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NRW on the starting block: gamescom 2015 begins next week

The coming week will see Cologne again becoming the meeting place for the international games sector. The seventh edition of the gamescom, the world's largest event for interactive entertainment, will open on Wednesday, 05.08.. The Koelnmesse is expecting to host more than 700 exhibitors from over 40 countries.

NRW-funded documentary essay „Francofonia" in Venice’s Competition

The documentary essay „Francofonia" by Alexander Sokurov is competing at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in the competition for the Golden Lion. The French-German-Dutch co-production about the Louvre and its unknown history under the German occupation was backed by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW with 85,000 Euros.

German-French funding programme in Cannes

New bilateral funding programme: The German-French agreement for the joint development of TV fiction series was signed at the Plage du Gray d'Albion during the 68th Festival du Film de Cannes. The aim of the fund is to develop TV fiction series which are made as German-French co-productions.

61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

The 61st edition of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, the world's most significant and oldest short film festival, will take place in Oberhausen's Lichtburg from 30 April to 5 May, 2015. With Lars Henrik Gass as its director, the festival will this year be presenting a total of 504 shorts from all over the world.

Jubilee: 150th meeting of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW’s funding committee

The most important decision-making body of NRW's film funding infastructure, the main jury of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, met this week for the 150th time in order to take decisions on the funding of film and TV projects from North Rhine-Westphalia. Since the year of the Filmstiftung's founding, the main jury has backed 5,645 projects.

"Mustang": NRW-backed debut at the Cannes Film Festival

The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW will be represented at the 68th Festival de Cannes with a debut feature: the international co-production „Mustang“ by Deniz Gamze Ergüven is screening in the „Quinzaine des Réalisateurs“ sidebar. The German co-producers are the Düsseldorf-based Vistamar Filmproduktion and Cologne's Uhlandfilm.

Tribeca Film Festival in New York with three NRW co-productions

The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW is represented at the 14th edition of New York's Tribeca Film Festival (15 - 26 April) with three films. The competition has invited "Sworn Virgin" ("Vergine giurata") by Laura Bispuri. Fatih Akin's "The Cut" will be presented in Spotlight and "El Cinco" by Adrián Biniez will screen in the Viewpoints sidebar.

NRW Media Forum 2015 – "Platform for Dialogue on the Digital Future"

The 27th NRW Media Forum will take place in Cologne from Tuesday, 9 June to Thursday, 11 June and, in co-operation with the ANGA COM and INTERACTIVE COLOGNE, will be offering an enhanced, compact conference programme for the media, broadband and digital industries. NRW Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft will be opening the NRW