22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025
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Future German Cinema - The Podcast

Future German Cinema is initiative, congress, vision and pamphlet. From now on, Future German Film is also a podcast. At irregular intervals, filmmakers will discuss the ideas behind the initiative "Future German Cinema" without pausing for breath.


Interview with Saralisa Volm

Saralisa Volm started out as an actress, but is now also a producer, writer and director of films, as well as a curator. At the 15th LICHTER Filmfest she was represented with two films: as author of and actress in RP Kahl's essay film Als Susan Sontag im Publikum saß and as director/writer/producer of her feature film debut Schweigend steht der Wald.

Film critic and journalist Rüdiger Suchsland talks with Saralisa Volm about feminism, about controversial culture and Cancel Culture then and now, then about the situation of German independent filmmakers as well as whether German cinema needs a revolution. (Spoiler: Yes!)

What can a good culture of discussion look like? What problems does the German film landscape have and why does Germany urgently need real film stars?

Topics of the episode: Feminism // Culture of Arguing and Cancel Culture // German Independent Filmmakers // German Cinema

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Interview with Thomas Frickel

Nuclear expansion, rearmament, alternative life models: The 1970s and 80s were characterized by political movements. The protests against the plans of the state of Hesse and the FAG played an important, identity-forming role: The expansion of the airport was to be prevented. More than 100,000 people from all over the region took part in the protests. The fact that the protests were not exclusively peaceful is shown in the film in sometimes grotesque and humorous shots.

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Interview with Lukas Rinker

Lukas Rinker shows us that German genre film is better than its reputation in his debut film "Holy Shit", which can be seen this year at the 15th LICHTER Filmfest. An absurdly funny story, a tiny setting that awakens claustrophobic feelings and a countdown that counts down in real time. These are the ingredients for a dark humor thriller that really doesn't get boring for a second!

Festival director Gregor Maria Schubert talked to Lukas Rinker about the regional film scene, the best German genre films and about shooting in a porta-potty.


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A new deal for audiovisual authors' rights in 21st century Europe?

In recent years, streaming platforms have gained enormous popularity. With their international reach and comparatively large production budgets, more and more filmmakers hope to realize their films and scripts together with Netflix and Co. However, royalties, fair contract terms and payment are often not a given in this largely commercialized, profit-driven industry.

In this panel discussion, Klemen Dvornik (FERA Chairman) and Pauline Durand-Vialle (FERA CEO) join Cécile Despringre (SAA, Society of Audiovisual Authors Executive Director), Marc du Moulin (ECSA, European Composer and Songwriter Alliance Secretary General), David Kavanagh (FSE, Federation of Screenwriters in Europe, Executive Director) and Ada Solomon (Producer & European Film Academy Deputy Chairwoman) talk about how to guarantee artistic, creative and industrial independence in Europe. How should audiovisual authors claim their copyrights and royalties and assert themselves in the commercialized film industry in order to make a living from their profession?

Topics of the episode: Dealing with rights and contracts // Impact of the global popularity of streaming providers // Creativity, artistic freedom and industrial independence in the European film industry // Solidarity and community in the European film industry.

This podcast was organized as an online panel as part of the 2nd Congress Future German Film - Forum Europe in cooperation with FERA (Federation of European Screen Directors). In the context of the 15th LICHTER Filmfest (May 10 - May 15, 2022), the congress, postponed due to the pandemic, will continue the discussion.

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Perspectives for the Future of European Film

The European film industry has undergone massive changes in recent years, not least due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The existence of an independent, country-specific and artistic film landscape seems to be threatened more than ever by commercial, profit-oriented large-scale productions. What is to be done now? What challenges do we face as a European community if we want to give our European film culture a future? And how can European film be made accessible to a young audience?

Klemen Dvornik (FERA Chairman) and Pauline Durand-Vialle (FERA CEO) talk about and discuss these questions with filmmaker Costa Gavras, Rebecca O'Brien (producer and Vice President of the European Film Academy), Lucia Recalde (Head of the Audiovisual Industry and Media Support Programs Unit of the European Commission) and Edith Sepp (representative of EFAD, European Film Agency Directors).

Topics of the episode: Impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on the European film industry // How does film funding work in Europe? // The need for film education in Europe // Film distribution, marketing strategies and the filmmaker's relationship with the audience // The importance of independent, European filmmakers* in the new digital age // What makes European film work?

This podcast was organized as an online panel as part of the 2nd Congress Zukunft Deutscher Film - Forum Europa in cooperation with FERA (Federation of European Screen Directors). As part of the 15th LICHTER Filmfest (May 10 - May 15, 2022), the congress, postponed due to the pandemic, will continue the exciting discussion about the future of European film.

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House of Film Cultures

Film has long since become a carrier of knowledge and a way of life, and has differentiated into a multitude of multi-perspective film cultures through video games and video art. With the advance of digitalization, moving images are increasingly moving into space, erasing the boundaries between the film world and the audience and transporting them directly and immediately to other places.

The House of Film Cultures wants to curate all current expressions of film, complement them with concerts, exhibitions and diverse event formats, and explore their future as a research laboratory. The House of Film Cultures sees itself as a place of encounter, exchange and learning.

Film critic Rüdiger Suchsland talks with Viennese architect Gabu Heindl and actor and director R.P. Kahl about a future House of Film Cultures, its necessity and possible shape.

Topics of the episode: The age of the moving image // Cinema as a place of education // The crisis of public space // The multimedia cube as a third space // Architectural references

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The Virus from the Far Right

The Corona crisis prevented the second "Future German Film" congress in April for the time being. In addition to central future issues of film culture, we also wanted to discuss the current problems and challenges of our time that regularly take our breath away. Above all, this includes the threat from the right, which is threatening the political order across countries in Europe and the world. Sometimes it appears as populist counterculture, sometimes quite openly in a nationalist government. But beware! Don't generalize right away; there are also positive developments.

Focusing on the culture industry, film critic Rüdiger Suchsland spoke with Sabine Adler about the situation in Poland and Ukraine. Adler is head of the reporter pool and correspondent for Deutschlandfunk's expanded Eastern Europe coverage.

The topics of the episode: What does cultural politics mean in Eastern Europe, especially in Poland and Ukraine? // How can patriotism, nationalism, right-wing populism and right-wing extremism be grasped and differentiated? // The role of right-wing extremism and right-wing populism in Eastern Europe (especially Poland): What role do governments play? // The comparison to Germany: What are differences and similarities? What connections exist between right-wing extremists among themselves (from Eastern Europe to Germany)?

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Fate as an Opportunity or is German Film on the Verge of Bankruptcy?

In 2018, under the patronage of Edgar Reitz, more than 100 filmmakers gathered at the Zoopalast in Frankfurt for a congress to reflect on the fundamental problems of German film culture together. The range of topics was wide: from promotion & financing to training & young filmmakers to distribution & cinema culture. In the end, the Frankfurt Positions calling for a fundamental reform of the German film system were announced.

One of those who attended the Zukunft Deutscher Film congress two years ago was Martin Hagemann (producer zero fiction film, professor at the Babelsberg Film University, member of the board of the German Film Academy etc.). In our second podcast episode, he talks to writer, journalist and industry specialist Jenni Zylka about the conference results paper and the effects of the current crisis on the film industry.

The topics of the episode:
What has changed in German film since the "Frankfurt Positions" // What is still being done despite the current situation (development of material, development of new forms of exploitation)? // Is the aid provided by the federal states sufficient? // The streaming offer by distributors and cinemas - is this the right path? // How different are the consequences of the crisis for arthouse and mainstream films? // How can the audience be made aware of the diversity of films? Which films does the cinema audience expect? // To what extent will the crisis have an impact on the content of future films? // What does the crisis mean for international co-productions? // How lasting will the crisis actually be for the industry? // Is it possible to foresee whether more CGI and animation will be used due to the contact restrictions (e.g. for mass scenes)?

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German Film - Once Again in Crisis and This Time For Real!

The crisis has hit the film industry hard. No matter what worries existed prior to Corona, shooting stops, closed cinemas and an economic situation threatening the existence of the industry overshadowed yesterday's discussions.

So, in the first podcast episode we have to talk about how the German film world is doing in this time of crisis. In conversation: Jenni Zylka, writer, journalist and industry specialist, with Oliver Zenglein, CEO of Crew United, and Peter Hartig, editor of the magazine Cinearte.

The topics of the episode: Which trades are acutely affected by the crisis? // Aid measures to date // How are television stations and film funding institutions reacting? // How is the crisis changing the industry in the long term? // New solidarity - can good things also emerge from the crisis? // Effects of the crisis on the FFG amendment // Effects of the crisis on cinemas

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Jenni Zylka

Secret agent Jenni Zylka is a film, music and media author (e. g. Spiegel, taz, Tagesspiegel), cultural commentator for RBB, MDR and Deutschlandradio, writes bestsellers and screenplays, curates the film selection for the Berlinale, is a juror for the Grimme Award, moderates film talks and press conferences for and with among other events the Berlinale, the Filmfest Emden and the Filmfest Dresden, examines television content for the FSF, and teaches journalism at the amd Berlin.

Oliver Zenglein

Oliver Zenglein was born in Munich in 1970. After theatre residencies, various internships and jobs in the film industry, he worked as an assistant director for film and television starting in 1992. A serious work accident in 1996 tied him to a hospital bed for a year. During this time, he founded Crew United along with Vincent Lutz. In 2001, he quit his work as a filmmaker to dedicate himself exclusively to Crew United. Oliver Zenglein lives in Munich with his wife and daughter.

Martin Hagemann

Producer of numerous internationally successful feature and documentary films and owner and managing director of zero fiction film. Member of AGDOK, the European Film Academy, the Board of Directors and the Guidelines Commission of the FFA, the Selection Commission of the Feature Film Fund of the BKM and member of the Board of the German Film Academy. In 2009 Martin Hagemann was appointed to the professorship for film and television production at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, where he has also been Vice President for International Affairs since 2017.

Gabu Heindl

Gabu Heindl is an architect, urban planner and university lecturer in Vienna. With her office Gabu Heindl Architektur she is responsible for several cinema (re)constructions and concepts, among others conversion Filmmuseum Wien, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus Wien as well as the Filmmuseum Collections. 2013-2017 she was chairperson of the board of the ÖGFA - Austrian Society for Architecture. Currently she teaches at the Architectural Association in London and as a visiting professor at Sheffield University. Numerous publications on urban planning, public space, including some texts on cinema(spaces). Current book: Stadkonflikte. Radical Democracy in Architecture and Urban Planning, Vienna 2020. www.gabuheindl.at

Rüdiger Suchsland

Rüdiger Suchsland is a journalist, author and director. He studied history, philosophy and politics. Since then, he has been working as a freelance journalist and critic. In addition, he occasionally has teaching positions and contributes to books. Thematic focuses of his work are film, theory, pop culture and Asia. Since 1997 he has been editor of the internet magazine artechock. Since 1998, he has worked for various film festivals and participated in international juries. Since 2004, he has held various positions on the board of the VDFK (Association of German Film Critics). Since 2014, he is also a film director.

Rp Kahl

Born on November 08, 1970 in Cottbus. He studied at the Academy of Dramatic Art 'E. Busch' Berlin, branch Rostock and works since 1990 as an actor for film, TV and theater.

In 1995 he switched behind the camera. In 1997 he produced the award-winning feature film 'Silvester Countdown' by Oskar Roehler. Together with Luggi Waldleitner's Roxy-Film he produced his feature film directorial debut 'Angel Express' in 1998. With Torsten Neumann, Kahl developed the project 99euro-films with the compilation films '99euro-films' (2001) and 'Europe - 99euro-films 2' (2003), as well as the documentary 'Mädchen am Sonntag' (Hessian Film Award, 2005). 2010 World premiere of his feature film 'Bedways' at the Berlinale. In addition, he creates music videos and theater productions. In 2017, Kahl's experimental feature film 'A Thought of Ecstasy' has its international premiere in the official competition of the Tallinn Black Nights, categorized as an A-film festival. Currently, the performative documentary 'School of Women' (working title 'Women's Day in New York') is in the making and will premiere in 2021.

Since 1999, Kahl has also increasingly devoted himself to performances and video art works in various contexts of visual art, theater and film with presentations in museums, galleries, theater and opera houses.

Since 2001, he has held teaching positions at various colleges and universities. In 2018, he takes on an artistic professorship at the Berlin Media University and founds the Berlin Film Institute there in 2020. In 2020, Kahl follows an appointment as professor at the SRH University Berlin School of Popular Arts. He was a member of the selection committee of the Berlinale (Shorts) for over 10 years and has worked for the program selection of Filmfest Oldenburg since 2001. Since 2013 he has been a member of the board of the German Film Academy, since 2017 as one of the three executive chairs of the board. In 2013 he was a BKM scholarship holder at Villa Aurora Los Angeles.