Surviving in the Film Business

  • Industry Event, Public

  • 11:00 - 12:30


Saturday, 13. April - 11:00

Theater – Brauhauskeller

Panel: Surviving in the film business

Staying creative between wages, bread and rent: How do filmmakers navigate the balancing act between art and commerce?


A film director once answered the question “How does he manage to survive if he can only make a film every five years?” by saying that he writes new material and that nine out of ten films he develops end up in the drawer and otherwise he makes “Maggi cream of asparagus soup”. In this case, he does not mean packet soup as a synonym for poverty-induced food, but that he has kept his head above water with commercials.


How do creative filmmakers manage to earn a living? How do actresses over 40 still get roles? How do screenwriters spin networks? How long does an ambitious director have to hold out to be allowed to shoot his first feature film? All these questions and more will be answered at this panel discussion.


The moderator will be film composer André Feldhaus.


On the podium:

  • Florian Eichinger (Director) – After the arthouse drama “Die Händer meiner Mutter” (Best Director, Munich Film Festival), which was partly shot in Bremen, Eichinger shot the series “Jenny – echt gerecht” for RTL and “Ein Fall für Zwei” for ZDF. Eichinger is currently working on the high-end series “The Mountain”.
  • Hildegard Schroedter (actress) The successful actress acts as a supporting actress for cinema (“Der Vorleser”) and television (“Charité”, “Babylon Berlin”). She can currently be seen in the series “Dr. Ballouz” and “Deutsches Haus”.
  • Georg Lippert (screenwriter) Austrian-born Georg Lippert, who lives in Bremen, quickly established himself as a sought-after screenwriter after completing his studies. In addition to several Tatort episodes, he is currently writing the series “Crooks” for Netflix.
  • Sandra Prechtel (documentary film director) After “Sportfreund Lötzsch”, the graduate film and literature scholar celebrated success with her film “Roland Klick – The Heart is a Hungry Hunter” in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2013. Most recently, the documentary “Liebe Angst”, produced in Bremen, was released in 2023.


Concept and organization: Mike Beilfuß


This panel will be held in German

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