In the film industry, as is the case in many other industries, the key to success is the ability to communicate unambiguously and seamlessly. This is why Filmfest Hamburg chose us as its translation partner, entrusting us with the task of producing multilingual content for external communication purposes. It’s especially important to find the right tone and to communicate the message clearly. By using designated translators and terminology databases, we provide Filmfest Hamburg with consistent translations, year after year.
Fabian has been in charge of the Filmfest’s marketing and sponsoring divisions since 2011. And he has been tolingo’s point of contact for the annual collaboration since 2012. As a creative, he was captivated by the world of film from an early age and remains just as dedicated a fan today, thanks to the sheer diversity of subjects cinema touches upon. We were keen to find out even more:
What do the Filmfest and tolingo have in common and what makes this collaboration so special?
What’s special about the Filmfest and about tolingo: We bring people from different cultures together through the medium of language. Whether this is on a daily basis, like at tolingo, or for 10 days of the year, like the Filmfest – we’re both conveying the same message. By collaborating with tolingo, we are able to make use of an experienced language services provider, capable of taking on our translation assignments without fuss and even at the last minute, if deadlines are tight.
Can you briefly explain how the Filmfest began?
In 1992, in the spirit of the motto “Filmfest für alle – überall in Hamburg” (“A film festival for everyone – throughout Hamburg”), the first Filmfest took place in Hamburg. To date, around 2,800 national and international productions have had their world, European or German premieres at FILMFEST HAMBURG. The festival has grown continuously over the years and the number of attendees has increased more than ten times over since 1992.
What does Filmfest Hamburg represent?
FILMFEST HAMBURG is a festival for the public. Every autumn, more than 40,000 film fans flock to take part. Over ten days, around 120 feature films and documentaries from Germany and abroad are screened at a total of eleven theatres, with each of these making its German, European or even global premiere. The varied programme includes eleven permanent categories with other genres added on a yearly basis, i.e. everything from highbrow arthouse cinema productions and innovative mainstream movies to a vibrant children’s film and events programme for young cinemagoers.
What are this year’s highlights? What can you recommend to our readers?
This year, FILMFEST HAMBURG is screening 138 films from 57 countries, some of which were awarded prizes at the Sundance, Cannes, Locarno and Venice film festivals. The Filmfest will open with a screening of Woman at War by Benedikt Erlingsson, a poetic and quick-witted comedy set in Iceland which tells the story of one woman’s courage as she contends with a local aluminium lobby. Personally speaking, I am particularly excited about our finale screening LORO, a colourful biopic on the life of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi by Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino. So there’s lots to look forward to over the next ten days and we’re excited to see lots of film fans filling up the cinemas.
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview and for working together with tolingo with such great results. tolingo wishes every success to all those involved in Filmfest Hamburg.