International film producers discover Germany and the German film industry.
The 59th Berlin International Film Festival “Berlinale” in February showed more than 90 German films or German co-productions. This new record was achieved due to the fact that the number of big productions involving international participation has greatly increased.
These German films are often shot in English and feature well-known stars. Both factors provide the basis that the return most likely will cover or surpass the investment.
This is not only substantial to strengthen Germany’s film industry, but also help German movie producers, actors or writers to make or achieve their breakthrough on the international scene.
This boost of the German film industry is due mainly to the German Federal Film Fund – DFFF.
The fund was set up in 2007 to subsidize a percentage of the money invested in film productions ‘Made in Germany’. The DFFF sponsored 198 productions with ca. € 118.5 Million in 2007 and 2008.
© Flavia Westerwelle