• 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 .


     



    FIPADOC BIARRITZ International Documentary Festival, January 21—26, 2020
    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 20—27, 2020 Berlin, Germany


     


     



    Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, March 25-28, 2020
    Contact: Björn Jensen


     



    MIPDOC/MIPTV  March 28—April 2, 2020, Cannes, France
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   
    more infomation - German only - here.



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



    Hot Docs Toronto,  April 30 - May 10, 2020, Toronto, Canada
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   
    Get more infomation - German only - here.



    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   
    further information – German only.



    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. )
     



    30th Sunny Side of the Doc, June 24 – 27, 2019, La Rochelle, Frankreich
    Country of Honour is Germany.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen
    more information for submission – German only – here and here and the final report is ready for download  here.



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




    3rd IDF West Lake Int. Documentary Festival, Hanzhou - China, October 18—20, 2019
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen, more information German only. 



    Gold Panda Sichuan International TV Festival, October 30— November 1, 2019 in Sichuan, China
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen, more information German only



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



    World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, December 02 - 05, 2019, Tokyo, Japan
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen .
    Further informations — German only



    17 Guangzhou International Dokumentary Filmfestival, December 9 - 12, 2019, Guangzhou, China
    GZDOC 2019 is now open for entries! More information here.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen 




  • Germany - Country in Focus at the 30 Sunny Side of the Doc

       Sunny Side of the Doc 2019 shone the spotlight on Germany, a country that’s hugely important when it comes to documentary co-productions ...

      



    Sunny Side of the Doc 2019 shone the spotlight on Germany, a country that’s hugely important when it comes to documentary co-productions and distribution and is one of the most active on a European scale. You couldn’t attend the dedicated sessions in the German Lounge at #SSD19? Get the chance to replay our podcasts directly on our website, when you want and where you want during the summer.


     


     


     



     


    Sunny Side of the Doc 2019 wishes to shine the spotlight on a country that’s hugely important when it comes to co-productions and distribution and is one of the most active on a European and international scale. This special line-up will be centred on conferences, workshops and networking events with major players from the German documentary market.


     The 30th edition of Sunny Side of the Doc takes place at the Espace Encan in La Rochelle, France. Located near the beautiful La Rochelle harbour waterfront at Quai Louis Prunier, BP 3106 17033, La Rochelle cedex 1, France. Full AGENDA 2019 click here.


     CEO german films Simone Baumann with Anja Unger and Björn Jensen, representatives german documentaries

    For the 30th edition of the international marketplace for documentary and narrative experiences, Sunny Side of the Doc has chosen Germany as this year’s Country in Focus. What’s more, to celebrate this anniversary year, we’re showcasing the notion of 'Documentary needs Europe'. This 4-day long marketplace taking place on 24 to 27 June in La Rochelle is packed with many events and will be attended by the most important regional and national producers and distributors.


     


     


    OPENING COCKTAIL OF THE GERMAN FOCUS sponsored by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Monday, June 24 2019 at Muséum d'Histoire naturelle de La Rochelle



     


    GERMAN DELEGATION GET TOGETHER — german documentaries invites participants to celebrate the German projects and co-productions at this Year's Sunny Side of the Doc, Wednesday, June 26, 5-6:30pm at the german documentaries Umbralla B5


    A diverse and enlarged pavilion Sunny Side of the Doc will welcome a large delegation of producers, buyers and distributors from Germany (114 in attendance in 2018). With support from German Films, the national information and advisory centre for the promotion of German films worldwide, members of the AG DOK professional association of independent producers will be gathered together at a pavilion alongside more than 12 well-known and up-and-coming production companies including:Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbHVidicom Media GmbH, a&o buero filmproduktion, fechnerMEDIA GmbH, NEW DOCS, Längengrad Filmproduktion GmbH, Karbe Film GmbH, COIN FILM GmbH, Vision Airways GmbH, 4ED1 and G-FILMT Grabmann Film und TV Produktion




     




    Simone Baumann, Managing Director of German Films: “Germany has one of the largest theatrical and TV markets in the world and it has a very strong tradition in producing and coproducing documentaries. Sunny Side of the Doc is one of the most important international coproduction platforms – German producers are coming here for years to present and to promote their own projects and also to join the projects of their foreign colleagues. German Films together with AG DOK celebrate the 30th edition of Sunny Side of the Doc and we are looking for interesting new projects and cooperations.“



     


     


     



     


    PITCH SELECTION: five pitching sessions across the week (Monday, June 24 – Thursday, June 27 2019) will see creative teams from all over the world pitch their projects in development, in front of 300+ international decision makers and distributors, guided by expert moderators. 36 original projects from about 18 different countries that will be pitched live for funding and industry leaders’ insight at 30 Sunny Side of the Doc.



    • •• and the 3 projects of German producers are:

    • THE TRAP. 40 YEARS OF WAR IN AFGHANISTAN by Marcel Mettelsiefen, Mayte Carrasco, P: LOOKSfilm

    • LETTERS WITHOUT SIGNATURE by Christian Schulz, P: NEW DOCS

    • EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR CO2 FOOTPRINT (BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK) by Johan von Mirbach, P: a&o buero




    DISCUSSION Documentaries between Cinema, Television and Platform  at the German Lounge, Tuesday, June 25, 15:00-16:00 More films are produced each year than can ever be programmed at festivals, in cinemas, Television and platforms. What strategies can be adopted at the moment to make documentaries seen? What’s about docuseries? Can they reach new public?
    Moderated by Arne Birkenstock - CEO and producer of Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbH with Christiane Hinz - Head of TV documentary department culture/history WDR, Christian Beetz – CEO & producer gebrueder beetz filmprod., Luzia Schmid - Director and Diego Buñuel - director, Original Documentary Features (EMEA) Netflix. Sponsored by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.


    MEET THE PRIVATE GERMAN BROADCASTERS at the German Lounge, Tuesday, June 25, 16:00-17:00 "For years you’ve been trying to understand the German Market without any success. In order to put an end to your nightmare, the private broadcasters are a growing reliable solution to enter this complex Market, come and meet them." Moderated by Sebastian Sorg – Funding Executive FFF with Axel Gundolf – Director TV National Geographic, Patrick Hörl – Founder and MD Autentic, Claudia Braunstorfer - Commissioning Editor Planet and Gabi Nensel – Head of Primetime N-TV. Co-produced with DOK.fest Munich.


    NEW S***, OLD PARTNERS - Producing High-End Non-Fiction Series with public broadcasters at the German Lounge, Wednesday, June 26, 11:00-12:00. Following the emergence of platforms, much of the existing market today faces an uncertain future. Can the European model reinvent itself to serve the formats of the digital age? This case study presents a multi-party coproduction of a modern series. Moderated by Daniel Saltzwedel – funding advisor Medienboard, Christian Beetz – CEO & producer gebrueder beetz filmprod., Imke Meier Commissioning Editor ZDFinfo, Søren Schumann - Head of Department - RBB/ARTE ARD / RBB - Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. Sponsored by German Films.


    World of Wonders – Encounters with the Blockchain at the German Lounge, Wednesday, June 26, 15:30-16:30. Blockchain will deeply affect the film industry in the near future. The workshop will introduce this new technology and highlight the benefits of financing and distribution of films, providing the opportunity to ask questions you never dared to ask. Moderated by Benjamin Hoguet – author nouvelles narration with Eugen Nussbaum – Senior Producer & Corporate Development Welt der Wunder Senderbetrieb GmbH. Hosted by Creative Europe Desk Germany.


     



     


    Among the members of the German delegation are


    Björn Jensen german documentaries, AG DOK
    • Feifei Jensen, Ginger Foot Films
    • Jaurich Johanna, director & producer, fechnerMEDIA GmbH
    • Christine Kiauk, producer, COIN FILM GmbH
    • Ümit Uludag, producer, CORSO Film- and Television Production
    • Arne Birkenstock, director & producer Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbH
    • Dagmar Biller, producer, TANGRAM International GmbH
    • Aleksandar Nikolic, filmmaker, inselfilm produktion
    • Freidemann Hottenbacher, producer, inselfilm produktion
    • Arinane Doehring & Marlen Klaws, director and producer, 4ED!
    • Claudia Kuhland, director& producer, DreamTeam medienproduktion
    • Gernot Aschoff, director & Producer, G-Filmt
    • Andreas Hartmann director, producer & Arata Mori Director by Andreas Hartmann
    • Tristan Chytroschek director & producer a&o buero filmproduktion
    • Markus Lenz director & producer Markus Lenz Filmproduktion
    • Annette Scheurich, producer, Marco Polo Film AG
    • Markus Brandmair, CEO, made in munich
    • Lena Karbe, producer, Karbe Film GmbH
    • Franz Hirner, producer, Kick Film GmbH
    • Ira Beetz, executive producer, Story House Productions GmbH
    • Stefan Göppel, head of new media, SCHWARZBILD medienproduktion GmbH
    • Christian Baumeister, manager, Light and Shadow GmbH
    • Ismeni Walter, author, Längengrad Filmproduktion GmbH
    • Thomas Weidenbach, managing director, Längengrad Filmproduktion GmbH
    • Tanja Winkler, producer, Längengrad Filmproduktion GmbH
    • Bettina Offermann, VP International, LOOKSfilm
    • Regina Bouchehri, head of creative producing, LOOKSfilm
    • Lucio Mollica, producer, LOOKSfilm
    • Mathias von der Heide, managing director, Taglicht Media GmbH
    • Wilting Bernd, managing director, Taglicht Media GmbH
    • Tina Leeb, executive producer documentary, Saxonia Entertainment GmbH
    • Nahuel Lopez, director, producer, GRANVISTA Media GmbH
    • Peter Bardehle, producer, Vidicom Media GmbH
    • Ulrike Ziegler, manager, zb Media Filmproduktion
    • Stephan Bleek, CEO, zb Media Filmproduktion
    • Hans Robert Eisenhauer, Ventana-Film GmbH
    • Thomas Kufus, producer, zero one film GmbH


    • Dirk Neuhoff, Head of Documentaries ARD/NDR,
    • Ralf Quibeldey, Head of Nature and Discovery Programmes ARD/NDR
    • Kathrin Bronnert, ARTE-Redaktion of ARD/NDR
    • Søren Schumann, Head of Department - RBB/ARTE
    • Ulrike Dotzer Head of department NDR/ARTE
    • Kirsten Praller, commissioning editor ARD/SWR
    • Martin Schneider, commissioning editor ARD/SWR
    • Ute Hoffarth commissioning editor ARD/WDR
    • Christiane Hinz, Head of Documentaries Culture and History ARD/WDR
    • Jutta Krug, Commissioning Editor ARD/WDR
    • Kate Cox, Deputy Head, Documentaries and Coproductions, Deutsche Welle
    • Petra Müller CEO Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH
    • Ina Dahlke Editor TV Science Department, ARD/HR
    • Bettina Oberhauser commissioning editor ARD/HR
    • Klaus Kunde-Neimoeth, senior editor, ARD/WDR
    Hans Robert Eisenhauer, Head of Thematic Nights Departement ZDF/ARTE
    • Jasmin Boettcher, Footage & Licensing, rbb media GmbH
    • Thomas Radtke, Footage & Licensing, rbb media GmbH
    • Nikolas Huelbusch, Director ZDF.unscripted, ZDF Enterprise GmbH
    • Marita Hübinger, head of commissioning department, ZDF
    • Imke Meier, commissioning editor - ZDFinfo
    • Schlosshan Ricarda, commissioning Editor - Terra X, ZDF
    • Karsten Schrader, Acting Head of Factual Acquisitons & Co-productions, WeltN24 Media
    • Eugen Nussbaum, producer & corporate development, Welt der Wunder
    • Lars Pfeiffer, creative producer, Vision Airways GmbH
    • Claudia Braunstorfer, content acquisitions and dubbing manager, HV Fernsehbetriebs GmbH/PLANET
    • Axel Gundolf channel director TV National Geographic Partners Germany (Fox Networks Group)
    • Elvira Lind, Head of Acquisitions and Sales, Spiegel TV GmbH
    • Michael Kloft, Producer, Spiegel TV GmbH
    • Olesja Zimmermann, Marketing & Communications Manager, Spiegel TV GmbH
    • Kay Siering, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Spiegel TV GmbH



    • Petra Mueller CEO Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH
    • Katharina Blum Head of Conferences Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH
    • Roman Roitman, Speaker Low Budget / Documentary, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH
    • Daniel Saltzwedel, moderator, tutor & consultant, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
    • Heike Meyer Döring, Head of Creative Europe Desk NRW
    • Uta Eberhardt, Funding Consultant, Creative Europe Desk
    • Britta Erich, Consultant,  Creative Europe Desk
    • Lisa Giehl Referent FillmFernsehFonds (FFF) Bayern Gmbh
    • Sebastian Sorg, Dok.forum Project Manager, FilmFernsehFonds (FFF) Bayern Gmbh


    • Liselot Verbrugge, Sales Executive, Deckert Distribution GmbH
    • Luisa Schwamborn Sales Manager NEW DOCS
    • Elina Kewitz Managing Director NEW DOCS
    • Lisa Anna Schelhas Sales Manager Albatross World Sales GmbH
    • Alexandra Obradovic Sales Manager a&o buero filmproduktion
    • Valentin Romero International Sales & Acquisitions Manager 3BOXMEDIA e.K.
    • Kerstin Lommatzsch, Head of Footage Service, PROGRESS
    • Senta Menger, Senior Manager Programme Acquisitions, Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing
    • Nadja Tennstedt, DocSalon Coordinator, European Film Market / Berlin International Film Festival
    • Adele Kohout, deputy managing director, DOK.fest Munich


    ••• Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg among others with Head of Studies International Producing Tonyslav Tony Bozic and Karl Heidelbach, Leopold Pape, Nele Dehnenkamp, Ludwig Meck, Tobias Gerginov, Rebecca Barthel, Christine Duttlinger, Esther Busch
    ••• ifs internationale filmschule köln gmbh with professor Halo Schomerus and Niva Ehrlich, Thilo Vogt, Zakaria Rahmani, Otto Laurenz, Thuy Trang Nguyen



    Petra Müller and Hajo Schomerus with students from the ifs


     Yves Jeanneau, CEO Sunny Side of the Doc with Petra Müller CEO Film- und Medienstiftung NRW




     


    more information:


    Interview with Simone Baumann by Birgit Heidsiek for cineuropa
    Film- und Medienstiftung NRW at 30 Sunny Side of the Doc
    FFF Bayern delegation at 30 Sunny Side of the Doc

    • Acknowledgment to Jean-François Augé with Photographe La Rochelle, Agence Photo Studio Ouest for disposal of his work of 30 Sunny Side of The Doc 2019 [at flickr]

    • Report of Anja Unger and Björn Jensen German only.
     


     

  • 26 Sheffield Doc|Fest June 6-11 2019

           Each year the festival welcomes over 25,000 festival goers, including approximately 3,500 industry delegates from 55 countries celebrating ...

      


     



     


    Each year the festival welcomes over 25,000 festival goers, including approximately 3,500 industry delegates from 55 countries celebrating the art and business of documentary and non-fiction storytelling across all forms. This year festival with 7 juried awards, 42 nominated films, and 24 jurors.


    Melanie Iredale, Interim Director, says: “This year’s Doc/Fest is a celebration of internationalism, creativity and discovery; looking at the world with new eyes and giving a platform to a multitude of voices and ideas. I am so excited today to be unveiling a line-up of  180+ Films and 27 Alternate Realities projects - from over 50 countries around the world, and over 50% of which are made by women. Live Events will feature music to voguing to social experiment; guests ranging from Asif Kapadia to Ai Weiwei to The Slumflower to Werner Herzog to Tea Uglow. Artist Charlotte Jarvis will grow ‘female' sperm! Only at Doc/Fest”.
    More of what's on across Films, Live Events, Alternate Realities, Talks, Parties & more by viewing the full press release here.


     


     In 2019 the festival introduces Spotlight Conversations to the film programme presenting premiere screenings and deep conversations with contemporary masters of non-fiction cinema. Capturing reality is a messy art form: never distant from the events unfolding on screen, slicing up stories that live beyond the film. Spotlight creates a forum for discussion, disagreement and learning by framing a series of films with poignant, pressing and prescient conversations on the art and subjects of non-fiction cinema. Each screening presents an unmissable opportunity to hear directly from the filmmakers, including Ai Weiwei with the German documentary production THE REST a film about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe, the world’s bastion of human rights, yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams.
    The programme of Talks Highlights  encompass the full spectrum of the documentary world - conversations with exciting emerging filmmakers, world renowned directors and popular talent, including a conversation with Werner Herzog. Arguably one of the greatest living filmmakers, who battled Klaus Kinski on the set of Aguirre, Wrath of God, dragged a ship over a hill for Fitzcarraldo and famously ate his own shoe on film after a losing bet, joins us to discuss his acclaimed career. His body of work includes over 60 films, on subjects as diverse as death row, Antarctica, the internet, volcanoes and bears, and his latest doc, Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, explores the life of the famous travel writer and is screening at the festival. 


     


    Rough/Ready Work in Progress Session: Monday June 10, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield. Rough/Ready screens work in progress and fine cut films from filmmakers and/or producers based in the UK and Ireland, offering a space to engage with international and domestic festival programmers, sales agents, co-producers, distributors, and financiers. It is open to emerging and experienced filmmakers and producers seeking a supportive connection and feedback forum at a critical stage of their edit.


     



     LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions:



    • HI, AI by Isa Willinger, 88min [Doc|Think]

    • MOTHER, I AM SUFFOCATING - This Is My Last Film About You by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese coproduction Lesotho, Germany, Qatar, [Doc|Vision, nominated for Art Doc Award]

    • NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEP OF BRUCE CHATWIN by Werner Herzog [Spotlight Conversations]

    • PROPERTY by Matthias Linter, 85min, coproduction Italy, Germany [Doc|Think]

    • THE REST by Ai Weiwei [Spotlight Conversations]

    • RUSHING GREEN WITH HORSES by Ute Aurand, 88min,  [Doc|Vision, nominated for Art Award]

    • SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal, 83min  [Doc|Rhythm, nominated for Youth Award]

    • WAR OF ART by Tommy Gulliksen, 102min, coproduction Norway, Germany [Doc|Adventure]


     



     


    MeetMarket Projects



    • ELI: A DOG IN PRISON by Nora Mandray, Jason B. Kohl, Germany, United Kingdom / MAKO / Producers: Nora Mandray, Jason B. Kohl; Executive Producer: Sophie Robinson

    • GAME OF MINDS by Petri Luukkainen, Jesse Jokinen, Finland, Germany / napafilms ltd, Producers: Liisa Karpo, Marianne Mäkelä  

    • MEETINGS WITH MONTERS France, Denmark, Germany / Pumpernickel Films & Elk Film, Executive Producer: Barbara Biemann   

    • OFFICE 39by Sebastian Weis, Carl Gierstorfer, Germany / a&o buero filmproduktion / Producer: Tristan Chytroschek   

    • OH MOSCOW by Sally Potter, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany / Adventure Pictures, Producers: Christopher Sheppard, Lucie Wenigerova, Anna Jancso; Co-Producers: Klaudia Smieja-Rostworowska, Isabel Iturriagagoitia

    •  THE SOLDIER by Aleksandar Nikolic, United Kingdom, Germany, France / Perfect Splice /Producers: Gregor Streiber, Quentin Laurent; Co-Producer: Aleksandar Nikolic  

    • WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM (WT) by Marcus Vetter, Germany, Switzerland / gebrueder beetz filmproduktion / Producers: Georg Tschurtschenthaler, Caroline Schaper; Executive Producer: Christian Beetz; Co-Producer: Werner Schweizer, Dschoint Ventschr


     


     


     


    The German delegation among others with:
    • Alexandra Obradovic and Tristan Chytroschek – a&o buero
    • Georg Tschrtschenthaler  and Alice Popplewell – gebrüder beetz filmproduction
    • Stefan Kloos and Anja Dziersk  –  Rise & Shine World Sales
    • Ben Bassauer, head of acquisitions & sales, Monoduo Films
    • Liselot Verbrugge, sales agent, Deckert Distribution
    • Alexandra Boehm  – AUTENTIC
    • Elina Kewitz, sales agent, NEW DOCS
    • Lars Rummel, DOK Leipzig 
    • Astrid Kahmke, Bavarian Film Center
    • Barbara Biemann, commissioning editor, NDR/ARD
    • Julia Deumling, commissioning editor, ZDF
    • Susanne Mertens, commissioning editor, ZDF/ARTE
    • Christian von Behr, commissioning editor, RBB/ARTE


     


     


    GERMAN DELEGATION GET TOGETHER, Sunday June 9, 4:30-6:30pm at the Rutland Arms, 86 Brown Street. German films invites festival participants from all over the world. Please show your Sheffield Doc|Fest accreditation at the entrance.


     



     


  • 26 Hot Docs, April 25-May 5, 2019

         • 252 docs & doc projects • 56 different countries • 13 Toronto screens • 110 world & international premieres • 54% female filmmakers  ...

      


     



    • 252 docs & doc projects
    • 56 different countries
    • 13 Toronto screens
    • 110 world & international premieres
    • 54% female filmmakers  _


    With exceptional professional development, networking, and business opportunities, Hot Docs is perfect for doc professionals at all career levels. Make the right connections and secure critical financing for your film with Hot Docs exclusive market programs, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, and the one-on-one pitch meeting services Hot Docs Deal Maker and Distribution Rendezvous. During the 2019 Festival, Hot Docs will host 14 official delegations, among them one from Germany Thomas Kaske, Veit Bastian, Sonja Winterberg,  Reinhard Beetz & Georg Tschurtschenthaler (gebrüder beetz filmprod.), Katrin Sandmann & Stefan Mathieu (Kobalt GmbH), Tristan Chytroschek (a&o buero filmprod. GmbH), Elina Krewitz (NEW DOCS), Sven Marquardt, Annekatrin Hendel (IT WORKS! Medien), Pia Hellenthal, Erik Winker (CORSO FILM) and others.


     


    The HOT DOCS FORUM, Hot Docs’ key international co-financing market event, and Hot Docs Deal Maker, Hot Docs’ curated one-on-one pitch meeting program, have wrapped after two days of brisk pitching, networking and deal-making. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Forum saw a total of 21 projects representing 18 countries presented to a room of over 300 key funders and decision makers as well as filmmakers, producers, and other observers. Women were remarkably represented at this year’s Forum, with 14 of the 25 directors and 30 of the 56 producers associated with projects being female. 

    Meet German producers in Toronto April 30 & 1 May 1, 2019 at the
    FORUM PITCH

    1001 NIGHTS APART by Sarvnaz Alambeigi (DE/US/UK/IR, Filmpunkt)
    MISSION SEX-ED by Cosima Dannoritzer (DE/ES, Tondowski Films)
    COLOUR OF THE WIND by Claire Sanford (CA/DE/FI, Alias film und sprachtransfer)
    MIDWIVES by Hnin Ei Hlaing (CA/DE/MM, AMA FILM)
    ZINDER by Aicha Macky (FR/NE/DE, CORSO Film)


    The first look program’s first prize of $30,000 CDN went to MIDWIVES [EyeSteelFilm Inc (Canada), AMA FILM GmbH (Germany), Snow Film]. Pitched by director Hnin (aka Snow) Ei Hlaing, and producers Ulla Lehmann and Mila Aung-Thwin, Midwives tells the incredible story of two midwives who work side by side in a makeshift medical clinic. The award’s second prize of $20,000 CDN went to COLOUR OF THE WIND [Tortuga Films (Canada), Alias film und sprachtransfer GmbH (Germany), Mouka Filmi Oy (Finland)]. Pitched by director Claire Sanford, producer Adam Pajot Gendron and co-producer Dagmar Jacobsen, COLOUR OF THE WIND is a cinematic portrait of monstrous dust storms that travel from the deserts of China to the shores of California, and the people in their path. Hot Docs first look is a curated access program for philanthropic supporters of, and investors in, documentary film, and first look participants vote on prize recipients and generously provide prize money.


     



    Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000. This year with the LineUp of 15 German productions and co-productions:



     


     


     


    EXHIBITION commissioned and presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto at Goethe Media Space: TOUCHING FROM A DISTANCE II: Transmediations in the Digital Age including
    • PREDICTIVE BIOGRAPHY (2018, video 10 min) by Jonas Blume
    Sour Candy (2018) by Manja Ebert
    As if we are passing through tunnels (2018) by Ornella Fieres
    IMITATIO (2018, 24 min) by Aron Lesnik
    Flying Sculptures – working title (2019) by Lorna Mills
    You want it darker (2018) by Sarah Oh-Mock
    Das kleine Rotkäppchen (2011, 2:50 min) by Julia Charlotte Richter
    Fall of the House of Usher I (2017, 12:55 min) by Anna Ridler
    Here We Are – A Turing Torture (2018, VR experience 7:35 min) by The Swan Collective
    Glocal (2017, 15 min) by Tina Wilke


      


     

    further information german documentaries @ hotdocs:
    german films,
    • GOETHE INSTITUT Toronto


    • last year: 25 HotDocs 2018 _NEWS
    www.FB.com/hotdocsfestival

  • German Documentary Award 2019

    HEIMAT IST RAUM AUS ZEIT | HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME by Thomas Heise is the winner of the German Documentary Award 2019. The award of the STZ ...

      



     


    The awards were presented in a ceremomy on June 28 during the 3rd edition of the SWR DOKU FESTIVAL 2019, June 26—29 in Stuttgart hosted by Max Moor. 

    The nominated documentaries are presented alongside others during the festival, with Q&A after the screenings. 


    The 12 Nominees Deutscher Dokumentarfilmpreis | German Documentary Award 2019 are:



     


    The Nominated Music Documentaries for the OPUS JAZZ OPEN Award are:



     


    and…



     


     Download the PDF of the full program here.


     


     


     


    The 15th edition of this annual event for professionals focuses on Animated Reality - Between Fact and Fiction. At Dokville, renowned guests and industry experts talk about new projects and important developments in documentary television, film and series, as well as in online formats. This year's conference will open with a keynote address by Dr. Till Grahl, the scientific-artistic director of the German Institute for Animation Film in Dresden. The DIAF is dedicated to German animated film in exhibitions, research and an archive.



     


    Animation in Documentaries is Booming
    Working with animated film is particularly useful when there are no images of events or when the inner life of protagonists is to be shown. Animated sequences also make it possible for contemporary witnesses to remain anonymous. This year's industry meeting Dokville is dedicated to the following questions, among others:
    "When does it make sense to animate parts of a film, a series or a VR installation? What needs to be considered in the research and implementation phase? The combination of footage and animation runs through the event on both days. In the films THE WAR IN ME, CHRIS THE SWISS or LITTLE GERMANS we will explore these questions and show a special connection between animation and archive material.


    Animated Documentaries for a Young Audience
    This year Dokville is once again addressing a young audience with the two productions WARUM ICH HIER BIN [Why I'm here]. Children's and youth films generally don't have it easy to find a place on the air, so documentaries for this target group are more of a rarity in children's and youth television. This year, Frauke Siebold and Eva Werdich from S&W authors will pitch their documentary series Zeitreise – kids! Historische Dokumentation für Kinder [Timetravelling - kids! Historical documentation for children] for children aged 8 and over, each promising 25 minutes of exciting exploration of the past and present.


    In Conversation with Annekatrin Hendel
    DOKVILLE continues the successful series of talks with set designer, producer, author and director Annekatrin Hendel. The filmmaker's films are primarily devoted to East Germany themes. Because, she argued in an interview with the FAZ: "I have never seen films that had anything to do with how I perceived the GDR. And then I was just so arrogant and naive and thought to myself that if there were no such films and nobody, not even my colleagues who had learned at the DEFA, would make them, then I would have to do it."
    At DOKVILLE, Annekatrin Hendel talks to Knut Elstermann about her versatile film career and about selected documentaries lsuch as VATERLANDSVERÄTER, FASSBINDER, as well as ANDERSON  and THE BRASCH FAMILY. The director Annekatrin Hendel has received several awards for her films, including the Grimme Prize and the Heiner Carow Prize of the DEFA Foundation for the portrait of Sven Marquard - BEAUTY & DECAY.


     


     


    For the full program of 15 DOKVILLE please click here. For more information and updates please visit the website www.dokville.de and/or the FB-Channel 


     


    ...just to remember SWR DOKU FESTIVAL 2018

  • 34 DOK.fest Munich, May 8–19, 2019

            The 34th edition of DOK.fest Munich presents 159 films from 51 countries at 20 venues in the city, categorised in 12 sections. Such ...

     


     



     



     


    The 34th edition of DOK.fest Munich presents 159 films from 51 countries at 20 venues in the city, categorised in 12 sections. Such as DOK.international, the international competition of the festival. 13 documentaries compete for the VIKTOR Main Competition, worth 10,000 EUR. DOK.horizonte with films about countries undergoing transition, nominated for the VIKTOR DOK.horizonte. DOK.panorama shows innovative productions from all over the world mapping the diversity and current trends of documentary storytelling. 24 of the 36 films are premieres, discoveries that have not been seen on German screens. DOK.deutsch — documentaries with people and events in German speaking countries. Student Award the student competition of DOK.fest Munich presents outstanding documentary films by students of German-speaking film schools, nominated for the Megaherz Student Award. DOK.focus humaNature with films tracing the connection betweenman and nature. Munich Premieres with documentaries by directors or producers based in Munich.  DOK.network Africa filmmakers and audiences from Germany and African countries meet on eye-level: the role of documentary films, filmmaking and perceptions of each other are on the agenda. DOK.4teens [DOK.education] with documentaries recommended for people from the age of 14. DOK.special works together with cultural and social institutions and the media industry, with films about particular events and topics at often unusual places in the heart of Munich. BEST OF FESTS with a total number of 21 films that have already been shown and awarded at international festivals. Nine of them are German premieres. DOK.guest Russia with six documentaries answering the question "What is people’s everyday life like in the vast country from the Polar Sea to China and its diverse ethnicities?"


     



    GANZ GROSSES KINO CINEMA AT IT'S BEST with four German documentary productions and co-productions premiering in the Deutsche Theater:



     ALL awarded documentaries of 34 DOK.fest 2019 are screened on Sunday May 19 2019.


     


    AWARD WINNING german documentaries 2019 


     


    German Documentary Film Music Award 2019 goes to Jana Irmert for her work with STRESS by Florian Baron. "The special way in which Jana Irmert combines composition and film not only reflects the destructive tension and the permanent psychological state of alarm of the severely traumatised young war veterans, but also creates an important space for the sound of the words that characterises the content, thus creating an echo chamber for the audience's thoughts and feelings. In her soundtrack to STRESS, the composer dissolves the boundaries between sound design and musical composition in a virtuoso and at the same time self-evident way, thus creating a sound cosmos that, through uncompromising reduction, generates brutal knowledge." according to the jury.


     


     

    VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2019 goes to Fabian DriehorstFabian&Fred GmbH - producer of BOY OF WAR by Cyprien Clément-Delmas and Igor Kosenko. 
    'The film consistently pursues a difficult topic: a young man from the Ukraine dedicates his life to the fascination of war and wants nothing more than to finally move to the real battlefield. Directors and producers encounter this life plan without prejudice and curiously. The company works without smoke and mirrors. Not only do they run full financial risk, they also accept to shoot in dangerous war and crisis scenes. With this award we reward the high commitment of the producer, his firm belief in this mysterious material in which war becomes a cult, and his great willingness to take risks' according to the jury. Members of the jury are Birgit Schulz (CEO of BILDERSTURM Filmprod. GmBH and last year winner), Prof. Ulrich Limmer (Collina Filmrod. GmbH & HFF Munich) and Thomas Frickel (AG DOK chairman).


      


    FairFilmAward Non-Fiction 2019  is presented by the members of Crew United with the support of numerous industry associations, including the FVSW Filmverband Südwest and honors production companies offering particularly fair working conditions.
    The winner are Andrea Haas-Blenske, Volker Schmidt-Sondermann, CEO's of the production company Ifage Filmproduktion GmbH and the two other nominies have been Flare Film GmbH as well as
    Bilderfest Factual Entertainment.


     


    DOK.fest Award of the SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit 2019  Focus on young life worlds - the DOK.fest Award of the SOS Children's Villages worldwide honours documentary films that tell an outstanding story from the perspective of children and young people. The award is endowed with 3,000 euros. The award is sponsored by B.O.A. Videofilmkunst. Joost Vandebrug receives this award 2019 for his debut film BRUCE LEE & THE OUTLAW. He accompanied the Bucharest street boy Nicu for six years. Nicu found a home at Bruce Lees, the king of the underworld, at his underground tunnels. He gets food and something like a family. But drugs are omnipresent, like the silver Aurolac that the children constantly inhale with their plastic bags.
    The nominated german documentaries have been BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK by Mari Gulbiani. In a Georgian village from which many men have left for Syria, two girls escape the common longing for their fathers through the magic of cinema. GODS OF MOLENBEEK by Reetta Huhtanen. The friends Amine and Aatos live in the same house. Their universe is about spiders, the search for God and one day about terror, which changes life in their district Molenbeek. A contemporary childhood study far removed from all clichés. ISIS, TOMORROW. The Lost Souls of Mosul by Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio RomenziISIS may have lost the war, but the simple act of surrender cannot erase the deadly ideology. What happens to the youngest losers (and their mothers) who have no memory of a world before ISIS?.   Click for all of the nominees here.


     


    VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international goes to
    DER NACKTE KÖNIG – 18 FRAGMENTE ÜBER REVOLUTION | REVOLUTION REVISITED by Andreas Hoessli, 107min, Polen/Switzerland/Germany [DOK.international] "We recognize a precise psychological portrait of a perpetually shattering world. As this essay moves across time, it transcends the power of record and documentation alone, to survey the remains of revolution, in conversation with romanticism and limitation." Sponsored by Bayerischer Rundfunk and Global Screen, worth 10,000 Euros


     


    FFF Bayern Documentary Talent Award goes to CONGO CALLING by Stephan Hilpert, 90min, Germany [Münchner Premieren]
    "Stephan Hilpert's CONGO CALLING tells the story of the dilemma of European development aid and its failure, both large and small, in a reserved and yet very close way. The fact that this cinematic balancing act succeeds is not least due to the unobtrusive and at the same time precise camera, which takes the viewer on a journey into the politically restless heart of Africa."
    Sponsored by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, worth 5,000 Euros, for upcoming Bavarian directors


     


    VIKTOR DOK.horizonte goes to ESTA TODO BIEN - IT'S ALL GOOD by Tuki Jencquel, 70min, [DOK.horizonte
    "In his cleverly constructed documentary film Tuki Jencquel recounts how the people in Venezuela are suffering from a shortage of medicines and a real exodus of doctors who are migrating abroad. Patients for whom the lack of medicinal supplies amounts to a death sentence; young doctors who have decided to stay against the odds; and despairing pharmacists whose shops stand empty are used as examples by the director to reveal what is seldom shown in news coverage on the subject."
    Sponsored by Petra-Kelly-Stiftung, worth 3,000 Euros


     


    megaherz Student Award goes to
    IN SEARCH... by Beryl Magoko, 90min, [megaherz student award]
    "IN SEARCH ... is personal research and political act at the same time, told in a humorous and touching way, without ever being judgmental or dogmatic. It is a difficult subject, not captivating by its dramatization, but precisely by the opposite. Here, film aesthetics and concept step into the background in favour of the director's immediate gaze, thereby creating a space for the incomprehensible yet deeply human"
    Sponsored by megaherz, worth 3,000 Euros

    Special Mention Student Award goes to ANOTHER LIFE by Jan Prazak, 72min, DE/A, [megaherz student award]


     


    BR kinokino Audience Award goes to
    ANOTHER REALITY by Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, 100min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.deutsch]
    Awarded by kinokino, the film magazine of Bayerischer Rundfunk.


      


    BR kinokino Audience Award goes to  MISSION LIFELINE by Markus Weinberg, Luise Baumgarten, 67min, Germany [DOK.panorama]


     


     


     


    Best Doks - Shortlist Megaherz Student Award .
    IN SEARCH... by Beryl Magoko, 90min, [megaherz student award]
    • TIERE | ANIMALS by Jonas Spriestersbach, 75min,  [megaherz student award]


    Best Doks Shortlist
    • BRUDERLIEBE | DEAR BROTHER by Julia Horn, 106min,  [DOK.deutsch]
    • CLOSING TIME by Nicole Vögele, 116min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.international]
    • NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA by Michel K. Zongo, 79min, Burkina Faso/DE [DOK.horizonte]
    ANOTHER REALITY by Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, 100min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.deutsch]
    • DER NACKTE KÖNIG – 18 FRAGMENTE ÜBER REVOLUTION | REVOLUTION REVISITED by Andreas Hoessli, 107min, Polen/Switzerland/Germany [DOK.international]


    Best Doks - Audience Favourite
    • LIONHEARTED – AUS DER DECKUNG by Antje Drinnenberg, 93min, Germany [Münchner Premieren]
    SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal, 84min, Germany  [BEST OF FESTS]
    I AM ANASTASIA by Thomas Ladenburger, 95min, [DOK.deutsch]
    •TANZ AUF DEM VULKAN by Maya Reichert, 90min, [Münchner Premieren]


    Best Doks Shortlist DOK.deutsch
    ANOTHER REALITY by Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, 100min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.deutsch]
    BRUDERLIEBE | DEAR BROTHER by Julia Horn, 106min,  [DOK.deutsch]
    • OUT OF PLACE by Friederike Güssefeld, 80min, Germany [DOK.deutsch]


     


    LineUp german documentary productions and co-productions




    DOK.special in memoriam  This year we mourn the death of four pioneers of European documentary film who have shaped the style of entire generations. Four great names closely interwoven with the history of the 20th century: Agnès Varda, Marceline Joridan-Ivens, Claude Lanzmann and Klaus Wildenhahn,  founding member of AG DOK.


     


     

    AG DOK Brunch in the back yard of Hansa-Haus, Brienner Straße 39, starts 11o'clock on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Visitors of DOK.fest Munich wellcome.



     



    Sunday, May 12, 14 o'clock at the HFF: Deutschland – Doku-Land symposium with Fritz Wolf, hosted by AG DOK - Germany Documentary Association.


     


     


     


     


     


     



     


      



    SPEED DATING for women in the film business and editors of TVstations. May 10, 2019, 19:00 - 21:30 at the HFF Munich.
    Registration ended April 29, 2019.


    Oragnizing this event ProQuote Film, AG DOK and BVR will give participating female filmmakers the opportunity to get to know other trades and form new networks as part of DOK.forum Perspektiven at the 34 DOK.fest Munich. Editors are invited to introduce their fields of work and to get to know filmmakers and their projects at 12-minute one-on-ones. After the event, the DOK.forum Lounge will offer the opportunity to deepen one or two new acquaintanceships.






     


     DOK.forum Marketplace May 9—11, 2019  at HFF MUNICH
    The most exciting concepts for documentary film, film composition, series, webdoc, VR and interactive media. The DOK.forum Marketplace uses targeted matchmaking to bring projects in the development stage together with producers, commissioning editors and distributors - in competition for awards and grants.



    • ROUNDTABLES In moderated 90-minute Roundtable Sessions, filmmakers discuss their latest projects in an exclusive and pleasant atmosphere with commissioning editors, producers, distributors, sales agents and funders.


    • EXTENDED ONE-to-ONE To complement the discussions in the roundtables and after the pitchings, the DOK.forum Marketplace offers carefully curated One-to-One Meetings of 15 minutes each. The meetings will be arranged in advance and during the marketplace upon request of the decision makers.


    • MARKETPLACE SCREENINGS Up to 10 projects in rough cut will be presented in a closed screening buyers, distributors, sales agents and festival curators.


     • DOK.forum MARKETPLACE AWARDS  With the new British Pathé Archive Award for outstanding archive film projects, the German Composition Funding Award for Film Composition and the Pitch Award of Haus des Dokumentarfilms, DOK.forum Marketplace offers three endowed competitions. 

    •• This year's German Composition Funding Award goes to Max Gausepohl for the composition project for MAU KE MANA - OR: WHERE ARE YOU GOING? directed by Max Sänger.


     



      • ALL DIGITAL?—THE DOCUMENTARY SLAM Pitching for the future of filmmaking Digitalization is rapidly changing the film industry. Conventional strategies of the industry are challenged in all areas of filmmaking - from development, financing and production to distribution: no one can escape digital change. In order to actively shape this development, we must see it as an opportunity for our industry.
    With the Documentary Slam ALL DIGITAL? we provide a platform for ideas that put the potential of digitization to good use for the film industry in a creative and courageous way. We offer film professionals the opportunity to present their concepts, impulses, practical reports and experiments to a broad industry audience at the 34th DOK.fest Munich. 
    DIGITISATION ALL OVER? DER DOCUMENTARY SLAM will take place on 9 May 2019 at the HFF Munich as part of the DOK.forum, the industry platform of the DOK.fest Munich. The participants will each have 10 minutes to present their ideas. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for questions from the moderator and the audience. CALL FOR CONCEPTS ended April 1, 2019.


     


     



     


     ...and
    DOK.fest Munich gallery
    • our 'last year NEWS'  33rd DOK.fest Munich 2018


     

  • LOLA 2019

        Congratulations to editor Anne Fabin and producers Tobias N. Siebert, Eva Kemme, Ansgar Frerich and Hans Robert Eisenhauer for winning ...

     



     


    Congratulations to editor Anne Fabin and producers Tobias N. Siebert, Eva Kemme, Ansgar Frerich and Hans Robert Eisenhauer for winning the GERMAN FILM AWARD 2019 Best Documentary as well as Best Editing with OF FATHERS AND SONS – DIE KINDER DES KALIFATS by Talal Derki.


     


    The nominated german documentaries have been:




     


    Thirteen German documentaries have been shortlisted – in der Vorauswahl – and screened at the 69th Berlinale | European Film Market, section LOLA@Berlinale a joint project of the Berlin International Film Festival, the German Film Academy and German Films.



    Members of the selection panel German Film Award Documentary 2019 are 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 – LEAVE DYING FOR ANOTHER LIFE | B12 – GESTORBEN WIRD IM NÄCHSTEN LEBEN by Christian Lerch
      Production: Johannes Kaltenhauser, Patrick Lange | Südkino Filmproduktion GmbH

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

    • LITTLE GERMANS | KLEINE GERMANEN by Mohammad Farokhmanesh, Frank Geiger
      Production: Mohammad Farokhmanesh, Frank Geiger, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Armin Hofmann | brave new work GmbH, Little Dream Entertainment, Golden Girls Filmproduction & Filmservices GmbH

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


     


     


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  • 6 KOUDOUGOU DOC April 23-27, 2019, Burkina Faso

      with three German documentary productions: THE CONGO TRIBUNAL, 100min by Milo Rau, original French, English, German, Swahiliversion with ...

     



    with three German documentary productions:


    THE CONGO TRIBUNAL, 100min by Milo Rau, original French, English, German, Swahiliversion with English, French or German subtitles "The most ambitious piece of political theatre ever stage" The Guardian


    LE CIEL, LA TERRE ET L’HOMME, 70min by Caroline Reucker, student of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH conveys impressions of the perpetually windswept Moroccan desert, as well as of the people living there. We encounter Ahmed, Yussef, Lahcen, and Idir, follow their stories and witness their daily lives, their desires and their sense of belonging. 


    WHAT HAS TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED! 12min43sec by Irina Linke visited a photographer's studio in Sanaa. It is here that family photographs are taken, which are meant for the walls of the living room for friends and strangers to see.


     The program of the 6th edition of KOUDOUGOU DOC April 23 - 27, 2019.


     


     And a workshop supported by german films and GOETHE INSTITUT Burkina Faso



      


      


      



     

  • MIPDOC and MIPTV

    Meet us at MIPDOC & MIPTV [P-1 | K19] April 8—11, 2019 in Cannes, France.  The Global TV and Digital Content Market   The World’s largest ...

    Meet us at MIPDOC & MIPTV [P-1 | K19] April 8—11, 2019 in Cannes, France.



     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 or German producers and world sales managers. Pick up your own copy of the new edition of the german documentaries catalogue or download the PDF german-documentaries_19.pdf here.

     


     



     


     



     



     


     


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  • 69 BERLINALE February 7—17, 2019

    AND THE WINNERS ARE… The Glashütte Original – Documentary Award goes to TALKING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari Mustafa. This international ...

    AND THE WINNERS ARE…



    • The Glashütte Original – Documentary Award goes to TALKING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari Mustafa. This international co-production was awarded as well by the Panorma Audience. All Berlinale visitors can use the voting cards to choose the winners of the Audience Award in the Panorama section. The Panorama Audience Award was inaugurated in 1999 and is presented by radioeins radio station, rbb television and the Panorama section.

    • Both german documentaries in the section of 69 Berlinale SHORT are awarded with a Bear. Silver Bear for BLUE BOY by Manuel Abramovich and Golden Bear for UMBRA by Johannes Krell, Florian Fischer.

    • Thomas Heise is awarded with the Caligari Film Prize for HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME | HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT.  The prize is sponsored by the "German Federal Association of Communal Film Work" and filmdienst.de.

    • The Heiner Carow Prize for the promotion of German cinematic arts to a documentary, feature or essay film in the Panorama section, sponsored by the DEFA Foundation goes to BEAUTY & DECAY – SVEN MARQUARDT | SCHÖNHEIT & VERGÄNGLICHKEIT by Annekatrin Hendel. The prize honours films that address the social and political issues of today and in history with extraordinary aesthetic means. 

    • The Compass-Perspektive-Award for the best film in the programme goes to Maryam Zaree for her film BORN IN EVIN. "In Born in Evin, Maryam Zaree takes us along on a search for her own past, in a gruesome chapter of Iranian history. Resolute and sincere, brave and moving, the filmmaker relentlessly hunts for answers to unasked questions, in the process drawing us ever-deeper into her story and to a collective blind spot. She takes a stand, undaunted, and assumes responsibility for breaking the silence for an entire generation." Jury statement, February 15, 2019 By the way, the project was participent of the 12th International DOK Leipzig Co-Pro Market in autum 2016. Produced by Tondowski Films.



     




    Let's get face to face at the Gropius Bau,
    booth 17,  European Film Market,
    t. +49 30 220088416
    February 7—15, 2019


    or join us at the events


    Deutschland—Doku-Land with FRITZ WOLF, hosted bei AG DOK
    Feb. 7, 2—4 p.m. at the Landesvertretung des Freistaats Thüringen Mohrenstraße 64, 10117 Berlin (U2/Mohrenstraße)



     


    AG DOK Berlinale Party Feb. 7, 7 p.m. at BABYLONcinema,
    Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, Berlin Mitte
    (U2/Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz)



     


    The Berlin International Film Festival is very committed to documentaries and diverse documentary forms, as evident from the programmes of the different sections, initiatives and special series, as well as the European Film Market (EFM). In recent years, the number of long and short documentaries screening at the festival has continually increased. In 2018, the Berlinale has published a brochure titled 'Focus on Docs' for the very first time. It gives an overview of the many documentary film activities at the festival, and sparks interest in the films and events at the upcoming Berlinale.


    This year, for the third time, the Berlin International Film Festival will present the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award, which was established in 2017 thanks to the support of watch manufacturer Glashütte Original from Saxony. The Glashütte Original – Documentary Award is endowed with € 50,000, funded by Glashütte Original. The prize money will be split between the film’s director and producer. A total of 17 documentary entries from the current programmes of the Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections and the special series Culinary Cinema are nominated for the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award.
    The prize will be presented during the official Award Ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on February 16. In addition to the prize money, Glashütte Original will also provide the trophy, which will be finely crafted in the company’s manufactory in Saxony. Maria Bonsanti, Gregory Nava and Maria Ramos are the jury picking the winner. More information here.


     


    LineUp german documentaries at the 69th BERLINALE


     


    Berlinale Shorts



     


     


    Berlinale Special



     


     


    Perspektive Deutsches Kino is coming of age. For the past 18 years, the Berlinale has dedicated itself with this section to supporting promising German filmmakers and talents who are self-confidently searching for their own form of artistic expression.



     


     


    Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus, two competition programmes screening state-of-the-art international cinema. For young audiences and for everyone else. Epic narratives and fleeting moments, flights of fantasy and bitter realities. Coming-of-age stories: awesome, wild and angry, heartfelt and headstrong.



     


     


    PANORAMAdocuments


    2019 marks the 40th edition of the PANORAMA section of the Berlinale. Since its initiation in 1980 under the title Info-Schau, the section has presented films intended to inspire and provoke, and to challenge the audience’s viewing and thinking habits. The film selection is simultaneously an offering and a call to look at cinema differently. On the occasion of the section’s 40th anniversary, Panorama presents a special programme from its 40-year history within two 'german documentaries'.



    • In 1992, film pioneer Monika Treut completed what was likely the first portrait of a transgender man in the history of cinema. MAX is the story of a journey to another sex, of experiences with the male sex hormone testosterone, and of hostility within one’s own community.

    • One rare testimonial of the German ACT UP movement is Jochen Hick’s short film WILLKOMMEN IM DOM | WELCOME TO THE DOME: A spectacular protest against HIV and AIDS discrimination by the Catholic Church during the German Bishops’ Conference in Fulda in 1991.


     



    • BEAUTY & DECAY – SVEN MARQUARDT | SCHÖNHEIT & VERGÄNGLICHKEIT by Annekatrin Hendel. Winner of the Heiner Carow Prize.

    • THE BREATH | DER ATEM by Uli M Schueppel, P: Schueppel Films

    • SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal, P: CORSO Film-&Fernehprod., nominated for Glashütte Original Award.

    • TALKING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari Mustafa, P: Made in Germany Filmprod. Germany, Agat Films, France & Goï Goï Productions. Winner of the Panorama Audience Award as well as of the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award


     


     


     49th FORUM  Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art is putting on the Forum as part of the Berlinale for the 49th time. The Forum 2019 main programme doesn’t consider itself some sort of ‘best of’ list, but rather gathers together a selection of films that try things out, take a stance and refuse to compromise. Some look back at the history of the 20th century, while others focus on what’s to come, even as they remain anchored in the here and now. Numerous films take the written word as their starting point, drawing on or making explicit reference to literature or working with letters, poems and other writings.



     


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



    • B12 – LEAVE DYING FOR ANOTHER LIFE | B12 – GESTORBEN WIRD IM NÄCHSTEN LEBEN by Christian Lerch
      Production: Johannes Kaltenhauser, Patrick Lange | Südkino Filmproduktion GmbH

    • 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 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; shortlisted for the German Film Award LOLA@Berlinale

    • LITTLE GERMANS | KLEINE GERMANEN by Mohammad Farokhmanesh, Frank Geiger
      Production: Mohammad Farokhmanesh, Frank Geiger, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Armin Hofmann | brave new work GmbH, Little Dream Entertainment, Golden Girls Filmproduction & Filmservices GmbH

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

    • 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


     


     


     


     ...just to remember 68th BERLINALE


     

  • NaturVision Filmfestival July 11-14, 2019

        NaturVision Filmfestival July 11-14 2019   Central Theater Ludwigsburg | Open-air cinema & market Program 2019 NaturVision is THE ...

     




     

    NaturVision Filmfestival July 11-14 2019  
    Central Theater Ludwigsburg | Open-air cinema & market


    Program 2019


    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



    • 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.


     ...and the winners are—click here!


     

  • Visions du Réel IFF Nyon – April 5-13, 2019

    Visions du Réel, Festival international de Cinéma Nyon, April 5—13, 2019 Program 2019 - download here.     Visions du Réel, International ...

    Visions du Réel, Festival international de Cinéma Nyon, April 5—13, 2019



    Program 2019 - download here.


     


     



    Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon, will pay tribute to one of the world’s major filmmakers during its 50th edition. It is Werner Herzog who will be awarded the Sesterce d’or Prix Raiffeisen Maître du Réel during the 2019 edition of the Festival (5—13 April 2019). In partnership with the Cinematheque suisse and the ECAL, several events are being organised to give the audience the opportunity to meet the legendary film director: a Masterclass on 9 April and screenings of a selection of films as well as his latest feature-length film, MEETING GORBACHEV  co-directed with André Singer, as a Swiss premiere.


     


     


     


     


     


    LineUp German productions and co-productions:



     


    ad Masterclass Werner Herzog



     


     

  • Cinéma du Réel IFFD Paris – March 15-24 2019

           LineUp of German productions and co-productions ARBEITEN ZU KLASSENVERHÄLTNISSE | CLASS RELATIONS by Harun Farocki, 65min, 1983 Germany ...

     


     



     


     LineUp of German productions and co-productions



     


     filmlist A—Z   at 41 CINEMA DU REEL


     


     


     

  • 21 ONE WORLD IN SAFE PROXIMITY

    21th ONE WORLD International Human Rights Documentary Film FestivalMarch, 5 - 14, 2018 in Prague and 35 other cities   One World in safe proximity! ...

    21th ONE WORLD International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
    March, 5 - 14, 2018 in Prague and 35 other cities


     



    One World in safe proximity!


    Identity and the various forms it takes in the globalized world of the 21st century – this is the subject explored by this year’s One World film festival under the motto Safe Proximity. In addition to its traditional competitions and thematic categories, the festival program will thus also include two categories on the subject of searching for and defining one’s identity – both individual and on across society. “The protagonists of these films are either struggling to figure out where they belong, or they know it but find it difficult to understand their surroundings or society. Some of their stories take place on the other side of the planet, but thanks to film we learn that we have much in common,” says the festival’s programming director Ondrej Moravec. This year’s 21st One World film festival is held in Prague from 6 to 17 March and subsequently in another 35 cities throughout the Czech Republic.


     


    german documentaries LineUp



     


     

  • 40 Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis, Januar 14—20, 2019

         • Best Documentary: Hi, A.I. by Isa Willinger  • Audience Award: CONGO CALLING by Stephan Hilpert  • Best Score in a documentary by Jonathan ...

     


     

     • Best Documentary: Hi, A.I. by Isa Willinger
     • Audience Award: CONGO CALLING by Stephan Hilpert
     • Best Score in a documentary by Jonathan Ritzel for LET THE BELL RING 


      


    For 40 years, the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival has been dedicated to the presentation and promotion of young German-language films. With its focus exclusively on works by new talents from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, the Max Ophüls Prize is regarded as the most important young film festival in the German-speaking world.



    LineUp of German productions and co-productions competition documentary



    MOP-Shortlist



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    Download the PDF of the program of the 40th edition of the Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis here

  • CPH:DOX 20—31 March 2019

          CPH:DOX is back with an artistic cross section of the world in 2019. From March 20-31, the festival will unspool with an ambitious programme ...

     


     

     


    CPH:DOX is back with an artistic cross section of the world in 2019. From March 20-31, the festival will unspool with an ambitious programme of 200 films, debates, conferences, concerts, art exhibitions, VR installations and parties. Counting 110,000 guests in 2018, CPH:DOX is now one of the world’s largest documentary film festivals, and the five international competitions are heavy with premieres to discover...


    Parallel to the festival from March 25-29 runs CPH:INDUSTRY hosting the financing and co-production market CPH:FORUM, the work-in-progress section CPH:WIP, the pitching event Science Film Forum, the 5-day conference in partnership with Documentary Campus CPH:CONFERENCE and the screening market CPH:MARKET.


    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions:



     


      CPH:DOX Trailers at YouTube

  • 16 dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg 3-7 April 2019

        Theme of the festival is LAYERS OF HISTORY | SCHICHTEN VON GESCHICHTE History that inscribes itself - in biographies, landscapes, urban ...

     



     


    Theme of the festival is LAYERS OF HISTORY | SCHICHTEN VON GESCHICHTE
    History that inscribes itself - in biographies, landscapes, urban topographies. The open wounds leave behind or the present covers up like snow. Numerous films in the programme pursue an archaeological agenda. They open the surface and remove layer after layer in order to come to a beginning. To reconstruct one's own family history, as Thomas Heise does in his new film, which tells the lives of his relatives along the lines of historical upheavals. Or Andreas Goldstein, who digs for his father, also to better understand himself. It's about identity and regaining the power of interpretation over one's own history. Sometimes the sovereignty of interpretation also becomes a new story - as in the Macedonian capital Skopje, where an ancient centre without any historical reference is created. History as the present. Without layers.


     


    Opening film is FREIER FALL: JOHANNA K. by Klaus Wildenhahn, in honour of the documentary filmmaker who sadly died last year and who accompanied the festival for many years. The documentary FREIER FALL: JOHANNA K. from 1992 is a formally courageous portrait that has lost none of its intensity and vitality to this day.


     


    RETROSPECTIVE



    • Dokumentarfilm-Kombattanten: HEYNOWSKI & SCHEUMANN 
      Under the label 'Studio H&S' Walter Heynowski and Gerhard Scheumann made over 70 films between the mid-1960s and the end of the 1980s. Filming under privileged financial, political and technical circumstances, their films were successful both nationally and internationally, and became the flagship of a documentary productions of the GDR. Whether H&S's works were documentary or propaganda films, films serving a political idea or independent works of art has always been questioned. The retrospective is intended to continue the discussion.

    • and JONAS MEKAS FILMDIARIES a lecture by Eva Kuhn.


     


    LineUp of german productions and co-productions:



     


     


    The program as PDF - German only. 


     


     


     


     


     


     

  • OF FATHERS AND SONS nominated for Oscar Feature Documentary 2019

        CONGRATULATIONS to Talal Derki, BASISberlin Filmproduktion & Ventana Film for the OSCAR®NOMINATION with their co-production OF FATHERS ...

     


     



    CONGRATULATIONS to Talal Derki, BASISberlin Filmproduktion & Ventana Film for the OSCAR®NOMINATION with their co-production OF FATHERS AND SONS.


    And congratulations to the winners of the award the filmteam and the protagonist Alex Honnold of FREE SOLO 


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    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, led by its Future of Film Committee, will present “Oscars® Spotlight: Documentaries” a new program showcasing the 15 shortlisted documentary feature films in contention for the 91st Oscars. The films will screen theatrically in 13 cities nationwide starting December 31, 2018 through January 21, 2019. Participating theaters include AMC Theatres, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Laemmle Theatres.


    “The Academy is thrilled to be collaborating with exhibitors and distributors to shine a light on the best documentaries of the year,” said Albert Berger, Academy governor and chair of the Future of Film Committee. “We want to encourage moviegoing and engage audiences across the country in our process as we move through the shortlists, nominations and towards the Oscars.”


    One hundred sixty-six films were originally submitted in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees:


    “Charm City”
    “Communion”
    “Crime + Punishment”
    “Dark Money”
    “The Distant Barking of Dogs”
    “Free Solo”
    “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”
    “Minding the Gap”
    “Of Fathers and Sons”
    “On Her Shoulders”
    “RBG”
    “Shirkers”
    “The Silence of Others”
    “Three Identical Strangers”
    “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”


     


     


    Talal Derki posted: Yeeeees we made it to the Oscar shortlist for the best documentary award, this moment is pure happiness for me and I want to share it with the team of the film, and everyone who supported us and votes for us to get this big achievement, Heba Khaled, Tobias N. Siebert, BASIS BERLIN Filmproduktion Ansgar Frerich, Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Sonja Heitmann, Eva Kemme, Thomas Lütz, Ziad H Hamzeh, Firas Fayyad, Meghan Monsour, Lissi Muschol, Joan Churchill, Gudrun El Ghomri, Claudia Bucher, Salma Abdalla, Autlook Films, Hans Robert Eisenhauer, Anna Fabini, Khalil Benkirane, the PR Nancy Willen, and the distributor in USA Kino Lorber Lorber, Wendy Liddel and every one from this great team. congratulations all, we made it.

  • Sundance Film Festival 2019, Januar 24 - Februar 3

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

     



     


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


     



    Photo©2018 Andrew Mc Connell

     


    "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)


     


     


     

  • Focus on Germany @ FIPADOC 2019

      FIPADOC, festival international documentaire January 22–27, 2019 in Biarritz successor to Fipa, brings narrative, sound, and vision professionals ...

     



    FIPADOC, festival international documentaire January 22–27, 2019 in Biarritz successor to Fipa, brings narrative, sound, and vision professionals together.
    FIPADOC has besides the three major award categories as
    • International Documentary

    • French Documentary
    • Musical Documentary
    non-competition categories, such as Focus on a country of honour.
    This year Germany has got the honour as partner country of FIPADOC and C. Cay Wesnigk from AG DOK board is in charge of the moderation of the panel discussion with representatives of international film festivals in Germany. The expected panelist will be Leena Passanen for DOK Leipzig, Adele Kohut for DOKfest Munich and  Gerhard Wissner for Kasseler Dokfest. Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 followed by the German Reception in the evening.


    FIPADOC hosts several pitch sessions for new projects. Representatives of successful projects have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of selected professionals. One of them is an introduction to ARTEs new Grand d'accord Documentary Format and a panel on coproducing between France and Germany, where also some case studies will be presented on Thursday January 24, 2019.


    Pitch and Promote Your Documentary a workshop by La Fémis Film School is offering the chance for directors, writers, producers, and representatives of documentary projects the chance to sharpen their promotional skills to better pitch their films to potential partners and investors. After working on the spoken and written aspects of promotion, participants will present their projects during one of FIPADOC’s pitch sessions.


    FIPADOC’s film library provides on-demand viewing of any film from the official selection to accredited professionals, who can also access a complementary collection of standout films, handpicked by FIPADOC, exclusively available in the film library.


     


    FIPADOC showcases a selection of more than 100 documentary films. The selections include all screen and writing formats, both in and out of competition: short, mid- or feature-length individual films and series including this LineUp of German documentary productions and co-productions.


     


    International Documentary



    • Jeszcze dzien zycia | ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE by Raùl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow
      Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany, 2018, 85min.  The story of Polish journalist Kapuscinski, sent to cover the Angolan civil war and returning a different man. An animated account of a forgotten war. 


     


    Musical Documentary



    • FUCK FAME by Lilian Franck, Robert Cibis
      Germany, 2019, 80min. P: OVALmedia Berlin GmbH An unfiltered dive into the life of electro-rap curio UFFIE – a young woman who feels lost in a chaotic world of her own creation.

    • GOING FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE – The Conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla by Daniela Schmidt-Langels
      Germany, Lithuania, 2018, 87min. P: EuroArts Music International GmbH  Mirga is THE shooting star on the classical music scene today. Experience the most extraordinary conductor during her first term in the Birmingham Orchestra.


     


    Jeune Création



    • DUBITO ERGO SUM - ICH ZWEIFLE ALSO BIN ICH | I DOUBT HENCE I AM by Florian Karner
      Germany, 2017, 15min.   In times of social division and the post-truth debate, we follow conspiracy theorist Dr. Harald Daub into his world and way of thinking. A subtle portrait of clinical depression that deals with the question where doubt originates from.

    • EGAL GIBT ES NICHT | I DON'T CARE DOESN'T COUNT by Florian Hoffmann
      Germany, 2017, 45min.   A crash course in politics: Paulina is the spokeswoman of the initiative <5 – KLEINER FÜNF – , committed to preventing hard-right populists (AfD)getting elected into the German House of Parliament.

    • LA BESTIA – TRAIN OF THE UNKNOWNS by Manuel Inacker
      Germany, 2018, 23min. P: Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF   A film about a Mexican shelter where migrants stay for 2 days before they go on with their route to the U.S. with a train called 'La Bestia', the beast.

    • LUCY & LLIBERT by Vincent Hannwacker
      Germany, 2018, 10min.  A documentary portrait of Lucy and Llibert and their young love.

    • RIOT NOT DIET by Julia Fuhr Mann
      Germany, 2018, 17min.  The fat women and queers in this movie are not ashamed of their expansive body dimensions, but use their bodies to blow up patriarchal structures.

    • TRACING ADDAI by Esther Niemeier P: Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
      Germany, 2018, 30min.  A true story about a war and the tragic impact it has on the lives of three people.


     


    Focus Allemagne


     



    • AUF DER JAGD – Wem gehört die Natur? | WHO OWNS NATURE? by Alice Agneskirchner
      Germany, 2017, 100min. P: Broadview TV GmbH   Who owns nature? Are we nature’s protectors or its destroyers? The film initiates a social discourse about humanity’s role in nature.

    • ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS by Gabrielle Brady
      Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, 2018, 93min. Christmas Island, Australia, is home to 40 million crabs but also to a high-security facility that indefinitely detains individuals seeking asylum.

    • SANDMÄDCHEN | SANDGIRL by Mark Michel
      Germany, 2017, 84min. The documentary essay is a cinematic journey to the young author’s wondrous secret and captivating world.

    • THE CLEANERS by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck
      Germany, Brazil, 2018, 88min.  When you post something on the web, can you be sure it stays there? Enter the shadow industry of digital cleaning.

    • WEIT. Die Geschichte von einem Weg um die Welt | FAR. The Story Of a Journey Around the World by Patrick Allgaier, Gwendolin Weisser
      Germany, 2017, 127min. Without ever taking any planes, the filmmaker couple embarks on a 50,000 km journey around the world.

    • ZENTRALFLUGHAFEN THF | CENTRAL AIRPORT THF by Karim Aïnouz
      Germany, France, Brazil, 2018, 97min.  A young Syrian narrates a year in the life of refugees in the temporary shelter set up at Tempelhof, Berlin’s famous former airport.


     


    Courts-Métrages [Shorts]



    • KAPUTT | BROKEN - The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck by Volker Schlecht, Alexander Lahl
      Germany, 2016, 7min. This animated documentary provides a glimpse into the most notorious women’s prison in East Germany. A film about political imprisonment and forced labour under the socialist regime.

    • LA VILLE MONDE | WORLD CITY  by Antarès Bassis
      France, Belgium, Germany, 2018, 104min. Array March 2016—facing a huge influx of refugees, the mayor of Grande-Synthe creates the first UNHCR camp in France. The consultant architect, full of idealism and determination, tries to convince those involved to envisage the camp as a neighbourhood; […]

    • MENNESKESMUGLERNE | HUMAN SMUGGLERS by Poul-Erik Heilbuth, Georg Larsen
      Denmark, Germany, 2017, 60min.  A documentary revealing the well-organized world of human smugglers. For the first time some of them will reveal – on camera – the secrets of their trade. (Involved TV Channel ZDF, SVT, NRK, RTS)


     


    ...and



    • BEYONCE by Lisa Dreykluft, Germany, 2013, 5min.

    • FFRANKFURTER STRASSE 99a | 99A, FRANKFURT STREET by Evgenia Gostrer
      Germany, 2016, 5min. A dustman at work. A cat on its ramble through the city. A story unfolds dealing with the rituals of the everyday in just a few clay strokes to unite the form and subject.

    • HOME AFTER WAR by Gayatri Parameswaran, Felix Geadtke, 
      Germany, 2018, 18min. What if home becomes the place you fear? An Iraqi father returns to Fallujah to face the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices. Join him in his home and discover the unfolding of a tragic event.

    • HOMO MACHINA France, Germany, 2018, 90min. A fantastic journey through the human body factory, inspired by Fritz Kahn’s medical illustrations.


     

  • 48 International Film Festival Rotterdam

     will take place from 23 January to 3 February 2019.   As a central part of the festival the IFFR Short Film – Ammodo Tiger Short Competition ...

     will take place from 23 January to 3 February 2019.


     



    As a central part of the festival the IFFR Short Film – Ammodo Tiger Short Competition – is a unique showcase of artists’ moving image and experimental film for works under 60 minutes. Below you will find the (until Jan 1, 2019 confirmed) selection of German documentary productions and co-productions for IFFR 2019 in this section:



    • FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT by Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani, 30min. P: Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani

    • MAMAN MAMAN MAMAN by Lucia Margarita Bauer, 37min. P: joon film Berlin

    • CROWTRAP by Callum Hill, 15min P: Callum Hill

    • FOREST ON LOCATION by Persijn Broersen, Margit Lukács, 12min.

    • WALLED UNWALLED by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, 21min. P: Studio Lawrence Abu Hamdan

    • SOUVENIR by Miriam Gossing, Lina Sieckmann, 24min. P: Schalten und Walten, Elbe Stevens Film, Coin Film GmbH


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     

  • 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 ...
  • 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:



     


     



     



     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:



     


     


     


     


    ...and representative Bernhard Simekoffers German producers collective submission. Cklick here for more information IDFA 2019.

  • 61 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.

  • 35 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.

  • 52 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.

  • 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



     


     


     


     


     

  • 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


  • 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



     
  • 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.


     



    4oth 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___ was until December 31, 2018 [FB]
    Programm online NOW for download.


     


     



    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, 2019
    ___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 26 - October 5, 2019
    _ Submission _ from Januar until July, 2019 [FB]


     


     



    52nd Internatonale Hofer Filmtage | Hof International Film Festival, October 22 - 27, 2019
    _ Submission _ until September 2, 2019 [FB]


     


     



    62nd DOK Leipzig, October 28 - November 3, 2019
    International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film [FBSubmission 3 March - 7 July 2019
    15th DOK Co-Pro Market, 2019


     



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



     



    43rd duisburger filmwoche, the festival of germanspeaking documentaries,   Duisburg, November 4-10, 2019 Submission starts April 2019.



    18th doxs! festival - creative European documentaries for children and adolescents, Duisburg, November 4-10, 2019 starts April 2019


     


     

    36th KASSELER DOK-FEST, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Video Fest, November 12 -17, 2019
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