22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025
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What does Television want from Cinema?

Jörg Himstedt, Cornelia Ackers, Robert Bramkamp, Marie Wilke and Dietrich Brüggemann

Moderation: Michael Hack

Television stations in their role as important financiers of films have gained great power, on decisions in film funding as well. At the same time, they have barely any good broadcasting slots for ambitious cinema. The digitalization currently questions old rules. What do they, under these circumstances, expect from cinema films, and what do filmmakers want from the stations?

Gerhard Wissner has been a filmcurator, festival maker and cinema operator since the late 1980’s. He directs the renowned Kasseler Dokfest, which dedicates itself to the documental form, as well as the Bali Kino. He also organised several showcases and worked for the documenta 10, 11 and 12.

Mischka Popp is an author and filmmaker. Since 1986, together with Thomas Bergmann she made eight noteworthy cinema documentaries (lastly “Mazel Tov”, LICHTER 2010). In addition, she developed and produced formats and films for television. The chosen Frankfurter was distinguished for her work with the Grimme-Prize and the Hessischer Filmpreis and others.

Marie Wilke is a filmmaker, film editor and lecturer. After studying in Bozen and at the University of Arts Berlin, she dedicates herself particularly to documentary film. After “Staatsdiener”, the Berlinale 2018-premiered “Aggregat”, which can also be seen at LICHTER, is her second work on politics and society in Germany.

Thomas Frickel, filmmaker and producer, is one of the most original German documentary filmmakers with works such as “Deckname Dennis” or “Die Mondverschwörung”. He is also one of the most important voices in film political debate. He is also the executive director of the AG DOK and member of numerous film political committees.

Daniel Sponsel is an author, filmmaker and festival director. He engages artistically and journalistically with documentary film, as in his film “Der letzte Dokumentarfilm” and the book “Der Dokumentarfilm ist tot, es lebe der Dokumentarfilm”. Since 2009, he directs the International Documentary Film Festival Munich, which he turned into one of the high-public of its kind in Germany.

Johanna Süß deputy director of the LICHTER Film Festival. She studied Polical- and Film Studies in Frankfurt and Mainz.

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Year 2018

Future German Cinema