• Pia Hellenthal receives Gerd Ruge grant for "Searching Eva"

  • CINEMATCH Spotlight Docfilm - project presentation at achtung berlin

  • CINEMATCH Spotlight Docfilm - project presentation at Max Ophüls Preis

  • Award for Rita Bakacs' "Work For One Day" at DOK Leipzig 2015

  • CINEMATCH script and project development

CINEMATCH Berlin – founded in 2012 – is an independent program and a network initiative for the support of filmmakers. Between 2012 and 2015 we have opened up a space that - beyond premature compromises - has enabled filmmakers to develop their feature and documentary film projects more efficiently.

Within the frame of our script and project development programs we collaborated over 3 years together with 30 filmmakers from the independent scene. Of course we are particularly pleased by the success of each project.

One highlight has been the production of Rita Bakac's documentary film 'Work For One Day'. The film celebrated its premiere at DOK Leipzig in 2015 and won the Healthy Workplaces Film Award.
Grants and subsidies received Valentin Riedl for 'Lost in Face' (Wim Wenders Scholarship 2015), Lin Sternal for 'Perro' (FFA script funding 2016) and Pia Hellenthal for 'Searching Eva' (Gerd Ruge scholarship 2016) which she develops in collaboration with Giorgia Malatrasi. Among others are currently in production: Marcus Lenz and Lars Hubrich with '1000 Ants', Ina Bormann with 'Crystal' and Magda Wystub with 'Fragments of Freedom'.

A special thanks goes to our fellow activists and accomplices consisting of filmmakers and partners from the film industry without whose support our program and our events would not have been possible and who have built up jointly with us a like-minded network during the last years.

These include: Gabriella Bandel (Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis), Ole Böttcher und Aline Bonvin (filmArche e.V.), Sebastian Böhm (DCP Manufaktur), Sebastian Brose und Hajo Schäfer (achtung berlin), Gabriele Brunnenmeyer (Kuratorium junger deutscher Film), Susanne Dzeik (AG Dok), Fabian Gasmia (Detail Film), Leo Grün, Martin Hagemann (zero fiction film), Martin Heisler (Lichtblick Film), Kaman Sardar Khan (Camino Filmverleih), Jonas Knudsen und Roman Avianus (25p Media Group), Grit Lemke (DOK Leipzig), Claudia Messemer, Sirkka Möller (Berlinale Talents), Charlie Möller-Naß, Carolin Otto, Ines Schiller und Golo Schultz (FOGMA), Nico Sommer, Karsten Stöter (rohfilm), Sung-hyung Cho, Serpil Turhan, Radek Wegrzyn, Jan Zabeil.

CINEMATCH Berlin are: Luca Borkowsky (head), Cathy de Haan (head) and Linda Kirmse (production manager).

For the time being we are just in the process of relaunching CINEMATCH.

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