"Polluting Paradise" and "Forget Me Not" receive distribution support for foreign theatrical releases
7 January 2012: The German Film Marketing organization German Films allocated a total of € 567,500 in funding for theatrical releases of German films abroad in 2012.

In the sixth and last sitting of 2012 on 20 December, the "Distribution Support“ awards committee of German Films decided to fund twelve foreign theatrical campaigns of German films with a total of € 90,500. Thus, a total of 83 theatrical releases were supported with € 567,500 in 2012.

Among the eleven films selected to receive support during the 20 December meeting are two documentaries:

POLLUTING PARADISE (MÜLL IM GARTEN EDEN) in Greece and Cyprus (distributor: Rosebud, release: 7 February 2013). Directed by Fatih Akin, Production: Corazón International.

FORGET ME NOT (VERGISS MEIN NICHT) in Switzerland (distributor: Look Now!, release: 31 January 2013). Director: David Sieveking, Production: Lichtblick Film- und Fernsehproduktion.

The "Distribution Support" funding program has existed since 2005 and supports the theatrical release of German films abroad, firstly, with the aim of promoting the international circulation of German films for cultural reasons, and, secondly, of improving the market chances of German films abroad. Subsidies are awarded for additional measures over and above the release campaign which had already been planned by the foreign distributors. The support to a maximum of Euros 50,000 is granted in the form of a conditionally repayable loan. Funding of up to Euros 10,000 can also be allocated as a grant.

The guidelines and the application form for "Distribution Support" can be downloaded here.

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