The funding of international co-productions has a long-standing tradition in the North, especially in the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. In 1993 and 1994 Film Fonds Hamburg hosted two Nordic Co-Production Workshops with our Scandinavian neighbours.
Since 1995 these successful co-production meetings have been continued by, initially, FilmFörderung Hamburg and since 2007 by Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH): In 1998 it organized Bridging Europe, a co-producers’ meeting with Irish and British producers, a year later it organized a co-production meeting in Denmark, and since 2001 FFHSH hosts the Irish German Forum. Additionally, FFHSH regularly invites North German producers and European co-production partners to its Co-Production Dinners at the Berlin International Film Festival since 2000. Countless contacts and numerous concrete projects have been established thanks to these meetings.
»Complex film and TV subjects are becoming increasingly difficult to realize without partners,« says Eva Hubert, Executive Director of Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. »Besides providing assistance with financial means, we as a funding institution are also keen to sharpen producers’ awareness of the marketability of their own products abroad.«
Hamburg boasts a large number of committed production companies who have access to manifold contacts abroad and have realized very successful films in cooperation with their partners – and will continue to be doing so in the future.
Please find a list of co-producers from Hamburg here
Please find a list of postproduction partners from Hamburg here.
Since 1995 Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein has supported more than 200 international co-productions. International cinema co-productions including BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
(KICK IT LIKE BECKHAM) by Gurinder Chadha, FLAME & CITRON
(TAGE DES ZORNS) by Ole Christian Madsen, EYES WIDE OPEN
(DU SOLLST NICHT LIEBEN) by Haim Tabakmann, SHE, A CHINESE
and UFO IN HER EYES
by Xiaolu Guo, EVERLASTING MOMENTS
(DIE EWIGEN AUGENBLICKE DER MARIA LARSSON) by Jan Troell, FATHER, SON & HOLY COW
by Radek Wegrzyn, UPPERDOG
by Sara Johnsen, EASY MONEY
by Daniel Espinosa, I, ANNA by Barnaby Southcombe and WAVES FROM HOME by Peter Dalle were produced by production companies from Hamburg and international partners, in part on location in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, and/or post-produced with companies from Northern Germany.