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    Neele Leana Vollmer’s Friedliche Zeiten – Peaceful Times

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    The new year kicked off with another successful German Premiere screening at the Tribeca Cinemas. This time, German Films Service + Marketing’s NY representative Oliver Mahrdt presented Friedliche Zeiten (Peaceful Times) (2008) by emerging filmmaker Neele Leana Vollmer to a NY audience. Based on Birgit Vanderbeke’s book by the same title, this charming drama was […]

    5th Dubai International Film Festival 2008

    Friday, January 9th, 2009

    DUBAI- Those who did not have the pleasure of attending the 5th Dubai International Film Festival (December 11-18 2008), may be surprised to learn that the Vegas of the East has put together one of the most fascinating and politically relevant festivals on the crowded annual calendar. Forget Hollywood romcoms, with its mandate to bridge […]

    nordmedia 150 Prizes and Citations since 2001

    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

    Since 2001, and as of autumn 2007, 55 nordmedia film productions were awarded 150 prizes. These included: six Lolas in Gold – German Film Awards (the highest subsidized German Cultural Award), a Golden Bear at the Berlinale (the first German production thus honored over the past 18 years) and a Silver Bear for Best Actress, […]

    nordmedia Talk – Film Location Bremen

    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

    From Peter Zadek’s Ich bin ein Elefant, Madame (1968), the first feature-length fiction film shot in Bremen, over Sommer in Lesmona filmed in the 1980s, up to such recent productions as Neele Leana Vollmer’s Urlaub vom Leben (2005) or Fatih Akin’s Auf der anderen Seite (2007) – the nordmedia-Talk Bremen on 4 September 2007 showed […]

    nordmedia Christian Petzold – German auteur director

    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

    Credit nordmedia with a key supportive hand in the striking career of Christian Petzold, acclaimed today as one of Germany’s leading auteur directors. International recognition first came when Petzold’s Die innere Sicherheit (The Inner Security, aka The State I Am In) (2000) was touted as FIPRESCI Discovery of the Year at the 2001 Cannes festival. […]

    nordmedia Michael Ballhaus at “Hands on HD” Workshop

    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

    Only a few German camera professionals are also celebrated for their success in Hollywood, to say nothing of having been nominated three times for an Oscar. One of these is Michael Ballhaus, diploma photographer and born Berliner, who alternately lives there and in Los Angeles. If such a thing exists as a director’s eye, then […]

    nordmedia Talk Hannover 2007

    Thursday, January 1st, 2009

    New concepts by today’s producers were aired at the 2007 nordmedia Talk Hannover. Away from television and total buy-out of rights to freely financed cinema coproductions – this fundamental position was keynoted in the formation of S.H.I.P. and X Filme International. The managing directors of both of these newly formed companies in Lower Saxony discussed […]

    nordmedia Festival Landscape

    Thursday, January 1st, 2009

    The major film festivals in Lower Saxony and Bremen offer an important platform for the international cinema. Conceived as film festivals for the public, they present collectively an interesting forum for the German film market. The festival landscape is broad and rich in diverse facets. Since 2001, nordmedia has been supporting this important and far-reaching […]

    nordmedia Interview Jochen Coldewey & Thomas Schäffer

    Thursday, January 1st, 2009

    The following interview with Thomas Schäffer, Managing Director of nordmedia – Die Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen mbH, and Jochen Coldewey, Head of Project Funding at nordmedia, took place in 2006 in conjuction with a KINO Special on nordmedia in October of 2006. As the interview confirms, nordmedia, based in Hannover, was riding a wave of festival successes […]