German Film Academy

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German Film Academy eV
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purpose Promotion and strengthening of German film and the German Film Prize
President: Ulrich Matthes
Executive Director: Anne Leppin and Maria Köpf
Establishment date: September 8, 2003
Number of members: 1980 (as of October 2018)
Number of employees: 10
Seat : Berlin

The German Film Academy was founded on September 8, 2003 in Berlin . It is intended to offer filmmakers a forum for discussion and to promote the reputation of German film: through publications, screenings, regular discussion events and the promotion of film as a subject in schools. Since 2005, the winners of the German Film Prize Lola have been elected by the members of the German Film Academy. Benjamin Herrmann is the chairman .

The association sees itself as an independent organization and is financed by membership fees of full members, honorary members, sustaining members and members of the Freundeskreis. In addition to the founding members, ordinary members are other filmmakers recommended by at least two ordinary members who have applied for membership and have been accepted. All winners of the German Film Prize automatically become members by declaring themselves. Honorary members are made members of the German Film Academy for their services to German film. Supporting members are companies and legal entities from the film industry. Friends are other filmmakers who want to support the association's work. The academy has almost 2000 members (as of October 2018).

The first presidents were Senta Berger and Günter Rohrbach . In 2010 Iris Berben and Bruno Ganz were elected as their successors. Iris Berben has held the office alone since 2013. After a total of three terms in office, she decided not to run for office again. The general assembly elected Ulrich Matthes as his successor on February 10, 2019 . At the same time, Philipp Weinges ended his offices as director of the script section and as co-chairman of the board. Martin Heisler (production), Lisy Christl (production / costume design / make-up) and Sven S. Poser (screenplay) were newly elected to the board of directors of the German Film Academy as deputy board members.

Anne Leppin and Maria Köpf have been co-managing directors of the German Film Academy since April 2019 . After a long time in which Leppin filled the position alone, the management is returning to a dual leadership position.

In 2008, the Academy launched the Internet service 24 - The Knowledge Portal of the German Film Academy . The portal provides insights into the process of making a movie and aims to make the work of the individual filmmakers more transparent and understandable. In spring 2011, the Filmmakers project in Prison began.

In May 2018, the association took part in the establishment of the Themis trust agency against sexual harassment and violence .

The German Film Academy should not be confused with the German Film Academy Babelsberg, which existed from 1938 to 1944, or the two current training centers, the German Film and Television Academy Berlin and the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg .

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  1. ^ Statutes of the German Film Academy, in the new version of November 8, 2015 ( Memento of September 21, 2018 in the Internet Archive )
  2. a b The German Film Academy invites new members. German Film Academy, October 16, 2018, accessed on February 21, 2019 .
  3. Management & team. German Film Academy, accessed on February 21, 2019 .
  4. The Academy. German Film Academy, accessed on February 21, 2019 .
  6. Film Academy elects Presidium and Executive Board , German Film Academy from February 11, 2019, accessed February 12, 2019
  7. Jochen Müller: Maria Köpf becomes co-managing director of the German Film Academy. Blickpunkt: Film , September 20, 2018, accessed February 20, 2019 .
  8. Federal Government | News | Industry initiative launches “Trust Office Against Sexual Harassment” - Grütters: The time of silence must be over! Retrieved June 1, 2018 .