FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, the British Film Institute (BFI), and FilmFernsehFonds (FFF) Bayern are planning the next steps of a fruitful cooperation as they welcome a delegation of as many as 20 producers from the United Kingdom to Munich for the first CineCoPro Conference at the 39th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN (June 23 – July 2, 2022).
A joint program of events lasting several days has the goal of creating a new platform for British-German co-production, in order to enable a dialogue about parameters and infrastructure in the two countries as well as opportunities for secure and intensive networking between them.
In March 2022, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN and the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing organized the highly acclaimed symposium “Seeing and Being Seen: Representation in Film”, which FFF Bayern sponsored.
“Our symposium in Tutzing resulted in a genuine friendship with our colleagues from the British Film Institute. I was impressed and inspired not only by their bold initiatives in the area of diversity, but also by their willingness to join us in thinking about further steps we can take together,” said Diana Iljine, director of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN.
“Being able to take this friendship and cooperation in a new direction as soon as this summer, guided by an issue that’s been on our minds at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN for years, is extremely satisfying. In 2019, our CineCoPro Award enabled us to send an important signal for international co-productions. And this year, we’re joining forces with FFF Bayern and the British Film Institute to address this issue, since European co-productions are also an essential part of the German film market,” adds Christoph Gröner, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN’s artistic director.
Conference: Seeing and being seen: Representation in Film I Mia Bays Keynote I FFMUC 2022
Conference: Seeing and being seen: Representation in Film I Keynote Melanie Hoyes I FFMUC 2022
Conference: Seeing and being seen: Representation in Film I BFI Panel discussion I FFMUC 2022
Dorothee Erpenstein AT THE CONFERENCE in Tutzing (ON THE RIGHT) TOGETHER WITH Julia Weigl
Alongside the presentation of examples of successful co-productions and a master class on “Writing across Borders”, a tour, organized by the FFF Bayern, of the newly opened Penzing Studios near Munich is planned. More information about the program will soon be published on the FILMFEST MÜNCHEN website.
FFF Managing Director Dorothee Erpenstein: “The British Film Institute’s participation in FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2022 demonstrates how the discussions about diversity at the FFF-sponsored symposium in Tutzing spawned a desire for more opportunities to come together in the near future and gave an impetus for further topics of common interest. This was an extremely productive start; the British-German co-production conference at the festival is its logical continuation in aiming for more international cooperation. The British Film Institute, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, and FFF Bayern are thus strengthening the bridge built in March between the German and British film industries. I’m excited about the networking and conversations in June!”
At the conference in Tutzing Mia Bays (director of the BFI Film Fund), Melanie Hoyes (BFI industry inclusion executive), and Agnieszka Moody (the BFI’s head of industry and international policy) gave a keynote address on “Creativity and Inclusion in Practice at the British Film Institute” and presented a best-case study called “A Creative Approach to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion”.
Bays and Moody are looking forward to this new initiative: “It’s about coming together and working together, because that will make what we’re doing more effective and lead to greater success. It’s important that we maintain a dialogue and continue to learn from each other. There are a lot of small steps to be taken, as in Tutzing and coming up at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, which we at the BFI and the FFF will build upon in terms of how we work together as well as in British-German co-production going forward.”
FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, the British Film Institute, and FilmFernsehFonds Bayern are looking forward to welcoming the British producers to Munich in June.