10.05. ‐ 15.05.2022

Thursday, 5th of April 2018 // 14 – 15:30 // Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus, Kleiner Saal

Status Quo German Film – Taking Inventory


Linda Söffker, Svenja Böttger, Daniel Sponsel und Thorsten Schaumann

Host: Urs Spörri

Nobody watches as many German films as the makers of festivals and film series that occupy themselves with German cinema. Many of these films, however, are visible outside of the safe space of the festival. We’re questioning them on why that is, what the strengths and weaknesses of the German cinema of the present are, on the career chances of young directors and why German films so rarely succeed at the big international festivals.

Linda Söffker is the head of the section Perspective German Cinema of the Berlinale. The studied culture- and theatre scholar is also a member of diverse film- and funding juries.

Since 2016, Svenja Böttger manages the Max-Ophüls-Prize of Saarbrücken, one of the most important festivals for German film. Böttger studied at the Film University Konrad Wolf in Babelsberg.

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.

Thorsten Schaumann took on the place of festival director at the Hofer Filmtage 2017 after the unexpectedly deceased founder Heinz Badewitz. The economist who formerly worked for Bavaria Film and Sky now directs one of the most renowned festivals for German film, but international cinema as well.

Urs Spörri is a film scholar, cultural manager and host of numerous festivals. For the German Filmmuseum in Frankfurt he curates the film programme with an emphasis on German film and is involved with the content of this congress. He is a column writer for kino-zeit.de on the developments of current German film scene.