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The spring’s funding has arrived – with fresh projects from directors including Karoline Herfurth, Hermine Huntgeburth, and Sherry Hormann, along with new series

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Press Release: 8 May 2018

The spring’s funding has arrived – with fresh projects from directors including Karoline Herfurth, Hermine Huntgeburth, and Sherry Hormann, along with new series

Potsdam/Berlin – In its second funding round for 2018, the Medienboard awarded a total of around €10.7 million to 47 projects.


Lights, camera, action ... with more women directors! Following her rom-com hit “Text for You” (SMS für Dich), Karoline Herfurth is now filming an action comedy. In Sweethearts (Hellinger Doll Filmproduktion, €800,000 Euro), two very different women become friends during a hostage crisis. The lead roles are played by Hannah Herzsprung and Karoline Herfurth herself. Meanwhile, Hermine Huntgeburth is bringing singer Udo Lindenberg’s early years to the big screen. Mach Dein Ding! (LETTERBOX Filmproduktion, €500,000) tells the story of outsize dreams and major transformations, tracing the crashes and comebacks of the man known as the “panic rocker.” Arthouse film-maker Jessica “Lourdes” Hausner is reporting back with a new thriller. Little Joe (Essential Filmproduktion, €150,000) focuses on a genetically manipulated plant that produces personality changes in its owners. Sherry “Desert Flower” (Wüstenblume) Hormann’s drama Die Frau auf der Straße (VINCENT TV, €200,000) is based on the true story of a so-called honour killing.

Men too are addressing existential themes: Martin Schreier’s romantic comedy Traumfabrik (Traumfabrik Babelsberg, €750,000) tells of a hurdle-filled East-West love affair in the DEFA film studio at the time of the Berlin Wall’s construction. The film stars Emilia Schüle, Heiner Lauterbach, and Ken Duken. Jonas Alexander Arby takes us on a final journey in Suicide Tourist (DCM Pictures, €250,000). Here, a protagonist suffering from an incurable brain tumour sets off for a hotel that offers assisted suicide instead of relaxation. In Schwester.Herz (Osiris Media, €150,000 Euro), two inseparable siblings undergo intense emotional conflict. The film is shot in Brandenburg against a backdrop of cowboy-romance landscapes, with Godehard Giese and Sebastian Fräsdorf along for the ride.

And here comes the... new series! In Rainer Matsutani’s eight-part series Spides (AT, SPIDES Production, €350,000), a young woman with holes in her memory  stumbles onto the trail of an extra-terrestrial conspiracy. Matthias Lutthardt is developing the series Baby Alone (Akzente Film- und Fernsehproduktion, €50,000) for Arte, telling the story of a young cellist and her fateful love affair with conductor Jean.

From the Berlinale to spring’s big screens comes Wes Anderson’s Silver Bear winner Isle of Dogs (20th Century Fox, €80,000 Euro), along with Thomas Stubers’ tender love story In the Aisles (In den Gängen; Zorro Film, €33,180). Also starting are Christian Alvart’s thriller Abgeschnitten (Warner Bros., €50,000), Marco Petry’s family film How to Be Really Bad (Meine teuflisch gute Freundin; Wild Bunch Germany, €50,000), and Niels Bolbrinker’s documentary film Vom Bauen der Zukunft – 100 Jahre Bauhaus (Neue Visionen, €10,000). The Medienboard is funding the distribution of 12 films, for a total of around €543,000.

A total of 83 applications were submitted for the year’s second funding round, for an overall sum of around €18.1 million.

The list of all funding decisions can found here.


Press contacts:

Ricarda Nowak & Dr. Carena Brenner
Communications and Press – Film Funding
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
August-Bebel-Str. 26-53
14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
Tel.: +49 (0) 331-743 87-70
Email: filmpresse@medienboard.de