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.
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.
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.