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Innovations of the German Independence Award/ Co-operation with Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montréal

20.07.09

20-7-2009 - Innovations of the German Independence Award

The German Independence Award is going to see a major revision this year: The prize money of the
Audience Award has been doubled and it will be split between the winning film's director and its German distributor in the future. This year the sponsor EWE AG doubled the prize money of the German Independence Award ­ Audience Award. Thus increasing the prize money to 4.000 Euros. Furthermore the prize money in the categories "Audience Award" and "Best German Film" will be awarded differently: Starting this year the film's directors get one half, the other half goes to the German distribution. With this split the Oldenburg Film Festival wants to support the German film industry in addition to increasing the chances of outstanding independent movies to find German distribution. 

Co-operation with Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montréal: Best Oldenburg short gets invited 

There will also be more in store for entries in this year’s Short Film Section thanks to a new festival co-operation: For the first time ever the Oldenburg Film Festival will be handing out awards to short films ­ the best German-language and the best foreign-language short. For the winner of the German-language Award another festival invitation is in store: His short will participate in the competition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal in October. If it manages to win the Best Short Film Award there, it automatically qualifies for an Oscar nomination. This auspicious perspective is made possible by the new cooperation with the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal, a festival founded in 1971 and running from 7th to 18th of October this year. More about this festival: www.nouveaucinema.ca/2008/en/ 

Seymour Cassel presented with Lifetime Achievement Award at Downtown Film Festival’s gala screening

Downtown Film Festival of Los Angeles is honouring one of Oldenburg Film Festivals most beloved perennial guests: They announced that "Reach for Me" (World Premiere at Filmfest Oldenburg in 2008) will be shown as the 2009 Centerpiece Gala film, to be presented on Friday, August 14th, 2009 at 7:30pm at the United Artists Screening Theater inside the AT&T Center and that Seymour Cassel will be presented with the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award, and a gala party will follow the evening's programming. More info: www.dffla.com/news.php