Conference 2016

Cinema is Made by Others – Why German Films Party on Their Own

For the first time, the German Film Critics‘ Association (Verband der deutschen Filmkritik, VdFk) and the Heinrich Boell Foundation (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung) will hold a conference together on the eve of the Berlinale. On occasion of the most important event for the German film industry, the conference »Cinema is Made by Others – Why German Films Party on Their Own« will focus on the state of German film culture. International guests will discuss why German films are not enjoying much success in the major film festivals, a trend that culminated in a complete absence of German films from the main competitions in Cannes, Venice and Locarno in 2015. The conference will take place on Wednesday 10 February 2016, 6:30 pm, at Kulturquartier Silent Green (Gerichtstr. 35, 13347 Berlin, S+U-Bahn Wedding). Charles Tesson, artistic director of the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, will shed light on this problem in a keynote that illustrates the perspective of an important film festival maker. Symptoms, causes and possible solutions will be debated by international guests in two panels from a global as well as local angle. Guest will include Richard Brody (The New Yorker), Bettina Reitz (hff Munich), Sergio Fant (Locarno International Film Festival), Katrin Schlösser (ö Filmproduktion), Brigitta Wagner (Berlin Replayed) and Lars Henrik Gass (International Short Film Festival Oberhausen). Conference language is English. Free admission based on a limited number of seats. Registration and admission from 5.30 pm, the event starts at 6:30 pm. Participants who have RSVPed are kindly requested to turn up early. We thank everybody for their patience. Registration by eMail to