Casting Award 2003 to Sabine Schroth

Since 1997 the International Television and Film Festival (Cologne Conference), in cooperation with Colonia Media, has awarded a prize for outstanding casting. The aim is to highlight the importance of casting work for film and TV productions. In addition, the award pays tribute to the role of independent, professional casting agencies in fostering a spirit of creativity in the film and television industry. The award is given to people whose casting achievements have had a decisive influence on current film and TV productions, or over a long period of time have always had a feeling for the right ensemble.
The recipient of the 2003 Casting Award is Sabine Schroth. Since 1981 she has made a major contribution to German and international large-scale productions
such as THE NAME OF THE ROSE, HOMO FABER, DER STELLVERTRETER and ROSENSTRAßE. In addition, she played a key role in German comedies rise to prominence in the 1990s. KLEINE HAIE, DAS SUPERWEIB and IRREN IST MÄNNLICH are just three movies that benefited from her nose for suspenseful acting constellations. And Sabine Schroth has had a special propensity to discover actors. The actors of KLEINE HAIE (little sharks) are stars today, she cast Frank Giering in his first cinema role, and she made Stefan Kurt into the »Schattenmann« (shadow man). Sabine Schroth’s name is not only associated with cinema productions but also inextricably entwined with great television moments. VIA MALA, VÄTER UND SÖHNE, DER GROßE BELLHEIM, GEGEN ENDE DER NACHT, and recently IM SCHATTEN DER MACHT are elaborate ensemble pieces that owe their success not least to the careful, sensitive work of Sabine Schroth.
The Cologne Conference congratulates Sabine Schroth on winning the Casting Award 2003:

Producer Award 2003 to Martin Hagemann und Thomas Kufus

Since 1998, the International Television and Film Festival (Cologne Conference) together with the Bundesverband Deutscher Fernsehproduzenten has presented an award for exceptional achievements in film and/or television production. In keeping with its charter, the award should highlight the significance of the producer’s creative and organizational contribution to the realization of high-quality film and television.

The Producer Award 2003 goes to Martin Hagemann and Thomas Kufus. In 1990, line producer Martin Hagemann and documentary film director Kufus found zero Film in a Berlin flat. International success soon follows in 1991 with Kufus’ BLOCKADE, a penetrating documentation of the Leningrad encirclement, seen from the angle of both world history and individual fate. This is followed in 1992 by their first feature film, MENSCHEN SIND WIE WÖLFE. Zero Film productions include »Das Kleine Fernsehspiel« and major cinema features; they offer up-and-coming and auteur film makers a professional working environment. With the multiple award-winning BLACK BOX BRD, they also show that a documentary film can be a box office success. In 2002 they prove that ‘reality’ formats can also provide sophisticated entertainment: With SCHWARZWALDHAUS 1902 they land a surprise hit for the ARD which is subsequently acknowledged with the prestigious Grimme Award. But Hagemann’s and Kufus’ work is not only successful on the domestic market: In 2002 their productions include Alexandr Sokurovs VATER UND SOHN, which was in competition at Cannes. In recognizing Hagemann and Kufus with this year’s award, the Cologne Conference honours two producers who, with enthusiasm and courage, have created a platform for independent , committed productions at the interface between film and television, feature and documentary.

The Cologne Conference congratulates Martin Hagemann and Thomas Kufus on winning the Producer Award 2003.

Screenwriter Award 2003 to Alexander Adolph

This year the International Television and Film Festival (Cologne Conference) together with the Bundesverband Deutscher Fernsehproduzenten and Network Movie once again pay tribute to the exceptional contributions of a television screenplay writer with an award: Already in its fourth year, this award honours the contribution made by the author to the preparation, production and ultimate success of a remarkable television or film production.

Recipient of the Screenwriting Award 2003 is Alexander Adolph. By the time he writes his first screenplay in 1995 – the Düsseldorf TARTORT episode DER SPEZIALIST – Adolph already has a first-class law degree, a few years of journalism and several radio plays to his credit. His screenwriting debut is followed by the Munich TARTORT: DER TEUFEL. In 2001 Adolph writes the TARTORT of the year, IM FREIEN FALL: a tragic crimegrotesque set in the world of art forgery that thrill critics, the viewing public and the jury of the Grimme Award alike. For the ZDF series UNTER VERDACHT in 2002, he once again pulls out all the stops. Centering on Detective Superintendent Eva Maria Prohacek – portrayed with bravura by Senta Berger – Adolph constructs a world of liars, scheming opportunists and eccentric losers. Whether sly and purring, bone-dry or maliciously cutting, the dialogue has a pointed immediacy seldom found in German television. Within a single sentence, victors become the vanquished and hardened cynics bare their souls. Adolph achieves all this with an enviable economy of language, a talent honed, perhaps, in radio drama, where a whole world must be conjured up in one spoken phrase. And Adolph does this within the seemingly restrictive corset of the crime format, filling it out with an extravagant array of burlesque, dramatic and tragic set pieces.

The Cologne Conference congratulates Alexander Adolph on his achievements in screenwriting and pays tribute to them with the Screenwriter Award 2003.