Düsseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, was the location for the 19th edition of the German Films Previews. This year some 85 international buyers from 33 different countries were invited to the city on the Rhine for an intensive 3-day exchange with the German sales companies ARRI Media International, Beta Cinema, Films Boutique, Global Screen, m-appeal, Media Luna, Picture Tree International, Pluto Film, Sola Media and The Match Factory. The buyers were given the opportunity to screen 14 new German productions in the cinema as well as attend the newly established Works in Progress section where 11 upcoming projects where presented by the world sales companies. German Films’ managing director Simone Baumann commented on the new feature: “The Works in Progress was a great success, as the buyers today want to be informed about projects at an earlier date. We will certainly expand this section in the future.”

The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW generously supported this year’s German Films Previews and acted as the co-host for an exclusive evening event in Cologne. During this event, the international guests were given the possibility to meet representatives of the local film industry and learn more about the media region NRW.

Participants of the German Films Previews 2019 (© Elena Hill)