SAVE THE DATE – April 22nd to 24th 2020

FUTURE GERMAN CINEMA – 2. Congress on the Prospects of German Film and Cinema Culture

The “Frankfurt Positions on the Future of German Cinema” that were developed in the course of the Lichter Filmfest in 2018 have furthered the film political debate in Germany significantly. In 2020, we will once more provide a plattform for this approach and locate it in an european context. With filmmakers, we will discuss the status quo of film funding, university education and film distribution and thus want to facillitate new perspectives on and prospects for German film and cinema culture.

In addition to addressing the specifically German conditions, we are broadening the debates and lectures to include all of Europe. Representatives of different countries will identify the differences, strengths and weaknesses of the respective funding models and production methods. The coming amendment of the Filmfördergesetz (Film Funding Law), the influence of reactionary and right-wing populist forces on German film and cultural politics as well as the discussion on streaming services and the economic exploitation of film will also be focused on.

The event that takes place at Volksbühne im Großen Hirschgraben as part of the 13th Lichter Filmfest and is being developed in cooperation with various associations and institutions. It is accompanied by a film series on contemporary German cinema.

We would be delighted to see you at the event!

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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