Berlin rolls out the red carpet for film and TV productions

Berlin rolls out the red carpet for film and TV productions

The city already sees 6,000 shooting days a year, which means the film’s shutter drops around 17 times a day.

Yesterday Berlin Mayor, Franziska Giffey, visited the hip “Delphi Lux” cinema in upscale Charlottenburg to hold a press conference on amendments to the city’s film and filming regulations.

The renewed policy project “Berlin as a welcoming city for cinema” (Berlin as a filmfreundliche Stadt) will build on the strengths of the German capital and expand it as a filming location.

The city first introduced the policy in 1999 and since then it has enjoyed great success attracting both television and film productions large and small. In reality, Berlin is currently the most popular filming location in Germany.

According to an official statement, the city sees around 6,000 filming days per year. As Managing Director of Film Financing at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Kristen Niehuus, said: “Flap film drops 17 times a day in the metropolitan area.”

The three main pillars of Berlin’s film strategy

Mayor Giffey explained that the project is based on three main pillars. First, the authorities plan to increase funding for Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburgthe main funding body for film and television productions in the German capital.

The Medienboard can expect 44 million euros for 2022 and 2023, an increase in their budget. Director Kirsten Niehuus also pointed out that it was a good investment for the local budget, as official estimates indicate that for every euro distributed by the Medienboard, film productions bring in 7 euros in Berlin.

In addition, the authorities plan to set up a single point of contact between film production and the city. This office is supposed to issue film production authorizations for the whole of Berlin. Before, this system was set up district by district and for some it worked quite well, while for others – not so much.

Finally, the plan provides for the modernization Berlin Film Academy “Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie” with more equipment and a new location.

Franziska Giffey was quoted in a press release: “Berlin is the capital of cinema. Our city already records the highest number of filming days in a Germany-wide comparison. The film industry is at home here and invests here with multiple effects for the region.

Marjorie N. McClure