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Looking for the Needle in the Haystack – location scouts in Germany

In the old days the task of looking for photogenic locations for films was yet another job that set designers had to do. Nowadays it is done by specialists.More ...
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The Importance of the Audiovisual Heritage – An interview with Chris Wahl

Is film heritage at last being taken seriously in Germany as a subject of research? Chris Wahl, professor for Audiovisual Cultural Heritage, wants to raise the degree of attention.More ...
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“Homophobia takes place at a desk” – An Interview with Wieland Speck

Wieland Speck is a filmmaker and head of the section Panorama of the Berlinale, an essential part of which are gay and lesbian films. In an interview he talks about queer cinema in Germany.More ...
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An Industry with a Future: German Company for Visual Effects and Computer Animation in Film

At the end of February 2012, German film effect company Pixomondo received an Academy Award (Oscar).More ...
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Women’s films – what exactly are they?

“Women’s films” – legitimate genre or political statement? Why do some directors shy away from them? Behind terms like “chick flick” and “weepies” is a history of contradictions and a plethora of unanswered questions.More ...
Scene from the film “Attenberg” by the Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari. Photo: © Arsenal Berlin

Greek Cinema: “Radical New Beginnings Under Difficult Circumstances”

In an interview with, Birgit Kohler, Artistic Director at Arsenal describes contemporary Greek cinema, which is struggling in the wake of the current crisis.More ...
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Never Had It So Good – Worse Off Than Ever: Two Perspectives on Current German Cinema

About the current state of German cinema, opinions differ greatly. Healthier today than ever, say some; on the verge of the abyss, say others. Oliver Baumgarten slips into the two perspectives.More ...
Fantasies of total power – Udo Kier as the new “Führer” Kortzfleisch. Photo: © 2012 polyband Medien GmbH / TARJA JAKUNAHO

“Iron Sky” – Have No Fear of the Moon Nazis

The evil spirit of Nazism is far from dead; it has survived – on the other side of the moon! This is the bizarre premise of “Iron Sky – We Come in Peace!” In Germany the film has made a successful start.More ...
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From Glass Atelier to Film City: 100 Years of Film in Babelsberg

In February 2012, the film studios in Babelsberg near Berlin celebrated their 100th anniversary. Exhibitions and a book show the colorful history of the studios.More ...
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Old Masters in Cool Rooms – Film Museums in Germany

To keep memories of films alive, film museums in Germany pursue a broad range of activities – giving visitors the chance to experience the history of film for themselves, teaching media skills, bringing about encounters and cultural exchange, and restoring film material.More ...
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The Film Art Project “Living Archive”

The “Arsenal” in Berlin has built up an impressive archive of film rarities. Artists and curators view the material and use it to create something new on the basis of the maxim that “films exist when they are seen”.More ...
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The distinction between TV and cinema films – a world of possibilities

Is there In the age of digital cinema and HDTV still a sweeping divide between cinema and TV films? Or is the era of the flickering boob tube truly over?More ...
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The Aesthetics of Surprise - LaborBerlin e. V. Promotes Analogue Film Productions

For five years, LaborBerlin e. V. has been organising workshops and discussions on analogue film production.More ...
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Werner Grassmann – pioneer of Germany’s art house cinema

The Abaton in Hamburg opened its doors for the first time on October 29, 1970, and has long since been an institution in the city. Werner Grassmann’s creation quickly set new standards as Germany’s first art house cinema.More ...
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Bash With No Cash – Crowd Funding Makes the Dream of Making Your Own Film Come True

With the system of crowd funding, a large number of sponsors support a project. That gives filmmakers independence and can help beginners to make their first film.More ...
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The Power of the Moving Image and Music – Silent Movies are Alive and Kicking at the “Babylon”

Take a cinematographic journey back in time to the era of the silent film at the Babylon cinema in Berlin.More ...
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Filmmaking In Germany

Things have really taken off on the German film scene since the turn of the millennium. Films “Made In Germany” achieve international recognition and win some of the top prizes.More ...
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The Big Run-Up to the Babelsberg Birthday Bash – 100 Years of Babelsberg Film Studios

Europe's oldest film studios in Potsdam Babelsberg are gearing up for their centennial jubilee in February 2012.More ...
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German Art House Cinema – Eclipsed by 3-D

Trapped somewhere between the multiplex cinema, mainstream and DVD, art house cinemas have to guard their slice of the market.
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Film Distribution in the Internet: The Flat Screen as the Better Movie Screen?

Full-length feature films can now be easily downloaded to the home computer or flat screen TV. For independent filmmakers, this offers a big opportunity.More ...
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Cinema on the Move – Alternative Ways of Showing Films

The impact of “mobile cinema” is not just being felt in the field of entertainment, but also in the realm of cultural and social education – and not only in Europe.More ...
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Discourse Both Internal and External – The German Film Academy

After a somewhat sceptical start the German Film Academy is now an established institution.More ...
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3-D Film Production in Germany

Now that Hollywood’s 3-D films like “Avatar” and “Ice Age 3” have proved to be a hit at the box office, German film producers and studio hot-shots also want a piece of the stereoscopic cake.More ...
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“The Turn of the Millennium Brought A New Dawn“ – Alfred Holighaus and the Latest Developments of German Film

He is one of the few people who never gave up his faith in the potential of the German film.More ...
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Cinema in Europe – Living from Multiplicity

European film arises out of a multiplicity of cultures. But is there such a thing as European film?More ...
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The European Commission’s MEDIA Program Gives a Helping Hand to European Cinema

Since 1991 a support program called MEDIA has been sponsoring European film production by paying for the distribution costs. Many a filmmaker or producer would have given up a long time ago, if this program had not enabled his or her film to get off to a flying start in Europe.More ...
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Bucharest Instead of Cannes – The new Film Magazine “Cargo”

The new quarterly film magazine “Cargo” delves more into the background of what is going on in the world of cinema – into areas that are often ignored by the arts pages in the newspapers.More ...
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The DVD – The Medium of Choice For Entertainment and Education

Since the “Digital Versatile Disc” – the DVD as it is known today – first appeared on the scene in the middle of the 1990s, it has become hard these days to imagine the entertainment sector without this shiny, metallic mass data-storage medium. Even if commercial cinema operators still feel uneasy about it, the “disc” has gained a firm footing in the upmarket movie entertainment sector and in the field of education – even on the silver screen itself.More ...
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A Cinema For Peace – “Cinema Jenin”

Movie buffs from Germany, Israel and the Palestinian Territories have volunteered to work together to open an old cinema in Jenin in autumn 2009. The general idea behind the project is to promote “cultural understanding and a decent education.”More ...
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How Do You Put Sound in Film? Europe’s First Film University for Children

The Potsdam Film University for Children is unique in Europe. Its purpose is to nurture playfully the media competence of nine to twelve year-olds. Here, five questions for Claudia Wegener, Director of the Film University for Children and Professor for Media Studies.More ...
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Call For Entries: ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

For the 7th time, the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is inviting entries for the competition to find the best poetry films. To qualify for entry, films should be short films based on poems. Deadline: 25 April 2014

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Film financing, training and current trends in contemporary Hungarian and German film.


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Interview: Margarethe von Trotta

Margarethe von Trotta, 2014 (Photo: Manfred Breuersbrock)
Before Hannah Arendt’s official Australian release, Peter Krausz interviewed its director, Margarethe von Trotta. Von Trotta talks about making Hannah Arendt, as well as some of the problems European filmmakers face in an American-dominated industry.