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Berlin International Film Festival

Glashütte Original has been a partner since 2011 of the Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the „Berlinale“, Germany’s biggest cultural event and one of the world’s leading film festivals.

The Berlinale celebrates the world’s best films and filmmakers, the history and culture of the medium and the extraordinary skills necessary to create a successful film. 

During the ten festival days in February, all eyes are on the films, filmmakers, actors and events.

Glashütte Original offers an exceptional retreat during the festival with its lounge on the 24th floor of the Kollhoff Tower.

It isn’t just the amazing views of Berlin and the red carpet that make this such a popular place to get together.

Actors, directors, producers and journalists from around the world meet in the Glashütte Original Lounge for discussions about films and filmmaking; interviews and receptions. 

Giving emerging talent an outlook on the future

Together with „Perspektive Deutsches Kino“ (Perspective on German Cinema) section of the Berlinale, the Manufactory created the „Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship“ to support young German directors.

The fellowship is funded by Glashütte Original and is intended to support young German directors in their research and the development of a screenplay.

The trophy awarded in 2012 to Annekatrin Hendel, the first to win the newly created Fellowship, was designed in the Manufactory’s own school of watchmaking.

An apprentice in his second year at the watchmaker’s „Alfred Helwig“ school designed it and built it in the tradition-rich workshops in Glashütte.

At the 63rd Berlinale, Jan Speckenbach was the happy winner of the €15,000 prize.

The winner was chosen by a jury comprised of prominent film industry players: author and director Hans-Christian Schmid; actress Nicolette Krebitz and the documentary and feature film producer and distributor Heino Deckert, all of whom are committed to supporting young German filmmakers and are closely associated with the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section of the Berlinale.

Berlin International Film Festival

Together with the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, the German watch manufactory inaugurated a series of discussions known as "Made in Germany - Talking about Films".

The purpose of the talks is enable the exchange of views between cineasts and filmmakers. Well over 100 people took the opportunity to participate in the discussions and to engage in a dialogue with filmmakers and film industry experts.

Since 2012, Glashütte Original and the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section of the festival have awarded the fellowship, funded entirely by the Saxon watch manufactory, to talented young German directors.

On February 7, 2014 Katja Eichinger presented the award trophy, which is built each year in the manufactory’s own Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking, to “Perspektive“ section head Linda Söffker. She accepted the prize on behalf of the two winners in 2014, Sandra Kaudelka and ...

… Sebastian Mez.

Jury members Angelina Maccarone (author and director), Jenny Schily (actress) and Jochen Laube (producer) selected “Rosebuds”, a treatment by Oskar Sulowski (2015), from the projects submitted. Eligible for the fellowship were directors who had presented a film in the “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” section last year.

In addition to the prize money for the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship”, the winner received a trophy that had been manufactured at Glashütte Original’s watchmaking school. And when Oskar Sulowski continues work on his project, he will now also be accompanied by a mentor.

Glashütte Original was also fortunate again this year to host a series of receptions; among the more memorable was that held in honour of Michael Ballhaus, recipient of this year's Honorary Golden Bear for a lifetime of exceptional achievement.

Almost every day during the festival the German watchmaker hosted warm-ups for the young directors, casts and crews of films showing in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, and for the 5th year in a row the manufactory presented the “Made in Germany − Perspektive Fellowship” award. This year's prize-winner was Janna Ji Wonders, happily on hand in the lounge to celebrate her award, talk to journalists and show off the trophy made, as every year, by apprentice watchmakers from Glashütte Original's own “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking.

Janna joins previous winners Annekatrin Hendel, Jan Speckenbach, Sandra Kaudelka and Sebastian Mez (ex aequo) and Oskar Sulowski, all up-and-coming German directors who have benefitted from the generous Glashütte Original-funded 15,000 euro award to work on new projects after showing their debut efforts at the festival. This year also saw continued support from the brand for the Retrospective section, whose efforts to bring the history of the art to life strike a chord with our own respect for traditional craftsmanship in watchmaking.

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