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Leipzig, 19. August 2021

13 German Film Award nominations for three MDM-funded films

Today, the German Film Academy announced the nominees for the German Film Awards 2021. Among the finalists are the MDM-supported films "Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde", "Space Dogs" and "Ivie wie Ivie". They were nominated for a total of 13 Lolas.

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Leipzig, 13. August 2021

Three awards for "Great Freedom" in Sarajevo

The MDM-funded romantic drama "Great Freedom" by Sebastian Meise won three awards at the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival yesterday evening. In addition to the main prize for best feature film, the German-Austrian co-production also won the trophy for best actor (Georg Friedrich) and the CICAE Award, which is presented by the European Arthouse Cinema Association.

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Leipzig, 02. July 2021

"Heavens Above" competing in Locarno

At the 74th Locarno Film Festival, the MDM-funded dark comedy "Heavens Above" by Serbian director Srdjan Dragojevic is having its world premiere via its entry in the Concorso Internazionale (International Competition).

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Leipzig, 21. June 2021

"The Crossing" winning Annecy Award

At the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the largest and most important film festival of its kind worldwide, Florence Mialhe’s "The Crossing" was among the winners this weekend: the MDM-funded film won a Jury Distinction (Mention du Jury).

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Leipzig, 18. June 2021

Cannes Film Festival Featuring MDM-Funded Films "Invisible Demons" and "Magnetic Beats" and VR-Project "Biolum"

At the 74th edition of the in Cannes International Film Festival two MDM-funded productions will have their world premiere: "Invisible Demons" by Rahul Jain, featured in the Cinema for the Climate special sidebar and "Magnetic Beats" by Vincent Cardona in the Directors’ Fortnight, a section separate from the Selection. The VR narrative experience "Biolum" by Abel Kohen has been selected for the Cannes XR section.

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Leipzig, 03. June 2021

Three MDM-Funded Films Headed for Cannes Selection

At the 74th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival, three films realized with funding from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung will have their world premiere in the official Selection. In the Competition, Mia Hansen-Løve’s film "Bergman Island" competes for the Golden Palm. In the Un Certain Regard section, "Great Freedom" by Sebastian Meise is having its premiere, while "Evolution" by Kornél Mundruczó has been invited to the newly established section Cannes Premiere.

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Leipzig, 12. May 2021

Eight MDM-Funded Films on Shortlist for German Film Prize

The German Film Academy announced the pre-nomination shortlist for the German Film Prize. In includes eight films realized with financial support from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM).

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Leipzig, 30. March 2021

Two MDM-Funded Films Featured at Hot Docs Festival

Two projects realized with financial support from MDM "It Is Not Over Yet" and "Terms and Conditions" will be featured at Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival, the biggest North American documentary film festival.

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Leipzig, 16. February 2021

"Bioluminescence" and "Under the Skin" Featured at SXSW

Two MDM-funded interactive media projects, "Bioluminescence" and "Under the Skin", are featured at the reputable South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Texas this year.

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Leipzig, 12. February 2021

2021 Berlin International Film Festival: MDM-Funded Films by Dominik Graf and Anne Zohra Berrached Included in Competition and Panorama Section

"Fabian", an adaptation of a novel by Erich Kästner, directed by Dominik Graf, is a contender for a Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Director Anne Zohra Berrached is going to present her drama "Copilot" in the Panorama section. In total, four MDM-funded films are premiering within the festival’s official program this year.

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Leipzig, 10. February 2021

Berlin International Film Festival 2021 Premieres "Anamnesis" and "Mission Ulja Funk"

Two MDM-funded films, the documentary "Anamnesis" ("Forum" section) and the children’s movie "Mission Ulja Funk" ("Generation" section) are having their world premiere at the 71st edition of the Berlin International Film Festival.

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Leipzig, 10. November 2020

Six EFA Nominations for MDM-Funded Films

Three films co-funded by MDM "Martin Eden", "DAU. Natasha", and "Father (Otac)" have been nominated for a total of six European Film Awards (EFA).

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Leipzig, 26. October 2020

63rd Edition of DOK Leipzig Starting Today

Today marks the beginningn of the 63rd edition of the Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, aka DOK Leipzig. Until November 1,150 films and XR works will be presented at nine venues across the city, as well as online. This year, all DOK Industry events are held exclusively online.

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Leipzig, 28. July 2020

Małgorzata Szumowska’s "Never Gonna Snow Again" Part of Venice Competition

The drama "Never Gonna Snow Again" by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert, which has been co-funded by MDM via the German-Polish Film Fund, will have its world premiere at the 77th edition of the Venice International Film Festival.

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Leipzig, 01. March 2020

MDM-Funded Films Scoop Up 3 Awards at 70th Berlin International Film Festival

The German camera operator Jürgen Jürges was awarded the Silver Bear for an "outstanding artistic contribution" to the MDM-funded drama "DAU. Natasha" by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel. In the Panorama section, the drama "Father" ("Otac") by Serbian director Srdan Golubovic picked up both the audience award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

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Leipzig, 19. February 2020

Berlinale 2020 Features 15 MDM-Funded Films

Tomorrow will be the kick-off of the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. This year’s festival line-up includes 15 films realized with funding by Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM).

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Leipzig, 28. August 2019

MDM Closes "Fifty-Fifty" Funding Deal with ZDF Public Television’s Avantgarde Program

MDM and ZDF’s program slot for emerging talent and experimental films, Das kleine Fernsehspiel, have liaised to establish the "Fifty-Fifty" funding scheme to promote up-and-coming filmmakers in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia.

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Leipzig, 31. July 2019

It’s a Go for "Fabian"

Shooting for Dominik Graf’s "Fabian", an adaptation of the eponymous Erich Kästner novel, began yesterday in the town of Görlitz. The cast includes Tom Schilling, Albrecht Schuch, Saskia Rosendahl, and Meret Becker.

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Leipzig, 25. July 2019

"The Perfect Candidate" and "Martin Eden" Enter Venice Competition

The MDM-funded, international co-productions "The Perfect Candidate" by Haifaa Al Mansour and "Martin Eden" by Pietro Marcello are going to premiere at the Competition of the Venice International Film Festival in its 76th edition.

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Leipzig, 27. May 2019

Awards Brought Home by MDM-Funded Films in the Cannes Competition

Presided over by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the jury of the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival handed out the coveted "palmtree" awards last Saturday night. After its previous recognition by the critics’ association through the FIPRESCI award, the unusual comedy "It Must Be Heaven" by Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman received a special mention from the jury at the awards ceremony. The award of the ecumenical jury went to the equally MDM-funded drama "A Hidden Life" by director Terrence Malick.

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Leipzig, 04. May 2019

German Film Prize 2019: Seven Awards Go to MDM-Backed Productions

The drama "Gundermann" by Andreas Dresen was the star of last night’s 69th edition of the German Film Prize, held in Berlin. This unique musician’s portrait, backed by MDM with 600,000 euros, scooped up not only the Golden Lola for best feature film, but also the awards for best directing, best screenplay, best male lead actor, best set design, and best costume design. In addition, the political thriller "Blame Gam by Philipp Leinemann, funded with 250,000 euros, won the Lola for best male supporting actor (Alexander Fehling).

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Leipzig, 18. February 2019

MDM-Funded Short Film “Umbra“ Snatches Golden Bear

For their MDM-funded short film "Umbra", Florian Fischer and Johannes Krell were awarded a Golden Bear by the International Short Film jury at the 69th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Thomas Heise’s documentary "Heimat is a Space in Time" grabbed the Caligari Prize. In addition, the children’s film "My Extraordinary Sumer with Tess" by Steven Wouterlood received an honorable mention by the Generation Kplus international jury.

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Leipzig, 19. April 2018

Three films with backing from MDM at Cannes film festival

Cannes 2018 line-up includes world premieres of "Ayka", "Donbass" and "Chris the Swiss".

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Leipzig, 25. February 2018

Golden Bear and three more awards for films supported by MDM at the 68. Berlinale

"Touch Me Not" by Adina Pintilie and "In the Aisles" by Thomas Stuber have received a total of four prizes at this year’s 68. Berlinale.

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Leipzig, 07. November 2017

Görliwood® wins European Film Location Award of the Decade

Görlitz with its sets for the OSCAR®-winning comedy „The Grand Budapest Hotel” ist the winner of the „European Film Location Award of the Decade”.

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Leipzig, 27. July 2017

"Oblivion Verses" celebrates world premiere in Venice

The MDM-funded film "Oblivion Verses" will celebrate its world premiere in the Orrizonti competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival (30.08.–09.09.2017).

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Leipzig, 12. July 2017

"Three Peaks" on the Piazza Grande in Locarno

The MDM-funded film "Three Peaks" will celebrate its world premiere on the Piazza Grande at the 70th Festival del Film Locarno (02.-12.08.2017).

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Leipzig, 12. June 2017

Ioana Uricaru to start shooting "Lemonade"

Romanian filmmaker Ioana Uricaru has started shooting her film "Lemonade" ealier this week in Montréal. The drama is Uricarus debut full-length feature.

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Leipzig, 31. May 2017

"Khibula" in competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

"Khibula" by George Ovashvili will celebrate its world premiere in competition at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

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Leipzig, 17. May 2017

Cannes Film Festival presents 4 films supported by MDM

Four MDM-funded films are receiving their world premieres at the 70th International Cannes Film Festival, two are contenders for the Golden Palm.

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Leipzig, 08. May 2017

"Good bye Berlin" wins EFA Young Audience Award 2017

Young Juries in 31 European Countries have elected "Good Bye Berlin" by Fatih Akin as the winner of the European Film Academy Young Audience Award 2017.

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Leipzig, 29. April 2017

MDM-Funded Films Score Nine LOLAs

At the 67th edition of the German Film Awards in Berlin yesterday evening, the German Film Academy honored the MDM-funded films "24 Weeks", "Wild", "Paula" and "Heart of Stone" with a combined nine LOLAs.

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Leipzig, 13. April 2017

4 films with backing from MDM at Cannes film festival

Cannes 2017 line-up includes world premieres of "A Gentle Creature", "Jupiters's Moon", "Directions", and "Western".

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Leipzig, 23. March 2017

Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon to start shooting “YOLO”

Israeli filmmakers Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon have started shooting their new black comedy “YOLO” earlier this week in Tel Aviv.

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Leipzig, 21. March 2017

Hot Docs presents 4 films supported by MDM

Today the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival has announced its line-up for the 2017 edition including the world premiere of “PRE-CRIME”, the new film by Matthias Heeder and Monika Hielscher.

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Leipzig, 16. March 2017

28 films funded by MDM nominated for LOLA awards

The German Film Academy has unveiled nominations for the 2017 LOLA Awards with a total of 28 nominees for 7 films supported by MDM.

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Leipzig, 09. March 2017

“Muhi – Generally Temporary” in competition at San Francisco International Film Festival

“Muhi – Generally Temporary” by Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander und Tamir Elterman will celebrate its world premiere in competition at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival.

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Leipzig, 09. December 2016

Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) is the new partner of the Polish-German Film Fund

On 9 December 2016, representatives of the institutions participating in the Polish-German Film Fund: Magdalena Sroka, head of the Polish Film Institute; Peter Dinges, head of...

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