German Films Service
The cinematic production of Europe is an artistic heritage of undeniable value, something worthy of protection and promotion. These goals inspired the creation of European Film Productions, a network of 27 organizations such as Unifrance, Swiss Films, Austrian Film Commission, and Holland Film, with headquarters in Hamburg, that is responsible for the international distribution of films produced in Europe.
German Films Service + Marketing GmbH, one of the founding organizations, was itself established in 1954 under the name Export-Union of German Cinema. At the time, it combined three earlier associations: the Association of German Feature Film Producers, the Association of New German Feature Film Producers, and the Association of German Film Exporters.
Among the activities of German Films Service are: cooperation with the principal film festivals in such places as Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Turin, Toronto, Locarno, San Sebastian, Montreal, Moscow, Tribeca, Shanghai, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Sydney, and Warsaw; providing informative material to representatives of the press; offering news about international festivals and their conditions for participation to German directors and journalists; organizing the annual edition of "Next Generation," a selection of short films shot by students at German schools, which has a special space at Cannes; publishing up-to-date information about German films and the related film industry in "German Films Quarterly," an English-language publication distributed at major festivals to institutions and the media; and organizing the procedures for selecting a German film to compete at the Oscars as "Best Foreign Film."
In collaboration with various partners, in particular with Goethe Institute, German Films Service organizes festivals of German films throughout the world, with different programs according to the country involved. The festivals include feature films, documentaries, silent films, and the Next Generation short films mentioned above. In 2007, the festivals took place in various locations that included several cities in Australia (www.goethe.de/ozfilmfest), Madrid (www.cine-aleman.com), and Buenos Aires (www.cinealeman.com.ar).
A personalized Moleskine notebook accompanies each of the communication initiatives of German Films Service + Marketing GmbH.