- German Federal Film Fund Statistics Indicate Strong Year for Theaters in Germany (but less so for German Films); Medienboard announces Record-Breaking Production Activity in Berlin-Brandenburg Region and an Increase of Funds
- September 26, 2017 | Authors: Christoph Enaux; Viola Bensinger
- Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Berlin Office
On Aug.16, the German Federal Film Fund FFA published the 2017 half-yearly figures for the German theatrical market. Total box office revenues for January through June amount to approximately 519 million Euro, a plus of 7.7 percent compared to the first half of 2016. The number of moviegoers also increased to 60.2 million (a plus of 4.9 percent). German films, however, were only able to draw 10.5 million moviegoers, a decrease of five million compared to the first half of 2016, which resulted in a mere 18 percent market share (compared to 26.7 percent previously).Regional film fund medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), which released their 2016 report (in German only) Aug. 22, announced record numbers both for production activity in the region (approximately 5,000 days of photography) and the so-called "regional effect." "Regional effect" describes the ratio of how much was spent on production in the region to the amount of funding disbursed, which in 2016 amounted to 473 percent, meaning almost five times the amount of funding disbursed was spent. MBB also announced a budget increase of 1.2 million Euro for 2018 (compared to approximately 32 million Euro for the current year).