With the Corona pandemic, streaming platforms have gained millions of new subscribers. Cinemas were forced to close, film festivals to go digital. While cinema allows collective experience of films, streaming offers private enjoyment. How can cinema and streaming programs complement one another? And how can cinema be saved for the future in the face of social distancing rules and underfunding?

Since 2018, Jeanine Meerapfel has offered  debates on film policy issues in her Academy Talks series in the run-up to the Berlinale. This year, despite its postponement, the usual date will remain – at least for the conversation. For the lack of collective aesthetic experiences and opportunities for public discourse is undermining democratic discussion to an unforeseeable extent. 

Andreas Kilb in conversation with Christine Berg, Meret Ruggle, Christoph Terhechte, Anna Winger and Jeanine Meerapfel.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 7 p.m., in English.
The recorded talk you find here