Germanys 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 nations 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 Daldrys "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".
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. 469 million in funding to over 4,568 films and business development projects. This funding generated a regional effect of over 1.56 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 44 times for Oscars, of which they have won 11. 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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