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This website predominantly reflects current research results pertaining to the German film festival landscape. Growing international interest has prompted us to also offer the contents successively in English. We appreciate your understanding, should you encounter any content that is still only in German.
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Compliance with minimum social standards becomes the criterium for public funding of film festivals – blessing or a curse?

In its coalition agreement, the government of the German federal state of Hessen has set itself the goal of doubling its budget to support Hessian film festivals. This increase is, however, contingent upon these festivals’ commitment to abide by social standards in the remuneration of their employees. What, on the one hand, seems more than laudable in an area largely characterized by a precarious employment situation could, on the other,

Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Filmfestivals in Deutschland gegründet/ Working group of film festivals founded in Germany

Bei einem ersten Zusammentreffen am 4. Juli in Kassel haben sich über 60 deutsche Filmfestivals (Liste sie Pressemitteilung) zusammengetan, eine Arbeitsgemeinschaft (AG) Filmfestival zu gründen. Ziel der AG ist es, sich untereinander zu vernetzen, bessere Bedingungen für Filmfestivals in Deutschland zu schaffen und gemeinsam mit den Filmschaffenden und anderen Verbänden Filmkultur zu stärken und zu fördern. Zu den Gründungsmitgliedern zählen die größten und ältesten Filmfestivals in Deutschland, Filmfestivals aus allen

Aufruf an die Leiter*innen deutscher Filmfestivals

Auf Initiative von Svenja Böttger (Leiterin des Filmfest Max Ophüls Preis) und Dr. Lars Henrik Gass (Leiter der Internationalen Oberhauser Kurzfilmtage) wurde eine AG Filmfestivals ins Leben gerufen. Ziel der AG ist es, entsprechend der filmwirtschaftlichen sowie filmpolitischen Bedeutung der deutschen Filmfestivallandschaft eigene Positionen zu formulieren und diese bspw. auch bei der Novellierung des Filmfördergesetzes einzubringen. Darüber hinaus soll die Vernetzung auch einen stärkeren Austausch ermöglichen und weitere  Themen wie

Empty promises – after numerous film festivals signed the 5050×2020 pledge…

According to an analysis by the Women’s Media Center, only little has been achieved among the more renowned film festivals during the first half of this year. This includes the Sundance Filmfestival, the Berlinale, SxSW, Tribeca and Cannes. “As part of the 5050×2020 pledge, festivals have agreed to be more transparent about their submissions processes, such as revealing the gender statistics of festival programming    committees, juries, and filmmakers who submit

Study on Collaborations among Film Festivals

The European Commission has recently published a study on collaboration among film festivals which we have carried out. On the basis of a qualitative analysis, the report contains numerous recommendations on how film festivals in Europe can improve their cooperation in order to save resources and achieve numerous synergies.Download the Report in English here Further information in German you finde here

EFARN database for film studies

Brand new database with the latest studies on the European cinema industryThe members of the European Film Agencies Research Network (EFARN) and the European Audiovisual Information Centre have stored their latest research reports as well as those of external partners in a searchable database…

On the fringes of the Berlinale

Setting standards: The „Fair Film Award„- Operating of the beaten track and breaking new ground: The Film Festival Circuit – Daring the new: Founding of the Main Association Cinephilie. The current CineArte looks back on actions and positions at the fringes of the Berlinale and off the beaten track of the German cinema industry. Downlaod the Magazine in German for free: here

Evaluation of Screendaily underlines the importance of the International Film Festival Circuit in terms of Oscar nominations

The evaluation shows that in the last 10 years only between 20% and 40% of the Oscar-nominated titles did not celebrate their premiere at a festival. This suggests “that a festival launch is increasingly useful to an Oscar campaign“. By far the greatest Oscar relevance is demonstrated by the Venice Film Festival with 39 premieres of the current 106 Oscar nominations, followed by Cannes with 13 premieres with Oscar nominations.


Creative Europe MEDIA is committed to doing more on gender and has outlined actions it can take as part of its strategy to facilitate and increase the participation of women in the audiovisual sector. The actions will focus on the following areas: GENDER BALANCE AT A GLANCE Download for free: here