FIlmfest München is traditionally the last opportunity for the German film community to meet before the summer holidays, and this year’s edition has an industrial line-up with a pronounced international dimension.
One of the highlights of this year is the two-day Cine CoPro conference (June 29-30), organized by Filmfest and the Bavarian regional film fund FFF Bayern, during which around 40 producers, directors and screenwriters from Germany and will meet to discuss co-production possibilities between the two countries.
“The first thing is for people to become more familiar, because there are preconceptions and hearsay about what it’s like to co-produce with the UK or with Germany,” says Agnieszka Moody, responsible for industry and international. policy at the BFI.
“Munich was recommended to us as being like the Berlinale but without overall distraction. We will be able to meet all German industry there.”
Moody will be joined in Munich by four BFI colleagues: Film Fund director Mia Bays, inclusion manager Melanie Hoyes, co-production and development fund manager at the UK Global Screen Fund, Attica Dakhil and analyst of Chantel Burrell film certification.
British producers in Munich will include Kurban Kassam (Celebration), Leonora Darby (A banquet), and Jackie Sheppard (Escape from Pretoria), as well as Jim Archer and David Earl, the writer and director of Brian and Charlesand A banquetdirector Ruth Paxton. These last two films are screened at the festival.
“Mia was very excited to have creatives on the program as well because there will be a discussion about what it means to write, create and direct for a global audience,” says Moody.
The German participants based in Munich will be led by Philipp Budweg (Lieblingsfilm), Corinna Mehner (Blue Eyes Fiction) and director Christina Tournadtzés. Those from further afield will be Jonas Katzenstein (augenschein Filmproduktion) Melanie Blocksdorf (Achtung Panda), Jakob Zapf and Tonio Kellner (Neopol), Claritta Kratochwil (Ostlicht) and Berlin-based German-Vietnamese filmmaker Duc Ngo Ngoc
The conference will open with presentations of co-production opportunities in the UK and Germany by representatives from the German Federal Film Board (FFA), German cashback scheme DFFF, FFF Bayern and BFI after an opening speech by the British screenwriter. Tony Grisoni.
Case studies of recent German-UK co-productions will focus on Lieblingsfilm films Trautman, about Manchester City’s German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, feature documentary by London-based German director Eva Weber merkeland Thomas Clay Fanny Lye released which, with perfect timing, will have its first German TV on ARTE on the evening of the first day of the conference (June 29)
“The conference is not just about specific projects, but about bringing people together,” adds Filmfest artistic director Christoph Gröner. “We see this event as a beacon for the German film industry to connect internationally and we sincerely believe that European co-production and beyond is one of the key aspects of the future of German cinema. “
Labs, showcases, conferences
The Filmfest also serves as the backdrop for the MunichFilmup! mentoring and resident lab, which organizes its final session between June 30 and July 3. Six promising young filmmakers from Ukraine, India, Cameroon, Slovenia, Switzerland and Germany will present their first feature film scripts developed in the lab over the past few years. eight months to an audience of German professionals and international guests.
There is also a busy schedule of industry fringe events, some organized in conjunction with Filmfest and others organized independently. They will focus on issues such as diversity and inclusivity in the German film and television industry, artistic freedom, calls for radical reform of the German cinema funding landscape as well as the promotion of green filming and sustainability in film production.
Additionally, the Book Meets Film showcase will see German publishers present 12 books with the potential to adapt to an audience of producers.
There is also a showcase of invitation-only screenings of upcoming releases for German exhibitors, organized by distributors such as X Verleih, Alamode Film, Majestic, Weltkino and Alpenrepublik.
FIlmfest München opens today (Thursday 23 June) with a gala screening by Marie Kreutzer Bodice. it runs until Saturday July 2.