27.04. ‐ 02.05.2021

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.

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Podcast Series Future German Cinema


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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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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The next episodes of ZUKUNFT DEUTSCHER FILM - DER PODCAST presented by LICHTER-On-Demand:

Next is "Attacke von rechts – Populismus und Rechtsextremismus als Bedrohung für das Kino" (Attack from the Right - Populism and Right-Wing Extremism as a Threat to Cinema). In this podcast, Anna Berger (LICHTER Filmfest) is in discussion with Mala Reinhardt, the director of the film "Der zweite Anschlag" (from our series on German film). Rüdiger Suchsland will approach this complex topic in a subsequent discussion.

As the conclusion of the first podcast season, Jenni Zylka will talk to Martin Hagemann (producer, Film University Babelsberg, German Filmacademy) about "Filmpolitik und mögliche Reformen – Wie geht es weiter im deutschen Film?" (Film Policy and Possible Reforms - What's Next in "German Film). A wide range of topics will be discussed, including the "Frankfurt Positions" (which were developed at the first "Zukunft Deutscher Film" congress in 2018), the possible revision of the German Film Funding Act (FFG) and approaches to reforms of the German film funding system.


Mala Reinhardt

Mala Reinhardt (*1989) lives in Berlin and studies directing in the MA program at the Film University Babelsberg. Previously, she studied ethnology in Cologne, New Delhi and Kampala. She works as a director and producer of documentary films. Her film DER ZWEITE ANSCHLAG, a free project about right-wing violence in Germany, premiered in 2018 at the DOK Leipzig in the German Competition. It was also screened at the German Documentary Film Award, the Kassel Dokfest, Docs Against Gravity and the International Women's Film Festival Dortmund | Cologne, among others.

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.

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.

Verena von Stackelberg

Verena von Stackelberg works as a film curator, programme designer and in the film distribution sector. She has worked for the cinema chain Curzon Cinemas, the film distribution company Filmgalerie 451, the Berlin International Film Festival and the Cambridge Film Festival, among others. She is the founder and managing director of the Wolf Kino in Berlin, which opened in 2017 and includes a café-bar, an exhibition space and the post-production studio Planemo in addition to its two classic movie theatres. She is also co-founder of the Hauptverband Cinephilie e.V., which has set itself the task of spreading Cinephilie through new initiatives and lobbying.

Dietrich Brüggemann

Studied directing at the Babelsberg Film Academy, numerous short films and assistant directorships. Filmography: "Neun Szenen" (Nine Scenes), "Renn wenn du kannst" (Run if you can), "3 Zimmer Küche Bad" (3 Rooms Kitchen Bathroom), and "Kreuzweg" (Stations of the Cross), which won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlinale 2014. Brüggemann, who actually grew up not so much in the cinema but rather on the piano, also accompanies silent films, has composed the music for all of his own films since "Heil" and makes music videos.

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.

Melanie Waelde

Melanie Waelde was born in 1992 in Dachau. She studied screenplay at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) and has been working as a freelance author and director since graduating in 2017. In addition to her work as a filmmaker, she writes experimental short stories and poetry. Her feature film debut Naked Animals celebrated its world premiere at the Berlinale 2020 in the section "Encounters" and received an "Honorable Mention" from the jury of the GWFF Award Best First Feature.

Stephan Holl

Stephan Holl is founder and managing director of Rapid Eye Movies. Rapid Eye Movies is a film label from Cologne, Germany, which is active in film distribution, production, music, promotion and publishing. He is, alongside Alexander Kluge, the producer of "Orphea".

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.