28, 2019 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Representative german documentaries: Teresa Curzio | tcurzio@gmx.net



    Hot Docs Toronto,  April 25- May 05, 2019, Toronto, Canada
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   



    CoPro 20 | Israeli Documentary Screen Market , June 02 - 06, 2019, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen
    further information - German only



    Sheffield Documentary Filmfestival, June 06 - 11, 2019,  Sheffield, UK
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   



    This alternates and can be extended on other festivals.
    Representative german documentaries: Bärbel Mauch.
    For dates and further information please visit our info-site International Film Festivals at AFRICA or download the German only PDF. )
     



    Sunny Side of the Doc, June 24 – 27, 2019, La Rochelle, Frankreich
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen



    MIPCOM,  October 14 - 17, 2019 Cannes, Frankreich
    Representative german documentaries: Bernhard Simek, German Films



    IDFA / Forum Amsterdam, November 20 - December 1, 2019, Amsterdam, Niederlande.
    Representative german documentaries: Cay Wesnigk
    german films – representative Bernhard Simekoffers German producers collective submission
    Let's get face to face!



    World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, November 27 - 30, 2018, Brisbane, Australien
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen .
    Further informations — German only



    Guangzhou International Dokumentary Filmfestival, December 10 - 13, 2018, Guangzhou, China
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen
    Further information German only.




  • 2019 Sundance Film Festival

    Record-breaking 14 259 submissions from 152 countries and one of the chosen 112 feature lenght films is the documentary GAZA a German-Irish-Canadian ...

    Record-breaking 14 259 submissions from 152 countries and one of the chosen 112 feature lenght films is the documentary GAZA a German-Irish-Canadian co-production with Real Films, Filmoption International, Fine Point Films, gebrueder beetz filmproduktion and ZDF in cooperation with ARTE.


     



    "In Gaza, war has become so familiar, it is almost ordinary".


    The documentary GAZA by Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell brings us into a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict. (sundancePR)


     


     


     

  • German Academy for Television Awards 2018

        The Deutsche Akademie für Fernsehen – DAfF (The German Academy for Television) has awarded talents in 22 categories at a ceremony in Berlin ...
  • LOLA@Berlinale 2019

    13 German documentaries are shortlisted – in der Vorauswahl – and will be screened at the 69th Berlinale | European Film Market, section LOLA@Berlinale ...

    13 German documentaries are shortlisted – in der Vorauswahl – and will be screened at the 69th Berlinale | European Film Market, section LOLA@Berlinale


     



    Members of the selection panel German Film Award Documentary 2019 have been Jan Tilman Schade, Catrin Vogt, Anne Misselwitz, Alexander Riedel, Marcel Kurth, Britte Wauer, Jamila Wenske, Klaus Stern, Stefan Biebl, Lothar Segeler [From left to right in the photo © 2018 Florian Liedl - Deutsche Filmakademie]


     


    LOLA@Berlinale 2019
    shortlisted for German Film Award 2019, section documentary are:



    • B12 – Gestorben wird im nächsten Leben by Christian Lerch
      Production: Johannes Kaltenhauser, Patrick Lange | Südkino Filmproduktion

    • outside | draußen by Johanna Sunder-Plassmann, Tama Tobias-Macht
      Production: Titus Kreyenberg | unafilm

    • PARENTS’ SCHOOL | ELTERNSCHULE by Ralf Bücheler, Jörg Adolph
      Production: Ingo Fliess | if... Productions

    • HE SHE I | ER SIE ICH Er Sie Ich by Carlotta Kittel
      Production: Carlotta Kittel, Isabell Wackers | Kittel & Wackers GbR, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

    • FLY ROCKET FLY by Oliver Schwehm
      Production: Markus Hilß | Lunabeach TV und Media GmbH, novak film

    • Hi, A.I. | WIR SIND DIE ROBOTER (AT) by Isa Willinger
      Production: Stefan Kloos | Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH

    • KLEINE GERMANEN by Mohammad Farokhmanesh, Frank Geiger
      Production: Mohammad Farokhmanesh, Frank Geiger, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Armin Hofmann | brave new work, Little Dream Entertainment, Golden Girls Film

    • OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki
      Production: Tobias N. Siebert, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Hans Robert Eisenhauer | Basis Berlin
      Filmproduktion

    • PARTISAN by Lutz Pehnert, Matthias Ehlert, Adama Ulrich
      Production: Susann Schimk | solo:film GmbH

    • SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO by Philipp Jedicke
      Production: Stephan Holl, Antoinette Köster | Rapid Eye Movies, Gentle Threat

    • TALKING MONEY by Sebastian Winkels
      Production: Susann Schimk | solo:film GmbH, Catpics AG, Zazarfilm Ltd.

    • EVERYWHERE WE ARE | ÜBERALL WO WIR SIND by Veronika Kaserer
      Production: Veronika Kaserer, Jan Zabeil

    • THE BEES AND THE BIRDS | VON BIENEN UND BLUMEN by Lola Randl
      Production: Henning Kamm | Detailfilm GmbH, Tohuwabohu GmbH


     


     

  • AQUARELA Premiering at 75 IFF Venice

    The German/Danish/Scottish/US documentray co-production is filmed with 96 frames-per-second and offers a overview of water in its shifting ...

    The German/Danish/Scottish/US documentray co-production is filmed with 96 frames-per-second and offers a overview of water in its shifting array of forms. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa, and India and is planning planning to release AQUARELA in 2019.


    "Film artist Victor Kossakovsky pays tribute to water in all its forms with this documentary, filmed in such diverse locations as Greenland, Venezuela, Siberia's Lake Baikal and the middle of the Atlantic." (Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter)


    For all those who cannot wait to dive in, throughout Autum 2018 the film will be screened at various festivals for example:
    • 62nd BFI London Film Festival
    • 14th Zurich Film Festival
    • Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival 2018
    • 61st DOK Leipzig – International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
    • 31st IDFA -
    International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam


     



    More infomation about AQUARELA by Victor Kossakovsky, co-produced by Aconite Productions Ltd., ma.ja.de. Filmproduktions GmbH , Danish Documentary Production & Louverture Films   _______here.

  • GZDOC 2018 Golden Kapok Award Competition

      Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival China, December 10 - 13, 2018   4,542 submissions from 122 countries/regions! The festival ...

     



    Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival China, December 10 - 13, 2018


     


    4,542 submissions from 122 countries/regions! The festival organizing committee gathered 60 experts who specialize in production management, film study, film production, theatre distribution, media review, and documentary industries to launch first-round selection. As a result of intense selection, 204 documentaries from 49 countries/regions are qualified to be the semi-finalists for the Golden Kapok Award Competition.


     


     


    LineUp of German documentary productions and co-productions in the GZDOC 2018 Golden Kapok Award Competition:



    • A WOMAN CAPTURED by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter P: ÉCLIPSE FILM | CORSO FILM (Hungary/Germany)

    • BERLIN"s TREASURE TROVE by Dag Freyer  P: Berlin Producers Media

    • EVERYWHERE WE ARE by Veronika Kaserer

    • ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS by Gabrielle Brady P: Chromosom Film (Germany, UK, Australia)

    • OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki, P: Cinema Group Production | Basis Berlin Filmproduktion GmbH | Ventana Film GmbH | Cinema Group Production (Germany, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar)


     


     


    DocuMart includes Pitching, Doc Shop and Networking Event, becoming the most important documentary film market in China. By showcasing the selected projects and completed films of high quality to the audience and potential funders and buyers, GZDOC has stimulated the international cooperation. Meet German producers there.


     


     


     

  • IDFA November 14-25, 2018

      The 31st edition of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, November 14-25, offers an independent and inspiring meeting place ...

     


    The 31st edition of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, November 14-25, offers an independent and inspiring meeting place for audiences and professionals to see a diverse and high-quality program.


    In addition to the festival, IDFA has developed several professional activities, contributing to the development of filmmakers and their films at all stages. At co-financing and co-production market IDFA Forum filmmakers and producers pitch their plans to financiers; at Docs for Sale new documentaries are on offer to programmers and distributors. The 2018 Docs for Sale catalogue will be online Monday, November 5; the IDFA Bertha Fund supports filmmakers and documentary projects in developing countries; and the IDFAcademy offers a international training programs for up-and-coming doc talents. 


     


    UpDate November 21, 2018
    Congratulations to the directors of german documentaries – Aboozar Amini, Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff as well as Mahdi Fleifel. 



    Aboozar Amini won the IDFA Special Jury Award for First Appearance, in memory of Peter Wintonick (€ 2.500) for Kabul, City in the Wind (Netherlands, Afghanistan, Japan, Germany).

    IDFA Competition for Short Documentary: I Signed the Petition (United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland) by Mahdi Fleifel won the IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary (€ 5.000).

    In addition, the jury presented the IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary (€ 2.500) to Los Reyes (Chile, Germany) by Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff. In this almost fairy-tale-like film, the phenomenal, dreamlike camerawork centers almost entirely on the subtle interaction between two dogs, as they play with a ball, a stick, a stone, and each other.
    ...and all the other winners are >>>


    LIVE  at IDFA 2018 | Doc Talk: Karim Aïnouz on “Central Airport THF”


     


     


     


     

    GET TOGETHER
    Meet the German filmmakers, producers and commissioning editors with drinks and finger food on Sunday, November 18, 2018, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at  ESCAPE Caffé & Lounge, upstairs in the Lounge in Rembrandtplein 15, 1017 CT Amsterdam.



     





    This year's Feature-Length competition includes 12 titles by established filmmakers, and is characterized by a diversity of styles and forms.  The First Appearance competition showcases emerging filmmakers who pour everything into their debut film. In the Dutch competition, award-winning filmmakers criss-cross with promising new talent. The IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling showcases 10 of the best interactive stories and unexpected artistic applications, while makers in the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction defy the definitions of documentary with wide-ranging sensory experiences and experimental technology. Beyond the competitions, IDFA DocLab Spotlight presents documentary art from across many disciplines, embracing surprising new talent and exceptional research projects. Meanwhile, our new focus program Serialized explores the omnipresent serial format, and the place it occupies within documentary film art. 10 films are nominated for the Amsterdam Human Rights Award this year, to be presented November 20th by the city of Amsterdam. Read all the details here.


     


     


    LineUp of the German documentary productions and co-productions:


     


    IDFA's feature-length competition contains titles from established filmmakers



     


    IDFA Competition for First Appearance



     


    IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling with interactive stories and unexpected artistic applications



    • EARN A LIVING by Yuval Orr, 90min, France/Germany/The Netherlands/US, interactive, P: Upian


     


    IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction



     


    DocLab Humanoid Cookbook



    • EARN A LIVING by Yuval Orr, 90min, France/Germany/The Netherlands/US, interactive, P: Upian

    • EYE OF THE DREAM by David O’Reilly Japan, Germany (JP/DE)

    • LEAKED RECIPES by Gabriela Ivens, Germany, Performance


     


     IDFA Competition for Short Documentary



     


     IDFA Competition for Student Documentary An international jury will evaluate the films and select the winners of the ARRI IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary and the IDFA Special Jury Award for Student Documentary. 



     


    IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs



     


    Frontlight  honors the political activists and whistle-blowers of our time. 



     


    Luminous is offering up the gravity of personal experience as a window into contemporary society. These documentaries are character-, story- or author-driven, and make the universal tangible through the individual.



    • LOST REACTOR by Alexandra Westmeier, 77min, Germany, P: LINGER ON Filmproduction?

    • UNDERDOWN by Sarah Kaskas, 72min, Lebanon/Qatar/Germany, P: Karaaj Films, pong film, Lichtung


     


    Best of Fests:  Striking documentary films from the international festival circuit are central to Best of Fests. The program showcases prize-winners, public favorites, and high-profile titles from the past year.



    • #FEMALE PLEASURE by Barbara Miller, 97min, Switzerland/Germany, P: Mons Veneris Films GmbH, Das Kollektiv fur audiovisuelle Werke GmbH, co-P: Indi Film GmbH

    • CHRIS THE SWISS by Anja Kofmel, 90min, Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, Finland,  P: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Nukleus Film, IV Films, ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion

    • ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS by Gabrielle Brady, 94min, Germany/United Kingdom/Australia, IDFA history, P: Chromosom Film, World Sales: auTLOOK Filmsales

    • IT’S ALL GOOD by Tuki Jencquel, 70min, Venezuela/Germany P: Orinokia Filmproduktion, Hekura Films

    • THE RAFT / DAS FLOSS) by Marcus Lindeen, 97min, Sweden/Denmark/Germany/United States, P: Motto Pictures, Fasad, Bulitt Film, Sutor Kolonke

    • THEATRE OF WAR by Lola Arias, 81min, Argentina/Spain/Germany,  P: Gema Films, BWP, Sake Argentina, Sutor Kolonko)

    • TOUCH ME NOT by Adina Pintilie, 125min, (Romania/Germany/Czech Republic/Bulgaria/France, P: Les Films de l'Etranger, Manekino Film, Rohfilm Productions)


     


    Masters  includes the latest films by auteurs whose work IDFA closely follows, and who have an unmistakable cinematographic signature.



    • AQUARELA by Victor Kossakowsky, 90min, UK/Germany/Denmark, P: Aconite Productions, ma.ja.de Filmproduktion GmbH, Danish Documentary

    • CENTRAL AIRPORT THF by Karim Ainouz, 97min,  Germany/France/Brazil, P: Lupa Film, Les Films d'Ici, Diane Maia

    • SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN /AUF DER SUCHE NACH INGMAR BERGMAN  by Margarethe von Trotta, Germany/France, P: C-Films

    • THE TRIAL by Maria Ramos, 140min, Brazil/The Netherlands/Germany, P: Nofoco Filmes, Conijn Film, Autentika Films

    • VICTORY DAY by Sergei Loznitsa, 94min, Germany, P: Imperativ Film, Taura Ltd.


     


    Paradocs moves between film and art.



    • BACKYARD by Khaled Abdulwahed, 26min, Germany, P: pong film GmbH

    • EXTINCTION by Salomé Lamas, 86min,  Portugal/Germany, P: O Som e a Fúria & Lamas for Lamaland, co-P: Mengamuk Films, Bikini, Screen Miguel Nabinho, Walla Collective


    IDFA School Program



    • OVER THE LIMIT by Marta Prus, 74min, Poland/Germany/Finnland, P: Telemark, co-P: Ventana Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Marianna Films

    • WATANI MY HOMELAND by Marcel Mettelsiefen, 76min, Germany/UK, P: Marcel Mettelsiefen Films


     


    and  ME & IDFA history  with
            •  NEWS FROM HOME by Chantal Akerman, 90min, ©1977, France/Belgium/Germany


     


     


    IDFA Forum 2018 - the international documentary co-financing and co-production market takes place November 18-21. The Rough Cut Screenings take place on November 18 and will be followed by three days of pitches and meetings. Project selection of German productions & co-productions:



     

     
  • 61st DOK Leipzig, Oct 29 - Nov 4, 2018

        The 61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film from October 29 to November 4, 2018 presents a grand total of ...

     



     


    The 61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film from October 29 to November 4, 2018 presents a grand total of 306 great films from 50 different countries in different sections. A full 50% of the films in the Official Selection with 160 films come from female directors.
    All AWARD WINNERS 2018 here.


     



    Werner Herzog is without a doubt among the most influential German filmmakers in the history of cinema. Over the course of his career as a director, he has made more than 60 documentary and feature films. At DOK Leipzig, he is not only presenting his new film MEETING GORBACHEV as the opening film – his documentary work is also the focus of a Homage bearing the title 'Estatic Truths'.


     


     


     


     


    LineUp of german documentary productions and Co-productions, nomination and awards.


    GERMAN COMPETITION | DEUTSCHER WETTBEWERB
    with a total number of nine german documentaries.



    • BREATHING LIFE INTO STONE | DER STEIN ZUM LEBEN by Katinka Zeuner
      is the winner of The ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness as well as The Honorary Mention (Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize)

    • THE COMMUNIST | DER FUNKTIONAER by Andreas Goldstein

    • A DONKEY CALLED GERONIMO | DER ESEL HIESS GERONIMO by Arjun Talwar, Bigna Tomschin
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

    • IN SEARCH... by Beryl Magoko
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, the Film Prize Leipziger Ring and the Young Eyes Film Award

    • LE CIEL, LA TERRE ET L'HOMME by Caroline Reucker

    • LORD OF THE TOYS by Pablo Ben Yakov
      Winner of The Golden Dove in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

    • NIGHTWANDERER | NACHTWANDERER by Benjamin Rost

    • THE SECOND ATTACK by Mala Reinhardt
      Honorary Mention - ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness.

    • THE SYMPHONY OF UNCERTAINTY | DIE SINFONIE DER UNGEWISSHEIT by Claudia Lehmann
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize


     


    INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME
    with German documentary productions and co-productions 



    • (M)OTHER by Antonia Hungerland
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

    • ALL CREATURES WELCOME by Sandra Trostel
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

    • CHRIS THE SWISS by Anja Kofmel
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize and the MDR Film Prize

    • DREAMAWAY by Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke (Egypt, Germany)
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

    • EXIT by Karen Winther
      Winner of Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, and the Young Eyes Film Award as well as Gedanken-Aufschluss [mindopener] to one of the films nominated for DOK Im Knast.

    • IN THE CLAWS OF A CENTURY WANTING by Jewel Maranan, P: Sutor Kolonko
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

    • ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS by Gabrielle Brady
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

    • LIVING THE LIGHT - ROBBY MüLLER by Claire Pijman
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

    • MEETING GORBACHEV by Werner Herzog, André Singer
      The opening documentary of the festival is the international - UK, USA, Germany - co-production.

    • PALACE FOR THE PEOPLE by Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov, P: Filmtank GmbH
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize and the MDR Film Prize

    • THE PRICE OF PARADISE / Was kostet die Welt by Bettina Borgfeld, P: Filmtank GmbH
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize and the Film Prize Leipziger Ring

    • SPREELAND FONTANE by Bernhard Sallmann
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

    • UNA PRIMAVERA by Valentina Primavera
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

    • THE WAIT | DIE FRIST by Karin Becker, P: HFF Munich
      Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

    • THE WAR ON MY PHONE by Elke Sasse, P: Berlin Producers
       Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize


     


    INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME SHORT FILM
    with German documentary productions and co-productions



     


    GERMAN COMPETITION SHORT
    with German documentary productions and co-productions



    • BACKYARD by Khaled Abdulwahed, P: pong film GmbH

    • DOPPELGÄNGER by Michaela Taschek

    • MAN ON BLUE | MANN AUF BLAU by Friedrich Tiedtke

    • MARINA by Julia Roesler, P: Werkgruppe2
      Winner of the Golden Dove for the best German short documentary and animated film as well as Healthy Workplaces Film Award.

    • A MYTHOLOGY OF PLEASURE by Lara Rodríguez Cruz

    • NO END by Jakob Krese, Germanny, Slovenia

    • ORO BLANCO by Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez
      Nominated for the Healthy Workplaces Film Award

    • SORGE 87 by Thanh Nguyen Phuong


     


    NEXT MASTERS COMPETITION
    with the German/USA documentary co-production



    • STRESS by Florian Baron
      Winner of the DEFA Sponsoring Prize – for an outstanding long German documentary film


     


    LATE HARVEST
    with German documentary co-productions



     


    Kids DOK






     



    The DOK Co-Pro Market returns for its 14th edition in 2018. 35 projects from 30 countries will participate in 900+ individual meetings over 2 days. Each meeting, carefully curated, should open doors to new possibilities, creative partnerships, and inspiration.


    DOKindustry continues the partnerships with EWA – the European Women’s Audiovisual Network – awarding once again the development prize for the best female-driven documentary, and the talent-development prize, courtesy of the Zonta Club Leipzig-Elster.
    The Current Time TV and DOK Co-Pro Development Prize is endowed with prize money in the amount of 2,000 US dollars.
    And there is a new prize at the DOK Co-ProMarket!
    DOK Leipzig and the Russian-language network Current Time are teaming up to present a new award together. The prize, honouring an outstanding documentary film project from Central or Eastern Europe, will be awarded during the 14th edition of the DOK Co-Pro Market, which is to take place at the beginning of the festival on 29th and 30th October.
    DOK Leipzig and EWA Development Prize of the DOK Co-Pro Market goes to the Lebanon/German co-production WE ARE INSIDE by Farah Kassem
    EWA – the European Women’s Audiovisual Network has awarded the EWA Development Prize for the best female-driven documentary project for the third year in a row. The prize comprising financial support as well as assistance to further develop the project for one year, goes to We Are Inside by Farah Kassem. Once again, Saxon State Minister for Science and the Arts Dr. Eva-Maria Stange is the patron of the prize.


    Last but not least we recommend the event of the German Documentary Association


    AG DOK Talk • Zeitgeschichtliches Forum • Tuesday Oct 30, 2018 • 16:00



    FRAUEN.DOK.FILM.REGIE.
    was sich dringend ändern muss

    [what needs to be changed]
    On average, 70 percent of cinema films in Germany are financed by public funds, while many German television films are paid for almost entirely by radio contributions from ARD and ZDF. But although men and women pay equal taxes and radio contributions, it is mainly men who benefit from the awarding of contracts. Several studies in recent years have shown that in the fiction sector, both in cinema and on television, the majority of directorial commissions go to men. But what about the documentary sector?


    Vera Linß based Berlin journalist will host the dicussion with:
    • Leena Pasanen, CEO DOK Leipzig
    • Prof. Dr. Karola Wille, CEO MDR/ARD
    • Christine Berg, CEO FFA, Berlin
    • Prof. Claudia von Alemann, director, Cologne
    • Daniel Sponsel, CEO DOK.fest Munich
    • Britta Wauer, producer & director, Berlin
    • Barbara Teufel, director, Pro Quote Film
    • Antonia Hungerland, director
    • Esther Niemeier, director






    The DOK Industry Programme is online for download here.

  • 35th Kassel Dokfest, November 13 - 18, 2018

      The Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival is a yearly six day event and takes place in Mid-November. The Filmladen Kassel – an organization ...

     


    The Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival is a yearly six day event and takes place in Mid-November. The Filmladen Kassel – an organization which is nationally acclaimed for its engaged work in cinema every year – is the organizer of the festival.



    The film program, which includes short and feature documentary films and artistic- experimental productions, is the center piece of the festival. During the six festival days about 300 films are shown. The festival’s profile also encompasses the trans-media section Monitoring, an exhibition of current video and media installations, the expert symposium interfiction, the DokfestLounge, the film educational side program junges dokfest, the DokfestGeneration for elder film fans as well as the DokfestForum.


     


     


    The Golden Key, worth 2,500 Euros, for the most impressive short documentary by an up-and-coming filmmaker, which is supported by the city of Kassel, goes to Agnes Lisa Wegner for her film No Fucking Ice Cream


    The Golden Key, worth 2,500 Euros, for the most impressive long documentary by an up-and-coming filmmaker goes to Jasmin Preiß for her film Sweet Meadow.
    Johanna Sunder-Plassmann and Tama Tobias-Macht received a special mention for their film outside.


    The Golden Hercules honors the best cinematic production from Northern Hesse. The prize is worth 3,500 Euros and is sponsored by the Machbar GmbH, Kassel. This traditional prize of the Kassel Dokfest goes to Frauke Lodders for her film Inseparable.
    Maryna Miliushchanka receives a special mention for Säen. 


    All awardees of the 35th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival - here.


     



    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions:



    Download the PDF of the program of 35th KASSEL DOKFEST here.

  • 60th Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

    60th Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Ocotober 30 - Novenber 4, 2018 FILMFORUM is a showcase for North German filmmaking, offering both established ...

    60th Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Ocotober 30 - Novenber 4, 2018



    FILMFORUM is a showcase for North German filmmaking, offering both established filmmakers and young talents the opportunity of presenting their films to an international audience on home ground. Thanks to FILMFORUM , several filmmakers have subsequently been invited to other festivals, both in Germany and abroad, and many have found national and worldwide distributors here. The FILMFORUM section is very popular with the audience and its presentations are often sold out. All short films presented in FILMFORUM are in competition for the CineStar Prize, which was awarded for the first time in 2012 and it's endowed now with 5,000 € since 2018.


     


     


    LineUp of German documentary productions and co-productions in the section FILMFORUM



     







  • 52nd Hof International Film Festival, October 23-28, 2018

    2018 the GRANIT – Hof Documentary Film Award goes to RAUS by Matthias Wilfert. Since 2015, the Hof-based Hermann and Bertl Müller Foundation ...

    2018 the GRANIT – Hof Documentary Film Award goes to RAUS by Matthias Wilfert.
    Since 2015, the Hof-based Hermann and Bertl Müller Foundation donates a prize endowed with 7,500 euros for the Best German Documentary feature. 


     


    The 52nd Hof International Film Festival takes place from 23 to 28 October 2018. As one of the leading film fests in Germany, the Hof International Film Festival [HOFER FILMTAGE] has become well-established as a platform for young German directors and is widely regarded as important arena for discovering new talents, second only to Berlin. Of equal importance, however, are the independent movies from all over the world that make up roughly half the program consisting of 130 odd feature films, documentaries and shorts.


    22 documentary film will be in this year’s program at the 52nd Hof International Film Festival. The focus is on humanity, in all of its facets – as an emotional, vulnerable individual and as a political, self-important resident of a planet whose rapid social and ecological developments are questioned. They deal with questions of how one can follow one’s own dreams into old age and what these dreams are made of. These observations are made within the intimate framework of the family structure as well as in a comprehensive, global context.


     



    The German documentary productions premiering in Hof this year are:



     

  • German Documentaries Awarded at Flahertiana, Perm 2018

     INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:  OF FATHERS AND SONS (Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, Germany - BASISberlin Filmprod. GmbH) by Talal Derki, Big Golden ...



    OF FATHERS AND SONS (Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, Germany - BASISberlin Filmprod. GmbH) by Talal Derki, Big Golden Nanook - Grand Prix for the Best Film of the Festival


    MUHI – GENERALLY, TEMPORARY (Israel, Germany - Neue Celluloid Fabrik) by Rina Castelnuovo, Tamir , Silver Nanook - Elterman Award for Discovery of New Subjects and New Heroes


    TASTE OF CEMENT (Lebanon, Syria, UAE, Cathar, Germany - BASISberlin Filmprod. GmbH) by Ziad Kalthoum, Silver Nanook - Award for Original Artistic Solution 


    OVER THE LIMIT (Poland, Germany - Ventana) by Marta Prus, Audience Award




    Marta Prus wins the Audience Award at the 18th IDFF Flahertiana


     



     


    WORKSHOP


    Co-Production with Germany – myth and reality. Overview on TV Slots for documentaries in Germany
    Producer and teacher Joerg Langer tells of what you should and should not expect when working with German producing and TV companies. The workshop is supported by the Fund of Grants of the President of the Russian Federation.


     


     



     


    FLAHERTIANA FORUM
    International Pitching and Training


    With the support of the Federal Foreign Office within the framework of the programme "Expansion of Cooperation with Civil Society in the Countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia", the Flahertiana International Pitching and Training Forum took place for the second time in Perm, Russia, from 15 - 20 September 2017 as part of the 18th International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana.


     38 projects from the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia were presented to the eleven producers and film festival representatives from Western Europe as well as a TV editor, a world distributor and a support fund representative from Russia.


    The participants were hoping that the pitching forum in Perm would now become a regular institution and that contact with colleagues in Western Europe, as well as with each other, would be intensified and the chances of new co-productions being created increased. Sixteen participants were optimistic that they had found a potential co-producer at the debriefing.





     

     

     

     

     

    Acknowledgment to Timur Abasov for disposal his photos of the Forum in the slideshow.

  • German Documentary Award 2018

       The awards were presented in a ceremomy on June 29 during the 2nd SWR DOKU FESTIVAL 2018, June 27—30 in Stuttgart.  The nominated documentaries ...

     



     The awards were presented in a ceremomy on June 29 during the 2nd SWR DOKU FESTIVAL 2018, June 27—30 in Stuttgart.  The nominated documentaries are presented alongside others during the festival, with Q&A after the screenings.


     


     


     


     The German Documentary Award goes to  OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki, P: BASIS BERLIN Filmprod.


    The STZ Leserjury Prize goes to SYSTEM ERROR by Florian Opitz, P: Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion GmbH


    The Supporting Award of HDF—Haus des Dokumentarfilms goes to SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO by Philipp Jedicke, P: Rapid Eye Movies


    The Award of the 'Norbert Daldrop Förderung für Kunst und Kultur' goes to THE POETESS by Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff, P: Brockhaus/Wolff Films


    The Prize of the Opus GmbH goes to CONNY PLANK – THE POTENTIAL OF NOISE by Reto Caduff, Stephan Plank, P: Sugar Town Filmprod.


     


     



     



    The Nominees Deutscher Dokumentarfilmpreis | German Documentary Award 2018 are:



     



    The Nominated Music Documentaries for the Prize of the Opus GmbH are:



     



    Other Documentaries of the Program a.o.:



    • 1968MM by Felix Kriegsheim, Jerry Rothwell, Stefano Strocchi, P: BOEKAMP & KRIEGSHEIM

    • DIE AKTE OPPENHEIMER – Das dunkle Erbe antisemitischer Fake News | Jew Süß and The Long Shadow of Anti-Semitic Nazipropaganda by Ina Knobloch P: City Media

    • ALL DER JAZZ by Andreas Ammer, P: SWR

    • BRIAN AUGER LIFE ON TOUR by Michael Maschke, P:LIFEONPIX

    • CHICKS ON BOARD (series) by Dörthe Eickelberg, P: LaBom, 

    • DEMOCRACY by David Bernet, P: INDI FILM

    • ESKIMO LIMON – Eis am Stiel, von Siegern und Verlierern by Eric Friedler, P: Bakery Films

    • FAREWELL YELLOW SEA by Marita Stocker,  P: INIDI FILM

    • INS SCHWARZE GETROFFEN – Die deutsche Blindenfußballnationalmannschaft by Rebekka de Buhr, Ulf Puntschuh, Bastian Wagner

    • KRIEG UND FRIEDEN by Artem Demenok, Andreas Christoph Schmidt, P: SCHMIDT & PAETZL

    • KÖNIG CLAUS – Peymanns Leben für das Theater by Andreas Ammer, P: SWR

    • KULENKAMPFF'S SHOES | KULENKAMPFFS SCHUHE by Regina Schilling, P: Zero One film GmbH

    • LOUIS ARMSTRONG by Harald Letfuß, P: SWR

    • REGGAE BOYZ by Till Schauder, P: Partner Pictures LLC

    • SANDMÄDCHEN | SANDGIRL by Mark Michel, P: worklights media production GmbH

    • SALAAM SCHALOM by Janos Fischer, Frieder Schmalzhaf

    • SPK COMPLEX by Gern Kroske, P: realistfilm

    • THE SUMMIT – PERFORMING G20 by Rasmus Gerlach, P:Kinoki GmbH

    • EIN TIER SCHAUT ZURÜCK by Dieter Zimmermann, P: Zimmermannfilm

    • WAS WAR LINKS by Andreas Christoph Schmidt (©2003)

    • WIR LASSEN DICH NICHT ALLEIN – Unerwegs mit dem Kriseninterventinsteam Stuttgart by Samuel Härtl

    • ZEUGEN GEGEN ASSAD by Tina Fuchs, P: Michael Hofmann

    • ZWISCHENSTATION by Alexander Bambach, P: Alexander Bambach 


     


    Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg GmbH presents:



    • GALAMSEY by Johannes Preuss

    • HASSJÜNGER by Julia Knopp, Maximilian Damm

    • NOLLYWOOD (work in progress) by Johannes Preuss

    • UNGARISCHE WUNDEN by Cécilia Marchat

    • VON NEONAZIS UND SUPERHELDEN - Die Kleinstadt Themar und der Rechtsrock by Adrian Oeser


     


    ...and 



    The 14th edition of this annual event for professionals focuses on the productions of non-fiction series. Authors, editors, directors and producers give an account of the making of these documentaries and series:


     



    • 1968mm a three-part series by Felix Kriegsheim, Jerry Rothwell, Stefano Strocchi, P: BOEKAMP & KRIEGSHEIM 

    • 18 – KRIEG DER TRÄUME | CLASH OF FUTURES an eight-part series by Jan Peter, Frédéric Goupil, P: LOOKSfilm & Les Films d’Ici

    • DER KRIEG UND ICH – Kindheit im 2. Weltkrieg | KIDS OF COURAGE – Childhood during WWII an eight-part series by Matthias Zirzow, P: LOOKSfilm

    • DAS KONGO TRIBUNAL | THE CONGO TRIBUNAL  by Milo Rau, P: Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbH

    • WER WAR HITLER | THE HITLER CHRONICLES by Hermann Pölking-Eiken, P: EPOCHEmedia

    • HÖLLENTAL (AT work in progress) a six-parts series by Marie Wilke, P: Kundschafter Filmproduktion GmbH

    • THE PROMISE — Killing for Love by Marcus Vetter & Karin Steinberger, P: Filmperspektive GmbH



    …and others. For the full program of 14th DOKVILLE please click here. For more information and updates please visit the website www.dokville.de and/or the FB-Profile  


     





    The PDF of the SWR DOKU FESTIVAL PROGRAMM 27-30 JUNE 2018 for download here.

  • mipcom, 15 - 18 October 2018

        Meet producers of german documentaries and world sales companies distributing them in the GERMAN PAVILION or in the Pavilion for CREATIVE ...

     


     

    Meet producers of german documentaries and world sales companies distributing them in the GERMAN PAVILION or in the Pavilion for CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA and get your own printed copy of the german documentaries catalogue 2018 at the booth of GERMAN FILMS SERVICE & MARKETING GMBH, Bernhard Simek, in the German Pavilion.


     


     


     


    Confirmed companies among others are


    in the German Pavilion



     


    in the Pavilion for Creative Europe Media



     


     


     


     


     

  • 29th Sunny Side of the Doc, June 25-28

      Save the date Meet&Greet at the AG DOK & german documentaries booth C21, Friday, June 27, 2018 from 17 until 19 o'clock. 29th Sunny ...

     






    Save the date Meet&Greet at the AG DOK & german documentaries booth C21, Friday, June 27, 2018 from 17 until 19 o'clock.


    29th Sunny Side of the Doc, June 25-28, 2018, La Rochelle, France.
    This is the place where the international documentary sector gathers over four days to sell or buy projects and programmes, and to find partners.
    Challenging and thought-provoking conference sessions, pitch competitions with prizes, presentations by broadcasters from around the world, screenings and special events, all in a large exhibition and conference venue Espace Encan on the harbour side of La Rochelle in France. 


    Here some pics of the SSD17.






     


    For 28 years, Sunny Side of the Doc has become a major international marketplace for documentary and specialist factual content across all platforms.
    Each year, the 4-day event brings together broadcasters, decision makers, financing bodies, distributors, content creators and producers from around the world to sell or buy projects and programmes, and to find coproduction partners.
    Sunny Side of the Doc creates unique opportunities for all +2,000 professionals from 60 countries, to follow the latest industry trends, present 700 untold stories, make new connections and embrace interactive forms of storytelling including virtual reality, through a variety of high-level pitching sessions, panel discussions, networking activities and the added value of an exhibition space.


  • 25th Sheffield Doc|Fest, June 7-12, 2018

          Meet&Greet german doumentaries directors and producers Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 16:30 - 18:39 o'clock at Rutland Arms, 86 Brown ...

     



     



     


    Meet&Greet german doumentaries directors and producers
    Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 16:30 - 18:39 o'clock at Rutland Arms, 86 Brown Street, Sheffield.


     


     
    The 25th edition of the Doc|Fest programme is made up of thematic strands creating an expansive spectrum of subject matter and form in non-fiction. The six main programme strands celebrate the best international documentaries ranging from deep journalism, to music docs and wild experiments in storytelling.



    Doc|Adventure : Take a ride through thrilling tales, dramatic challenges, sports documentaries, and road trips.
    Doc|Expose : Thrilling investigations exposing corruption, crime, and injustice, from frontlines to headlines.
    Doc|Love : Pulsating, intimate stories celebrating the power of love, family, and friendship. 
    Doc|Rhythm :  Move to the rhythm with energetic portraits of dance, music, and contemporary culture.
    Doc|Think :  Intriguing new ways of seeing and thinking about the world – from politics to science to philosophy.
    Doc|Visions : Open your eyes to inspiring, radical artists, and bold cinematic visions.

    Step into the brave new world Alternate Realities, hear from the creators of unique virtual and augmented reality experiences that transport us to and help explore the inner workings of the mind.
    As part of the Alternate Realities Exhibition The World Unknown To You  invites You to step into the lives of others and journey into new story worlds that use the latest immersive and interactive art forms.




    LineUp german documentaries @ Sheffield Dok|Fest 2018:



    · AMAL by Mohamed Siam [Youth Award Nominee | Doc|Love]

    · BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK by Mari Gulbiani [Doc|Adventure]

    · BERLIN PARIS TERROR by Jürgen Brügger, Jörg Haaßengier, Astrid Schult, Ricarda Saleh [Alternate Realities Competition | Better Known Truths]

    · CENTRAL AIRPORT THF by Karim Aïnouz [ Doc|Think]

    · THE CLEANERS by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck [Doc|Think]

    · COMMANDER ARIAN by Alba Sotorra [Tim Hetherington Award Nominee | Doc|Expose]

    · THE CONGO TRIBUNAL by Milo Rau [Doc|Expose]

    · ESTÁ TODO BIEN – IT'S ALL GOOD Tuki Jencquel [Doc|Think]

    · EBRAHIM by Elliott McKee [Doc|Expose]

    · GERMAN CLASS every beginning is hard by Florian Heinzen-Ziob [Doc|Think]   

    · A GOD'S SHADOW by Bernhard Hetzenauer [Doc|Visions]

    · HOMO MACHINA by Marc Lustigman, Noam Roubah, Olivier Bonhomme [interactive documentary | The World Unknown To You]

    · KINSHASA MAKAMBO by Dieudo Hamadi [Tim Hetherington Award Nominee | Doc|Expose]

    · LAST YEAR IN UTOPIA by Jana Magdalena Keuchel, Katharina Knust [Doc|Visions]

    · THE LONELY BATTLE OF THOMAS REID by Feargal Ward  [Doc|Adventure]

    · LOVERS OF THE NIGHT by Anna Frances Ewert [Doc|Love]

    · MASKIROVKA by Tobias Zielony [Doc|Visions]

    · OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki Grand Jury Award Nominee [Doc/Expose]

    · ONE OR TWO QUESTIONS by Kristina Konrad [Doc|Expose]

    · OVER THE LIMIT by Marta Prus [Youth Award Nominee | Doc|Adventure]

    · PARALLEL PLANES by Nicole Wegner [Doc|Rhythm]

    · UNAS PREGUNTAS – ONE OR TWO QUESTIONS by Kristina Konrad

    · A WOMAN CAPTURED by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter [Grand Jury Award Nominee | Doc|Expose]

     



    MeetMarket Projects 2018


    · Angels of Sinijar. Yazidis - 21st Century Genocide
    Poland, Germany / Saxonia Entertainment GmbH  / Director: Hanna Polak; Producer: Simone Baumann


    · Brazil – The Rise and Fall of Lila da Silva
    Germany, Brazil / gebrueder beetz filmproduktion / Director Cesar Charlone; Producer: Christian Beetz


    · Digital Dictatorship China (WT) Digital Dictatorship China (WT)
    Germany, Italy, France / Filmtank GmbH / Director: Andreas Pichler; Producer: Michael Grotenhoff, Thomas Tielsch


    · Garage People 
    Germany / Tamtam Film GmbH  / Director: Natalija Yefimkina; Producers: Andrea Schütte & Dirk Decker


    · Liberace – The King of Bling
    Germany / Kinescope Film / Director: Jeremy Fekete; Producer: Matthias Greving


    · Miss Holocaust Survivor
    Turkey, Germany, Denmark, Israel / Kamara / Director: Eytan Ipeker; Producer: Yoel Meranda; Co-producers: Katrin Pors, Eitan Mansuri & Ingmar Trost 


     



    Alternate Realities Market Projects 2018


    · A Symphony Of Noise VR 
    United Kingdom, Germany / Up Creatives, Kloos & Co / Producers and creators: Jamie Balliu & Michaela Pnacekova, VR Director: Anrick Bregmann


    · Inside Tumucumaque
    Germany / Filmtank GmbH, Interactive Media Foundation gGmbH / Director: Ina Krüger; Producers: Michael Grotenhoff & Diana Schniedermeier


     


     




  • NaturVision Filmfestival July 19-22, 2018

        NaturVision Filmfestival July 19-22 2018    Central Theater Ludwigsburg | Open-air cinema & market NaturVision is THE film festival ...

     




     

    NaturVision Filmfestival July 19-22 2018   
    Central Theater Ludwigsburg | Open-air cinema & market


    NaturVision is THE film festival for nature and the environment. With an international film competition, each year the festival showcase the latest films around nature, wildlife and the environment, honouring the best among them with prestigious awards. NaturVision brings the beauty of nature to the big screen, shows the vulnerability of our world, and reports on new and promising solutions for environmental issues. NaturVision stands for the art of film, sustainability and future-proof development with unforgettable film images, emotional moments and critical information.
    The festival attracts many visitors from the industry, as directors, editors and other media representatives. Their interaction with the public and each other enriches the event no end! Accredited visitors get access to workshops and other events, all film showings which are part of the festival and all events for trade visitors.



     


      


    Competition categories and awards: 


    The productions submitted in the categories shown here are reviewed by a selection panel and the best ones are nominated. After the festival the winner will be published here.


      



    • German Conservation and Sustainability Film Award: This award goes to the film that promotes sustainable handling of our environment in a memorable and outstanding way, presents ecological relationships in a way that we can understand, and is considered to be the best self-contained complete work. Worldwide submissions welcome.
      Prize money: €10,000 | sponsored by Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, Baden-Württemberg

    • German Wildlife Film Award: This award goes to the film chosen by the jury as the best self-contained complete work on nature and wildlife themes.
      Worldwide submissions welcome. Prize money: €10,000 expected

    • German Biodiversity Film Award: This award goes to the film that highlights the issue of biodiversity most impressively and intelligibly. Worldwide submissions welcome.
      Prize money: €10,000 | Sponsored by HAHN+KOLB Werkzeuge GmbH

    • NaturVision Short Film Award: The (In)Finite Nature of Plastic: This award honours the film that best critically examines the use of plastic, its prevalence in the ground and water, and its threat to living creatures – thus highlighting the devastating impact of our lifestyles. The tackling of potential solutions to the problems of plastic waste and alternatives to the use of plastic are also considered. The film can be any genre.
      Prize money: € 5,000 | Sponsored by Audi Umweltstiftung

    • NaturVision Camera Award: This award goes to the film in which the camera work contributes most uniquely to the artistic and aesthetic quality of the film.

    • NaturVision Best Story Award: This award goes to the film with the most exceptional narrative perspective and unconventional dramatisation.

    • NaturVision Film Music Award: This award goes to the film whose specially composed and produced score stands out most impressively through its dramatic and emotive arrangement.
      Prize money: €1,000, Private donation

    • NaturVision Bavarian Film Award: This award honours the best Bavarian competition entry – either a Bavarian production or a film made by a Bavarian filmmaker or exploring a genuine Bavarian theme.
      Prize money: €3,000 | Sponsored by FilmFersehFonds Bayern and will be presented in Bavaria.

    • NaturVision Children’s Film Award: This award goes to the film that best introduces children to the complex relationship between nature and the environment and raises their awareness of the issues.
      Prize money: €2,000| Sponsored by Wiedeking Stiftung Stuttgart

    • NaturVision Newcomer Award: This award goes to a newcomer whose work is considered especially innovative and convincing. Films of any length or genre are considered. The award is aimed at students/trainees in media professions, or graduates/career-changers during their first two productions.
      Prize money: €1,000 | Sponsored by dieUmweltdruckerei

    • NaturVision Youth Jury Award: A jury of youngsters select their favourite film. It is not possible to apply for this competition category; the youth jury selects its winners on its own.
      Prize money: €2,000 | Sponsored by Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, Baden-Württemberg

    • NaturVision Audience Award: All visitors to the festival have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film from the competition programme.

    • NaturVision Honorary Award: This award goes to a person or organisation that has made a significant contribution – normally in the media – to the subject area people/nature/environment/conservation over a long period. The award is not given regularly and cannot be applied for.


     


    NaturVision Filmfestival 2018 program as PDF click here.

  • FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2018: June 28 - July 7

      FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is one of Europe's biggest summer film festivals. More than 2,000 German and international professionals from film, TV and ...

     



    FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is one of Europe's biggest summer film festivals. More than 2,000 German and international professionals from film, TV and media gather for the festival each year. Find out more about FILMFEST MÜNCHEN: profile, awards, sponsors and news and sections.


     


    LineUp German Documentary Prodcutions and Co-productions:



     


     In the section FILMMAKERS LIVE  you can find among others NEUES DEUTSCHES KINO 1: DIE DOKUMENTARFILME. A panel with filmmakers on current trends in documentary filmmaking from Germany. With: Lola Randl (VON BIENEN UND BLUMEN | THE BEES AND THE  BIRDS), Annekatrin Hendel (FAMILIE BRASCH | THE BRASCH FAMILY), Eric Friedler (IT MUST SCHWING)



     


    Also in the section Filmmakers Live Margarethe von Trotta, the German director talks about her documentary on the Swedish master: AUF DER SUCHE NACH INGMAR BERGMAN | SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN

  • CoPro 20 | Israeli Documentary Screen Market

          CoPro - Documentary Marketing And Animation Foundation has been promoting and marketing the Israeli documentary films outside of Israel ...

     



     


     


    CoPro - Documentary Marketing And Animation Foundation has been promoting and marketing the Israeli documentary films outside of Israel since 1999. Its primary goal is to promote collaborations between Israeli filmmakers and their counterparts abroad. CoPro has revolutionized the scope of international co-productions of Israeli documentaries and increases the sales abroad.



    CoPro's Tracks

    Developement Stage Marketing

    Production Stage Marketing

    Distribution Stage Marketing


     


     


     


    Selected Projects (WT) from Germany at CoPro20 in Tel Aviv, June 3-7, 2018. Some of the German producers were also involved in further co-productions with Israel. 



     



    Members of the German Delegation CoPro20:



    • Simone Baumann, Saxonia Entertainment

    • Reinhard Beetz, Gebrüder Beetz

    • Igor Fürnberg, Neue Celluloid Fabrik

    • Jürgen Kleinig, Neue Celluloid Fabrik

    • Ümit Uludag, Corso Film and Television Production

    • Björn Jensen, german documentaries 

    • Gerhard Schick


     



     


    More Information on CoPro's Tracks



    • Pitching Forum – Up to 20 projects are selected by a committee of international professionals, out of hundreds of proposals submitted to CoPro every year. Following a rigorous process of master-class sessions and simulations during the months before the market, the selected projects are presented publicly to commissioning editors, network executives, film fund managers and producers seeking for international co-productions, followed by private meetings. 

    • Inside Out: Co Producing with Israel – Since 2009 CoPro has offered foreign documentary filmmakers a framework to present their initiative projects to Israeli broadcasters, as well as film fund representatives and producers, in order to increase reciprocity of the collaboration. Foreign delegations in this track are from the countries that have a co-production treaty with Israel.
      Through this platform CoPro hopes to create mutual Israeli and foreign co-productions and expose the Israeli industry to filmmakers from abroad.
      So far, CoPro has hosted delegations of producers from Germany, Poland, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Austria.

    • Close Encounters – Personal encounters between filmmakers and foreign producers, network commissioning editors from countries that have co-production agreements with Israel. They receive, in advance, a catalogue of the projects, selected by a committee of international professionals and coordinated by CoPro, and they meet with Israeli filmmakers. These meetings create new opportunities for the Israelis for additional funding channels and access to cultural foundations from abroad.

    • Docs & Cuts – Rough Cut Screenings – CoPro provides Israeli documentarians with the opportunity to screen selected projects in the rough-cut stage, knowing it is the last chance to get international co-producers on board. These projects tend to be, but are not limited to, documentaries that were pitched at previous CoPro editions.

    • DocuShuk Screening Market – International buyers and content providers interested in acquiring recently completed Israeli documentaries receive in advance a catalogue of around 120 titles, from which they select those they would like to watch in a private screening booth. The catalogue is fitted to the needs of the international buyers’ market and is updated every year.

    • New Media Pitch – For the last 8 years CoPro has offered a unique framework for Israeli documentarians to present their cross-media storytelling ideas. Specially selected by a panel of foreign professionals, the filmmakers get the chance to present their projects to new-media experts and entrepreneurs, for possible collaborations.

    • CoPro Campus – In an effort to help film school graduates integrate into the local industry and get acquainted with the international market, CoPro invites film students to submit their documentary proposals to a special selection committee. While the best proposal receives a production grant from The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts and post-production services from Edit Studios, the other projects receive one-on-one consultancies with leading foreign professionals.

    • Master Classes – Held before the pitching sessions and during the Market by foreign and Israeli professional representatives. The Master Classes, as part of the Pitching Track, offer young talented filmmakers the tools they need to translate their ideas into the leading international network executives’ language. The classes give the filmmakers the means to develop and improve their art form.

    • DocuChild – A biennial program in collaboration with Goethe-Institute Tel Aviv and Prix Jeunesse Germany regarding the quality of children’s television programs. CoPro encourages Israeli filmmakers to pitch their ideas for children’s documentaries to local and foreign broadcasting channels, in order to create collaborations. In 2015 DocuChild combined for the first time special apps for children alongside the documentary and television programs.

    • Animadoc – The latest addition to CoPro aims to strengthen the intersection of animation and documentary filmmaking. Selected projects are invited to a tailored incubator program during the year, in which the documentary filmmakers receive mentorship and tools to develop the animation as part of their film. The peak of the process is at the market where they pitch publicly to an international panel of professionals in both fields. [ In cooperation with the GOETHE INSTITUTE]


     




     


     


    ...and



    The 20th edition of the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival doc aiviv took place some days before CoPro20, May 17-26, 2018 with 12 German productions and co-productions. 



    TRACING ADDAI by Esther Niemeier won the Best Short Film Award.
    "The winner of the Docaviv Shorts Competition is a true story about a son who disappeared without a trace. Addai, a young man, leaves his mother’s home to join a group of Salafi Syrian fighters and disappears, never to return. The director pieces together fragmented memories, facts and moments into a gentle, story loaded with emotion, yet manages to avoid pathos. The storylines converge into an honest examination of grief, regret and lost hope." Jury's justification.
    For the announcment of all DOCAVIV 20TH EDITION WINNERS click here.



    LineUp german documentaries @ 20 | doc aviv


  • 71st FESTIVAL DE CANNES

    and the 57th Edition SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE from May 9th to 17th 2018 with four german documentary productions and co-productions: SEARCHING ...



    and the 57th Edition SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE from May 9th to 17th 2018 with four german documentary productions and co-productions:


    SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN || AUF DER SUCHE NACH INGMAR BERGMAN by Margarethe von Trotta (DE/FR, C-Films) [Cannes Classics]
    He is considered the most important filmmaker of all time. In 2018 Ingmar Bergman would have turned 100 years old. On this occasion, the internationally known and well-respected German director Margarethe von Trotta approaches the work and the person of Ingmar Bergman, under whose film heritage talks to a new generation of filmmakers.



    POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD || PAPST FRANZISKUS – EIN MANN SEINES WORTES by Wim Wenders (IT/CH/DE/FR, Neue Road Movies) [Special Screenings]
    Pope Francis – A MAN OF HIS WORD is a personal journey with Pope Francis rather than a traditional biographical film about him. A rare co-production with the Vatican, the pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions from death, social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism, and the role of the family.



    CARLOTTA'S FACE by Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld (DE, Fabian&Fred GmbH) [Cannes Corner]
    As a child, Carlotta didn’t expect the people around her to have faces. She doesn’t even recognize her own face. Years later, she learns about a rare, untreatable deficit in her brain. It was art, after all, that offered her a way to finally recognize herself.



    CHRIS THE SWISS by Anja Kofmel (CH/HR, DE/FI. Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion, Dschoint Ventschr) [57th Semaine de la Critique]
    Croatia, January 1992. In the midst of the Yugoslav Wars, Chris, a young Swiss journalist is found dead in mysterious circumstances. He was wearing the uniform of an international mercenary group. Anja Kofmel was his cousin. As a little girl, she used to admire this handsome young man; now a grown-up woman, she decides to investigate his story, trying to understand what really was the involvement of Chris in the conflict…

  • Grimme Prize 2018

    A total number of three german documentaries are awarded with the GRIMME PREIS in the section for INFORMATION & CULTURE  with four awards. ...

    A total number of three german documentaries are awarded with the GRIMME PREIS in the section for INFORMATION & CULTURE  with four awards. The productions are:


    YOU WERE MY LIFE. A Reunion With a Sea View | DU WARST MEIN LEBEN. Ein Wiedersehen mit Blick aufs Meer by Rosa Hannah Ziegler, produced by Wendländische Filmkooperative, broadcasted by Ab 18! 3sat/ZDF.   _jury_

    I'M OKAY | ALLES GUT – Ankommen in Deutschland by Pia Lenz produced by PIER 53, Carsten Rau und Hauke Wendler GbR, broacasted by NDR/SWR_jury_

    CAHIER AFRICAIN by Heidi Specogna, DoP Johann Feindt, coproduced by Stefan Tolz, FILMPUNKT, broadcasted by 3sat/ZDF.  _jury_ as well as Best Director of Photography (the third time) for Johann Feindt.



    GRIMME PREIS
    is the German equivalent of the Emmys. Only movies that have been broadcasted by a public or private TVstation or provided in the internet in Germany can be nominated or awarded. Therefore some of the documentaries mentioned here for 2018 Grimme Preis you'll knew from former edtions of our catalogue, because they have been shown at festivals and German cinemas for about two years, the common usage of the retention period for coproductions with TVstations before broadcasted in German speaking territories.

    THE NOMINEES:

    LUISE & MOHAMED - Leaving for Algiers | – Aufbruch nach Algier by Beatrix Schwehm
    [LUISE – EINE DEUTSCHE MUSLIMA won a 2007 Grimme Preis]
    YOU WERE MY LIFE. A Reunion With a Sea View | Du warst mein Leben. Ein Wiedersehen mit Blick aufs Meer. by Rosa Hannah Ziegler
    I'm okay | ALLES GUT - Ankommen in Deutschland by Pia Lenz
    CAHIER AFRICAIN by Heidi Specogna
    DIL LEYLA by Asli Özarslan
    OVERGAMES by Lutz Dammbeck
    PETER HANDKE – In the woods, might be late | - Bin Im Wald. Kann sein, dass ich mich verspäte... | by Corinna Belz
    CIVIL SERVANTS | STAATSDIENER by Marie Wilke
    DRAWING A LINE | STRICHE ZIEHEN by Gerd Kroske



    The awards were presented by Annette Gerlach at a gala ceremony in the Theater of the City of Marl on April 13, 2018.
    Here the very moments in some pictures by ©® Michael Neuhaus posted with the friendly permission of the Grimme-Institut. [FB]



    Rosa Hannah Ziegler for YOU WERE MY LIFE


     



    Pia Lenz for I'M OKAY


     



    Heidi Specogna for CAHIER AFRICAIN 

     



    © Johann Feindt, Best DoP for CAHIER AFRICAIN 

     

  • German Film Award 2018 - DOCUMENTARY

        ...and the German Film Award BEST DOCUMENTARY goes to Thomas Kufus for  BEUYS by Andres Veiel....and the German Film Award BEST EDITING ...

     



     


    ...and the German Film Award BEST DOCUMENTARY goes to Thomas Kufus for  BEUYS by Andres Veiel.
    ...and the German Film Award BEST EDITING goes to Stephan Krumbiegel & Olaf Voigtländer for BEUYS.


     



     


     



    THE NOMINEES:


    BEUYS by Andres Veiel  __ 
    Best Documentary - Producer Thomas Kufus
    Best Editing - Stephan Krumbiegel, Olaf Voigtländer 
    Best Score - Ulrich Reuter, Damian Scholl

    THE CONGO TRIBUNAL by Milo Rau  __
    Best Documentary - Producer Arne Birkenstock, Oliver Zobrist 

    TASTE OF CEMENT by by Ziad Kalthoum  __
    Best Documentary - Producer Eva Kemme, Ansgar Frerich, Tobias N. Siebert 

    The awards are preseted at the PALAIS AM FUNKTURM in Berlin, April 27, 2018



    February 2018, watch shortlisted documentaries for German Film Award



    LOLA@BERLINALE is a joint project of the Berlin International Film Festival, the German Film Academy and German Films, the national company for promoting German films. Select screenings at the European Film Market spotlight the best in German film by presenting LOLA@BERLINALE, a programme of films short-listed for the German Film Awards (aka LOLA) by the German Film Academy. The listed films are screened with the directors in attendance. Screenings are open to accredited professionals and members of the German Film Academy eligible to take part in the nomination. All films are shown with English subtitles. 



    ALS PAUL ÜBER DAS MEER KAM || WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA
    D: Jakob Preuss P: Weydemann Bros. GmbH

    BEUYS 
    D: Andres Veiel, P: zero one film, Thomas Kufus

    EINGEIMPFT || FAMILY SHOTS
    D: David Sieveking P: Flare Film GmbH, Martin Heisler & Lichtblick Film, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger

    FIGHTER 
    D: Susanne Binninger P: CORSO Film, Erik Winker

    HAPPY 
    D: Carolin Genreiht P: CORSO Film, Erik Winker

    HUMAN FLOW 
    D&P: Ai Weiwei, P: Heino Deckert, Chin-Chin Yap

    I HAD NOWHERE TO GO  
    D: Douglas Gordon  P: moneypenny filmproduktion GmbH

    DAS KONGO TRIBUNAL || THE CONGO TRIBUNAL
    D: Milo Rau, P: Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH, Arne Birkenstock

    NATIONAL BIRD  
    D: Sonia Kennbeck P: Wim Wenders, Errol Morris

    SYSTEM ...ERROR!  
    D: Florian Opitz  P: Spring-Productions, Florian Opitz

    TASTE OF CEMENT by by Ziad Kalthoum
    P: Eva Kemme, Ansgar Frerich, Tobias N. Siebert

    weit. DIE GESCHICHTE VON EINEM WEG UM DIE WELT  
    far. the story of a journey around the world
    D&P: Gwendolin Weisser, Patrick Allgaier

    WENN GOTT SCHLÄFT || WHEN GOD SLEEPS
    D&P: Till Schauder

    ZWISCHEN DEN STÜHLEN || TO BE A TEACHER
    D: Jakob Schmidt P: Marie-Luise Scharf


    ©  Florian Liedel | Deutscher Filmpreis


    Committee German Film Award Documentary, standing: Klaus Stern, Jens Schanze, Gunter Hanfgarn, Susanne Regina Meures, Marcel Kurth, Martin Rabanus, sitting: Markus Nestroy, Heiko Maile, Hanka Knipper, Kirsten Kunhardt, Pepe Danquart.

     

     

     

     

     
  • german documentaries at 25th Hot Docs 2018, Toronto

      A large program of 22 German productions and co-productions, including some world premieres, at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary ...

     

    A large program of 22 German productions and co-productions, including some world premieres, at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America's largest documentary film festival, conference and market, held annually since 1993 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the sections Special Presentation, Big Ideas, World Shwocase, The Changing Face of EuropeArtscapes , DocX, Made in MexicoShorts, and International Spectrum.
    A total of 246 films and 16 interdisciplinary projects from 56 countries are at this year's Hot Docs — and half the films at the 25th edition of the Toronto documentary festival come from female directors, and many have themes related to women. Hot Docs achieves gender parity — as well as the lineup of the german documentaries.



    AMAL
    by Mohamed Siam, Egypt, Lebanon, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway, Qatar, [world sales: Doc & Film International, Trailer]
    SPECIAL PRESENTATION

    THE ARTIST & THE PERVERT by Beatrice Behn, René Gebhardt, Germany, USA, Austria
    ARTSCAPES

    CARLOTTA'S FACE by Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld [P: Fabian Driehorst, Fabian&Fred, Trailer ]
    SHORTS

    THE CLEANERS
    by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck, Germany, Brazil, [P: Gebrüder Beetz Media GmbH, world sales: Cinephil]
    SPECIAL PRESENTATION & BIG IDEAS

    COMMANDER ARIAN - A Story of Women, War and Freedom by Alba Sotorra, Germany, Spain, Syria [P: Boekamp & Kriegsheim, world sales: DOGWOOFTrailer ]
    INTERNATIONAL SPECTRUM

    FAITH HOPE LOVE by Katja Fedulova  [P: Tondowski Films,  Trailer  ]
    WORLD SHOWCASE

    GLOBAL FAMILY  by Melanie Andernach, Andreas Köhler [P: Made in Germany Filmprod. GmbH, world sales: Rushlake Media GmbHTrailer]
     THE CHANGING FACE OF EUROPE 

    HAVARIE by Philip Scheffner, Germany [P: pong film GmbH]
    DocX

    I SIGNED THE PETITION by Mahdi Fleifel, UK, Germany, Switzerland [ P: Nakba FilmWorks, Mahdi Fleifel & Patrick Campbell ]
    SHORTS

    KINSHASA MAKAMBO by Dieudo Hamadi [world sales: Andana Films, Trailer ]
    WORLD SHOWCASE

    KOLYMA - ROAD OF BONES by Stanislaw Mucha [P: Gerd Haag, TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion]
    WORLD SHOWCASE

    MAMACITA by José Pablo Estrada Torrescano [P: José Pablo Estrada Torrescano & Arne Birkenstock - Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH ]
    MADE IN MEXICO

    THE NIGHT OF ALL NIGHTS by Yasemin Samdereli, Nesrin Samdereli [P: Arne Birkenstock Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH, S2R Film, Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Trailer ]
    SPECIAL PRESENTATION

    OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki, Germany, Syria, Qatar, Lebanon [P: BASIS BERLIN Filmprod. GmbH, world sales: auTLOOK Filmsales]
    WORLD SHOWCASE

     OVER THE LIMIT by Marta Prus [ world sales: auTLOOK Filmsales,   Trailer ]
    WORLD SHOWCASE

    PIRATE BOYS by Pol Merchan [P: Pol Merchan, Nadja Krueger,  Trailer ]
    SHORTS

     THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK by Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski [ P: Kundschafter Filmproduktion GmbH, world sales: WideHouse,  Trailer ]
    ARTSCAPES

    QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION by Yony Leyser [ P: Thomas Janze, Totho cmp GmbH, Trailer ]
    NIGHTVISION

    THE STRANGE SOUND OF HAPPINESS
    by Diego Pascal Panarello [ world sales: Deckert Distribution, Trailer ]
     THE CHANGING FACE OF EUROPE 

    THE TRIAL by Maria Augusta Ramos, Brazil, Netherlands, Germany
    WORLD SHOWCASE

    VICTORY DAY by Sergei Loznitsa, Germany [P: Imperativ Film, Trailer ]
    WORLD SHOWCASE

    A WOMEN CAPTURED by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, Hungary, Germany [ P: ECLIPSEfilm, CORSO Film,  world sales: Syndicado, Trailer ]
    WORLD SHOWCASE



    Industry Schedule 2018


    It's here — your first look at this year's stellar slate of sessions, interactive workshops and essential networking opportunities at Hot Docs 2018. Don't miss:


    °Hands-on workshops about contracts, pitching your story, impact distribution, festival strategy, the art of negotiation and webdocs.
    °A keynote session by Jesse Wente on the importance of advancing Indigenous narrative sovereignty.
    °A masterclass with Oscar winner Morgan Neville.
    °In Conversation With... sessions featuring 2018 Doc Mogul Cara Mertes and Outstanding Achievement Award recipient Barbara Kopple.


    And so much more!



     

  • 33rd DOK.fest Munich 2018

    CINEMA AT IT'S BEST! The 33rd DOK.fest Munich celebrates the cinema experience. See nine strong films from the festival programme on five ...

    CINEMA AT IT'S BEST!



    The 33rd DOK.fest Munich celebrates the cinema experience. See nine strong films from the festival programme on five evenings in the auditorium of Deutsches Theater. Only premieres will be presented for this extraordinary occasion. After the screening, the stage will be handed over to the directors and their team so they can present their film in person. The public, international guests and industry representatives will have the possibility to connect with each other at reception events and to round off the evening's viewing in the Deutsches Theater's courtyard.
    The german documentaries in this venue are:


     ·  OVER THE LIMIT by Marta Prus [DOK.international]


     ·  SYSTEM ERROR by Florian Opitz [DOK.international]


     ·  EINEN SOMMER LANG by Georg Michael Fischer [Münchner Premieren]


     ·  THE CLEANERS by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck [DOK.international]


     ·  FOR IN MY WAY IT LIES by Lukas von Stein [DOK.deutsch]



    Cinema history at it's best: 
    MAXIM & DOK.fest Munich

    From the late 1970s, under the direction of Sigi Daiber, the MAXIM, one of Munich’s oldest cinemas, became a stronghold of alternative film culture and played a part in the beginnings of DOK.fest Munich. When the end of the venue seemed to be inevitable, four cinema enthusiasts reinvented the MAXIM.
    The Munich based director & producer Peter Heller tells about it: CINEMA FOR LIFE [MAXIM LEBEN – EIN ALTES KINO ERZÄHLT] More information and pics of the new venue NEUES MAXIM are just one click away. 
    Here are some distribution companies [A-Z] engaged to bring german documentaries to the big screen to the cinephile audience:  Basis-Film Verleih Berlin || déjà-vu FILM UG || farbfilm verleih GmbH || FILMGALERIE 451 || Kinostar Filmverleih GmbH || KFA shortfilmagency Hamburg || mindjazz pictures UG || Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH || RFF – Real Fiction Filmverleih e.K. || RISE AND SHINE CINEMA UG || SALZGEBER & Co.Medien GmbH || W-film Filmproduktion & Filmverleih || ZORRO FILM GMBH || || || ||


    Retrospective Helga Reidemeister
    In her films Helga Reidemeister contrasts the inflation of what is factual with the reality of experience: her precise and unerring view of the apparently insignificant reveals the crux of human relationships. The 2018 retrospective presents a cross-section through four decades of her filmic achievements.


     


    Award winners 2018


     



    The FairFilmAward Non Fiction goes to  Marianne Schäfer & André Schäfer, FLORIANFILM GMBH. (By the way, the awardwinning team is  looking for a new member)

    The three nominees for the first FairFilmAward Non Fiction by different organizations: FLORIANFILM GmbH  ||  Flare Film GmbH  ||  zero one film GmbH

    Photo©2018 DOK.fest Munich. With Vincent Lutz & Christian Dosch (Crew United), Oliver Bätz (team member of FLORIANFILM GMBH), Nicole Leykauf (laudatio, CEO Leykauf Film GmbH), and Daniel Sponsel (CEO DOK.fest Munich).


     



     The first VFF Documentary Film Production Award, goes to Birgit Schulz, CEO of Bildersturm Filmprod. GmbH  for her work BEYOND BORDERS – STORIES OF FREEDOM & FRIENDSHIP  [WT Missing Movies]

    Photo©2018 DOK.fest Munich. With Birgit Schulz right in the middle, with jury members Thomas Frickel (CEO German Documentary Association AG DOK), Dagmar Biller (TANGRAM International GmbH) Prof. Karin Jurschick (HFF Munich) and Daniel Sponsel (CEO DOK.fest Munich)


     




    "The (FFF supporting)award goes to (Pauline Roenneberg for sooner or later) a director who shows a great talent for storytelling and pursues a bold visual concept in her ambitious project. Her attempt to document everyday events and incorporate them with a fictional narrative structure has been achieved with a great atmospheric intensity. She laconically and humorously portrays people without ever showing them up." The jury of FFF Förderpreis Dokumentarfilm
    Photo © 2018 DOK.fest Munich



    The BR kinokino Audience Award is won by the film that has received the most votes in relation to its audience. TACKLING LIFE by Johannes List was able to get 83 percent of its viewers to vote. A total of 11,352 votes were submitted in the context of the Audience Award, presented by BR Filmmagazin kinokino.
    Photo©2018 DOK.fest Munich, Q&A after the screening of TACKLING LIFE by Johannes List, with film crew and members of the BERLIN BRUISERS.
     



    German Documentary Film Music Award goes to Damian Scholl & Ulrich Reuter for the original score of BEUYS by Andres Veiel
    „The multi-layered music of the two composers Ulrich Reuter and Damian Scholl not only congenially complements Andres Veiel's cinematic view of Joseph Beuys, but also interprets his artistic work in its own way. The miniatures, some of them purely analog, almost classically designed, in combination with the electronic passages, deliberately refuse to allow any clear access and repeatedly open up Beuys' perspectives on film and art with curiosity." The jury of Deutscher Dokumentarfilm-Musikpreis 
    Photo©2018 DOK.fest Munich


     



    LineUp of German documentary productions and co-productions 


     
    ·  ABOVE THE TIMBERLINE by Marina Hufnagel [Student Award]


     ·  AMAL by Mohamed Siam [DOK.horizonte & Nomine DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit  ]


     ·  THE ART OF ARGUMENT by Melanie Liebheit, Gereon Wetzel [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  B12 – GESTORBEN WIRD IM NÄCHSTEN LEBEN by Christian Lerch [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  BAUHAUS SPIRIT by Niels Bolbrinker, Thomas Tielsch [DOK.special]


     ·  BEYOND BORDERS – STORIES OF FREEDOM & FRIENDSHIP by Johanna Bentz, Camilo Colmenares, Sandra Dajani, Madeleine Dallmeyer, Nazgol Emami, Diana Menestrey, Khaled Nawal, Birgit Schulz [DOK.special]


     ·  BISS UND DIE ANGST VORM FLIEGEN by Wolfgang Ettlich [Münchner Premieren]


     ·  THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR LIFE by Zita Erffa [Student Award]


     ·  BEUYS by Andres Veiel [DOK.special]


     ·  BLIND MAN WATCHING by Fausto Molina [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  CENTRAL AIRPORT THF by Karim Aïnouz [Best of Fests]


     · CINEMA FOR LIFE  by Peter Heller [Münchner Premieren]


     ·  THE CLEANERS by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck [DOK.international]


     ·  DARK EDEN by Jasmin Herold, Michael Beamish [DOK.international]


     ·  EINEN SOMMER LANG by Georg Michael Fischer  [Münchner Premieren]


     ·  ETHIOPIQUES – REVOLT OF THE SOUL by Maciek Bochniak [DOK.panorama]


     ·  FEBRUAR by Marlena Molito [Student Award]


     ·  FOR IN MY WAY IT LIES by Lukas von Stein [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  FOREVER FLÜCHTLING 1 by Dirk Schäfer [DOK.special]
     ·  FOREVER FLÜCHTLING 2 by Alex Schaad [DOK.special]


     ·  FRAUD by David Spaeth [Münchner Premieren]


     ·  THE GARDEN by Francesca Bertin [Student Award]


     ·  A GERMAN YOUTH by Jean-Gabriel Périot [DOK.special]


     ·  GERMANIA by Lion Bischof [Münchner Premieren]


     ·  GET ME SOME HAIR! by Lars Barthel [DOK.panorama]


     ·  GLOBAL FAMILY by Melanie Andernach, Andreas Köhler [Best of Fests]


     ·  GOTTESZELL - A WOMEN'S PRISON by Helga Reidemeister [Retrospektive]


     ·  GUARDIANS OF HERITAGE – CULTURE CLASH by Emanuel Rotstein [DOK.special]


     ·  HERE AND THERE by Bettina Renner [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  IMPREZA – THE CELEBRATION by Alexandra Wesolowski [Münchner Premieren]


     ·  INK OF YAM by Tom Fröhlich [DOK.special]


     ·  IRONHEAD by Tian Dong [Student Award]


     ·  JOE BOOTS by Florian Baron [DOK.education]


     ·  KREATURA by Viki Alexander [Student Award]


     ·  LA BESTIA – TRAIN OF THE UNKNOWNS by Manuel Inacker [Student Award]


     ·  LAST SHIP HOME by Michael Weber, Christian Ebert [DOK.panorama]


     ·  LEGACY by Gabriele Voss, Christoph Hübner [DOK.special]


     ·  LUCICA AND HER CHILDREN by Bettina Braun [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  MAMACITA by José Pablo Estrada Torrescano [DOK.female]


     ·  MIT STARREM BLICK AUFS GELD by Helga Reidemeister [Retrospektive]


      · THE MOTIVATION COACH by Martin Rieck, Julian Amershi [DOK.panorama]


     ·  MY RUSSIAN SPRING by Xenia Sigalova [Münchner Premiere]


     ·  NUMBER ONE – GERMANY’S GREATEST GOALKEEPERS by Gerhard Schick [Münchner Premieren]


     ·  OPERATION PROVIANT by Andreas Hancke, Michael Kloft [DOK.special]


     ·  OVER THE LIMIT by Marta Prus [DOK.international]


     ·  PARENTS' SCHOOL | ELTERNSCHULE by Jörg Adolph, Ralf Bucheler [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  REGGAE BOYZ by Till Schauder [DOK.panorama & DOK.music Open Air]


     ·  RIOT NOT DIET by Julia Fuhr Mann [Student Award]


     ·  RODINA MEANS HOME by Helga Reidemeister [Retrospektive]


     ·  THE SIXTH CONTINENT by Andreas Pichler [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  THE SECRETS OF THE HANDSOME LEO by Benedikt Schwarzer [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  SHADOWS OF THE DESERT by Franziska Schönenberger, Jay Subramanian [DOK.international]


     ·  SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO by Philipp Jedicke [DOK.panorama & DOK.music Open Air]


     ·  SILENT COMRADE by Leonhard Hollmann [Student Award]


     ·  THE SIXTH CONTINENT by Andreas Pichler [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  SOONER OR LATER by Pauline Roenneberg & Britta Schwem [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  SPK COMPLEX by Gerd Kroske [DOK.special]


     ·  SYSTEM ERROR by Florian Opitz [DOK.international]


     ·  TACKLING LIFE by Johannes List [DOK.deutsch]


     ·  TEXAS—KABUL by Helga Reidemeister [Retrospektive]


     ·  TOUCHING CONCRETE by Ilja Stahl [Student Award]


     ·  TRACING ADDAI by Esther Niemeier [Student Award]


     ·  THE TRIAL | O PROCESSO by Maria Augusta Ramos [DOK.female]


     ·  VIOLENCE IS TO CHARGE 600 EUROS – PUBLIC LAND II by Elena Friedrich [Student Award]


     ·  THE VIOLIN'S VOICE by Benedikt Schulte [Münchner Premieren]


     ·  VON WEGEN SCHICKSAL by Helga Reidemeister [Retrospektive]


     ·  WAR AND LOVE IN KABUL by Helga Reidemeister [Retrospektive]


     ·  WE WERE REBELS by Katharina von Schröder, Florian Schewe [DOK.special]


     ·  WHERE ARE YOU, JOAO GILBERTO? by Georges Gachot [DOK.international & DOK.music Open Air]


     ·   A WOMAN CAPTURED by  Bernadett Tuza-Ritter [DOK.female]


      ·  ZEITENWENDE IN GIESING by Morgane Remter [DOK.special]


     



     


    The DOK.forum sees itself as a think tank for the documentary film industry and marketplace for innovative projects. This year again we invite you to develop visions and impulses with a diverse programme of panels, workshops and case studies. Urgent media policy issues are discussed as well as technical trends and new formats. During the recent years, the DOK.forum has established itself as a meeting place for the German-speaking industry.
    This year, the DOK.forum will focus on the future of a highly competitive format – the cinema documentary. We bring together decision-makers and filmmakers in Munich to draw up concrete proposals for action.
    The DOK.forum programme 2018 for download.


     



    The German Documentary Association AG DOK


    among others invites to two conferences:



    · GANZ GROSSES KINO? Konferenz zur Zukunft des deutschen Kinodokumentarfilms


    · BILDET BANDEN!  Für mehr Frauen in der Dokumentarfilmbranche


     
     



    DOK.forum Marketplace Projects 2018


    May 3-5, 2018 University for Television and Film Munich
    The DOK.forum Marketplace invites the most exciting concepts for documentary film, composition, series, webdoc, VR and interactive media to Munich. At moderated roundtables filmmakers discuss their projects in development with commissioning editors, producers and distributors in the competition for prestigious awards and fundings. The events focuse on the German-speaking co-production area with special offers for international delegations. 



    MARKETPLACE MASTER PITCH
    The Marketplace Masters Pitch - the only public format of the Marketplace - offers interested guests the opportunity to get an insight into exciting project ideas and the development process of documentary films. Four filmmakers from Latin America are invited as this year's guest delegation.

    COMPOSITION FUNDING PRIZE
    Five teams of directors and composers pitch for the German Composition Funding Prize. The aim is to strengthen cooperation between directors and composers.

    ROUNDTABLES
    In moderated roundtable sessions, 25 teams present and discuss their projects with commissioning editors, producers, distributors, sales agents and funders at eye level.

    SCREENINGS
    Three rough cuts and two finished films from this year's festival programme are presented to distributors and sales agents.

    PITCH AWARD
    Nine students of our partner film schools get the special opportunity to present their projects to important decision-makers in a protected environment.


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    PLAYGROUND DOCUMENTARY


    Playground Documentary is a brand new format at DOK.forum, carefully developed for our international industry guests. This year's PLAYGROUNDS sheds light on distribution of documentaries in many different ways. In an informal atmosphere, speakers and audience will exchange ideas, talk about their projects and difficulties and concentrate on new possibilities and solutions. It aims at sharing expert's insights and giving space for an active audience to create visions for documentaries. The sessions will be held in English. Admission is free, please register here.
    If you have any questions, please email forum@dokfest-muenchen.de



    TELE.VISION
    focuses on future formats and visions for TV. Together with Christian von Brockhausen (NDR, DIE BOX) and Nicole Baum (3sat), we explore both innovative and conventional formats on public TV, their target audiences and the way they work – or don't. Together, we can discuss visionary formats with the experts and maybe give an impulse to create a brand new documentary TV format! Speaker: Christian von Brockhausen, NDR DIE BOX, Nicole Baum, 3sat

    INSIDE OUT
    What is the essence of your film? How do you make sure it has what it takes to make people want to see it? In an extremely competitive and financially tight industry, success is only possible with a clear and cutting message that emerges from a constructive and productive cooperation between producer and distributor. In this session we will play the title game and compile efficient strategies for each program and its essence to be presented. You are welcome to bring your own (working) title, a key picture or a poster draft, and ideas on how to best make the essence of your film come out. Speaker: Esther van Messel, First Hand Films

    SHIFT CINEMA!
    An interactive conversation with applied examples about building social impact concepts, design and strategies for films, with an interdisciplinary and multimedia approach. Meet Marion Guth and Paula Onet from a_BAHN, specialized in impact designing and producing. By signing up for the workshop, you have the chance to submit a project for being selected for a first-impact examination during the workshop. Let's chill and shift cinema's boundaries! Speaker: Paula Onet, a_BAHN, Marion Guth, a_BAHN


     


     

    May 8, 2018 DOK.forum press release:
    After three intensive days, the DOK.forum Marketplace ended on Saturday, May 5th with 150 international guests, strong stories and newly formed partnerships. In addition to roundtables and open pitches, we were also able to offer curated one-to-one meetings for the first time this year. In partnership with Documentary Campus, the international Masters Pitch focused on German and Latin American projects and presented groundbreaking keynotes on the topic "Is TV now VoD?". We would like to thank the participants for their inspiring projects and passionate pitches, the experts for their valuable and concrete feedback and of course our partners who made the ideas and co-production market possible.

    Doc Circuit Montréal, RIDM’s documentary forum, will grant for the first time full festival and industry accreditations to the filmmakers Teresa Camou Guerrero for the film project CRUZ as well as to director Eva Weber and producer Sonja Henrici for IN DER STILLE DER NACHT. Both projects had been chosen for the Marketplace Masters Pitch. The winners will get the chance to attend DCM’ Talent Lab and participate together with their teams in the industry event.
    Stay updated about all DOK.forum events and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


     



    33rd DOK.fest Munich at facebook || twitter ||  instagram


    and much more...

  • 5th KOUDOUGOU Doc

    In four editions, more than fifty documentaries have been screened in the open air, 24 young filmmakers have been introduced to the film industry ...


    In four editions, more than fifty documentaries have been screened in the open air, 24 young filmmakers have been introduced to the film industry, a whole city that vibrates to the rhythm of documentaries every April since the festival was created.



    The 5th edition of 2018 which is held from 24 to 28 April 2018 has a very rich programm with about twenty films from Africa, Europe and America. KOUDOUGOU Doc in partnership with the Goethe Institut Burkina Faso and DOK Leipzig created for this 5th edition a documentary animation film section as well. For more information follow KOUDOUGOU Doc on facebook / trailer.


    The theme of the 5th KOUDOUGOU Doc is 'Youth, ICT and public policy monitoring' and the three german documentaries in the program are: 


    BROTHER JAKOB by Elí Roland Sachs

    WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA by Jakob Preuss

    WHO IST YOUR GRANDFATHER? by Sunjha KIM





     


     


    Here the link to an article by Idrissa Kombem KOUDOUGOU DOC 2018: CARTE BLANCHE AU CINÉMA DOCUMENTAIRE ALLEMAND on german documentaries at KOUDOUGOU Doc. (French only)


     


  • iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival 2018

    March 22-25, 2018 documentary filmmakers and enthusiasts from all over the world converge in Lagos, Nigeria for the 8th edition of the annual ...

    March 22-25, 2018 documentary filmmakers and enthusiasts from all over the world converge in Lagos, Nigeria for the 8th edition of the annual iRep — International Documentary Film Festival. The festival is held at its traditional home, Freedom Park in central business district of Lagos Island.
    The delegation from Germany takes part in the event with
    "MANAGING COLONIAL ARCHIVAL MATERIAL IN GERMANY" on the panel with moderator Bärbel Mauch are Jürgen Ellinghaus, Gregor Kasper, Chih Musquiqui, and with screenings of german documentaries as well as Q&A with the attending directors.



    LineUp of the german documentaries:


    CONGO TRIBUNAL by Milo Rau


    THE FIRE, A FOWL AND (UN)FORGOTTEN PAST - TOGOLAND by Jürgen Ellinghaus


    CAFÉ TOGO by Gregor Kasper and Chih Musquiqui


    GALAMSEY - FOR A FISTFUL OF GOLD by Johannes Preuss


    WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA by Jakob Preuss



    For more information please download The iREP Report —published by GOETHE INSTITUT NIGERIA in Lagos— the PDF of the 2018 iREP Newsletter Vol. 7, Issue 1 with the very articles among others "German Films at IREP 2018: Echoes of a Violent Past and Present" by Aderinsola Ajao as well as "Documenting for the future: The Congo Tribunal" by Lucia Edafioka and the PDF of the 2018 iREPNewsletter Vol. 7 Issue 3 with "GALAMSEY: Actors in a Tale of Plundering" by IfeOluwa Nihinlola as well as "Archiving Africa’s Teutonic Remnants" by Adefoyeke Ajao.


    The issue "Enabling a Universal Visual Narrative" by Aderinsola Ajao in 2018 iREPNewsletter Vol. 7 Issue 4 is the DOK.network Africa, May, 02-14, 2018, at the 33rd DOK.fest Munich, Germany.
    DOK.network Africa is about conversations at eye level between Africa and Germany, between festival-teams and audiences about the concept of documentary film, filmmaking per se, the role of documentary film. It is about the perceptions of and relations to each other and the exchange of ideas. Partners of this project beside DOK.fest Munich and iRep IDFF are ZIFF - Zimbabwe International Film Festival as well as ENCOUNTERS South African International Documentary Festival.
    Contact DOK.network Africa is Barbara Off, off@dokfest-muenchen.de



     
  • 49th VISIONS DU RÉEL, IFF Nyon 2018

     APRIL 13—21, 2018 Best Feature Film of the International Competition and Winner of Sesterce d'or La Mobilière is THE TRIAL – O PROCESSO by ...

    Best Feature Film of the International Competition and Winner of Sesterce d'or La Mobilière is THE TRIAL – O PROCESSO by Maria Augusta Ramos, a Brazil—The Netherland—German coProduction.



    LineUp of german documentaries



    THE ABSENCE OF APRICOTS by Daniel Asadi Faezi [Competition]

    AMAL by Mohamed Siam, Egypt, Lebanon, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Qatar [ Latitudes ]

    BARSTOW, CALIFORNIA by Rainer Komers, Germany [Competition]

    aw • rah • nyoosh [aranyos] by Ben Neufeld, United States, Ukraine, Poland, Germany [Burning Lights]

    CASANOVA GENE by Luise Donschen, Germany [Burning Lights]

    CONFLUENCE by Benjamin Ramírez Pérez, Stefan Ramírez Pérez, Netherlands, Germany [Opening Scenes]

    DRAGAN WENDE – WEST BERLIN
    by Dragan von Petrovic and Lena Müller, Serbia, Germany  [Focus Serbia]

    ELDORADO by Markus Imhoof, Switzerland, Germany [Projections Spéciales]

    I SIGNED THE PETITION by Mahdi Fleifel
    , United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland [Competition]

    ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS by Gabrielle Brady [ Competition ]

    PAMPARIOS by Florian Seufert, Germany, Mexico [Burning Lights]

    OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki [Grand Angle]

    OVERTHE LIMIT by Marta Prus  [Grand Angle]
     
    TOUCHING CONCRETE by Ilja Stahl  [Competition]

    THINKING LIKE A MOUNTAIN by Alexander Hick  [Competition]

    YUGOSLAVIA, HOW IDEOLOGY MOVED OUR COLLECTIVE BODY by Marta Popivoda, Serbia, France, Germany [Focus Serbia]


    During the festival, Les Ateliers offer a RETROSPECTIVE and a MASTERCLASS
    PHILIPP SCHEFFNER or the exploration of the folds of history.
    A unique voice in contemporary German documentary filmmaking, Scheffner questions, throughout his work, the construction of 'truths', whether these are media-based (Day of the Sparrow, Havarie), legal (Revision), historical or anthropological (The Halfmoon Files). Often starting from news items, his work puts his subjects into perspective in order to examine how they are reported to us. His filmmaking is also marked by a profoundly human process in which the protagonists are approached as equals...
    The Visions du Réel Masterclass will be given as a duo, with the German writer and filmmaker Merle Kröger, who, with Philip Scheffner, co-founded the pong production platform in Berlin. The Masterclass Philip Scheffner and Merle Kröger will be held on Thursday 19 April 2018, at 10:00. The screening dates of their documentaries can be found here.


     



    A Selection of about 400 creative documentary films from 2017/2018 are available. The Media Library includes all films from the official selection [as mentioned above], as well as more than 150 titles, recommended by professionals, for accredited professionals only, and including following


    German documentary productions and co-productions:





    THE ARTIST & THE PERVERT by Beatrice Behn, René Gebhardt ===.

    THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR LIFE by Erffa Zita

    BLUE FOR A MOMENT by Antoine Prum

    BLACKWASH by Keren Chernizon, Daniel Siqueira

    CRAZY by Olivia Frey

    DIGGIN' THE GARDEN by Abendschein Silke

    ESCAPING CAPITALISM by Elisabeth Wilke, Dominique Klein

    FAMILY SHOTS by David Sieveking === .

    FIGHTER by Susanne Binninger ===

    far. the story of a journey around the world by Weisser Gwendolin, Allgaier Patrick ===

    HAPPY by Carolin Genreith ===

    IRONHEAD by by Tian Dong === .

    JÖRG SCHMIDT-REITWEIN: WAYS OF SEEING by Ralf Heiner Heinke ===

    KINSHASA MAKAMBO by Dieudo Hamadi ===

    KOKA, THE BUTCHER by Bence Máté

    KRISIS by Wolfgang Reinke === .

    LEGACY by Christoph Hübner, Gabriele Voss === 

    LUCICA AND HER CHILDREN by Bettina Braun

    MOVING INTO THE INFINITE by Carola Stieber === .

    MUHI – GENERALLY TEMPORARY by by Rina Castelnuovo, Tamir Elterman

    NORDWESTSTADT – A LIVING VISION by Hagen Gottschalck === .

    ONE SAYS NO by André Zhao === .

    OSCAR by Evgeny Tsymbal, Alexander Smoljanski === .

    PAJU – THE INNER DIVISION by Susanne Mi-Son Quester === .

    SAM SZAFRAN – OUTLAW PAINTER by Bastien ROKK ===

    STUDIO HARMATTAN by Stefanos Pavlakis ===

    SYSTEM ERROR by Florian Opitz ===

    TeleNoMella by Hans Böffgen === .

    THE TRIAL by Maria Augusta Ramos ===

    THE CONGO TRIBUNAL by Milo Rau === 

    TO BE A TEACHER by Jakob Schmidt === .

    WAITHIRA by Eva Munyiri ===

    WALLS CALLS by Katharina Bintz === .

    WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA by Jakob Preuss ===.



     ...

  • LineUp german documentaries 40th CINÉMA DU RÉEL

    PARIS, March 23 — April 01 Since its creation 40 years ago, Cinéma du Réel has become a major documentary film festival in France. Taking a ...

    PARIS, March 23 — April 01
     Since its creation 40 years ago, Cinéma du Réel has become a major documentary film festival in France. Taking a close look at the diversity of creation, of forms and ideas, the festival now gathers a large, loyal and engaged audience.


     


    Competition
    KINSHASA MAKAMBO by Dieudo Hamadi | 74’, Democratic Republic of Congo-France-Switzerland, Germany, Qatar, Norway, 2018
    CENTRAL AIRPORT THF | ZENTRALFLUGHAFEN THF by Karim Aïnouz | 97’, Germany, France, Brazil, 2018
    BEYOND THE ONE | AL DI LA DELL'UNO by Anna Marziano | 53’, France, Italy, Germany, 2017
    UNAS PREGUNTAS — One or Two Questions by Kristina Konrad | 237' Germany, Argentina, Uruguay 2018
    TWO BASILICAS | ZWEI BASILIKEN by Heinz Emigholz | 36’, Germany-Denmark, 2018



    For another #68
    Fifty years later out of the archive of the DFFB | DEUTSCHE KINEMATHEK

    DE OPPRESSO LIBER by Carlos Bustamante, 1968, 5’, Germany
    WHITE CHRISTMAS by Harun Farocki, 1968, 4’, Germany
    BRECHT DIE MACHT DER MANIPULATEURE by Helke Sander, 1968, 48’, Germany



    Everything about the festival, the films the guests... and more! 

  • MIPDOC and MIPTV

    Meet us at MIPDOC & MIPTV, April 9—12, 2018,  German Pavilion, Palais-1, J24-K23     The Global TV and Digital Content Market The World’s ...

    Meet us at MIPDOC & MIPTV, April 9—12, 2018, 
    German Pavilion, Palais-1, J24-K23



        The Global TV and Digital Content Market



    The World’s largest Screenings Library, Conference and Co-production Marketplace for the Factual Community


    Get face to face with representative german documentaries Björn Jensen & Anja Unger or German producers and world sales manager, among others: Simone Baumann – Saxonia Entertainment, Dr. Claudia Zenkert – Taglicht Media, Leopold Hoesch – Broadview TV, Sabine Pollmeier – PARNASS FILM GBR, Stefan Pannen – Berlin Producers, Rudolf Runge – Runge TV, Michael Geidel – Miriquidi Film, Anne Olzmann & Polina Axenova – ALBATROSS World Sales , Heino Deckert – Deckert Distribution, Gunnar Dedio – LOOKS Film & TV Produktionen GmbH,   Stefan Kloos – Rise and Shine World Sales, ...

     



    Björn Jensen, Anja Unger, Simone Baumann












     

     

     


  • 20th ONE WORLD March 2018 Czech Republic

    20th ONE WORLD International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival March, 5 - 14, 2018 in Prague and 36 cities in the Czech Republic Human ...

    20th ONE WORLD International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
    March, 5 - 14, 2018 in Prague and 36 cities in the Czech Republic

    Human rights in cyberspace and in distant parts of the world. This year ONE WORLD—UPDATING THE SYSTEM will show 128 films among them 21 german documentaries. Find the dates of screening at the festival catalogue page of each single documentary.


    LineUp of the german documentaries:



    BERLIN REBEL HIGH SCHOOL by Alexander Kleider
    Category: Long Live Life! 

    THE CLEANERS by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck
    Category: One Zero

    THE END OF MEAT by Marc Pierschel
    Category: UnEarthed

    FREE LUNCH SOCIETY by Christian Tod
    Category: Panorama

    A FREE MAN by Andreas Hartmann
    Category: Long Live Life!

    GUARDIANS OF THE EARTH by Filip Antoni Malinowski
    Category: UnEarthed

    IMPREZA - THE CELEBRATION by Alexandra Wesolowski
    Category: Eurodrome

    LAST MEN OF ALEPPO by Feras Fayyad, Steen Johannessen
    Category: Journeys to Freedom

    MEUTHEN'S PARTY by Marc Eberhardt
    Category: Eurodrome

    MR GAY SYRIA by Ayse Toprak
    Category: Panorama

    MUHI - GENERALLY TEMPORARY by Rina Castelnuovo, Tamir Elterman
    Category: Panorama

    THE NEW CHILDREN OF GOLZOW by Simone Catharina Gaul
    Category: Eurodrome

    NOTHINGWOOD by Sonia Kronlund
    Category: Art for Change

    OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki
    Catergory: International Competition

    OVER THE LIMIT by Marta Prus
    Catergory: International Competition

    THE POETESS by Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff
    Category: Art for Change

    PRE-CRIME by Monika Hielscher, Matthias Heeder
    Category: One Zero

    RISK by Laura Poitras
    Category: One Zero

    TASTE OF CEMENT by Ziad Kalthoum
    Category: Panorama

    WATANI MY HOMELAND by Marcel Mettelsiefen
    Category: Right to Know

    WHEN GOD SLEEPS by Till Schauder
    Catergory: Art for Change

    A WOMAN CAPTURED by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
    Catergory: Right to Know

  • CPH:DOX 2018, March 15 - 25

    Line-Up german documentaries CPH:DOX 2018, March 15 - 25 The programme for CPH:DOX 2018 divided by series and themes. The programme offers more ...

    Line-Up german documentaries CPH:DOX 2018, March 15 - 25



    The programme for CPH:DOX 2018 divided by series and themes. The programme offers more than 200 films, a curated programme by guest stars. The premieres followed by Q&As with directors, a special focus on justice, science and the world 2030, as well as a major theme of social experiments throughout the entire festival.



    DOX:AWARD NOMINEES



    • CENTRAL AIRPORT THF by Karim Aïnouz, Germany, France, Brazil. Exquisitely observed film from a modern Babylon – a closed-down airport in Berlin, which today is home to migrants such as 18-year-old Ibrahim.

    • LAST YEAR IN UTOPIA by Jana Keuchel, Katharina Knust, Germany, [P: Werkleitz e.V.] Bertolt Brecht meets Big Brother in the reconstruction of a reality TV show that collapsed. World Premiere

    • THE RAFT by Marcus Lindeen, Sweden, Denmark, United States, Germany [ P: FASAD Productions AB, Sutor Kolonko, Bulitt Film, Motto Pictures]  Three months without privacy on a raft. The story of the strangest social experiment of all times – told by those who took part in it, 1973. World Premiere & Winner of the DOX:AWARD.



    NEW:VISION AWARD NOMINEES



    • THE DISAPPEARED by Gilad Baram, Adam Kaplan
      Propaganda disguised as entertainment in an action film produced by the Israeli army – in an iconoclastic (anti)film without images.

    • WILD RELATIVES by Jumana Manna, Lebanon, Germany
      Biodiversity and international politics from Lebanon to Svalbard in an original work with perspectives that reach far beyond the future of humanity.  Winner of the NEW:VISION AWARD.



    F:ACT AWARD NOMINEES F:ACT Award is dedicated to films in the field between documentary filmmaking and investigative journalism.



    • FALSE CONFESSION by Katrine Philp, Denmark, Germany [P: Good Company Pictures,  Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion] World Premiere

    • EXIT by Karen Winther [Sant & Usant, Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion] World Premiere


     


    ...and


  • Nominated for OSCAR® - Documentary Feature Length

    LAST MEN IN ALEPPO producer Kareem Abeed gets visa to attend Academy Awards despite travel ban on Syria. The assistant director and the cinematographers ...

    LAST MEN IN ALEPPO producer Kareem Abeed gets visa to attend Academy Awards despite travel ban on Syria. The assistant director and the cinematographers on the film have also been granted visas.


    About a year ago we congratulated Søren Steen Jespersen, Kareem Abeed and Stefan Kloos, coproducers, the director Feras Fayyad, and the codirector Steen Johannessen of LAST MEN IN ALEPPO for winning the Grand Jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival. On January 23rd, 2018, Kareem Abeed (producer), Soeren Steen Jespersen (producer) and Feras Fayyad (director) received Oscar® nominations for their documentary film LAST MEN IN ALEPPO, the first Syrian film ever to be nominated alongside 'Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,' 'Faces Places,' 'Icarus,' and 'Strong Island' in the Best Documentary Feature category.


    JUST TO REMEMBER:
    On February 19th, 2018, Abeed’s application for a visa to enable him to attend the Academy Awards ceremony on March 4, 2018 was denied due to his status as a Syrian national, with no possibility for appeal. This despite the fact that he clearly fits at least one of the 10 stated examples for a possible waiver of the ban in section 3 of the Order: 3(c)(iii): The foreign national seeks to enter the United States for significant business or professional obligations and the denial of entry during the suspension period would impair those obligations.

  • 68th BERLINALE 2018

    The awarded german documentaries are:  EVERYWHERE WE ARE by Veronika Kaserer – Compass-Perspective-Award, CENTRAL AIRPORT THF by Karim Aïnouz ...

    The awarded german documentaries are:

     EVERYWHERE WE ARE by Veronika Kaserer – Compass-Perspective-Award,
     CENTRAL AIRPORT THF by Karim Aïnouz – Amnesty Int. Film Prize
     ELDORADO by Markus Imhoof – Special Mention by Amnesty Internatiional



    A total of 18 documentary entries from the current programmes of the Competition, Berlinale Special, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections and the special presentation Culinary Cinema were nominated for the last year founded ORIGINAL GLASHÜTTE — DOCUMENTARY AWARD sponsored by the Saxony-based watch manufacturer Glashütte Original. As mentioned at their website:
    The Austrian production WALDHEIMS WALZER | THE WALDHEIM WALTZ is the winner of the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award at the 68th Berlinale. Director and producer Ruth Beckermann accepted the 50,000 Euro award Saturday evening during the official award ceremony in the Berlinale Palast. In the presence of a live audience of 1,600 guests in the theatre and hundreds of thousands watching a live television broadcast, the jury members Cíntia Gil, Ulrike Ottinger and Eric Schlosser presented the award to the very happy filmmaker "for her exceptional cinematic portrait of a political liar".


    At the 68th BERLINALE, February 15-25, thirtytwo german documentaries [German documentary productions and coproductions] premiere in the program of COMPETITION, PANORAMAdocuments, 48th FORUM, PERSPECTIVE DEUTSCHES KINO, and Berlinale Special as well as 13th FORUMexpanded. Documentaries shortlisted for the German Film Award LOLA@BERLINALE see 'news' German Film Award here.


     




    out of COMPETITION
    Special Mention by Amnesty International:  ELDORADO by Markus Imhoof [P: zero one film GmbH & Thelma Film AG ]


    BERLINALEspecial
    AMERICA Land of the FreeKS by Ulli Lommel [P: Medea Film Factory, Hollywood Storybook]
    USEDOM – A Clear View at the Sea | – Der freie Blick aufs Meer by Heinz Brinkmann [P: ARTIA NOVA FILM]


    PANORAMAdocuments
    FAMILY LIFE | FAMILIENLEBEN by Rosa Hannah Ziegler [P: Wendländische Filmkooperative]
    Winner of the Amnesty Int. Film Prize: CENTRAL AIRPORT THF | ZENTRALFLUGHAFEN THF by Karim Aïnouz [ P: Lupa Film ]
    GAME GIRLS by Alina Skrzeszewska [P: Blinker Filmproduktion GmbH, Films de Force Majeure ]
    KINSHASA MAKAMBO by Dieudo Hamadi [P: Kiripifilms, Les Films de l'oeil sauvage ]
    outside | draußen by Johanna Sunder-Plassmann, Tama Tobias-Macht [P: unafilm GmbH]
    PARTISAN by Matthias Ehlert, Lutz Pehnert, Adama Ulrich [P: solo:film ]
    SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO by Philipp Jedicke [P: Rapid Eye Movies ]


    PERSPECTIVE GERMAN CINEMA
    THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR LIFE by Zita Erffa [ P: HFF Munich, Petruvski Films ]
    Winner of the Compass-Perspektive-Award: EVERYWHERE WE ARE by Veronika Kaserer [ P: Veronika Kaserer ]
    FILM WALKS | FILM WANDERUNGEN produced by Matthias Jochmann [ P: Phenomen Berlin Filmprod. GmbH ]
    IMPREZA - The Celebration | IMPREZA - Das Fest by Alexandra Wesolowski [P: DREIFILM, HFF Munich]
    winner of FIRST STEPS AWARD: WITHOUT THIS WORLD by Nora Fingscheidt [P: kineo Filmproduktion Peter Hartwig]


    48th FORUM
    AGGREGATE by Marie Wilke [ P: Kundschafter Filmprodukton]
    CASANOVA GENE by Luise Donschen [ P: Luise Donschen ]
    Film Beyond Cinema: The Dumpster Kid Experiment and Other Utopias | Der Film verlässt das Kino: Vom Kübelkind Experiment und anderen Utopien by Robert Fischer [ P: Fiction Factory Robert Fischer Filmproduktion ]
    SPK COMPLEX | SPK KOMPLEX by Gerd Kroske [ P: realistfilm Gerd Kroske ]
    TEATRO DE GUERRA by Lola Arias [P: Gema Films, BWP, Sutor Kolonko, Sake Argentina ]
    UNAS PREGUNTAS – One or Two Questions | – Ein, zwei Fragen by Kristina Konrad [ P: weltfilm ]
    VICTORY DAY | DEN' POBEDY – Tag des Sieges  by Sergei Loznitsa [ P: Imperativ Film, Taura Ltd. ]
    WILD RELATIVES by Jumana Manna [ P: Jumana Manna, Elisabeth Kleppe/Adeles]


    13th FORUM EXPANDED
    THE DISAPPEARED by Gilad Baram & Adam Kaplan
    BLUENESS | BLÄUE by Kerstin Schroedinger
    CAFE TOGO by Musquiqui Chihying, Gregor Kasper
    DUG by Jan Peter Hammer
    IN THE RUINS OF BAALBECK STUDIOS by Siska
    NAMIBIA TODAY by Laura Horelli
    THE SLEEPER | DIE SCHLÄFERIN by Alex Gerbaulet
    TODAY IS 11th JUNE 1993 by Clarissa Thieme
    TWO BASILIKAS | ZWEI BASILIKEN by Heinz Emigholz

  • german documentaries booth at European Film Market

    February 16-23, 2018: Once again, the AG DOK / german documentaries will have a booth at the European Film Market EFM in the Martin-Gropius-Bau ...

    February 16-23, 2018: Once again, the AG DOK / german documentaries will have a booth at the European Film Market EFM in the Martin-Gropius-Bau during the 68th Berlinale. This is a good place to meet German documentary filmmakers, producers, festival programmers, etc. AG DOK member Kordula Hildebrandt will be in charge of the booth, which is located at the German Film pavilion on the ground floor. She can be reached at 030-259303416. AG DOK members who do not have a festival accreditation may call this number to be admitted into the building. 


    Here some pics from efm, February 2018. The 69th Berlin International Film Festival will be held from February 7 to 17, 2019



     


     

  • Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken

    GLOBAL FAMILY wins the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken.   Melanie Andernach and Andreas Köhler's GLOBAL FAMILY produced by MADE IN GERMANY Filmproduction ...

    GLOBAL FAMILY wins the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken.


      Melanie Andernach and Andreas Köhler's GLOBAL FAMILY produced by MADE IN GERMANY Filmproduction is the winner of the best documentary award, at the 39th Film Festival Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken, Germany. GLOBAL FAMILY offers insight into the fate of the many people who have had to leave their homeland – for whatever reasons. They hope for a life together with their families, but have to live separated from one another, spread out all over the world. 


    Composer Matthias Lindermayer won the prize for the best original score for a documentary for GERMANIA by director Lion Bischof, HFF Munich. In observing scenes, the film approaches the members of the student fraternity Corps Germania. "...A soundtrack that takes on the role of a director's commentary instead of a mere acknowledgement of emotion, yet leaves the viewer room for interpretation..." (39thMOPjury)


    Now in its 39th edition, the FF Max Ophüls Prize is the most important film festival for emerging filmmakers in the German-speaking world. A list of all winners from this year's festival can be found here.



     


    The LineUp of the german documentaries at the 39th FF Max Ophuels Prize


    FAREWELL YELLOW SEA by Marita Stocker
    FOLLOWING HABECK by Malte Blockhaus
    GERMANIA by Lion Bischof
    GLOBAL FAMILY by Melanie Andernach, Andreas Köhler
    A GOD'S SHADOW by Bernhard Hetzenauer
    KINDSEIN – Unadulterated by Lilian Nix
    RUDEL by Simon Ostermann
    SILENT COMRADE by Leonhard Hollmann
    SUCH SWEET MEADOW by Jasmin Preiß
    VILLAGE OF THE FORGETFUL by Madeleine Dallmeyer
    EL MANGUITO by Laurentia Genske
    INTO THE UNKNOWN by Inigo Westmeier
    SWIMMING POOL AT THE GOLAN by Esther Zimmering
    SCHMITTCHEN, OETSCH AND PRINCE RAMIGANI by Stefan Eisenburger, Hannah Dörr, Janina Jung, Carina Mergens (Maybe there is no English version of the 80 mins edition shown at the festival available right now. But there is a 60 min. version the 'directors cut' ©2015. Sadly Stefan Eisenburger met with an accident whilst swimming at the Canary Islands and died 2016. Hannah Dörr, Janina Jung, Carina Mergens completed the 80mins version entitled ERICH UND SCHMITTE – ENTSCHEIDEND IS AM BECKENRAND for German cinema.

  • German Documentaries Online

    For over ten years, the 'german documentaries' catalogue has accompanied all activities of the German documentary film scene at markets and ...

    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 – complete with photos, synopses, and contact information – to audiences worldwide.



    Now, once again thanks to the support of German Films, we have been able to launch this german-documentaries website.


    We are planning to make this site an ever-growing and invaluable source of information on the German documentary scene for you.


    Hope to see you often!


    With kind regards,



    Thomas Frickel, Chairman of AG DOK

  • German Films

      is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide. German Films’ range of activities includes: ...

     



    is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide.


    German Films’ range of activities includes: Close cooperation with and presence at all major international film festivals and selected TV markets; hosting selection delegations from international festivals; PR and press work for all major national and international media representatives; information and advice for international buyers, German producers and exporters; publication of informational literature on current German films and the film industry; organization of the annual “Next Generation” short film program; administration of the selection procedure for the German entry for the OSCAR for Best Foreign Language Film; staging of “Festivals of German Films” worldwide and “German Premieres” in selected cities; collaboration with Deutsche Welle’s DW-TV KINO program; organization of the “German Films Previews”; selective financial support for the foreign releases of German films; organization with Unifrance of the annual German-French film meeting.


    For additional information and a complete list of the current shareholders, board members and staff, please visit the German Films Website.

  • International Film Festivals in Germany

    The festivals with markets are: BERLINALE | efmDOK.fest Munich | DOK.forumDOK Leipzig | DOK INDUSTRY      Schedule of the international documentary ...

    The festivals with markets are:


    BERLINALE | efm
    DOK.fest Munich | DOK.forum
    DOK Leipzig | DOK INDUSTRY   


     


    Schedule of the international documentary festivals as well as festivals with sections of documentaries chronologic throughout the year.


     



    40th Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis January 14-20, 2019 [FB] ___Submission___ until October 31, 2018


     


     

    69th BERLINALE - International Filmfestspiele Berlin, February 7 - 17, 2019
    ___Submission___ [Deadlines for Feature-length films: October 31, 2018
    November 15, 2018 and for Short films: November 15, 2018

    efm - European Film Market at the BERLINALE, February 7 - 15, 2019 [FB]
    ___Registration__ until January 6, 2019

     

     



    16th dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg, April 3 - 7, 2019
    ___Submission___ until December 31, 2018 [FB]


     



    35th Internationales FrauenFILMfestival Dortmund|Köln, Dortmund, Cologne, April 9-14, 2019
    The Dortmund|Cologne International Women’s Film Festival takes place annually, alternating between Dortmund and Cologne. [FB] ___Submission___ Section 'Film Education' until December 12, 2018.


     


       34th DOK.fest Munich, May 8-19, 2019  [FB]
    ___Submission__ November 7, 2018 - December 14, 2018.


     



    IKFF - 35th Hamburg International Short Film Festival, June 4 -10, 2018
    ___Submission___ until February 15, 2019 [FB]


     



    #FFMUC | 36th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, Munich, June 27 - July 6, 2019
    _ Submission _ [FB]


     



    NaturVision Filmfestival, Ludwigsburg, July 11 -14, 2019 [FB]
    ___Submission___ November 1, 2018 - February 25, 2019


     


     



    #FFHH18 | 26th Filmfest Hamburg, September 27 - October 6, 2018
    _ Submission _ from Januar 22 until July 15, 2018 [FB]


     


     



    52nd Internatonale Hofer Filmtage | Hof International Film Festival, October 23 - 28, 2018
    _ Submission _ until September 3, 2018 [FB]


     


     



    62nd DOK Leipzig, October 29 - November 4, 2018
    International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film [FB]  _Submission_  will close on July 7, 2018
    14th DOK Co-Pro Market, October 29 & 30, 2018


     



    60th Nordic Filmdays Lübeck, October 30 - November 4, 2018  [FB]



     



    42nd duisburger filmwoche, the festival of germanspeaking documentaries,   Duisburg, November 5-11, 2018
    _Submission_ until August 22, 2018



    17th doxs! festival - creative European documentaries for children and adolescents, Duisburg, November 5-11, 2018
    _Submission_ until June 11, 2018


     


     

    35th KASSELER DOK-FEST, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Video Fest, November 13 -18, 2018
     _ Submission _ until July 8, 2018. [FB]


     


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