Goethe Institute now awards documentary film prizes at Germany’s most important documentary film festivals

The Goethe-Institut is an ambassador of German culture and thus also of film culture worldwide. With 158 Goethe-Instituts in 98 countries, the latest developments in German cinematic art have been presented abroad for years. Due to its special film aesthetics and its versatility, the German documentary film has always been a constant in the repertoire of the Goethe-Institut. With its real-life stories, portraits of personalities, and questions about social upheaval,

The association of Hessian film festivals is addressing pressing issues of the future

In addition to the young federation of German film festivals working under the name AG Filmfestival at the federal level, a number of interest groups such as Queerscope have previously also networked at the state level to strengthen film festivals in many areas and enable them to have a stronger voice in politics. For example, the Hessian film festivals already initiated a network, that of mutual support, 20 years ago.

The KulturPass – an incentive system for young people’s interest in culture such as the cultural sector

With a cultural budget of 200 euros, the federal government wants to motivate young adults to open up to cultural projects and productions, while at the same time acting as a driver for restrained cultural consumption as well as promoting the cultural demand of tomorrow. The „KulturPass“ is to be launched next year and will initially be available to all young people in Germany who turn 18 next year. According

Further postponement of the FFG amendment should make a fundamental reform possible

Even though it has been apparent for some time now that previous position papers and roundtables are far from providing the big push for a revisiont hat many industry representatives have long been calling for, it was nevertheless disappointing news that necessary changes will now have to wait even longer. As part of the HDF’s cinema policy evening, BKM’s head of operations Andreas Görgen had stated „We’re honest about it:

Film Culture For All – Symposium 5 Nov. Munich

When the Filmstadt München e.V. association was founded almost 40 years ago, its goal was to promote generally neglected areas of non-commercial, non-profit and diverse film culture. Today, urban society has changed greatly, becoming more diverse and fragmented. At the same time, film remains the cultural sector that enjoys the highest appeal among all segments of the population and is thus a guarantor of cultural participation.But two years after the

Association of Austrian Film Festivals FÖFF agrees on fair-pay compensation for film festival employees

Ten years after the founding of the Forum of Austrian Film Festivals (FÖFF), the interest group has agreed on a common fair-pay compensation target that sets targets for salaries in five categories based on IG Kultur Austria’s fair-pay table. „As a first step, the table serves primarily as a tool for festivals to draw attention to funding gaps,“ explains Benjamin Gruber FÖFF spokesperson alongside Anna Ladinig. The aim is also

DOK.fest Munich launches its own DOK-Online-platform

In line with the trend among numerous European film festivals to establish their own distribution activities and/or initiate VOD offerings, DOK.fest Munich has now also created its own VOD service. „With our new, year-round activity DOK.fest @home Selection, we want to make the valuable films we present during the festival moreover accessible to our audience nationwide and as barrier-free as possible. The demand for these films during and after the

City of Heidelberg develops concept for local cinema and film festival structure

Following the example of the film concept of the state of BW and with the participation of local cinema and film actors, Dr. Morticia Zschiesche was commissioned by the city of Heidelberg to conduct a situation and potential analysis for the preservation and further development of Heidelberg’s cinema and film festival landscape. With a view to the quality of cinema and film culture as cultural places of democracy and participation,

Film Festival Max Ophüls Prize co-initiates New German Talent Forum – Think Tank for the Promotion of Young Filmmakers (Sept. 2022)

With the aim to rethink the promotion of talent in German film, television and streaming and to develop solutions for a more sustainable and multi-layered talent promotion, 65 talents and institution representatives met in September 2022 at the invitation of the initiators Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film and in cooperation with Produzentenverband e.V. at the 1st Forum Talentfilm , to develop new forms and ways of cooperation.

From Culture for Culture: Tips for Saving Energy

From museums to independent theaters, from libraries to cinemas, from concert halls to archives, all cultural institutions currently face the same challenges around the energy crisis. Film festivals, which can be found in cinemas as well as in theaters, in museums and in community halls, will find here valuable suggestions for saving energy from the cultural sector for practical use.A collection of various recommendations for action in German can be