BERLIN — After hosting Hollywood and European productions by such heavyweights as Bryan Singer, Stephen Daldry, the Wachowski brothers and Roman Polanski, regional film org Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is eager to boost the international appeal of the German capital, not to mention its subsidy coin, and is now targeting Bollywood.
The Medienboard will present the Berlin film industry and its advantages and financing possibilities at a special event on Nov. 2 in Mumbai to an audience of Indian producers and creative professionals.
Among the highlights of the presentation will be a discussion on co-production opportunities with German filmmakers and the ongoing development of potential joint projects.
Organizers also point to the fact that Bollywood and stars such as Shahrukh Khan enjoy massive popularity and huge fan followings in Germany.
“Attractive financing and funding opportunities, internationally competitive service providers, a large pool of creative cinema professionals and a wide array of impressive settings make Germany’s capital region an internationally attractive location for film production,” said Christiane Raab, head of the Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission.
Part of the Medienboard, the BBFC is the main contact agency for foreign production companies and filmmakers interested in shooting in the capital region. The BBFC provides assistance relating to applications, shooting permits, locations and equipment and also facilitate other necessary contacts.
With an overall subsidy volume of E30 million ($39 million), the Medienboard is the second-biggest regional film fund in the country behind North Rhine-Westphalia’s Filmstiftung NRW.