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The company FILMLAND MV gGmbH was founded as a non-profit consultant for the film and TV industry in the federal state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern = MV) in 2006. It is active in the fields of film production, film presentation and media education.

Its main tasks are to give year-round support and advice for film teams using Mecklenburg-West Pomerania as a film location and the organization of the FILMKUNSTFEST MV (Film Festival) in the capital City of Schwerin each year at the beginning of May.

Additionally, the FILMLAND MV gGmbH coordinates the SCHULKINOWOCHE MV (schools cinema week) in the field of media education, each year in November.

With its specific natural settings, its unparalleled buildings, its cinematic settings with extraordinary atmosphere and authenticity, Mecklenburg-Pomerania has become an exciting filming site. Many of its fresh locations are yet to discover. Mecklenburg-Pomerania’s people are open-minded concerning film shootings and are ready to provide a moderate infrastructure.

FILM COMMISSION MV offers advice on specific locations and helps finding the perfect film set, it provides contacts to creative and technical personnel and service providers in the film sector, and helps with shooting permits and possibilities of film funding in Mecklenburg-Pomerania. Our team provides for an up-to-date database for filming sites and accompanying personnel and services  on our website.

The FILMKUNSTFEST MV was founded in spring 1990 by filmmakers in the region of Mecklenburg–West Pomerania. The event was the first new film festival in Eastern Germany after reunification, combining film and fine arts. Each year, it takes place in the first week of May, starting on Tuesday and finishing on Sunday, in the Capital City of Schwerin. The main location of the festival is the Filmpalast Capitol with six screens, the big hall being one of the most beautiful movie theatre halls in Germany.

The FILMKUNSTFEST MV hosts four competitive sections for film productions from German speaking countries, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, or co-productions with these countries. These films are supposed to be either full-length feature films, full-length documentaries, full-length children’s- or youth films, or short films. With the several juries, the FILMKUNSTFEST MV is an important competitive festival for films in German language in Germany, particularly for young directors.

An important part of the festival is the award given to a renowned actor or actress for life-time achievement by the Minister-President of the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, accompanied by a film tribute. In addition, the festival presents treasures of East-German film history (DEFA) as well as fresh films produced in the region (“Made in MV”) or in co-operation with the regional broadcasting company NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk).

Moreover, every year the festival presents a “guest country” along with an extended film and cultural programme. In addition “Focus Baltic Sea” presents long and short feature and documentary films from the Baltic Sea region, which is of big importance for the region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in respect of culture, economy and common history.