Conference future uncertain

Cologne event has lined up 40 films and skeins

COLOGNE — Industryites at the Medienforum NRW/Cologne Conference in early July will find out how the change of government after Sunday’s election in North-Rhine Westphalia will affect media funding.

The Social Democrats (SPD), governing party in NRW for 39 years, is handing over the reins to the Christian Democrats (CDU).

“At the fund awarding sessions, we often had the impressions that the CDU representatives preferred more commercial films,” a rep from the confab said.

The Cologne event has lined up 40 films and skeins.

American contributions are fewer than last year, when the U.S. was the fest’s partner country.

Selections include docus “Dig!,” about rockers the Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre; “Monster Road,” about animator Bruce Bickford; and Jonathan Stack’s “Liberia: An Uncivil War.”

“The strongest country for fictional series is, again, the U.K., with the emphasis shifting from recent history to dark comedy,” said Cologne Conference topper Martina Richter.

British selections include BBC-produced “My Life in Film” and the revival of sci-fi skein “Doctor Who.”

Standing out among Teutonic contributions is mockumentary “Nasse sachen” (Wet Clothes), about a mother educating herself on the Internet to be a professional killer.

The conference also plans a retrospective of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s TV work.

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