News

  • 02/2015

    “Hostages of the SS” – Premiere in April

    Our two-part docu-drama “Hostages of the SS” celebrates its German TV-premiere on April 7th at 8:15 pm on ARTE. 70 years [...]

    Our two-part docu-drama “Hostages of the SS” celebrates its German TV-premiere on April 7th at 8:15 pm on ARTE. 70 years after the end of World War II, the film tells the unknown story of the so-called “special and clan prisoners” of the SS – featuring a top-class cast and high production value. Among the hostages: Princes, politicians and prominent prisoners as lieutenant “Jimmy” James of the Royal Air Force.
    Additional Screenings: April 10th on ORF and April 14th on ZDF

  • 02/2015

    Screen Nation Award Nomination for Nelson Mandela: the myth and me

    Our South African co-production “Nelson Mandela: the myth and me” has once more been nominated for a prestigious film award. [...]

    Our South African co-production “Nelson Mandela: the myth and me” has once more been nominated for a prestigious film award.

     

    On february 5th, the jury will decide if Khalo Matabane’s groundbreaking documentary about one of the most important opponents of apartheid will win the award in the section “Diversity in Factual Production”.

     

    After the Grimme-Award nomination and the Special Jury Award at IDFA 2013, we are excited to see if “Nelson Mandela: the myth and me” will win its first award on British territory.

    Screen Nation Award


  • 02/2015

    First broadcasting of “The Seasons” on arte

    The Seasons – first episode: 16th – 20th of March 2015, Monday – Friday at 19.30 pm. The Seasons – [...]

    The Seasons – first episode:
    16th – 20th of March 2015, Monday – Friday at 19.30 pm.
    The Seasons – second episode:
    15th – 19th of June 2015, Monday – Friday at 19.30 pm.
    The Seasons – third episode:
    21th – 25th of September 2015, Monday – Friday at 19.30 pm.
    The Seasons – fourth episode:
    14th – 18th of December 2015, Monday – Friday at 19.30 pm.

     


  • 02/2015

    Christian Beetz attends South Africa Panel

    During Berlinale, Christian Beetz will talk about his experiences with German-South African coproductions at the South Africa Panel. He will [...]

    During Berlinale, Christian Beetz will talk about his experiences with German-South African coproductions at the South Africa Panel. He will give insights into the production of “Nelson Mandela – the myth & me” that was recently nominated for the German Grimme Award. The event is scheduled to take place on February 6th from 10 am to 12 at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, Stauffenberg Straße 26.

    Production "Nelson Mandela - the myth & me"


  • 02/2015

    Christian Beetz presents “Falciani’s List” at MEDIA Innovation Showcase

    During this year’s “Berlinale Conference”, Christian Beetz will present our MEDIA-funded project “Falciani’s List” at the “Innovation Show Case”. The [...]

    During this year’s “Berlinale Conference”, Christian Beetz will present our MEDIA-funded project “Falciani’s List” at the “Innovation Show Case”. The conference’s focus lies on “Innovating European Film Business Models – Thinking Outside the national Box”. It will take place on Monday, February 9th, 9 am-6 pm at Ritz Carlton, Potsdamer Platz statt. The ‘Innovation Show Case’ starts at 2:30 pm.

    The Conference Program


  • 02/2015

    Post-production and broadcasting date for “The Seasons“

    After more than three years in the making, our project „The Seasons“ is finally on the verge of completion. Twelve [...]

    After more than three years in the making, our project „The Seasons“ is finally on the verge of completion. Twelve camera crews traversed continental Europe for a total of 360 days, accompanying and portraying more than 100 protagonists and their everyday challenges in the rhythm of the seasons. Since principal photography wrapped in November 2014, we are facing the difficult task of tying the many wonderful stories into an overall narrative in post-production. Meanwhile, the first broadcast has been confirmed: ARTE will air the five springtime episodes of our 20-part documentary series in the week of March 16th to 20th 2015 at 7:30 pm respectively. The remaining episodes will be shown on ARTE in summer, autumn, and winter – each five episodes in their respective seasons. MDR, SWR, and NDR, coproducers of “The Seasons”, will also broadcast the series at a later date. So it is finally time for us to reap the fruits of our labour.

     

     


  • 01/2015

    Georg Tschurtschenthaler at story:first lab

    Our producer Georg Tschurtschenthaler attended the first “story:first – digital storytelling lab” as an expert for audience engagement and participation. [...]

    Our producer Georg Tschurtschenthaler attended the first “story:first – digital storytelling lab” as an expert for audience engagement and participation. The lab was established in search for innovative, cross-platform media projects. It took place on January 29th and 30th in Munich. The experts coached six projects that were selected from over 120 submissions. Moreover, Georg Tschurtschenthaler presented a case study of our cross media project „The Vikings“ (movie/game/app).

    Infos about story:first
    Report Bayerisches Filmzentrum


  • 01/2015

    “Nelson Mandela: the myth and me” nominated for prestigious German Grimme Award

    Our South African co-production”Nelson Mandela: the myth and me” is officially nominated for the prestigious German Grimme Prize 2015 in [...]

    Our South African co-production”Nelson Mandela: the myth and me” is officially nominated for the prestigious German Grimme Prize 2015 in the category “Information and Culture/Special”. Khalo Matabane asks global thinkers, Apartheid-victims and Mandela’s entourage to classify Nelson Mandela’s achievements, thereby providing a multi-facetted approach to his myth. His recent death at the high age of 95 offers the opportunity to reflect upon his legacy beyond sainthood. Amongst others, Matabane interviews the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Peter Hain, Albie Sachs and Ariel Dorfman. Critique may just as well be pronounced as approval and veneration. How do they interpret his message of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation in the world of today? The award ceremony will take place March 27th. We keep our fingers crossed!