The Goethe-Instituts are the most active ambassadors of German film worldwide. No other “cinema” has more than five million viewers each year in over 80 countries. Roughly 2,500 film screenings take place each year at the 136 Goethe-Instituts: from classic silent films to the latest German box office hits.
Further activities such as seminars, workshops and advanced training courses for filmmakers in the host countries promote intercultural understanding and help to establish and expand the local film and media landscapes.
The film programmes frequently leave the premises of the Goethe-Instituts and go on tour: for example on the film train in Rabat or the film bus in Jakarta. The palette is supplemented by film programmes at universities or other central places. In France, the Ciné Allemand familiarizes thousands of pupils with German films.
Furthermore, it is the initiator of important own German-language or European festivals such as Berlin and Beyond in San Francisco and the German Film Fest Australia in Australia.
For festivals in Germany as well, the Goethe-Institut is an important partner or supporter. In cooperation with the Filmfest Dresden, for instance, since 2002 it has organized a dialogue forum for young international filmmakers. It has awarded its own documentary film prize every year since 2003 - in 2011, the prize will be presented at the DOK Leipzig documentary film festival for the first time.
Information on the award criteria, what is funded and frequently asked questions can be found on: www.goethe.de/Filmfestivalfoerderung
In cooperation with the German public television stations, the Goethe-Instituts worldwide show outstanding German TV films. Cooperation in the field of quality television is the focus in particular in threshold and transition countries. In addition, the Goethe-Institut works together with broadcasting companies in Germany and abroad on a number of national and international film and television productions.
Better schemes and programmes for television are also the aim of the cooperation with the International Public Television Screening Conference INPUT. The Film, Television and Radio Division supports these activities by organizing corresponding advance training programmes. On the basis of the international INPUT contributions, the local Goethe-Instituts also organize approximately 15 to 20 “Mini INPUTs” each year.
In cooperation with the Prix Jeunesse foundation, the Goethe-Institut compiles the best international television productions for children and teenagers in its “Prix Jeunesse Box.” The films are employed in workshops, which help professional programmers develop quality standards in children’s television.
Radio is gaining ever-greater attention – in part due to the new opportunities provided by the Internet. Not only reception, but in particular production by users themselves plays an increasing role. The Goethe-Institut therefore supports innovative radio projects. Activities in listening culture will be more increasingly anchored in the future programme work of the Goethe-Institut.
In cooperation with Deutsche Welle and other broadcasters, the Goethe-Institut offers workshops for radio journalists in particular in developing and threshold countries. Seminars and panels focus on organizational, content-related and social aspects of radio. In addition, the Goethe-Instituts present German radio play productions in the scope of audio art festivals.
The Film Television Radio Division at the head office is not in a position to offer travel allowances for German artists for performances abroad.