Cooperation instead of competition
In view of the worldwide Covid 19 pandemic, the film festivals of Toronto, New York, Telluride and Venice have decided not to compete for film titles and prizes this year, but to work closely together. “We will exchange ideas and information. We offer our festivals as a joint platform for the best cinema we can find. We are here to serve the filmmakers, the audience, the media and the members of the industry who make sure the film ecosystem thrives. We must do this together,” says a joint statement from the festival makers.
Action Painting with Beethoven
In Beethoven’s anniversary year 2020, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie presents Ludwig van Beethoven’s 7th Symphony as the starting point and highlight of a multimedia and interactive performance entitled ALLE SINNE FÜR DIE SIEBTE (ALL THE SENSES FOR THE SEVENTH). The four movements will be reinterpreted through action painting, choreography, physical theatre and video art and made tangible with the senses, before “the Future Orchestra” musically concludes the programme with a performance of the 7th Symphony. In view of the corona pandemic with the cancellation of numerous anniversary events to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, ALLE SINNE FÜR DIE SIEBTE represents the first big bang after the enforced hiatus for the cultural landscape.
Global games market grows
The global games market will generate a turnover of about 159.3 billion US dollars in 2020. The growth rate will thus remain comparable to that between 2018 and 2019, with an increase of 9.3 percent, or approximately 141.1 billion euros at current exchange rates. By 2023, global sales are expected to clear the mark of 200 billion US dollars. This is the result of the current report “2020 Global Games Market” by Dutch market research company Newzoo.
KI paintings to match personality
Researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) that paints a suitable artistic painting of any person based on their personality. After talking to a digital avatar, the algorithm analyzes the essence of a person using audio and video recordings. Based on this information, a modified version of the Google tool DeepDream then generates a stylized image of the individual. The coloring and the virtual “brushstrokes” thus depend on the character of the painted person. According to the researchers, the algorithm is an important step towards artistically gifted AI.
Application phase for gamescom award 2020
Applications for the gamescom award 2020 are now invitied. Official gamescom partners have until 4 pm on 7 August to submit their games and products to the award office. The award will be presented in a total of 27 categories, and the selected winners will be announced from Thursday, August 27th during the gamescom: Opening Night Live opening show. Further awards of the gamescom award 2020 will be presented on Sunday, August 30th during the gamescom: Best of Show..
Bank of Japan with virtual tour
The Bank of Japan has digitized its museum tour and offers it as a multi-part virtual tour on its website. Visitors can easily experience the popular tour from the comfort of their own homes during the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Those who want to take a closer look at the venerable bank walls can even go on a treasure hunt in the VR version. The headquarters of the Bank of Japan is located in Nihonbashi, a business district of Tokyo. It consists of a newly constructed complex and the old building, which was built in 1896 and is now listed as a national cultural heritage site..
Tommi is waiting
The submission phase for the Tommi 2020 has started. Publishers can apply for the German Children’s Software Award with their apps, electronic toys, PC and console games. The deadline for entries is 6 August. The award ceremony is to take place during the Frankfurt Book Fair on 16 October 2020. This year, for the first time, learning and educational games will also be awarded in the “Education” category.
FFF publishes new TV guideline
New players, increased competition and different usage habits: The changes in the market have led to a revision of the funding base. Following the guidelines updated last year, the FFF has now adapted its TV guidelines according to the developments. It has been updated by a guideline commission, and parallel to this there have been talks with representatives of the broadcasters and producers. The TV guidelines were adopted by the supervisory board of the FFF Bayern. The guideline is available HERE.HERE.HERE.
Greens demand one billion euros more for culture
In view of the corona crisis, Green Party leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt is calling for a nationwide subsistence allowance for self-employed people in need of around 1200 euros per month and at least one billion euros more for culture. She is very concerned that after the crisis many musicians, showmen and artists will no longer be around, she told the newspaper “Bild am Sonntag”. Only recently, members of the European Parliament had also called for more financial support for the cultural sector. The Chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Culture Committee, Sabine Verheyen (CDU), warned that the cultural sector has been hit particularly hard by the corona pandemic. Freelancers and authors, for example, had hardly been able to benefit from previous aid programmes.
Emergency aid for 54 Hessian cinema
Through HessenFilm’s emergency aid programme, 54 cinemas in Hessen will receive a total of 477,470 euros in support in dealing with the exceptional situation caused by coronavirus. The money goes to cinemas throughout Hessen, from the Rhine-Main region to the Sauerland, from East Hessen to the Lahn Valley. “Cinema as a cultural venue thrives on the exchange between people. It is precisely this encounter, this shared experience that has been hard hit by the Covid 19 pandemic”, explains Minister of Art and Culture Angela Dorn. “With its emergency aid programme, the Hessen Film Fund supports cinemas in coping with this special challenge, in addition to other programmes of the Federal Government and the State of Hessen”.
Support for digital productions
On August 3, the new Medienboard funding programme for digital film production will be launched in Berlin-Brandenburg. It comprises an annual volume of two million euros provided by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Companies. It is aimed at executive film producers with special expertise in CGI and VFX. All stages of digital film production are eligible for funding; in particular, “projects that can be expected to produce economic effects for Berlin and can demonstrate an outstanding creative quality” are to be supported.
German Films supports 24 movies
The Distribution Support Award Committee of German Films has now decided to support 24 cinema releases of German films abroad. A total of 182,500 euros in funding has been awarded. The films considered include “Undine”, “System Splitter” and “German Lesson”. The funding programme Distribution Support, which was launched in 2005, supports the cinema release of German films abroad. Subsidies are granted for additional measures to the already planned release campaign of foreign distributors. The support up to a maximum amount of 50,000 euros is granted in the form of a conditionally repayable loan. Grant amounts of up to 10,000 Euro can also be awarded as a subsidy.