22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025
wohin mit dem dokumentarfilm

Panel: Wohin mit dem Dokumentarfilm? Festivals und Kinos – Digitale Plattformen und der öffentlich-rechtliche (Spät)Sendeplatz


Antonia Kilian (Filmmaker, i.a. „The Other Side of the River”), Alexander Scholz (Head of Duisburger Filmwoche), Mala Reinhardt (Director), Jutta Feit (Film Distributor, Producer, Director, jip film & verleih)

Host: Heleen Gerritsen (Head of goEast Filmfestival)

The consequences of the Corona crisis for the film industry and cinema have set in motion an unprecedented thought process in Germany and the world. The rigid structures of the past decades had to be reconsidered within a very short time. Many of the current models of thought have been discussed for years, but the pandemic with its different phases of stress have led to theories and concepts being tested in practice. This is especially true for documentaries, which are suffering from the shortage of film offerings on television stations. The hype of streaming services has sparked a fundamental debate. debate: Where and how can cinema documentaries find an audience? Find its audience? And if fixed broadcasting times on television will soon be obsolete and no longer sustainable, will it then celebrate its resurrection from the niche? 

In this panel, experts from German-speaking countries will reflect on the state of the documentary film in relation to its exploitation and discuss its future future models.

13 May 2022

10:00 h,

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Duration 60 min
Language Deutsch

Panel Participants:

Antonia Kilian is a director, cinematographer and producer based in Kassel and Berlin. She studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, Potsdam Babelsberg Film University and ISA Havana, Cuba. For her directorial debut "The other Side often the River" she filmed for over a year in the Kurdish region of Rojava in northeastern Syria. The film won the Hessian Film and Cinema Award and other awards at international film festivals. With her new production "Exile Never Ends" she is participating in Eurodoc 2022. Antonia Kilian is currently a lecturer at the Goethe-Institut in Toronto.

Alexander Scholz Born in 1986, studied literature in Bonn, Paris and Madison. Editor and writer for various publications and cultural institutions including Schnitt Filmmagazin, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. Lecturer at the ifs internationale filmschule köln, doctoral student at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. At Duisburger Filmwoche since 2015 initially press officer, archivist and curator, since 2022 director of the festival.

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

Heleen Gerritsen (The Netherlands, 1978) studied Slavonic languages and international economics in Amsterdam and St. Petersburg. In 2003 she moved to Berlin, where she started working as a producer, writer and festival manager, focusing on Central and Eastern Europe, mostly in the documentary field. Between 2014 and 2016 she was at the helm of European Documentary Film Festival dokumentART in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Since October 2017 Heleen is the director of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, organized by DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum in Wiesbaden.

Congress Future German Cinema

© Antonia Kilian
© Alexander Scholz
© Mala Reinhardt