The 19th edition of Cottbus FF as “key element” of German-Russian film cooperations:

joint agreement initiated

Within the festival's "Russkiy Den" members of the "Russian Round Table" have agreed to bring forward a

German-Russian film agreement in cooperation with the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Germany,

Vladimir Kotenev. First steps have been initiated already: Ambassador Kotenev announced a meeting

of the Russian film industry in Moscow for November 18th 2009 to further promote the agreement.

During the meeting in Cottbus participants emphasized the festival's remarkable role concerning German-

Russian film cooperations. Kirsten Niehuus, managing director of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg declares:

"Cottbus has become the key element of German-Russian film cooperations." Ambassador Kotenev especially

thanked the organisators for establishing the "Russkiy Den". Andrey Plakhov, the well-known

Russian film critic and FIPRESCI-president, also emphasized the extraordinary effect of the festival: "Film-

Festival Cottbus plays a very positive role in German-Russian relations, especially since the Berlinale hardly

is a platform for Russian cinema."

This assessment is supported by the fact that the "Friends of the German-Russian film academy" association

based in Cottbus has been recently registered, as Bernd Schiphorst, its initiator and at the same time

president of the FilmFestival's curatorship stated. According to Schiphorst the Friends' association was

supposed to lead to the founding of an academy with the main task of developing and funding joint film


Among the guests of the "Russian Round Table" were also Manfred Schmidt, president of the Mitteldeutsche

Medienförderung, Simone Baumann, agent for Eastern Europe of German Films as well as president

of the "Friends of the German-Russian film academy" association, Prof. Dieter Wiedemann, president of

the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf, representatives of the Russian Ministry of Culture

and the Petersburg Dialogue as well as Jörg Ackermann, Festival Organizer and Roland Rust, Festival Director,

as well as many German and Russian filmmakers.

Since 2008, the FilmFestival Cottbus has been dedicating a special programme for Russia as the country

with the most film productions in Eastern Europe. During the "Russkiy Den" (Russian Day) on Nov 11th

the current Russian cinema was in the focus of the festival theatre Weltspiegel. For the detailed programme

see http://www.filmfestivalcottbus.de/

Press contact during the Festival: +49 355 2886054

Tamina Kutscher

Assistenz Presse-und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

19. FilmFestival Cottbus

Festival des osteuropäischen Films

Festival of East European Cinema

10.-15. November 2009

Fon: +49 (355) 43 107-16

Fax: +49 (355) 43 107-20