Panel: Koexistenz oder Kulturkampf? - Filmauswertung zwischen Kino und Streaming

With: 

Melanie Blocksdorf (Produzentin (Achtung Panda!), Torsten Frehse (Neue Visionen Filmverleih), Marcus S. Kleiner (SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Professor für Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaften), Autor „Streamland“), Hannah Pilarczyk (Redakteurin Spiegel/SPON, Autorin, Dozentin)

Host: Jenni Zylka – (Schriftstellerin, Journalistin, Moderatorin)

The global transformation of cinema culture in recent decades has been accelerated by the Corona pandemic and its consequences. The basis for the cinema industry and film distribution with their (business) models are coming under increasing pressure due to the change in media and the resulting change in the audience's reception habits.

This panel will explore the field of tension in film exploitation between cinema and streaming from different perspectives. Experts from the film industry, media studies and journalism will discuss questions such as: How can distributors, producers, festivals etc. react to the changed conditions? What kind and form of coexistence is necessary, what confrontations have to be conducted? Which new realities have to be accepted, where is there room for maneuver? Do new regulatory frameworks have to be created? Or will there even be unexpected synergies?

And last but not least: What does the development mean for questions like: How can distributors, producers, festivals etc. react to the changed conditions? What kind and form of coexistence is necessary? What kind of confrontations have to be conducted? Which new realities have to be accepted, where is there room for maneuver? Do new framework conditions have to be regulation have to be created? Or will there even be unexpected synergies? And last but not least: What does this development mean for the cultural location cinema, the perception of film (art) and ultimately What does this development mean for cinema as a cultural venue, for the perception of film (art) and ultimately for cultural diversity?

13. May 2022

11:30 h, Cantate-Saal – Volksbühne Im Großen Hirschgraben

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Duration 90 min
Language Deutsch

Panel Participants:


Melanie Blocksdorf is a producer at Achtung Panda! Media and took over the reins of the company together with managing director and producer Jamila Wenske in summer 2019. The alumna of the International Producing Program at ifs Cologne has been overseeing German and international cinema projects from development to exploitation since 2015. Blocksdorf's German co-productions include the feature films GUTLAND (director: G. van Maele), the anti-war film NATURAL LIGHT (director: D. Nagy), which won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2021 Berlinale, and COMPARTMENT No 6 (director: J. Kuosmanen), which won the Grand Prix du Jury at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.


Torsten Frehse (Neue Visionen Filmverleih) in 1997, he founded the distribution company Neue Visionen Filmverleih and serves as its managing director and shareholder. Neue Visionen has since become one of the leading German arthouse distributors and has received the Distributor Award as Best Film Distributor on eight occasions since its launching. In 2005, he founded and established Good Movies as a joint project by eight independent film distributors to create a quality Video label. Behind that Torsten Frehse is also sometimes also Coproducer, then a board member of the AG Verleih (Association of German Independent Film Distributors) and Founder of EWIP Cologne - European Work in Progress.


Marcus S. Kleiner is Vice President Creativity and Interaction at the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Head of the Master's program in Media and Communication, and a publicist. With writer Oliver Uschmann and actor Dominik Buch, he reflects on survival in different cultural industries in the podcast "Nix für Umme - aus dem Leben dreier Kreativmalocher." Recent book publications "Streamland. How Netflix, Amazon Prime and Co. threaten our democracy" and "Germany 151. Portrait of a well-known country in 151 snapshots".Website: www.medienkulturanalyse.de Instagram: marcus.s.kleiner


Hannah Pilarczyk, born in 1977 in Hamburg, after positions at the taz and NEON since 2009 as an editor in the culture department of SPIEGEL/SPIEGEL ONLINE. Member of the Advisory Board of the Association of German Film Critics, the Marburg Camera Award and the Board of Trustees of the Haus des Dokumentarfilms. Lectureships in online journalism and film criticism. Publications include: "I had the time of my life. The film 'Dirty Dancing' and its meaning" (Verbrecher Verlag, 2012) Copyright for photo: Friedhelm Krischer, website: Westwind Media


Secret agent Jenni Zylka is a film, music and media writer (including 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 the Berlinale, Filmfest Emden and Filmfest Dresden, among others, reviews television content for the FSF, and teaches journalism at amd Berlin.



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© Melanie Blocksdorf
© Torsten Frehse
© Marcus S-Kleiner
© Friedhelm Krischer - Hannah Pilarczyk