Showcase leaves Munich for first time

COLOGNE — The only showcase of German-language film for international buyers will move from Munich to Cologne this summer for the first time.

The Munich Previews confab was established in 2001 within the Munich Film Festival.

The change of location will also bring a change of name. Current working title is the German Films Previews.

Showcase is set up by the interest group of the country’s film exporters, German Films, which was known as the Export Union from 1950-2004.

“It will be similar to what we’ve done in Munich, but we wanted to try a new surrounding,” a German Films spokesman said, noting that Cologne is an important media hub and home of two international distribs.

While the date hasn’t been set, it will likely be in July, after the industry’s Medienforum/Cologne Conference in June.

German Films expects some 50-60 buyers, mainly from Europe, to attend the Previews, which will assemble exporters such as Media Luna, the Match Factory, Bavaria, Beta Cinema and Telepool.

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