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Movie professionals to meet during Filmfest Hamburg Industry Days

22 September 2023
All the latest movies and developments in TV to take centre stage from October 2-6

Around 132 feature films from 48 countries will screen during the 31st Filmfest Hamburg from September 28 to October 7, 2023. Acclaimed film directors including Wim Wenders, British director Ken Loach and French director Catherine Breillat are expected as well as many movie stars. Professionals will focus on all the latest developments in the movie industry during the "Filmfest Hamburg Industry Days" from October 2-6 in the Cinemaxx Dammtor. 

Industry marked by upheaval

"We are looking forward to increased co-operation with the German film and television industry and to networking even more internationally. The industry is in a state of upheaval and we want to open spaces for thought and discussion with our professional events," says Faysal Omer, who is responsible for the industry gathering. German director Dominik Graf will give an opening keynote for young German filmmakers. Topics include the portrayal of violence towards women/females, lesbians, intersex, non-binary and trans people, calls for more contemporary portrayals of women in film and television, promoting film material for female actors over 60 years, diversity and intersectionality, green productions and as well as the retention of rights for independent productions.

Festival event - Sweden guest country in 2023

The "Filmfest Hamburg Atelier 23" forum will give film students and international debut filmmakers opportunities to talk to representatives of the Cannes Film Festival's "Semaine de la Critique". Scandinavian and German producers will meet during the "Nordic Producers Club Plus" to discuss legal and financial aspects of movie productions. Producing for cinema and TV will be central to the Explorer Conference in the Catholic Academy in Hamburg, which is being held in co-operation with the Producers Association and Moin Filmförderung. German and international speakers will provide insight into their work and shed light on topics such as the creative use of artificial intelligence, diversity and new work.

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