2nd congress
FUTURE OF GERMAN FILM / FORUM EUROPE
December 01 - 03, 2021
Frankfurt am Main

THE "FRANKFURT POSITIONS ON THE FUTURE OF GERMAN FILM," WHICH EMERGED AS PART OF THE LICHTER FILMFEST 2018, HAVE TAKEN THE FILM POLICY DEBATE IN GERMANY AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD. WE WANT TO CONTINUE THIS APPROACH IN 2021 AND ALSO LOOK AT IT FROM A PAN-EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE.

German film funding has been in one of the biggest crises in its history, and not just since the COVID-19 pandemic. There is great dissatisfaction in the industry because it is unable to meet either the economic or the cultural expectations placed on it. The critical voices, for whom the new draft for a "small amendment" to the Film Promotion Act does not go far enough, cannot be ignored at the moment. Funding from the federal government is actually supposed to provide important stimulus. But its task also includes mitigating the effects of the Corona crisis on the German film and cinema industry. Taken together, the two tasks form a dangerous mix that could weaken the film industry for years to come.

However, the debate about film funding is not unique to Germany. In many European countries, the current mechanisms are under scrutiny - for different reasons in each case. On many points, however, there is a need for discussion everywhere. We want to bring the players together and stimulate an exchange on these points: What works best where, what models exist for making film culture visible, where can alliances be formed across national borders on the way to a truly European one? Does film culture in Europe have any common ground at all, or does it still need to be created? What contribution can film culture make to developing or strengthening a common European identity?