What Has Happened So Far

In April of 2018, during the 11th LICHTER Filmfestival in Frankfurt, approximately 100 filmmakers got together: directors, producers, film- and festival makers, patrons, broadcasters, actors and actresses as well as critics. Driven by their faith in cinema, they had discussion and developed a concept how radical changes in funding and financing, training and film education, distribution and cinema culture could contribute to a vitalization of German cinema. This resulted in the Frankfurt Positions on the Future of German Cinema.

The congress initiated by Edgar Reitz was carried by great enthusiasm and a wish for change on all sides. The paper was further discussed at the film festivals in Munich, Hof and Saarbrucken. During the Berlinale, the theses stayed on the spot: at a talk on film funding at the Academy of the Arts and especially at a panel hosted in cooperation with Pro-Quote-Film, the Bundesverband Regie, and Crew United. On the occasion of the event „Filmförderung zukunftsfähig machen“ (Making film funding fit for the future), the pamphlet „Farewell Yesterday“ summarized the Frankfurt Positions as well as other film-political contributions.

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