Indiefilmtalk-Podcast in German: Cooperation and exchange – Film festivals in the current crisis

Film festivals are the most important life events of the film scene. Industry internal meetings, contact exchange – films celebrate premieres and are awarded prizes for the further festival tour. What happens now with these events? Can a festival be postponed so easily? How are the festival workers* behind the festival doing? What measures have to be taken at the time of the curfew and what opportunities do they offer for future festivals?
To the Padcast in German language with festival organizer and curator Ludwig Sporrer from the AG-Filmfestival and festival director Dr. Oliver Langewitz from the „Independent Dayshere (TC: 00:19:00)
Suggestions for cooperation at different levels to find in the english report on the study Mapping of Collaboration Models among Film Festivals

DOK.fest Munich transforms to DOK.fest München@home 2020

As more and more distributors are shifting theatrical releases to VOD, film festivals are also looking for innovative ways to make their film programmes accessible online. One of the most far-reaching transformations is currently being planned by DOK Fest München with its concept DOK.fest München@home 2020

„Due to the current corona crisis and all official requirements, the 35th edition of DOK.fest München (May 6th to 17th) will not be able to take place in the usual form. Unfortunately, a postponement of the festival is also not possible. However, we are pleased to announce a very special event this year: DOK.fest München@home 2020, the first online DOK.fest München. For the first time we are coming to your home with our festival programme – films, Q&As and industry talks – throughout Germany.“
Further information here

Launch of virtual movie theaters as aid measures by US distributors for independent cinemas

As Art House Convergence announced today several distributors have rallied to support their independent cinema partners and launch virtual movie theaters. During difficult times it has been amazing to witness the strength and generosity of our field.
In partnership with Art House Convergence, Film Movement has debuted Film Movement Plus – Virtual Cinema, a virtual theatrical experience that will allow customers to purchase tickets to Corpus Christi, Zombi Child, The Wild Goose Lake, L’Innocente or Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands. As with traditional theatrical screenings, grosses will be divided between distributor and exhibitor.
Kino Lorber has launched Kino Marquee, a virtual theatrical exhibition initiative. Theaters can sell tickets to the Cannes-winning title Bacurau and their patrons will be able to watch the film from home through Kino’s specially designed platform. For a list of participating theaters and booking information, read more here.
In partnership with Nitehawk Cinema, Film Bot is also working to develop Movie Night, live virtual special events featuring screenings and filmmaker Q&As. Audience members will be able to dedicate their ticket purchase to their local art house.
Further information here.

German film festivals react to Corona crisis

Declaration of the AG Filmfestival
There is hardly a festival in Europe that has not yet been affected by the Corona crisis. Some festivals have had to cancel their events at short notice, nobody can even begin to foresee the financial consequences. But those who work on a freelance basis or as service providers and are already the least secure are particularly affected.
You can find the further explanation of the AG Filmfestival in German here
Contact: Ludwig Sporrer, sporrer (at)

Preparedness resources of the Arthouse Convergence in response to COVID-19

As of March 15, 2020 many art house cinemas have made the difficult decision to temporarily close to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that causes respiratory illness. Art houses have taken this step in compliance with public health guidelines and in solidarity with their communities.  In order to help navigate this rapidly evolving situation, Art House Convergence is updating its webpage daily. To facilitate resource reagrding
Advocate for Arts Funding and Support, Online Platforms and Solutions, Bringing Programming Online, Member Benefits, Revenue, Communications, Reduce Expenses, Operations, Administration, Human Resources & Staffing, Prevent the Spread of Misinformation & Racist Rhetoric, Individuals, Mitigation While Open
an open database was created for art houses and festivals that we will be reviewing regularly.
more information here

Survey on working conditions at film festivals in Germany/ Umfrage zu Arbeitsbedingungen bei Filmfestivals in Deutschland

Film festivals have become an indispensable part of the culture and film industry, creating many new professions and highly qualified employment groups.
Nevertheless, film festivals are often associated with low pay, exploitation and self-exploitation. The AG Festivalarbeit in ver.di would like to collect data by means of a survey of employees at German film festivals as explore the connections and, not least, honour good examples with a Fair Festival Award.
Click here for the survey in German/ Hier geht es zur Umfrage in Deutsch

Why Film Festivals?

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Berlinale, Carlo Chatrian, Karel Och and Eva Sangiorgi discussed with Academy President and filmmaker Jeanine Meerapfel and Andreas Kilb new ideas and future developments of international film festivals at the Academy of Fine Arts Berlin (12.2.2020) .
Access to the video recording here

What a shame: A tale of multiple Hollywoods

Without a doubt, this year’s Oscar ceremony will go down in history, as „Parasite“ is the first non-English language film in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards to win the Oscar for best film. Nevertheless, this fact cannot hide the fact that women and different ethnicities, despite the far-reaching changes made by the Academy four years ago after the #oscarssowhite protest, do not appear in this Hollywood story.

Recently, the seventh in a series of annual reports investigating the relationship between diversity and the bottom line in the Hollywood entertainment industry has been published, which takes a strong look at the problem. Full report you find here