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Successful 5th German-French Film Rendez-Vous in Versailles

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More than 450 representatives of the film industry from France and Germany met in Versailles from November 22-24. For the first time this year, the German-French Film Rendez-Vous association invited a guest country to the event: 20 producers from Russia took part in the discussions and pitched their new projects.

There was a big response to the subject of the opening panel, "New financing possibilities and co-productions", from the participants in the hall of the Palais de Congrès in Versailles. Apart from the presentation of the DFFF, the discussion also centred on film financing costs and the role of banks.

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Two other very topical issues were digital cinema projections and developments in the field of VoD. Another very popular item on the agenda were the pitches by producers from Germany, France and Russia of a total of 27 new projects.

On November 23, nine German and nine French actors had the opportunity to speak with the delegates. Apart from showing footage from current films, August Diehl, Alexander Fehling, Martina Gedeck, Fabian Hinrichs, Sibel Kekilli, Anneke Kim Sarnau, Hinnerk Schoenemann, Joerdis Triebel and Sebastian Urzendowsky personally introduced themselves to the audience and to their French colleagues Georges Babluani, Nicolas Cazalé, Jennifer Decker, Valérie Donzelli, Mylène Jampanoi, Adrien Jolivet, Aϊssa Maϊga, Alysson Paradis and Melvil Poupaud.

The same evening, Minister for Culture and Media Bernd Neumann was made a "Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by his French colleague Christine Albanel.

At a members' assembly of the association on Saturday morning, the administrative board was confirmed for the next electoral period. Apart from the association president Margaret Menegoz, the board comprises Kirsten Niehuus (vice-president), Peter Sehr (vice-president) and Yves Marmion (treasurer). Also confirmed were Peter Dinges as a representative of FFA, Alfred Huermer as a representative of German Films as well as the Foreign Office (France) and CNC.

The 6th German-French Film Rendez-Vous will take place in Hamburg from November 20-22, 2008.

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