FILMLAND MV gGmbH was founded in 2006 as a non-profit consulting company for the film and TV industry in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (in German: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, or MV for short) and has been active in the fields of film production, film presentation and media education ever since.
FILMLAND MV's pivotal activities are: all-year support and advice for film teams who choose to shoot in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania through FILM COMMISSION MV, organising the annual FILMKUNSTFEST MV (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival of Cinematic Arts) taking place in the state's capital city of Schwerin in early May as well as co-ordinating the SCHULKINOWOCHE MV (Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania School Cinema Week) taking place each year in November as part of its media-education initiative.
Welcome to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as a film and media location, the perfect place to shoot a film because its landscape comes up with a gorgeous natural backdrop, a second-to-none building stock as well as sceneries featuring both a stunning atmosphere and a remarkable authenticity. The region's filming locations are pristine and seldom seen, many of which even undiscovered. The councils are not only well-prepared to bid filmmakers welcome but also very much keen on providing the infrastructure required by them.
An affiliate of FILMLAND MV, FILM COMMISSION MV look forward to introducing you to this impressive region. Please make use of the substantial services we are rendering to film and TV producers, promotional and corporate film companies as well as multimedia producers considering to put their projects into action in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, such as providing information about certain filming locations, providing support as far as finding the perfect scenery is concerned or putting you in contact with the appropriate person in charge. We have internalised all formalities necessary to obtain permissions to shoot and gladly let you know what public subsidies are available when it comes to your particular film projects. On top of that, we provide a comprehensive and constantly updated database comprising filming locations and accompanying services.
FILMKUNSTFEST MV (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival of Cinematic Arts) was founded in spring 1990 by filmmakers based in the region of today's Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania as the very first film festival in East Germany, just months before the German Reunification, combining film and fine arts, such as photo exhibitions, readings of selected works of literature or music performances.
Once a year, the festival takes place in early May, opening on a Tuesday and ending on a Sunday. Its main venue is the six-screen Filmpalast Capitol multiplex cinema which was built in 1936 and which is within walking distance from every hotel in the city centre of Schwerin. During the film festival, screenings take place almost all day long and there is an information counter available at the Filmpalast Capitol's entrance area. The cinema's largest screen is one of the most beautiful film-theatre halls in Germany.
FILMKUNSTFEST MV arranges four competitions regarding motion pictures either produced or co-produced in Germany, Austria or Switzerland that are being decided on by four juries. These competitions include feature films (10 entries), documentary features (10 entries), feature-length children's or youth films (6 to 8 entries) and short films (20 entries). Entailing a prize money of approximately EUR 50,000 for the abovementioned competitions, the film festival in Schwerin is one of the most important competitive film festivals in Germany, particularly for up-and-coming directors.
This festival is characterised by a laid-back, almost familiar atmosphere allowing the audience to get in touch with the attending filmmakers, for instance after a screening during a Q&A with directors and actors. At both the cinema and the festival café, plenty of moderated film talks take place; 2016 even through co-operation with four political foundations addressing matters of cultural and social policy.
One of the highlights of each FILMKUNSTFEST MV is the honorary award which is bestowed by the Minister-President of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania upon an actress or an actor for outstanding accomplishments in the film industry. A complimentary tribute of selected films starring the respective honouree accompanies this award. Additionally, the film festival showcases treasures of the DEFA era as well as contemporary films produced in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania ("Films made in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania") or co-produced by the regional TV and radio broadcaster NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk).
Moreover, each FILMKUNSTFEST MV features a so-called "guest country" by screening current films from the country in question, every once in a while also by organising film concerts, as happened with Turkey in 2014, with France in 2015 and with Belgium in 2016. In 2015, the Focus Baltic Sea section was introduced by the festival's Artistic Director Volker Kufahl. This section takes a closer look at film productions from the Baltic rim countries, which are Sweden, Finland, the Baltics, Poland and Russia, and emphasises the cinematographic diversity in a specific cultural area.
The FILMKUNSTFEST MV's short-film night enjoys cult status amongst many fans of the festival. This event screens out-of-competition short films in several sections to be voted on by the attending audience for a short-film night winner according to popularity.
Last but definitely not least, in 2015 the FILMKUNSTFEST MV included the Cinéfête Youth Film Festival in its programme showcasing French-speaking children's and youth films with German subtitles, usually 8 feature films and 16 short films, to our younger cinema-goers and their accompanying teachers.
About 18,000 visitors, journalists, filmmakers and actors attend the FILMKUNSTFEST MV each year.