Since 2010, the International Film Festival Berlin, the Deutsche Filmakademie and German Films collectively host the project LOLA at Berlinale. The programme of this series consists of a collection of films shortlisted for the German Film Award. The selection is made by a set of commissions (Feature Film and Documentary) appointed by the German Film Academy. During the course of the festival, all films are being screened once at festival cinema CinemaxX 1 on Potsdamer Platz, and in this vein are made accessible to both an accredited national– and international audience of professionals, as well as members of the Filmakademie, who are eligible to elect the nominees for the German Film Award. The series remains an important and remarkable component of the European Film Market, and annually continues to provide its guests with a well-arranged, select retrospective on a year’s outpour of German Cinema.
Antoine Monot, Jr. functions as the programme’s co-host for some years already. This year he will be supportet by another member of the German Film Academy Peter Lichtefeld for the first time.
„The Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) being an international film festival committed to the welfare of German cinema, a partnership with the German Film Academy seems a matter of course, considering that it shares the same goals”, festival director Dieter Kosslick states with regard to the cooperation. „I am convinced that, by means of this series, the Berlin International Film Festival has created another successful contribution toward the international promotion of German Cinema. On this note, we are also particularly delighted for the support of German Films.”
„For the German Film Academy, our participation in the programme of the Berlin International Film Festival signifies both a great honour and a fantastic opportunity, which we are keen to make use of“, chairman of the board Thomas Kufus comments on the programme. „We are able to present these films, which have been created here and have been selected by members of the industry personally, to a curious professional public from all over the world, and the films get the chance to be experienced on the big screen within this exceptional environment, by an audience that is both interested and itself intriguing."