Germany’s Most Important Film Location
Berlin-Brandenburg disposes of an excellent infrastructure: More than 300 films are produced annually in the capital region. Here, at the very centre of German history, films are created that reflect the nation’s eventful history and approach to life. Many of these films have also gone on to achieve international success and receive several prominent awards.
Top German Films
Films like "Measuring the World", "Schlussmacher," "Oh Boy," "Barbara," "Combat Girls," "Russian Disco," "Stopped On Track," "Hanni & Nanni 2," "The Baader Meinhof Complex," "Die Wüstenblume" and "Men in the City" have filled cinemas just as Til Schweiger's highly successful comedies "Kokowääh", "Rabbit Without Ears" and "Zweiohrküken," which drew millions of cinemagoers in Germany alone:
Many classics of the latest generation of "New German Cinema" were shot in the capital region, such as Tom Tykwer 's "Run, Lola, Run" and Wolfgang Becker's "Good Bye, Lenin" as well as those two Oscar-winners, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others" and Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Counterfeiters:" Ruzowitzky's subsequent project, a film adaptation of the widely successful children's book "Hexe Lilli," was also shot in Babelsberg. And, last but not least, large parts of Michael Haneke's Oscar-nominated "The White Ribbon" were filmed in Brandenburg.
The excellent production conditions offered by Berlin-Brandenburg continue to attract prominent international producers. In the past several years, many major international productions were made here, including "Cloud Atlas" by Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski, the Oscar winner „Amour“ by Michael Haneke, "Anonymous" directed by Roland Emmerich, Quentin Tarantinos "Inglourious Basterds" with Brad Pitt, the Bollywood production „Don – The King is back“, Stephen Daldry‘s "The Reader" for which Kate Winslet won the Oscar, as well as "The International", "Mr. Nobody", "The Bourne Supremacy", "Flight Plan", "The Constant Gardener" or "The Pianist".
Digital Cinema and 3D
In the field of digital cinema, the »Cinema Net Europe « is a Berlin-based initiative that contributed significantly to digitalization in Europe between 2004 and 2009. Two other Berlin-based organizations, HDF KINO and VdF, received funding from the German Federal Film Board (FFA) to develop scenarios for the implementation of a digital rollout. The new 3D Innovation Center Berlin operated by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute provides all players and developers in the 3D field a showroom and platform for products, prototypes and ideas. With the help of Medienboard funding, more than 100 screens in the capital region have been adapted to digital projection according to DCI norms since 2009. Medienboard also supported its first stereoscopic productions, including Wim Wenders’ European Film Award-winning and Oscar ® nominated dance project »Pina«, Detlev Buck’s »Die Vermessung der Welt 3D«, Michael Beyer’s »Berlin Philharmonic – A Musical Journey in 3D«.
Strong Funding and Networks
The German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), which is operated by the Berlin-based German Federal Film Board (FFA), is a funding body set up by the federal government in 2007 and designed to strengthen the industry by providing a total of € 60 million annually to film productions in Germany. Since 1994, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg has handed out approx. € 409 million in funding to over 3,885 films and business development projects. This funding generated a regional effect of over € 1.3 billion. Films made in Berlin-Brandenburg are increasingly invited to major world film festivals and have won many German Film Awards. They have been nominated 41 times for Oscars, of which they have won nine. Film financing is also carried out by regional banks, including the Brandenburg State Investment Bank (ILB) and the Berlin State Investment Bank (IBB), which introduced their own GAP financing program in 2011. The capital region is also an active part of C.R.C Capital Regions for Cinema, a network of European film and media metropolises.
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