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    Thüringen in Berlin 2008

    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

    In the capital city of Berlin you will find representative Vertretungen of the various federal states. Moreover, there’s a nice tradition that their administrators often invite guests to cultural functions. For the most part, these are exceptionally jovial and informative gatherings. The tables are covered with fruits from the respective federal state, there’s time for [...]

    Musikstadt Leipzig 2008

    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

    Beyond doubt, the secret “music city” in Germany is Leipzig. Here, the Gewandhaus Orchestra makes its home under Intendant/director Prof. Andreas Schulz. Its Kapellmeister is Ricardo Chailly, the “honorary conductor” is the world famous Kurt Mazur. Further, it was at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften (Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Neurological Research) that [...]

    Filmfest Dresden Sommernacht in Berlin 2008

    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

    Robin Malick, director of the Dresden International Short Film Festival – aka Filmfest Dresden – is always on the lookout for more film friends in Berlin. Last April 1st, he presented a preview of the 20th Filmfest Dresden (15-20 April 2008) in the Vertretung des Freistaates Sachsen in Berlin-Mitte. Then, on April 26, he returned [...]

    MDM Film Location Sites

    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

    “Sexy Anhalt” is how Oscar winner Helen Mirren described the region in northern Saxony-Anhalt while the Hollywood project, Michael Hoffman’s The Last Station, was being filmed last April to June. That the attraction of Middle Germany as location site is generally increasing, this is proven by several other large-scale projects produced in the region. Stephen [...]

    Awards for MDM-funded Films

    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

    The following is a list of awarded film productions that have been funded by Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, as of October 2008. Only the key prizes and awards at major or relevant film festivals are listed. Also, citations by critical journals and/or film organizations are limited to the best known internationally. It is estimated that some films [...]

    MDM Training Initiatives

    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

    Since its founding, the MDM Leipzig has advocated an advanced media-specific training program with an international orientation. Consideration is given particularly to programs anchored in Middle Germany that would be supported with funds from the MEDIA Program of the European Union, as well as to facilitate access to training initiatives by regional representative. EAVE (European [...]

    MDM Media Talks & Workshops

    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

    Medientreffpunkt Mitteldeutschland – The Middle German Media Rendezvous took place for the 10th time in 2008. Each year in Leipzig, the representatives of the German media branches, as well as politicians, discuss under a continually changing motto the latest trends and strategies in radio-, TV-, print-, and online-journalism. Several special events, such as roundtable discussions [...]

    MDM Festival Landscape

    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

    Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm – The Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animation Films – aka DOK Leipzig – is the most prominent German and one of the leading international festivals for artistic documentary and animation films. The festival was founded in 1955 by the Club der Filmschaffenden der DDR (Club of [...]

    Manfred Schmidt Interview – MDM Leipzig

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

    From 1998 to the present, Manfred Schmidt is the Executive Director of the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH (MDM). From 1969 to 1981 he was a member of the Berlin Maxim Gorki Theater. This followed a seven-year period of freelance work as author and dramatic adviser. In 1988, he started working as script analyst and author at [...]