Close-up Germany

08.02.2015 - Frank W. Albers, Christine Berg, Veronika Grob, Mariette Rissenbeek, moderated by Henning Kamm

German film organisations and representatives from Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board (FFA) and German Films will present their respective initiatives and objectives in supporting and promoting German cinema. Find out what would qualify your project for funding through these organisations.


Frank W. Albers

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A former director of the Goethe-Institut in Reykjavík, Frank W. Albers joined the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2001. As a senior programme manager, he has developed and established the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung which encourages cooperation between up-and-coming filmmakers from Germany and their peers from the Arab world and Eastern Europe.

Christine Berg

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Chief Operation Officer (COO) of German Federal Fim Board. She started her career in 1992 as head of the film commission in Hamburg, then joined production company Kinowelt in 2000 as a producer. From 2004 to 2005 she was provisional head of the film funding department of the FFA. Christine then moved on to Lübeck where she became the managing director of the Film Fund Schleswig-Holstein, before becoming project director of the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).

Veronika Grob

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Funding advisor for Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, concentrating on newcomers, development and production. Before that she worked for ten years as a programming executive in the film and series department of Swiss National Television. She was also editor of the annual Swiss film book Cinema and head of the board of cinema Xenix. From 2007 to 2011 she was in the committee for funding fiction films of the Zurich film foundation.

Mariette Rissenbeek

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Managing director of German Films, where she was responsible for public relations and press, international festivals and Das Rendezvous, an annual German-French film meeting prior to her current position. Before German Films, she was in charge of acquisitions at Tobis Filmkunst and worked as a producer at a.o. Regina Ziegler Filmproduktion.

Moderated by

Henning Kamm

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German producer, co-founder of DETAiLFILM and Talent 2012, Henning also co-owns and runs Zentropa Hamburg. His films won the German Film Award, the Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary, the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig and were shown at festivals including the Berlinale, Sundance, Venice and many more. Kamm produced SHARQIYA (Panorama 2012), PRAIA DO FUTURO by Karim Ainouz (Berlinale Competition 2014) and THE LAMB by Kutlug Ataman (Panorama 2014). At this year’s Berlinale he shows L'AVENIR by Mia Hansen-Løve in Competition and BERLIN METANOIA by Erik Schmitt in the Generations 14+ section.