The German Film Fest
Now in its 15th year, the German Film Fest Australia is a major cultural event organised by the Goethe-Institut and German Films. From the 15-30 November 2016 the Festival takes place at Palace Cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. The Festival showcases Germany's thriving filmmaking industry bringing contemporary, award-winning, and internationally acclaimed German-language films with English subtitles to Australia.
The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. The Institut promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange.
The Festival Advisory Board
Margaret Pomeranz AM presented The Movie Show on SBS and At The Movies with David Stratton from 1986 to 2014. She has been a producer and executive producer of a number of television series and events including Front Up and Subsonics, and has presented the AFI Awards and the Inside Film Awards. She has been president of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and Watch on Censorship. She is currently presenting films, as well as the review program Stage & Screen on Foxtel.
Peter Krausz is a film critic, film journalist, radio broadcaster (Movie Metropolis, a weekly three hour film show on Saturdays in Melbourne on WYN-FM, 88.9), film festival consultant and Q&A host. Since 2001 he is the consultant to the German Film Fest. As a guest of the Goethe-Institut, he attended the 2007, 2011 and 2016 Munich Film Festivals, and has represented Australia on a FIPRESCI jury at the Adelaide Film Festival. He is the former Chair of the Australian Film Critics Association, and contributes regular film articles to various magazines.
Richard Kuipers is a film critic, documentary filmmaker and film festival organiser. He has served as a film critic for the international trade paper Variety since 2004. His documentary productions include Stone Forever (1999) and The Cambodian Space Project - Not Easy Rock’n’Roll (2015). Richard is the organiser of the Sydney Film Festival’s Freak Me Out sidebar and has been advisor to the Goethe-Institut’s Festival of German Films in Australia since 2004.
Paul Byrnes has been a film critic for The Sydney Morning Herald for more than 20 years. He was director of the Sydney Film Festival for ten years, and has programmed exhibitions of Australian cinema for venues in Berlin and New York. In September 2007, he was awarded the Geraldine Pascall prize for critical writing, the highest award in the Australian media for critics in any genre.
Paul's film blog: filmbyrnes.com
Download German Film Fest Guests and Special Events Press Release here:
GFF 2016 press release 11.11.2016 (PDF, 340KB)
Download German Film Fest Full Programm Announcement Press Release here:
GFF 2016 press release 20.10.2016 (PDF, 609KB)
Download our German Film Fest Program here:
GFF 2016 Program (PDF, 19.711KB)
Download German Film Fest Opening and Closing Night Press Release here:
GFF 2016 press release 8.9.2016 (PDF, 485KB)
The Festival Team
Meet the team:
Sonja Griegoschewski, Festival Director
Jochen Gutsch, Programming, Rights & Logistics
Jessica Khoury, Events & Sponsoring Coordinator
Marina Shine, School Screenings
Sabine Scholz-Hinton, Film Fest Web Editor
Anja Wendt, Film Fest Web Administrator
Gabriele Urban, Programming & Print Publications
Thalke Mensen, Assistant
Joanna Jamroz, School Screenings
German Films, Munich
Mariëtte Rissenbeek, Managing Director
Bernhard Simek, Regional Coordinator: Eastern Europe & Australia, Documentary Film
Cardinal Spin, Sydney
Amy Owen, Publicist
Anne Belgar, Publicist
The German Film Fest is also supported by a fabulous team of volunteers!