30.09. - 09.10.2021

Foundation of German Film Festival Association

At an initial meeting on July 4 in Kassel, more than 60 German film festivals (list below) joined forces to found an Arbeitsgemeinschaft (AG - Association) Filmfestival. The aim of the AG is to network with each other, to create better conditions for film festivals in Germany and, together with filmmakers and other associations, to strengthen and promote film culture. The founding members include some of the largest and oldest film festivals in Germany, film festivals from all regions and sectors.

Film festivals are at the beginning of the distribution chain; they see themselves as part of the film industry, cultural practice of cinema and its mediation.There are around 400 film festivals in Germany and several thousand worldwide.. The festivals in Germany help to distribute a significant part of of German productions in the cinemas and this number will furthermore increase in the upcoming years. In contrast to the dwindling number of cinema-goers, film festivals are experiencing a steady increase in demand. In an effort to make the distribution of German films in cinemas more attractive, film festivals play a central role.

In a statement on the amendment of the Filmförderungsgesetz (FFG - German Film Promotion Act), the AG Filmfestival calls for: "The amendment of the FFG must answer the question of how cinema can be revalued as a location for the exploitation of films and what significance cinema should continue to have in the spectrum of future contexts of distribution. Moreover, film festivals make a considerable contribution to the social upgrading of cinema spaces. As a result, cinemas also profit indirectly from the realisation of film festivals through cinema awards. However, in the amendment of the Filmförderungsgesetz their voice has so far not been heard at all. In future, film festivals must be given greater consideration in the FFG, even if their viewpoint has many parallels with the producers and cinema owners". (Quote Preamble Statement AG Filmfestival)

The next meeting of the AG Filmfestival will take place during DOK Leipzig (28.10 - 3.11.2019).

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Representing the AG Filmfestival:
Svenja Böttger - Director Film Festival Max Ophüls Prize
Dr. Lars Henrik Gass - Director International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

AG Filmfestival (as of July 22, 2019):
20minmax Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Ingolstadt
achtung berlin - new berlin film award Berlin
Lesbian Non-Binary Filmfest (BLN)
Braunschweig International Filmfestival
cinefest - Internationales Festival des deutschen Film-Erbes
Deutsches Kinder Medien Festival Goldener Spatz
DOK.fest München
DOK Leipzig
Duisburger Filmwoche / doxs! dokumentarfilme für kinder und jugendliche Essener Video Rodeo
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück
exground filmfest
Favourites Film Festival
Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigshafen am Rhein
FILMFEST DRESDEN - International Short Film Festival
FilmFestival Cottbus
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Filmfestival Münster
Filmplus - Festival für Filmschnitt und Montagekunst
GENRENALE - Das Forum des Deutschen Genrefilms
German International Ethnographic Film Festival
INDEPENDENT DAYS|Internationale Filmfestspiele Karlsruhe
interfilm - international short film festival Berlin
International Short Film Festival Detmold
Internationale Hofer Filmtage
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg
Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg
Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund / Köln
Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Landau - La.Meko
Internationales Nürnberger Filmfestival der Menschenrechte
Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart
Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest
KFFK / Kurzfilmfestival Köln
Kinofest Lünen
Kölner Kinderfilmfest Cinepänz
Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg
Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival
LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International
LUCAS - Internationales Festival für junge Filmfans
Monstronale Neiße Filmfestival
Nippon Connection - Japanisches Filmfestival
Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt
OpenEyes Filmfest Marburg
Orscheler Filmfest
QUEER Filmfest Weiterstadt
Remake. Frankfurter Frauen Film Tage
SCHLINGEL - Internationales Filmfestival für Kinder und junges Publikum
SoundTrack Cologne
Soundwatch Music Film Festival Berlin
UNDERDOX dokument & experiment
up-and-coming Internationales Film Festival Hannover
Werkleitz Festival
Werkstatt der Jungen Filmszene
Woche der Kritik
ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

Photo credit: Anja Köhne, Kassel


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