filmportal.de is a division of Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF.
The portal was initially built in co-operation with CineGraph - Hamburgisches Centrum für Filmforschung e.V. and with the support of members of the Deutsche Kinematheksverbund and the film industry's associations.
Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF, based in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden, is the oldest institution dedicated to the art form film in Germany. Since 1949, the institute has systematically collected and processed information on all German releases and film-related materials and objects. Today, the institute's collections encompass extensive selections of films, photos and posters as well as a unique corpus of texts and articles on film and cinema. Aside from research projects, another focus of the institute is the dissemination of film culture. This includes the non-commercial distribution of films and the hosting of events such as goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film. The development of a central database for German film has been part of the institute's agenda since 1997. Members of the institute's board are the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the State of Hesse, the cities of Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden, the SPIO and individual film industry associations, Degeto-Film GmbH, the public TV network ZDF, the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, the Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen, TaurusMedia License Service GmbH and EOS Entertainment.
Partnerships and co-operations
The initial release of filmportal.de was accomplished in cooperation with CineGraph - Hamburgisches Centrum für Filmforschung. Since the early 1980s, CineGraph has been running a bio-filmographic database. This pioneer work documenting film in Germany then formed the basis for numerous national and international events, research projects and publications, establishing CineGraph as one of the most outstanding and productive film institutions at home and abroad. In November 2004, CineGraph launched its new event CineFest - International Festival of German Film Heritage, which takes place annually in Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna and Zurich.
Furthermore, there are also cooperation agreements with the Deutsche Kinematheksverbund, the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE), the DEFA-Stiftung, ARTE, the Goethe-Institutions, German Films, the Deutsche Filmakademie (German Film academy) and the Berlinale (Perspektive Deutsches Kino).
Filmportal.de also cooperates with Vision Kino - Gemeinnützige GmbH, Netzwerk für Film- und Medienkompetenz.