Month: December 2019

DFFB Films at the Max Ophüls Prize and in Rot­ter­dam

We are pleased to announce that three DFFB films will be screened at the most impor­tant fes­ti­vals in Jan­u­ary :

The 41st Film­fes­ti­val Max Ophüls Preis—the most impor­tant fes­ti­val for young Ger­man-speak­ing filmmakers—will take place dur­ing 20–26 Jan­u­ary, 2020, in Saar­brück­en. JIYAN (director/​screenwriter: Sühey­la Schwenk; cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er: Flo­ri­an Wurz­er; pro­duc­er: Sara Fazi­lat, Rox­ana Richters) will screen in the fea­ture film com­pe­ti­tion and LAND OF GLORY (direc­tor: Bor­bála Nagy; screen­writer: Bor­bála Nagy, Judit Anna Bán­házi, cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er: Moritz Friese, pro­duc­er: Mar­gari­ta Amine­va) will screen in the medi­um-length com­pe­ti­tion.

DFFB Alum­ni Anna Koch and Julia Lemke will also have their debut movie GLITZER & STAUB screend in the documan­tary com­pe­ti­tion and the debut movie GIRAFFE by Alum­na Anna Sofie Hart­mann in the Watch­list sec­tion.

Next up is the 49th Inter­na­tionalem Film­fes­ti­val Rot­ter­dam (IFFR), which takes place dur­ing 22 January–2 Feb­ru­ary, 2020. IFFR is one of the most impor­tant film fes­ti­vals in Europe and the largest in Hol­land. In the Bright Future Com­pe­ti­tion, the film SEBASTIAN SPRINGT ÜBER GELÄNDER (director/​screenwriter: Cey­lan Ata­man-Checa; cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er: Albrecht von Grün­hagen; pro­duc­er: Jörg Daniel, Övünc Güvenisik, Simona Kos­to­va, Cey­lan Ata­man-Checa) will have its world pre­miere.


We warm­ly con­grat­u­late all the film teams. We are already look­ing for­ward to the new decade, which could not have start­ed in a bet­ter way!

STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS has won the award for the best first fea­ture film at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Fes­ti­val

At the Tallinn Black Nights Film Fes­ti­val, DFFB alum­nus and direc­tor Gre­gor Božič won the award for the best first fea­ture film with his grad­u­a­tion film STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS!

The jury state­ment: In times of new for­mats, plat­forms and rush rhythm, it is so great to give this award to a film that holds the old torch of cin­e­ma itself. With pow­er­ful sense of real­i­ty with mag­ic, poet­ry and cru­el­ty; this tale stands for the dig­ni­ty of wait­ing for death while life pass­es by in such a strong way. Beau­ti­ful­ly shot and edit­ed, with a great sense of com­mu­nion with the peo­ple, land­scape, envi­ron­ment and the top­ic. It was like enjoy­ing a nice and hum­ble meal from the coun­try­side: the film left us the taste of chest­nuts.

Source: https://​poff​.ee/​e​n​/​a​w​a​r​d​s​-​o​f​-​t​h​e​-​2​3​r​d​-​t​a​l​l​i​n​n​-​b​l​a​c​k​-​n​i​g​h​t​s​-​f​i​l​m​-​f​e​s​t​i​v​al/

The award came with a €5000 prize, which will be divid­ed between the direc­tor and the film‘s pro­duc­er Mari­na Gumzi.

We warm­ly con­grat­u­late Gre­gor and the whole team!