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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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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

Publication by the Federal Statistical Office of data on film, television and radio – film festivals a major desideratum

German cinemas showed a total of 2,368 films in 2017. These included 653 first screenings. According to the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA), 122.3 million cinema tickets were sold. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) in the run-up to the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), each inhabitant went to the cinema on average 1.5 times in 2017. US films were seen most frequently in 2017. Their share of admissions was 64


Many film festivals are threatened in their existence, some have to give up – Three years have passed since the „Filmfestivalreport Österreich“, which outlined the Austrian festival landscape as a success story with a high risk of poverty. And even though a lot has happened on a formal level since then, the central problems remain: no planning security, insufficient subsidies and highly precarious working conditions characterise large parts of the

New research report on European cinema

This report, written by members of the European Film Agencies Research Network (E-report FARN), marks the 15th anniversary of this unique film research network. Editorial coordination was carried out by the European Audiovisual Observatory OBC.Free download: here

IDFA in the fast lane of the 5050×2020 movement

After the launch at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival the IDFA also signed charter 5050×2020 in September and took this as an opportunity to present its far-reaching goal „transforming an industry built on inequality”: “At IDFA, we believe that meeting quotas in the film program is not enough. As the world’s largest documentary film festival, IDFA is in a position to do more. We seek to create long term change,